Famous animation studio Illumination Mac Guff, invited to Anim'est 2017


During every edition of Anim'est Animation Film Festival, animation fans have the opportunity to get acquainted with a series of international animation industry rockstars, who come to Bucharest to share the know-how and experience of the gratest studios, production houses and animation schools in the world.

This year, Illumination Mac Guff is the studio invited to the festival - one of the greatest animated feature films producers in the world, the name behind blockbusters such as the Despicable Me and Minions franchise, as well as successful stand-alone films such as The Lorax, The Secret Life of Pets and Sing. Jacques Bled, the company CEO, with a career of more than 30 years in creative environments, from digital visual effects for commercials and cinema to 3D animation, will talk about how the studio managed to gain such enormous success in a meeting with the public that will take place on Friday, October 6th, at 18.30, at CINETIC Centre – the host of all presentations, masterclasses and workshops within the festival.

A number of other meetings with domestic and international animation industry experts will try to explore the theme of Anim'est 2017: The Comics Edition. This year's special guest and jury member, Canadian artist Dave Cooper, one of the most respected comic strips artists and creator of the festival visual theme, will talk about his career and his experience as co-creator of the Pig Goats Banana Cricket series, screened by Nickelodeon, on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:30 pm. We must also add that from Tuesday to Friday, October 3rd – 6th, at 12 o'clock Comics Coffee, a series of artists who have combined comic strips and animation throughout their career, will hold presentations about their work. There will be local artists such as Akira Lord, Matei Branea, Alexandru Ciubotariu a.k.a. Pisica Patrata (The Square Cat), Noper, Miloš Jovanovic and Eugen Erhan, as well as international artists, such as Dav Guedin, Dave Cooper, Maria Björklund, Vuk Palibrk and Miklós Felvidéki. Another interesting presentation will be the one held by Frenchman Alexis Hunot, also a member of the jury, who will speak on Wednesday, October 4th , at 2 pm, about the temptation to adapt the comic strips into animated films, especially in the French cinema.

Thursday, October 5th is the day we dedicated to Finland - the country we invited for this year’s edition of Anim'est with the support of the Finnish Film Foundation. From 2 pm Kari Juusonen, the director of the most successful Finnish animated films, Niko & The Way To The Stars and Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble, nominated for the Palme d'Or in 2001 for his short film Pizza Passionata, will share with the audience thought about his 20 years of work of experience in the animation industry. From 4 pm, all Finnish guests of the festival will talk about the animated film in Finland, about the financing arrangements and the chances of doing a co-production.

This year, the Anim'est audience will also have the opportunity to have a taste of some goodies coming from UK animation industry thanks to several special guests. The National Film and Television School (NFTS), one of the world's most prestigious animation schools, with over 400 awards under its belt, including six Oscar nominations and four BAFTA trophies the past four years alone, will be featured in the festival with a selection made by Robert Bradbrook, the head of the Animation Department. We have also invited the London International Animation Festival (LIAF) with a selection of films curated by Nag Vladermersky, the festival founder, director and film curator. The programme includes comedy, horror, animated documentaries, abstract works, and many other hard to pin genres, assembling a fantastic instant of animated works from creators around the world.

Not to be missed for those who want to take a peek behind the screen of animated films are the making-ofs for some of the feature film highlights on the festival agenda, such as The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, in the presence of Patrick Imbert, one of the film’s two directors, known for Ernest & Célestine, nominated for the Oscar in 2014, Loving Vincent, the film that won the Annecy Audience Award this year and will open the Anim'est 2017 edition in the presence of two of the painters who worked for the film: Carmen Belean (Romania) and Olga Królak (Poland), and My Life as a Zucchini, nominated for the Oscar this year, in the presence of animator Christine Polis and production director Théo Ciret, who will bring with them the dolls they used in the film.

Teenagers aged 14-18 who want to delve deeper into the fascinating world of animation are invited to take part in two workshops held by two industry specialists: a 2D animation workshop with Luiz Stockler – Brazilian director and illustrator who lives and works in London, throughout this workshop participants will make simple drawings in one of the described techniques and they will create a five-second animated sequence; we will also have a scratchboard workshop with Tomi Malkki - Finnish graphic artist, illustrator and animator – where participants will explore the scratchboard animation techniques and everyone will go home with an image created by using this specific animation style. In order to attend the workshops, participants must send an email to ana@animest.ro by Friday, September 29th, in which they must explain what animation means to them, and mention the workshop they want to attend.

Students are in for a treat should they choose to attend the masterclass held by Ely Dagher, Lebanese director and screen writer, Palme d'Or winner in 2015 for Waves '98 short film, and Anim'est jury member this year. His masterclass will be held on Friday, October 6th, at 2 pm, and no prior registration is required.

The entrance to all events taking place at CINETIC is free. The programme is available on the festival site.

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, Expirat, Apollo 111 and Carol 53.

Anim'est International Animation Film Festival, a member of the Pan-European Cartoon Network, is organized by the Este'n'est Association, funded by the National Centre for Cinematography, the National Cultural Fund Administration, the Romanian Film Association, the Romanian Cultural Institute, Japan Foundation. This cultural project has been funded by ”Bucharest – a city involved” cultural programme belonging to Bucharest City Hall through the ARCUB Cultural Centre of the Bucharest Municipality.