Starting right know or in a while, programmes you shouldn’t miss today!
Juror’s presentation: Igor Kovalyov (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 2:30 p.m.)
Ukrainian director (currently living and working in the US) became famous because of the precise artistic treating of his films (most of them are created with the classical hand-drawn animation) and the specific melancholy he’s able to express.
Tales of the Night (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 6:30 p.m.)
Famous French director will personally present his latest feature. Six exotic legend told with French esprit will captivate you with its beautifully colourful silhoutte animation.
Giannalberto Bendazzi meets Michel Ocelot (Culture House – Social Club, 1:30 p.m.)
The meeting of famous theorist (honorary president of AniFest’s artistic committee) and famous author and a discussion about the different faces of animation.
The Adventures of Tintin (Open air cinema, 9:30 p.m.)
The adaptation of popular Belgian comic-book directed by Steven Spielberg is a briliant example of the motion capture technique.
Short and feature-lenght films
Will Vinton (US)
Master of clay animation entered in history of animation with his patented method of Claymotion, unusual technique of animation of deformable material. With this technique he created for example short film Closed Mondays, awarded by American Academy or feature-lenght Adventures of Mark Twain. His films are produced by his own company Free Will, which also works on cartoons or CGI.
Michal Žabka (CZ)
Graduate from Zlin Film School and Prague Academy of Performing Arts. In his first succesfull film Baballoon (1997) he already used his up untill now favourite technique – puppet animation. Following were Premmamals and very popular Mrs. G. Elaborated puppet animation was used also for his story in Car Fairy Tales. Other part of his work is composed of „computer puppet“ – 3D animation, which he first tried in the pilot of the serie Fluffies, but completely finished was another TV serie Three little pigs, now broadcasting on Czech TV and awarded by various awards.
Igor Kovaljov (Ukraine)
World famous animator, director and artist has received many awards for his respectable work. An unmistakable style as well as atmosphere is characteristic for all his films ( Hen, his Wife, Bird in the Windows, Milch…). He is a cofounder of the famous Moscow studio Pilot. In 1991 he collaborated with Hollywood studio on their first feature The Rugrats Movie and directed the TV serie Aaahh!!!
Sulafa Hijazi (Syria)
One of the most succesfull representantives of the still unknown Arabic animated production. Besides animation she also works on live-action and documentary films. She received many awards for the animated feature The Jasmine Birds (for example in Egypt, Russia, Iran, Netherlands and other countries).
Pedro Serrazina (Portugal)
Finished his studies in architecture because of his passion for animation and moved to London, where he graduated from the Royal College of Art. His first film Tale of the Cat and the Moon premiered in Cannes in 1996 and was awarded by 15 various international prizes. Besides film making, he also teaches at UCA-Maidstone or at Universidade Católica in Porto.
Music videos, commercials, jingles, student and TV films
Špela Čadež (Slovenia)
Director of original puppet films (Lovesick, Marathon), which were already awarded at various festivals. In spite of her relatively short career she is already known as succesfull modern author of unique and original puppet animations.
Ülo Pikkov (Estonia)
One of the representatives participating in our Baltic mission is a famous pupil of a famous teacher – Ülo Pikkov continues in the great tradition of Estonian animation in the steps of Priit Pärn. His works are varied when it comes to topics as well as to the techniques – he uses scratching, drawing and in his last film Body Memory (2011) also puppet animation. He gained fame with his films Bermuda (1988) or The year of the Monkey (2003).
Andrew Kavanagh (Ireland)
Founder and CEO of internationally respected animation company with 15 years of experience in the field of animation, screenwriting and film direction. The aim of the company is to create original animated content for various platforms in TV, PC games, aplication as well short author films. Andrew himself has written, produced and directed various key projects of the Kavaleer company.
Non-narrative and experimental films
Ivana Laučíková (Slovakia)
Ivana Laučíková graduated in animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where she currently Works as a pedagogue. The film she finished her BA studies with, “Vedieť” (To Know), has won a special recognition award at the Italian festival Cineteca Bologna in 2000 and it was included in the official selection of the KODAK Talent 2000 at the Cannes Film Festival. Her MA film “NAZDRAVÍČKO!” (Cheers!), co- directed with Jozef Mitaľ, was awarded the national film award Slnko v Sieti 2006 in the category of animated film. She has contributed in various roles, ranging from acting, designing, animating to production, on films of several directors (Dnes mám prvé randevú/Today is my first date, directed by Boris Šima, Pik a Nik / Pic and Nic, directed by Martin Snopek). In 2006, she founded a company focused on animated film production and since then, she has worked on several projects as a producer (Fongopolis, dir. Joanna Koźuch, Posledný autobus/ Last Bus, dir. Martin Snopek, Rarach, dir. Ivana Zajacová-Laučíková, O sne a snehu/ Snow, r. Ivana Šebestová). “Štyri” (Four) by Ivana Šebestová, the first film finished and produced by her company, was premiered in December 2007. V současnosti je šéfredaktorkou časopisu Homo Felix, jediného tištěného periodika věnovanému animaci na území bývalého Československa.
Martin Mazanec (Czech Republic)
Martin Mazanec (born in 1981) studied sociology and film science at the FF UP in Olomouc. Since 2007, he has been attending the postgraduate programme at FAMU and in the same year he began to work as the main coordinator of the Festival of Animated Film PAF, Olomouc. He works as a curator in the field of presentation of motion pictures in galleries and in film. He assembled a translated monograph of Peter Kubelka (2008) and a catalogue of the exhibition Objekt Animace. Třetí smysl. / The Object of Animation. The Third Sense. (2009). He is the co-author of the publication Manifesty pohyblivého obrazu: barevná hudba / Manifestos of Motion Picture: Music in Colour (2010). His articles have been published in the magazines Cinepur, Homo Felix, Iluminace, Labyrint Revue and A2.
Martin Kaňuch (Slovakia)
Martin Kaňuch is editor-in-charge of the (print production) editorial department at the Slovak Film Institute. He is also a member of SFI’s editorial council and coordinator of the Czech-Slovak Filmological Conference. Since 1998 he has been the chief editor of the filmological magazine Kino-Ikon. In addition, he is a dramaturge at the Four Elements film seminar in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia. He has been involved in coordinating Art Film Fest’s international short films competition since 2002.