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The Magnificent Life of Marcel Pagnol by Sylvain Chomet
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'Nayola' Animation Feature by José Miguel Ribeiro: Watch the Trailer
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'The Magic Happens in the Editing Room': Interview with Isabelle Favez (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Florence Miailhe Designs the BIAF 2022 Poster and Trailer
Florence Miailhe Designs the BIAF 2022 Poster and Trailer
'When The Idea is The Most Important”: Interview with Maja Gehrig (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'When The Idea is The Most Important”: Interview with Maja Gehrig (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
(Exclusive): Garrano Animation Short Trailer by David Doutel and Vasco Sá
Animation As Metaphorical Storytelling: Interview with Nils Hedinger (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Animation As Metaphorical Storytelling: Interview with Nils Hedinger (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Like Animation Projects That Go Deep Into the Subject': Interview with Saskia von Virág (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Like Animation Projects That Go Deep Into the Subject': Interview with Saskia von Virág (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
The Audience Will Always Be Different: Interview with Michael Frei (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Animated Multiverse: Review of the Contemporary Swiss Animated Production
Animated Multiverse: Review of the Contemporary Swiss Animated Production
Monoclub Chilemonos 2022: Three Weeks of Animation Activities
Monoclub Chilemonos 2022: Three Weeks of Animation Activities
'I Enjoy Getting Characters Back On the Stage: Interview with Marjolaine Perreten (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
'I Enjoy Getting Characters Back On the Stage: Interview with Marjolaine Perreten (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Exploring Different, Animated Worlds: Interview with Team Tumult (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Exploring Different, Animated Worlds: Interview with Team Tumult (Swiss Animation Portraits 2022)
Swiss Animation Focus at Annecy Festival: A Comprehensive Guide
Swiss Animation Focus at Annecy Festival: A Comprehensive Guide
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55 European Animation Features Per Year. Do We Watch Them and Are They Enough?
Flow by Gints Zilbalodis: First Teaser
Flow by Gints Zilbalodis: First Teaser
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Deep Love by Mykyta Lyskov
Russian Animation Artists Against the War
Russian Animation Artists Against the War
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio: First Trailer
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview
Zoon by Jonatan Schwenk: Interview

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.