Poznań int'l festival to screen over 300 animated films
More than 300 animated films from around the world will be available to viewers at Poznań (western Poland)'s Animator international film festival, which starts on July 5. Celebrated British animator Tim Allen will be the festival's special guest.
According to the event's organisers, Animator is Poland's biggest film festival dedicated to animation. The 12th edition of the festival will feature competition screenings as well as retrospectives, thematic reviews and premieres.
Festival spokesperson Olga Sokal announced that 44 short films will compete in this year's Golden Pegasus competition - Animator's most important prize. The entrants have been selected from over a thousand applications sent in from 64 countries including Costa Rica, Cuba, Kuwait, Macau and Martinique. The final, 45th, film will be chosen by the public during special screenings preceding the festival. The winning short film will be awarded PLN 45,000 (EUR 10,577).
Olga Sokal also highlighted that this year's special guest, British animator Tim Allen, has worked among other projects on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Nick Park's Shaun the Sheep and Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.
Each edition of the festival presents over 300 films from around the world and gathers lovers of animation from all over the country.
"For several day, Poznan will again become the world capital of animation," the city's deputy mayor, Jerzej Solarski, declared. "Animator is a qualifying festival for the Oscars so no one is surprised at the great interest in the event - last year 14,000 people passed through. We're very proud of it."
Animator will also feature concerts, workshops and an extensive programme for the youngest viewers. The festival will run until July 11.