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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...

Another family in trouble. Here's the trailer for the upcoming short animation Agouro (Augure) by...

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

BAFTA-awarded UK animation director has a new animation short coming up. Here's the trailer for...

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

Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda: Lessons To Be Learned

The latest feature film by Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda is a gentle family comedy of manners, which really takes off at the film's final reels. This may not be one of Hosoda's more...

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. In the beginning,...

Dilili In Paris (Dilili à Paris) Review: Defending Modernism

The new feature film by Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur and Asmar) has the art and science aligned to save the world from gender-based catastrophe. It would be easy to tell that...

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

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...

In this Corner of the World, Revengeance, The Real October and Ethel & Ernest in the Bucheon Int'nl Animation Festival line-up.

Its mission is to spread the true charm of animation genre and to grow as an expert animation film festival in Asia. The 19th Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea (20-24 October 2017) is engaged in a very interesting dialogue between European and Asian animation, moving also across to US independent animation.

In its feature selection (check out the shorts selection as well), we find  the Annecy-awarded (and subtle but penetrating account of WWII Hiroshima) In this Corner of the World; the new Bill Plympton feature Revengeance also competes.  The political animation doc of The Real October (Katrin Rothe dir.), and a rotoscoped biography in The Man Who Knew 75 Languages (Anne Magnuseen, Pawel Debski dir.) are two more European entries.

The third biography in competition comes from UK. Acclaimed writer Raymond Briggs writes about his own parents in thes graphic novel Ethel & Ernest, and gets its animated 2D form with Roger Mainwood (who has his own share of Briggs animated adaptations).

2 Japanese features also compete:  the drama Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? by Nobuyuki Takeuchi, and the sci-fi anime Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution.

All competing films:

In This Corner of the World Japan│2016│129'00"│KATABUCHI Sunao  (Director & Producer in attendance)
Suzu, in 1944, moves to the small town of Kure City in Hiroshima to live with her husband's family. Suzu's life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage, however, underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country.

Revengeance USA│2016│75'00"│ Bill PLYMPTON, Jim LUJAN (Director in attendance)
An ex-biker senator and a bounty hunter who is a bit of a mummy’s boy: director Bill Plympton (animation) and Jim Lujan (screenplay) play with clichés and pop culture to shine a satirical light on US-American society. The film is bold and piercing, switching effortlessly from gloom and doom to explosive energy.

Ethel & Ernest UK, Luxembourg│2016│95'00"│Roger MAINWOOD
The true story of Raymond Briggs' parents, Ethel and Ernest. They're two ordinary Londoners who fall in love against the background of immense social change in the mid 20th century, experiencing the Depression, World War II, post-war austerity and cultural upheaval. Forty years of change, one enduring love.

Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?  Japan│2017│90'00'│TAKEUCHI Nobuyuki (Director), SHIMBO Akiyuki(Executive Director).
Adaptation of a  live-action film by Shunji IWAI and  Genki KAWAMURA, Producer of your name (attendance TBA)Popular student Nazuna OIKAWA will transfer to a new school due to her mother's remarriage, but Nazuna Oikawa doesn't like her new school. Norimichi Shimada likes Nazuna Oikawa and asks her to runaway together, but their plan fails. A mysterious incident occurs with Norimichi Shimada.

The Man Who Knew 75 Languages Norway, Poland, Lituania│2016│ 65'00"│Anne MAGNUSSEN, Pawel DEBSKI (Director in attendance)
A great talent finds the love of his life in a princess who can never be his. A drama about a brilliant man and his lifelong love for Princess Elisabeth of Wied, who later became the Queen of Romania. Thwarted in love, Georg Sauerwein becomes a fighter for the right to speak and write in one's mother tongue. Due to this fight, Georg becomes the most vilified person in the German press.

The Real October Germany, Switzerland│2017│90'00"│Katrin ROTHE  (Director in attendance)
In February 1917, the tsar gets overthrown. In October, the Bolsheviks rule by themselves. What were poets, thinkers and avant-gardists like Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich doing during this drastic change of power? Five artists spring from the director's pile of books as animated cut-out figures. With their own recorded voices, they participate in salons, committees, and street riots.

EUREKA SEVEN HI-EVOLUTION Japan│2017│90'00"│KYODA Tomoki (Producer & Music Producer  in attendance)
Eureka Seven tells the story of Renton Thurston and the outlaw group Gekkostate, his relationship with the enigmatic mecha pilot Eureka, and the mystery of the Coralians. Hi-Evolution series focuses on Renton Thurston’s behind story, the fourteen-year-old son of Adrock Thurston, a military researcher who died saving
the world.

 

The 19th Bucheon International Animation Festival takes place 20-24 October 2017 in Bucheon, Korea.

Training - Pitching

Christopher At Sea, Archipelago Win 2018 Annecy...

All the winners of the Short, TV and feature film pitches of the 2018 Annecy Festival. SHORT FILMS...

11 Animation Projects for the 2018 Bridging The...

The 4th Bridging the Gap Animation Lab announces its selection. Nicolas Schmerkin, Manuel...

Registration: CARTOON Forum 2018

The premiere European pitching forum for TV projects is open for registration till 29 June....

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...

Production

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

Another family in trouble. Here's the trailer for the upcoming short animation Agouro (Augure) by...

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...

Sylvain Chomet to Adapt Korean Novel Familiar...

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

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...

Live streaming will be available for the 2018 WIA Conference. Dorota Kobiela, Nora Twomey,...

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

A second screening has now been scheduled. Watch the teaser The director of Kirikou films, Azur...

Production: The Horn Quartet TV Special

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

INTERVIEWS

Animation Is Our Subsconscious Language: Interview with Lucia Bulgheroni

A puppet with a soul to lose. Cannes-awarded Italian director Lucia Bulgheroni talks to Zippy Frames about her stop-motion short, Inanimate . Having been awarded at the recent Cinefondation Cannes...

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...