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Anima Mundi `97: Brazil's Time to Shine

Our coverage of the fifth annual festival in Rio Di Janiero, Brazil includes: a review by Edmundo Barrieros, "Anima Mundi In Brief," in both Portuguese and English, an essay, "On the Winning Film: Dada," by Lea Zagury and Aida Queiros which discusses Piet Kroon's Dada, and a Quicktime movie of the award-winning film.

Latin America's only animation festival, AnimaMundi, was held in Rio Di Janiero from August 8-17. This surprisingly vibrant and international festival was not only a success, but another step towardbuilding Brazil's growing animation community.

The international, non-competitive festival offers audience members the opportunity to pick their favorite films. This year's three awards went to:

  • Best Film: Dada by Piet Kroon (Holland).
  • Best Children's Film: The Rescue Team - Episode "The Glue" by Jánis Cimermanij (Letonia).
  • Best Computer Animation: Sticky Business by Ed Taylor (United Kingdom).

Our review of Anima Mundi offers two different looks at the festival. Edmundo Barrieros reports on the festival and its impact on Brazilian animation in Anima Mundi In Brief whichis available in both Portuguese and English. Lea Zagury and Aida Queiros' On the Winning Film: Dadaoffers a detailed political analysis of why they feel Dada was the public's favorite film. This article includes a Quicktime movie of Dada by Piet Kroon.

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