The 39th Cinanima kicks off today
by Vitor Pinto
- The Espinho International Animated Film Festival is screening over 280 titles until 15 November, including the opening film, The Snow Queen 2 by Aleksey Tsitsilin
Everything is ready for the opening session of 39th Cinanima Festival tonight in the coastal town of Espinho, Portugal – the first edition since the death of its long-time director, António Gaio, last August. Up until 15 November, the selection cooked up by animation experts Catarina Sobral, Manuel Matos Barbosa, Osvaldo Medina and Vítor Lopes will see 280 movies on offer, including opening film The Snow Queen 2 by Russian director Aleksey Tsitsilin, 82 titles in competition and 14 other premieres.
Fifty-eight films made it into the international competition, among them 53 shorts and five feature-length titles. Out of these, three are European productions: Manieggs: Revenge of the Hard Egg [+see also:
film profile] by Zoltán Miklosy (Hungary), Extraordinary Tales [+see also:
film profile] by Raul Garcia (Luxembourg) and Little from the Fish Shop [+see also:
film profile] by Jan Balej (Czech Republic). The competition features are rounded off by two Colombian productions: Banido by Diego Guerra, and Sabogal by duo Sergio Mejía Forero and Juan José Lozano. The international jury includes such names as Tony Donoghue, Anabela Branco and Carlos de Carvalho.
This year, the national competition is exclusively focusing on short films: 24 productions in total, ten of which are also running for the António Gaio Award. Among them are André Ruivo’s Campo à Beira Mar, Raquel Felgueiras’ Galope and José Miguel Ribeiro’s Pastel de Nata.
The “Panorama Sessions” sidebar will focus on some of the most recent animated titles produced in the Netherlands and in Ireland, whilst also paying tribute to some of Catalonia’s most important animated shorts.
Polish animation will be in the spotlight in the “Across the Borders” section, and there will also be space for the screening of the finalists for the 2015 Cartoon d’Or.
The festival’s parallel training sessions will include conferences and workshops focused on themes such as layouts for 3D animation, perception and movement, facial expressions for animation, and storyboard construction, among other topics.