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Bloeistraat 11, Funan Get 2018 Annecy Prizes

All the winners of the 42nd Annecy Festival. The juries awarded 19 prizes on Saturday 16th June at the closing ceremony of the 42nd Annecy International Animation Film Festival....

Christopher At Sea, Archipelago Win 2018 Annecy MIFA Pitch Prizes

All the winners of the Short, TV and feature film pitches of the 2018 Annecy Festival. SHORT FILMS Arte France Prize: Tom CJ Brown for Christopher at Sea (Miyu Productions). The...

13 Special Prizes for Annecy 2018

Lucia Bulgheroni, Nienke Deutz, Vincent Paronnaud, Boris Labbé, This Magnificent Cake! get special prizes at the 2018 Annecy Festival. All winners. The International Animation...

Graduation Competition 2 @ Annecy: Two Estonians and an Italian...

The French film Stockholm and Swiss/Israeli film Travelogue were also standouts of the second student competition programme of Annecy Festival 2018. The second student...

Seder-Masochism Review: Let's Dance

US independent animation director Nina Paley makes the story of Exodus an overwhelming musical extravaganza, which still finds time to register its gender-based raison d' être....

News

Georges Schwizgebel Designs the 17th Countryside...

Jean-Luc Slock, Élise Labbé will join Schwizgebel in the Cyprus festival jury. Renowned animation...

Preview: Agouro (Augure) by David Doutel and...

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Preview: This Magnificent Cake! by Emma De Swaef...

5 stories, one stop-motion vision. The new mid-length effort by the Belgian directors of Oh, Willy...

5th Animafest Scanner, 5-6/6/18: Complete...

Paul Wells head the international programme of the 5th Animafest Scanner Symposium (5-6/6) at the...

Jonathan Hodgson Goes Roughhouse

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Sylvain Chomet to Adapt Korean Novel Familiar...

The Illusionist director is in mid-negotiations to adapt and animate renowned Korean novelist...

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,...

Festivals

Bloeistraat 11, Funan Get 2018 Annecy Prizes

All the winners of the 42nd Annecy Festival. The juries awarded 19 prizes on Saturday 16th June at...

13 Special Prizes for Annecy 2018

Lucia Bulgheroni, Nienke Deutz, Vincent Paronnaud, Boris Labbé, This Magnificent Cake! get special...

Graduation Competition 2 @ Annecy: Two Estonians...

The French film Stockholm and Swiss/Israeli film Travelogue were also standouts of the second...

Boris Labbé,This Magnificent Cake! Win at 2018...

All the winners of the 28th Animafest Zagreb festival. Six days devoted to animation took place...

Špela Čadež and Zarja Menart Design the 2018...

Two talented artists and a fantasy behind the 2018 Animateka festival poster. The 15th edition of...

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...

Academic CFP

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.

06
Oct
University of Southern California
Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future Los Angeles Symposium takes place 6-7 Oct 2018 at the University of Southern California.

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REVIEWS

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This Magnificent Cake! Review: To Have Your Cake and Let It Go

Personal journeys of lost cause mingle with vestiges of colonial power in the stand-out stop-motion animation feature by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels. This is a feature animation film that has...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Review: A Sea Journey Back Home

A film easy to like and harder to cherish. Review for the stop-motion Estonian feature film, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen. They don't make films like this anymore -at least, in the US studio...

Pixar – Ιmagination Κidnapped

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Full report from the Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea.

 Independent auteurs had their own share of victory in the 18th Bucheon International Animation Festival. The jury for short films with Lee Sung-gang (Korea), Paola Orlić (Croatia) and Chris Robinson (Canada) gave its Grand Prize to Before Love by Igor Kovalyov.

 The  story starts with a construction worker on a scaffold observing a young woman who is spying on a man.The uncanny feeling by watching the film is aptuflly described by Kovalyov himself aas a classic love triangle — love meets blood in the thick of the forest.

 

 The deeply allegoric Blind Vaysha by Theo Ushev won the Jury prize for a Short Film, while the sculpted-looking Noevus by Samuel Yal (France) won a Special Distinction in the same category.

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Noevus

The Annecy-awarded The Girl Without Hands by, a rather neglected fairytale of Brothers Grimm, and drawn with almost invisible design by Sebastian Laudenbach won the Prize for Best Feature Film. Ann-Marie Fleming won the Jury Prize for her story of religious tolerance Window Horses (NFB, Canada), while the audience award for a feature (and a special distinction) was given to Shankai Makoto for his anime Your Name.

The jury was comprised by  Raúl Garcia (US), Jacques-Rémy Girerd (France), and Rhee Soue-won (Korea).

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The Girl Without Hands

In the graduation category, The Noise of Licking by Nadja Andrasev (Hungary) won the Grand Prize by the jury of Arai Fuyu (Japan), Yoon Young-doo, and Sarah Saidan (France). A woman is watched every day by the neighbor's cat, as she takes care of her exotic plants. This perverted ritual comes to an end when the cat disappears. Next spring a peculiar stranger pays her a visit (film from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design).

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The Noise of Licking

Near the end of Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, the little girl is faced (and the audience as well) with the message by the illusionist himself that "magicians do not exist"

BIAF 2016 brought the best of European artistry to prove the opposite. With an extended tribute to French animation, including Sylvain Chomet himself (a notorious enemy of flight aviation), Sacrebleu Productions (Ron Dyens), Je Suis Bien Content (Marc Jousset) and Folimage (Jacques Remy-Girerd), BIAF 2016 seemed to have brought a whole new world to Korean audience.

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Longway North, Sacrebleu Productions

 The outcome of this movement: the long-awaited Korean release of Triplets of Belleville, 16 years after its original French release. Chomet himself in his two-part masterclass chose to focus on his live-action and animated past rather than his present The Thousand Miles, Fellini-inspired production.

 Regarding the latter, we know that it will be a general homage to Italian Neorealism of the 40s-50s, a hint of Jacques Tati (again), and a short of Fellini himself drawing Dolce Vita in an otherwise 2D race film.

I'm not doing films for a TV screen" Chomet persists regarding his rich and evocative backgrounds, even though he also states he can use 3D computer animation when useful.

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The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet

The traditional feature film slate of Asian screenings has been preserved at the festival, with an audience packed at anime and Korean productions. Interesting (and not childish at all) was the Korean world premiere of My Dogs, JinJin and Akida [read our review].

In competition, Phil Mulloy has returned in top-notch form, and his Endgame was really one of the standout of this year's festival.

Merlot (Marta Gennari, Guilia Martinelli), Seymour (Ronlee Nemeth), Drought (Agnė Kupšytė, Balys Kumža) are some of the graduation standouts

.The adjacent Asian Animation Forum, "Animation+Collective of Imagination" mastered big animation names with an array of both Korean and Australian scholars. Maureen Furniss (CalArts, US) has a new book on animation history; as the head of experimental animation at CalArts she brought forward the difference between imagination-based (richness of perception

Hannes Rall (The Cold Heart, Si Lunchai) is preoccupied with the Reiniger-reinventing project, and his move from the acclaimed German filmmaker to Michel Ocelot to digital computers.

Whereas acclaimed animation scholar Paul Wells (Loughborogough University, UK) proposed a new project, inter-animation, to cover the amassing role that animation has in all our lives, from technology to entertainment and education.

Bucheon International Animation Festival has a difficult task from its inception: to combine the rich animation scene in Korea (which audiences definitely prefer) with a different artistic tradition (mostly European) that festival audience and professionals like.

The fact that the festival programme looked balanced, relaxed (not stuffed) and ready to introduce different audiences to different things is evidence of the great efforts its festival programmers undertake (among them Eugene Kim) which solidify BIAF as one of the leading festivals in the region.

The full list of the 2016 BIAF awards below:

Feature Films

BIAF Grand Prize: The Girl without Hands , Sébastien LAUDENBACH
Jury Prize: Window Horses, Ann Marie FLEMING
Special Distinction Prize: your name, SHINKAI Makoto
Audiences Prize:your name, SHINKAI Makoto


Short Films
BIAF Grand Prize: Before Love,Igor KOVALYOV
Jury Prize- Bucheon University President's Prize": Blind Vaysha, Theodore USHEV
Special Distinction Prize- The Catholic University of Korea President's Prize: Nœvus, Samuel YAL
Special Distinction Prize- The Catholic University of Korea President's Prize: Cold Coffee, Stephanie LANSAQUE, Francois LEROY
Audiences Prize- Bucheon University President's Prize, Grand Slam Ovalie, Laurent KIRCHER

Graduation Films
BIAF Grand Prize: The Noise of Licking, Nadja ANDRASEV
Jury Prize - Yuhan University President’s Prize: Rubik, Xenia SMIRNOV
Audience Prize– The Korean Society of Cartoon&Animation Studies President’s Prize: Eraser Father, JUNG Seo-hee, JANG Hyo-won, KIM Eun-hye

TV&Commissioned Film
Jury Prize (International)– Korea Animation Producers Association President’s Prize: A Town Called Panic : Back to School, Vincent PATAR, Stéphane AUBIER
Jury Prize (Domestic) – Korea Animation Industry Association President’s Prize: The Forks with Spiky Hands, KIM Tak-hoon(Executive Director), KOH Il-jun(Director)

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    Best Online Prize: Their Eyes, SON Hye-min

Other awards:
Short Film / TV&Commissioned Film: Beans Road Prize: Accidents, Blunders and Calamities,    James CUNNINGHAM
Graduation Film    DHL Diversity Prize:    Radio Wave    MIYAJIMA Ryotaro
Graduation Film / Online YOO Kwang-sun Prize (International): Merlot, Marta GENNARI, Giulia MARTINELLI
"Graduation Film /  Online YOO Kwang-sun Prize (Domestic): The Cycle of Mija, the Heartbroken, LEE Gyu-ri
Online Netizen Choice (International) - Korea Animation Artist Association President’s Prize: Dado, Donna M PARTHA
OnlineN etizen Choice (Domestic) - Korea Animation Artist Association President's Prize: Their Eyes, SON Hye-min

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INTERVIEWS

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

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