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KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival unveils 2016 programme

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The ninth edition of Amsterdam’s KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival will be taking place from October 25th, running through to the 30th. Taking place at the city’s EYE Film Museum, this year’s festival will be presenting over 300 international animations alongside presentations, exhibitions, live performances and workshops, with special programs for children taking place on the final day. You can watch the specially-made animated leader for this year’s edition created by animation collective Brontomus (Natali Voorthuis, Niels Dekker and Danne Bakker with music by Robert Jung) below:

The theme of this year’s edition is The World We Live In, inviting attendees to “take a closer look at the world around them through a selection of short-film programs, feature-length movies and installations”.

With a focus on the international competition for animated shorts, in which selected films (out of the 1800+ international submissions) have been divided into several specific categories and will compete for a number of coveted KLIK Awards, the additional events on offer include:

Animated Music Channel
A selection of internationally produced animated music videos scheduled to play in the KLIK Café, with daily blocks ranging from six to thirteen hours each. Including work from Tom Munday, Peter Baynton, Péter Vácz, Ed Stockham, Daniel Britt and many more.

L'Idée (Berthold Bartosch)

L’Idée (Berthold Bartosch)

Live Performances
As well as a screening of Aimée de Jongh’s film Behind the Telescopes (accompanied by a live performance from world-renowned harpist Lavinia Meijer), in collaboration with the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam Dutch Storyteller of the Year 2014 Sahand Sahebdivani will live-narrate a special screening of Berthold Bartosch’s 1932 animation The Idea (L’Idée), a film that tells the story of one woman’s revolutionary idea to ‘go naked’. Also accompanying the screening will be live music from pianist Anastasis Sarakatsanos.

My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras)

My Life as a Courgette (Claude Barras)

Feature Films
Some of the year’s most talked-about new animated features will be screening at KLIK, including My Life as a Courgette, Psychonauts: The Forgotten ChildrenThe Red Turtle, Eden’s Edge, Louise by the Shore and The Girl Without Hands.

Mountain (David O'Reilly)

Mountain (David O’Reilly)

Special Exhibitions
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, |re|Framing Utopia is a free event that will run throughout the festival bringing together the work of artists – including David O’Reilly and José Miguel Biscaya – whose films challenge our perceptions of nature.

Rain or Shine (Nexus)

Rain or Shine (Nexus)

Artists in Focus
Several inspirational presentations focusing on specific industry talents will be taking place, including Aymeric Kevin, whose industry experience includes work on Ping Pong, Space Dandy and Adventure Time, will explore the world of background artistry and the key tenets of excelling in the field; Piet Kroon on story development for animated feature films, using his personal experience on theatrical hits such as Shrek 2 for reference (Piet will also be running storyboarding workshops throughout the festival); and Mariano Melman discussing his involvement in the upcoming Nexus 360° VR film project Rain or Shine. and the production considerations needed when approaching VR storytelling.

Keep your eyes on Skwigly for further coverage of this year’s edition of KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival. For the full programme visit the festival’s official website.

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