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The festival welcomes its newest edition (from the 9th till the 12th of November) with a strongly competitive program, Samantha Moore and Nathan Jurevicius as its distinguishing seminar guests.

The pre-selection jury has officially chosen this year’s competition festival programme. Categories include the Nordic-Baltic Professional Films competition, with films like Tråder / Threads by Torill KoveNothing Happens by duo Uri & Michelle Kranot and Ülo Pikkov’s (former winner of the festival) Lahtilaskmise lugu /Letting Go catching our attention. Nordic-Baltic Student films, showcasing a promising selection of Baltic young animators. The list goes on with the sections of Nordic-Baltic Children's Films and Nordic-Baltic Commissioned Films, all rounding up a loaded programme.

Festival Director Anders Narverud, shows his excitement on this year’s festival content and aspires for a successful edition at Fredrikstad Kino (festival venue)

This year’s competition programme is varied and exciting, and I believe everyone will find films they like.

This year’s seminar guests, two unique artist and filmmakers, who both have achieved international success with two completely different approaches to animation; Samantha Moore an animated documentary filmmaker with a PhD where she used animation to document perceptual brain states, and Nathan Jurevicius, director, illustrator and character designer with great success with games and animation.

Samantha Moore is an award-winning animated documentary maker, which is interested in communicating subjects that can’t be shown in live action. She primarily works with science collaborators, from archaeologists to neuroscientists and microbiologists. In her presentation during Friday's schedule, she will discuss the methodology she has developed to create her unique work.

Nathan Jurevicius is a Canadian based Australian illustrator, director, toy designer, author and fine artist. His most acclaimed project to date is Scarygirl, an ever-evolving world of characters manifested through graphic novels, limited edition collectible toys, games and animation. In his seminar, Nathan will delve into his personal projects and visually discuss the thinking behind his creative process. Nathan will also look at the storytelling aspects of his animated projects, focusing on characters and the rich worlds they inhabit.

Per Åhlin will be the honorary guest of the festival this year, celebrating his 50-year debut film Out of an Old Man’s Head.

Another highlight of the 2017 edition is the association of the festival with the European Animation Awards, the Emile Awards. The winning films of this year are eligible to participate in the European Animation Awards.

Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Nordic region, dating back to 1994 and the festival Animerte Dager in Oslo, Norway.  One of the cornerstones of the festival is the Nordic-Baltic animated short film competition, with the winning prize known as the Golden Gunnar.The festival has previously hosted guests from famous studios such as Pixar, Disney and Aardman. It will take place in the town of Fredrikstad (9 – 12 November).