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Animated Spirits - Animated Short Film Festival | 2nd Edition | Day 2

ANIMATED SPIRITS: 

EUROPEAN ANIMATED SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN NYC IN MAY 2016

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Animated Spirits2nd edition: New Animation from Europe
The European National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC)– New York City Cluster presents the second edition of Animated Spirits: European Animated Short Film Festival this spring. The festival brings some of the most exciting, recent animation from Europe to New York City. Artists from 12 European Union countries ‘illustrate’ the spirit of experimentation at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (11 Est 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022) and at the Hungarian Consulate General (227 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022) on May 4 and 5, 2016.
Each night gurus of contemporary animationJeffrey Scher (USA), Holger Lang (AT), Alexander Stewart (USA) —discuss the state of European animation. Panels are dealing with differences between experimental and artistic approaches in the field of animation on both sides of the Atlantic and with the industry itself, the possibilities for European filmmakers in the United Stated as independent and applied artists.
Emphasizing the new, the exciting and the unconventional, while finding the space to reflect on the continuing potential of the traditional techniques as well, Animated Spirits gives a carefully curated program, picking from the cream of European animation to bring to the NYC audiences. Two selections will be screened each night: EXPERANIMA, featuring highlights of the most inventive animated films, which seek to discover the boundaries of animation and live action, narrative strategies and the visual language of animation and ANIMASTORY which offers mesmerizing fictional stories with unique visuals.
Initiated and organized by Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum, NY with the participation of 9 European national institutes of culture: Arte Institute Portugal; Arts Council Malta in New York; Bonobo Studio Croatia; Consulate General of Estonia in New York; Consulate General of Slovakia in New York; Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Center New York; Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington; Flanders House New York; Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Curated by Anna Ida Orosz animation historian, lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and co-founder and curator of Primanima Short Film Festival, Budapest. A European National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC)– New York City Cluster event.


DATES AND VENUES
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 7.30pm
Austrian Cultural Forum, NY
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
EXPERANIMA 1 / ANIMASTORY 1 –  ANIMATED SPIRITS!(92’)

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Jeffrey Scher (USA),New York-based filmmaker and animator; lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and adjunct instructor at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts; opinionator at the New York Times and Holger Lang (AT), Assistant Professor and Research Faculty, Webster Vienna Private University and Adjunct Professor, Webster University St.Louis
For the festival opening on May 4, at the Austrian Cultural Forum NY, please make reservations here:
http://www.acfny.org/event/reservation/animated-spirits-2016/
The first screening will be followed by a reception and networking event at the Austrian Cultural Forum NY.

Thursday, May5, 2016 | 7.30pm
Hungarian Consulate General | Bartók Hall
227 East 52nd Street, New York NY 10022
EXPERANIMA 2 / ANIMASTORY 2–ANIMATED SPIRITS!(95’)

Followed by a discussion and Q&A with with Holger Lang (AT), Assistant Professor and Research Faculty, Webster Vienna Private University and Adjunct Professor, Webster University St.Louis and Alexander Stewart (USA), filmmaker and co-director of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation in Chicago.
For the screening on May5 at the Hungarian Consulate General, please make reservations at the dedicated Eventbrite page:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/animated-spirits-film-festival-2nd-edition-animated-shorts-from-europe-tickets-24635939759

Both screenings are free and open to the public.

From the Curator: Anna Ida Orosz

As the legendary Hungarian-British animation filmmaker couple John Halas and Joy Batchelor put it: animated films are able “to evoke the internal space and portray the invisible.” Illustrating this vivid description, our selection from the most recently created animation short films in Europe will intrigue audiences and play with their understanding of reality. The program of Animated Spirits #2 features important canonical authors as well as recently graduated young talents.
European animation production ranges from independent solo artists, through educational institutions specializing in animation, to studios of the most varied sizes, often including cross-national productions. Co-operations include Pan-European collaborations and co-productions between European and non-European artists.
In the sections EXPERANIMA 1 and 2 audiences will see some highlights from the most inventive animated films, which seek to discover the boundaries of animation and live action, narrative strategies and the visual language of animation. The title of the program, EXPERANIMA, coined by Hungarian neo-avantgarde filmmakers in the 1980s, refers to the experimental nature of the audiovisual qualities of these works. ANIMASTORY 1 and 2, mesmerize audiences with fictional stories, comedies and dramas; tales made even memorable through their unique animated visuals.

DAY 2
May 5, 2016 | 7.30
HUNGARIAN CONSULATE GENERAL | BARTÓK HALL


 

EXPERANIMA 2


 


LOVE by Réka Bucsi (France, Hungary)
2D computer / 2016 / 14’
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/151452791

Réka Bucsi’s LOVE, has recently premiered at the BERLINALE this February and making it'd New York debut at Animated Spirits Festival. The French-Hungarian co-production, was developed at the residency program of Open Workshop, in Denmark. “The English word LOVE is not really a word anymore. It’s used for so many different platforms and situations that its shape and the lines of its letters have come to be recognised as a picture in itself”, explains director Réka Bucsi. Beyond all universal notions of love, in this film she depicts situations, moments, and tableaux vivants that with humour and surreal imagery - and along with the constellations of the stars themselves - give space to love.

RÉKA BUCSI
was born in 1988, in Filderstadt, Germany. Bucsi  is a Hungarian independent animation filmmaker. From 2008-2013 she studied at the animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (MOME). Her graduation film, Symphony no. 42, was selected to 64th Official Shorts Competition at Berlinale, Sundance Film Festival 2015 and was shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). In 2011 she participated in the Essemble Digital Training Programme at the Universidade Lusófonade Humanidadese Tecnologias in Lisbon and in 2013 she attended Animation sans Frontiéres (ASF) in Viborg, Denmark, where she also participated in the Open Workshop artist in residency program.



SONAMBULO - The Sleepwalker by Theodore Ushev (Croatia, Canada)
drawing on paper, 2D computer/ 2015 / 4'20"
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/125887669

A surrealist journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

THEODORE USHEV
is an animator, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist, living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was born in Bulgaria and graduated from Plovdiv's School of Scenic Arts, having studied stage decoration, animation and makeup. He obtained a Master's degree in graphic design from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. He moved to Montreal in 1999, where he has gained reputation as an animation filmmaker.



A BLUE ROOM by Tomasz Siwinski (Poland, France)
paint-on-glass / 2014 / 14’
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/92598315

“Tomasz Siwiński's film, a slightly Lynchian internal odyssey unravelling at death's door (...)” Fabien Gaffez
A man wakes up in a blue room. He's stuck inside. He can't escape. A window is the only way to connect to the outside world. It filters reality in a mysterious way. The film saw its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in the Critics Week section. It also received the Best Animation award at the 22nd Curtas Vila do Conde Film Festival (Portugal).

TOMASZ SIWINSKI
was born in 1982 in Koszalin (Poland), and is both a filmmaker and a painter. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland) where he completed his MA studies at the Painting Department and the Animated Film Studio of Jerzy Kucia. He participated in a scholarship program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (USA) in 2005. His films have been presented at numerous festivals , e.g. in Clermont- Ferrand, Cannes, Ottawa, Utrecht, Leipzig, Zagreb, Uppsala, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Krakow. Siwiński is a member of the international association of animators ASIFA and The Polish Filmmakers Association.



HERE, THERE
 by Alexander Stewart (Croatia, USA)
drawing on paper, 2D computer / 2015 / 4'40"
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/135959684

Here, There gives graphic form to memory’s malleable, straying lines. It begins as a traveler’s sketchbook, drawn in Croatia in the summer of 2014, but details soon fade away into abstract impressions on the edges of memory. This film is a reduction to the essence, a condensed feeling of one place and time.

ALEXANDER STEWART
Alexander Stewart's short films have screened internationally, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Slamdance Film Festival, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and ImageForum in Japan. He is co-director of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, and curated a screening series at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center from 2006-2013. He teaches animation at DePaul University and lives in Chicago.


ANIMASTORY 2


 


JUST A BIOPIC by Renske Cujipers (Netherlands)
drawing on paper, 2D computer / 2015 / 2’ 56”
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/140396325

Just a biopic is an animated biography with a surprising twist. Though the film portrays the path of a single individual, the story symbolizes that of so many others. This gives Just a Biopic the purpose of a pamphlet; it is an indictment of the way the society we live in deals with certain lives.

RENSKE CUJIPERS
is a freelance animator and illustrator living in Hilversum, the Netherlands. She studied animation at the School of Arts Utrecht (2010-2015) and graduated with a Bachelor of design with honours. Her graduation film Just a biopic has been featured at numerous festivals and won a the Netherlands Film Fund Wildcard in 2015. “ My passion lies in drawing and painting characters, objects or something abstract. Working with analogue materials, and especially the unpredictability that goes with it, are part of my style. I strive to bring back that analogue feeling in my work.”



THE TREE by Lucie Sunková
paint-on-glass / 2015 / 14’ 45”
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFQ2zN4SifE

The film is a lyrical story of birth and death. It is a poem about the flow of our time, a parable of parenthood and crossing the boundaries of a human life. Lucie Sunková spent almost two years working on this project using a very demanding technique, each frame was painted on glass with oil paint then repainted for the next frame, making the film a moving canvas.

LUCIE SUNKOVÁ
was born in 1974 in Prague.  She studied book illustration and graphic design at the Václav Hollar school of Art in 1996. She graduated from the Film and TV School of The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), where she was later working as a visiting lecturer at the Cinema Studies Department. She works as a scriptwriter, director, animator and book illustrator. Her preferred technique in animation is oil painting on glass.



LIFE WITH HERMAN H. ROTT by Chintis Lundgreb (Croatia / Denmark / Estonia)
drawing on paper / 2015 / 11' 00''
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/119332423

Herman H. Rott is a punk rat who lives alone in his messy apartment. One day a small petit-bourgeois cat sees the drunken Herman returning from a bar, finds him charming and decides to move in.

CHINTIS LUNDGREB
born in Tallinn, 1981, Lundgreb is an Estonian animation director. She began working as an independent artist in 2008, and since 2011 she has been running her own animation studio called Chintis Lundgren Animatsioonistuudio. She is a co-founder of Adriatic Animation, a new animation studio based on the coast of Croatia.



LIMBO LIMBO TRAVEL by Zsuzsanna Kreif and Borbála Zétényi (Hungary / France)
2D computer / 2014 / 17’00
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/114229942

In a country where men are more interested in their electronic gadgets than in other people, a group of lonely, disillusioned women take the Limbo Limbo Bus en route for a faraway exotic land, hoping to find the happiness they seek. Arriving to the land of moustached men, the 8 women find within themselves new roles and behaviors, far from societies watchful eyes. Limbo Limbo Travel won numerous prestigious prizes worldwide and was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

ZSUZSANNA KREIF
is an animation director and magazine illustrator, who studied animation at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary, graduating from her MA program in 2014. During her studies she had the opportunity to study at the Turku University of Finland for a semester, and participate in the Animation Sans Frontier: The European Animation Production Workshop in 2012.

BORBÁLA ZÉTÉNYI
is an animation director, who studied animation at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest, Hungary, graduating from her MA program in 2014.



BOLES  by Špela Čadež (Slovenia / Germany)
puppets / 2013 / 12’
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/79142349

Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood. He dreams of writer's glory and luxurious lifestyle in a more prosperous part of town. One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbor Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep once more, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.

ŠPELA ČADEŽ
is a Slovenian animator and filmmaker. After graduating in Visual Communication Design (2002) in Ljubljana she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Department of Media Design. During her studies in Germany she made two animated puppet films, Zasukanec (Mate to Measure) and Lovesick (Liebeskrank), which have been screened at over a hundred festivals the world over and have won more than 30 awards. Since 2008 Špela Čadež works in Slovenia as an independent animation film director and producer.



Curator Anna Ida Orosz (Budapest, 1986) is an animation historian, festival programmer and curator. She studied film theory and cinema history at the Budapest Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) of Budapest. Currently she is a PhD student at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at ELTE. She teaches animation history at Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design in Budapest, and has been working as an animation specialist at the Hungarian Film Archive since 2012. She has been in the programming board of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF) since 2009.

She is the co-founder and curator of Primanima World Festival of First Animations, which debuted in 2012 in Budaörs, Hungary. She has been a jury member and curated both retrospective and contemporary Hungarian animation programs for major international animation film festivals including Monstra (Lisbon, Portugal), Animator (Poznan, Poland) and Anifilm (Trebon, Czech Republic). In 2015 she co-curated Hungarian Animation 100, a retrospective exhibition about the past hundred years of animation in Hungary.

 


Animated Spirits 2016 was made possible through the participation of the following European cultural institutes in New York City: Arte Institute Portugal; Arts Council Malta in New York; Austrian Cultural Forum, NY; Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York; Bonobo Studio Croatia; Consulate General of Estonia in New York; Consulate General of Slovakia in New York; Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Center New York; Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington; Flanders House New York; Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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