A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draws several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict. Philosophising gangster bosses, ageing hitmen, men and women who are tired of the struggle to survive – anyone who happens to have the bag holds on to it tightly, as if it were a lifeline.
Have a Nice Day is a black comedy; the film’s inscrutable, laconic humour holds up a magnifying glass to attitudes to life and social conditions. Humankind’s constant greed meets a deeply insecure country in transition. The reduced realism of the film’s animated tableau heightens and stylises the mood in today’s China, caught between stasis and a new beginning. The protagonists of this macabre dance wander, strangely lost, through precisely drawn but radically changing cityscapes. The signs and symbols of capitalism impose themselves everywhere, but most people are excluded from the life these signs promise.
Mitsuha Miyamizu, a high school girl, yearns to live the life of a boy in the bustling city of Tokyo—a dream that stands in stark contrast to her present life in the countryside. Meanwhile in the city, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life as a high school student while juggling his part-time job and hopes for a future in architecture.
From Cesar nominee director, and writer-producer of A Cat in Paris comes an environmentally friendly film.
Aunt Hilda, a nature lover, preserves thousands of plants, many of them endangered species, from all over the world in her vegetation museum. Meanwhile, DOLO, an industrial company have developed a new cereal, Attilem, producing fabulous yields, are farmable with so little water, and no fertiliser, that it seems a miraculous solution to the world's food problems and a replacement for decreasing oil reserves. But disaster looms on the horizon...
The Breadwinner tells the story of 11 year old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father's life. Parvana's father Nurullah had told stories about history and imagination to Parvana as she helped him in the marketplace of Taliban controlled Kabul in the year 2001. When he is arrested Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else had given up hope.
The award-winning story follows a young girl named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima where she marries Shūsaku Hōjō - a young clerk who works at the local naval base. Living with his family, Suzu becomes essential to the running of the household and creatively prepares meals during the tough wartime conditions while also carrying out daily housework. In 1945, intense bombings by the US military finally reach Kure with devastating effect to the townsfolk and their way of life. Suzu’s life is changed irrevocably, but through perseverance and courage, she manages to continue to live life to the fullest. This beautiful yet tragic tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.
Premiered in the Cannes Festival Critics Week selection in 2017. Received the Fipresci Award in Jerusalem Film Festival. The story is placed in modern Tehran. Presented as drawing over live action footage, the fate of four young Iranis is revealed in increasingly disquieting detail. In their desperate search for freedom and happiness, they are forced to break the taboos of a restrictive, islamic society.
Chun is a celestial being in charge of begonias. When she turns 16, she's sent into the human world disguised as a dolphin as part of a coming-of-age ritual. Kun, a human, saves her life, but loses his own in the process. With the help of her friend Qiu, she tries to revive Kun's spirit in order to thank him for saving her.
Nagisa Yukiai is a 16-year-old girl living in a seaside town. She still believes what her grandmother once told her about words, that they have spirits, Kotodama. One day, she strays into an old community radio station and tries to talk like an anchor. Her words are accidentally aired on the radio and conveyed to an unexpected person...
Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other : only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect his business. And so Hector is hired, and could well be Zombillenium’s last chance : attendance figures are down and he could become the new attraction the park needs to avoid bankruptcy. But deep down Hector longs for his young daughter, Lucy, who’s waiting for him back in the 'real' world... Official selection in Cannes, Annecy and Locarno IFF 2017
Teenagers Birdboy and Dinky have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out on a dangerous voyage in the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.
The film is set on a distant planet called Ygam, where enslaved humans, the Oms, are the playthings of giant blue native inhabitants, the Draags. After Terr, kept as a pet since infancy, escapes from his gigantic child captor, he is swept up by a band of radical fellow Oms who are resisting the Draags’ oppression and violence.
Fantastic Planet, a classic animated science fiction film, won the Grand Prix Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 1973. The film raises serious questions, including what connects and divides human communities.
A dozen of Hungarian children signed up to spend two weekends in the company of Javier Mrad, reknowned Argentinian stop motion animation director, at Budapest School. A workshop in co-operation with the Embassy of Argentina and Budapest School.
Katariina Lillqvist is a Finnish-born director and scriptwriter who lives and works in Czech Republic. She is chairperson of film co-operative Camera Cagliostro (FI/CZ), producer in animation studio Mamiwata (CZ) and the driving force behind Prague Puppet Museum (CZ). Currently she is participating A Train to Spain travelling installation of mixed media produced by Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish filmmakers, together with German, Belgian, French and Spanish guest artists. Lillqvist released her puppet animation Baby box in March 2015. Baby box is a black comedy of the post-socialistic society´s abandoned children.
Following her retrospective show Katariina offers an insight into her working methods.
Pink Twins is a duo of visual artists and electronic musicians, brothers Juha (b. 1978) and Vesa Vehviläinen (b. 1974), based in Helsinki, Finland. Active as Pink Twins since 1997, their videos work on the crossing of visual art and music. Live Pink Twins deliver improvised digital soundscapes, often combined with video screenings. Pink Twins have shown their works in exhibitions and festivals in all continents and performed audiovisual live shows through Europe, Americas, Asia and Australia.
Just ahead of their live show as part of this year's Animated Night, the twins offer an insight into their working methods.
The Academy nominated animator and cartoonist Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine) adapts his own comic strips for this trio of laugh-out-loud animal adventures. Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place.
There’s quite a stir in Monsterland: the little monster Molly is going to get a brother or sister. But before the new baby finally hatches, Molly and her best friend Edison have to make it through a number of adventures. Colourful animation fun for the youngest festivalgoers, adapted for the big screen from the popular TV series “Ted Sieger’s Molly Monster”.
Makám ensemble was founded in 1984 as a contemporary world music band. Their album for children is now introduced along with brand new animations created by the MA students of Budapest Metropolitan University. The custom made clips are composited real-time as a stage background live VJ show. An audiovisual event not to be missed!
Tales From The Lakeside is one of the most successful Hungarian animated movies in recent history. Based on a wonderfully illustrated book series, the film was introduced first on television, followed by a cinematic version earlier this year. The creators of the Lakeside Tales will now gather in the Metropolitan Children's Library to open their Behind the Scenes exhibition, and explain how the film was developed and produced.
The animated experience continues on Saturday, a very special opening day for the library, with a Lakeside Tale themed hands-on animated workshop.
The Terézváros Children's branch of Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library celebrates a month of animation. On the first Saturday of December, the library extends its opening time to the weekend and offers two paralel workshops in Hungarian. Cut-out animation workshop for children is run downstairs by the theme of Tales from the Lakeside. Meanwhile, upstair adults enjoy a video game creation workshop by the creative team of Bölcs Kavics (Philosopher's Pebble)
Anilogue programme director Kreet Paljas and festival director Tamás Liszka introduce the higlights of this year's festival.
Szimpla Night Vibes kicks off the festivals's opening party in Szimpla Kert.
The guest professionals of the festival meet up in Magvető Cafe to create a unique animated music video together during Anilogue. How they can afford the time to make a brand new film in the busy days of a festival is a true mystery. Go find out! To also participate in the filmmaking, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Studio for Experimental Animation at The University Of Applied Arts in Vienna was founded by the Maria Lassnig, the former Professor of the painting class at the University of
Applied Arts Vienna. Maria Lassnig was an international known and respected painter, who engaged herself not only with painting, but also with the medium of analog film. In the 70ies she made a couple of experimental animationfilms during her time in New York.
In 1982 Maria Lassnig founded the first Studio for experimental Animation in Austria, at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The first worldwide, which combined animated film with painting. From 1991 to 2008 the department was lead by Prof. Christian Ludwig Attersee and since 2009 Prof. Judith Eisler is in charge.
Since 1982 Hubert Sielecki had been the head of the studio for experimental animation, and since 2012 Nikolaus Jantsch is his successor. Praved Krishnapilla is responsible for the technical needs of the studio. Painting and animation film are both mediums which express an unfolding of time. Students utilize the formal aspects of painting (texture, colour, line, form) as a basis for exploring both narrative and abstract possibilities in animation film. Students transform single frame animation and storyboards into completed films. The studio offers access to a sound studio, interactive media and analogy and digital techniques. Until now it has a striking influence on the genre and has gained wide importance in the international Art scene.
In the most important match of his life, the once mighty masked luchador, Son of Jaguar, faces his legacy, his family, and what it means to be a part of something bigger than himself. The two latest Google Spotlight Stories, The Son of Jaguar by Jorge Gutierrez, and Sonaria by Scot Stafford and Kevin Dart will celebrate their Central European debut at Anilogue.
Google Spotlight Stories means storytelling for VR. They are artists and technologists making immersive stories for mobile 360, mobile VR and room-scale VR headsets, and building the innovative tech that makes it possible. Enjoy the experience - look, listen, explore - and never worry that you'll miss anything. Our precious guest Sara Diamond from Google Spotlight Advanced Technology and Projects tells how this forward-looking animation studio works.
Shelley Page trained as an illustrator in the UK and she has been working in the field of animation since joining the Richard Williams studio in London is 1982. From 1986 she served as Head of Backgrounds on 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (Walt Disney 1988) then joined Steven Spielberg's UK animation studio Amblimation as Backgrounds Supervisor on 'An American Tail 2' (Universal Pictures 1991)
In early 1995 Shelley was one of the first group of artists hired to establish DreamWorks Animation in Los Angeles where she took the position of Co-Head of Artistic Development.
Her credits, on over 35 animated feature films to date, include "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (Disney) and DWA hits including “Shrek”, “Shark Tale”, “Madagascar”, “Kung Fu Panda”, ‘The Croods’ and 'How to Train Your Dragon' series.
In 2017 Shelley has taken on a new role as International Talent Consultant for clients including DreamWorks Animation (USA), Aardman (UK) and H B Wink Animation (China).
She has a particular interest in student animation and is a member of the graduation juries and advisory boards of leading animation schools and festivals and awards panels worldwide. At many international animation events she also regularly screens her popular ‘Eye Candy Show’ – showcasing the best new international talents.
Shelley is currently a Visiting Professor (animation) at Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts (UK), Teesside University (UK), Bournemouth University (UK), CUC (Beijing), CAA Hangzhou and the Beijing Film Academy. She is an external examiner at The Animation Workshop (Denmark) and and is also an annual graduation jury member of Les Gobelins, MOPA, ArtFx, Rubika and ESMA (France)
Eye Candy Show
Shelley Page attends many international animation festivals and graduation juries every year and collects her personal favourite films into a special screening – which represents some of the brightest young talents from around the world. During this session she explains why each film caught her attention and what elements make a successful short film. Shelley’s ‘Eye Candy Show' is constantly evolving as she discovers wonderful new films and new young film makers.
A special masterclass with Argentinian jury member, stop-motion animation director Javier Mrad.
MUSIC usic games, improvisation, conducting, fun and love.
The juries of Anilogue 2017 will annouce their decision on Saturday evening. Two main awards will be handed out: the Best Animated Short and the Best Animated Feature of 2017. Besides, every jury member will be asked to pick a competition film for a Special Award. The Audience Choice award will be based on the votes of the festival audience.
All the awarded short films are compiled to this single programme as part of the Anilogue Awards Show.