Two Romanian shorts take part in the Anim’est international competition

Five animated feature films already featured in the official competitions and selections of prestigious festivals will be part of the international competition this year: Ethel & Ernest (UK 2016, dir. Roger Mainwood) – inspired by Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel, winner of the “Best Illustrated Book of the Year” Award at the British Book Awards; Have a Nice Day (China 2017, dir. Liu Jian), nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival this year; A Silent Voice (Japan 2016, dir. Naoko Yamada), selected for the feature film competition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival; Louise by the Shore (France 2016, d. Jean-François Laguionie), included in the Annecy Official Selection and winner of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival trophy, and Windows Horses (Canada 2016, d. Ann Marie Fleming), a film which enjoys a wide and enthusiastic reception at animation film festivals around the world and which showcases the voice acting talent of Oscar nominated actress Ellen Page.

 

The feature film competition jury is comprised of Nag Vladermerski, director of the International Animation Festival in London; Hanna Hemilä, Finnish director and producer, whose film aimed at children, Moomins on the Riviera, will be screened at the festival, and Ely Dagher, Lebanese director and screenwriter, Palme d'Or winner in 2015 for his short film Waves '98.

This year, the international short film competition brings together 49 films from which the jury will select the winner of the Anim'est Trophy. For the first time, two Romanian short films are included in this competition: The Blissful Accidental Death, directed by Sergiu Negulici, which won the “Jean-Luc Xiberras” Debut Prize at the Annecy Festival, and Best Customer, directed by Serghei Chiviriga. As of this year, Anim'est is among the international festivals whose winning films are automatically selected for the Oscar nominations long list used by American Film Academy members, and it happens to be the only Romanian film festival to have earned this coveted status.

41 short films made by students from well-known animation schools have been selected for the student competition this year – this is the competition that showcases some of the most unconventional and personal stories, narrated by means of diverse and novel animation techniques.

The youngest members of our audience will have their own competitive section – Minimest – which brings 22 of the most adorable animated short films for children on the cinema screen.

The winner of the Anim'est Trophy as well as the student short films awards will be decided by a jury comprised of Dave Cooper, Canadian and special guest at this year's festival, one of the most respected comic-art creators, and Katariina Lillqvist, one of the most important Finnish animation directors, winner of the Silver Bear Award for The Country Doctor short film, and Alexis Hunot, film critic and animation history professor at the prestigious SUPINFOCOM school and member of the César Awards Committee. Minimest section will have its very own special jury made up of children.

The twelfth edition of Anim'est International Animation Film Festival will take place from September 29th to October 8th 2017 at Eforie Cinema, Elvire Popesco Cinema, CINETic Center and Expirat - Carol Halls. Tickets will soon be available on www.eventbook.ro and at Eforie Cinema or Elvire Popesco Cinema throughout the festival.