Animac, the International Film Festival of
Animation in Catalonia, celebrates its 18th birthday by devoting itself to hybrid animation and film’s capacity to mix and
integrate all kinds of audiovisual formats.
The Festival will be held in Lleida (Spain) next week, from February 20th to 23rd and is organized by the Lleida City Council and directed by
curator Carolina Lopez. Animac 2014 is four days full of animation screenings – with more than 235 selected pieces – exclusive lectures, and special sessions targeted at professionals, students,
connoisseurs, families and children.
Related to its hybrid theme, Animac
will welcome the following international guests: British animator Chris Shepherd, Czech stop-motion
master Jiri Barta, musician/animator tandem Peter Vacz and Joseph
Wallace, Polish animator Piotr Szczepanowicz or
abstract Japanese animator Maya Yonesho, among others. Spanish animation
will be represented by Marc and Xavi
Terris, the animators of the Annie-nominated indie-game Tiny Thief, FX specialist Alex Villagrasa, the maker of Pocoyo Guillermo Garcia Carsi and BCN-based Headless Studio.
Ben Boquelet and Mic Graves, the makers of the
Cartoon Network’s award-winning series The
Amazing World of Gumball, will join us this year to give a special lecture
on Gumball’s creative process and its use of mixed animation: 2D, 3D, live
action and even puppetry. Unaired episodes from the upcoming 3rd season will be
screened for all audiences.
Animac also promotes Spanish talent with
a series of special lectures. Animators and creators are in the spotlight,
such as Marc and Xavi Terris, from Barcelona: the young twin animators of the
Annie-nominated indie-game Tiny Thief,
licensed and distributed by Rovio. On the other hand, creators like experimental
artist Antoni Pinent – and his reedited, animated version of the Randal Kleiser
hit musical GREASE, re-titled G/R/E/A/S/E – or FX specialist Àlex Villagrassa – now working with Terry Gilliam and his new Quixote project – will give special
lectures in their hometown, Lleida.
– The official selection will include works
such as Gloria Victoria, by Theodore Ushev (2013, Canada); Mademoiselle Kiki et les
Montparnos, by Amelie Harrault (2013, France); Ex Animo, by Wojciech
Wojtkowski (2013, Poland); Faroeste: um autentico western, by
Wesley Rodrigues (2013, Brazil); Boles, by Spela Cadez (Slovenia, 2013); Plug & Play, by Michael Frei (2013, Switzerland); and Kick-Heart,
by Masaaki Yuasa (Japan, 2012).
– Four special screening sessions
devoted to Polish animation will delight Eastern European animation fans:
commissioned by Polish expert Maria
Zmudzinska from Etiuda i Anima, they include historical films by Walerian
Borowczyk, Jan Lenica, Witold Giersz, Jerzy Kuciao and Zbigniew Rybczynski or recent works by Piotr Dumała,
Aleksandra Korejwo, Tomasz Baginski, Damian Nenow and Piotr Szczepanowicz.
– Animac’s closing ceremony will
feature all nominees from 2013’s Cartoon d’Or festival: Betty’s Blues, by Remi Vandenitte; I am
Tom Moody, by Ainslie Henderson; Kali the Little Vampire, by Regina
Pessoa; Off the track (Ecart de conduite), by Rocio Alvarez; Women’s
Letters (Lettres de Femmes), by Augusto Zanovello; and Head
over Heels, by Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, the latter
the winner of Cartoon d’Or 2013.
– Animac Cartoon will offer the
latest animated TV series from the Cartoon Network US, such as Rebecca Sugar’s Steven
Universe or Peter Browngardt’s Uncle Grandpa. Belgian stop-motion
TV series Panique au Village – created by Stephane Aubier and Vincent
Patar – will also be present with its special 2013 Xmas episode.
For More Information – visit the Animac Website.