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NonStop Barcelona Animació 2016 Kicks off May 18

Barcelona hosts the third edition of the city’s first festival exclusively for animation May 18-22.

After four editions as an event and two more as a festival, NonStop Barcelona Animació consolidates itself in its third edition, as one of main voices of the animation cinema in Barcelona and Catalunya. The festival, organized by the association “Art Non Stop,” will take place at different spaces in throughout the city of Barcelona May 18-22.

Seven years have passed since NonStop Barcelona Animació bounced into cultural scene of the city as the first and exclusively animation cinema festival in Barcelona. With the mission of shining a spotlight on animation and awareness among the general public, as well as supporting emerging talent, past editions of the festival have included a wide range of screenings, master classes, workshops, conferences, and competition programs.

New to this year is the Creative Juice Seminar, taking place for the first time in Europe with the presence of international artists like Anthony Jones, Dan Luvisi, Kalen Chock, John Polidora, Gerald Parel and Maki Planas. This panel discussion on concept art will presents a major opportunity to learn about the work of creative professionals from companies such as ILM, Blizzard, Microsoft and Universal who have been involved in projects like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and World of Warcraft.

A new series of posters has been unveiled for NonStop 2016 designed by Israeli illustrator, animator and director Avi Ofer. Ofer’s extended filmography includes Ella Takes World Cup, Get the Picture and Behind the Trees.

This year’s festival program includes screenings of more than 50 short films and four animated features, including the Spanish premieres of Adama by Simon Rouby and DOFUS book 1: Julith by Jean-Jaques Denis and Anthony Roux.

Alongside three competition categories -- Official Short Film Section, the Official TV Series Selection and the School Short Films Selection -- NonStop 2016 will also feature conferences, master classes and workshops led by animation luminaries such as Sergio Lara, animator of the Charlie Kaufman film Anomalisa.

New venues have also been added to the 2016 edition -- in addition to the Filmoteca of Catalunya, Cinemas Girona, the French Institute of Barcelona, The Espai Jove La Fontana, Libraries of Barcelona, Joso´s school, and Fnac stores in Triangle, NonStop events will also be held at The CPAC (College of Audio-visual Professionals in Catalunya) the Catalunya SGAE Foundation, (General Society of Authors and Editors) and the ECIB (Cinema School of Barcelona).

Source: NonStop Barcelona Animació

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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.