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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 […]

Felix The Cat – Colin Cowles on LIAF’s 2010 Programme

Felix The Cat

Ninety years after our little metamorphic friend was created he still keeps on walking and, despite various attempts to re-create him with colour and sound, the original cartoons, with their flat perspective and at times crude animation, has never been surpassed.

Why not? Because they are inventive and demand attention. They capitalise on the visual image […]

Animose and Russian Animation – Irina Goundortseva

Image credit: Maria Muat

The history of Russian puppet animation dates back to the 1900s when a bored public servant named Vladislav Starevich decided to take his amateur hobby of entomology a step further.

Using his extensive bug collection he dived into filmmaking. His first five-minute film “Wonderful Lukanida or the Battle of the Whiskered Versus the Horned” premiered in […]

A Brief History of Swiss Animation by Rolf Baechler (Rolf Baechler’s Introduction to LIAF 2008 Country of Focus; Switzerland)

Image credit: ‘Animatou’ (R Andreani, C Barras, D Delachaux-Lambert, G Schwizgebel & C Luyet, 2007)

To commemorate its 20th anniversary in 1988, the Swiss Animated Film Group (ASIFA Switzerland) published a book, treating historical and contemporary aspects of the animated Swiss cinema. Roland Cosandey, film historian, animation scholar and author of many publications on Swiss animation, opened the anthology with a provocative statement:
“There is no such thing as a Swiss […]