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Animac, the International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, is ready to roll

The 17th edition of the International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, Animac, will take place once again in the Catalan city of Lleida, in western Catalonia. From the 28th of February to the 3rd of March, Lleida will become the capital city of international animated cinema once again, playing host to a large number of conferences, presentations, workshops and related activities about this entertainment industry. The exhibition’s program was announced in Barcelona at the CCCB, where the documentary maker Hanna Heilborn was invited to talk about her anti-slavery work ‘Slavar’. More than one hundred movies will be shown over five days in Lleida’s Animac.

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26 February 2013 07:20 PM

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ACN / Ana Macías

Lleida (ACN).\u2013 From the 28th of February to the 3rd of March, Lleida will become the capital city of international animated cinema once again, playing host to a large number of conferences, presentations, workshops and related activities about this entertainment industry. The International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, Animac, was presented in Barcelona\u2019s CCCB, where the documentary maker Hanna Heilborn was invited to talk about her anti-slavery work \u2018Slavar\u2019. Under the name \u2018a traves de la realitat\u2019 (\u2018through reality\u2019), the exhibition will focus on the animated documentary. And to this end, Animac has invited references in the field such as Andy Glynne and Hanna Heilborn. But the special guest will be the young promise of Canadian animation, Theodore Ushev, who will take charge of the Masterclass. More than one hundred movies will be shown over five days in Lleida\u2019s Animac.


Reality through animation

The presentation of Animac took place at the Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona (CCCB) where the exhibition director, Carolina López, showed off the Animac 2013 program and announced the Exhibition\u2019s intention of paying tribute to the animated documentary.

Under the name \u2018a través de la realitat\u2019 (\u2018through reality\u2019) the Animac will act as a meeting point for producers, documentary makers and animators to explore the possibilities of this non-fictional art form. Reality within animation will be the aim of this edition, which will feature guest creators like Andy Glynne and Hanna Heilborn.

The Swedish documentary maker, Hanna Heilborn, was also the special guest of the presentation. During her intervention she spoke of animation as a different art form, \u201CI don\u2019t like the documentaries where there is an interpretation of what happened by actors. Through animation you\u2019re there. It\u2019s more human\u201D she added.

Heilborn assured that animation is a great product and a great experience, but she also recognised the difficulties of the animation work compared to traditional moviemaking \u201CIn animation every minute counts, every minute is a cost.\u201D

Anti-slavery presentation act

Before the presentation one of her short movies was showed. \u2018Slavar\u2019 denounces the Sudan government\u2019s practice of using women and children as slaves. Slavery is a collateral effect of a long civil war without great mass media coverage.

The movie is based on an interview done in 2003 with Abuk and Machiek, a nine year-old child and his fifteen year-old brother. They were used by Sudan government militia until they were freed by an organization led by James Aguer, who won the Anti-Slavery Award and is a renowned children slavery fighter. In \u2018Slavar\u2019 the animation is used to keep the children\u2019s identity secret.

The short film lasts fifteen minutes and is co-directed by Hanna Heilborn and her usual aide, David Aronawitsch. The movie is the second one of an animated documentary trilogy focussed in hard situations that children live through around the world. The other two short movies are \u2018Grömd\u2019 and \u2018Sharaf\u2019. \u2018Slave\u2019 has won the Great Crystal Award in the International Animation Festival of Annecy and received the Jury\u2019s Special Mention during the Berlinale. 

Five intense days

The Animac 2013 will take place in Lleida from the 28th of February to the 3rd of March. The Exhibition will include works of Canadian promise Theodore Ushev as special guest and will offer a retrospective of his trajectory.

This year, Animac will also offer \u2018Anime Cartoon\u2019, focused on the television production industry. Within this section, new episodes of \u2018Adventure Times\u2019 will be shown alongside other cartoon series from the Cartoon Network such as \u2018Robot Chicken\u2019 or \u2018Regular Show\u2019. There will be space for national productions like \u2018Lara, què fem?\u2019 (\u2018Lara, what are we going to do?\u2019) , nominated for an Emmy Award or \u2018Monetes del espacio\u2019 (\u2018Little monkeys from outer space\u2019), created by Spanish humourist Joaquin Reyes for Cartoon Networks.

Animac\u2019s main program includes four short movies in the official sessions, where the best recent animated proposals will be screened. Films from creators around the world will be seen and can aspire to the Public\u2019s Award. The section \u2018Futur talent\u2019 (\u2018Future\u2019s talent\u2019) will follow the new creators productions over two sessions.

There will be free activities at the \u2018AnimaCrea\u2019 with a special section for children called \u2018Espai Kids\u2019. These all-age workshops are available thanks to the specialist animation school 9Zeros, Non Stop Barcelona Animation and the Pau Gargallo Art School of Badalona. An open screen will be on show with the most experimental proposals and activities such as video maker meetings. The exhibition also organizes sessions for the Lleida\u2019s school-goers and activities for youth and adults in collaboration with the Leandre Cristòfol Municipal Art School, Lleida University and the city\u2019s Council of Youth.

Music, the other main character

Music will have an important role in Animac 2013. The four sessions of family and childhood films, \u2018Petit Animac\u2019 (\u2018Little Animac\u2019), will be accompanied by the pop group The Pinker Tone. They are not the only music group which will come to Animac. On Friday and Saturday night, The Templetons and Manos de Topo will also offer concerts.

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  • A caption from the anti-slavery animated documentary film 'Slavar' (by ACN / Slavar)

  • A caption from the anti-slavery animated documentary film 'Slavar' (by ACN / Slavar)