Century of Jiří Trnka: Old Czech Legends (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 10.00 a.m.)
The programme „Century of Jiříh Trnka“ will continue with stories of Czech Mythology according to book of the same name “Old Czech Legends” written by Alois Jirásek. Visitors can expect lyrical and allegorical scenes in combination with dramatic action.
World of Czech animated film lost one of its greatest representatives. Zdeněk Miler devoted majority of his work mainly to the child audience. He was author of legendary stories about “The Mole”, which since the year 1957 has been fascinating not only Czech Children. The selection will present also his films for adults.
Juror´s program: Ülo Pikkov (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 6.00 p.m.)
One of the representatives participating in our Baltic mission is a famous pupil of a famous teacher Priit Parn – Ülo Pikkov. 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 filmsBermuda(1988) or the year of the Monkey (2003)
Studio Presentation: Mackinnon & Saunders (Culture House – Estrada Hall, 4.30 p.m.)
Director and co-founder of the Studio Ian Mackinnon will present his company together with Victor, the main character of The Corpse. The Academy Award-winning Mackinnon & Saunders have been making puppet films for more than 25 years. The company built its name on the exceptional quality of the complicated puppets that appear in films and TV shows all over the world.
Alois Nebel (Open Air Cinema, 10.00 a.m.)
A film adaptation of the first comic novel of modern Czech history, Alois Nebel, was made by director Tomáš Luňák in 2011. The art design and script were created by artist Jaromír 99 and writer Jaroslav Rudiš. The filmmakers used a technique that is unique to Czech films and combined live action and drawing.
Closing Ceremony (Krušnohorské theatre – Grand Hall Czech TV, 8.30 p.m.) and Awarded Films of AniFest 2012 (Culture House – Cinema Květen, 10:00 p.m.)
AniFest is about to end with ceremonial prize-giving of all categories in the Grand Hall of the theatre. But the festival is not at the end yet, the ceremony is continuing with projection of all awarded films in the Cinema Květen and the next day we invite visitors to more interesting screenings…
Great Britain is lately being considered as a sort of super-power when it comes to stop-motion, so it’s not surprising that we will pay a lot attention to this country in our special puppet programme.
It is our pleasure (and honour) to present this year’s honorary president Barry Purves, one of the most outstanding personalities of British puppet animation, animator, director, scriptwriter, who dedicated his talent to theatre as well as to the art of animation films. Barry started in theatre, occassionaly also as actor in theatres all around Britain. He then started with animation, but it took him seven years to become an independent animator. His films, which are inspired by opera, balet and theatre scenography, were awarded with more than 60 international prizes including an Oscar nomination. He’s also a theorist and author of the book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance. AniFest will bring a retrospective of Barry’s films, followed by a lecture. At the meeting with Giannalberto Bendazzi, he will talk about the new books on animation together with Ülo Pikkov and Paul Wells.
Barry Purves might be the most outstanding representative of the contemporary British puppet animation, but he’s definitely not the only one. A very detailed and thoughtfully curated selection of British stop-motion production is being prepared specially for AniFest by Paul Wells, famous teacher and theorist. In three programmes, Paul will present you the most important milestones of British puppet, including such films like „The Sandman“ (1991, dir. Paul Berry) or „Peter and The Wolf“ (2006, Academy Award for Suzie Templeton). The programme will be completed with the Czech release of the latest Aardman feature „The Pirates! Band of Misfits“ (hopefully with personal presence of its authors).
„Sandman“ is also an example of the production of the studio Mackinnon&Saunders. Famous for animated films for public of all ages, from „Bob the Builder“ to „Fantastic Mr Fox“ and Tim Burton’s „Corpse Bride“, the studio will present its unique know-how in Teplice. Ian Mackinnon will be accompanied by Viktor, the betrothed of the above mentioned Tim Burton’s heroine.
New year has come and the ongoing preparations for AniFest 2012 are getting more and more interesting, so here are some backstage news we wanted to share…first of all, the jury is now complete! And we are honoured to announce that short and feature films will be judged by Will Vinton (US), Igor Kovalyov (Ukraine), Michal Žabka (CZ), Špela Čadež (Slovenia) and Pedro Serrazina (Portugal). The jurors for animated commercials, music-videos, TV and students films are: Ülo Pikkov (Estonia), Sulafa Hijazi (Syria) and Andrew Kavanagh (Ireland). And we are more than pleased to announce also the honorary president of this year’s festival – this task was kindly accepted by famous writer, director and animator Barry Purves (UK). You can find more info about the jury in the About festival section.
And least but not last, when there’s new category, there’s also new jury – non-narrative and experimental films will be judged by Ivana Laučíková (SK), Martin Mazanec (CZ) and Martin Kaňuch (SK).
Year 2012 is a year of film puppet, because in February we will celebrate the centennary of one of the biggest puppet magicians Jiří Trnka. This year’s AniFest will thus bring for example a retrospective of Trnka’s films curated by Michaela Mertová from the National Film Archive, an exposition of scripts, puppets and sketches from the archives of Jiří Trnka descendants or a retrospective of Japanese director and Trnka’s pupil Kihachiro Kawamoto and another independent Japanese animator who is closely connected to Czech enviroment, Nobuhiro Aihara.
Puppets and puppet animation will be the focus of this year’s festival and we will look at the phenomenon of film puppet from every possible angle. Paul Wells is preparing a large retrospective of British stop-motion animation and some of the jurors will also talk about puppets in their programmes (Michal Žabka, Will Vinton, Špela Čadež as well as Barry Purves).
Our Baltic mission is coming to its end this year – juror’s presentation of Ülo Pikkov will thus accompany the retrospective of Estonian animation, the last one left after we’ve been to Lithuania in 2010 and in Latvia last year with Vladimír Leschiov.
Author of this year’s visual and director of the festival spot is designer, animator and a student at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts Matyáš Trnka – you can get acquainted with his work for example at the DVD „From Year Zero“ released by AniFest last year, where his short abstract film Absurp from 2009 was included. For the festival graphic materials, he uses an unusual technique of transluminated spirit paints and as a main component he chose the skeleton of a film puppet – the most important element, which however usually remains hidden to the viewer.
Baltic trilogy mapping the not so well known cinematography of this region will come to its end in 2012 with Estonian retrospective. Lithuania was presented in 2010 and represented in person by Antanas Janauskas, while Latvian films were accompanied by the juror Vladimir Leschiov in 2011.
AniFest will dedicate to Estonian animation two cross-selections of shorts, one feature film and one documentary. The main guest of the programme will be Ülo Pikkov, teacher, director and author of original theoretical book called Animasophy (2010), who will present a retrospective of his own animated shorts.
And the gallery in the castle will also host a special exposition of puppets from Nukufilm studio. AniFest cooperates on this programme with Estonian embassy in Prague and with the Animated Dreams festival in Tallinn.
5. – 11. 5. 2005 Třeboň
Prezident: Normand Roger (Kanada)
Porota – původní tvorba: Philippe Moins (Belgie), Michaela Pavlátová (ČR), Koji Yamamura (Japonsko)
Porota – TV tvorba a tvorba na zakázku: Tomáš Baldýnský (ČR), Marcy Page (Kanada), Nana Swiczinsky (Rakousko)
Porota – Studentská tvorba: Jiří Barta (ČR), Ruth Lingford (VB), Georges Sifianos (Řecko)
Porota – Jameson Short Film Award: Vlasta Pospíšilová, Edgar Dutka, Jan Jíra
Výběrová komise: Maria Procházková, Edgar Dutka, Pavel Mandys PRO Jameson Short Film Award – Jiří Kubíček, Stanislav Ulver, Petr Slavík
Soutěže: mezinárordní soutěž, národní soutěž, soutěž filmů vytvořených dětmi, soutěž flipbooků
Akce: oslava 40 let večerníčků s ČT
Konference: „Média a násilí“
Program: velká frankofonní retrospektiva
Poprvé: národní soutěž, soutěž filmů vytvořených dětmi a soutěž flipbooků
Průběh festivalu: projekce pro děti, hosti – B.Plympton, workshopy, výstava …
frankofonní retrospektiva | Jameson Short Film Award |
Bill Plympton Masterclass | soutěž filmů vytvořených dětmi
(poprvé)| soutěž flipbooků (poprvé)|oslava 40 let večerníčku s
ČT | konference „Média a násilí“
Grand Prix: Morir de Amor / Zmírat láskou / Dying of Love – Gil Alkabetz (Německo)
Cena za nejlepší krátký film: Fallen / Pád / Falling – Peter Kaboth (Německo)
Cena za nejlepší celovečerní film: Hair High – Bill Plympton (USA)
Cena za nejlepší studentský film: Overtime / Přesčas – Oury Atlan, Damien Ferrié, Thibault Borland (Francie / France)
Cena za nejlepší školní kolekci: Supinfocom Valenciennes (Francie / France)
Cena Jameson Short Film Award: Dopisy z Česka / Letters from the Czech Republic – Pavel Koutský, Michaela Pavlátová, Jiří Barta (Česká republika / Czech Republic)
Grand Prix za nejlepší televizní a zakázkovou tvorbu: I am not an Animal, Episode 5: “A Star is Hatched” / Nejsem
zvíře, epizoda 5: „Vylíhla se hvězda“ – Tim Searle (Velká Británie /UK)
Cena za nejlepší televizní film a seriál: Frank ja Wendy / Frank a Wendy / Frank and Wendy – Kaspar Jancis, Ülo Pikkov, Pritt Tender (Estonsko / Estonia)
Cena za nejlepší videoklip: The War / Válka – Brad May, Dan Hartney, Ben Tiefholz (Austrálie)
Cena za nejlepší reklamu, znělku: Honda “GRRR” – Smith & Foulkes (Velká Británie /UK)
Cena za nejlepší dětskou tvorbu: Koszmarna noc / Noc nočních můr / Nightmarish Night – Michal Jodko (Polsko)
Cena Města Třeboně: Hair High – Bill Plympton (USA)
Cena diváků: Morir de Amor / Zmírat láskou / Dying of Love – Gil Alkabetz (Německo / Germany)
Vizuál/znělka: Pavel Koutský