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TUESDAY, MAY 09 2017, - THURSDAY, MAY 11 2017

Animated Spirits: New Animation from Europe - Short Film Festival returns for its third year with the most exciting, recent animations from the Old Continent. The third edition includes highlights of the past 2 years from all over the countries of the European Union, panel discussions and talks with gurus of contemporary animation from both sides of the Atlantic and networking events to meet fellow animation enthusiasts. Emphasizing the new, the exciting and the unconventional, while finding the space to reflect on the continuing potential of the traditional techniques, Animated Spirits gives a carefully curated program, selecting from the cream of European animation illustrating the spirit of experimentation and creativity and discovering the boundaries of the genre. Curated by Anna Ida Orosz (HU), animation historian and lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and co-founder of Primanima Short Film Festival; and Holger Lang (AT) Vienna-based animation artist, filmmaker, producer and teacher, board member of ASIFA Austria.

Watch the trailer >> here

All screenings are free and open to the public. The selections feature shorts exclusively for mature audiences.

Schedule at a glance:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7.30 pm 
Austrian Cultural Forum New York
(11 Est 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022)
Borderland Surveyors - curated by Holger Lang
Screening approximately 90 minutes
Panel discussion: Holger Lang (AT) Vienna based animation artist, filmmaker, producer and teacher, board member of ASIFA Austria in discussion with Ted Wiggin (US) New York based filmmaker
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8 pm
Guest screening at Animation Nights New York (180 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038)
Into the Wildernesscurated by Anna Ida Orosz 
approximately 90 minutes
Panel discussion: Animation Nights New York Founder and Executive Director Yvonne Grzenkowicz (US) in conversation with József Fülöp DLA (HU), President of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest and former head of the animation department of the university.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall
 (321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021)
New Talents - by the Visegrad Animation Forum 
approximately 90 minutes
Panel discussion: József Fülöp DLA (HU) President of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) in conversation with Amid Amidi (US), founder and publisher of Cartoon Brew, Holger Lang (AT), Vienna-based animation artist and teacher and Ted Wiggin (US), animator, teacher at Parsons and Rhode Island School of Design.
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Borderland Surveyors on the first night explores the new, the unseen and the non-existent in contemporary animation. “Artistic animation has grown up and is not doomed anymore to vegetate at the fringes of the motion media universe. Boundaries and definitions are vanishing and artistic ideas are moving into the center of attention instead,” says Holger Lang (AT) curator of the program to be screened on May 9 at the Austrian Cultural Forum.

The second night May 10th, curated by Anna Ida Orosz, will feature a guest screening at the Animation Nights New York program series and will navigate us Into the Wilderness in physical and spiritual dimensions with utterly bizarre, surreal, moving and striking works of art.

The selection of Anna Ida Orosz to be screened at the Bohemian National Hall on the third night, May 11th, will have a special focus on students’ films from the last 10 years. Most European artistic animations are produced at various educational institutions and universities and often premiere and win awards at A-list film festivals like Cannes, the Berlinale or the Annecy Int’l Film Festival. The night will be complemented with the showcase of New Talents by the Visegard Animation Forum, an association of Central and Eastern European animation professionals.

Initiated and powered by the Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center, New York in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum NY, with a special contribution by the Czech Center New York, Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) and with the participation of European Cultural Institutes in New York.

For further information on the program click >> here

Opening Night at the ACFNY:

Microscopia by Nikolaus Jantsch (Austria, 2016)

Dota by Petra Zlonoga (Croatia, 2016)

Extrapolate by Johan Rijpma (Netherlands, 2014)

When Time Moves Faster  by Anna Vasof (Austria, 2016)

letters.EHO by Aga Jarząb,& Maciek Bączyk (Poland, 2016)

Q by Milja Viita (Finland, 2016)

The Five Minute Museum by Paul Bush (UK / Switzerland, 2015)

IMG_00:01.JPG by Zane Oborenko (Latvia / Estonia, 2014)

Rhizome by Boris Labbé (France, 2015)


Black Tape by Michelle & Uri Kranot (Denmark, 2014)

Beyond by Milán Kopasz (Hungary, 2015)

Impossible Figures and other Stories 2 by Marta Pajek (Poland, 2017)

Tosse not my Soule by Sebastian Buerkner (UK / Germany, 2015)

Planemo by Veljko Popović (Croatia, 2016)