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A MUSIC-DRIVEN ANIMAC GATHERS STEAM TO FEATURE THE BEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILMMAKING

The 22nd edition of Animac, the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, will take place in the city of Lleida (Spain) from the 22nd to the 25th of February.

This edition is dedicated to Music and will kick off with the international premiere of the Japanese productIon 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons Animated', an animated film formed by four shorts made by four great independent animators and set to rigorous live music by the symphonic orchestra Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida (OJC).

The special guest and Honorary Award of Animac 2018 is prestigious composer and sound designer Normand Roger, creator of soundtracks for films such as Frédéric Back's 'The Man Who Planted Trees' and Michaël Dudok de Wit's 'Father and Daughter', a remarkable guest with an extensive and multi-award-winning career in the world of animation.

Animac 2018's Trajectory Award goes to the soundtrack composer for the successful animated film ‘Tad, The Lost Explorer’, Zacarías M. de la Riva, with a fruitful film soundtrack production, especially for animation.

Animac holds the Spanish premiere of the highly anticipated feature film ‘The Breadwinner’, nominated for an Oscar® and a Golden Globe for best animated feature, and screens the feature 'Loving Vincent', the medium-length films 'Revolting Rhymes', and the short 'Negative Space', also in the running for this year's Hollywood Academy Awards.

This year's Animac edition beats the former record for films applied to its open call, with a total of 747 received projects, of which 312 pieces have been selected: 8 feature films, 209 short films, 14 TV pieces, 31 music videos and 50 Open Screen pieces.

The 22nd edition will feature exceptional guests such as the animator of 'Spring' in the inaugural concert film 'Vivaldi's Four Seasons Animated', Anna Budanova; the soundtrack composer for the Oscar®-nominated 'Revolting Rhymes', Ben Locket; the Israeli animator known for 'Waltz with Bashir', Tal Gadon; the founder of Belgian production workshop Camera-etc, Jean Luc Slock; the musician behind Amanita Design's game soundtracks, Floex; the animation and jazz specialist, Milen Alempijevic; the creator of 'Arròs covat', Juanjo Sáez; the Czech animator for ‘The Oddsockeaters', Galina Miklínová; Kortatu's ex-leader, Fermín Muguruza; or the director of ‘Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas’, Salvador Simó, among other artists from around the world.

Networking and Pitch, the showcase focused on animation's professional sector, and the Animacrea space will once again be Animac's meeting points, where its professional aspect and the more ludic and experimental activities for families and visitors will combine.

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The 22nd edition of Animac, the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, reaches the city of Lleida (Spain) from the 22nd to the 25th of February with its most music-driven edition and with an extensive, carefully planned programming where the best and most innovative animated film, both national and international, will be screened. This year's edition will feature prestigious professionals of the medium who'll share, during the course of four days, space and knowledge with the new generation of animators and film lovers.

 

 

 

MUSIC, THE MAIN EVENT AT ANIMAC 2018

Music will be the main focus during this edition of Animac, which attemps to celebrate the creative union between animation and music, an essential yet underrated ingredient in the art of animation. Because of this, Animac 2018's tone and guests will be highly musical, starting with its inauguration hosting the international premiere of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Animated, an animated film composed of four pieces, one for each season, made by four great independent animators: Anna Budanova (Spring), who'll be present during the inauguration, Olga and Priit Pärn (Summer), Atsushi Wada (Fall) and Theodore Ushev (Winter), produced by the Tokyo University of the Arts and set to rigorous live music by the symphonic orchestra Julià Carbonell de les Terres de Lleida (OJC), with Joan Espina as violin soloist and under the musical direction of Alfons Reverté.

 

The special guest and Honorary Award of this edition is also highly musical: Normand Roger, prestigious canadian composer and sound designer with a 45-year trajectory, he's created more than 200 original soundtracks and has worked with the best independent animators in the world, such as Frédéric Back, Aleksandr Petrov, Paul Driessen, Caroline Leaf, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Regina Pessoa or Co Hoedeman, among others. The productions in which  Roger has collaborated have obtained hundreds of awards at international festivals, including 13 nominations at the Hollywood Academy Awards, 6 of which won the Oscar®. The canadian composer will visit Animac alongside his wife, Marcy Page, animation producer from the National Film Board of Canada.

 

Animac 2018's Trajectory Award goes to Zacarías M. de la Riva, soundtrack composer for the successful Spanish animated film Tad, The Lost Explorer, with a fruitful film soundtrack production, especially for animation, considering his young age. At 45 years old, Zacarías M. de la Riva receives this distintion from Animac for his short but highly productive career, where some of the highlights, amongst other animated films, include Copito and El Cid: La Leyenda, and also live-action films such as Nieve Negra. Aside from receiving the film, he will impart a masterclass to explain firsthand his creative process in Tadeo Jones 2, recently awarded with the Goya for best animated film, and the rest of the saga. The feature Pequeños Héroes, which he also composed, will be screened.

 

The event will inclde a special program with music as a common denominator which will include retrospectives, special screenings and live music sessions.

 

THIS YEAR'S EDITION OF ANIMAC BEATS THE RECORD FOR FILMS APPLIED TO ITS OPEN CALL

 

A total of 747 projects have been received in the open call for this edition of Animac, 107 more than last year's. Out of these pieces, 312 have been selected to be screened during the festival: 8 feature films, 209 short films, 14 TV pieces, 31 music videos and 50 Open Screen pieces.

 

Just like in previous Animac editions, the organization chooses to offer a vision of the most recent, innovative animation and, at the same time, also saves a spot to view the most highly considered international work. Upcoming and well-known talent meet with the public these four days in Lleida.

A SELECTION OF 8 CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED FEATURE FILMS

 

Animac 2018 gets all decked out to host the Spanish premiere of the internationally acclaimed animated feature film The Breadwinner, recently nominated for an Oscar® and a Golden Globe for best animated feature and fresh off its Annie Award win for best independent feature. It's a film directed by Irish animator and filmmaker Nora Twomey, under the seal of animation studio Cartoon Saloon, creators of the award-winning The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, and executive producer Angelina Jolie. The Breadwinner is a wonderful story of women's empowerment and imagination against oppression, which celebrates the culture, history and beauty of Afghanistan.

 

This 22nd edition of Animac will screen the winner of the best animated feature in the 2017 Annecy Film Festival, Lu over the wall, directed by Japanese animator Masaaki Yuasa, which tells the story of Kai, a young student whose life changes when he meets Lu, a mermaid. After more than ten years since his cult film debut Mind Game, the japanese director returns with a musical film filled with energy and a passion for living.

 

Another feature that will screen at Animac 2018 is the also award-winning Loving Vincent, directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, made from animated paintings, nominated for the Oscar® and the Golden Globe and winner of last year's audience award at the Annecy Festival. The film is an homage to painter Vincent Van Gogh where every frame is an oil painting.

 

This year the films screened on the Petit Animac section have great international prizes, such as Revolting Rhymes, two medium-length films based on the eponymous tales by the magnificent writer Roald Dahl; the most recent of them awarded at the European Animation Awards and nominated for an Oscar®.

 

The Petit Animac section will also screen The Oddsockeaters, from Czech Galina Miklínová. The Oddsockeaters are small creatures that live amongst humans and are the culprits when we lose one of our two socks and we're only left with the odd one. They eat socks, but only one of each. The film focuses on the Oddsockeaters' world thanks to a small but brave hero called Hugo.

 

Another one of the features that'll screen in this edition of Animac is Pequeños Héroes, from Argentinian director Juan Pablo Buscarini, a Venezuelan production with a historical background that features the soundtrack of Animac 2018 Trajectory Award Zacarías M. de la Riva. The film explains the quests of Simón Bolívar through three orphan children who discover some highly important plans for the Bolívar quest and embark on a journey to find and help the Venezuelan soldier to complete his fight for the independence of the Americas.

 

Animac 2018 will also screen Where it Floods, a film by North American director Joel Benjamin that speaks about the blind stubornness during a natural catastrophe and its victims. An independent feature with a small budget and a long production process. A film to discover.

 

And the eighth feature fim screened during the festival is Belladonna, by Japanese director Eiichi Yamamoto. It's a cult animated film from 1973, loosely based in the tale of Joan of Arc and witchcraft tales compilated in Jules Michelet's 1862 book Satanism and Witchcraft, strictly bound to the women's liberation movement in Japan on the Summer of Love of 1967, with a soundtrack by vanguard jazz composer Masahiro Satoh and which Animac will screen in its restored version.

 

ANIMAC SCREENS 209 EXCELLENT SHORT FILMS, WITH INDEPENDENT WORKS, NEW TALENTS AND WELL-KNOWN INTERNATIONAL CREATORS

 

From this year's Animac short selection, one of the highlights is Negative Space, codirected by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, recently nominate for an Oscar® in the best animated short category. Negative Space is an adaptation of the Ron Koertge poem explaining the story of a kid who connects with his father while he learns to pack his luggage, moving the audience in the process.

 

Animac continues with its commitment to risky animation and bets for author work with premieres such as Goose in High Heels by the creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog, North American animator John R. Dilworth, and Radio Dolores, a story of the Spanish Civil War by Finlandian director Katariina Lillqvist, which share screens with multi-award-winning films such as the musical comedy Min Börda, by Swedish director Niki Lindroth Von Bahr, and Manivald, by Estonian indie author Chintis Lundgren, plus undiscovered wonders such as (Fool Time) Job, by the French director Gilles Cuvelier and Twin Islands, from the school Supinfocom.

SPANISH ANIMATION, HIGHLY PRESENT IN ANIMAC 2018

 

Spanish animation will also have a spot in this edition of Animac 2018, where some of the magnificent animated works turned down by the Academy of Cinematic Arts and Sciences of Spain for the Goya Awards will be screened. An example of these works is Impromptu, by director María Lorenzo, a short inspired by five of the Études by Frédéric Chopin, to pay homage to the forgotten pioneers of cinema. Impromptu is also a tribute to the end of the 19th Century, to its immortal muses and to the fascination for movement.

 

We'll also be able to see the first professional short by Valencian director Rocío Álvarez, Simbiosis carnal, a poetic story about sexuality, historical frustrations and pleasures, with a special interest for the concealment of the female organ, but also a story of evolution: beings that mix and transform, achieving conscience and losing it, will find ecstasy. Two forms in two colors that float in a blank space.

 

Catalan animation will also be welcomed with the short Cucarachas, directed by the most international catalan duo, the one formed Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, creators of El Niño y el Erizo, the winning short for the Petit Animac 2017 award.

 

And indubitably, animators from Lleida will also be present in this Animac edition, with the screening of the short Morning Cowboy, directed by siblings Fernando and Elena Pomares. Selected at the Berlinale, Morning Cowboy tells the story of an ordinary man who one morning dresses up as a cowboy to go to the office. An emotional journey through his past and illusions. The adventure of a man who daydreams to run away from his reality. Aside from working on his own projects, Fernando Pomares is also a script doctor, redactor, director and college teacher. He's currently directing season two of the animated series Talking Tom and Friends and developing a show with French animators Les Armateurs and Folimage.

 

María Lorenzo, Rocío Álvarez, Anna Solanas, Marc Riba and Fernando Pomares will attend this edition of Animac.

 

ANIMAC PROGRAMS 12 CONFERENCES AND EVENTS WITH PRESTIGIOUS ARTISTS WHERE MUSICAL CREATIVITY FOR ANIMATION WILL HAVE A STARRING ROLE

 

Just like in previous editions, Animac 2018 will complement the screenings with 12 conferences with prestigious professionals of the animation sector, where this year music will have a starring role.

 

Composer Normand Roger, special guest and Honorary Award at this year's Animac, will impart a masterclass and some of the films he's composed the soundtrack for will be screened, such as Crac! and The Man Who Planted Trees, both directed by Frédéric Back; The Old Man and the Sea, by Aleksandr Petrov; The Boy Who Saw the Iceberg, directed by Paul Driessen and produced by Marcy Page; and Father and Daughter, by Michäel Dudok de Wit.

 

Aside from receiving Animac 2018's Trajectory Award, composer Zacarías M. de la Riva will impart a masterclass to explain firsthand his creative process and the film Pequeños Héroes, which he composed the soundtrack for, will be screened.

 

Also with music as the driving force, the Animac audience will be able to listen firsthand to the experience of the soundtrack composer of the recently awarded with an Annie, Revolting Rhymes, Ben Locket, internationally renowned for writing the music for the multi-award-winning animated series The Amazing World of Gumball.

 

Directly from Israel, we'll receive animator and head of animation at the oldest art academy in the country, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Tal Gadon. This animator will present the most recent productions from the school, precisely the origin of the talent that produced the feature film Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008), a shocking story about the killing of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, awarded with a Golden Globe and a César, in which Gadon himself was one of the main animators.

 

The guest production workshop during this edition is Camera-etc, an animation studio in Liège, Belgium, an European landmark in the production of auteur films and workshops for children and young people, and an example of quality productions in a public center. Jean Luc Slock, producer and head of Camera-etc, will offer a conference during Animac.

 

Czech musician Floex, author of the original soundtracks for the videogames created by studio Amanita Design in Prague, is one of the international guests in Animac who'll offer a conference. Amanita Design is the production company for many of the most well-regarded auteur videogames in the world, such as Botanicula and Samorost, and is considered one of the most creative studios in Europe in its sector. Thus Sounds Samorost by Amanita Design is the title of the conference where Floex will explain how he made the music for the lauded indie videogame.

 

Another highly musical conference will be Jazzimation, with Milen Alempijevic, director of the Serbian festival Animanima and a specialist in jazz music and animation. Alempijevic will offer a presentation with great moments in the history of animation where jazz has played an important part, alongside a selection of shorts from the last 5 years with jazz in their soundtracks.

 

Barcelonian author Juanjo Sáez, known for his comics, illustrations and the TV series Arròs covat, winner of an Ondas award in 2010, will also be one of the guests in Animac 2018. In the conference Making of... Heavies Tendres, Sáez will present the new series that'll air on TV3, inspired by his own adolescence.

 

Also during this year's Animac programming, the presentation for the feature film The Oddsockeaters will be held alongside its creator, Chez illustrator and filmmaker Galina Miklínová, who'll introduce the film, based on a children's book of her own creation. Also, there'll be children's workshops based on the film, in collaboration with the editorial Mosaics Llibres, which publishes the book in Catalan.

 

Lleida-born illustrator and animation director Òscar Sarramia, a recurring Animac guest, will present the second season of Horaci l'inuit, a very successful children's show, recently premiered at TV3.

 

Inside the section ‘Under Construction’ two highly anticipated feature films that'll see the light in the upcoming months will be presented: Black is Beltza and Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas.

 

Multitalented Basque artist and former leader of the iconic band Kortatu, Fermín Muguruza, will present during Animac his animated feature debut Black is Beltza, a film project produced by Talka Records & Films and Setmàgic Audiovisual where music plays a very important part. Black is Beltza is a different road movie, a story of fights and oppression, of justice and change.

 

The section ‘Under Construction’ will also host the creative process of Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas, alongside its helmer Salvador Simó and its sound designer Juan Ferro. Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas, currently in its production process, is an adaptation of the eponymous graphic novel by Fermín Solís produced by Glow Animation Studio with Manuel Cristóbal, an icon of current Spanish animation who also produced the multi-award-winning adaptation of another graphic novel, Wrinkles.

 

THE NETWORKING AND PITCH SPACE, A SHOWCASE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SECTOR OF ANIMATION

 

The Networking and Pitch space continues to be a referent for up-and-coming professionals thanks to the programmed activities that establish a bridge between upcoming talent and well-known professionals. This year, 22 projects in their initial process have been recieved to take part in Incubator, 20 Porfolio to be revised by experienced mentors, and 13 businesses and schools will take part in Animac's Market Pitch to offer and show their services.

 

This 22nd edition of Animac awaits the visit of a great number of professionals in the medium, with more than 250 accreditated during the four days of the festival.

 

Animacrea, the heart of Animac, will once again be its epicenter, where professional stands and ludic and experimental activities for families and visitors will combine. The space will hold more than 20 stands, between schools and entities or businesses from Lleida and all of Catalonia, alongside the Open Screen and the Kids Space dedicated to young children.

 

Animac Campus is once again a success with more than 200 registered students. This year, the Ilerna FP Center will assume the role of city mentors, and on Friday they'll host a party for this group of state-wide animation students with Floex as guest DJ.

A PETIT ANIMAC WITH GREAT INTERNATIONAL PRIZES WHERE MUSIC AND SOUND HAVE A STARRING ROLE

 

Animac does not forget about the smallest members of the household with the Petit Animac section, where films with great international prizes, as is the case with Revolting Rhymes. The most family-friendly section of Animac will have its own guest, Czech illustrator and filmmaker Galina Miklínová, who'll introduce the feature film The Oddsockeaters, based on a children's book of her own creation.

 

Also, all 6 sessions during this year's Petit Animac will be filled with wonders in the form of auteur shorts that bring up various topics with imagination, beautiful styles and creative techniques. The short Plody Mraků (Fruits of Clouds) from Czech director Kateřina Karhánková and La Licorne (The Unicorn) from French filmmaker Rémi Durin are good examples.

 

It couldn't be any other way: this year's Petit Animac will be highly musical, because children are an audience that greatly appreciates sound and music in animation.

 

 

ANIMAC IS PRESENTED IN BARCELONA AND MADRID WITH THE QUAY BROTHERS AND SÉBASTIEN LAUDENBACH

 

As a precursor to Animac 2018, the North American filmmakers known as the Quay brothers, two essential animators and stage designers in the contemporary audiovisual scene; and French director and illustrator Sébastien Laudenbach, have held respective conferences in Barcelona and Madrid, on the 7th and 8th of February, to portray their creative process.

 

More information at www.animac.cat

 

Downloadable audiovisual material: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b53w623glfj6o4o/AABlijaMFl78HadWLoDh_Jica?dl=0

Press Kit FEATURE FILMS: https://we.tl/sNNePDTTPt

Press Kit SHORT FILMS: https://we.tl/ffK9y3pSk8

Press Kit PETIT ANIMAC: https://we.tl/KZ7HCz2V43

Press Kit FUTURE TALENT: https://we.tl/TZUJCbJbWz

 

Press Kit MUSICAL MONOGRAPH: https://we.tl/DFF8Mq2jU2

 

Promo ANIMAC 2018: https://we.tl/AF7kYSeOdn

 

Main Titles SHORT FILMS: https://we.tl/fTxPzSOqZb

 

PRESS ACCREDITATION

You can apply for the accreditation to Animac until February 16th by completing the form:

http://www.animac.cat/acreditacions/acreditacio-per-a-premsa

 

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