World Festival of Animated Film /
short and feature edition 4 to 9 June 2018
World Festival of Animated Film / short and feature edition 4 to 9 June 2018
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Wednesday at Animafest: VR, Fight against Communism and Masters of Animation

Short Film Grand Competition continues on Wednesday as well, 8pm at Europa, followed by a Q&A with the visiting authors. Among other entries, there are Waves '98 by Ely Dagher, the winner of the Palme D'Or for Short Film, than the The Five Minute Museum by the festival guest Paul Bush, an animated walk along the Ermitage Musum in St Petersburg, otherwise a 20-kilometre long walk, Only Lovers Leave to Die by the Croatian author Vladimir Kanić, or Unhappy Happy by the up-and-coming English filmmaker Peter Millard.

In case you missed the official opening ceremony of Animafest with a screening of Grand Competition 1, you can make it up at 1pm at Europa cinema.

The feature competition programme continues at 8pm, Tuškanac cinema, with a screening of Anca Damian’s Magic Mountain, an animated docu-drama about the life of Adam Jacek Winker, a free-spirited Polish refugee in Paris, who wanted to change the world of the 1980s and began to see himself as a knight. Armed with amateurism and courage, he joined commander Massoud in his fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. In the light of 11th September 2001, his destiny mirrors the destiny of an individual in the course of history, as well as a man’s introspection about his own destiny.

The second Grand Competition (feature) title, Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children, is scheduled for 10pm, Europa cinema, followed by a Q&A with Alberto Vázquez, who directed the film together with Pedro Rivero.

In the expanded animation section, don’t miss a virtual reality walk in the experimental interactive PIEdeck installation, 5pm-8pm at Oktogon.

Contemporary animation symposium Scanner continues at the Zagreb Dance Centre with panels on the Zagreb School of Animation, current trends in animation and the connection between animation and video games. Admission is free.

Another freebie in the programme is three screenings from the Master of Animation section: 3x3, dedicated to this year’s jury members (Peter Lord, Raimund Krumme and Cecilia Traslaviña), whose films at scheduled for 3.30pm at Europa cinema. At the same time, Tuškanac cinema is showing a retrospective of Croatian animation made in 1968 (e.g. Opera Cordis by Dušan Vukotić). At 5.30pm, the same cinema is screening a retrospective of another Croatian master of animation, Vatroslav Mimica.

At 5.30pm, Zagreb Dance Centre is screening the Student Competition, including the films Velodrool (Sander Joon), a story about an unusual cycling race of a cyclist addicted to cigarettes, Fish Is What I Desire (Yao Xiang), about a girl who refuses to eat a meal her parents made her, After the End (Sam Southward), which ironically concludes that it is not the worst thing to be the last, but the second last man on earth, and Merlot (Marta Gennari, Giulia Martinelli), a kind of paraphrase of Little red Riding Hood. All the student competition screenings are free and followed by a Q&A session.

At 6pm the French Institute’s Mediatheque is hosting a promotion of two books: Animation: A World History by Giannalberto Bendazzi, a three-volume piece, the greatest, deepest and most comprehensive text of the sort, inspired by the idea that animation, as an art form, deserves its place in science. Obsession, Perversion, Rebellion, Twisted Dreams of Central European Animation is a collection of papers dedicated to subversive and repressed motifs present in auteur animation from the Višegrad countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and Italy.

And finally, at 10pm, don’t miss a selection of the finest animated music videos in the Cinema for the Ear section, at our new festival location, Swanky Monkey Garden, Ilica 50.

All the details about these and other programmes are available in our SCHEDULE.