international competition for animation, experimental film and digital media art



   film list of animation avantgarde DVD 01

aanaatt

Stop-Motion, DE 2008, 5 min, HD
director: Max Hattler
label: W+K Tokyo Lab

Reflections, displacements, projections: This contribution to the competition by media and AV-artist Max Hattler is a delightful comedy of errors situated somewhere between abstraction and realism, between constructivist design and the manual-analogue creation of space. A retro-futuristic work of art, fi rmly grounded by the Japanese electronic music artist Jemapur.

Born 1976 in Ulm, Hattler studied animation at the Royal College of Art in London, he tours Europe with his live visuals, teaches animation and creates (Music-) Videos. Hattler lives in London and Germany.
the da vinci time code

Animated Painting / digital photography
DE 2009, 3 min
director: Gil Alkabetz


Although the title might lead one to expect something else, The Da Vinci Time Code is exemplary for an avant-garde approach to animated fi lms in which – contrary to a cinematographic tradition –the artistic picture and, in this case, its spatio-temporal reorganisation gains centre stage, with an entertaining manner to boot.

Born 1957 in Israel. He studied Graphic Design in Jerusalem, since 1985 he has been a freelance animation artist, illustrator and lecturer at various schools in IL, DE, US and CH.
dromosphäre

Experimental Animation
DE 2010, 10 min
director: Thorsten Fleisch

Speed and resistance, standstill. The Greek “dromos” stands for a footrace, conjures up images of maths and physical experiments. Thorsten Fleisch moves between the poles of natural science and its artistic realization, completely digital and analogue at the same time. A film like a sculpture of speed, like a meditation on the topic itself.

Born in Koblenz, Germany in 1972, he studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt with Peter Kubelka. He now lives and works in Berlin.
/… flüssiges papier

Stop-Motion/Cut-Out
DE 2009, 4 min
director: Michel Klöfkorn


This film is a remarkable manifestation of the passion for experimentation: three and a half minutes of art and photo book pages fl uttering and turning like a frantic flip book. Headlines flash past too fast to register. Forms occasionally emerge from the flurry of leaves, a hand, a bird. The message? Perhaps just the medium itself.

Born 1967 in Cuxhaven, Klöfkorn studied painting, drawing and film at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach, since 1997 he works mostly as an animatior and music video director.
in a pig's eye

Drawn Animation
JP 2010, 10 min
director: Atsushi Wada


There is a pig in front of the house. There are people in the house. Everyone knows about the pig, and the pig is aware of everyone, but none of them knows how and to what extent everyone else or the pig knows about each other. Drawn with mechanical pencil, the animation delivers a unique sense of image that utilizes the texture of the paper and the heterogeneity of lines.

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, 1980, Wada studied visual image at various schools, as the Tokyo University of the Arts. He started producing animation works on his own since 2002, which are shown worldwide on festivals.
love & theft

Drawn Animation
DE 2009, 7 min
director: Andreas Hykade


This is the first time that Andreas Hykade, from the Stuttgart animation studio „Film Bilder“, doesn’t devote himself to autobiographical material – instead he kind of experimentally examines the stylistics of cartoons. The most diverse “characters” of the history of animated cinema and his own pen become interwoven in a musical iconoclasm. Unique.

Born 1968 in Altötting, Hykade studied at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and from 1992 to 1995 at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where he is now teaching Animation. Since 1995 he is working as a freelance animation filmmaker.
mystery music

Drawn Animation
AT 2009, 5 min
director: Nicolas Mahler


The idea of “visual music” receives an ironic response in this animation by Nicolas Mahler, where the “sounds” of various musical instruments flow across the screen in the shape of thick sausages. The acoustic completion of the wonderfully “unagitated” image narrative with experimental electronic sounds adds an additional level of humour to the work.

Born 1969 in Vienna. Nicolas Mahler works as an illustrator, he published over 25 books that were distributed worldwide. His drawings are being published in many newspapers, and his animations are shown at numerous festivals worldwide.
n.a.s.a. - a volta

Digital 3-D Animation
USA 2009, 4 min
director: Alexei Tylevich


Violent, pornographical, freakish: a weird underworld drug story, randomly captured on tape by a choppy and rarely focussed camera. A Volta is one of the latest music videos of the HipHop project N.A.S.A. (“North America South America”) by Spike Jonze’s brother Sam Spiegel and Ze Gonzales.

Born 1972 in Minsk. Tylevich studied at the Minneapolis College of Art. He is a Co- Founder and Creative Director of Logan, a design and production company based in Venice, California. He also created the trailer for the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies”.
nice day for a picnic

Drawn Animation
BE 2008, 4 min
director: Monica Gallab


The life of a man in today’s world: work, meetings, running over hot coals, impressing women, ripping off one’s clothes and being peeled. In Monica Gallab’s surreal short fi lm these procedures are attached to one another in bizarre loops, yet the individual scenes never seem totally absurd. At the end is the pipe-dream of a beautiful day – picnic included, of course.

Born 1983 in London. Monica Gallab studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, later at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth. Since 2009 she works as a freelance animator.
planet a

Time lapse photography, digital 3D animation
FR 2008, 8 min
director: Momoko Seto


An isolated world, strange deserts of white crystals and water that seemingly moves away of its own accord. An aesthetic, near-surreal commentary by the media artist Momoko Seto on the ecological destruction of astoundingly beautiful regions whose phantasmagorical reality threatens to disappear for good.

Born in 1980 in Tokyo. Seto studyied at the Fine Arts College in Marseille and Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts. She began making short fiction and documentary films for the National Centre of Scientific Research. Her films have been selected at numerous film festivals.
sinchronizacija

Digital Animation, realtime video
Lithuania 2009, 8 min
director: Rimas Sakalauskas


In a separate reality, buildings from the Soviet era get a life of their own in a dream-like fashion. The objects, places and slow pace was selected for making those shots monumental and suggestive. The film is designed by the principle of associations - the birth of a surprise, or just logically impossible sight.

Born 1985 in Vilnius. 2009 Sakalauskas achieved Bachelor of Audiovisual Art in Vilnius Academy of Arts, State university. Since then he is an active video artist.
stuck in a groove

digital photography of printed paper objects
AT 2010, 4 min
director: Clemens Kogler

With the aid of a tool called Phonovideo, which consists of a turntable, video mixers and pressed vinyl, Clemens Kogler animates images of the individuals named above in realtime, while at the same time a male narrator’s voice goes through the effects of the idea of eternal return on the soundtrack.

Born 1980 in Steyr, Clemens studied at the Kunstuniversität Linz, and worked in an ad agency and for television. He started working as a graphic designer which influenced also his animation work, which is shown on festivals all over the world.
five years older: the city

Digital Animation / Morphing
CH 2010, 4 min
Director: Dirk Koy


The song The City by the Swiss electropop band Five Years Older describes the process of a commuter becoming acquainted with an unknown city, adapting to its rhythm, until he is completely absorbed by it.

Born 1977 in Basel. Dirk Koy studied visual communication at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel from 1998 to 2001. He founded “Equipo, Büro für visuelle Kommunikation” in 2007. D irk Koy is a research fellow at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel since 2007.
ink eraser

Rotoscopy
AT 2009, 5 min
director: Veronika Schubert


An analytical and entertaining look at verbal cliches of German language crime series. When similar situations collide with one another, they tend to take each other ad absurdum, which leads to extremely humorous end results. For this film Veronika Schubert animated about 3.000 pieces of paper covered in drawings and partially erased sketches.

Born in Bregenz in 1981, Veronika Schubert studied Experimental Visual Design at the Kunstuniversitat Linz. She began working for the Austrian National Library in 2009, lives in Vienna and works as a visual artist.
teat beat of sex (1-3)

Drawn Animation
USA 2007-2009, 4 min
Director: Signe Baumane


Signe Baumane doesn’t mince words when it comes to sexual experiences. In this first episode of a ten part series she gets to the bottom of the question of the size of the male sex organ without inhibition and in a very direct and entertaining manner. In the second Episode we meet Cynthia again, effectively the alter ego of the artist. This time she explains why women should ware panties at all times. “Short, intense and leaving you wanting more” – what else?!

Born 1964 in Auce. Signe Baumane grew up in Moscow. She graduated in Philosophy. She is a 2005 Fellow in Film of the New York Foundation for the Arts and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.
international competition
enter your films at www.viennashorts.com

animation avantgarde is an international competition programme during VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts (www.viennasshorts.com) with a unique profile:
First of all, we concentrate on 'innovative' works, but we search for them not only among the classical avant-gardefilm styled works, but we try to be open to all genres and strategies: our selection includes abstract, expressive, surreal, sweet, funny, narrative, cartoony, material films, etc. etc. This openness is a very important aspect. Secondly, our international competition programme is unique, because it is not limited to animation (to define 'single frame' - filmmaking has become anyway almost impossible today), but we also include experimental film or digital media art of any type.

DVD 01
With the festival 2012 we have started our DVD edition, a 'best of collection' from the competition programmes 2010 & 2011. Also here we have tried to offer a nice mix of very different works, actually we are in the process of building up a distribution network. The DVD can be ordered from: ASIFA Austria (starting in september 2012), Filmarchive Austria shop, British Animation Awards shop, and soon at German Short Film Agency.
website - archive and reflection
In order to support independent and innovative artistic positions, this website will present all films ever screened during animation avantgarde competitions and will offer images, technical data, descriptions, links to online viewing possibilities (in case the filmmaker agrees), and - most important: critical writing, analysis and discussion. We invite interested writers to contribute with their articles.
statement pierre hèbert (CAN)

Famous Canadian filmmaker and key-figure for experimental animation and live-visuals Pierre Hebért had been jury member in 2011 and wrote this comment:


""I think it is of international importance that the ANIMATION AVANTGARDE program exists with such a strong and clear programming bias. This is not usual. Fortunately, there are now a number of festivals that give a fair share to “avant-garde”, or “experimental” or “non-narrative” animation, but I don't think there is any other that specializes in “non-main stream animation” like ANIMATION AVANTGARDE at VIS does.

I see it as very positive that the ANIMATION AVANTGARDE programs are part of a wider short film festival where experimental film making seems to have a fair share. This is a personal dada but I never see it as positive when animation tries to remain enclosed in a world of its own. It inevitably leads to compromises with mainstream animation and with the tyranny of comedy and laughter. I think it is much better when it reaches across boundaries and especially when it keeps a creative connection with non-animation experimental and creative film-making as with the various contemporary practices in the visual arts."

Pierre Hébert, Montréal, June 2011



































































































international competition
enter your films at www.viennashorts.com

animation avantgarde is an international competition programme during VIS - Vienna Independent Shorts (www.viennasshorts.com) with a unique profile:
First of all, we concentrate on 'innovative' works, but we search for them not only among the classical avant-gardefilm styled works, but we try to be open to all genres and strategies: our selection includes abstract, expressive, surreal, sweet, funny, narrative, cartoony, material films, etc. etc. This openness is a very important aspect. Secondly, our international competition programme is unique, because it is not limited to animation (to define 'single frame' - filmmaking has become anyway almost impossible today), but we also include experimental film or digital media art of any type.

DVD 01
With the festival 2012 we have started our DVD edition, a 'best of collection' from the competition programmes 2010 & 2011. Also here we have tried to offer a nice mix of very different works, actually we are in the process of building up a distribution network. The DVD can be ordered from: ASIFA Austria (starting in september 2012), Filmarchive Austria shop, British Animation Awards shop, and soon at German Short Film Agency.
website - archive and reflection
In order to support independent and innovative artistic positions, this website will present all films ever screened during animation avantgarde competitions and will offer images, technical data, descriptions, links to online viewing possibilities (in case the filmmaker agrees), and - most important: critical writing, analysis and discussion. We invite interested writers to contribute with their articles.
statement pierre hèbert (CAN)

Famous Canadian filmmaker and key-figure for experimental animation and live-visuals Pierre Hebért had been jury member in 2011 and wrote this comment:


""I think it is of international importance that the ANIMATION AVANTGARDE program exists with such a strong and clear programming bias. This is not usual. Fortunately, there are now a number of festivals that give a fair share to “avant-garde”, or “experimental” or “non-narrative” animation, but I don't think there is any other that specializes in “non-main stream animation” like ANIMATION AVANTGARDE at VIS does.

I see it as very positive that the ANIMATION AVANTGARDE programs are part of a wider short film festival where experimental film making seems to have a fair share. This is a personal dada but I never see it as positive when animation tries to remain enclosed in a world of its own. It inevitably leads to compromises with mainstream animation and with the tyranny of comedy and laughter. I think it is much better when it reaches across boundaries and especially when it keeps a creative connection with non-animation experimental and creative film-making as with the various contemporary practices in the visual arts."

Pierre Hébert, Montréal, June 2011