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World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb 2021 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies goes to Xavier Kawa-Topor

XAVIER KAWA-TOPOR IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE ANIMAFEST ZAGREB 2021 AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANIMATION STUDIES!

 
World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb Festival Council decided to present the 2021 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies to culture and film scholar and animation critic and historian, Xavier Kawa-Topor.
 

Xavier Kawa-Topor uses his broad knowledge of humanities to create solid foundations in studying moving images, with animation bearing a special significance. This is evident from the fact that he established the French-speaking NEF Animation professional platform in 2015, as well as from diverse practical activities in supporting contemporary and classic animation. Topor’s festival and other programmes, the books he wrote or edited on animation history (individually or in association with experts such as Phillipe Moins, Ilan Nguyen and Jean Rubak), made an exceptional contribution to the knowledge, studying and promotion of Japanese animation and artists like Hayao Miyazaki, Koji Yamamamura, Yamazaki Takashi or Isao Takahati, and he also strived to explore the masterpieces of many other filmmakers, like Ladislas Starevitch, René Laloux or Michael Dudok de Witt.

All these successes, as well as articles and essays on animation published in leading professional magazines, such as Blink Blank (as one of the founding editors), serve to illustrate Topor’s skill in synthesis just as much as his exploratory zeal, individual creativity and inclination to team work in promoting animation.

With presenting and analysing animation, often especially bearing in mind the specifics of younger audiences, Topor has made an immense educational effect, helping Western Europe and the entire global community of animation lovers to define the canons of the most important achievements in this art. On the other hand, he never forgot to acknowledge contemporary values, which made him one of the most significant animation scholars worldwide.

The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies will be presented to him at the official opening ceremony of Animafest in Zagreb, 7 June 2021. Xavier Kawa-Topor will also be a keynote speaker at Animafest Scanner VIII 2021 - Symposium for contemporary animation studies which will take place 8-9 June 2021 during the 31st World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb.

 

APPLY FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ANIMAFEST SCANNER VIII 2021 SYMPOSIUM!

 

Entries are open until 15 March, and all film and media researchers are invited to present the latest findings from the field of animation.

 
 

With the aim of creating synergy between theoretical and practical discourse among filmmakers and scholars, the eight Animafest Scanner VIII 2021 international symposium takes place 8-9 June 2021, and international film and media researchers are invited to present the latest findings in the field of animation.

This year´s keynote speaker is the recipient of 2021 Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation StudiesXavier Kawa-Topor, culture and film scholar and animation critic and historian.

Historical trends, numerous points of view and approaches, new findings in the growing field of animation studies and interesting speakers – all this will be available at Animafest Scanner 2021, whose primary goal is to create a synergy between theoretical and practical animation discourses, which is why it takes place in the context of screenings, exhibitions and other Animafest’s side events. We are inviting you to submit your papers and join other renowned speakers! Looking forward to your applications! 

Dates: 8-9 June 2021
Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Terms and conditions of the public call can be found HERE, and you can submit your application HERE.

 
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