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_Happy New Year Hungary

A collaborative documentary that takes place in Hungary on New Year’s Eve 2013-2014.

2015 Julia Halasz,Matyas Kalman
EN,HU Visit the project
“Our work as video journalists allowed us insight into many different levels of society. ‘Happy New Year Hungary’ was inspired by a desire to explore the great variety of perspectives of social realities. We were thinking of New Year’s eve as an opportunity to have visual and thematic connections between different stories as it is a special moment between the past and present. Dozens of young filmmakers and hundreds of participants contributed to the project in attempt to hold up a mirror to contemporary Hungarian society with all its divisions and contradictions.”
Mátyás Kálmán, Director

Happy New Year Hungary is a collaborative documentary that takes place in Hungary. The 70-minute observational documentary and interactive platform are designed to interlink the stories of characters who would otherwise never meet in real life. The project documents New Year’s Eve 2013-2014, which provides the perfect opportunity to connect people from different generations, social backgrounds and sub-cultures. The project’s official website states that the film offers “a colorful tableau of modern society by following the stories of a diverse cast of characters.”

To create this film, 12 professional crews followed 12 different characters for 24 hours across the last day of 2013 and the first day of 2014. The project team also created an opportunity for greater integration of user content through an open call for submissions. Through this open call, the project team received more than 800 files (about 40 hours of content) from participants. Overall, they ended up with over 100 hours of footage, entirely shot on the 31st of December and the 1st of January.


Project at a Glance :

Language : EN,HU
Country : Hungary
Year : 2015
Author : Julia Halasz,Matyas Kalman
Producer : Agnes Horvath Szabo,Bence Fliegauf,COLLOC Productions,Erno Mesterhazy,Fraktal Film,Julia Halasz,Matyas Kalman,Mónika Mécs
Team : Livia Janoch,Oliver Lebhardt
Developers : Miklos Szorenyi
Designers : Abris Gryllus
Topics : Anthropology,Arts and Culture,Celebration,Community Portrait,Hungary,New Year
Technologies : Video,web
Techniques : Animation,co-creation,Collaborative Storytelling,Community Collaboration,interactive,Interviews,Observational filmmaking,User generated content
Exhibition Venues : Hungarian Film Week,Mediawave International Film Festival,Meetings in Siberia
Budget Range : $10000 (spent),$35,000 (in-kind developer and editor hours)
Funders AND Incubators : COLLOC Productions,Fraktal Film,
Trailer :

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  1. Caroll Blein

    This sounds like a fantastic topic for a book report! Moss Landing truly represents a milestone in multimedia innovation, illustrating an unprecedented combination of technology and storytelling. The project’s ability to capture an audience and immerse them in a dynamic narrative environment is remarkable. As you delve into write my book report , think about what sets Moss Landing apart: its interactive storytelling techniques, technological innovation, and the impact it has had on shaping the landscape of multimedia projects. Combining these aspects will provide a complete picture of his significance in the history of Apple and the wider field of interactive media.

  2. eashtonmiles

    Indeed, exploring the traditions observed in rural areas during New Year’s Eve can offer fascinating insights into cultural beliefs and practices.

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