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THE GREATS OF INTERNATIONAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION VISIT ANIMAC 2019, IN LLEIDA (SPAIN) FROM FEBRUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 24

Animac will present the Honorary Award to Peter Lord, cofounder of the Aardman Animations studio, for his brilliant trajectory over more than 40 years dedicated to stop motion animation, and a complete retrospective will be dedicated to him.

The Animac 2019 Animation Master Award will be presented to the Finnish director, producer and screenwriter, specialised in stop motion animation, Katariina Lillqvist, in recognition of her status as one of Europe’s leading animators.

Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince), Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (creators of the Canadian label Clyde Henry Productions, Madame Tutli-Putli), Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh and Chris Finnegan (founders of Screen Novelties and creators of the stop motion version of Spongebob Squarepants, intro of Fortnite), among other exceptional animators, will visit Animac.

The 9 feature films that will be screened include La casa lobo (Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, Chile, 2018), This Magnificent Cake! (Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels, Belgium, 2018) and Hoffmaniada (Stanislav Sokolov, Russia, 2018), all of them stop motion productions.

321 short films will be screened, including Muedra, by the Spaniard César Díaz Meléndez (stop motion shot outdoors) which will have its world premiere at Animac, Patchwork, by María Manero, Inanimate, by Lucia Bulgheroni, La noria, by Carlos Baena, La chute, by Boris Labbé, Reruns, by Rosto, and Cerulia, by Sofía Carrillo, among many others.

Vernon Chatman will visit Animac for the Spanish premiere of his new series The Shivering Truth created for Adult Swim.

Animac will dedicate a retrospective to the pioneer and stop motion animation reference, Ladislas Starewitch, who will be represented in Lleida by his granddaughter, Béatrice Martin-Starewitch, curator of the work and legacy of the great Polish animator.

Anna Solanas and Marc Riba (I+G Stop Motion), the Spanish talents that worked on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, and the creators of the TV series El Diario de Bita y Cora, are also special guests of this edition of Animac and will share the process of creating their films with the public.

The films Captain Morten and The Spider Queen and The Tower, along with a careful selection of children's short films, will delight children at Petit Animac (Little Animac).

Petit Animac’s special guest will be Marek Beneš, director and current screenwriter of the Czech stop motion series Pat and Mat, and son of its creator Lubomír Beneš who, together with Vladímir Jiránek, gave life to the characters in 1976.

The closing of Animac 2019 (February 24) will pay tribute to Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the popular series SpongeBob Squarepants, who passed away last November. Colleagues and friends of Hillenburg, such as Mark Osborne, will participate in the tribute, which will feature a performance by 100 singers from the Orfeó Lleidatà children's choir. The choir will perform the main theme from SpongeBob Squarepants, and a screening of the stop motion adaptation of the series by Screen Novelties will also feature at Animac.

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The 23rd edition of Animac, the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, the event of reference for animated cinema in Spain, and one of the most important in Europe, held in Lleida (Spain) from the 21st to the 24th of February, will be dedicated to stop motion animation. It will feature a careful selection of recent national and international feature films and short films. The projections will be complemented with lectures and masterclasses by major creators on an international scale: Peter Lord, Katariina Lillqvist, Mark Osborne, Clyde Henry Productions, Screen Novelties, among many others, who will share, for four days, space and knowledge with new generations of animators and movie lovers.

PETER LORD, ANIMAC 2019 HONORARY AWARD

Animac 2019 is honoured to receive the Briton Peter Lord, director and co-founder of the iconic stop motion animation studio Aardman Animations, founded in 1972. Aardman is world-renowned for characters like Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, and for cult family films such as Chicken Run (2000) or The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2012), both directed by Lord. A few years before this international boom, Peter Lord rose as one of the most innovative stop motion short film creators of the 80s and 90s, and today is one of the world leaders in animation. This year's Animac Honorary Award goes to Peter Lord for his brilliant career, which, with 10 nominations at the Oscars, has earned him 4 statuettes.

For lovers of Aardman and for all those who still do not know the world’s most emblematic stop-motion animation studio, ten retrospective sessions will be screened during Animac, which will include a large sample of its work, from the most independent shorts to its ads, via The Pirates! (The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), directed by Peter Lord, and many series featuring characters such as Morph, Rex the Runt, Angry Kid, Shaun the Sheep and the half-length films of the delightful Wallace and Gromit.

In addition, in a master class on February 23, Peter Lord will share with the Animac audience his fascinating career as an animator, director and producer, which spans more than 40 years.


KATARIINA LILLQVIST, ANIMAC 2019 ANIMATION MASTER AWARD

The Animac 2019 Animation Master Award will be awarded to the Finnish director, producer and screenwriter, specialised in stop motion animation, Katariina Lillqvist, in recognition of her status as one of Europe’s leading animators.

Katariina Lillqvist, who after a long career making short films and medium-length films, is preparing her first feature film Master and Margarita. She has worked in Prague since 1989 where she created Camera Cagliostro, an independent film cooperative and art production company. She is currently working in Stockholm, and is developing a museum of stop motion cinema in Helsinki, the Lapinlahti Puppet Museum.

In her films and projects, Lillqvist often studies the European mentality through traumas, war and issues facing minorities. She has portrayed the destinies of Sarajevan children, the place of gypsy communities in a changing Europe, the disappearance of traditional cultures of small northern tribes, and the everyday life of ordinary people in her hometown of Tampere during the Finnish Civil War and the dark 1930s.

Her most important prizes include the Silver Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival in 1996 for the film The Country Doctor, based on the novel by Franz Kafka and the stories of refugee children from the former Yugoslavia. Lillqvist has been awarded two Annual Art Prizes by the Finnish State for her success in preserving gypsy folklore and bringing minority issues to Finnish public consciousness. In addition, more recently her transmedia project, a part stop-motion animation documentary with puppets, Radio Dolores, won the Annecy 2017 Special Animation Award. Lillqvist is currently working on her first full-length animation.

Lillqvist will give a conference on February 23 at Animac about her career and her new work Master and Margarita. Furthermore, a retrospective of her best work will be screened for the first time in Spain, including: The Maiden and the Soldier, The Country Doctor, Tales from the Endless Roads: The Romary Mirror, Far away from Ural and Radio Dolores.


MASTERCLASS “PLANET MARK OSBORNE”

The American Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince (César Award for Best Animation Film in 2015, Annie Award for Best Music in 2016, with a screening at Animac), joins the list of exceptional guests at Animac.

Classmate and companion in the creative adventures of Stephen Hillenburg - the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants - Osborne directed all the real image sequences both for the television series and for the first feature length film. Following the success of Kung Fu Panda, Osborne had the opportunity to adapt the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic The Little Prince, where stop motion animation was the protagonist in the most poetic and wonderful sequences of the film. Osborne will give a lecture where he will discuss his unique creative world and his future projects.

Osborne will participate in the tribute that Animac will pay to his recently departed friend and fellow artist Stephen Hillenburg.


A PROGRAM WITH GEMS OF ANIMATION

Stop motion animation is the protagonist of this edition of Animac and real gems made with this technique can be seen, such as the feature length La casa lobo (Chile, 2018), directed by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña, set in Colonia Dignidad, a settlement used as a torture center during the Pinochet dictatorship. This film will be shown after the inauguration of Animac, on February 21.

In addition, there will be a screening of the medium-length film This Magnificent Cake! (Belgium, 2018, nominated for Best Independent Film at the Annie Awards 2018) directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels and made in stop motion with wool (the animators also created the famous Oh Willy, with numerous awards and selected for the best international festivals). This film can be seen for the first time in Catalonia. This Magnificent Cake! is a film set in colonial Africa at the end of the 19th century. It tells the interconnected stories of an afflicted king, a middle-aged pygmy who works in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman in full expedition, a lost grum and a young army deserter.

Another of the stop motion feature films that can be seen is Hoffmaniada, directed by Stanislav Sokolov (Russia, 2018, official section of feature films out of competition at the Annecy Festival), an excellent example of fantasy cinema based on the life of writer Hoffmann E.T.A where his experiences are mixed with his delirious creative universe.

Animac will premiere the short stop motion film, shot in exteriors, Muedra, by César Díaz Meléndez, with 25 years of experience as an animator specialized in stop motion in all its forms: puppets, objects, plasticine, pixilation, or animation with sand - a technique with which he has given shape to several short films such as the multi-award winning Zepo (2014). During his career, César Díaz has worked with Tim Burton, Charlie Kaufman, Claude Barras and Wes Anderson among others.

Animac will also host the Spanish premiere of the American series The Shivering Truth created and co-directed by Vernon Chatman (producer of South Park, among others). The Shivering Truth is part of Adult Swim, the more adult side of Cartoon Network. Chatman will attend Animac for the presentation, which will take place on February 22.

This year, the sessions of Animac Shorts will be boosted by innovative works where stop motion is the star. Highlights include Patchwork, by María Manero, presented in Incubator in previous editions of Animac, Inanimate, by Lucia Bulgheroni, and La noria, by Carlos Baena, among many other animated shorts.

In the more experimental White Cube section, this year you can see gems like La chute, by Boris Labbé, or Reruns, by Rosto, among many other short arthouse films.

And in the Spooky Night section, the darkest and most chilling stop motion short films will be screened. Cerulia stands out, from the Mexican Sofía Carrillo, sponsored by Guillermo del Toro in her next animated work.

In this edition there is a new Animation Pro Social section, where films of reflection with social themes such as immigration are brought to the spotlight.

For the first time, this year Animac will award three Audience Awards, one for Short films (where this year those from the White Cube section have been added), one for Petit Animac and one for the Future Talent section.

ANIMAC PAYS TRIBUTE TO LADISLAS STAREWITCH, THE PIONEER OF STOP MOTION ANIMATION, WITH A RETROSPECTIVE OF HIS WORK

Another of the international figures that will visit Lleida is Béatrice Martin-Starewitch, granddaughter and curator of the legacy of the pioneer and historic reference of stop motion animation, Ladislas Starewitch (1882 - 1965), to whom Animac will dedicate a retrospective. Directors such as Nick Park, John Lasseter, Tim Burton and Wes Anderson have praised Starewitch. For Jan Švankmajer he is "the Méliès of animation", and for the Quay brothers, a maestro.

In the retrospective, Animac will screen La revanche du ciné-opérateur (1912), Comment naît et s'anime une ciné-marionnette (1932), Fétiche Mascotte / Fétiche 33-12 (1934) and Fleur de Fougère (1949), all of them masterpieces of stop motion created by Starewitch.

 

ANIMAC PREPARES CONFERENCES WITH THE BEST OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION

As in previous editions, Animac 2019 will complement the screenings with conferences by prestigious professionals from the animation sector, where this year, stop motion will have a prominent role.

In addition to the Masterclasses by Peter Lord, Katariina Lillqvist and Mark Osborne, Animac will also host lectures by some of the most prominent national and international stop motion creators.

The Canadian duo Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, founders of the studio Clyde Henry Productions and creators of the famous short film Madame Tutli-Putli, nominated for the Oscars in 2007, will be present at Animac with a conference that will explore their past, present and future as the most experimental of stop motion animators. After working with Spike Jonze and Guy Maddin among others, they now explore stop motion animation with a new immersive language: virtual reality. Gymnasia is their new experimental short film still in production phase, a vivid nightmare starring chilling puppets in an abandoned gym. Animac will also dedicate a monographic session where you can see some of their most representative work.

Animac will be visited by Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh and Chris Finnegan, founders of Screen Novelties, one of the most unique independent stop motion production companies in the American animation industry. They have worked for prestigious networks such as Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon or FOX, studios such as Paramount, clients such as Nike or Hallmark, or videogame developer studios such as Epic Games and their famous global success Fortnite. They have also given stop motion life to emblematic cartoon characters such as the Flintstones, SpongeBob Squarepants, Chowder, Flapjack, Finn and Jake of Adventure Time and Harvey Beaks. They have also been part of the birth of cult Adult Swim series Robot Chicken and Moral Orel in their first seasons, both also present at Animac 2019.

Spanish stop motion animation will also play an essential role in the programming of this 23rd edition of Animac. It will be attended by the animators César Díaz Meléndez and Sergio Lara, the art director and set creator Cristina Acuña and the puppet creator Sonia Iglesias, all of them representative of the Spanish talent that worked on Isle of Dogs, the latest animated film directed by Wes Anderson.

Some of these elite professionals have worked on other outstanding productions such as Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2015), Ma vie de courgette (Claude Barras, 2016), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009) and Frankeenwenie ( Tim Burton, 2012). César Díaz, the most veteran, will also present the world premiere of his short film titled Muedra, shot in stop motion in a beautiful natural setting.

Catalan talent will be represented by the founders of the Barcelona studio I + G Stop Motion: filmmakers Anna Solanas and Marc Riba. With 16 years of experience in the world of animated dolls, they have directed 12 short films that have participated in more than 1,200 festivals across the five continents. At Animac they will offer a conference about their work and two of their short films will be screened: El pou and El cocodril no em fa por.

To talk about their creative work in the animated series El Diario de Bita y Cora, the Valencians Vicente Mallols (director) and Paloma Mora (producer and founder of TV ON Productions) will offer a conference at Animac where they will reveal how they directed and produced the series, of which 26 5-minute chapters have been made. The series is broadcast on À punt, the Valencian public television, and has been sold internationally.


PUPPETS INVADE PETIT ANIMAC

Without losing sight of stop motion, for the youngest of the house, Animac has a program of feature length films for children. This includes Captain Morten and The Spider Queen, the feature-length debut by the Estonian, Kaspar Jancis, with the co-direction of the veteran Riho Unt and the Irish Henry Nicholson, produced in Nukufilm, the oldest active stop-motion studio in the world, based in Tallinn.

The Tower, a film inspired by and based on the Bourj lo Barajneh refugee camp in Beirut, will also be screened. It’s the first feature by the Norwegian director Mats Grorud which explores and reconstructs, through stop motion, the story of an exiled family across four generations with sensitivity and historical rigor.

In addition, children's short film sessions are programmed with delights of animation such as 6:1 (Sergei Ryabov, Russia, 2018), Doña Ubenza (Juan Manuel Costa and Agustín Touriño, Argentina, 2015), El cocodril no em fa por (Anna Solanas and Marc Riba, Spain, 2018), Here's the Plan (Fernanda Frick, Xile, 2017), Konigiri-Kun Undokai (Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 2016), La chasse (Alexey Alekseev, France, 2018), Lystfiskeren (Sara Aunbirk , Denmark, 2018), Matilda (Irene Iborra and Edu Puertas, Spain, 2018), Tend (Tom Judd and Ed Barrett, United Kingdom, 2018), Tutu (Gaspar Chabaud, Belgium, 2018) and Water in the Cup (Ikuo Kato , Japan, 2018), among many other shorts.

 

"PAT I MAT", STARS OF THE CZECH CHILDREN’S SERIES, GUESTS OF PETIT ANIMAC

Continuing the theme of stop motion, one of the longest-running European children's series with this technique, Pat y Mat, on the air since the 70s in the Czech Republic, will be the special guest of Petit Animac. Marek Beneš, director and current screenwriter of the series and son of its creator Lubomír Beneš who, together with Vladímir Jiránek, gave life to the characters in 1976, will visit the show.

Pat and Mat are two endearing DIY workers, very sloppy but always optimistic, even if the work does not go very well. The series has been exported to other countries thanks to the charm of its stories, without dialogue but with the music of the Czech composer Petr Skoumal.

Marek Beneš and his daughter, Tereza Benešová, will visit Animac accompanied by the Pat and Mat puppets, and will make a small demonstration of the work behind stop motion animation technique. In addition, a selection of the all time best episodes, and the feature film Pat and Mat - Winter Fun will be screened.

 

CLOSING TRIBUTE TO STEPHEN HILLENBURG, CREATOR OF SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

The closing of Animac 2019 will pay tribute to Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the popular children’s animation series Spongebob Squarepants, who passed away last November.

To honor the memory of Hillenburg, Animac will be attended by some of his friends in the world of animation. These include his classmate and companion on his creative adventures, director and animator Mark Osborne (The Little Prince. Kung Fu Panda), who worked with Hillenburg directing the live action sequences for SpongeBob: The Movie, as well as the live sequences of the first three seasons of the hit TV series.

Animac will also be attended by other friends of Hillenburg, as is the case of the founders of Screen Novelties, Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh and Christopher Finnegan, creators of the stop motion adaptation of SpongeBob SquarePants, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, produced by Nickelodeon, co-written with Hillenburg, and which can be seen during the closing.

100 singers between 6 and 14 years old from the Orfeó Lleidatà children's choirs will perform the main theme of the well-known series SpongeBob SquarePants at the closing of Animac 2019.


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PHOTOGRAPHS OF FILMS AND GUESTS:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9l7vh0caqa78y0e/AAC-M2tIUD5U07zypEWzV8FOa?dl=0

ANIMAC 2019 PROGRAM:
http://www.animac.cat/arxius/OnlineA19ProgramademaENG.pdf

ANIMAC 2019 CATALOGUE:

http://www.animac.cat/galeria-en/catalegs

 

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