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Fredrikstad Animation Festival (FAF) is organized by Norsk Animasjonsforum. The object of the festival is to promote the screening of animation and increase the awareness of animated expressions in the Nordic-Baltic countries. Fredrikstad Animation Festival is a part of the European Animation Awards, which is responsible for the Emile Awards. The winning films are eligible to participate in the best film and student film categories under the European Animation Awards. One Norwegian short film is chosen to compete in the nomination process for the Amanda award by the jury for the Nordic-Baltic short and student film categories.
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Thursday 24th of October marks the start of Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2019.
This year boasts a record sale of festival passes, so we are pleased to welcome a large number of visitors as well as distinguished guest, both from Norway and abroad. Over the next four days, Fredrikstad Cinema and The House of Literature in Fredrikstad will host a program filled with over 120 films, 16 guest speakers, three exhibitions and a whole host of other arrangements, all dedicated to animation.
A varied program awaits the thousands of visitors attending what has become the largest animation festival in the Nordic countries. This year’s main guest is Dan Harmon, renowned co-creator of the cult comedy series Rick and Morty. Harmon is one of the most distinguished creators within comedy, with an avid fanbase around the world. The film festival program is concentrated around the Nordic-Baltic animated film competition, with Saturday evening’s awarding of the festival’s Golden Gunnar as a definitive highlight. New as of this year is the Nordic-Baltic feature film competition, which is unique to Fredrikstad Animation Festival.
The festival is also an important arena for the animation industry, with an extensive program of seminars where several renowned industry professionals will give further insight into their work process behind the creation of their commercially and critically successful films. Guests include Oscar-nominated Duke Johnson and the successful script writer Dino Stamatopoulos, who will speak about their creation process for animated comedy and satire, and Swiss animator and director Michael Frei, who will talk about his cross-media projects in creating unique gaming experiences based on his award winning animated short films. You won’t want to miss out on these guest speakers
Fredrikstad Animation Festival has grown steadily through the years, and this year’s record-breaking attendance has yet again confirmed its position as the most important showcase for Norwegian and Nordic animation.
The festival has become a prime scene for exhibiting new shorts and features, and several of the films picked out for and screened during the festival has gone on to see further success and awards internationally. This is the place to be if you are an aspiring filmmaker, an established heavyweight, or if you are from outside the region and interested in what it has to offer. This year’s festival program contains some most interesting seminar speakers, screenings and events. Over 120 films covering almost every major subject life has to offer will screen over these 4 days, and the highlights includes prominent profiles such as:
Latest guest confirmation, Eric Daniels, the technical wizard of Disney, whom enabled Disney to fuse its traditional drawings with the emerging computer technology at the turn of the century. His creation of certain technologies makes him both a pioneer and a living legend.
Ciaran Duffy, a key Background Artist for the highly praised and beautiful feature Song of the Sea. He has done 3D-modelling and texture design for several TV-series and is co-art director, layout supervisor and background supervisor for The Breadwinner, one of the features screened at the festival.
Roze Stiebra, a pioneer in Latvian animation and this year’s Guest of Honor. She has made an impressive contribution to Latvian and Baltic animation through her career, both through her films and in her work for furthering and improving the conditions of the Latvian animation and its educational institutions.
Creative Director for Facebook Social VR Goro Fujita, whom worked for DreamWorks Animation as a visual development artist and worked on Merry Madagascar, Megamind, Madagascar 3, Penguins of Madagascar and Boss Baby. He has also art directed the Emmy Award winning VR experience Henry. Goro will present his work and VR projects and is also part of the portfolio panel. Character Designer Carter Goodrich has been responsible for some of the most memorable characters in modern animation, working for DreamWorks, with films such as Shrek, Ice Age, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille and Despicable Me, among many others, to his name.
The Nordic-Baltic short film competition is the core of the festival with a program known for its artistic diversity both in style and topics, and it is often a subject for discussion due to the experimental visual styles of the featured films. This program coincides with the goals of the New Nordic Animation Forum, of which the Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the host. This is a forum for the animation industry where all the Nordic countries meet to learn, co-operate, discuss and debate the current situation and possible futures of the industry.
The confirmed speakers of the forum are:
Frank Mosvold from Norway, with a work in progress presentation of his feature about the TV heroine Ella Bella Bingo; the Danish production house Late Love Productions with producer Lana Tankosa Nikolic, and the Swedish director Christian Rytelinus will tell about his newest feature. From Finland Hanna and Kari from the production company MRP Matila Röhr Productions OY will showcase what they are up to.
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (FAF) will take place from 25 to 28 October 2018 in Fredrikstad, Norway. FAF is a professional arena for the animation industry as well as being an important event for students of and educational institutions within animation, graphic design and digital media production. Each year, top animation industry professionals hold seminars and lectures, and the festival has previously hosted guests from famous studios such as Pixar, Disney and Aardman.