Animation Festival Testimonial – May 28 2020

Juha Fiilin
Juha Fiilin

Wonderful festival concept and execution. The names says it all, its all about the FEEDBACK. I got really valuable audience feedback that truly helps me focus on the themes, characters and world building. Highly recommendable festival for animation producers who want to hear how their creations are seen and understood.

5 Star Review

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Short Film: A POEM IN BAMBOO, 4min., Animation/Horror

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Life is not always smooth. When bad things happen, some people are lucky enough to move on, but not the old lady A-Yuan. Either because of the deepest love to her lover or social constriction, that women should belong to her husband. A-Yuan was trapped in the past after the death of her lover. The big house contains lots of memories; the illusion of happiness lives that created by A-yuan and those good times between the nephew and A-Yuan when he was a kid.

However, there is no way to stop the time or go back to the past. For those who are unwilling to move forward, there must be a story behind it. And that is difficult for outsiders to understand what they have been through. This film is a glimpse of a traditional silence woman who doesn’t talk much but has lots of secrets in her mind.

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Director Biography – Claudia Ruiz (AILIN ON THE MOON)

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Directora de “El Molinete Animaciones”, productora especializada en stop motion de la región litoral, Argentina. Dirección la series Dr Cocicienzo, la ciencia de la cocina 2012, Dirección de Stop Motion serie ¨La liga de las cinco plumas¨, Dirección y Animación Stop Motion ¨El Viaje de Gaia¨, Animación fragmento Your Face Global JAM Bill Plymton, Dirección videoclips animados FELISA y Tres minutos Grupo Rio.Dirección ¨Niñas y niños cuentan¨(Unicef), Animación ¨Un pobre Dios” de Rodolfo Pastor. Dirección, Guión y Animación ¨Hablando de Cosas serias¨, Premio Incaa. Ganadora Historias Breves 2017: ¨11.40¨; “Ailìn en la Luna”, stop motion, Premio Espacio santafesino 2017. “El despertar de la iguana” Guiòn ganador Espacio Santafesino 2018

Director of “El Molinete Animaciones”, specialized stop motion production company from the coastal region, Argentina. Direction of the Dr Cocicienzo series, the science of cooking 2012, Direction of Stop Motion series “The League of the five pens”, Direction and Animation Stop Motion “The Journey of Gaia”, Animation fragment Your Face Global JAM Bill Plymton, Direction videoclips FELISA and Tres minutos Grupo Rio.Dirección ¨Niñas y niños cuenta¨ (Unicef), Animation ¨Un pobre Dios¨ by Rodolfo Pastor. Direction, Script and Animation ¨Having of serious things¨, Inca Award. Winner Short Stories 2017: ¨11.40¨; “Ailìn en la Luna”, stop motion, winner Espacio santafesino 2017. “the awakening of the iguana” script winner Espacio Santafesino 2018.

Short Film: AILIN ON THE MOON, 5min., Animation

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Work, do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing, taking care of Ailín: that is the routine of Vilma, mother of 40 years, overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín (4), just looking to play and demand the attention of a restless girl, one day causes the emotional outbreak of the mother. The routine that led them away must be broken to meet again.

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Short Film: THE PECULIAR ADVENTURES OF WILLOW B. STAR, 11min., USA, Animation/Comedy

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Gravelsville, USA is a magnet for the most comically twisted villains the world has ever seen. Ancient legends, scientific theories, and even the laws of nature are employed in their diabolically dark plots. Evil lurks around every corner. And only the sarcastic, fourth wall breaking, super-sleuth, Willow B. Star, and her brilliant canine companion, Stinky, stand in their way.

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Director Biography – Koji Yamamura (DREAMS INTO DRAWING)

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Koji Yamamura born in 1964. During the 1990s, He refined his style, spending much of his time making films for children. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short, “Mt. Head” marked a turning point, he to a place among the world’ s top animation filmmakers by “The Old Crocodile” (2005), “Franz Kafka’ s A Country Doctor” (2007) and “Muybridge’s Strings”(2011). Those films got awarded more than 90 prizes include the grand prizes of 4th big animation festival, Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa and Hiroshima. He worked for international jury a lot and held on many retrospective screenings around the world. He received Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2019.
He is membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professor of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Director Statement

This work is an autobiographical fiction that replaces the protagonist of Ueda Akinari’s ‘A Carp That Appeared in My Dream’ from Tales of Moonkight and Rain with KUWAGATA KEISAI, a painter who lived over 200 years ago. He transfigures into a variety of birds and fish in a dream. The understanding of dreams as a shared experience, which has been mostly forgotten in modern times, encourages empathy with the world and others, and aims to restore a primitive consciousness lost by modern people, who suffer from the dichotomy of matter and mind.

Short Film: DREAMS INTO DRAWING, 10min., Japan, Animation

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The painter KUWAGATA KEISAI lived over 200 years ago. He illustrated Ways to Sketch a series of picture books depicting humans and animals, all richly expressed. One day he was sketching a carp when suddenly he fell asleep and, in his dream, transfigured into a carp. The carp was enjoying his swim, but when a fisherman caught him things suddenly took a turn for the worse…

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Director Biography – Takeshi Yashiro (GON, THE LITTLE FOX)

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Takeshi Yashiro joined Taiyo Kikaku Co., Ltd., a Japanese TV-CM production, after graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1993. He has worked as a director mainly for commercial films and is one of the top “stop motion” animation specialists. He does not only direct but also create the art and sets by himself.
He especially likes creating hand-made, story-telling pieces.