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'Little Freak' Wins International HAFFTube Competition

Edwin Schapp’s short film about a disfigured boy who performs as a freak in a circus, Little Freak, is the winner of the international web competition HAFFTube.

Little Freak (Netherlands, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, 2013) by Edwin Schaap is the winner of the international web competition HAFFTube. The touching short film (3:33 min) is about a disfigured boy who performs as a freak in a circus.

Edwin Schaap studied 3D computer animation and visual effects at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and graduated in 2013. In the same year he obtained a Master of Arts degree at the Open University (UK). Currently he is working as 3D animator at Framestore (London) on the new Wachowski's sci-fi fantasy film Jupiter Ascending. Little Freak is also selected for the HAFF competitions Dutch animation and European student films.

The HAFFTube competition started in February. Gradually, HAFFTube filled with animation films from all over the world. When the limit of fifty films was reached, HAFF removed a few films every day to make room for new entries. The HAFFTube jury members were all filmmakers of films selected for the international competition for shorts 2014.

Special programmes for professionals:

Heartstrings – Thursday to Sunday every morning at 9:30 hrs
What’s the thing with animation? In two talk shows, hosted by Peter Dougherty, animation filmmakers and art connoisseurs present their favourite films. On Thursday filmmakers from the nominated films for the Grand Prix for Dutch animation pull up a chair. On Friday Boyoung Kim and Gil Alkabetz tell about their favourites. On Saturday Mait Laas and Seth Scriver. On Sunday the filmmakers with a film in competition talk about their films and answer questions the audience have been dying to ask.

Daily Masters – Friday to Sunday at 11:00 hrs
Friday March 21: Chao Wu will throw a light on recent developments in digital animation and video art in China. Her installation is one of the five animation installations at the festival.
Saturday March 22: Film journalist Anton Damen presents the latest news on games and animation.
Sunday March 23: Wendy Morris will talk about committed films. Her film Heir to the Evangelical Revival (Belgium, 2013) is part of the Committed films programme.

Seminar feature films – Thursday, March 20 at 14:00 hrs
In recent years, a young animation industry has sprouted in the Netherlands with fervent plans to develop feature films. Director Gioia Smid and producer Bruno Felix talk about their experiences. Their films will be screened at HAFF: Gioia Smid directed the family-film Pim & Pom The Big Adventure (Netherlands, 2014), Bruno Felix produced the hybrid animation documentary Last Hijack (Netherlands/Germany/Ireland/Belgium, 2014) directed by Tommy Pallotta en Femke Wolting. More information on the Seminar feature films

Don’t miss it: School in Focus: CalArts
HAFF annually puts the spotlight on an art academy. This year the renowned California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, USA). CalArts offers two animation programmes: Character and Experimental, that will be introduced by Jeanette Bonds. More information on School in Focus: CalArts

Source: Holland Animation Film Festival