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17-26 /02 /2012
Press Kit
1. Presentation of the Festival
What is Anima?
Anima is an international festival of animated films and cartoons founded in Brussels over 30 years ago.
Starting off as a film club for enthusiasts, over the years it has become an unmissable event on the
Brussels’ cultural calendar as well as building itself a reputation on an international scale with many well-
known guests from the world of animation. Anima is now one of the five biggest animation festivals in the
This year, the festival will be taking place from 17 th to 26th February in Flagey, in Brussels, along with a
number of cinemas in Belgium. The biggest decentralizations will be in the towns of Liege, Ghent and
Charleroi, with smaller ones in Mons and Namur.
Anima is a resounding success every year. The films received are constantly increasing and this year they
have passed the thousand mark. The public passing through the Flagey centre doors is also ever
increasing, with some 35,000 people paying Anima a visit in 2011.

2. A glance at the programme
Once again this year, Anima is presenting a host of things to see and discover. The projectors will be
working overtime in the three Flagey theatres to offer the best in animation today.
Anima 2012 includes eight programmes of short films in an official international competition, fifteen new
international features, three programmes of new shorts from Belgian and lots more besides.
The Festival will be paying tribute to two European countries, Switzerland and Spain, with many films and
meetings showing off the wealth of animation to be found there. Diverse events like concerts and an
exhibition will also make their mark on this year’s festival bill.

2.1. Opening film “From up on Poppy Hill” by Goro
This year, we are immensely pleased to present the latest film from the Ghibli Studios, From up on Poppy
Hill, by Goro Miyasaki. This is not the first offering from the son of the great Japanese Master Hayao
Miyasaki as his directorial debut began with Tales from Earthsea, a few years ago. Now he’s back again
with a story about Umi, a young high school student who lives in a great house on a hilltop overlooking
Yokohama bay. Each morning, she raises a pair of signal flags in memory of her father who has
disappeared at sea. One day, she meets Shun, a boy at her school who is class representative and looks
after the school’s writing club.
What a way to kick off the 31st Anima, also confirming the attention the festival pays to productions from
the Ghibli Studio since 1992.

2.2. Feature films
No less than 15 features coming from 10 different countries are in the official selection this year, with
eleven in competition. A few patterns can be observed when taking a closer look at the programme:
The first concerns where the films come from. The origins are shared exclusively between Asia and
Europe. Asian films take the lead, with seven coming from Japan, China, South Korea and Singapore in the
list, along with the opening film mentioned above. There are also a number of features from Eastern
Europe, with productions representing Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic.
The selection also underlines the close and long-lasting link animation has with comic books. Four films in
the official selection (Wrinkles, Aloïs Nebel, Tatsumi and George the Hedgehog) are all inspired from
successful comic books from their respective countries.

Here is the full list of features in the international competition:
From up on Poppy Hill, Goro Miyasaki, Japan, 2011, 01h31.
Yokohama, Japan, 1963, the love story of two kids from high school, Umi and Shun, who represent a new
Japan and the hopes of a new era.
Colorful, Keiichi Hara, Japan, 2010, 02h06.
A spirit wins the right to live again and comes back in the body of a teenager who has just committed
Wrinkles, Ignacio Ferreras, Spain, 2011, 01h29.
The story of a friendship between two inmates of a care home: Emilio, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s,
and Miguel.
Aloïs Nebel, Tomas Lunak, Czech Republic, 2011, 01h24.
Aloïs Nebel is a guard in a small rail station in the Czech province living with his inner demons till the day
a stranger arrives on the scene.
Green Days, Jae-hoon An/Hye-jin Han, South Korea, 2011, 01h38.
A young girl is trying to find a sense to her life. One day she meets a young boy and girl who will help her
to find herself.
Tatsumi, Eric Khoo, Singapore, 2011, 01h34.
Eric Khoo tells about the life and works of the Japanese comic book artist, Yoshihiro Tatsumi.
Jib/The House, Ban Joo Young/Lee Hyun Jin/Lee Jae Ho/Park Eun Young/Park Mi Sun,
South Korea, 2010, 01h12.
Ga-Young adores beautiful houses and meets the spirits that live in the ones in her rundown district.
George the Hedgehog, Wojtek Wawszczyk/Jakub Tarkowski/Tomasz Lesniak, Poland,
2010, 01h20.
George is a skateboarding sex-crazed hedgehog who manages to get on the wrong side of a gang of
skinheads, a mad scientist… and his own clone.
Emilie Jolie, Francis Nielsen/Philippe Chatel, France, 2011, 01h12.
Adapted from the musical comedy of the same name, Emilie falls asleep while reading an old book and the
story continues and comes to life.
The Tibetan Dog, Masayuki Kojima, China/Japan, 2011, 01h30.
The meeting between the young boy Tenzin and the wild golden-haired Tibetan dog
Freddy Frogface, Peter Dodd, Denmark, 2011, 01h21.
Life is not easy for young Victor and his friends having to cope with stern grown-ups as well as Freddy
Frogface, the town bully.

Films in the Panorama (out of competition) section of the official selection:
Midori-Ko, Keita Kurosaka, Japan, 2010, 55min.
A young vegetarian student struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo by selling vegetables.
Sky Song, Mati Kutt, Estonia, 2010, 45min.
Is it possible to reach the moon in one breath? Yes, it is, if you really want to…
One Piece: Strong World, Munehisa Sakai, Japan, 2009, 01h53.
Luffy and his crew’s search for the famous One Piece treasure is threatened by infamous pirates.
Olentzero, Gorka Vazquez, Spain, 2011, 01h10.
Anja dreams of becoming apprentice to Olentzero (the Basque equivalent to Father Christmas), and follow
him on his round of giving out presents.

2.3. Short films
Anima tries hard to select the best in animated shorts and sniff out the latest global trends for its
international competition, privileging artistic daring, unconventional approaches and films that explore
and fully exploit all the expressive resources of animation. No less than 8 programmes have been
necessary to show off this diversity. For example, there are more student films than in previous years,
divided into three separate programmes. Four others are devoted to professional productions and a final
programme is just for the kids.

As well as reflecting the wealth of techniques and inspirations on an international scale, Anima also
follows closely what’s happening in Belgium. This year, two programmes of shorts mixing professional
and student films will be in competition. The third programme, the Belgian Panorama, will show off the
national production in all fields: commercials, music videos, student films, workshops and professionals.
Finally, the festival is also concerned about playing its role as a showcase and promoter of Belgian
animation and will once more be offering its traditional Open Screenings within the Futuranima
professional days, organized with support from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. This screening session
is free and open to all and gives Belgian filmmakers whose films were not selected the chance to show
their work to chosen guests and the public.

2.5. Retrospectives
There’s always something new going on at Anima, but through the retrospective programmes the festival
also offers its public the opportunity to take a look at the different aspects and developments of films
around a particular topic, a school or a specific artist. This year’s retrospective programmes will be
concentrating on two countries. Anima’s guests of honour, Spain and Switzerland, and two other
programmes will be spotlighting the work of two Belgian filmmakers, Vincent Bierrewaerts and Manu

Four programmes, in the presence of some special guests, will be showing off the diversity of the
animation to be found in Switzerland: In the country of the Helvetians: a retrospective of Swiss shorts from
the past ten years; 10 years of Hélium, filmmaker Claude Barras’s studio; Luzern Animation, a programme
of films from the School of Art and Design in Lucerne and a programme exclusively devoted to the Swiss
filmmaker (and jury member) Isabelle Favez.

Two programmes of recent short films from Spain, entitled Cortos de España will show the amazing range
of animation in Spain. One retrospective (Claymation on the verge of a nervous breakdown) will be
reserved to Sam, a great Hispanic master of claymation and festival guest, who has made a series of shorts
featuring some wacky characters in the most improbable situations.
The Cinematek is also joining forces with the event to present an exceptional programme devoted to a
pioneer of silent animation, the Spanish filmmaker Segundo Chomón. In addition to the shorts and features
in the official selection, Anima is also using the event to show a feature film from Spain that got everyone
talking last year, Chico et Rita, the love story between the young pianist Chico and Rita, the singer with an
enchanting voice, set in Havana in the 50s.

Alongside the films of Chomón, the Cinematek is also presenting a series of films devoted to the work of
Manuel Gomez. For almost thirty years, this prolific Belgian director has been making his own
unclassifiable experimental films, based on an artistic and visual play on the image in all its shapes and
The other Belgian director with a retrospective is Vincent Bierrewaerts, who comes from La Cambre and
has managed to create a special place for himself in the industry for the particular attention he pays to the
story in his films.
2.6. The Futuranima professional days
Part of the Flagey centre will be given over to professional meetings during the festival (23 rd to 25th
February). Several teams from animated features in production will be here to present their progress
along with some Belgian industry professionals who are working on international productions. These
three days are also a great way for students to get together with film directors and other animation

Setting the Scene: a meeting with Fraser MacLean
Scotsman Fraser MacLean has worked on such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Space Jam
(1996) and Tarzan (1999). He has also written the book Setting the Scene: The Art and Evolution of
Animation Layout and will be visiting Aniama to talk about these techniques in more detail.

What comes after a degree?
Steven de Beul, a graduate from RITS and Jérémie Mazurek, graduate from La Cambre, will be presenting
their professional career to students, and talking about how they set up their respective studios: Beast
Animation and L’enclume.

Meeting with Igor Alban-Chevalier
Igor Alban-Chevalier, designer, sculptor and artistic director on big-budget productions like Harry Potter
and X-Men, will be talking about his work.

Making of Ernest & Célestine: work in progress
The much awaited adaptation of the children’s books by Belgian author Gabrielle Vincent. Benjamin
Renner, director of the film, Didier Brunner (Les Armateurs) and Vincent Tavier (La Partie), producers,
and animators and co-directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, will be here to talk about this great

Approved for Adoption: work in progress
Laurent Boileau, the director of this film currently in production, will present the project of this
documentary that mixes live action footage and animation adapted from the autobiographical comic book
Couleur de Peau : Miel, by the Belgian-Korean artist Jung.

Workshop: SAM
Sam, Spanish filmmaker and claymotion specialist, will be giving a 3-day workshop on perfecting this

Spain-Belgium professional meeting
As part of the focus on Spain, Brussels Invest & Export and the AWEX are organizing a meeting between
Belgian and Spanish animation producers to encourage co-productions and collaborations. The day will
combine a pitch session, B2B meetings and a presentation of funding initiatives.

Fourteen French and Dutch writers-illustrators-animators will pitch their project on the given theme,
presenting 20 images, each screened for 20 seconds, giving 6’40’’ of presentation. An event presented by
the Maison des Auteurs (SACD/SCAM).
2.7. Events
Anima is made up of many films but there’s a lot more going on besides. Alongside the topical screenings
and the customary Animated Night, Anima is also giving its public two exhibitions and a series of lively

Two special programmes: Anim&Game and Street Animation
Anima has always been interested in the web that weaves animation into other media and forms of
expression and is presenting 2 programmes of short films this year focusing on two topics: Street Art and
video games.

The Animated Night
The Animated Night is undoubtedly one of the much-awaited moments of the whole festival, not only for
its length, but also for its eclectic mix of films and atmosphere. The Night is the opportunity to show off the
best of the 2012 selection along with 29 new short films, especially chosen for the occasion.

The Cartoon d’Or
The Cartoon d’Or is awarded by Cartoon, the European animation association, supported by the MEDIA
programme, to the best animated short of the year chosen from winning films in major festivals around
Europe, including Anima.

Aids workshop
During carnival week, eight students studying animation at La Cambre and the RITS in Brussels, the Haute
Ecole Albert Jacquard in Namur and the Koninklijke Akademie voor Schoner Kunsten in Ghent will be
working on a group film about Aids phobia, which will be screened at the festival’s closing ceremony.

The Berlin based Pictoplasma festival has chosen a selection of the best in character design and figurative
art (creatures and assorted monsters) from its annual event to present exclusively at Anima.

As well as his retrospective programme and workshop, Spanish filmmaker Sam will be showing off a
gallery of clay portariatsThe Belgian collective Versus (Izemo, Lucie Burton, Hero, Los Hermanos, Denis
Meyer), will also be presenting a selection of their work at the Flagey centre.

Anima has collaborated with the Belgian Cosplay Team since 2009 to organize a Cosplay competition
during the festival. This Japanese inspired event consists in taking on the role of a character from a manga
cartoon, animation, video game or comic book. The idea is to try and copy the costume (usually made by
the participant), hairstyle and mannerisms.
3. Juries and prizes

The jury for the international competition is made up of:
Anik Le Ray worked for La Fabrique studio in the 90s. She started out in feature film scriptwriting
working with J.F. Laguionie on Le Château des Singes (1998), following on with L’île de Black Mor
(2003) as co-scriptwriter and then Le Tableau (2011), for which she wrote both the story and the
script. She has also written a number of 26-minute films for TV, directed the writing on the les
Cadeaux collection shown on TF1 and Teletoon, adapted Matin brun and was responsible for the
original scenario for the film Kerity, la maison des contes (2009).

Isabel Herguera was taught at the Dusseldorf Academy of Art by Nam June Paik and also graduated
with a Master’s in Fine Arts from CalArts in Los Angeles. She worked a while in studios around LA
before starting her own, Loko Pictures, with Satinder Singh, to create TV commercials for Proctor &
Gamble, Fox and HBO. She directed the Catalan festival Animac from 2002 to 2011, and her own
films La Gallina Ciega and Ámár have been rewarded at many other festivals.

Erik van Drunen worked in a psychiatric institute before studying photography and animation at Tilburg
Academy of Art. He turned to animation in 1992, and has organised many educational activities and sat on
different juries or advised for a number of organisations. He worked for the HAFF (Holland Animation Film
Festival) for almost 20 years and became programme planner there, before recently joining the NIAF, where
he is in charge of educational projects. He also teaches at Sint-Lukas in Brussels.

Awards given by the international jury:
» Anima 2012 Grand Prix for Best Short Film offered by the Bruxelles-Capitale Region (2,500 €)*
» Anima 2012 Award for Best Short Film, professional films category*
» Anima 2012 Award for Best Short Film, student films category*
» Anima 2012 Award for Best Short Film, young audience category
» The Award for Best Music Video
» The Award for Best Advertising Film
Audience Awards
» Fluxys Award for Best Short Film (2,500 €)
» Anima 2012 Audience Award for Best Short Film, young audience category
» Anima 2012 Audience Award for Best Short Film of the Animated Night*
» Fedex Award for Best Feature (2,500 €)
» Anima 2012 Audience Award for Best Feature for a Young Audience
Partner Awards
» BeTV Award for Best Feature (purchase and broadcasting rights)
* Award includes a Toon Boom software
The jury for the national competition will be made up of:

Paulette Smets-Melloul graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem and has worked on
all the productions at Belvision since 1963, as colour artist, checker, art director and production and
development director. She was art director and production director for companies like Saban, France
Animation or Xylam and has also supervised storyboards and scripts for many TV series.

Isabelle Favez studied film direction at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGKZ). Her graduation
film, Replay (1999) was screened at numerous festivals. In 2002, she directed The Acrobats, followed by
Circuit marine in 2003, which she made at the Folimage studio in Valence as part of their Artists in
Residence programme. Her films Tarte aux pommes and Mixed Bag were also rewarded in many
international film festivals. She is now preparing her next film Au Coeur de l’hiver.

Steven De Beul studied Animation at the RITS, in Brussels. After graduating he worked as animator,
then director of animation on both Belgian and international productions. In 2004, he started as
director, producer and animator at Beast Animation with Ben Teasseur. 2008 saw him working as
head of animation on the feature A Town Called Panic, co-produced by Beast Animation. Since then,
he has been directing and animating primarily for TV and commercials.

Awards given by the Belgian jury
» Le Grand Prix of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, for a film from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
(2,500 €)*
» Sabam Award (2,500 €)
» SACD Award (2,500 €)
» TVPaint Award for Best Belgian Student (TV Paint software)
Partner Awards
» BeTV Award (1,500 € including broadcasting rights)
» RTBF – La Trois Award (purchase of broadcasting rights)
» Cinergie Award (E-press kit)
* Award includes a Toon Boom software
4. Guests
Many personalities from the world of animation will be setting foot in the Flagey centre for the festivities.
Here’s the guest list:

Feature film presentations:

» Gorka Vazquez (ES), director
For the feature film Olentzero
» Mati Kutt (EST), director
For the featurette Sky Song
» Francis Nielsen (F), director (Le Chien, le général et les oiseaux)
For the feature film Emilie Jolie
» Angel de la Cruz (ES), director (El Bosque Animado), screenwriter (Wrinkles)
For the feature film Wrinkles
» Tomas Lunak (CZ), screenwriter, director
For the feature film Aloïs Nebel
» Jaromir Svejdik (CZ), comic book author, musician
For the feature film Aloïs Nebel
» Peter Dodd (DK), director, screenwriter and animator (The Tale of Despereaux, Corpse Bride and
Incredible Mr Fox) – to be confirmed
For the feature film Freddy Frogface
» Tomasz Lesniak (PL), animator, designer and illustrator
For the feature film George, the Hedgehog
» Jean-François Laguionie (F), director and writer (Le Château des Singes, L’île de
Black Mor, Le Tableau)
For the feature film Le Tableau
» Anik Le Ray (F), writer, screenwriter (Le Château des Singes, L’île de Black Mor, Kérity, la
Maison des contes, Le Tableau)
For the feature Le Tableau

» Igor-Alban Chevalier (F), designer, sculptor, artistic director (Harry Potter, X-Man) and graphic novel
Futuranima, Igor Alban-Chevalier
» Didier Brunner (F), producer at Les Armateurs (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Belleville Rendez-Vous,
Brendon and the Secret of Kells, Allez Raconte!)
Futuranima, Ernest & Célestine
» Vincent Tavier (B), producer, actor, screenwriter (C’est arrivé près de chez vous,
A Town Called Panic) and director
Futuranima, Ernest & Célestine
» Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier (B), directors and animators (Pic Pic & André, A Town Called
Futuranima, Ernest & Célestine
» Benjamin Renner, (F), director (A Mouse’s Tale)
Futuranima, Ernest & Célestine
» Alexis Lafaille, (F) producer (Kawanimation)
Best of Shorts 7, La Détente
» Fraser MacLean (GB), producer and author of the book Setting the Scene
Futuranima, Setting the Scene
» Roy Naisbitt (USA), layoutman
Futuranima, Setting the Scene
» Steven De Beul (B), director, co-founder of the Belgian animation studio Beast Animation
Futuranima, What comes after a degree?
» Jérémie Mazurek (B), director, co-founder of the Belgian animation studio L’Enclume
Futuranima, What comes after a degree?
» Laurent Boileau (F), documentary director (Spirou, une renaissance; Franquin,
Gaston et compagnie; La Pologne de Marzi; Approved for Adoption)
Futuranima, Approved for Adoption

» Vincent Bierrewaerts (B), writer, director, animator (Le Portefeuille, Les 5 mondes,
Le Pont, Fugue).
Retrospective Vincent Bierrewaerts
» Manu Gomez (B), director (Peccato, Le Prince de ce monde, Arthur & Vincent)
Retrospective Manu Gomez (CINEMATEK)

Swiss focus:
» Otto Alder (DE), director and Head of the Animation department at the Art and Design School of
Lucerne University
Luzern Animation
» Isabelle Favez (CH), director (Valise)
Retrospective Isabelle Favez

Spanish focus:
» Sam (Sam Orti) (ES), independent filmmaker specialized in claymation (Encarna, Vicenta, The Werepig),
founder of the Conflictivos studio
Retrospective Claymation on the verge of a nervous breakdown, workshop, Sam exhibition.
» Isabel Herguera (ES), director (La Gallina Ciega, Ámár)
Short film programmes Cortos de España
This is not an exhaustive list. We’re still waiting for confirmation from a few more guests.
For further info and interview requests, please contact Noémie Meert ( or
Anima shows most of its programme at the Flagey centre in Brussels, but can also be found in other towns
Athroughout Belgium. Theatres in Liege, Charleroi, Namur, Mons and Ghent will also be showing films
from Anima 2012.
More info to be found on the websites of addresses below:

» Charleroi:
Cinéma Le Parc - Rue de Montignies 58 - 6000 Charleroi
Tel: 071/31 71 47 – fax: 071 30 64 04

» Liege:
Le Parc - Rue Carpay, 22 - 4020 Liege
Churchill - Rue du Mouton blanc, 20 - 4000 Liege
Sauvenière - Place Xavier Neujean - 4000 Liege
Reductions possible
Tel: 04/222 27 78

» Mons:
Plaza Art - Rue de Nimy 12 - 7000 Mons
Tel : 065/351 544

» Namur:
Cameo 2 - 49, rue des Carmes - 5000 Namur
Tel: 081/22 26 19

» Ghent:
Cinema Sphinx - Sint-Michielshelling 3 - 9000 Ghent
org. Laluna vzw, Sphinx
Tel: 09/225 60 86
PRESS handy info
» Accreditation: For all accreditation queries, please contact Noémie Meert (
Your accreditation badge will be available from 7:00 pm 17 th February at the festival welcome desk, at the
Flagey centre entrance.
» Screening room: Throughout the festival, a special space equipped with screening material is reserved
for journalists and guests to look at all the films received this year.

» Materiel: The press CD contains:
- this kit
- photos of each film
- full biographies of all guests
- a PDF version of the programme
- an hour by hour, day by day programme schedule
- the decentralization programme
- details of the workshops for kids
- handy info
Press docs (press releases, kits, illustrations) can also be found on the Press page of the website:

» Guest interviews: You will find attached a list of guests attending the festival. This list will be added to
as the date approaches. Please contact Noémie Meert ( or 02/534.41.25) for all
interview requests.

Press Contacts:

» Noémie Meert
Tel: 02/534.41.25

» Barbara Van Lombeek
Tel: 0486/54.64.80

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