Igor Lazin was born in 1964 in Novi Knezevac, Serbia. He studied interior decoration at the Belgrade School of Arts between 1985 and 1989. Since 1993 he has been living in Hungary. He makes illustrations for children’s books as well as for magazines, and creates animated shorts and commercial films. Between 1993 and 1999 he worked in one of the most innovative animation film studio in central Europe, the Varga Studio as an animation director. In 2000 he founded his own film studio Myfilm. He regularly participates collective and individual exhibitions with his graphic works.
„AN ALMOST ENDLESS FIELD OF FLOWERS ” – interview with Igor Lazin
How come you moved to Hungary?
I left my country because of the war, it was due to a chapter of accidents that I finally ended up here.
What can you recall form your first years of Hungary? What was it like at Varga that time?
In a new environment you have the the chance to re-examine yourself and the ones around you. At beginning at Varga I felt as if I was going to school again and writing my PhD, while I also got payed for it!
How long did it take for you to learn Hungarian?
It wasn’t hard at all, but I have never really learnt it.
You make various illustrations: ranging from children book illustrations to top-shelf magazines. Which ones do you prefer?
To make an illustration for a tale or a book is like making a remix from a well-known hit. If it happens to be a children’s song, you face an endless flower field.
What do you expect from today’s young animation film makers, that is, the directors competeing at Primanima?
I guess there will be no end of fun!