The 17th Holland Animation Film Festival have unveiled their 2014 programme!
Eleven films have been selected for the international competition feature films, from romantic comedy and road movie to a documentary including:
Is the Man Who is Tall Happy by Michel Gondry is an animated conversation with the famous linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky. In almost entirely hand-drawn animation Gondry illustrates Chomsky’s words or rather, what he thinks Chomsky means. Fascinating, intelligent, not just for Chomsky fans.
Asphalt Watches van Seth Scriver en Shayne Ehman is a true story. A feature-length animation based on a real-life hitchhiking trip taken by the two filmmakers, Asphalt Watches details the hilarious and harrowing journey of Bucktooth Cloud and Skeleton Hat as they travel eastward across Canada in the summer of 2000.
Mait Laas from Estonia made a musical in stop motion: Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story. Maroc is the brave hero-type, bound by prejudice and poverty. Lisa is the daughter of a rich businessman and tomato plantation owner. The harshness of the life of a refugee (Maroc) is in sharp contrast to the playful details and the cheerful fruit animation.
The complete list of selected features can be found here.
A royal collection of 49 films have been selected from all parts of the world with a fantastic range of narrative and superb visualisations including 16 non-narrative films. A few great examples are:
•Canis (Anna Solanis en Marc Riba): disquieting horror in black and white animation featuring Teo, who survives isolated in a house constantly besieged by a horde of stray dogs.
•I Love Hooligans (Jan-Dirk Bouw): in this documentary we enter the world of a homosexual hooligan. Football is what he lives for. His sexual orientation is a well-kept secret and his love life had been relegated to the margin.
•Subconscious Password (Chris Landreth): a common social gaffe – forgetting somebody’s name – is the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious of Charles. Instant hit on several international festivals.
The complete list of selected shorts can be found here.
17th Holland Animation Film Festival
19-23 March 2014 in Utrecht