Practically anything can be animated – this is proved by at least two films from Animafest’s line-up. One of them is Only Lovers Leave to Die by Croatian filmmaker Vladmir Kanić, who played with melted sweets, confetti and peanuts, and the other is Konigiri-kun Shopping by Mari Miyazawa, who animated – sushi!
Exactly how she prepared the sushi and other treats that assume a human shape in the film, the Japanese director Mari Miyazawa will explain the Zagreb audience exclusively on Thursday, at a sushi animation workshop at 17.30, Ginger Sushi restaurant. The animated sushi film, Konigiri-kun Shopping, is scheduled for Thursday, Tuškanac cinema at noon, and Friday, Tuškanac cinema at 10, in the Children’s Film Competition.
On Thursday, a lecture and a panel under the name “Animation in Early and Pre-school Education”, held at the Zagreb Dance Centre, 12.00-15.00, also on the subject of children’s film, will gather media psychologist and Animafest’s children selection programmer Martina Peštaj, who is speaking about how to select animation for preschool children, while Iva Balenović and Helena Burić, members of the Expert Task Force for early and preschool education, will explain what is the role of film and animation in the preschool part of the Education System Reform.
Quite a different subject awaits the audience at Europa cinema at 22.00. Director Penny Lane made a docu-animated film Nuts!, whose shocking narrative is partly based on actual events – curing impotence with a goat’s testicle transplant in Kansas in 1917. At Sundance Film Festival the film won a special jury award for editing. Another Thursday treat is a feature anime The Empire of Corpses by Ryotaro Makihara at 17.30, Tuškanac, or the Oscar Classics at 15.30, Europa cinema.
The central selection, the Short Film Grand Competition, on Thursday includes titles Before Love by Igor Kovalyov, Peter’s Forest by Martina Meštrović, three war films (I Don’t’ Want to Die Soooo Youuuung, Endgame, and Broken- The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck), as well as Books on Books by Lei Lei and Locus by Anita Kwiatkowska-Naqvi.
Those who wish to expand their knowledge on animation should join us at 15.30 at the Zagreb Dance Centre, with a lecture on Columbian animation by the jury member Cecilia Traslaviña. At 18.00 the French Institute’s Mediatheque will host a presentation of Olivier Cotte’s book History of Animation and Corrie Francis Parks’ Fluid Frames.
The Technical Museum also joins the celebration of animation, with a screening of the first Croatian computer-animated film, made by Tomislav Mikulić, scheduled for 19.00 at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum’s screening room, Savska 18.