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Animation Block Party 2018: Opening Night (26 July)

The 15th annual NY Brooklyn festival presents its opening night lineup. Animation Block Party will be celebrating its 15th annual animation festival with an opening night...

Inanimate by Lucia Bulgheroni Wins at 2018 Cinefondation Cannes

The puppet film won the third prize at the Cannes festival Cinéfondation competition. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Bertrand Bonello and including Khalil...

Flip Book: The Revolutionary Animations of the 21th Century...

Big flipbook exhibition in Seoul (18 May-12 August 2018) at Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul, organized by Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). Flip Book: The...

When Zlatko Bourek's Storyboard Was Exhibited at MOMA

The Croatian animator who died 14 May 2018, and one of the members of the Zagreb School, was part of a storyboard exhibition at MOMA New York in 1968. Giannalberto Bendazzi...

Keynote Speakers of the 3rd Ecstatic Truth Symposium Announced

Susana de Sousa Dias, Joan Fontcuberta, José Miguel Ribeiro will lead the one-day Lisbon symposium (27 June) will explore provocative approaches to the factual through animated...

News

Under The Radar Vienna Symposium, 24-28/5/18

Tomm Moore, Olivier Cotte, József Fülöp, Nikita Diakur, József Fülöp and Olga Bobrowska among the...

Animation Block Party 2018: Opening Night (26...

The 15th annual NY Brooklyn festival presents its opening night lineup. Animation Block Party will...

Flip Book: The Revolutionary Animations of the...

Big flipbook exhibition in Seoul (18 May-12 August 2018) at Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul,...

When Zlatko Bourek's Storyboard Was Exhibited at...

The Croatian animator who died 14 May 2018, and one of the members of the Zagreb School, was part...

Keynote Speakers of the 3rd Ecstatic Truth...

Susana de Sousa Dias, Joan Fontcuberta, José Miguel Ribeiro will lead the one-day Lisbon symposium...

Buñuel In the Labyrinth of the Turtles: Trailer

Coming in 2018, the new 2D animation story on one of the greatest film directors, Luis Buñuel....

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai to Premiere at Cannes

The new film by the director of Summer Wars will screen at the French festival, with a fall 2018...

Another Day of Life by Damian Nenow and Raúl de...

After the critically acclaimed (and Oscar-shortlisted) Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow prepares the...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Gets a Trailer

A lot of anticipation surrounds the upcoming stop-motion Estonian feature film, Captain Morten and...

Festivals

Inanimate by Lucia Bulgheroni Wins at 2018...

The puppet film won the third prize at the Cannes festival Cinéfondation competition. The...

Sunao Katabuchi to Head 2018 BIAF Jury

The director of In this Corner of the World will lead the jury of the 2018 Bucheon International...

Manivald, The Breadinner, Lei Lei Win at 2018...

All the awards of the 11th Anifilm Festival in Trebon. The Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner (Nora...

Animafest Zagreb Celebrates Horror

7 programmes of short films, features and exhibitions on horror and animation in the 2018 Croatian...

Bruce Bickford Signs 2018 OIAF Poster

Legendary animator Bruce Bickford prepares this year's Ottawa International Animation festival...

Cat Days, On Happiness Road Win 25th ITFS Awards

Full winners' list for the 25th Stuttgart ITFS festival. The Anniversary Edition of the 25th...

8 Animated Features for Animafest Zagreb 2018

Wes Anderson, Emma De Swaef, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen in the 2018 Zagreb Festival...

ITFS Stuttgart Celebrates Music and Animation

Α spectrum of musical activities during the 25th International Festival of Animated Film...

Anifilm 2018 Celebrates 3D Animation, Czech...

All the highlights of the 11th Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, 1-6 May Trebon....

Academic CFP

05
Jun
Zagreb, Croatia
Animafest Zagreb invites all interested professionals and scholars to join the Animafest Scanner V 2018 international symposium.

27
Jun
Lisboa, Portugal
Ecstatic Truth is a one-day symposium (27/6/18) that will explore provocative approaches to the factual in Lisbon.

30
Jun
University of Warwick, UK
Call for paper for an interdisciplinary symposium on Animals, Adaptation and Animation at University of Warwick, 10/11/2018.

13
Jul
Esposende, Portugal
The 6th edition of CONFIA, after previous editions in Ofir, Porto, Braga, Barcelos and Guimarães, calls for papers.

14
Aug
Sonoma County, CA
Visual Music Symposium (14-16/8/18, Sonoma County, California) invites call for papers.

04
Oct
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels both on Western animation and on anime.

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REVIEWS

Pixar – Ιmagination Κidnapped

Mr. Kropka delves critically into Pixar’s narrative and aesthetic strategies. Animation is quite commonly seen as nothing more than mere entertainment. On top of that, the idea that animation is...

The Oddsockeaters Review: We Need to Have A Gang Talk

Film review for the Czech animation feature The Oddsockeaters by Galina Miklínová. Based on the Czech writer Pavel Srut ’s bestselling book, Oddsockeaters (Lichožrouti), the book's illustrator and...

Apocalypsis by Eric Leiser: Revelation Is More Serene Than It Sounds

Review for the new experimental animation feature Apocalypsis by US director Eric Leiser. The new independent experimental feature film by CalArts graduate filmmaker Eric Leiser (Glitch in the Grid)...

Farewell to the Rooster: Chinese Animation in the 2017 Season

Olga Bobrowska reviews the most recent achievements of the Chinese animation independent and industry scene. The year 2017 (a year of the Rooster) was symbolic for the Chinese animation. Exactly 50...

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas) Review: Beware of Children in Distress

When Kronenberg met The Fantastic Planet. Film review for the Spanish animation feature Birdboy:The Forgotten Children . It would be easy to categorize Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero 's...

Ethel and Ernest Review: A Love Shelter Below The Rooftops of London

Ethel and Ernest feels unashamedly nostalgic, carefully researched and with a heart. The whole project started as an idea from The Snowman and When the Wind Blows producer John Coates (1927-2012),...

 European victories at the 2013 edition of Animasyros festival.

 Animasyros 6.0 International Animation Festival & Forum (Syros, Greece, 26-29 Sep) handed out the awards for its 6th edition. The festival Grand Prix was given to the Spanish Sangre de Unicornio (Unicorn Blood) by Alberto Vazquez , a surrealistic story of two bears hunting for unicorns and their blood.

The jury members (Nicolas Schmerkin, founder and director of the Autour de Minuit), Igor Prassel (artistic director of Animateka festival, Slovenia), and George Tsangaris (artistic director of Animafest Cyprus) pointed out the film's special audiovisual language and narration, and "the beginning of a new myth that echoes the birth of humanity".

Alberto Vazquez has also been in the production end of the Goya-awarded Birdboy (Pedro Rivera).

Špela Čadež and her stop-motion, 11-minute Boles (based on Maxim Gorky's story Her Lover) won a special mention.

A lone writer finds his life upside down by the arrival of Theresa, a middle-aged prostitute. The film was awarded for "its narrative power and the sublime use of puppet animation".

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Reality 2.0 by Victor Orozco Ramirez (Germany/Mexico), was awarded the first prize in the Student Competitive Section of the festival.
The multiple-awarded in animation festival Joni Mannisto was also handed out a special mention in Animasyros festival for his Kuhina (Swarming), celebrating its poignant humour and sound design.

Katerina Athanassopoulou was given a special mention for Greek film (Short Competitive Section) for her highly symbolic and lyrical Apodemy.

Eleni Tomadaki with her personal existential "Why can't you just see me" was given a special mention for a Greek film in the student competition, "for her daring way to narrate a simple and universal story".

81 short films competed to the international competitive programme (short and student films) of Animasyros.

The festival opened with the premiere of Angelos Spartalis' feature From the Earth to the Moon,  a reworking of Jules Verne's classic book in collage animation. Tributes to Animateka festival and Canterbury Anifest were screened, and an extended (short and features) place for French animation was reserved in in Francorama (Gobelins, Ecole Nationale superieure des Artes Decoratifs, Autοur De Minuit).

Carlo Vogele's Una furtiva lagrima and Franck Dion's Edmond was a donkey were the winners of 2012 Animasyros.

Training - Pitching

Animation Goes Transmedia: 5th CARTOON 360

The fifth edition of transmedia pitching event CARTOON 360 moves to Lille, with 24 participating...

Floating, Of Unwanted Things and People, Rabbit...

View all winners of the 6th Visegrad Animation Forum. The sixth edition of Visegrad Animation...

Animation Sans Frontières 2018-19: Call for...

Open call to young animation Artists, Producers, Writers and Technical Directors from the European...

Animated In Poland Pitching Call: 2018 Krakow...

For all Polish produced or co-produced animated film projects, Krakow Film Festival offers a...

(EXCLUSIVE) 6 Feature Projects for Visegrad...

The pitching forum for Central Eastern European Animation extends its mandate to feature animation...

Scholarships for CARTOON 360: Transmedia Projects

CARTOON encourages applications for scholarships to its Cartoon Masters. CARTOON 360 is a new...

170 Participants for Animation Production Day 2018

Animation Production Day 2018 – Conference Programme with top-class experts. The Conference...

Visegrad Animation Forum 2018: Selected Projects

Rastko Ciric, Chintis Lundgren, Péter Vácz and their projects are among the Visegrad Animation...

Animarket Job Fair Trebon: Open For Registration

Deadline 25 March to be part of the new Animarket section, the Anifilm Trebon (Czech Republic) job...

Production

Buñuel In the Labyrinth of the Turtles: Trailer

Coming in 2018, the new 2D animation story on one of the greatest film directors, Luis Buñuel....

Another Day of Life by Damian Nenow and Raúl de...

After the critically acclaimed (and Oscar-shortlisted) Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow prepares the...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Gets a Trailer

A lot of anticipation surrounds the upcoming stop-motion Estonian feature film, Captain Morten and...

Women In Animation 2018 Summit: Programme Lineup

Dorota Kobiela, Nora Twomey, Fernanda Frick, Eric Beckman among the 2018 Annecy WIA panelists....

Michel Ocelot's Dilili in Paris Opens 2018...

Michel Ocelot's next feature film, Dilili à Paris will be the opening film at the 2018 Annecy...

Production: The Horn Quartet TV Special

The French/Belgian TV special premieres in France, and screens in competition at Annecy Festival....

Un Homme Est Mort: Trailer For the French...

Another political feature comes from Les Armateurs in 2018. Coming from the adaptation from the...

Gordon & Paddy: Swedish Animation Feature at the...

The 2D animation feature competes at the Generation section of this year's Berlin Film Festival....

Michel Ocelot Travels to Belle Epoque Paris:...

Michel Ocelot's next feature film, Dilili à Paris will move to Paris and a signature period for...

INTERVIEWS

Project to Watch: Floating by Jelena Milunovic

it recently won the Best Short Animation project at the Visegrad Animation Forum. Serbian director Jelena Milunovic and producer Milos Ivanovic talk about their Floating film. It's hard to invest...

Each Family Is a Planet: Interview with Alberto Vázquez

Spanish animation director and artist Alberto Vázquez talks about his feature film Birdboy:The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas), and his artistic style and mandate at Zippy Frames. He seems to be...

Building a new Jordan animation from University of Petra: Interview with Tariq Rimawi

Peter Schavemaker interviews Jordan animator and filmmaker Tariq Rimawi. On October 15, the second year of the four year bachelor’s degree program Animation and Multimedia Design - held within the...

The animation in Norway is made in the attic: Interview with Ove Heiborg

Mr. Kropka, an animation afficionado, interviews Ove Heiborg, film producer at Qvisten Animation Studios, Norway. This story might have begun on Monday 4th September at 10 in the morning. It was at...

Women rule at Norwegian Animation Volda Festival

The Norwegian animation festival Animation Volda is being held between September 14-17. This year's theme is Women in Animation. Zippy Frames interviewed Karoline Sundet , one of the four women...

I Love Creating Worlds: Interview with Eva Cvijanović

A very daring hedgehog is waiting for your attention. Interview with Eva Cvijanović , director of the awarded stop-motion short, Hedgehog's Home . The film premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival...

What About the Oscars? Panagiotis Rappas talks to Zippy Frames

Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voting member Panagiotis Rappas talks to Zippy Frames. When this time of the season arrives, there are always trials and tribulations. Academy Awards are...

70 Years of Malaysian Animation: Interview with Hassan Abd. Muthalib

It's been 70 years of Malaysian animation and Hassan Abd. Muthalib was the man to write a book about. Peter Schavemaker interviewed the animation professional pioneer on his recent book, "From Mouse...

Under Your Fingers (Sous tes doigts): Interview with Marie-Christine Courtès

Oscar-shortlisted French animation short Under your fingers is a poignant and powerful film about a little-known story of a French camp. Director Marie-Christine Courtès talks about history,...

Editor's Picks: Awards

Kara by Sinem Sakaoglu Wins Eurimages...

The Germany/Belgium animation feature co-production won the award at the 2018 edition of CARTOON...

The Night Oscars Got Divorced From...

Some things change, but can also change for the worse. Vassilis Kroustallis reflects on the...

The Discreet Charm of Exclusiveness:...

Olga Bobrowska critically reflects upon the premiere European Animation Awards for Zippy Frames....

Wendy Tilby & Amanda Forbis, James...

ASIFA-Hollywood announced its Juried Award recipients, which honor career achievement and...

Editor's Picks: Pitching

Project to Watch: Floating by Jelena...

it recently won the Best Short Animation project at the Visegrad Animation Forum. Serbian director...

Floating, Of Unwanted Things and...

View all winners of the 6th Visegrad Animation Forum. The sixth edition of Visegrad Animation...

Report: Animarkt 2017 Stop-Motion...

Paolo Polesello reports from Lodz, and Animarkt stop-motion pitching forum (2-6 October 2017)....

Cordial Networking, Projects to Watch:...

Vassilis Kroustallis reports from Segovia and the ninth edition of 3DWire. Already in its ninth...