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West Lake International Animation Festival is an animation art exchange platform integrating competitions, screenings, exhibitions and forums, which is held every two years.
IAF is the abbreviation of “I Animate Future”, which means “I use animation to record the future”. This is also the overall concept of the West Lake International Animation Festival – to create a pioneering camp for Chinese animation art and explore the possibility and extension of contemporary animation language.
Animation art is an art form that integrates painting, film, digital media, photography, music, literature and many other categories. The animation discipline has undergone a lot of changes since the new century, and it has tremendous development and extension in the fields of technology, concept and application. These changes affect both the way animators seeing the world and how to get along with it. Also, they are bringing animation to an important position in the broader contemporary visual culture and communication. Based on this background, IAF was founded to explore the contemporary expression of animation creation and research worldwide, and to pay attention to the interaction between innovation media and social life under the context of the times. At the same time, IAF , paying attention to the current status of animation education and discussing more possibilities, also has focused on the scene status and problem horizon of China's independent animation creation since the 21st century.
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2020 Festival Coverage
Coronavirus crisis response:
In view of the current situation of the epidemic, in order to actively cooperate with the Chinese government in the prevention and control of the epidemic, and to ensure that the epidemic does not spread due to the preparatory work, the Organizing Committee of IAF 2020 would like to apologize for the following announcement after our prudent discussion:
1. The West Lake International Animation Festival (IAF2020), originally scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from April 16th to April 19th, 2020, will be postponed.
2. The Organizing Committee will reconfirm the date of the event according to the situation and announce it in time on the official website of IAF, WeChat public address and FACEBOOK.
3. The original deadline of Competitions is January 31st, 2020. After a new schedule is determined, the festival will reopen the application channel.
4. IAF Organizing Committee will keep the submitted entries. After the new schedule is determined, the entries previously delivered will still be valid and need not be resubmitted.
IAF2020, the first West Lake International Animation Festival, will be held at the China Academy of Art. The event will feature “Retrospect · Prospect” as the theme. “Retrospect” is intended to learn and pay tribute to the past animation classics; “Prospect’” is designed to show the future posture of animation art creation.
IAF2020 will have three major content sections: competition unit, screening unit and forum unit. The competition unit includes three parts: international short film competition, student short film competition and VR competition. The exhibition unit includes three parts: China special exhibition, international special exhibition and illustration comic exhibition. In addition, the forum unit will invite international and domestic famous animators, scholars and production organizations to participate in seminars, forums, workshops and other activities.