Children’s Film Factory (ASIFA Magazine, vol. 24 no. 2 Winter Issue 2011)

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

The article on Children’s Film Factory was published in ASIFA Magazine not so long ago.

I am putting here the scanned text and I do hope you enjoy it. If you’d like to read / see more, go to one of my previous posts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Mood for Winter… by Anna Blaszczyk

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Animated Documentary: Abuelas by Afarin Eghbal (2011)

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I just found the below in my drafts. Started over a month ago, though I sincerely don’t remember what my point behind it was to be. So, I am not going to add anything to that and leave it as it is. Only because the film mentioned there deserves to be mentioned at all. Enjoy its trailer and pray for a chance to see it.

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In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild. However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. 

This short animated documentary was screened as a part of British Showcase at LIAF in the beginning of September 2011. It was made by an Iranian-born director, Afarin Eghbal, who moved to the UK as a baby with her family after the 1979 revolution.

2 SE-MA-FOR FILM FESTIVAL – AWARDS

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

On Saturday, 24th September awards and nominations for awards were announced at 2nd Se-Ma-For Film Festival. Winners of international competition for the best stop motion animation will be known at the 2nd part of this year event that will take place in Lugano, Switzerland in November 2011. 

Follow the link for the list of Se-Ma-For winners: 2nd Se-Ma-For Film Festival – awards.

Detailed Programme of 2. Se-Ma-For Film Festival (22-25 September 2011)

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Organisers of 2nd Se-Ma-For Film Festival in Lodz,  Poland have announced this year event programme.

Check this out as the festival starts in 2 days: Detailed Programme of 2. Se-Ma-For Film Festival.

High quality and diversity of European animated series energized Cartoon Forum 2011

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment

European animation for television has a promising future ahead, with strong quality projects sparking the interest of broadcasters and investors as well as audiences. Such was the conclusion from the 22nd Cartoon Forum, the European co-production forum which closed its doors on 16th September in Sopot, Poland.

The positive sector trend was helped by a significant rise in investments and production volume, which grew about 30% year on year according to information from the event’s organisers, CARTOON – the European Association of Animation Film. Creativity and a large diversity of concept and design stand out as characteristics of European animation.

The latest edition of Cartoon Forum served as a showcase for 66 new projects for animated series which sought wider distribution and financing at the event. Studios from 19 countries are involved in the production of the projects, which have a total budget of 215 million Euros and represent some 468 hours of content.

Series for children aged 6-9 and preschoolers remain the most popular in Europe, representing 33 and 29% respectively of the total. The event also detected a growing interest in projects for young adults, a trend which could eventually lead to new slots for animation in channel programming.

With a third of the projects selected, France was the main protagonist of the event with eight of the 10 most-attended projects (list below). Meanwhile, Britain and Spain doubled their participation from last year with 14 and 11 projects respectively while

Polish animation showed its potential with five projects.

Irish animation took the Cartoon Tributes 2011 – the annual awards to outstanding companies that have had a dynamic influence on the European animation industry – winning Broadcaster and Producer of the Year (RTÉ and Monster Animation, respectively). As for Investor/Distributor of the Year, the award went to awol animation, a Paris-based company headed by Ireland’s Julie Fox.

The future promise of animation also had a place at Cartoon Forum Polska with the Cartoon d’Or award for the best European animated short film of the year, which this year went to “The Little Boy and the Beast” directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter (Germany) and produced by Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg.

The next edition of Cartoon Forum will take place from 11 to 14 September 2012, in Toulouse, one of France’s most dynamic cities and home to some of French animation’s best studios.

CARTOON FORUM POLSKA – Top ten projects in terms of attendance at the pitching session

 “Oscar and Hoo” – Frog Box (FR) – eOne (UK)

 “Burny the Little Dragon – LuxAnimation (LU) – Gaumont – Alphanim (FR) – Cromosoma (ES)

 “Dimitri” – Vivement Lundi! (FR) – Beast Animation (BE) – Nadasdy Film (CH)

 “Roger” – Je Suis Bien Content (FR)

 “Hubert & Takako” – Xilam Animation (FR)

 “The Crumpets” – 4.21 Productions (FR) – Redcastle Mediaconsulting (FR)

 “Secret Ranch” – Tele Images Productions (FR)

 “Crazy Cavemen!” – Silver Fox Animation (UK) – Evergreen Entertainment (UK) – Cine Cartoon (AU)

 “The Cookie and Crime Club” – Neomis Animation (FR)

 “Ori & Gami” – Jus de Prod (FR) – 2 Minutes (FR)

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Press Release: Cartoon Forum

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Showcase of Polish Short Films in Southend on Sea, UK

August 30, 2011 2 comments

As part of Polish Arts Festival 2011, there is going to be a screening of Polish shorts in Southend-on-Sea on the 2nd September at 7pm. 

The showcase includes animation (Millhaven, Danny Boy, etc.), fiction and docs. And for more info as well as details on the venue go to: Showcase of Polish Short Films.

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