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Brussels Festival's 20th Anniversary Program

The Brussels Animation and Cartoon Festival has concocted an exceptional program for its 20th anniversary (February 28 - March 3, 2001). 575 films were submitted for selection, a record number of entries. To date, 113 of them have been selected. The complete list of selected films will be available in January. The feature film program includes: "The Emperor's New Groove" by Mark Dindall (USA); "Heavy Metal 2000" by Michaël Coldewey and Michel Lemire (Canada/Germany); "My Neighbours The Yamadas" by Isao Takahata (Japan) (TBC); and "Otesanek" by Jan Svankmajer (Czech Republic). In addition to the feature program, the festival will present six international programs of short films, two international programs of student films and two programs of Belgian films. Plus, a special 20th anniversary program, "Animated Night," and the Cartoon d'Or finalists for the prize for Best European animation film. The retrospectives include a tribute to New Zealand filmmaker Len Lye and a special spotlight on Australia. The 'making of' section of the festival will feature Nick Ranieri (Walt Disney), chief animator on Cuzco, in "The Emperor's New Groove;" Philippe Glukman (PDI) on the upcoming "Shrek;" Neil Crepela (The Secret Lab), visual effects supervisor on "Dinosaur," among others. For the second time, the festival will present Anima, a 4-day industry event with various conferences, screenings and panel discussions, March 1-3, 2001. Topics include: Sound And Music In Animation, with lectures by Canadian composer Normand Roger Animation Effects, with guest speaker Kim Keukeleire, animator for Clayart, Will Vinton and Aardman's "Chicken Run;" Writing For Animation-Authors' Rights; and more! For more information, contact the festival: Tel.: ++ (32 2) 534.41.25; Fax: ++ (32 2) 534.22.79; or E-mail:, or visit

The Best Of The 2000 Brussels Animation Festival is available in VHS PAL for $24.00. Get your copy of the best short animation films that were screened at this year's Brussels Cartoon and Animated Films Festival. This tape is featured in its original language with French subtitles.