New Chitose Airport Animation Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

The fourth edition of the New Chitose Airport Intl. Animation Festival has announced 35 titles in international competition at the event, including works by Koji Yamamura, Daisy Jacobs, and David O’Reilly (“Her”).

The festival will be held Nov. 2-5 in the terminal building at the New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, Japan. For this year’s edition, a total of 2,037 titles were submitted for competition from 85 territories around the world. The festival has selected 35 titles for the international competition, nine for the family competition, and 13 for the Japan competition.

The selections include “Notes on Monstropedia,” directed by Yamamura, a major Japanese animation writer, and Phil Mulloy’s “Endgame.” Other selections are “Everything” by O’Reilly, who worked on Spike Jonze’s movie “Her,” and “The Full Story” (pictured) by British directors Daisy Jacobs and Chris Wilder. Jacobs has won many awards with “The Bigger Picture” (2014).

The five competition judges are Liu Jian from China, Igor
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Tallinn: Russia’s Igor Kovalyov wins at Animated Dreams

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Black Nights festival’s animation strand has unveiled its 2016 winners.

The 18th edition of the Animated Dreams festival at Tallinn Black Nights (Nov 11-27) has revealed its winners.

Ukrainian-born Russian director Igor Kovalyov took the top prize for his 20-minute short film Before Love [pictured], which had its premiere at the Holland Animation Film Festival earlier this year

Devised around a classic love triangle, the film follows a construction worker on a scaffold who observes a young woman spying on a man.

Kovalyov is an experienced animator, having worked on TV series The Rugrats between 1992 and 2006 as well as two spin-off features from that franchise and The Wild Thornberrys Movie. He has also directed multiple short films, including Milch in 2005, which was nominated for an Annie Award.

The Animated Dreams competition jury consisted of Giannalberto Bendazzi (Italy), Pedro Rivero (Spain) and Agne Nelk (Estonia). They commented that the prize was awarded to Before Love for “the smart way it
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On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

So, hot on the heels of our On The Rise pieces focusing on actors, actresses and screenwriters, we've picked out ten directors who've arrived in a big way in the last year or so, and look set for even greater things in the near future. Any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments section below.
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This week's new film events

Big Screen TV, Edinburgh

In conjunction with the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, a quick burst of advance screenings to make your friends jealous – such as the first episode of the second half of this series of Doctor Who, the second season of The Killing (Danish original), the Lost producers' new project, and Fresh Meat, the latest sitcom from the creators of Peep Show, about a houseful of students. If that recalls The Young Ones, look out for the return of The Comic Strip with The Hunt For Tony Blair, with Robbie Coltrane, Jennifer Saunders, and Nigel Planer as Peter Mandelson.

Filmhouse, Fri to 28 Aug

Frightfest, London

Reading the headlines is frightening enough for most people these days, but for those in search of stronger, gorier, sillier permutations of fear, Frightfest is the country's favourite worst nightmare. And it also demonstrates good news for Britain's beleaguered trade balance: domestic output
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Ottawa International Animation Festival Wrap-up - Part One

[Our thanks to Kier-La Janisse for the following.]

Another Ottawa International Festival of Animation has wrapped, and a recent move to the vicinity has finally allowed me to attend the legendary event, the largest in Canada of its kind, and renowned internationally as a launching pad for many up-and-coming animators. The industry section of the festival alone - a robust conference that facilitates interaction between animation studios, schools and budding talent - makes the festival unique, but at the head of it all is Artistic Director Chris Robinson, eccentric animation scholar whose curatorial preference for underdog animation ensures that Oiaf stays vital and exciting.

Going through last year's schedule, I was a bit worried that the programming was going mainstream, but any doubts were allayed by this year's feature competition (which forewent some obvious choices - the new Svankmajer, for example -  in favour of more personal, low budget productions) and various indie-focused retrospectives.

Winnipeg animator Mike Maryniuk
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This week's new film events

Hong Sang-soo, Nationwide

It tends to be the harder-hitting thrillers that make it over here from South Korea, like Bong Joon-ho's current Mother, or Park Chan-wook's Old Boy, but it's a shame no one has cottoned on to Hong Sang-soo yet. He's a perceptive, compassionate, humorous, utterly distinctive film-maker, closer in spirit to Eric Rohmer or Woody Allen than his flashier compatriots (who also happen to be his drinking buddies). His films regularly deal with smart women, weak-willed men, truth, lies, heavy drinking, intersecting narratives, and the tangled webs people weave for themselves. Hong himself makes an appearance in London this Friday, and this 10-film retrospective – led by his latest, Hahaha, which won the Un Certain Regard proze in Cannes this year – tours major cities over the coming months.

BFI Southbank, SE1, Wed to 28 Sep, visit

Brazilian Film Festival, London

This state-sponsored festival begins rather awkwardly
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Salute Your Shorts: Tezuka Osamu's Experimental Animation

Salute Your Shorts is a weekly column that looks at short films, music videos, commercials or any other short form visual media that generally gets ignored.

With Phil Mulloy’s films, it’s easy to see the gradual development of an artist. Even though he’d been working in the industry for years, Mulloy’s animation had a textbook level of gradual improvement that’s easy to follow from point A to B. By the time Osamu Tezuka began working in animation, he was already a widely popular manga artist and seemed to arrive fully formed. That he more or less singlehandedly invented a subgenre (Ie: anime) is just one of the side effects of his genius. Mulloy has spent his career self-consciously maintaining work as an individual "artist." Tezuka, on the other hand, couldn’t help but do anything else, maintaining a superhuman output of works that ended up
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Salute Your Shorts: Phil Mulloy's Extreme Animation

Salute Your Shorts is a weekly column that looks at short films, music videos, commercials or any other short form visual media that generally gets ignored.

Mainstream or no, one of the values most appreciated in animation is beauty. It's a result not just of Disney's early masterpieces setting our expectations, but also the obvious possibilities the form offers, where you're limited less by your budget than your imagination. But as a subsection of film, it's as wide as anything else, and two important releases by Kino this week highlight this as well as anything. Next week we'll take a look at shorts by Tezuka Osamu (one of the creators of anime), which illustrate some of the fuller possibilities of this beauty. Anyone expecting something of that sort from films by Phil Mulloy should probably look elsewhere, though, as his works focus on the awful, the grotesque and the pornographic
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'Christies' top feature at Ottawa ani fest

OTTAWA -- British cartoonist Phil Mulloy's The Christies, a collection of dark comedic shorts, on Sunday was named best animated feature as the Ottawa International Animation Festival wrapped its latest edition. The jury for North America's largest animation festival praised Mulloy's animated film, which features a family of heads silhouetted against bright colors and speaking in computer-voice monotones, for its "uncompromisingly experimental approach and anarchistic dialogue and humor." Other award winners in Ottawa included British filmmaker Joanna Quinn, who took the grand prize for best independent short animation for her "Dreams and Desires: Family Ties."

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