Special screenings 02

Friday, September 6th, Grand Hall, 11:00 p.m.


EDOUARD SALIER
Retrospective
by AUTOUR DE MINUIT


After graduating Graphic Art and Design studies in Paris, Edouard Salier started working with the composer and music producer Doctor L, designing his record sleeves and directing his first music video, Mountains. Having a huge appetite for images, he has created a wide range of graphic works, including short films, promos, tv idents and installations. With a style that is heavily rooted in graphic design, his work has been making noise on the audiovisual underground for several years. In 2005 his short films Empire and Flesh started touring around the world (Venice, Sundance, Paris, London, New York, Toronto, Hamburg, Séoul…), and winning several awards in festivals. Edouard Salier is now preparing his first feature film.




TOKS

Edouard Salier
France, 2003, 8:20

The film shows Sallier’s talent for layering strong experimental imagery in everyday urban areas.

EMPIRE

Eduar Salije (Autour de Minuit)
France, 2005, 4:00

The Pax Americana takes care on our peace, ensures our comfort, guarantees our prosperity…An idyllic postcard of the new Empire..

FLESH

Edouard Salier (Autour de Minuit)
France, 2005, 10:00

The Empire unveils everything but sees nothing. Its enemies idealize everything but tolerate nothing. For some the earthly orgasm of virtual whores. For others the eternal orgasm of 70 heavenly virgins. What if it all came down to flesh?

JEHRO : I WANT LOVE

Edouard Salier (Def2Shoot)
France, 2006, 3:57

Travel forced little warrior from birth to certain death in a hellish machine that cater for weapons, drugs and coffins.

THE REPLICANTS: USER

Edouard Salier
France, 2007, 4:06

Access Denied...

ORISHAS: HAY UN SON

Edouard Salier
France, 2007, 3:12

Cuban Orishas deity returned as Roldan, Ruzzo and Romero. Who is really behind these faces?

4

Edouard Salier (Autour de Minuit/Digital District)
France, 2009, 16:40

Four letters. 400 000 possibilities. Only one is real.

AIR: SO LIGHT IS HER FOOTFALL

Edouard Salier (EMI France)
France, 2010, 3:15

Walk like a zombie. And I’m lost.

MASSIVE ATTACK: SPLITTING THE ATOM

Edouard Salier (Scream Park)
France, 2010, 5:10

The last of the last particles. Detachable, slurred...

JUSTICE : CIVILIZATION

Edouard Salier (Digital District)
Francuska, 2011, 3:51

From the world's biggest wonders of Mount Everest to the Brazilian statue of Christ the Savior…an exceptional moment when disasters turn to ashes.

Saturday, September 7th, Grand Hall, 11:00 p.m.


STASH: LATIN AMERICA


Once again ANIMANIMA has a pleasure of presenting to its audience a part of the rich collection of the STASH Magazine from Toronto, Canada, featuring animated films by authors from the whole world. STASH, for those who may not know this, is the world’s largest online library of animation, special effects and motion design, with numerous additions that promote the advancement of the professional knowledge in this field, as well as advanced training courses. This time, the STASH editors Stephen Price and Heather Grieve have tailored a special programme that focuses on the creative artists from the studio, as well as freelance authors, from the Latin America. The programme presents animated shorts (short films, TV commercials, idents, music videos) by authors from Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil. Information on STASH Media company: www.stashmedia.tv


SANTANDER PERSONAL LOANS "HAIR CONDITIONER" 

TVC: 00:52 
Agency: OGILVY ARGENTINA
Director: JONATHAN GURVIT
Production: EL.EI STUDIOS
VFX: BLEEDVFX www.bleedvfx.com

Buenos Aires designer/artist Jonathan Gurvit makes his move into the director's chair. "I used a car with track points, one highway, one bald man, one camera car and a camera. The post was brilliantly done by BleedVFX, a new studio specializing in simulation.

NEXTEL "TERRAZAS"

TVC 01:10 
Agency: MADRE BUENOS AIRES
Director: ANDY FOGWILL
Production: LANDIA
VFX: BITT ANIMATION www.bittanimation.com

Franco Bittolo and Cristian Morales VFX supers at BITT Animation in Buenos Aires: "We went over several ideas to find the best behavior for the parrots until we decided the parrots should look and move as if they were real. So, the main challenge was to create photo-realistic parrots with an advertising schedule.”

TIM "POMBA E A GÍRIA"

Online film 01:08 
Agency: WIEDEN+KENNEDY SÃO PAULO
Director: JONATHAN GURVIT
Production: PRIMO BUENOS AIRES
Animation/VFX:LA POSTA www.laposta.com.ar

Pablo Tufaro, CG head at La Posta in Buenos Aires, Argentina: " The most difficult creative part of the job was that the director (Jonathan Gurvit) asked us to make the pigeon sing and dance like a rapper singer but with real pigeon movements. We only made a little joke on the breakdance section, but this was totally accepted by the director, at the moment he saw it he exploded in laughs.”

91 ROCK "DEATHS"

TVC: 01:00 
Agency: JWT
Director: DANIEL SEMANAS
Animation: DANIEL SEMANAS

Daniel Rodrigues Silva (Daniel Semanas), director/animator in São Paulo, Brasil: "The brief came from the agency that they intended to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving by featuring deaths in the bizarre world of rock.” 

SHOT & GO

TVC 02:00 
Agency: THE FACTORY CHILE
Director: FELIPE ZAVALA
Animation: LEYENDA www.leyenda.cl

Juan Paulo Mardónez, EP at Leyenda in Santiago, Chile: "The client wanted to launch his new energy drink using a crazy animated campaign. They had this little character and wanted to explain his origin. They told us to break the mold with the animation and to be as unconservative as possible.”

YUZU "CRICKET" 

TVC: 00:30 
Agency: DRAFTFCB MEXICO
Director: JONATHAN GURVIT
Production: PRIMO BUENOS AIRES
Animation /VFX: LAPOSTA http://laposta.com.ar

Yuzu, a live-TV-on-your-portable-gadget service, launches in Mexico with this seamless and charming :60 by the all-Buenos Aires team of Primo director Jonathan Gurvit and VFX/post house LaPosta. Ignacio Zuccarino, VP creative at DRAFT FCB Mexico: "In Mexico, when young people are bored, they tend to say 'Cree cree', emulating the cricket sound. The Yuzu cricket is to boredom what the Grim Reaper is to death." 

PEPSICO SNACK TWISTOS "WOODPECKER"

TVC: 00:38 
Agency: BBDO
Directors: NICO & MARTIN
Production: PRIMO
Animation /VFX: REINO www.reinobuenosaires.com

Buenos Aires animation studio Reino spent two weeks perfecting the 3D feathers and rig for this relentless woodpecker and another week compositing it into the live action for a hilarious take on rampaging stress. The spot aired across Latin America.

MERCK VICTRELIS

Installation video: 01:00 
Agency: CAHG
Director: DAF
VFX: DAF www.daf.cl

Felipe Dacaret, director at DAf in Santiago, Chile: "CAHG, a healthcare ad agency based in New York, invited DAf to produce a campaign for Merck USA to launch Victrelis, a protease inhibitor used to treat Hepatitis C. The drug's key factor is its accuracy in locating and fighting virus replication. With this in mind, we helped focus the campaign on one decisive representation: the precise attack of a fencer.”

THE FUND "TWO BOYS"

Corporate film 02:14 
Client: THE FUND FOR RECONCILIATION, TOLERANCE AND PEACE
Agency: EITAN CHITAYAT
Director: JOAO TENORIO, COI BELLUZZO
Production: LOBO, BIRDO STUDIO, THE EBELING GROUP
Animation: LOBO  www.lobo.cx / BIRDO STUDIO www.birdo.com.br

An international team of over 150 worked pro bono for two years to create this emotional animated clip to help raise the profile of The Fund for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace, (an organization founded with a donation of concert proceeds by Leonard Cohen in 2009) "committed to breaking through the psychological barriers of Palestinians and Israelis to end the conflict.

VIDEO MUSIC BRAZIL 2011

Broadcast design 02:14 
Client: MTV BRAZIL 
Director: CONSULADO www.consulado.tv
Animation: ATOMO VFX www.atomovfx.com.br
Music/sound design : WHITENOISELAB

Boca Ceravolo, director/AD, at Consulado in São Paulo: "This is the opening title sequence for MTV Brazil's VMB 2011 awards show based on the theme 'The Music Never Stops'. It is part of a broadcast package that included nearly 140 deliverables.

AXN LATIN AMERICA

Broadcast design / TVC: 00:30 
Client: SONY PICTURES LATIN AMERICA 
Director: PLENTY
Animation: PLENTY www.plenty.tv

Mariano Farías, principal and motion design director at Plenty in Buenos Aires: "AXN Latin America called us to do the promo for one of its primetime shows 'Criminal Minds'. They wanted to create a figure of a man built with words from the Spanish translation of the voiceover taken from the series. These words were supposed to haunt our character.

TELECINE "GO THE THE CINEMA" 

Broadcast design /cinema 02:00 
Client: TELECINE NETWORK
Director: BEELD
Animation: BEELD www.beeldmotion.com

Eduardo Tosto, partner/CD at Beeld in Rio de Janeiro: "The brief was to create an animated short for the 'Go to the Movies' campaign of Telecine Network based on the script written by Telecine copywriter Alex Mendes. Visually there were no specific instructions; the client asked us to be inventive, even experimental, and to create whatever pleased us.

CHILEVISION "LA VERDAD" 

TVC 01:38 
Agency: 180 GRADOS
Director: JUAN DELCAN
Production: NOLA PICTURES
Animation: NOLA PICTURES www.nolapictures.com

Nola Pictures' director Juan Delcan directs and animates a 100-second spot for Chilean TV network Chilevision, which "promotes the channel's approach of respecting all people, without judgment and reporting clear unbiased truth.

MTV BICENTENARIO 

Broadcast design / 01:00 
Agency: MTV
Directors: CAMILO BARRIA ROYER, ANAMARIA NANI GUTIERREZ
Animation /VFX: PLENTY www.plenty.tv 

Camilo Barria Royer, director/writer/art director at MTV Latin America: "We had the need to celebrate 200 years of independence of our four major feeds in Latin America: Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.To think in Latin America as a whole was a very tough objective. After a month of research and brainstorming we reach the idea of Latin America as a 'Blender Machine', a place that violently converts original things in new forms.”

"MOVA"

Short film 02:53 
Directors: NICHOLAS FERREIRA, DOMINICK GREJC
School: VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL
Animation: NICHOLAS FERREIRA www.niii.co / DOMINICK GREJC www.dominikgrejc.com

Nicholas Ferreira (São Paulo, Brazil), Dominick Grejc (Krakow, Poland): "This is the opening title sequence for a fictitious motion design festival. It was a graduation project that we did during the Digital Design Program at VFS. We were free to create whatever we wanted.   

"UNA PIEZA MAS"

Music video 04:04 
Director: LUIS SAFA
Animation: BASA STUDIO www.basaestudio.com

Mexico City's Basa Estudio breathe life into the wonderous renderings of artist/illustrator Luis Safa (aka caracrimen) for a new collaborative music project featuring two Mexican artists: Marian Ruzzi and Sr. Amable.

"ONE MORE BEER"

Short film 00:58 
Directors: PEDRO CONTI, ALAN CAMILO
Animation: PEDRO CONTI www.pedroconti.com / ALAN CAMILO www.alancamilo.com

Director Pedro Conti in São Paulo, Brazil: "I had no intention of creating this short movie at this very first stage. My main goal was to develop my skills as a character artist, and after I watched the movie 'How to Train Your Dragon' I decided to start a Viking character, but it was a really vague brief.

"BUEY DE PIRAÑA" 

Online film 02:14 
Directors: LEYENDA
Animation: LEYENDA www.leyenda.cl

Juan Paulo Mardónez, executive producer at Leyenda in Santiago, Chile: "This film is the result of our international script competition for Latin American advertising creative professionals.

"NEOMORPHUS"

Short film 02:28 
Director: ANIMATORIO
Production: ANIMATORIO
Animation: ANIMATORIO www.animatorio.com.br

São Paulo studio Animatorio, who describe themselves as a "bunch of content builders, animators, designers and mostly creative freaks, using any possible medium to express themselves, take the stop-motion route to explore "various processes of a metamorphosis - the transformation and the reactions it propagates’. "

"BUENOS AIRES INCEPTION PARK"

Short film 01:57 
Director: FERNANDO LIVSCHITZ
Animation: BLACK SHEEP FILMS www.bsfilms.com.ar

Fernando Livschitz, director at Black Sheep Films in Buenos Aires: "This is an artistic viral short film meant to show the city of Buenos Aires in a different and fantastic way, creating an illusion of a real dream.”

"PSYCHIC LAND"

Short film 01:54 
Director: PABLO GOSTANIAN
Animation: 2VEINTE www.2veinte.com.ar

Pablo Gostanian, CD at 2veinte in Buenos Aires, Argentina: "No brief at all, we just design, animate and have fun.”

"TO DO LIST"

Short film 02:07 
Directors: DANIEL LUNA, YANIV FRIDMAN
Animation: DANIEL LUNA www.danielluna.tv / YANIV FRIDMAN www.yanivfridman.com

Daniel Luna (Toronto) and Yaniv Fridman (Mexico City), directors/designers/animators: "We wanted to have fun working on a project where we could explore our own design sensibilities and express something we aspire to achieve.”

"DOMINO PARTY"

Short film 01:30 
Director: RONDA + SONNI
Production: SONNI STUDIOS
Animation: RONDA www.estudioronda.com.ar

Fernán Graziano, animation director at Ronda in Buenos Aires: "'Domino Party' is part of a daily comic blog by Sonni Studios about relocating to New York City and the everyday adventures that ensue.” 

"THE CAMERA COLLECTION"

Short film Short film 01:00 
Director: ANTONIO VICENTINI
Animation: ANTONIO VICENTINI

Antonio Vicentini, director, São Paulo, Brazil: "The idea for the film just popped when I saw Bill Brown's pixelated cameras library. The challenge was to create some cool transition between cameras to not get boring.

"SHAVE IT!"

Short film 4:11 
Directors: JORGE TERESO, FERNANDO MALDONADO
Animation: 3DAR STUDIOS www.3dar.com

Directors' notes: "We watched the monkeys' behaviour and the way they move, first in the zoos, then there was a trip to the Amazonian jungle and finally some actor friends, the monkey's acting is the result of all this together."

"THE CHASE"

Short film 13:20 
Director: TOMAS VERGARA
Animation: CLAWER FILMS www.thechaseshortfilm.com

When Tomas Vergara decided to make his first short film he left his home in Santiago, Chile and hid away in a cabin for six months to teach himself how to do it. The result is "The Chase."

Thursday, September 5th, Grand Hall, 11:00 p.m.


THE SUICIDE SHOP
Le magasin des suicides





France, Canada, Belgium / 2012, 79 min

Voices: Bernard Alane / Mishima • Isabelle Spade / Lucréce • Kacey Mottet Klein / Alan • Isabelle Giami / Marilyn • Laurent Gendron / Vincent

Imagine a shop that for generations has sold all the accoutrements for the perfect suicide. This family business prospers in all its bleak misery, until the day it encounters joie de vivre in the shape of younger son, Alan. What will become of The Suicide Shop in the face of Alan's relentless good cheer, optimism and determination to make the customers smile?



This is a synopsis of the animated full-feature debut of the famous French cineaste Patrice Leconte (Girl on the Bridge, Man from the Train, Intimate Strangers) . The film is based on a book with the same title, written by the French writer Jean Teulé in 2006. The story takes place in a future where the world is nearing its end. Exposed to sufferings caused by terrible consequences of disastrous climatic changes, all of the people are depressive without exception, including the heroes – members of the Tuvache family. They even bear the names of celebrities who committed suicide: the father of the Tuvache family is named Mishima, the elder son is named Vincent, after Van Gogh, while the daughter got her name after Marylin Monroe. The younger son was named after the British gay mathematician Alan Turing – but he anyway is the family black sheep, being cheerful and optimistic… What does the director say about this unusual film?



“I had read Jean Teulé’s novel when it came out, but at the time, I didn’t think it could be adapted into a movie. A “naturalistic” adaptation could only diminish its impact and humor. When, quite unexpectedly, I was offered to make it into an animation feature film, it all became perfectly clear. It was evident: the characters, the sets, this incredible business had to be transposed into a totally different context, a quirky and off-beat world. It was the only possible path, not only possible, but very exciting. Suddenly, a new world was opening in front of me, a world where my imagination could run free, where I was free to unleash a dark and cheerful sense of humor. I started working with one goal in mind, to respect the world invented by Jean Teulé while transforming it to make it different and turn it into a modern - and I hope - funny and original film.”

www.lemagasindessuicides.com



Programme supported by Institut Française in Belgrade


Sunday, September 8th, Conference Room, 6:00 p.m.


Archived treasures
CHARLEY BOWERS: IN THE HEART OF THE BLACK STAR



When Raymond Borde, director of the Toulouse Film Archive, embarked on a quest for old films around France in 1950s, he could not have forseen the discovery he was about to make. Having placed an advertisement offering 5 francs per kilo of old film tapes, he soon started receiving offers from different sides. A Gypsy brought some boxes containing flims marked with ‘Bricolo’. Having seen the films, Borde realised that these were old slapstick comedies, featuring a Baster Keaton look-alike actor whom he could not identify. Borde was astonished to see the surrealistic spirit of the stories, as well as – as he put it – ‘surprising manipulation of the objects’. The author of the films was obviously a master of what is nowadays generally known as the stop motion or trick-animation technique.
After making sure that the self-igniting nitrate film tapes were secured with the help of the experts from the Belgian Royal Film Archive in Brussels, Borde continued his research. Almost incidentally, leafing through a film programme from 1928, he discovered that the pseudonym ‘Bricolo’ was used by Charley Bowers. Borde contacted Louise Beaudet from the Quebec Film Archive in Montreal, aware of her reputation as an expert on the early 1920s films, but all she was able to tell him was that Bowers had made more than 200 animated films from the Mutt & Jeff serial until 1924. An abundance of information, however, was received from the Congress Library in Washington. Bowers was born in Iowa, in 1899. His mother belonged to French nobility, and his father was doctor of Irish descendency. Bowers had worked as a jockey, horse trainer, cowboy and circus artist. After an incident, he ended this line of his career and turned to the theatre. Owing to his drawing talent, he became a newspaper cartoonist, and around 1912, he became interested in animated films. The first cartoon that he adapted for the big screen was Rudolph Dirks’ Katzenjammer Kids. The Mut & Jeff serial was also his debut as a producer, working at his own studio. Since 1924, he began making films that combine real-life actors and object animation, as a completely new type of comedy. The Hollywood director Joseph Losey was sincerely fascinated by Bowers’ mastery of animation and invited him as the animator of his first short film, Pete Roleum and His Cousins (1939). During this period, however, Bowers’ health had declined, forcing him to reduce the volume of his work. He died in 1947. Having seen Bower’s film ‘It’s A Bird’, André Breton, father of surrealism, wrote: “It’s A Bird took us away, for the first time, our eyes opened, to the dull sensory distinction of reality and legend to the heart of the black star.“ In the ‘Archived Treasures’ programme, the realization of which has been helped by the LOBSTER FILMS film archive from Paris, ANIMANIMA shows some of Bowers’ films that still ooze freshness, humour and animation skill, after all these years.

Programme:

Looking for Charley Bowers, documentary, directed by Cristoph Coutens, 2003, 15:42
The Extra Quick Lunch, 1917, 5:34
Believe or Don’t, 1935, 7:53
It’s A Bird, 1930, 14:10
Pete Roleum and His Cousins, 1939, 15:41
Wild Oysters, 1940, 10:06

Friday, September 6th, Grand Hall, 7:45 p.m.


Programme for Children
SPIKE 2





Direction: David Alaux and Eric Tosti
Script: David Alaux, Eric Tosti and Jean-François Tosti
Animation: Alexis Artaud
Sound design: Eric Sampieri, David Vincent
France, 2012, 35:42

Spike’s adventures continue to unroll! In the first part, Spike the elf was a novice in Santa Claus’ workshop. Owing to his ingenuity and courage, he managed to save the penguin Fish Bank in Penguinville from two robbers – polar bears Tony and Vito. What is there in store for you, in the new story by David Alaux and Eric Tosti? As Christmas is approaching, Santa’s workshop is fully busy. Spike, a young elf, distributes quietly the lists of presents, when Paco, his friend penguin, announces him a terrible news: the reindeers have just been kidnapped, Christmas is in danger! Spike, his cousin Dorothy, and Paco, the penguin whom dream is to fly, will have to join their force and face numerous challenges to fight back Tony’s plans, the polar bear, and save Christmas.

About the authors: David Alaux & Eric Tosti made their first 8mm animation “movie” when they were thirteen. During their studies they continued to develop their cinema knowledge and skills, especially in animation as autodidacts. In 1999, they directed a short movie (MON COPAIN?) in stop-motion. They began to work as freelance SFX graphic artists, and after a second successful short movie (LE VOEU) they started working in advertising (2D, stop motion, CGI…). Their style deals with pleasant and nice characters, simple shapes, bright colours and a great efficacy in rhythm and humour. In 2007, they developed as authors and directors their first TV projects, SPIKE (TV special, 35 minutes, CGI), and THE WORLD OF SANTA CLAUS (shorts, 24 x 1 minute, CGI, with SPIKE’s characters). They then developed, still as authors-directors THE JUNGLE BUNCH (TV Special 55 minutes & shorts 26 x 1 minute 30, CGI). This program, targeting the 6 -12 years kids and a family audience, has been broadcasted on Christmas 2011 in France. SPIKE 2 (TV special, 35 minutes, CGI) has just been delivered for its first broadcasting on Christmas 2012 on France Television. They have just started the production of the series THE JUNGLE BUNCH TO THE RESCUE (52 x 11 minutes, CGI), to be delivered by the end of 2013. They created their own production company in 2000 with producer Jean-François Tosti.


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