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Ferenc Cakó: the sand animation artist

Since I was first exposed to sand animation in 2004, I have admired Ferenc Cakó the most between all artists in this field. This post serves as an introduction to him, and shows a fascinating video of one of his performances.

Ferenc Cakó (born 1950) is a Hungarian artist, animator, painter, and film maker whose specialty is performing sand animation. He was awarded the Merited Artist and Outstanding Artist awards of the Hungarian People`s Republic in both 1989 and 1999 respectively. During his 30 years of film making, he has won all the main prizes of film festivals all over the world, from Cannes to San Francisco, and from Annecy to the Oscar nomination.

Apart from his film making skills, he is the avant-guarde of live sand animation. His individual and special sand animation show is very popular all over the world. It is usually performed in theaters, TV shows and at exclusive events. Sand animation is done on stage, where people can see Cakó actually doing the performance. He performs in total darkness, while the picture is projected into a high resolution video projector.

More information about him can be found on his website. The video below shows Cakó performing live at the Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF) 2003 in Seoul, South Korea:

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Comment from Maro
Time March 2, 2009 at 1:13 AM

Very nice, I had never seen sand art like that! this guy is amazing!