CINANIMA – International Animation Film Festival of Espinho’s programmatic offer grows proportionally with age. In the year celebrating the 40 editions, the oldest festival of its kind in Portugal, and the third in the world, presents a program consisting of 50 different offers to the public.
The most important: films in competition. After analyzing the 1331 films received from 72 countries – a record compared to the previous year when it reached the milestone of 1,273 submissions and 61 countries – the Selection Jury takes to competition 76 films total.
In international competition, the public will be able to attend five sessions with 49 short films and four sessions with a feature film each. In this Edition, there are four Portuguese films to compete for a place among the winners in the international competition.
Nationally, 13 films compete for Young Filmmaker Award in the categories up to 18 years and from 18 to 30 years, and ten films for Antonio Gaio Award, which distinguishes the best Portuguese film in competition.
A bunch of commemorations at 40
Besides competition, offer is also giant. “40 years of animation film” is the slogan to show CINANIMA’s essence to establish itself as a reference event, but always under construction, focused on broadcasting the animation film and the creation of public.
There are plenty of reasons to celebrate: the program “40 years, 40 films” brings the organization’s own choice among all winning films in the 40 editions of CINANIMA; English studio responsible for “Chicken Run” and “Shaun – The Sheep” celebrates in Espinho also its 40th birthday with a retrospective of Short and special sessions for families; the screening of “Heroic Times”, by József Gémes, a film that was in the memory of all in CINANIMA they considered unfair to award only an honorable mention in 1983; and, in the evocation of the 40 years, there is still room for 25 years of three important Portuguese animation studios: ANIMAIS, ANILUPA and ANIMANOSTRA; and two sessions where American director Ron Diamond was given “white card” for the screening of “Giant’s First Steps”, a collection of early films of some of the greatest directors of animation film industry.
A Festival of affections for everyone
As always, in CINANIMA’s program there are always Retrospectives and Great Panorama. This year there are three thematic retrospectives: “One Shot”, dedicated to works filmed using a plan only, that will surprise the public by the inventiveness to tell a visual narrative with a simple technique but of immense potential; “Affections” matter of which is also made this Festival and for which works were chosen to show the different creative approaches to give life to images to the intangible substance of affective emotions; and “Animation4All”, which will display works that show animation film not only as an enriching teaching tool for young people and adults with special needs, but also as a model of social intervention.
Within Retrospectives, space to watch the best European film, this time highlighting the animation coming from Bulgaria, Belgium and Spain. This block is also made with the screening of two invited animation schools’ films: Danish The Animation Workshop and the Czech FAMU.
In Great Panorama sessions, Sereias program brings two sessions with Short, Long and Documentaries that have not been selected by the jury for competition, but which deserve, from CINANIMA’s organization, to be seen by the public. Finally, and as always in these four decades, there will be 25 sessions “Schools come to CINANIMA”, a program that marked the memories of many generations of students.
There is already Pre-Festival animation
CINANIMA runs from the 7th to the 13th of November in Espinho. On the first day, the opening session offers the screening of the latest film from French director Jean-François Laguionie, “Louise En Hiver”. Closing the week, on Friday, the proposal is to take the opportunity to attend the invited featured film “The Red Turtle” by Michaël Dudok and Pascale Ferra, winner of the Special Prize at Cannes Film Festival.
Meanwhile, the Festival is already moving since the beginning of October with the special pre-festival sessions at University of Porto, Trás-os-Montes, Aveiro and Coimbra, where are screened the best of CINANIMA, Cartoon D’Or, the Animation Workshop and 3D WIRE 2015 films.
On the 29th of October, the Festival joins World Animation Day with two initiatives: Short films session for families in Espinho Library and participation in a lecture on the 40th anniversary of CINANIMA within the celebrations that will take place in Barcelos.