This is the first time the Festival of Film Animation publishes all programme sections of its 13th year. The key question "What is Animation?," which is being posed in the long term, is becoming the festival's subtitle. Each programme section serves as an independent answer to this question.
What is Animation:
Programme Sections PAF 2014:
The competition section of PAF aims to map out the situation concerning film and video moving images in the Czech Republic, and concentrates on forms which are on the boundaries of animation, experimental film, visual arts and video art. Every year's selection has been unique thanks to the various interests of the curators who select ten nominated works – in 2014 the selection will be made by the curator and film historian Marika Kupková. Installations, screenings, round table discussion on distribution, presentation of the competition finalists. Guests: Nicholas O'Brien (USA), Matěj Strnad etc.
PŘÍTOMNOST, POHYB, PROMĚNA / MOTION, CHANGE, PRESENCE
This programme section was prepared by the important British artist and curator Mark Fell. He selected six outstanding artists from various parts of the world who had close links to his work but had never cooperated with each other. He encouraged them to create a series of original projects intended for PAF. Besides unique audio-visual performances, thematised reawakening of space, music and animation itself, the artists will introduce themselves through their presentations. Guests: David Ferrando Giraut (ESP) / Ryoko Akama (JAP), Joe Gilmore (GBR) / Paul Emery (GBR), Rebecca Salvadori (ITA) / Lucy Railton (GBR); Curator: Mark Fell (GBR).
The history of Colombian animation may not reach far into the past but it is certainly a very compelling story, linked as it is to the rough political development of Colombia, the strong influence of the American film industry and the origin of an alternative underground culture. All these factors result in colourful and diverse creative approaches which express the seemingly hidden, but all-embracing and all pervasive, emotions, thoughts and atmosphere. The section will offer screening blocks, lectures and discussions, installations, puppet exhibition and Colombian shadow theatre (not only) for children. Guests: Cecilia Traslaviña (COL) , Jaime Cifuentes Toro (COL), Camilio Colmenares (COL), Diana Menestrey (COL); Curator: Laura Delgado (COL).
The Buenos Aires Experiment section will introduce videos and installations by artists working with the medium of film and the principles of projection. Artists and their work are not only connected by a film strip and a beam of light, but also by Buenos Aires itself, which provided its surfaces and enabled the origin of a new experimental scene that goes far beyond the screening halls. Artists from Argentina as well as America and Europe can meet in Buenos Aires. Guests: Pablo Mazzolo (ARG), Benjamin Ellenberger (ARG), Azucena Losana (MEX); Curators: Georgy Bagdasarov (ARM) and Alex Morales
APORT ANIMACE / APORT ANIMATION
This cycle presents new films, animations, audio-visual work and borderline projects that are difficult to classify. At the same time it shows the production background of freshly animated films, visualisations, used design, graphic concepts in various stages of their implementation and, among other things, it tends to make them visible. Newcomers and experienced authors with new visions will meet at PAF: animation – Pavel Ryška, Pavel Klusák and Karel Veselý; post-internet – Ways of Something, Gallery PLEVEL, Nicholas O'Brien (USA); magazines and festivals – Homo Felix, Kinečko, B16
Exhibitions, installations, performances and concerts – the latest international and Czech projects are presented at PAF. The international programme of this section will take place in several locations around Olomouc (Art Centre of Palacký University, Gallery U Mloka, Vitrina Deniska, Gallery dé, Music Theatre). Besides South American installations and exhibitions this section will also include the performative aspects of concerts. Guests: Dean Blunt (GBR), Lightning Glove, Kolektiv, Makak, Freddy Ruppert (USA/CZE), Gallery PLEVEL, Slowmotiondancer, Viktor Takáč and DJs
from October 20th till December 1st on-line, or in cash directly at the festival. More info.