With the aim of creating synergy between theoretical and practical discourse among filmmakers and scholars, the seventh Animafest Scanner VII 2020 international symposium takes place 8-10 June 2020, and international film and media researchers are invited to present the latest findings in the field of animation.
This year´s keynote speaker is the recipient of 2020 Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies, Chris Robinson, one of the stylistically most original and most provocative experts in the history of this area.
Historical trends, numerous points of view and approaches, new findings in the growing field of animation studies and interesting speakers – all this will be available at Animafest Scanner 2020, whose primary goal is to create a synergy between theoretical and practical animation discourses, which is why it takes place in the context of screenings, exhibitions and other Animafest’s side events.
TOPICS FOR ANIMAFEST SCANNER VII 2020
As individuals and societies become increasingly splintered along fault lines of ideology, environment, identity, race, language and sexuality, what does animation have to say about this increasingly discombobulated existence? Is there guidance to be found from recent short films or are they just pained howls into the global maelstrom that has engulfed us all?
When highlighting the female side of animation, a few perspectives are obvious: female animators in the history of animation, women in today´s animation industry and female
main characters within animated films. Which accomplished female animators have to be (re)discovered? How can we accomplish a true gender equality within the animation industry, and which heroines in animation do we admire for being brave or achieve something great?
Love is one of the strongest human emotions. It has been described in poetry and prose, in music, in painting, in film and every other art form you can think of. How did animators handle this subject? How do they express affection, erotic, sensuality, lust or deep connection between two people? What are the advantages of the medium and what are disadvantages when it comes to depicting those hard to describe emotions?
Animation gladly feeds on literature. Moreover, its relationship with poetry is particularly fruitful: lyrical and epic poetry have been used in equal measure in the animation medium for quite some time. The style and narrative of animation can express poetic approaches as poetry and animation can manifest a concentration of awareness, experience, and emotion. Both can incorporate free association, metaphors, sounds, and rhythm. The inspiration deriving directly from a poet’s words can be liberating for filmmakers: rhetoric figures challenge and stimulate the transposition into visuals. The essentials of poetry nurture fantasies and visionary processes. It seems that there’re no restraints for a filmmaker’s imagination. Is it so?
Animafest Scanner VI - Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies, 04–05/06 TUE-WED Institute Balassi 10:00–17:00 h IN ENGLISH, OPEN TO PUBLIC
The sixth edition of the Symposium for Contemporary Animation Animafest Scanner VI aims again to create synergy of theoretical and practical discourses, and stimulate exchange between filmmakers and scholars.
The symposium is held in association with the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. Over the course of its forty-seven-year history, the festival has given a stage to different animation forms and formats in competition and non-competition environments, presenting a worldwide selection of auteur, experimental and mainstream animated films in various programs.
This year’s keynote speaker is the recipient of the Animafest Zagreb Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animation Studies for 2019, Jayne Pilling, a versatile scholar, educator and animation promoter. Jayne Pilling was the founder and until 2018 the director of the prestigious British Animation Awards. Her overall work demonstrates great knowledge, methodological comprehensiveness and fluency in different areas of animation, which she acquired teaching at universities in Europe, Asia and USA, collaborating with the most renowned festivals, and advising the British Film Institute and other artistic establishments. Naturally, what is particularly important for this award is the trace she has left as the author and editor of books and other publications about animation and similar audiovisual arts. She has curated and released a series of DVDs of animation classics, helped push women’s issues in the genre and supported the canonisation of many animation values. Ms Pilling made it possible for new generations to discover the classics like Starewicz, at the same time keeping track of the latest trends in the art of animation. She directed the TV serial Continental Passions about European contributions to this art and organised several symposiums and conferences, demonstrating her massive energy in discovering new ways of understanding, promoting and loving animation.
The speakers will focus on the following subjects: Animation and History, Animation and Fine Arts, Animation and (Virtual) Reality, Animation and Education.
Historical and current trends, numerous perspectives, new findings in the fast-growing field of animation studies, paired with exciting speakers – all this and more awaits you at the Animafest Scanner VI symposium, and other events organised by Animafest 2019.
10:00 Welcome & introduction
10:10-10:55 KEYNOTE: Reflections on Animation History/Histories...and Historiography: Where Are We Now? - Jayne Pilling, Animafest Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies
PANEL 1: ANIMATION AND HISTORY
Moderation: Andrijana Ružić
11:00-11:30 Feminism and Animation: Feminist Discourse Analysis of Quebec Animation from the National Film Board of Canada (1970-1979) - Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre (MJSTP Films / Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
11:45-12:15 Rewinding Brazilian Electronic Animation from the 1980’s: A Vanishing History - João Paulo Schlittler (Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil)
12:20-12:50 The Animation Cut-Out as an Expression of Long Lasting Spatio-Temporal Artistic and Cultural Processes - Velislava Gospodinova (New Bulgarian University, Sofia)
PANEL 2: ANIMATION AND FINE ARTS
Moderation: Hrvoje Turković
14:30-15:00 George Schwizgebel's Animated Trilogy of Faust - Andrijana Ružić (independent scholar, Università Statale di Milano, Italy)
15:05-15:35 The "Simultaneous" Art of Theodore Ushev - Paola Bristot (Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Italy)
15:50-16:20 The Public Showroom ASIFAKEIL - 100 Installations Focusing on Animation Art - Stefan Stratil (ASIFA Austrija)
16:25-16:55 Motion-Time-Space. From Moving Image to Moving Architecture - Martina Tritthart (FH Joanneum University of Applied Science, FH Burgenland University of Applied Science, Austria)
PANEL 3: ANIMATION AND (VIRTUAL) REALITY
Moderation: Franziska Bruckner
10:15-10:45 Challenges in Documentary VR - Reinhold Bidner / gold extra
10:50-11:20 Planning for Animated VR - A Proposal for New Approaches in Screenwriting and Scene Construction - Hannes Rall (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
11:35-12:05 Emersive Storytelling - An Exploration of Animation and the Fourth Wall as Tools for Critical Thinking - Eva Wijers (AKV St. Joost Master Institute, Netherlands)
12:10-12:40 Main Ballet Tanks. Researching the Possibilities of Transferring Aestheticized, Anthropomorphic Locomotion and Gestures to Non-Anthropomorphic, Mechanical Machinery by Means of Experimental Animation - Bernhard Schmitt (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
PANEL 4: ANIMACIJA I OBRAZOVANJE / ANIMATION AND EDUCATION
Moderator / Moderation: Holger Lang
14:30-15:00 "Everybody Is a Director" – Case Studies on Collaborative, Chained Animation in Education - Jürgen Hagler, Remo Rauscher (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, School of Informatics/Communications/Media)
15:05-15:35 Animated Documentaries: A Practice through Community Filmmaking - Debjani Mukherjee (IIT Bombay, BOL, India)
15:50-16:20 Animation Techniques and Graphic Style in Representation of Deep Space - Olivier Cotte (independent scholar, France)
16:25-16:55 Explanatory Power of Diagrammatic Animation - Hrvoje Turković (Academy of Dramatic Art, Zagreb University, Croatia)
World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb,, ASIFA Austria
Daniel Šuljić, Artistic Director World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb, M.A., Assoc. Prof. Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb
Franziska Bruckner, Ph. D., Senior Researcher St. PoeltenUniversity of Applied Sciences
Nikica Gilić, Ph. D., Prof. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
Prof. Holger Lang, M.A., M.A., Asst. Prof. Webster St. Louis Private University
Andrijana Ružić, Independent Scholar
Hrvoje Turković, Ph. D., Prof. in retirement