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Animafest Thursday

A Luis Cook selection is a part of the “Masters of Animation” programme beginning at 11am at the Europa cinema. Luis Cook, the winner of the 2008 Animafest Grand Prix accepted the challenge and compiled a programme consisting of his favourite films. From Japan to Canada, from Kafka to Kirk Douglas – or as Luis Cook puts it – “the joy of animation summed up in one hour”.

Croatian Animation 1960-1961 is scheduled for 4pm. Once again this year, Borivoj Dovniković Bordo presents a selection of works by Croatian animation masters. Acme Filmworks – Now and Then is a programme including 101 commissioned films, all of them signed by some of the most renowned directors of today, proving that a commercial can be intelligent, funny, thoughtful – and masterfully produced.

The Grand Competition programme continues at 8pm. Nine short films by some of the best filmmakers will be screened, such as the Italian Muto by the cult animator Blu, followed by the Chinese film Freud, Fish and Butterfly by Haiyang Wang and the Chilean-Swiss film The Smaller Room by Nina Wehrle and Cristobal Leon. At 10pm you can expect 10 films from the Grand Panorama programme, also the last programme this evening at Europa.

The Tuškanac cinema begins its festival day at 11am with Masters of Animation and a retrospective of Karel Zeman, the pioneer of Czech animation. The Student Panorama is scheduled for 2pm. One of these 11 films is God and Earthlings by Croatian filmmaker Siniša Mataić, the experimental French culinary film Fouding or not Fouding by Youlie Rainous, the Finnish The Unplugged Son by Milla Nybondas and many others.

Swiss Animation Today is scheduled for 4pm, the programme including the most famous names of Swiss animation, such as Claude Barras and Cédric Louis and their film Iceberg (screened as a part of the official competition in Cannes in 2006), Isabelle Favez and Mixed Bag, Zoltan Horvath and Nosferatu Tango, Claudius Gentinetta and Bonne Journée, Monsieur M. The Student Competition is scheduled for 6pm and presents altogether nine authors.

Masters of Animation at 8pm bring the retrospective of the Canadian filmmaker Frédéric Back, internationally acclaimed and renowned artist, caricaturist, educator and activist. For his works Back has won a series of international awards, while two of his films – Crac! (1982) and The Man Who Planted Trees (1987) won an Oscar. At the Animafest, Back will be presented with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Tuškanac programme ends with the Grand Panorama, including 12 films, among which the Croatian entries, Gulliver by Zdenko Bašić, Keep Going by Darko Vučenik and Format by Darko Bakliža.

Seven films from the Folimage children’s programme are scheduled for 10am at the Movieplex, while Raining Cats and Frogs, the first feature-length work of the same studio will be screened at 1pm. The fact that it took more than six years of work to complete the project testifies of its comprehensiveness. Children’s Competition is scheduled for 3pm and 6pm, while at 8pm the programme entitled World Studios – Aardman will be screened. Their internationally acclaimed videos and even more popular short films guarantee two hilarious screenings complete with loads of British humour. The programme ends with the 10pm screening of the Grand Competition entries.

Regarding side events, a Q&A with Grand Competition filmmakers is held at 1pm at the Tuškanac cinema small hall, while a Q&A with Student Competition authors follows at 3pm. At 4pm a book presentation of Ranko Munitić’s Comic Book: Ninth Art is held, while a roundtable of the subject of Methodology of Animation Education follows at 6pm.