Animatricks Animation Festival is held from the 27th to the 29th of April 2018, presenting the best of both finnish and international short animations. Come and sense the new waves of an art form that is getting more popular, more astonishing and more diverse each year! The animation authors create strong mood with the varied visual techniques and from different cultural perspectives. There will be animations from Europe, Americas, Middle East and Asia. Authors explore subjects like the death of a father, love over gender borders and dystychiphobia, the excess fear of accidents. Even a hangover morning as a subject gets new proportions and funny visuals. In the selection of the films, emphasis has been put on the Animatricks 2018 theme of equality.
As the opening film on Friday the 27th (another screening on Saturday the 28th) will be seen a spanish feature, Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children, directed Alberto Vázquez ja Pedro Rivero. The film is based on a graphic novel of the same name from 2006 and a short animation Birdboy by Vázquez from 2010. The film has garnered a lot of prizes, including Spain's Goya Award for Best Animated Feature and was also an Oscar contender. It is a post-apocalyptic, visually stunning and strongly allegorical description of a society and it’s deeply ingrained problems. The film will be screened in it’s original language spanish and with english subtitles. It is not suitable for children.
The festival will take place at Korjaamo Culture Factory with it’s inspiring inner courtyard milieu in the Töölö district of Helsinki. Korjaamo Culture Factory is accessible by wheelchair and in case of some thresholds, there will be a movable ramp.
The artwork and the design of the visuals of year 2018 have been made by Támara Aalto.
The Honorable Festival Jury of Animatricks 2018 takes again on the challenge of selecting the most interesting short animation from tens of worthy candidates! Our Jury comprises of visual professionals whom all are connected with the interest to story.
Technical execution alone won't be enough but the short animation should have heart, skill and above all, expression that is characteristic to the art form of animation.
The Jury is:
Marika Maijala, born 1974, is an award-winning Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children's book author. She has illustrated children's books for all the main publishers in Finland and books with her illustrations have been published also in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden and France among others. She has created two children's book series with writer Juha Virta and will be giving out her debut picture book as author this year. Maijala was awarded Rudolf Koivu prize for the best Finnish children's book illustration in 2009 and she has been nominated for Finlandia Junior prize in 2008 and 2012. 2017 and 2018 she was chosen as one of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award -candidates of Finland. Maijala currently works in the Artists' House on the island of Harakka in Helsinki.
Scott Liedtka has worked in VFX and animation for twenty years doing lots of different things including working on movies from Smurfs to Ted. He moved from Oakland to Helsinki 4 years ago to join the animation studio at Rovio and is very happy he did so.
A director working across animation and live-action, Leevi has directed short films, television series and music videos for international clients. His work has screened internationally in live venues including the Royal Festival Hall London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, at film festivals including Annecy, Sitges and Toronto (Kids), and been broadcast by MTV, Sky 3D, YLE and RTÉ among others. His previous animated film Papa's Boy was distributed in Finnish cinemas by Nordisk, on Nintendo Video, iTunes and around the world at film festivals. A graduate of the UK's prestigious National Film & Television School, Leevi's graduation film Mad World was nominated for a Royal Television Society award. Leevi recently directed the television series Harry & Bip, which was based on the short film The Red Herring. It has been picked up by YLE, RTEjr, Disney CMEA and others. The Red Herring was also released as a children's book in Finland.
Animatricks is the biggest animation film festival in Finland. The festival’s mission is to provide the Finnish and international audiences annually an interesting selection of the most interesting animated films, and to promote and strengthen the position and awareness of animation as an art field and industry in Finland. The festival works also as a meeting place for the animation professionals, students and fans.