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Beirut Animated 4 to kick off on Saturday

BEIRUT |, with agencies - October 16, 2015, 14h02
Image from the animated movie Tito on Ice.

The Metropolis Association, in partnership with BLC Bank, the Municipality of Beirut and the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative, and in collaboration with the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and the American University of Beirut (AUB), announced the launching of the 4th edition of Beirut Animated that will take place at Metropolis Empire Sofil between the 17th and the 22nd of October 2015.

Beirut Animated is an animation film festival organized every two years. This unique film festival aims to promote animation in Lebanon by showcasing International, Arab and Lebanese animation productions. In addition to that, the festival seeks to become a platform where professionals from Lebanon, the Arab region and the world can meet, exchange and discuss issues related to animation, its production and development.

The festival will be inaugurated at 8:30pm on October 17 with Cheatin’ by Bill Plympton, which won the Special Jury Award at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival in 2014 and was nominated for 3 Annie Awards. Bill Plympton, considered “the King of Indie animation” and the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film will be present to introduce his film to the Beiruti audience.

Comics artist and filmmaker Max Andersson and cinematographer/director Helena Ahonen will attend the festival to present Tito on Ice, which won the Best Animated Feature award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2013. During the production of this film, more than fifty different sets and infinite number of characters were constructed to form an entire parallel universe made exclusively out of wastepaper, cardboard boxes and garbage. An exhibition consisting of some of these cardboard miniature models and characters will be on display at the cinema throughout the duration of the festival.

Also screening during Beirut Animated 4, provocative animator Signe Baumane’s crazy quest for sanity as she explores her own family’s history of mental illness in Rocks in My Pockets.

The digitally restored copy of René Laloux’s mesmerizing psychedelic sci-fi animated feature film La Planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet) will screen for the first time in Beirut during the Classics Night. The film won the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.

The festival will close on October 22 with the enchanting The Boy and the World by Alê Abreu.

In addition to feature films, 27 Lebanese and Arab short films and 21 International short films selected by the festival’s artistic committee will be screened for the public.

During the festival, several parallel activities will take place:

-       A Master Class with Bill Plympton

-       A Master Class with Max Andersson

-       A Panel where local renowned animators will talk about Ten things that work and that don’t for them; confirmed speakers include award-winning filmmaker and animator Ely Dagher (Palme d’Or winner for “Waves ‘98” in Cannes Film Festival 2015) and award winning illustrator Joan Baz

-       Carte Blanche to ALBA, where a sample of the different projects of its students majoring in animation will be presented

-       Beirut Animated Portraits, a collaborative work where several local animators have drawn themselves moving to different beats, shapes and colors.

Every film in Beirut Animated 4 speaks to the heart and brings a little something more to the stories of our lives and how we imagine and tell them.

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