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Fantoche Festival Issues Final Call for Entries

Organizers of Switzerland’s largest animation film festival launch new ‘Humanité Animée’ program; final deadline for entries is May 31.

BADEN, SWITZERLAND -- Fantoche, Switzerland’s largest animation film festival, will be held for the 14th time in Baden September 6-11, 2016. In addition to the international competition, Fantoche takes a philosophical look at the conditions of human existence with its “Humanité Animée” program while the Fantoche Industry Day transforms Baden into a national rendezvous for professionals from the fields of animation, interaction design, multimedia, advertising and game design.

Humanité Animée:

Culture reflects all aspects of human existence, worries and fears, joys and sorrows, highs and lows, successes and failures. Animation film makers play an important role in this reflection, as highlighted by the Humanité Animée program.

 “It is important for us to highlight the philosophical scope of this topic while also emphasizing humor and entertainment, thus establishing a program which will leave a lasting impression on the audience,” said festival director Annette Schindler commenting on the Humanité Animée program.

The Industry Day:

The Industry Day brings together artistic and entrepreneurial creativity and acts as a national platform for the creation of animated films in Switzerland. The interdisciplinary symposium showcases national studios, international case studies and the most successful animation campaigns. It also offers excellent networking opportunities for professionals and newcomers.

Following the first successful edition of Industry Talk 2015, the podium discussions have been expanded into a day-long program that satisfies the current needs of the animation industry.

Last chance 2016 for film submissions:

The festival program gives center stage to its three competitions -- the International Competition, the Swiss Competition and the Kids Film Competition. The competitions are still open and film makers are encouraged to submit their animated films, each no longer than 40 minutes.

The experts in the selection group will search through all the submissions to find the films that exhibit strength and innovation, that can touch audiences emotionally and that perhaps flout conventions or push boundaries.

The online application portal to submit a short animation film is now open at. The closing date for registering is May 31, 2016.

Hors Concours program:

New this year is the Hors Concours program. Films will also be selected from the submissions and put together to form a Hors Concours program. With this program, Fantoche will go beyond the range of topical animated short films to add a colorful bouquet of stories and images that affect everyone.

Source: Fantoche

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.