As part of the activities organized by Summa 3D animation festival, and in collaboration with 3D Wire, International Animation, Video Games and New Media it has been officially presented the poster of “Focus on Spain”, which is the image of our country in the most important international animation festival in the World.
The poster has been designed by Guillermo García Carsi, creator of Pocoyo, it shows the creativity of the Spanish artists and it looks over some of the most iconic figures of the animation from our country.
“Focus on Spain” gathers all the presence and activities related to Spain at International Animation Film Festival of Annecy, France, and its international market MIFA, where Spain is guest country this year.
The industry of Spanish animation will have its own prominence inside MIFA , where ICEX in collaboration with DIBOOS and 3D Wire, will organize Territory Focus: Focus on Spain, showcase for the Spanish animation which will be include a panel dedicated to the sector and will offer a special visibility to projects in development, as well as a large stand and a full consulting day before Annecy to help Spanish companies participating.
Also there will be lot of activities thanks to the collaboration of several organisms and companies which 3D Wire has coordinated. Lightbox Animation Studios will sponsor the opening party at MIFA, and thanks to ICAA young talented creators will be presented in Annecy. Besides El Señor Studio, DIBOOS and Diputación de Segovia collaborates. Furthermore, there will be conferences with well-known Spanish artists such as Guillermo Garcia Carsí (Pocoyo), Enrique Gato (Tad The Lost Explorer), Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me) or Raul Garcia (Aladdin).
The Spanish selection of this year includes the premiere in France of the feature films Mortadelo & Filemon: Mission Implausible (Javier Fesser, 2014), Extraordinary Tales (Raul Garcia, 2014. Coproduction with Belgium, Spain, Luxemburg and USA) and Possesed (SAM, 2014), this last one in competition. As well as the short films Travel by Feet by Khris Cembe, Zepo by Cesar Diaz Melendez and The Guardian by Alessandro Novelli. Two Spanish projects will be also presented: Street Driver by Rocío Álvarez and Troubling Monsters by Carlos E. Smith Róvira & Marcelo Dematei, this last one coproduction with Colombia.
The special programme From Doodles to Pixels. More than 100 years of Spanish animation, produced by CCCB and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), will be one of the main activites of the International Animation Film Festival of Annecy, and it has supposed the work of two years researching and recovering materials. The project has received the support of Filmoteca de Catalunya, Filmoteca Española and Movierecord, among others. The programme consists of more than 50 titles between short films, feature films and commercials, which could be watched on the big screen of the festival, as well as being compiled into a triple DVD-catalogue. An anthology of historical forgotten pieces and recent works in the centenary of the birth of animated cinema in our country.
Spanish animation programme From Doodles to Pixels. More than 100 years of Spanish animation will premiere at the 55th edition of Annecy and will tour main international museums, film libraries and festivals. Moreover, it is scheduled to arrive in Barcelona and Madrid this autumn. The DVD catalogue will be released in our country this summer by Cameo. Some of the less known and surprising pieces of this cycle are: Garbancito de la Mancha (Arturo Moreno, 1945), first animated feature film in color in Europe; a selection of black and white advs of the 30s by Catalan artists like Serra i Massana and Ferran; The Stone Age (Gabriel Blanco, 1965), with drawings of Chumy Chúmez; the spots of Estudios Moro and Estela, and they get completed with a short film by Frederic Amat created for the occasion.
The great variety of activities that includes “Focus on Spain” within Annecy Festival and MIFA market points out the importance of the Spanish animation industry.