Anim’est 2014, the 9th annual edition of the International Animation Film Festival, takes place this year in Bucharest, from October 3rd to 12th.
Ten days of animated films, workshops, master-classes, thematic nights of music and film, and special meetings will be hosted at the festival’s locations. The organizers have also announced a series of interactive exhibitions, multimedia installations and special screenings.
The festival opens with the animated feature ‘The Boxtrolls’, the most recent production of the American studio LAIKA, on October 3rd, at 6:30 p.m., at Cinema Studio, and will be followed by another screening of the film, at 9 p.m.
Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, on a script by Irena Brignull, based on the best-selling novel ‘Here be monsters!’ of Allan Snow, the 3D stop-motion animation tells the story of an orphaned boy, who is raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls, and one day comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Arichibald Snatcher.
ANIM’EST 2014 COMPETITION
This year, a record number of films were submitted: over 1260 short and feature films proposed for selection in the various sections of the festival. We will have the opportunity to watch films from over 60 countries, from Taiwan to Colombia, from Norway to Brazil. Here are the must-see titles according to the organizers.
BEST FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Directed by Alê Abreu, the film portrays the traps of the modern world – the march of globalization and its impact on rural communities and cultural traditions, seen through the eyes of a child. In search of his father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings.
The film, an extraordinary animation with many artistic techniques and styles (drawing on paper, 2D and live action), won this year’s Cristal for the best feature film in Annecy and is also Brazil’s proposal for the Academy Awards.
This Italian animation is Alessandro Rak’s debut in feature film. Presented as a captivating story about the metaphysical connection between two brothers, the 2D/ 3D animated film is set in an apocalyptic Naples, the perfect background for creative exploitation of the subconscious.
The film was awarded in Venice and Raindance, and got nominated in Annecy, in the feature film competition.
Directed by Signe Baumane, the film is ‘a crazy quest for sanity’, revealing a funny story about depression, more exactly the story of five women of the director’s family, including herself.
Recently premiering in Latvia, the film was also selected in competition in Fantoche, Seattle International Film Festival and London International Animation Festival.
A production of Nukufilm, the 3D animated musical directed by Mait Laas has been selected in Annecy, Anima Mundi and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. The film deals with the issue of illegal immigrants leaving Africa in an attempt to reach Europe, through an impossible love story between Maroc, an orange boy – a brave hero bound by prejudice and poverty, and Lisa, the daughter of a rich businessman, a lemon girl passionate about collecting singing seashells.
An independent project of director Zoltán Miklósy, using worn out clichés and mocking them, the story is about two inmates just released from jail, who spent two weeks in prison for a crime they did not commit and now seek revenge. Sarcastic, cynical, moving and highly entertaining, the film illustrates the injustice that surrounds us.
BEST SHORT FILM COMPETITION
56 films will compete this year in the short film international competition.
Man on the chair (directed by Dahee Jeong), winner of a Cristal in Annecy this year.
“Man on the chair is tormented and constantly doubts his very own existence. It is just merely a picture that I created… Perhaps could I be also an image crafted by others?”
Hipopotamy / Hippos, directed by Piotr Dumala, soundtrack by Alexandru Bălănescu. The film won the Grand Prix in Animafest Cyprus and the Jury Mention in Animafest Zagreb.
“A few naked women and children are bathing in a river. They are being secretly observed by a group of men, who, at one point, decide to approach them, in a violent manner, as if inspired by the behaviour of hippopotamuses.” (via Animafest)
La Testa tra le Nuvole / Absent Minded, directed by Roberto Catani, an Italian film awarded the Jury Distinction in Annecy.
“The teacher quickly puts an end to a child daydreaming during class at school. The educator threatens to cut off the boy’s ear in order to stimulate his concentration and prevent his imagination from running wild.” (via Annecy)
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The Obvious Child, a 2D film directed by Stephen Irwin, already selected in Sundance, Anima Mundi Stuttgart, Annecy and Animafest Zagreb.
“Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.”
A special competitive section is dedicated to the student films, and it brings together some of the most non-conformist and personal stories, recent productions of reputed film schools in countries with a long tradition in animation, such as Gobelins, Supinfocom, FAMU, HFF Postdam, CalArts, Royal college of art, National Film and Television School London etc.
SPECIAL SECTIONS AND EVENTS
New strange and horror shorts will be seen again this year at the 6th edition of Creepy Animation Night, which comes with simultaneous screenings in the three venues of the festival – Cinema Studio, Cinema Elvira Popescu and Re:Animation Hub – on Friday, October 10th, starting 10 p.m. The short film screenings are followed by an after midnight party at Re:Animation Hub, with the live-act of C L N K (the new music project signed by Montgomery Clunk aka Silviu Badea) and Polochord.
Re:Animation Hub is the new festival location, at Carol Blvd 53. A series of screenings that complement the Cinema Elvira Popescu and Cinema Studio programmes, workshops, master-classes, exhibitions and special installations will help re-animate the new Anim’est location. It is also the place where all the festival parties, themed music and film nights known as Creepy Animation Night, or Animusic Night will take place, as well as other new concept events to be announced soon which will bring several fresh artists from the electronic/ techno/ experimental music scene.
The Music Video & Ad competition gathers this year 14 commissioned shorts for famous brands, and 25 music videos of artists like Bonobo, Arctic Monkeys or Basement Jaxx. Screenings will take place on Thursday, October 9th, at Re:Animation Hub, starting 10 p.m.
The country invited to this year’s edition of the festival is Denmark, the home of one of the most prestigious animation schools in the world, The Animation Workshop. Five feature films will be screened during the festival.
Strings (Dane Anders Rønnow Klarlund, 2004) was co-produced by Denmark-Sweden-Norway-United Kingdom, a puppet animation which won numerous awards for innovative cinematography.
Princess (Anders Morgenthaler, 2006) is a combination of live action and animation aimed at adult audiences. It also won several awards at international animation festivals and was nominated for Robin, the Danish equivalent of the Oscars, for best Danish film.
Terkel in Trouble (Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Stefan Fjeldmark, 2004) is a black comedy about a dysfunctional group of friends and relatives. It won Robert awards – the highest honour in Danish filmmaking, and at Animafest Zagreb and was nominated for the best animated feature film at Annecy.
And for the younger audience: Marco Macaco (Jan Rahbek, 2012) and Otto is a Rhino (Kenneth Kainz, 2013).
Two prominent Danish guests will also be present at the ninth edition of the festival: Sarita Christensen, CEO of the Copenhagen Bombay company and the producer of famous feature films such as The Great Bear – awarded at the Berlin Film Festival and screened at Anim’est 2013 edition, and Beyond Beyond selected at the Berlinale this year. She will be joined by Lana Tankosa Nikolic who holds a teaching position at the prestigious Animation Workshop in Viborg.
The guest studio in 2014 is Folimage. The founder of the French animation studio, director and film producer Jacques-Rémy Girerd, will come to Bucharest in October.
The audience will have the opportunity to watch three animated feature films directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd and produced by Folimage: La prophétie des grenouilles / Raining Cats and Frogs (2003), which drew more than one million viewers to the French cinemas and gained him international recognition; Mia et le Migou / Mia and the Migoo (2008) considered the best animated feature film in 2009 by the European Film Academy, and Tante Hilda! / Aunt Hilda! (2013), selected this year in the official competition of the Berlin International Film Festival.
The youngest members of the Anim’est audience will enjoy a classic Girerd screening: Ma petite planète chérie (1996), a series of animated films consisting of 26 episodes addressing environmental issues in a humorous and poetic way, and created for children aged 5 to 12. The series won countless awards: the best TV series at the Goias Festival in Brazil, the best film for young audience in St. Petersburg, the UNICEF award and the Golden Angel award.
The films in the Folimage portfolio will be complemented by two special retrospective programs screened in the Guest Studio section of the festival.
Info about Project Worksheep here (RO) / Deadline: September 30th, 2014.
Tickets and Festival Passes are available on EventBook.ro. The tickets and festival passes will also be available at Cinema Elvira Popescu and Cinema Studio during the festival, 3 through 12 October.