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  • The Stories of A Failed Generation: Theodore Ushev Presents The Physics of Sorrow

    The new film by the Oscar-nominated director Theodore Ushev The Physics of Sorrow, will be part of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

     

  • SH_T Happens by David Štumpf and Michaela Mihályi

     An animated short in Venice: Zippy Frames talks to David Štumpf and Michaela Mihályi about the new short to premiere at the 76th Biennale, SH_T Happens.

     

  • Riot by Frank Ternier

    Frank Ternier presents Riot.

     

  • Uncle Thomas: Accounting For the Days by Regina Pessoa

    Olga Bobrowska reviews the new film by Regina Pessoa, Uncle Thomas: Accounting For the Days.

     

  • Symbiose by Paul Raillard

    French animator Paul Raillard signs a 2D film on the inevitable comic results of perverted loneliness. Watch Symbiose.

     

  • (OO) by Seoro Oh

    A man suffers from rhinitis in Seoro Oh's (OO). Here's his madcap story.

     

  • Number of Victims Rises in Kyoto Animation Studio Attack

    At least 33 are now reported dead at the Kyoto Animation Studio arson.

     

  • A Demonstration of Brilliance in Four Acts: Interview With Lucija Mrzljak and Morten Tšinakov (VIDEO)

     Two talented independent animators from Croatia/ Estonia, Lucija Mrzljak and Morten Tšinakov, talk to our Zippy Frames contributor Kropka during Annecy Festival.

     

  • Negative Space by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

     A father, a son and a piece of luggage. Watch the bittersweet stop-motion film, Negative Space by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata.

     

  • Phil Mulloy: Did You Have Sex With Boris?

    The inimitable UK animation filmmaker Phil Mulloy comments on current UK affairs.

     

  • A Lot of Energy, But It's Totally Worth It: Interview with Edwina Liard

    Edwina Liard is one of the creative duo of IKKI Films, responsible for bringing Negative Space to life. She talks to Zippy Frames.

     

  • Traitors of the Eyes: Interview with Abdelrahman Dnewar and Saad Dnewar

    Tsvika Oren interviews Abdelrahman Dnewar and Saad Dnewar, the winners of the ITFS Arab Animation Forum, for their project Traitors of the Eyes.

     

  • 47 Animation Shorts for Turku Animated Film Festival

    Discover the selection results of the 4th Turku Animated Film Festival.

     

  • Eira by Nadine Nonn Selected at CINEKID Script Lab

    The Swiss project and script Eira by Nadine Nonn will be developed during the Cinekid Script Lab training programme.

     

  • Ville Neuve Review: Like A Fish Out of Water

    Vassilis Kroustallis reviews the poetic and intimate Canadian animation feature Ville Neuve by Félix Dufour-Laperrière.

     

  • Close The Shutters by Ynon Lan

    Israeli animation filmmaker Ynon Lan presents and talks about Close The Shutters.

     

  • Full Feather Jacket by Liz el Saadany

    Sometimes you need to accomplish your mission at all costs. Watch Full Feather Jacket animation short by Liz el Saadany.

     

  • Baraa by Natasza Cetner

    When art transforms human emotions. Here's the gripping Baraa animation short by Natasza Cetner.

     

  • Away by Gints Zilbalodis Review: Your Eden Is Just Around the Harbour

    Away is a prime 3D immersive experience without the use of sex, drugs or rock'n'roll. Read our review for the Latvian animation feature Away by Gints Zilbalodis.

     

  • Anibar Festival Declares ARTivism for 2019 Edition

    The tenth edition of Anibar Animation Festival in Kosovo is devoted to challenges and efforts to counteract problems in mainstream cultural politics.

    The Kosovo festival and niche for independent animation scene has by its own position been entangled  in a hotly debated political and cultural climate. Most of the times this has resulted in vigorous festival reactions (such as "Reclaim The City" initiative in 2017).For the celebratory 10th edition of Anibar Festival (15-21/7/2019), the theme is ARTivism, the use of art to defend the rights of and highlight the challenges faced by the marginalized, ignored, or erased within society.

    Here's the whole statement, in full:

    Ten years ago, a group of young local artists organized the first animation festival in our newborn country. Each year our festival has continued to grow to more than we could have ever hoped for. But with growth, new fears take root—the fear of losing our home cinema and other important infrastructure for our festival and the fear of our youth immigrating abroad for better opportunities. We’ve hoped and continue to hope that Anibar can utilize animation as an influence of progressive change to our local community and young aspiring artists, promote youth civic activity in the process. For the 10th Edition of the Anibar International Animation Festival, we want to confront our collective hopes and fears towards political, social, and environmental changes through the arts and to inspire civic activism. We hope being vulnerable and honest with you can serve as a starting point for this discussion.

    Hope and fear saturate our culture as they do many others. Often times these two aspects dynamically coexist with one another. The hope of getting to visit extended family living abroad in the near future. The fear of travel abroad for an opportunity for honest work with the hope that such an opportunity would bring. The fear of environment being destroyed during our generation’s lifetime and the hope that we will work together to find a solution to save it. The hope of the growing cultural acceptance of the role of women in society and decision making with the fear of the loss of celebrated cultural traditions. Acknowledging our hopes and fears for the future is the first step in addressing these problems.


    Trailer, artwork, and animation by Alice Saey, music and sound by Ruben van Asselt.

    Addressing these feelings requires honest and sincere language, free of opaqueness and convolution. However, political language is typically highly legalistic or technocratic, oftentimes carefully encoding its message. This language has become more and more distant to those affected by its governance. Kosovo is not an exemption to this phenomenon. The language of politicians and human rights professionals as conveyed by activists, academics, public officials, or judges does not relate to the needs of the public. In this regard, the role of the artist is vital. The artistic medium is designed to be expressive, honest, and most importantly, accessible. Civil actions have sought to express themselves through paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, graffiti, and other forms for this reason.


                                                                                                                  Anibar Open-Air lake screening

    While regimes have changed, citizen and human rights in Kosovo continue to challenge the functioning of the state. ARTivism, in our understanding, is the utilization of art for to defend the rights of and highlight the challenges faced by the marginalized, ignored, or erased within society. This allows them to remain seen, preserving their values and identity in peaceful opposition. Artists have the ability to create promote solidarity, awareness, and protest, to create social change from a visual expression of imagination. Our alternative to technocratic political language, especially in the era of technology and media, is ARTivism, or the ability to send complex messages through an accessible and creative means. By promoting our communities individual and collective hopes and fears for the next decade in our public spaces, we aspire to promote active change in the course of our society and city.

     These listed hopes and fears were a sample of those shared by our staff members from their lives and our organization. These hopes and fears were both collective in theme, but individualistic in meaning. We are looking forward to hear your stories during our tenth edition of the festival.

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