Kicking off with a screening and networking event at the SVA Theatre on Sunday, November 4 at 5 pm, Animated Spirits Film Festival – New Animation from Europe is returning to New York City for its fourth year with recent animated shorts from Europe and especially the Central Eastern European Region. Presented together with the SVA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects, the festival brings some dim, poignant, surreal and unconventional films from over 15 EU countries, all dealing with present-day issues like the long-term effects of childhood traumas on one’s personality, gender differences and personal freedom in today’s society. The festival invites you to discover the diverse new voices in independent European animation. The selections include highlights of the past year in animation, fresh student films from leading European schools and an expanded selection from the Visegrad Four Region – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The program features shorts that are suggested for audiences 18 and over.
The screenings are on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5 at the SVA Theatre and their are workshops & presentations by European gurus of animation at the SVA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects (133 West 21st St., 3rd Floor, Room 301-C). The presentations will deal with experimental animation by Robert Sowa, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Krakow, Poland, a filmmaker and restless experimenter whose work was featured at the MOMA in New York, the Centrum Pompidou in Paris, France and many festivals worldwide; game cinematics, digital games and gaming culture in Central Europe by multi- award winning filmmaker and previsualization master David Ringeisen from Hungary and independent animation and digital games extraordinaire Maros Brojo from Slovakia; animated documentary by Eliska Decka, international animation expert and Assistant Professor at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic and independent filmmaking after school by Oscar shortlisted and Berlinale winner Réka Bucsi, a rising superstar from Hungary.
Animated Spirits Film Festival showcases the new, the exciting and the unconventional in European independent animation today. The carefully selected films illustrate the spirit of contemporary experimentation, while reflecting on the potential of traditional and original techniques.
All programs are free and open to the public. RSVP required.
If you would like more information, please visit animatedspirits.org.
About Animated Spirits Film Festival
Animated Spirits was founded and is organized by Zita Mara Vadasz, Advisor at the Moholy- Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest and former director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York and curated by Anna Ida Orosz, lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary; both well-known figures in the European animation community. Since 2015 the festival has showcased 86 films from 21 countries in front of a 1500+ registered audience and has had 50+ partners from Europe and the United States.
The 4th edition of Animated Spirits Film Festival is hosted by and organized in collaboration with SVA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects.