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Animation ‘made in Spain’ gets the spotlight at Annecy

Animac director Carolina López has curated 'Del trazo al píxel. Más de cien años de animación española', an anthology cycle procuded by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). This cycle will be one of the main courses of the most important animation festival in the world, in Annecy, France.

 

Animac director Carolina López has curated 'Del trazo al píxel. Más de cien años de animación española', an anthology cycle procuded by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). This cycle will be one of the main courses of the most important animation festival in the world, in Annecy, France.

The programme includes more than 50 titles for the big screen and even more for a triple DVD-catalog to accompany it.

An anthology of forgotten historic pieces and recent works will celebrate the centenary of the birth of animated film in our country.

The Spanish animation industry will also get the spotlight at the most recognized international market in the medium, the MIFA (Marché International du Film Animé), in Annecy.


The programme "Del trazo al píxel. Más de cien años de animación española" premieres at the 55th edition of Annecy, festival international du film d’animation (France) from the 15th to the 20th of June, where Spain is this year the guest country. The selection, managed by curator Carolina López, includes films from authors such as Segundo de Chomón, Josep Escobar, Francisco Macián, José Luis Moro, Jordi Amorós, Tomàs Bases, Raúl García, Juan Pablo Etcheverry, Isabel Herguera, Javier Mariscal, Anna Solanas, Marc Riba, Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero, Izibene Oñederra, Nicolai Troshinsky and Rocío Álvarez among many others. Some of the most surprising and least known pieces are Garbancito de la Mancha (Arturo Moreno, 1945), the first animated feature film in color in Europe; black and white commercials from the 30's made by catalan artists such as Serra i Massana or Ferran; La Edad de Piedra (Gabriel Blanco, 1965), with drawings by Chumy Chúmez; the Estudios Moro spots and Estela, a brief film by Frederic Amat created for the ocassion. The triple DVD-catalog, edited by Cameo with the supervision of Andrés Hispano, includes some titles not included in the cycle and a booklet with articles from the main animation specialists in our country, such as Emilio de la Rosa, Alfons Moliné and Susana Fernández. It's expected that many authors such as José Antonio Sistiaga, Jordi Amorós, SAM, Juan Pablo Etcheverry, Jossie Malis, César Díaz Meléndez and Paulo Mosca, among others; will atend the festival to present their work. Many of them have visited Lleida in previous editions of the Mostra.

"Del Trazo al Píxel" has meant a two-year-long work of investigation and material retrieval. The project has involved the collaboration of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, the Filmoteca Española and Movierecord, among others. After its premiere in France, the cycle will go through the main international museums, cinemateques and international festivals and it's expected to premiere in Barcelona and Madrid this next fall. The catalog-DVD (collector's edition) will be released in our country on the 26th of June.

‘Focus on Spain’ gets the spotlight at MIFA (Marché International du Film Animé). Also, there'll be many other activities thanks to the collaborations of various entities and businesses coordinated by 3D Wire. Lightbox Animation Studios will sponsor the MIFA inauguration party and thanks to the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), young animation talents will be present at Annecy. We'll also have the collaboration of El Señor Studio, DIBOOS and Diputación de Segovia. Furthermore, there'll be conferences with outstanding Spanish creators, such as Guillermo García Carsí (creator of Pocoyó and the poster for Spanish presence in Annecy which'll soon be released), Enrique Gato (Tadeo Jones) and Sergio Pablos (creator of Despicable Me). The Spanish animation industry will also hold the spotlight inside the MIFA market, where ICEX, in collaboration with DIBOOS and 3D Wire, will organize ‘Focus on Spain’, a window display for Spanish animation which'll include a presentation panel focused on the sector and will offer a special visibility to projects currently in development, as well as a wide stand and a complete consultancy conference before Annecy to help the participant Spanish businesses.

This year's Spanish selection (and French premiere) includes feature films Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo (Javier Fesser, 2014), Pos Eso (SAM, 2014), the latter in competition, and short films Viaje a Pies by Khris Cembe, Zepo by César Díaz Meléndez and The Guardian by Alessandro Novelli.


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