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Weird Market 2022: All Selected Animation Projects
Weird Market 2022: All Selected Animation Projects
11 Animation Features in the BIAF 2022 Lineup
11 Animation Features in the BIAF 2022 Lineup
Welcome to the Welcome by Gabriela Sibilska
Welcome to the Welcome by Gabriela Sibilska
'The Golden Age', 'Strange' in Rising of Lusitania Animadoc Awards 2022
'The Golden Age', 'Strange' in Rising of Lusitania Animadoc Awards 2022
Viborg Animation Festival 2022: A Diverse and Animation-Immersive Program
Viborg Animation Festival 2022: A Diverse and Animation-Immersive Program
18th Seoul Indie AniFest: Programme Highlights
18th Seoul Indie AniFest: Programme Highlights
'Bird In the Peninsula', 'The Queen of Foxes' in the Fantoche 2022 Winners
'Bird In the Peninsula', 'The Queen of Foxes' in the Fantoche 2022 Winners
‘Nayola’ Film Review: When the Animation Is More That the Art of Movement
‘Nayola’ Film Review: When the Animation Is More That the Art of Movement
12 Jury Members for BIAF 2022
12 Jury Members for BIAF 2022
Money and Happiness by Ana Nedeljkovic and NIkola Majdak Jr: A Happily Rich Trailer
Money and Happiness by Ana Nedeljkovic and NIkola Majdak Jr: A Happily Rich Trailer
Conversations With A Whale by Anna Samo
Conversations With A Whale by Anna Samo
'A Film Is Like Planning A House Build': Interview with Jonathan Laskar (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'A Film Is Like Planning A House Build': Interview with Jonathan Laskar (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Perlimps by Alê Abreu: A Forest and A Trailer
Perlimps by Alê Abreu: A Forest and A Trailer
Garbage Man, The Memories of a Family: Interview with Laura Gonçalves
Garbage Man, The Memories of a Family: Interview with Laura Gonçalves
Telling Stories Is Like Breathing: A Conversation with Signe Baumane
Telling Stories Is Like Breathing: A Conversation with Signe Baumane
15 Swiss Animation Portraits for 2022
15 Swiss Animation Portraits for 2022
New Trailer for 'Inu-Oh' by Masaaki Yuasa
New Trailer for 'Inu-Oh' by Masaaki Yuasa
'The Magic Happens in the Editing Room': Interview with Isabelle Favez (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'The Magic Happens in the Editing Room': Interview with Isabelle Favez (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov

The restoration of the Czech Karel Zeman's films already counts a premiere and three films under way.

Many kids have grown-up with his fantasy films, making stop-motion and puppetry an indispensable element in film making.

 Karel Zeman made headwaves with his inventive adaptation of Jules Verne and fantasy novels, and his Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955), The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958), The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1961) are among the adventure classics, inspiring artists from Monty Python to Tim Burton.

These three films are now part of the project Restoring the World of Fantasy (jointly held by The Czech Film Foundation, Karel Zeman Museum and Czech Television), which aims to digitally restore (in 4k) selected films produced by Karel Zeman to the finest quality and screen them in cinemas.

 Karel Zeman's 1958 Invention for Destruction is the first outcome of the project, whose restored version premiered in the 2015 Karlovy Vary festival. It is now available as a Blu-Ray disc.

 The American expert James Mockoski will act as the supervisor of the digital restoration of all four Karel Zeman films. The restoration is being led by the chief restorer Ivo Marák at Universal Production Partners (UPP). The reconstruction of the audio portion of the films is taking place in Soundsquare under the direction of Pavel Rejholec.

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Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

Ludmila Zeman, the daughter of Karel Zeman and an acclaimed animation director herself, is also an integral part of the restoration process.

Restoring the World of Fantasy project started in July 2014, and is expected to last three years. You can also donate to the project.