Round Table On Animated Documentary Film
With the festival retrospective Animadok Animateka continues its cinematic exploration of the technical and aesthetic milestones of the medium of animation. In 2009 we presented a retrospective of stop-motion animation, in 2010 we paid homage to avant-garde animation, in 2011 we focused on the use of music and sound in animated films, in 2012 we looked into the relation between animation and literature, in 2013 we explored the interactions between animation and dance, and last year we focused on collaborations in animation by showing omnibus films. Animateka 2015 turns the spotlight on a special sub-genre. The round table will serve as an introduction to the film programme, with an attempt to provide a theoretical framework for the documentary approach in animation.
Panelists: Annegret Richter, Bastien Dubois, Marie Josée Saint-Pierre, Anna Ida Orosz.
Since 2010, Annegret Richter has been working as Head of Animation Programme at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - DOK Leipzig. Previously she held positions as festival director at Filmfest Dresden and as assistant professor and lecturer at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. She graduated with a M.A. degree in American Studies and Media Studies and wrote her master thesis on “Social and Media Criticism in American Prime Time Animation Series”. Currently, she is researching and presenting programmes and lectures on animated documentaries and she writes her Ph.D. on the subject.
In addition she teaches courses on film and television theory as well as on animation studies. She also works at a local radio station and has been writing film reviews for magazines for the past ten years.
Born in 1983 in Lille (France), Bastien Dubois earned his diploma in CGI Directing from Supinfocom Valenciennes in 2006. He is a keen traveller, it was after he hitchhiked from the north of France to Istanbul that he had the idea of making an animated travel log. His first independent film Madagascar, a Journey Diary was based on a one year trip to the big red island. This film was very well received and screened in more than 200 international film festivals including Sundance. The film ultimately garnered an Oscar nomination in 2011. In 2012 he directed a TV programme based on Madagascar, a Journey Diary called Faces From Places, a series of 20 animated 3-minute travelogue films featuring various countries around the world. In 2012 Bastien released Cargo Cult, an animated short film which is set in Papua New Guinea during World War II.
Born in Murdochville, Québec, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre is a French Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada, whose animated documentary work shows new approaches in nonfiction storytelling, blurring the lines between documentary and drama.
The award-winning director and film animator has directed several animated documentary films including Post-Partum, McLaren’s Negatives, Passages, The Sapporo Project, Femelles, JUTRA and Flocons. Saint-Pierre’s work has claimed international attention, being shown in over 150 film festivals, as well as international recognition, winning many awards. She has been featured in books, magazines as well as on television. Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre founded MJSTP Films, an animation and documentary production company in 2004.
Currently, she is working on her new animated film on the legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson OSCAR as well as developing her first feature animation.
Anna Ida Orosz
Born in Budapest in 1986, Anna Ida Orosz studied film theory and cinema history at the Budapest Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE). Currently she is a PhD candidate of ELTE Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies. Her research in animation focuses on Hungarian animated documentaries made in the 1970s and 1980s. She teaches animation history at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, and since 2012 she has been working as the animation specialist of the Hungarian Film Archive (MANDA). She has been in the organising committee of the Kecskemét Animation Film Festival since 2009. With Tamás Patrovits, she is the co-founder and curator of PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations Hungary.