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Anima 2018 Preview: A Feast of Animation in Brussels

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The programme is up, the international guests have been announced, and we are eagerly awaiting the 2018 edition of Anima – the Brussels International Animation Film Festival!

We can think of few festivals where you can jump on a train in London, and in a few hours, be on the doorstep of one of Europe’s biggest, must-see festivals. Taking place between 9-18th February, Anima is always the first on our calendar each year.

Anima is truly a festival for all tastes and ages; screenings for toddlers, workshops and training courses for youths, to accompany the wide range of masterclass, retrospectives and events for the more seasoned animation fan. To give you a taste of what you can expect:

  • The Breadwinner – the recently Oscar nominated feature film, from Cartoon Saloon, will be the opening night film
  • Masterclass with Michael Dudok de Wit – who will talk about the making of his feature The Red Turtle; touching on the personal side of the creation, the use of symbols and metaphors, and his passions and struggles
  • Meeting Peter Lord – who will also be presenting Aardman’s new feature, Early Man
  • Focus on Estonia – 7 programs on Estonian animation, which include 2 Priit Pärn programs – one of them with Olga Pärn
  • Retrospects on the work of Peter Foldes and Janet Perlman
  • Feature film The Shower, based on one of the greatest masterpieces in Korean literature, will close the festival
  • Much, much more – check out the full programme of events here

Feature Films: The Shower, Early Man, The Breadwinner (left to right)

You may have noticed that Valentines Day falls right in the middle of the festival… whether you’re single, loved up, or couldn’t care less – Anima have an excellent screening – Crazy Love – to mark the day all about love, first dates, emotions, misunderstandings, courage, and or course, sex!

Anima accreditation offers exceptional value for money – for €40 you get access to all festival screenings, (except the opening and closing screening), as well as the master class.   Registration is now open – to be sure to get seats for all the screenings you want, get your accreditation here.

Retro Foldes ‘Au delà du temps’, Rita et Crocodile (Kids Programme), Programme Priit & Olga Parn: ‘Life without gabriela ferri'(left to right)

What is Futuranima?

In addition to the countless screening sessions, Anima is also offering a wide range of conferences as part of the Futuranima professional days. These meetings are for the most part open to all: animation fans, students, filmmakers, producers and animators.

Futuranima will be hosting some big names, as well as some new (Marion Montaigne and Carlo Vogele, who in totally different styles, are bravely working away at their first features). In addition, there will be a job market, a forum for international producers, comic books presented by publishers to producers, speed dating sessions for authors, and much more. Here are some of the Futuranima events you can look forward to:

MEETING CARLO VOGELE (PIXAR)
After working at Pixar from 2008 to 2015, Carlo Vogele is currently working on his own feature Icare, a very liberal adaptation of the famous myth. He’ll be here to talk about how to carve out a career for yourself, while also accepting commissions from big studios.

MEETING PETER LORD (AARDMAN)
Peter Lord is none other than one of the founders of the celebrated Aardman studios, with David Sproxton. He has created some of the finest animated shorts or features starring the likes of Morph, Wallace and Gromit or Shaun the Sheep. An exceptional meeting with the director/co-drector of such hits as The Pirates! Band of Misfits ! or Chichen Run.

UNPLUGGED NIGHT
Creatives will forsake their computers and come out from the confines of their studios to take centre stage and produce a series of animations, live and set to music. A very special performance admirably put in place by Caméra Etc.

WIP: DILILI À PARIS
Following on from Kirikou and Azur and Asmar, Michel Ocelot will present his upcoming feature, Dilili à Paris. Partly made at Mac Guff Brussels, the studio’s representative, Philippe Sonrier will talk about how the film mixes Michel Ocelot’s photos and animated characters. With the added bonus of some first footage from this much awaited feature.

Suma, Jobbeurs, WIP Dilili à Paris (left to right)

WIP: PANIQUE ORGANIQUE
Work in progress presentation of the upcoming feature, Panique Organique by Marion Montaigne, author of the comic book of the same name, as well as the famous opus Tu mourras moins bête, which has already become a cult animation series. Panique Organique is her first feature adventure, mixing live action and animation, with the complicity of Pierre Volto, director, and Marc Jousset, producer.

MAKING OF THE BREADWINNER
Nominated at the Golden Globes, The Breadwinner has aroused much interest and curiosity. This Making of is hosted by the film’s talented art director Reza Riahi.

ROTOSCOPY ROUND TABLE
Rotoscopy is becoming more and more popular in animation these days. However, opinions differ as the technique is considered to be a form of cheating by some, and by others as a great way to enhance the story, flesh out the characters, give free rein to spontaneity and free up the means of fabrication. Artists and technicians from films including Loving Vincent and ZOOks will discuss all the possibilities.

WEBCREATION #7: BOOK AND SOUND
This 7th webcreation will be looking into the relationship between sound, books and animation. These meetings aim to bring together professionals working in new writing in order to promote the exchange of good practices, collaborations and the visibility of works.
Speakers: Cécile Palusinski (La Plume de Paon: for the promotion of audio books); Thomas Pineau, (Audio Picture: adaptations of comic books in audio format) and Romain Renard, author of the graphic novel Melvile, scnographer, graphic designer and musician.

WRITING WHERE IT FLOODS
The screening of Where it Floods will be followed by a one-hour conversation between Christophe Beaujean and the director Joel Benjamin, to dissect the writing process of this singular and fascinating film incursion into a deep and isolated rural America that probes into the depths of the human soul.
Where it Floods, feature by Joel Benjamin, USA, 2017, 46’01’

FILMS AND SUSTAINABILITY 
What’s the impact on the environment of your audiovisual production? What’s your responsibility as an industry professional? The VAF is a precursor in this field: since 2013, it has supported 90 projects that have aimed to reduce their environmental impact. What does this teach us? The important steps to take in the field of transport, energy and waste, and how to adapt them to animation projects.

INTUITIVE CREATIVITY – MASTERCLASS MICHAEL DUDOK DE WIT
The Red Turtle, the outstanding film co-produced by Studio Ghibli, nominated for an Oscar and a César and winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival, will be one of the subjects of this exceptional masterclass given by its director, Michael Dudok de Wit. He will talk about the making of this feature, especially touching on the more personal side of the creation.

MEETING COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS
With the idea of widening the frontiers of the two flagship industries in Belgium of animation and comic books, the Festival is proposing a pitch session with a number of Belgian comic book publishers who will present titles they believe have a potential for audiovisual adaptation.

NORTH-SOUTH ANIMATION FORUM
This forum is a meeting between producers and major buyers of animated films (broadcasters/distributors). Pitches of projects in the morning will be followed by individual meetings in the afternoon. Projects already selected for pitching will have at least 30% funding and an international potential.

SPEED DATING FOR ANIMATION WRITERS
Brief and personal meetings between literary and graphic authors working in animation to spark work collaborations and advance the making of a film. Participation in this meeting is by application only and is not open to the public.

JOBBEURS: LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Curious to know more about the DNA of the animation sector? During this Job Market, come and listen to pitches by Belgian animation studios. Come meet them, as a professional or animation student, and get inspired by the great selection of projects to be found in this bubbling sector.
The pitches will be followed in the afternoon by 1 to 1 meetings between professionals and students. Info and registration: lola@folioscope.be

SCHOOL FOCUS: ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS
Presentation of films from the latest students of the Estonian Academy of Arts by its most famous teacher, Priit Pärn, who is reputed for influencing a number of generations.

We are looking forward to everything Anima has to offer at this year’s festival, and don’t forget, if you see us around, come and say ‘hello’!

The 37th ANIMA FESTIVAL will take place from 9 to 18 February 2018 at Flagey. Accreditation/festival passes can be booked here.

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