The Festival of Film Animation will have its festival echoes in Granada, Spain. On Wednesday 11 th of April, the Spanish audience will be presented with compilation of ten videos from Other Visions competition, "Caution! Freshly animated". On Thursday, there will be screening of Re-edits, series of appropriations that recycle, update and deconstruct the image of already existing films or other visual works.
PAF 2011 by Andy Fehu
The official documentary of PAF 10th year, 8–11 December 2011
PAF Thursday – Matěj Al Ali and Tomáš Moravec's vernissage of the Competition: Other Visions project, the premiere of Dan Gregor and Tomáš Dvořák's Archifon, Richard Loskot's installation, Anna Balážová and Katarína Hládeková's vernissage, Martin Fafejta's relationships and roles, lowii concert and many others.
The physiologist Jan Mareš will analyse flicker film and his great-aunt's home cinema will be introduced by the theoretician Martina Pachmanová on Saturday. There will be also the concert of Kangding Ray, Martin Kohout's Linear Manual, Martina Pavlátová, Archifon in the chapel, audio-visual performance Stocznia, night stroboscopic noise and 20 more programme items.
Rotoscopic PAF 2011 JINGLE created by Tereza Sochorová, Jan Žalio anf Filip Cenek (Fiume Std)
Scholar Martina Pachmanová will in her lecture introduce the home cinema of Milada Marešová from the 1920s. Coincidentally, the nephew of Mrs. Marešová will be present at PAF - doc. MUDr. Jan Mareš, CSc., head of the Department of Normal, Pathological and Clinical Physiology at the Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, who will in the lecture on flicker films by Paul Sharits talk about the physiognomy of sight.
PAF actively supports also laureate activity and Václav Stratil's Award intended for artists over 35 years old. This year's finalists are Milena Dopitová, Dalibor Chatrný, Krištof Kintera, Jan Merta, Viktor Pivovarov and Tomáš Vaněk. The activity "Artist Has Sense" originated in 2007 from the need to highlight artists worthy of being authorities for the young generation and who deserves respect. After Jiří Kovanda, Vladimír Skrepl, ADriena Šimotová, and the artistic duo Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, the fifth guarantor of the award is Václav Stratil.
The on-line accreditation for the tenth year of the Festival of Film Animation is opened from the 1st of November to the 2nd of December (together with the possibility of credit transfer). After this date you can make your accreditation at spot – in the Art Centre of Palacký University (Konvikt) from Thursday, 8th of December 2011.
Thanks to its pleasant visual appeal, traditional narrative animation can easily confuse the audience through its appearance because at first sight it might seem to be light-headed children's amusement. Similarly the term "gender" in the Czech environment is often distortedly presented as some kind of alien bogey.
Tomáš Dvořák (Floex) and Dan Gregor (Initi) have published detailed documentation of theirarchitectonic musical instrument Archifon I., interactive installation made for the Olomouc Baroquede-baptized chapel, that was presented in December at PAF.
A short playful video entitled ROTOPIFPAF made by means of rotoscoping technique originated as a result of an intensive PAF 2011workshop. Under supervision of animators Martin Búřil and Matúš Vizár, the group of registered participants used individual fragments of live action (both already existing sequences, e.g. from Matrix and visual production of WWW musical formation, and their own recordings) and successively redrew into animation.
The curatorial Other Visions competition that oriented towards mapping audio-visual production in the Czech context, has announced this year's winners. Pavel Ryška, this year's curator, selected 10 films to be screened at the festival out of the 46 that were registered. The international jury consisting of Bob Sabiston, Iván Forgács and Birgitt Wagner gave the award to Alexandra Moralesová for her audio-visual work Skin (2011) and she thus becomes the first female award winner in the five year history of the competition.
PAF Friday – lectures and screening about beauty, Snow White, Betty Boop, presentation of darkness and light of screening rooms. Two new Martin Arnold's videos will be introduced; you can also visit performance Kinéma, Tim Hecker's concert, Anthony McCalls's screening without any screen, DJ Floex and many others.
Brief invitation for each festival day. We are beginning with the last one. There will be the premiere of Zorya project (Floex and Veronika Vlková) in Olomouc. Pavel Sterec will introduce the performance entitled Evening Star, Rafani's new film about nights and darkness in Prague will be screened, Matěj Dostálek will speak about Scrooge McDuck. All installations, loops and screenings will be on. There will be a party in Vertigo Club. More information here.
The curator of the competition Other Visions 2011, Pavel Ryška, chose the final ten films to be screened and installed at PAF. In the international jury will be the American animator Bob Sabiston, representative of Austrian festival Tricky Women, Birgitt Wagner, and Hungarian artist Iván Forgács. The award will be donated by Adobe company, the Audience Award remains surprise.
During PAF will, for the very first time in the Czech Republic, perform French visual artist and musician David Lettelier aka Kangding Ray, who refers to his music as "conceptual bass music" and on his records enjoys the cooperation with Ben Frost or Alva Noto. Ray is one of the youngest in German label Rater-Noton. His show, as well as the presentation of visuals and animations he is using during concerts, will both take place on Saturday 10th of December.
The workshop of rotoscopy takes place under the leadership of Martin Búřil and Matúš Vizár. At first, participants make a short record that will serve as material for rotoscopy processing. Content of the individual film fields will be redrawn by means of graphical tablet. As a result there will be a short clip reflecting skills and style of all participants. The final form will be shown within the closing ceremony on Sunday, 11th of December 2011.
The second section of this year's PAF: Light and darkness are the essential elements of moving pictures creation. Fascination with pre-cinematographic principles of animation is reflected in image projection, light animation of interwar avant-garde and also utopian projects of the present day. The section is devoted to non-traditional animation techniques and focuses on light editing, animation of luminous objects and construction of screening premises.