Today, 6th June, at 8.30 pm in the Europa cinema the Festival closes and the Grand Prix of Animafest, the Golden Zagreb Award, the Audience Award and the ASIFA Croatia Award will be presented
Soon after the screenings in Zagreb, Animafest is visiting Rijeka with eight remarkable films
This year’s edition of Animafest is almost finished. More than 7,500 visitors have been enjoying in animated films from all around the world in the Europa and Movieplex cinemas. In addition to the programme, many people participated in discussions with filmmakers, and animation lovers were most attracted to Bill Plympton, a renowned animator and his quirky Masterclass.
One of the most visited films at the festival is most definitely the Australian Max and Mary that captured the hearts and souls of the Zagreb audience with its simple, bitter-sweet story about an Australian girl and a 44-year old man from New York.
But, we will find out which of the films will receive the Audience Award on Saturday, 6th June, at 8.30 pm at the closing ceremony.
The Jury, composed of Jia Duan, Lotte Geffenblad and Dubravko Mataković will have to make their final decision on the most important award of the festival, the Grand Prix Award, by Saturday evening.
Apart from the Grand Prix, the films in the Grand Competition are also running for another award, the ASIFA Croatia Award for the best animated film at the Animafest Zagreb 2009. Margit Antauer-Buba, Sandra Malenica and Matija Pisačić will make a decision on who will be presented with the award of the Croatian branch of the International Animated Film Association.
This year, another exceptional award will be presented -the Golden Zagreb Award, granting 3,000 Euros, intended for a project in development. The Jury of Animafest Pro, composed of Izabela Rieben, Valerie Schermann and Luca Raffaelli will choose the most promising of the six project that were competing.
Owing to the great importance of the festival for Croatian culture and artistic animation, a large interest of the audience across Croatia and the fact that most of the films screened at the festival are rarely shown in Croatian cinemas, this year again we have decided to organise the appearance of Animafest in other Croatian cities. After more than a successful edition in Split in 2007, this year Animafest will visit Split and Rijeka.
Therefore, this year’s edition of Animafest in Rijeka will follow soon after the one in Zagreb, from 7th to 9th June, in the Croatia Art Cinema that is also a co-organiser of the Rijeka edition. The programme includes eight films, mainly box-office successes in the world of animation.
The following is the schedule of screenings in Rijeka.
7th June, Sunday
7 pm IMMIGRANTS (directed by Gabor Csupó, USA, Hungary, 2008, 87 mins)
10 pm SITA SINGS THE BLUES (directed by Nina Paley, USA, 2008, 82 mins)
8th June, Monday
6 pm NOCTURNA (directed by Victor Maldonado and Adrià García,, Spain, France, 2007, 83 mins)
7.30 pm MICHEL OCELOT – THE SHORT FILMS PROGRAMME (directed by Michel Ocelot, France, 1980-1992, 73 mins)
9 pm MARY AND MAX (directed by Adam Elliot, Australia, 2008, 92 mins)
9th June, Tuesday
6 pm MIA AND THE MIGOO (directed by Jacques Rémy–Girerd, France, 2008, 92 mins)
7.30 pm THE THREE ROBBERS (directed by Hayo Feitag, Germany, 2007, 79 mins)
9 pm AFRO SAMURAI: RESSURECTION (directed by Fuminori Kizaki, USA, Japan, 2009, 88 mins)