An essential event, the Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) Hungarian Animation Weekend, is taking place again this year on 11–12 and 18–19 November in what Hungarians call the Treasure City, the press office of the city’s Deputy Mayor informed.
The event, spanning two weekends, will be hosted by the cinemas operated by the municipality located in the two major city neighbourhoods. On 11–12 November, children can watch Hungarian cartoons at the Dacia Cinema, while on 18–19 November, it will be the Marasti Cinema’s turn. With these two-day events, they aim to provide weekend entertainment and a communal experience for the kids, and, furthermore, offer a wider selection of cartoons to choose from.
‘Hungarian animated films, both contemporary and classics, are rarely seen in theaters, so this is a great opportunity for everyone,’
Emese Oláh said in response to MTI, emphasizing the event’s importance. She added that watching a cartoon with children on a cinema screen has a different atmosphere compared to viewing it at home on digital devices. As she explained, they have strived to put together a programme that includes favourites for both children and adults, selecting animated films not found in the offerings of various streaming services.
Since last year’s weekend cartoon festival proved successful, it is worth organizing it again. Before the previous event, Emese Oláh stated the following:
‘It’s not a novelty that Hungarian-dubbed animated films find their place in neighbourhood cinemas on weekends, as this has been an old project of ours, bringing joy to many families here in Kolozsvár. Now, we’re offering another programme as a treat; Kolozsvár is joining the National Animation Festival, a Hungarian initiative. However, this cartoon marathon is not just for families. We warmly welcome everyone to the screenings!’
Among the contemporary animated films, the Transylvanian Legendárium series will be screened, featuring all the episodes released so far for Kolozsvár’s ethnic Hungarian families. Classic films like Vuk from 1981 and popular creations like The Moomins and Whatever will also be shown. Admission is free for both weekends.
The organizer of the second instalment of the annual event is the Kolozsvár branch of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), with partners including the Székelyföldi Legendárium, Filmtett Distribution, the Consulate General of Hungary in Kolozsvár, and the Kolozsvár Mayor’s Office.