Animation Nation is an festival held in Singapore featuring animation feature films, animation short, seminars, and workshops. It was founded in 2004 and is organised by the Singapore Film Society. The last edition of the festival was held in 2011.
This year, SFS is bringing back Animation Nation from 13 October to 16 October, featuring a complete retrospective of the works of critically acclaimed and award-winning animator Adam Elliot, who will be in Singapore to present the films. His works include Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Short Film in 2003, HARVIE KRUMPET.
The festival will open with Brazilian film BOY AND THE WORLD (O MENINO E O MUNDO) by Alê Abreu on 13 October 2016, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature this year. The masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and colour, a breathtakingly original and vibrant cinematic experience that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
With support from Alliance Française, the closing film is a French-Belgian-Japanese animated film directed by Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit in his feature film debut – THE RED TURTLE (LA TORTUE ROUGE). The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli, and tells the story of a man who tries to escape from a deserted island and battles a giant turtle. It won the special prize under the Un Certain Regard category of the Cannes Film Festival this year.
The festival also includes here is also a local segment called the SG Animated Shorts Showcase which portrays animation works by Singaporean students, which will be followed by a panel discussion by industry practitioners from local companies as well as independents.
There will be a total of 5 screenings, 2 talks and 2 panel discussions during the festival. The opening film and Adam Elliot’s works will be shown at The Projector, and the closing film will be shown at Alliance Française. The SG Animated Shorts Showcase and all the talks and panel discussions will be held at *SCAPE Gallery.
Ticket sales at The Projector and Alliance Française’s website. Tickets for the SG Animated Shorts Showcase, talks and panel discussion will be available via Peatix. More information can be found at www.sfs.org.sg/animation.
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