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Blogs HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE COMMERCALISM AND LOVE THE FESTIVAL

ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL - 10 TO 15 JUNE  2013 - ANNECY, FRANCE

For several years I had been bothered about the direction that the Annecy International Animation Festival has been heading but this year I finally came to terms with the fact that the festival is now about money and feature length films.  After thinking about it for a very long time I came to the conclusion that having one animation festival devoted to business is not a bad thing since feature films, television series, and commercials are an important part of the animation world.  Besides it means that Annecy is doing the “industry job” very well, so that other festivals don’t have to do it and I can just accept Annecy for what it is.

Blogs Celebrating the 20th Edition of the Stuttgart Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:27pm

This year the Trickfilm Festival has taken its place at the top of world class animation festivals and once again I can honestly say that if I could only attend one festival a year it would be the Trickfilm Festival.

Blogs CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE TRICKFILM FESTIVAL: 23 - 28 April, 2013,Stuttgart, Germany

Each year I wait with great anticipation for the International Trickfilm Festival of Animation and the 2013 20th anniversary edition did not disappoint me.  As befits a milestone 20th anniversary special guests abounded.  The venerable British master of puppet animation, Barry Purves, presented 2 programs of his films, and a screen play workshop he titled “The Naked Animator”.  Alas, Barry did not appear in the altogether but he did bare the naked truth and some harsh realities about a life devoted to puppet animation.  Barry is such an entertaining speaker that I would go out of my way anytime to listen to him read the telephone book which I am sure would be most eloquent with numerous funny asides so the opportunity to hear him talk about what still drives and inspires him to continue to create after 35 years in the land of puppets was a rare treat.

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