Special Opening Screening

The Opening Gala pays tribute to Paul Bush, kicks off the collage animation history retrospective, and shows a set of films selected by the festival jury.

Ko Darwin spi / While Darwin Sleeps…

Directed by: Paul Bush
Short synopsis:

More than three thousand insects appear in this film, each for a single frame. As the colours glow and change across their bodies and wings, it is as if the genetic programme of millions of years is taking place in a few minutes. It is a rampant creation that seems to defy the explanations of evolutionists and fundamentalists. It is like a mescalin dream of Charles Darwin’s.
The film is inspired by the insect collection of Walter Linsenmaier in the natural history museum of Luzern. As each insect follows the other, frame by frame, they appear to unfurl their antennae, scuttle along, or flap their wings as if trying to escape the pinions which attach them forever in their display cases. Just for a moment the eye is tricked into believing that these dead creatures still live…

Capitulations Promise

Directed by: Lewis Klahr
Short synopsis:

“Capitulations Promise took me 5 years to complete. This degree of difficulty is just what I expected, however, when I chose to montage to a memorable pop song like Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon". What attracted me to this music is that it sounds both new and old, which allowed me to integrate contemporary imagery with the mid-20th century sources that my films are known for. "Honeymoon" also sounds like the romantic theme song to a James Bond film that has not and never will exist. To do justice to the love story suggestively sketched in the lyrics I needed to keep my narrative equally elliptical. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.” -Lewis Klahr

Po kapljicah / Água Mole / Drop by Drop

Directed by: Alexandra Ramires, Laura Gonçalves
Short synopsis:

The last inhabitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.

Animistika / Animistica

Directed by: Nikki Schuster
Short synopsis:

Organic textures, captured frame by frame in the nature of Mexico, start to transform and become alive. The view is passing over root plants, fur, feathers, bones and diverse animal cadavers. Processes of decay and rotting characterize the passing-by biotope.

Olfa nož / Box Cutters

Directed by: Naomi Van Niekerk
Short synopsis:

A young woman remembers the day that she was attacked by three gang members on her way home, but she was strong and managed to escape. During the act of flight, a series of scenes unfold, linked by fluid transitions and expressive details situated between reality and dream.

Premiki / Movements

Directed by: Dahee Jeong
Short synopsis:

In the space of 10 minutes, the African baobab tree grows 0.008 mm, the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound, can run 12 km, and the Earth travels 18,000 km around the Sun. Movements is a 10-minute film which I drew at a rate of 2 seconds of animation per day. We are all walking, seeing, working, running, and stopping together.

Mala Rusija / La piccola Russia / Little Russia

Directed by: Gianluigi Toccafondo
Short synopsis:

GRAND PRIX ANIMATEKA 2004

The young assassins, papa rabbit, mama lunar, a little dancing dog, the snail lady, sister cops ... The characters are imaginary, Little Russia is real.

Special Opening Screening

The Opening Gala pays tribute to Paul Bush, kicks off the collage animation history retrospective, and shows a set of films selected by the festival jury.

Short synopsis:

More than three thousand insects appear in this film, each for a single frame. As the colours glow and change across their bodies and wings, it is as if the genetic programme of millions of years is taking place in a few minutes. It is a rampant creation that seems to defy the explanations of evolutionists and fundamentalists. It is like a mescalin dream of Charles Darwin’s.
The film is inspired by the insect collection of Walter Linsenmaier in the natural history museum of Luzern. As each insect follows the other, frame by frame, they appear to unfurl their antennae, scuttle along, or flap their wings as if trying to escape the pinions which attach them forever in their display cases. Just for a moment the eye is tricked into believing that these dead creatures still live…

Capitulations Promise

Directed by: Lewis Klahr
Short synopsis:

“Capitulations Promise took me 5 years to complete. This degree of difficulty is just what I expected, however, when I chose to montage to a memorable pop song like Lana Del Rey's "Honeymoon". What attracted me to this music is that it sounds both new and old, which allowed me to integrate contemporary imagery with the mid-20th century sources that my films are known for. "Honeymoon" also sounds like the romantic theme song to a James Bond film that has not and never will exist. To do justice to the love story suggestively sketched in the lyrics I needed to keep my narrative equally elliptical. Like a waking dream, what can be clearly described in words is less significant than what can be felt.” -Lewis Klahr

Po kapljicah / Água Mole / Drop by Drop

Directed by: Alexandra Ramires, Laura Gonçalves
Short synopsis:

The last inhabitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.

Animistika / Animistica

Directed by: Nikki Schuster
Short synopsis:

Organic textures, captured frame by frame in the nature of Mexico, start to transform and become alive. The view is passing over root plants, fur, feathers, bones and diverse animal cadavers. Processes of decay and rotting characterize the passing-by biotope.

Olfa nož / Box Cutters

Directed by: Naomi Van Niekerk
Short synopsis:

A young woman remembers the day that she was attacked by three gang members on her way home, but she was strong and managed to escape. During the act of flight, a series of scenes unfold, linked by fluid transitions and expressive details situated between reality and dream.

Premiki / Movements

Directed by: Dahee Jeong
Short synopsis:

In the space of 10 minutes, the African baobab tree grows 0.008 mm, the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound, can run 12 km, and the Earth travels 18,000 km around the Sun. Movements is a 10-minute film which I drew at a rate of 2 seconds of animation per day. We are all walking, seeing, working, running, and stopping together.

Mala Rusija / La piccola Russia / Little Russia

Directed by: Gianluigi Toccafondo
Short synopsis:

GRAND PRIX ANIMATEKA 2004

The young assassins, papa rabbit, mama lunar, a little dancing dog, the snail lady, sister cops ... The characters are imaginary, Little Russia is real.