436 short-reel and feature films from 45 countries, to be screened at the Patria Cinema, the ArCuB Hall, the Union Cinema and the Control Club; four animation film workshops – at the Shift Pub, the ArCuB Hall, the Czech Centre and the Cultural Centre of the Republic of Hungary; three exhibitions; eight master classes, debates and presentations at the Union Centre and three conferences at the ArCuB Hall; two DVD launches; ten all-night parties at the Control Club; one long night dedicated to bizarre animated shorts and live acts signed by Mirai Mizue, Montgomery Clunk and Res Es – Creepy Animation Night 3 at the Patria Cinema; “80 virtual sheep” in 3D in the first smartphone application developed for a film festival in Romania; 150 Romanian and foreign guests featured on the festival programme. This sums up, in figures, what’s on offer in the sixth edition of the Anim’est International Animation Film Festival, starting today in Bucharest and running until October 16.
Anim’est 2011 opens officially on Friday, October 7, at 7pm, at the Patria Cinema, with the Romanian premiere of the local feature “Crulic – drumul spre dincolo” (Crulic – The Road Beyond, dir. by Anca Damian), with the participation of the film team, including animation artists Dragos Stefan and Dan Panaitescu, two of the trainers in the first edition of the “Animation Worksheep”. The films created in the animation film workshop organized by Anim’est this spring will be presented in a “Making Of” programme, during the opening gala.
The US director, screenwriter and visual effects artist Shane Acker is the Guest Animation Artist of Anim’est 2011. On Sunday, October 9, starting 8.30pm, at the Patria Cinema, he will be introducing his debut feature film, the Focus Features production “9” (USA, 2009), co-produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, in which the likes of Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Cristopher Plummer and Martin Landau bring the animated characters to life.
The winner of the 1992 Oscar for Animated Short, for “Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase”, American animation artist Joan C. Gratz is another guest of this year’s edition of Anim’est. The latest short she directed, “Kubla Khan”, is included in the festival’s International Short-Reel Competition.
Shane Acker and Joan C. Gratz will be brought to Bucharest with the support of the American Cultural Centre.
Festival passes, 10-screening-tickets, as well as individual tickets for Anim’est 2011’s opening and closing galas, are on sale in the Ticketfan.ro network – online, on the www.ticketfan.ro website, in Flanco shops across the country and at Bucharest’s Anthony Frost English Bookshop. (M. D.)