The Argentina’s International Animation Festival that’s heading to be a world-wide reference closed its third edition on Saturday November 28th, having hosted excellent conferences, national and international animations screenings, new official competition’s winners, 150 business meetings between producers, distributors and buyers, new links with Europe and Canada thanks to Cartoon Connection, workshops and many open doors for 2010 to be a year of growth for Animation in Argentina and Latin America.
Later that night, at Expotoons’ opening cocktail celebrated at Puerto Madero’s El Clan, Rosanna Manfredi, Managing Director, thanked the support from INCAA, the Film Market Ventana Sur, and the ExportAR Foundation, co-organizer of the Animation Market. Manfredi showed special gratitude to the Embassy of Korea, the Korean Cultural Center and KoCCA, who made possible for Korea to be Guest Country at this Festival’s third edition. She also thanked AACA (Argentinean Animation Film Association), CARTOON (European Animation Film Association), the Embassies of Canada, France, USA, Brazil and Mexico, the sponsors and the Encuadre’s organizing team, for making Expotoons possible.
OFFICIAL COMPETITION 2009. Over 450 entries were submitted from Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, among others. The pre-selection was in the hands of AACA (ASIFA Argentina).
"Mullewapp – Friends forever" (GERMANY / ITALY / FRANCE) - Feature film 1st. Place “Boogie, the oily one” (ARGENTINA) – Feature film 2nd. Place
"The Master of the Sopas" / "Carretilla" (ARGENTINA) - Advertising 1st. Place
“Oggy and the Cockroaches” (FRANCE) - TV Series 1st. Place “Life's a zoo” (CANADA) – TV Series 2nd. Place
“Lost and found” (UNITED KINGDOM) - Short film 1st. Place “The way to heaven” (CHINA) – Short film 2nd. Place
“A sheep on the roof” (FRANCE) - Graduation Short 1st. Place “Mobitel Mania” (CROATIA) – Graduation short 2nd. Place
“Dr. W” (SPAIN) - Premio Autodesk Serie de TV
Along with other winners from Brazil, Poland and Canada.
The AWARD CEREMONY for the Official Competition took place on Friday 27th, at the Sheraton Libertador Hotel’s Grand Bourg Lounge. It was conducted by radio star Sebastian De Caro. Expotoons and INCAA's authorities were there as well as international guests to congratulate de winners. It was a fun night, full of the magic of animation, honored by national and international agents and personalities, including representatives from Embassies, companies and artists from Europe, Asia and America.
Liliana Mazure, president of Argentinean INCAA, who has supported Expotoons from its very beginning, held:
"It’s truly rewarding to see what can be achieved once you combine private endeavor with institutional work. My congratulations to the whole team for their work, for having made of Expotoons a wonderful reality that we get to see today, for having gathered excellent people, for the awards, and for what we are able to watch on the screens this week”.
he Official Jury was comprised of Jean Thoren (Animation Magazine), Carlos Loiseau (Caloi en su Tinta), Walter Sequeira (Artear), René Chénier (National Film Board, Canadá), Joaquín Mollá (La Comunidad), Liliana Romero (Tomavirtual), Andrés Perdiguero (Nickelodeon), Santiago Keller Sarmiento (Latinspots), Víctor Herrera (Autodesk), Gustavo Cova (Illusion Studios), Jorge R. Martínez (AdLatina), Mariano Suárez Battán (Three Melons) y Gonzalo Aspiri (Hook Up Animation)
On four days of festivals, there were screened -at Hoyts Abasto Cinemas and Sheraton Libertador Hotel- programmes of animated feature films and shorts from all over the world, including the Selection 2009 and special shows, and the FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS, a program with selected material from the main animation events: Annecy (France), PISAF (Puchon International Student Animation Festival, Korea), Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) and Future Film Festival (Italy).
About a hundred European and Latin American animation professionals met to discuss co-production, funding, public and private TV, animation politics, multi-platform approaches, broadcasting, acquisitions and mutual understanding of both regions. A total of 16 on-going animation projects from producers from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, El Salvador and Ecuador were pitched in front of the European committee.
Some of the European speakers were: Julien Borde - France Televisions, Marc Bonny - Gebeka Films (France), Tom Van Waveren - Cake Entertainment (Uk), Josh Scherba- Dhx Media (Canada), Christian Davin, Gaumont (France), Frank Dietz, Super Rtl - Rtl Disney Fernsehen (Germany), among others.
Encuadre was one of the companies standing for Latin America, and giving an overview on funding, revenues and co-production in the region, sharing the table with international companies.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it successfully took place the “2nd. International Round of Animation negotiations”, organized with ExportAR Foundation within the framework of Expotoons Festival. There were held over 150 meetings between producers, buyers and distributors from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Some of the international buyers were TVN (Chile), Nickelodeon Latin America, Kandor Graphics (Spain), Perro Blanco (USA), RAI Fiction (Italy), SAMG Animation (Korea).
The Korean Culture Center for Latin America and KOCCA - Korean Cultural Contents Agency-, offered exclusive screenings, with the best of Korean animation, they presented an official booth and brilliant conferences: “The giant of Asian animation” (Korean Animation Producers Association) and “Co-production Korea/Latin America” (Samg Animation Co.).
We hope Expotoons to serve as an opportunity to promote Korean animations in Latin America and to learn more about the animation industry of this continent”.
(HYEEUN LEE. - KOCCA)
Once more, the Expotoons’ CONFERENCES programme was one of the most gathering activities:
WALT DISNEY Animation Studiossent Mark Henn, Supervising Animator for THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, the film that brings back Disney Studio’s magic of hand-drawn animation. The old Disney schooled animator talked about character animation and design, challenges, technology and working method, and showed images of his work on paper to a delighted audience. He let know that 2 other hand-drawn productions are in consideration, and celebrated the Disney/Pixar executives’ decision to recover the valuable legacy of hand-drawn animation. Among the audience, were icons of the field, such as animation director Manuel García Ferré.
In front of a full audience, Víctor Herrera Dávila and Diego Padovani from AUTODESK interviewed Gonzalo Rueda, Technology Director of ILION ANIMATION STUDIOS, live from Spain, to talk about PLANET 51, the CG super production made with Autodesk technology. The film was record of investment for Spanish film industry (U$S70m). Its Latin American avant premiere opened Expotoons.
Expotoons celebrated yet another year the presence of ANNECYINTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL. Tiziana Loschi and Mickaël Marin announced the celebration of Annecy Festival’s 50° Anniversary, and the participation of Argentina as Honored Guest 2010.
Some of the other excellent lectures and presentations were made by TOON BOOM ANIMATION, the Italian broadcaster RAI; NICKELODEON Latin America; NATIONAL FILM BOARD from Canada, celebrating its 70th Anniversary; Raúl García, director/writer of THE MISSING LYNX (Goya Award for Best Animated Feature 2009); the advertainment producer FIRE COLOMBIA; and AUTODESK, with live demonstrations.
An EXHIBITION FAIR gave the main companies in the media the opportunity to present and promote their products and services. Studios, technology companies, universities, organizations and other agents involved in the animation industry showed products and news to thousands of attendants.
Animation Magazine (USA), the specialized magazine that has covered for the last 22 years the business, technology and art of animation and special effects from the whole world, chose Expotoons to introduce a Spanish-written special edition. Its director Jean Thoren, also acted as juror for Expotoons’ Official Competition.
To close the event, Rosanna Manfredi, Festival’s Creator and Managing Director, and Maggie Stagnaro, Artistic Director, thanked everyone’s presence, and the support from sponsors and partners.
“The only way to build this is to work altogether. What’s essential is to get involved as a community, because we all love animation; that’s what encourages us and what will help us to keep on growing”.