Swiss animation films mark presence in Latin America and Asia
In July and August no less than 16 Swiss animation film productions will be screened at three major festivals, all of which are entirely devoted to animation filmmaking. The festivals are the 18th Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro (July 16-25, 2010) and in São Paulo (July 28 - August 1), the 14th SICAF - Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (July 21-25), as well as the 13th International Animation Festival in Hiroshima in Japan (August 7-11).
Maja Gehrig's puppet animation film "Amourette" is the only Swiss film production to be screened in the international competition at all three festivals. Michel Dufourd's 3-D animation film "Frère Benoît et les grandes orgues" will show in Rio de Janeiro and Seoul. The films "Danny Boy" by Marek Skrobecki - which won two awards at NIFFF in Neuchâtel - and "Schlaf" by Claudius Gentinetta and Frank Braun will be presented in the festival programme at Anima Mundi and in Hiroshima. Rafael Sommerhalder's animation film "Wolves" is in the festival selection at the SICAF in Seoul and in Hiroshima. Several filmmakers will attend the festivals personally, thanks to support from SWISS FILMS, the promotion agency.
Further films screened at the Anima Mundi Festival include: "Flowerpots» by Rafael Sommerhalder; "Miramare" by Michaela Müller; "Optical Percussion" by Gerd Gockell; and "Parasite" by Omid Khoshnazar. Rounding off the Swiss presence in Seoul are "Obèse blues" by Jean-Marc Duperrex and the following films, all of which originated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU): "Little Eden" by Nino Christen; "Plexo" by Jan Anthamatten; "Winter Sonata" by Yves Gutjahr; and the coproduction "Allons-y! Alonzo!" by French director Camille Moulin-Dupré. Screened at the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, which is held every two years, will be Anja Kofmel's "Chrigi" and Marina Rosset's new short film production "Laterarius", which is celebrating its premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival at almost the same time.
Anima Mundi in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is the leading festival for the animation film genre in Latin America. The festivals in Seoul and Hiroshima are the two most important platforms for animation filmmaking in Asia.
Geneva/Zurich, July 16, 2010