Today, when the world celebrates the International Animation Day, the Animated Dreams festival proudly discloses the official selection of the international short animation films competition. The Black Nights Film Festival’s subfestival Animated Dreams takes place this year from 18 to 22 November in Tallinn cinemas Sõprus and Artis, with special programmes in Kanuti Gildi SAAL and at the Baltic Film and Media School.
The motto of the international competition is “brief yet direct” and is divided into four screenings. The head of the festival Mari-Liis Rebane, characterises the films as original, with strong auteur’s position, subtle storytelling and artistic competence. “Classical animation films are in the same programme as experimental and abstract ones. The latter illustrate the limitless possibilities of animation films’ as a medium and use of conceptual solutions to create a state of mind or a statement, rather than a narrative means of animated storytelling”, says Mari-Liis Rebane.
The members of the international competition jury are: Emma de Swaef (Belgium), animator; Tsvika Oren (Israel), board member of the International Animation Association, well-known director, critic and journalist; Kalju Kivi (Estonia), animator, film artist and the previously head artist of the Puppet Theatre. The Grand Prix of the International competition “NAEL” (Nail) comes with a cash prize contributed by the Nukufilm and Eesti Joonisfilm studios. There are 40 films, from 20 countries, including 3 from Estonia competing for the coveted prize.
The student film competition jury is made up of five international MA students of the Estonian Art Academy’s animation department. The films have a lot of enthusiasm and show the newest and brightest trends of the animation world. The First Prize is 2000 euros worth online-course awarded by a US animation school Animation Mentor.
In addition to the competition selection, there are screenings of five feature length films and a programme of Estonian animation. Late night adult programmes are full of humour and sensuality. During weekends there are morning screenings for children.