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Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2015 to Spotlight Richard Williams

Legendary animator Richard Williams joins the Fredrikstad Animation Festival with screenings of The Academy’s work print of ‘The Thief and the Cobbler - A Moment in Time’ and his latest short film, ‘Prologue.’

Digital reconstruction of ‘The Thief and the Cobbler - A Moment in Time’ is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Film Archive.

Organizers of Norway’s Fredrikstad Animation Festival have announced that Richard Williams, the triple Oscar-winning animator, director, producer and author of “The Animator’s Survival Kit,” and his wife Imogen Sutton will be attending the 2015 edition of the festival, running November 12-15 in Fredrikstad, Norway.

Richard Williams is best known for his work as director of animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) for which he won two Oscars, and for his feature film The Thief and the Cobbler. The production of The Thief and the Cobbler began in 1964 but the film wasn't released until 1993 with the title The Princess and the Cobbler. In 1995, Miramax released a shortened and re-edited version, titled Arabian Knight.

The “director's cut” and director’s approved work print subtitled A Moment in Time, was finally released in 2013. Richard Williams’ new film Prologue (2015) debuted at Annecy in June. During the past years he drew this six-minute short entirely on his own.

Richard Williams will present Prologue and the work print of The Thief and the Cobbler - A Moment in Time during the festival followed by a Q&A with the audience. This digital reconstruction of The Thief and the Cobbler is courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Film Archive.

Source: Fredrikstad Animation Festival 

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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.

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