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Zagreb Film Tribute – by Malcolm Turner

Satemania – Zdenko Gasparovic

In the years following WWII, Yugoslavian animation companies of various sizes had been struggling along working in isolation. By the early 1950’s, organizations such as Duga Film, Zora Film and Nastavni Film had reached the end of their respective roads.

Although their output of work was unspectacular creatively, they had provided a first-start for a generation […]

‘The Bug Trainer’ – Ladislas Starewicz, The Pioneer of Puppet Animation – Nag Vladermersky

The Bug Trainer

Ladislas Starewicz (1882-1965), Europe’s answer to Disney and a pioneer of puppet animation, is one of the most forgotten film geniuses. ‘The Bug Trainer’, an amazing 53-minute feature, directed by Rasa Miskinyte explores Starewicz’s creative ideas and concepts of his work, along with opinions from film critics and other animation directors to help us understand […]

Scratch Animation – by Steven Woloshen

Steven Woloshen

To help us explore this technique, we invited one of the best living ‘direct’ animators, Canada’s Steven Woloshen, to be our guest at LIAF 2010. Steven hosted a sell-out two day Masterclass and Workshop where he demonstrated to participants the skills required to make their own animation.

When I was 12 years old, my little suburb […]

Sand Animation – Nag Vladermersky’s Introduction to LIAF 2009 Technique Focus

Sand animation? Literally creating animated films one frame at a time by manipulating images with sand – or coloured salt, coffee or a range of other powders. Each year LIAF takes a look at a particular way of creating animated films and this year’s ‘TECHNIQUE FOCUS’ has its origins in a major festival of sand […]

New Croatian Cinema – Malcolm Turner on LIAF 2009 Programme

Croatia has an enviable record in the world of creative animation. But the production of animated film there follows the travails of the extraordinary political history of the region. The mid 1950’s through the 1960’s were roundly regarded as animating golden age in Croatia and some of the finest films from that era are featured […]

Jonathan Hodgson by Nag Vladermersky

London based animation director Jonathan Hodgson has been making award winning animated films since the early 1980s and is probably best known for his BAFTA winning adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s poem ‘The Man with the Beautiful Eyes’. As well as making short films he has made a name for himself as a commercials director and […]