MONSTRA | Animated Film Festival returns from March 8th to 18th to celebrate its 18 th birthday. For this edition, the festival will pay tribute to Estonia’s animation cinema through the screening of 140 films from this country. This includes historical and contemporary films, director retrospectives, such as Priit Pärn, Priit Tender, Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov or Rao Heidmets, feature-length and short films, and films for families. Estonia, which is celebrating in 2018 its 100 years of independence from the Russian Empire, was the first European country to make stereoscope films and, for that reason, MONSTRA’s line-up includes a screening session of short stereoscopic films and of the feature Lisa Limone And Maroc Orange – A Rapid Love Story, by Mait Laas.
For this edition, there are 7 films in the international feature film competition:
aA Silent Voice, by the young Japanese director Naoko Yamada.
As always, MONSTRA will also have sections for the Short-film, Student and Super Short (films up to 2’ long) competitions, as well as the Monstrinha competition, dedicated to the younger audience of the festival. MONSTRA is, once again, paying tribute to the Japanese animation cinema. This year, director Kunio Katō, who won an Oscar in 2008 for Best Animated Short Film with The House of Small Cubes, is coming to Lisbon for a retrospective of his short films. There will also be a tribute to director Mamoru Hosoda, with the screening of 4 feature- length films. There will be a screening of the film Gauche the Cellist, directed by the cofounder of Studio Ghibli, master Isao Takahata. Finally, the also Oscar-winning director Koji Yamamura will, too, be in Lisbon to present a retrospective of his work, and of the work of his students at Tokio University, who are attending the Monstra at the University program.
One of the great features this year is the premiere of the film Early Man, directed by Nick Park and produced by the british studios Aardman. The film debuts on March 7 th, the day before the official start of the festival, bringing to Lisbon Emanuel Nevado, member of the animation team of the film, and director Nick Park, who, on March 10 th, will give a masterclass and present his films at MONSTRA.
On the historical sections, which is entitled “Evasions for Freedom” in this edition, the following films will be presented: Yellow Submarine, George Dunning’s acclaimed film about The Beatles and the 60s, which is turning 50 this year; René Laloux’ Fantastic Planet, which is turning 45; Dave Borthwick’s The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb, which is turning 25; and The Triplets of Belleville, turning 15, directed by Sylvain Chomet, who is coming to Lisbon to talk about his work on a masterclass.
MONSTRA 2018 is also showcasing films on the following sections: DokAnim (animation documentaries, depicted by two feature films and a retrospective on the DokLeipzig Festival), TerrorAnim (horror animation films), Monstra Triple X (a selection of explicit films, audiences 18 up), Experimental Cinema, and ClipAnim (animation music videos, selected by musician Filipe Raposo). The film The Origin of Sound, directed by Dutch director Paul Driessen, will have its world premiere during the award ceremony and an exhibition on the windows of Cinema São Jorge.
Archive: Call for entries
The festival accepts films in the following categories: