This year, the ReAnima festival will take place from November 11th to 14th in the Cinemateket of Bergen and pays tribute to Japanese animation.
ReAnima presents undoubtedly one of the favourite animation scenes and the most captivating in the world, the one of Japanese animation in its 11-14 November programme.
Apart from their competition program featuring films such as 'Impossible Figures I and other stories' by Marta Pajek, 'Tainted Fruit' by Marq Persson, 'Selection Process' by Carla Pereira among many others, ReAnima will present a retrospective of the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts with some of the best films made by students of the school in the last teen years.
In addition, a retrospective of the master Koji Yamamura will be screened, as well as a masterclass that the Japanese creator prepared for the audience that will gather at the Cinemateket of Bergen.
Also, noteworthy is the interview that Ingvild A. Jansen will have with Åshild Kanstad Johnsen, Norwegian artist behind the famous series Kubbe and many other books. Jansen also prepared a lecture about his research on the origins of animation in Bergen, the same that would be done last year but had to be postponed for the corona-reason that we all know by now. After the lecture, she will present a special program with short films from the early 2000s till today.
For children, ReAnima has prepared its much loved competition ReAnima Kids where children vote for the best short film. Plus a special program of Pui Pui Molcar, the hilarious series directed by the talented Tomoki Misato and Kubbe, based on the book by Åshild Kanstad Johnsen, will make the best day for all the family in the Bergen Library.
The feature films that will be screened to open and close the festival are: 'Gyokō no Nikuko-chan' directed by Ayumu Watanabe and 'Poupelle of Chimney Town', directed by Yusuke Hirota, two celebrated feature films that give fresh air to the anime genre that comes from Japan.
The winners of this year's international competition will be chosen by Sofie Vestad, Charles Michalsen and Anita Killi. The three of them form the jury that will have the difficult task of choosing the winning short films for the fifth edition of BIAF ReAnima.
The producer of the festival Simon Furdal confirmed that this year the BIAF ReAnima obtained the support of the Vestnorsk FilmSenter, the Bergen Kommune and the Chunichi Inadomi fondet for norsk japansk kulturutveksling. Simon commented that ReAnima achieved to keep and get more partners to provide quality animation workshops and provide special screenings in city schools. For the workshops they have the support of Bakom, an innovative hub to develop artistic skills.
Bakom, under the leadership of Sofie Vestad, one of the pioneers of animation in Bergen, has provided workshops in the field of animation and cinema. While for the special screenings, the Asane Folk School partnered with ReAnima since last year. He also remarked that ReAnima will be held for the first time at the Cinemateket of Bergen. The best place to celebrate the gradual return to cultural events as well as international animation.