KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival will kick off its ninth edition on 25 October, 2016. For six days the festival gathers over 300 of the world’s best animations in EYE in Amsterdam. Besides animated films, KLIK also presents exhibitions, workshops, talks, and live performances that spotlight the diversity and possibilities of animation. On the last day of the festival, special programs for kids are also lined up.
Heart of the festival’s program is the international competition for animated shorts. In carefully curated compilations programs, divided into several categories, KLIK presents the best animated shorts from all over the world. Over 1800 entries from 80 countries have been received and these films will now compete for the KLIK Awards.
Behind the Telescopes is a compelling film about young Lyra’s dream of becoming an astronaut, and a joint production of Lavinia Meijer and animator Aimée de Jongh. Internationally acclaimed harpist Lavinia Meijer will accompany the film Behind the Telescopes with a live performance.
Another program that joins live performance with animation is a live-narrated screening of The Idea (L’Idée), the 1932 animated film by Berthold Bartosch that charts a woman’s radical idea to go naked and the revolution it inspires. Accompanying the original film with all-new narration, Sahand Sahebdivani (Dutch Storyteller of the Year 2014) and pianist Anastasis Sarakatsanos will put this classic film in a whole new perspective. This program is is presented in collaboration with the International Storytelling Festival Amsterdam.
With this year’s theme of ‘The World We Live In’, KLIK invites festival goers to take a closer look at the world around them through a selection of short-film programs, feature-length movies and installations.
Visitors can go for a journey through awe-inspiring animated landscapes, and acinematic bike ride through North Amsterdam. KLIK also presents a selection of recent feature films — The Red Turtle, Eden’s Edge, Louise by the Shore, and The Girl Without Hands — that tell their stories through breathtaking landscapes. The festival also put together the special exhibition |re|Framing Utopia, in which an international selection of artists investigate our shifting perceptions of and involvement in nature including David OReilly and José Miguel Biscaya.
Having worked on shows like Ping Pong, Space Dandy, the short Kick-Heart, and the Adventure Time episode ‘Food Chain’, background director Aymeric Kevin will share his processes, discuss the background industry’s unspoken heroes, and a few concepts on what he believes makes backgrounds memorable.
Internationally acclaimed writer and director Piet Kroon, know for his work on Shrek and Despicable Me, will give a presentation on how a story is developed for a feature-length animated film. Sharing sequences from Shrek 2, Kroon will talk about how ideas are formed and developed and how they find their final form in what is often a process of trial and error.
Producer Mariano Melman will discuss a production approach to storytelling in virtual reality, specifically based on his experience on Nexus’ new 360° VR film project Rain or Shine. In his presentation Melman will focus on scheduling, the creative process and the kind of animation used to produce a film for this exciting new technology.
Single-screening ticket: €10 (available online and at the EYE box office)
KLIK Day Pass: €30 (on Sunday €20)
KLIK Kids Day Pass on Sunday: €15
KLIK Unlimited Pass: €75