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KLIK GROWS UP . . . But doesn’t Outgrow Fun! KLIK AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL - 7 through 11 - November, 2012

The minute that I walked into the Eye it was apparent that KLIK had not changed, but the Eye might never be the same.  Cruising around in the air were a shiver of motorized inflatable sharks (yes, a group of sharks is indeed a shiver).  The greeters at the registration desk were handing out KLIKERS, small plastic clickers which are the symbol of the festival that the audience uses to register their approval rather than the usual clapping.

The opening night festivities got underway when as guests were invited to sit on the broad stairway leading from the ground floor to the mezzanine main screening room for a performance by Firma Zwakstroon.  The Dutch multi-disciplinary trio incorporated pantomime, music, and animation as they morphed into different shapes and forms, finally ending by disappearing into what seemed like large plastic bubbles.

Animation Blogs

Perry’s Previews: 2013 Oscar Animation Shorts Review, Director Interviews & Prediction

By Perry Chen | Monday, February 11, 2013 at 2:15pm

2012 was an amazing year for animation short films. This year’s Oscar nominees share one thing in common: they are all silent films, each demonstrating the power of pure storytelling with only visuals and music! The nominees are: “Paperman”, “Fresh Guacamole”, “Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare,” “Head over Heels,” and “Adam and Dog.”


The Promised Land: Part 4

Israel's demand for its neighbors’ recognition of its right to existence as an independent state is essential. Which country would not seek it or fight for it, if need to? But there is another facet to this, one which came to my focus while there, Israel's right to existence as the Jewish state. This is an all together other, vastly more complex an issue.

Screenwriting Blogs


If you’re a writer who wants to improve the quality of your story, or a producer who wants your film to have the best possible chance at the box office, I've got 10 writing maxims for you that will maximize your chances of success...


The 5th Xiamen Cyber Sousa Animation Festival, 26 through 29 October, 2012 - Xiamen, China

My visit to the 5thXiamen Cyber Sousa Animation Festival in Xiamen, China was in marked contrast to my visit to Changchun, China six weeks before.  Changchun is located in the far North East of China near to the South Korean and Mongolian borders and although the weather had not turned cold yet the heavy coats and boots in the department stores foretold what was to come soon.

Xiamen is situated on the South-eastern coast of China on the Taiwan Strait which gives it a beautiful tropical climate with lush flowers and foliage.  The most marked difference between the two events was the much more relaxed pace of the Xiamen festival.  Although there was an array of events, there were very few that we were required to attend, so I could choose what was most interesting to me.