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.
Other Visions competition is a curatorial selection of audio visual works. It aims to appreciate and to popularize the work of professionals as well as amateurs that penetrate through artistic and film scene in an original way. Other Visions dramaturgy searches for both visually and narratively original projects on the border of arts, video art and animation. The competition is implemented within the framework of the Festival of Film Animation that however works with category of animation within much wider interpretative framework than it is usual. Any classical animation, work with manipulated image, text, sequences of feature films and record of a performance are also accepted. Thus the work with moving image of film and video in the widest possible grasp is expected.
PAF returned from Svátek bláznů and Fest Anča, Žilina and continues in summer tour through Czech and Slovak festivals. On Sunday, 24th of July, PAF appears at the 37th year of Summer Film School, Uherské Hradiště. Few-day PAF programme in Uherské Hradiště becomes a festival of contemporary Czech as well as Slovak arts of moving picture art as well as portfolio of current trends and tendencies within manipulation with moving picture in galleries and cinemas.
Pjoni & Ink Midget's album official launch party takes place on the 10th of June in Meetfactory, Prague. WWW, Napszyklad, Midi Lidi DJs perform at that party too.
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.
Topics of this year's PAF correspond with the names of individual sections: GOYS AND BIRLS IN ANIMATION, LIGHT AND DARKNESS OF LIVE ANIMATION, PAF REWIND: ROTOSCOPY, COMPETITION: OTHER VISIONS, PAF CULT, APORT ANIMATION, KONVIKT RESIDENT. More details about individual sections and graphic design will be released during following hours and days.
The last summer event will be an open air party with Café Tungsram in Ostopovice near Brno. Saturday, 10th of September, together with Table, Pjoni & Ink Midget, VJ Věra Lukášová, VJ Kolouch, open air cinema etc. The location is reachable by Brno public transport.
During June and July PAF appears in several towns participating in one-day as well as few-day events, parties, concerts, festivals: Břeclav (Piksla), Luhačovice (Vincent), Žilina (Fest Anča), Uherské Hradiště (Summer Film School) ... and for August an event with Čestmír form Brno Tungsram Café is being planned.
The Festival of Film Animation and visual arts PAF took place from the 8th to the14th of May 2011; it was so far the greatest PAF event organized abroad. Within the framework of nine programme blocks, the New York audience became familiarized with Czech audio visual production of 2000 – 2010. The programme consisted of screenings in movie theatres, concerts, audio visual performances and installations in collaboration with New York artists, galleries and movie theatres of Manhattan and Brooklyn.