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Animation visits Stuttgart

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Today the 17th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film opened its doors. That means six exciting days full of animation with hot topics, colourful worlds and strange figures. The crème de la crème of the international animated film industry were all present at the opening gala which was held at the city's largest cinema and completely sold-out. Public interest is huge and as a result many of the other events such as the world premiere of "The Sandman - Adventure in the Land of Dreams", t...

Red Carpet Stars At SHREK Premiere

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Among the stars on the red carpet at the World Premiere of SHREK FOREVER AFTER at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night: Cameron DiazRobert De NiroMike MyersEddie MurphyMelanie GriffithAntonio Banderas ...

Shrek Walks The Tribeca Red Carpet

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  Don't look now....but green monsters are walking the streets of Manhattan!!! Such news will hardly get a busy, self-involved New Yorker to bat an eyelash, except that the green ones are  named Shrek and Fiona, the beloved animated couple who have already starred in three feature films and a Broadway musical last season. Well, Shrek is back....walking the red carpet at the Opening Night Gala screening of SHREK FOREVER AFTER at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night at the...

Interview with Nag Vladermersky jury member at DotFest

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We've had a great talk with our jury member Nag Vladermersky. Enjoy!  How did you make it to the world of film festivals? I started off as a participant - the films I made got selected for various festivals - and then I saw how great the atmosphere was at these festivals so I decided to start up my own festivals. Especially in the world of animation where animators tend to work in isolation for long periods of time, it is really important that when they finish their wo...

Machinima community to feed BitfIlm's feature film project "Money & Me"

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Machinima-Filmmakers from around the world may contribute frame story ideas for the feature film Money & Me - Submissions of ideas for the frame story until April 30, 2010 - Submissions of short films about Money until July 31, 2010 - Presentation of the films selected by the audience in November 2010 - Premiere of the feature film Money & Me in early 2011 Hamburg based Bitfilm Networks is calling for ideas for the frame story of its feature film Money & Me...

AniFest 2010 in full gear

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  AniFest 2010, the only international specialized competition animation festival in the Czech Republic announces that the festival´s 9th edition will take place in May 18 - 23, 2010 in the North Bohemian spa city of Teplice. After 8 years in Trebon the AniFest management decided to move the festival to Teplice, a larger, and both technically and logistically well equipped city. On top of that, more favorable conditions for holding such an international film event have bee...

The Final Chapter of Shrek 3D to open Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.  today announced that "Shrek Forever After" will open the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express.  "Shrek Forever After" is the final chapter in the adventures of the beloved ogre, Shrek, and the first of the series to be presented in 3D.  It is directed by Mike Mitchell and stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.  The premiere will take place on Wednes...

Francophonie Film Festival

The Francophonie Film Festival will take place in Beijing from March 4 to March 30, 2010.

The festival will present 30 films from various members: France, Senegal, Switzerland, Quebec, Serbia, Vietnam, Tunisia, Belgium etc...

A large selection of feature films and shorts films, recent or older and popular films will be shown to the Chinese audience to let them discover the eclectic worlds of la Francophonie.

Each film will be screened in Beijing, once in the French cultural center and once in the Canadian International School of Beijing (with more than 350 seats), in their original version with Chinese subtitles. Some of them will also have French or English subtitles.

A delegation of directors and artists will be travelling to Beijing to introduce their movies, conduct master classes and meet the press:
From Tunis, Férid Boughedir with ‘’A summer in la Goulette’’
From Belgium, Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar with ‘’A town called panic'' (special screening Cannes film festival 2009)
From Senegal, Mansour Sora wade with ''The price of forgiveness''



OIF is an organisation that gathers countries and regions around the French language and/or the same values (cultural diversity, peace, democratic governance, consolidation of the State under the rule of law, environmental protection). It includes more than 56 members and about 14 observer countries, 870 millions people in all 5 continents in total.

The name of the festival, 法话影展, was created to underline that French is the main or second language of the countries showcasing their films.

A competition is organised on http://ent.cri.cn during the whole festival. The audience can vote on line for the best film of the festival. The best film will be shown one more time on March 29, at the French Cultural center.

The film festival is financed by TV5 World Asia, Sinohydro, the French Embassy in China, the Canadian Embassy in China, the Québec Bureau in China, the Wallonia – Brussels Delegation in China, and supported by the International Organisation of la Francophonie, and the Francophone embassies in China.


Feature films :

Austria: Hold up, by Florian Flicker, comedy, crime, 85min
Belgium: A town called panic, by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, animation, 75min
Benin: The valse of the big bottoms, by Jean Odoutan, drama, 88min
Bulgaria: Monkeys in winter, by Milena Andonova, drama, 111min
Canada: Sticky fingers, by Ken Scott, comedy, 180 min
Cyprius: Akamas, by Panikos Chrisanthou, drama, 124 min
Croatia: Slow days, by Matija Klukovic, drama, 102min
France: Cartagena, by Alain Monne, with Sophie Marceau and Christophe Lambert, drama, 93min
Greece: Dying in Athens, by Nikos Panayotopoulos, drama, musical, 100min
Hungaria: SOS Love, by Tamás Sas, comedy, 96min
Luxembourg: Réfractaire, by Nicolas Steil, drama, 100min
Québec: Necessities of life, by Benoît Pilon, drama, 102min
Czech republic: Mazany Filip, by Václav Marhoul, comedy, crime, 95min
Roumania: Americain fiancees, by Nicolae Margineanu, drama, 80min
Serbia: Technotise-Edit and I, by Aleksa Gajic, animation, 100min
Senegal: The price of forgiveness, by Mansour Sora Wade, drama, 2001, 90min  
Switzerland: Home, by Ursula Meier, drama, 98min
Tunisia: A summer in la Goulette, by Férid Boughedir, drama, 100min
Vietnam: Vertige, by Chuyên Bui Thac, drama, 2009, 110min  


Short films:
Belgium:Slow Motion, by Pascal Adant, animation, 6 min
KWIZ, by Renaud Callebaut, 5min50
Bulgaria: Cirque Sofia, by Pencho Kunchev, animation, 4 min28s
Canada: The necktie, by Jean-François Lévesque, animation, 12min
Diner for two, animation, 7min
Slepping Betty, de Oliver Jones, animation, 09 min
Black soul, de Oliver Jones, animation, 09 min
France: Oktapodi, de Julien BOCABEILLE, François-Xavier CHANIOUX, Olivier DELABARRE,
Thierry MARCHAND, Quentin MARMIER, Emud MOKHBERI, 2min25s.
Même les pigeons vont au paradis, de Samuel Tourneux, 8min40s.
Niger : La course au cadeau, by Marc AYEE, animation,19min




Informations :
All screenings are free and on a first come first seated basis.
Doors will open 30minutes before each screening.
No advance registration.
Please note the specific security requirements for each location :

•    Canadian International School of Beijing (28 Liangmaqiao Lu)
350 places
For more informations : www.cisb.com.cn
A passport or Id will be required to enter.

•    French cultural center (18, Gongti xi lu)   
81 places
For more informations : http://www.ccfpekin.org/

Anima Poster designed by François Schuiten

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Anima 2010 Poster © François Schuiten / Folioscope                                     29th Brussels Animation Film Festival from 12th to 20th February Feeling a little off-colour this winter? A bit stressed out with listening to what is going wrong with the world? Anima is offering some light re...

PÖFF - The winners of the awards of 11th Animated Film Festival ANIMATED DREAMS

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                                The winners of ANIMATED DREAMS were announced on Saturday, 21 November at the award ceremony in Sõprus Cinema. The Animated Dreams, for the first time ever, gave out monetary prizes this year. The winner of the Grand Prix, in addition to the Wooden Wolf made by Estonian puppet masters, received 1000 euros sponsored by studio A Film Estonia. The...

Animation Short List For Oscar Gold

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  The Oscar for Best Animated Short Film is in the group of 10 nominated films announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences yesterday. In all, 37 short animated films from around the world were submitted, and that list has now been culled down to 10 films. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.  They will now select the fin...

AFI PROJECT: 20/20

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Marking its fourth year, AFI PROJECT: 20/20 is an American Film Institute international initiative designed to enhance cultural exchange and understanding, by bringing together filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. AFI PROJECT: 20/20 represents an unprecedented cultural diplomacy effort that is supported by the U.S.'s cultural agencies--the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS...

IFF ? Love & Anarchy posted a record breaking 50 000 plus attendance

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The 22nd Helsinki IFF ? Love & Anarchy ended Sunday the 27th September. For the first time the attendance number of the festival grew to a record breaking 50 000 plus.The final attendance number of the 22nd HIFF was 51 277. This figure breaks the previous record of 48 400 from 2008.This year?s festival included 425 screenings, of which 96 were sold out. Among the most popular films were (500) Days of Summer, Il Divo, The September Issue, An Education, Synecdoche, New York, Hierro, The Cove, Hump...

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - ANIMATION MASTERCLASS with John Lasseter - 7th September 2009 by Nesta Morgan

ANIMATION MASTERCLASS7th September 2009withJohn Lasseter (dressed in a shirt alike the Arc of Petals - Arc of Petals mobile by Calder, 1941, Peggy Guggenheim museum, Venice)“Animation is to give life to acting. Voice actor and animator = character. What is he thinking?Pose test. Improvisation. Spontaneity. Thumbnails. A shared direction, never worked a day in our life.Bringing back the hand drawn image with The P

Making worlds at Venice 66th Film Festival - Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Disney Pixar Animation by Nesta Morgan

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to Disney Pixar Animation  They set out to move peopleBrad Bird, Andrew Stanton, John Lasseter, Pete Docter,and Marco Muller. 6th September 2009. They say“We need more women in the industry… and we’re going back to hand drawing!” Nesta Morgan 

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival continues to release its program highlights

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The much-anticipated third edition of the Middle East International Film Festival today announced the sixteen selections to be screened out of competition in its World Cinema Showcase lineup. Peter Scarlet, the Festival’s Executive Director commented, “The lineup for World Cinema Showcase presents an impressive group of films, many of which have already earned recognition at other international film festivals around the world this past year.”MEIFF’s World Cinema Showcase offers a plethor...

The Global Film Village: Academy Tribute to Animation Pioneer Adam Beckett

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A Special Global Film Village Report by Marc Halperin Adam Beckett Tribute     photo by Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S    Filmmaker, animator or special effects coordinator on the original Star Wars how will Adam Beckett be remembered?   In his short 29 year life he was all of these. Gathered in the audience Monday night at the Linwood Dunn theatre of the  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientist museum were special effects masters, and other an...

Ghent Film Festival tribute to Studio Ghibli

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Japanese animation film fans are in for a real treat at the 36th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (6-17 October), with its film retrospective on Studio Ghibli, Japan’s premiere animation studio founded by directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. The retrospective reflects the festival’s Asia theme and ties in with the anime exhibition held at The Carmelite Friary – Provincial Centre of Art and Culture.Studio Ghibli is one of Japan’s most successful animation studios. Takahata Isao a...

Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils program

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The 11th Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils a packed programme of films, fun and activities from 25 June to 9 July at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS FAMILY GALAFestival organisers have announced that the family gala at this year’s Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival is a preview screening of the summer blockbuster Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. This much anticipated animation screens at the festival on Sunday 28 June and follows ...

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film: Visually superlative cinema entertainment

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The organisers of the 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film have included the bizarre stop-motion cinema fairytale “Coraline” in the programme for AniMovie, the competition for feature-length films. Cult director Henry Selick’s most recent film will celebrate its German premiere when it is shown this Saturday in the 3D version. This Universal film is not due to open in German cinemas until July 30. The feature-length animated film "Coraline" is based on the children’s book of the same...

PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S ANIMATION FESTIVAL

PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally.

PLASTIC PAPER is currently accepting submissions for short and feature-length animated films made after Jan. 1, 2010.  THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE. DEADLINE: Feb 1, 2011. Download the entry form at www.plastic-paper.org 

 

About PLASTIC PAPER:

PLASTIC PAPER started in 2008 as a mini-program curated by Kier-La Janisse and Dave Barber, and hosted by the Winnipeg Cinematheque before branching out into an independent event. PLASTIC PAPER 2008 featured the Manitoba premieres of Bill Plympton's IDIOTS AND ANGELS, Nina Paley's multi-award winning SITA SINGS THE BLUES, John Bergin's apocalyptic FROM INSIDE and much more. Special guests have included BILL PLYMPTON, HEATHER HENSON and curator NAOMI HOCURA.

PLASTIC PAPER is unique in Winnipeg as an event that serves to explore the animated output of different regions and cultural communities around the world. With an emphasis on self-made work and a careful balance of accessible and experimental animation styles, PLASTIC PAPER’s presentation and outreach offerings serve to educate, enlighten and inspire Winnipeg’s burgeoning roster of independent animators, who will benefit greatly from the international programming as well as personal interaction with visiting international filmmakers.

Many of the featured works come in a variety of animation styles with sometimes challenging subject matter; although some films are kid-friendly, PLASTIC PAPER is mainly geared towards adult animation fans as well as animators themselves. The programming is widely eclectic, but shows a preference for independently-financed films, films with an adult sensibility, and films using traditional methods of animation, such as 2-D illustration, cut-outs and stop-motion. The festival also showcases films about animators or illustrators, as well as puppetry films. The connecting thread in the programming is that all selections celebrate the labour-intensity, the obsessiveness, and the unique personalities of these very hands-on crafts.

 

 

FROM FESTIVAL SHORT TO 3D FEATURE: THE MAKING OF ‘BATTLE FOR TERRA’

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  “The idea of a reverse alien invasion popped in my head a couple of decades ago while reading H.G. Well’s classic War of the Worlds.” recalls director Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas, “Beyond the novel’s allegorical use of imperialism, I was intrigued by the Martians’ backstory and their motives for invasion. However I was left wanting to know more about these violent aliens, and specifically why they were painted as uniformly evil. So out of these thoughts came ...

UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, will be the 3D Opening Ceremony film

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UP, the new animation film from the Disney•Pixar studios, produced under John Lasseter's supervision, will be the Opening Ceremony film of the 62nd Festival de Cannes, a World Premiere in Disney Digital 3-D on Wednesday May 13th, 2009. UP, a comedy adventure in which 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen fulfils his dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America, only to discover that he has brought with him his biggest nig...

IFFF Awards : awards to family films

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2009 IFFF AWARDS FOR FILM AND SCREENPLAY It reads like a comedy but this time, the real story surpasses any possible reel version and everyone is truly a winner…FADE IN:INT. COCO’S RESTAURANT – NIGHTSUPER: Valencia, CA 1993Two couples sip coffee over earnest discussion of the gratuitous violence in films and the effect it has on America, specifically our children. There must be something more the film industry can offer besides bombs, guns, knives and snakes on a plane. They thirst for goo...

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