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Blogs “LIFE IS SHORT” - FIKE 12th International Short Film Festival, 21 through 25 October 2014 in Evora, Portugal

Nik and I love Portugal, the food, the wine, the people, so when I was invited to be on the jury of FIKE and Nik was asked to give a workshop we were very excited.  We had never been to Evora before so we weren’t prepared for the unique beauty of the historic town.

Blogs Anidox 2015 - Open call for animation directors, documentarians and creative producers

Open call for animation directors, documentarians and creative producers:
 
For projects in development, creative research and for forming new collaborations.
 
Through a series of professional seminars, ANIDOX:LAB will offer talented documentary 
and animation filmmakers the opportunity to engage and combine their two worlds.
 
The coaching seminars and collaborative workshops are designed to progress from 
fine-tuning an initial idea, through narrative and visual development, to pitching sessions 
at our prestigious partner  festivals.

Blogs Anibar Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo 20 - 26 August 2015: Call for Entires

Animators around the world  become part of the competitions in the 6th edition of Anibar Animation Festival! This year’s Anibar has four new crowns to award in the categories: Best Environmental, Best Music Video, Best Production and Best Children's Film.

Blogs Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (May 5-10, 2015) Extended Deadline for AniMovie, Reminder Call for Entries Animated Com Award

ITFS - Extended submission deadline for the animated feature length film competition AniMovie until January 19, 2015.

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Animated Com Award - awarding outstanding work in the areas of advertising, spatial communication and technology, and the special award of the Daimler AG. Films can be submitted until January 15, 2015.

 

Blogs THE 7th XIAMEN INTERNATIONAL CYBER SOUSA ANIMATION FESTIVAL - 15 to 19 August 2014 in Xiamen, China

A five day Animation, Comics, and Technology Exhibition held in conjunction with the 7th Xiamen International Cyber Sousa Animation Festival, August 15 - 19.

Blogs 5th Edition of the Anibar International Festival of Animation 5 - 10 August, 2014 in Peja, Kosovo

Anibar Animation Festival is truly unique.  No one involved with the running of the festival is over 26 years old, they have a strong ecological bent, and the festival is primarily organized for the 60,000 residents of Peja rather than for foreign guests.  The quality of the programing is good and included something to please everyone. I always find their Balkan Competition to be interesting, with many films that I don’t get to see at other festivals.

Blogs ANIMATOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL IS THE PERFECT MIX OF FILM AND MUSIC 11 – 17 July, 2014 Poznan, Poland

ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland is a festival with a strong focus on live performance as well as the normal fare of short and feature length animation as well as workshops and panel discussions.

Blogs CALL FOR ENTRIES - ANIFILM, International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon

ANIFILM, International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon 2015 is announcing  CALL FOR ENTRIES!

6th Anifilm, which will take place in T?ebo?, Czech Republic 5th - 10th May 2015 opens submissions for your films!

Your creations made after January 1st 2014 you can submit now to following categories:

a/ Films for Grown-Ups

b/ Films for Children

Application deadline is set to 15th January 2015.
Please register your film by filling in at online form at vp.eventival.eu/anifilm/2015 .

Blogs KROK Festival 2014 Seeking Crowd Funding

Hi everyone,
I hope you are having a great summer.  I returned this afternoon from three weeks at animation festivals in Kosovo and China and an e-mail was waiting for me from my friends at the KROK festival.  We are all aware of the political situation between Russia and the Ukraine and KROK is caught in the middle with their usual government funding sources cut off. They have started crowd funding on two sites to make the festival happen.
I know that animators don't have much money and I don't normally send out pleas for money but for so many years the KROK INTERNATIONAL Animation Festival has given so much to so many of us so if you can give anything to their crowd funding campaign to help the KROK boat sail this year, please do.
The final fund raising date is September 5, so please visit the sites listed below and help if you can
Even if you can only give a few dollars, every little bit will help.
Here are the links to get to the KROK funding sites:

Blogs ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL - 9 TO 14 JUNE 2014

When I saw French animator and illustrator Franck Dion’s beautiful 2014 Annecy poster I felt it was going to be a good festival this year and it was.   For the first time in its history the festival team choose an animator to design the poster and let’s hope it won’t be the last time. It was also the first time in many years that the sun shone brightly down on the entire six days of the festival. There was no rain, just hot and hotter weather.

The festival got off to a splendid start with the presentation of a Honorary Award to Isao Takahata at the opening night ceremony.  The seventy-seven year old Japanese animator was honoured for his outstanding career and life-long contribution to animation.  His films include Grave of the Fireflies, Pompoko, and My Neighbors Yamadas.  Along with Hayao Miyazaki and the Tokuma Shotem Company he also founded Studio Ghibli.

Blogs INTERNATIONAL TRICKFILM FESTIVAL 22 – 27 April, 2014 Stuttgart, Germany And FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games, and Technology 22 – 25 April, 2014 Stuttgart, Germany

 

They were very busy but they took time out to sit down with me and tell me about The Hollow Land Experience.  The talented couple have created an audience inter-active installation to “explore the possibilities and expel the boundaries between theatre and animation, fiction and realism, transforming a screen based experience into a physical one”.  Participants are given masks and costumes representing the two characters in the film as they enter the “animated rooms” which are created by multi-angled projections which change rapidly as the masked participants explore them.  The blind “explorers” do not realize that there is one actor among them who leads them through the experience and hands them props such as toilet plungers to put on their heads.  There is also an audience watching all of the activity much like old time residents of a city would watch newcomers. The installation was conceived at the Open Workshop in Viborg where they are both artists-in-residence.  They said that it is expensive to install but they hope to be able to present it at animation festivals and in museums.  You can see a small excerpt about the project on their website: http://Hollowlandfilm.wordpress.com

Blogs CHIMNEY PUBLISHES A BOOK TO HELP EUROPEAN FILMMAKERS FUND THEIR PROJECTS

Whether you are a seasoned professional with a track record or making your first film finding your way through the co-production maze is difficult.  This year at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (22 to 25 April) I came across Chimney’s Top 100 European Film Funds (The Gateway to European Financing)   This book is an invaluable tool for any animator who is looking for co-production and funding opportunities in Europe.

The 175 page book is organized by country, from Armenia to the United Kingdom, and in countries with several diverse regions such as France, the regions are subdivided into regional funding opportunities.  Vital information, including available tax shelters, VAT percentage and requirements, and co-production treaties are listed along with contact information.  The glossary demystifies terms such as soft money and pari passu and the through indexes list funds by countries, alphabetically, and funding levels.  Chimney plans to publish a yearly update to keep information current, and in the next year is planning to create an app with all the information in digital form.

Blogs CELEBRATING TEN YEARS OF ANIMATION AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT TEN!

This year Fete De L’Anim celebrated ten years of bringing animation to Tourcoing and the surrounding towns. The event not only had a fine selection of films,  it was an important meeting place for animation professionals and students from top European animation schools to exchange knowledge and ideas.

Kristof Serrand, Supervising Animator at Dream Works was this year’s guest of honor.  His presentation “Trade Secrets:  How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy” was excellent.  As one of the key players working on the trilogy and someone who has successfully made the transition from 2D to 3D, Kristof is well qualified to take the packed audience behind the scenes and show us a lot about the conception and making of the films.  Besides being an extremely talented person he is also very charming.  Unfortunately I missed the first two days of L’Anim so I could not attend his first Master Class.

Blogs Call for Entries, Anibar 2014 in Peja, Kosovo

Call for entries!

Anibar International Animation Festival is pleased to announce its worldwide call for entries for its 2014 festival, taking place the 5th to 10th of August, in the city of Peja. Regulations and a link to the online application form is available at: http://anibar.com/2013/En/media/news/178/ here

Animation filmmakers are invited to submit their work to compete in three main categories:

Blogs Open Call - Viborg Animation Festival 2014

Looking for innovative experiments: Animation-based visuals for a live concert with Danish rock band Magtens Korridorer.

As part of the Viborg Animation Festival 2014, October 3rd – 5th (more on the 2012 edition at this very site), a concert performance with Danish rock favorites Magtens Korridorer and animation-based visuals will take place in intimate Viborg venue Paletten (capacity 500).

We’re looking for a different kind of live music experience, one that plays around with the relationship between music, band, visuals and/or audience.

Your job will be to come up with an innovative and interesting concept for the visuals, which can be executed within a budget of 200.000 DKR (roughly 27.000 euros). Everything from projection mapping to inflatable dolls may be incorporated – the only requirement is that a not insubstantial amount of the 200.000 must be set aside for animated visuals and that these will be produced in the Viborg animation cluster Arsenalet (www.arsenalet.dk).

Blogs ANIMA – The Brussels Animation Film Festival - 28 February through 9 March 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

The 33rd edition of ANIMA Brussels, 28 February through 9 March 2014 took a giant step toward becoming a world class animation festival this year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed qualifying status on ANIMA.  Joining such renowned festivals as Annecy and Zagreb, ANIMA’s Grand Prix winning short film Futon by Japanese animator Yoriko Mizushirlhas now officially qualified for the 2014 Oscar race.


Yoriko utilizes the traditional Japanese mattress, a futon, to take the audience into the dream fantasy world between consciousness and sleep.  While wrapped up in her futon the young girl in the film sinks into thoughts of life’s pleasurable waking hours – a piece of sushi, warm covers, a stretch of her body are all portrayed in sensual images using a soft color pallet.  A complete list of all of the winning films is at the end of the article.

Blogs Call for Entries: Festival of European Student Animation in Belgrade, Serbia



ABOUT THE FESTIVAL,

Initiated by the Public Enterprise “Belgrade Fortress”,

FESA – Festival of European Student Animation, was established in 2012 under the auspices of the Serbian Ministry for Culture.


The main goal of the festival is to promote the art of animation in the European countries and to create conditions that will enable the younger generation to conquer new concepts and new technologies.

The Festival of European Student Animation will be held on August 30th and 31st, 2014.

The Festival comprises of Students' Competition programme (film schools and single student authors)

This year’s competition themes are WAR and PEACE - in the widest sense of the terms.

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