A young woman decides to escape from adult life to a hidden universe full of surreal creatures.

A young woman is carried by bats in the clouds above the sea. She enjoys the ride a lot. When they begin the descent to the mainland the girl gets very scared. She escapes from landing from her winged couriers and finds herself in a hidden universe. In this world there are lots of surreal creatures working and enjoying themselves. There is entertainment everywhere. The young woman has so much fun in the beginning but when she’s left alone she realizes she can’t hide here forever. She decides to leave this place but becomes desperate as she doesn't know how to return. Luckily, the huge Wisdom Tooth and 100 grandmas are on their way to help her. She returns to her actual universe and she is now ready to continue her way to the mainland.

Director’s statement
My previous short was about the abandonment of the nest. The farewell is followed by a new beginning, a journey into the unknown, full of seemingly unpredictable challenges. This new phase of life excites me a lot. Our protagonist finds this situation so scary that she escapes from it. I plan to elaborate on the process of conquering fear when we need to start something new. The universe of Funfair is filled with many fantastic creatures and attractions as metaphors for different feelings and patterns. Sometimes it takes time to choose fight instead of flight when it’s needed. What lifts us up when we are in our deepest despair? What gives us power to go on and start something new? In Funfair the answer lies in the hats of 100 miniature grannies. I want to visualize a surreal alternative to a mental process with humor and sensitivity. For me, the development of the visual and scriptwriting processes help each other, they work back and forth and develop together.

Director and Scriptwriter
Éva Darabos

Country of production


Target audience

young adults

Animation Technique

2D hand drawn

Production company

SALTO Films Ltd.

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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