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09.09.2012

... And the Winners are...

Awards “International Competition”
Jury – Mait Laas (EE), Zhenhua Li (CN, CH), Tomas Lunak (CZ), Michaela Müller (CH, USA) und Nicole Seiler (CH)
Best Film: Oh Willy... – Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels, BE/FR/NL 2012
Jury commentary: We all agreed very quickly. We were impressed with the exceptional sense of rhythm full of twists and surprises, with the strong visuals that are coherent and reinforce the content, with the precision of the sound and with a story that touched us with it's simple and direct way of talking about the human condition. A film that convinced us as a whole.
High Risk: “Kuhina” – Joni Männisto, FI 2011
New Talent: “Belly“ – Julia Pott, GB 2011
Best Sound: “663114” – Isamu Hirabayashi, JP 20122
Best Visual: “What happens when children don't eat soup” – Pawel Prewencki, PL 2011
Best Story: “The Great Rabbit” – Atsushi Wada, FR/JP 2012
NAB-Public Award: “Chinti” – Natalia Mirzoyan, RU 2012

Awards “Swiss Competition”
Jury – Vanja Andrijevic (HR), Michal Prochazka (CZ), Tamaki Okamoto (JP/FR)
Best Swiss: “La Nuit de l'Ours” – Samuel und Fred Guillaume, CH 2012
Jury commentary: For a very creative, original and tender approach to a serious social topic and to a genre of animation documentary. The jury has also appreciated how the authors managed to make a mature, complex, touching film while using very simple animation technics.
High Swiss Risk: “Zmitzt drin” – Cecile Brun, CH 2011
Special Mention: “Chemin faisant” – Georges Schwizgebel, CH 2012
Public Award: “La Nuit de l'Ours” – Samuel und Fred Guillaume, CH 2012

Awards “Best Kids“
Best Kids: “Zing” – Kyra Buschor, Cynthia Collins, DE 2012
Children's Public Award: “Zing” – Kyra Buschor, Cynthia Collins, DE 2012

We would like to congratulate them and raise a glass to our winners!

The Best of Fantoche 2012 on Tour
After the Festival, Fantoche will be taking its “Best of” programmes on tour to a number of cities in Switzerland:
ABC Culture La Chaux-de-Fonds, Fr, 05.10.
Cinematte Bern, Mo, 8.10.
Riffraff Zürich, Fr 12.10., Sa 13.10., So 14.10.
Bourbaki Luzern, Fr 12.10., Sa 13.10., So 14.10.
Lichtspiel Bern: Kinderprogramm 13.10.
Filmpodium Biel, FR 12.10., SA 13.10.
Kultkino Basel, Fr 13.10.
Turbine Theater Langnau am Albis, Fr 23.11.

08.09.2012

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - SUNDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

Fantoche set to take a look-back and show the Public Awards and High Risk Awards from 1995 to 2011

We asked curators and filmmakers to share their thoughts about the past, present and future with us. They cover everything from tragic fates, amusing disaster scenarios and lively Utopian visions to upbeat cut-and-thrust ideas. Our experts are all individuals who have played their part in shaping the history of Fantoche, and they will continue to bring their personal touch to the Festival's future.

Public Awards from 1995 to 2011: Kino Trafo 5, Sunday, midday

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High Risk Awards from 1995 to 2011: Kino Trafo 5, Sunday, 2 p.m.

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Performances & presentations by creative young heads

bugnplay.ch – the Migros Culture Percentage presents a competition for kids

The competition for kids is aimed at all 8 to 12-year-olds with creative ideas: At bugnplay.ch you can submit animated films, games, robots, etc. The Migros Culture Percentage will be presenting the competition, and will be showcasing some of the crazy ideas and projects that have won in 2012. There will also be a new Fantoche Award up for grabs in 2013.

Kino Sterk 1, Sunday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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A big journey for our youngest visitors

A big blue bus is parked at the Festival Centre in the Merkker Areal and a great adventure awaits. An animated driver will take children aged from four to seven on a whirlwind trip around the world. While the bus rocks and jolts for just 34 minutes, it takes much longer to recover from the feeling of wonderment when the fantastic journey is over.

 

A project by Judith Nab in cooperation with Figura Theaterfestival Baden.

Only for children. No suitable seating for adults.

Festival Centre, Sunday, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m.

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Best of Fantoche – award winners' films from Fantoche 2012

Another chance to see 2012's award-winning productions!

Kino Trafo 4 and 5, 8:45 p.m.


Fantoche last chance

Make the most of the last day of the festival! We'll meet up at the Fantoche Beiz from 10 p.m. and toast our winners. It would be great if you could all join us there.

07.09.2012

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - SATURDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

Today our attention turns to the Czech Republic

What is now the Czech Republic set the benchmark in animated film from a very early stage. Building upon its pre-Second World War beginnings, the 1950s saw a rapid upsurge in puppet animation from Prague and Zlín. The fall of the Iron Curtain in the late 1980s was immediately reflected in animated film, although the medium also suffered a sudden collapse. Today's young generation is more concerned with looking towards the future.  Our “Focus Czech Republic” programme strand offers the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this pivotal chapter in the history of animation.


College of Animation – Czech classics

Kino Trafo 5, Saturday, midday

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Hidden treasures and lucky finds in Czech animation

Kino Trafo 5, Saturday, 2 p.m.

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The new generation in Czech animation

Kino Orient, Saturday, 4 p.m.

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Contemporary Czech puppet animation

Kino Orient, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

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Visegrád college films

Visegrád is representative of the historically and culturally important relationship between Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Our programme of films shows works produced by seven different film schools from this region. Through an astonishing diversity of genres and techniques, the films tell stories about love and life.

Kino Trafo 5, Saturday, 10 a.m.

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Our feature film tip!

Kokuriko-Zaka Kara” – Goro Miyazaki, Japan 2011

Yokohama, 1963: Umi is captivated by her classmate Shun, who produces the school magazine. Their friendship begins to blossom while they are campaigning together to save the dilapidated student clubhouse from demolition. This tender love story from Studio Ghibli tells of a generation that wants to move forward, without abandoning its roots.

Kino Trafo 1, Saturday 10:45 p.m., tickets here


Short conferences about our topics for the future

In the era of hyperrealism, the past, present and future are no longer always clearly distinguishable dimensions. In the debate, five exponents of a diverse range of artistic, cultural and scientific disciplines explore this phenomenon.


Key notes:

- Oona Strathern (journalist, futurist and author): “A brief history of futurology and trend research”

- PD Dr. Philipp Theisohn (Professor of Literary and Cultural Humanities): “Science Fiction: The genesis of a literary science genre”

German with simultaneous interpreting

Kino Sterk 1, Saturday 10 a.m. to midday


Discussion with commentators:

- Nina Rühmeier (playwright, Berlin)

- Simon Spiegel (journalist and tutor on the film studies course at the University of Zurich)

- Rolf Pfeifer (Professor and Director of the “Artificial Intelligence Lab” of the University of Zurich; Deputy Director of the “National Competence Center for Research in Robotics”; member of the FET Flagship Pilot)

Moderation: Claudia Spinelli (director of Kunstraum Baden)

German with simultaneous interpreting

Kino Sterk 1, Saturday, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.


Fantoche celebrates!

When all the films have finished, we're going to the Merkker for a dance. And we might even have a drink or two!

Merkker, Saturday from 10 p.m.

06.09.2012

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - FRIDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

GAMES. GAMES. GAMES.

Fantoche has always set about building bridges with related art forms and animation applications in other communication and entertainment media. During the past three festivals, Fantoche has successfully shed light upon the crossover between animation and game design and reflected upon this with its own special themes. Independent games are now set to become a fixed part of the festival at Fantoche 2012, regularly promoting inter-disciplinary exchange with exhibitions, film programmes or special sector events, creating a window at the festival for a youthful, refreshing creative scene. 


TALKS & PODIUM DISCUSSIONS: BRINGING PIXELS TO LIFE 

With the advent of Smartphones and network downloads, the world of gaming has changed dramatically over the past few years. The contributors to 'Game Talks' take a really close look at what's going on, and endeavour to find out where and how the game pixels are brought to life, what humour looks like in games, and how 'alternate reality' games tell stories. Contributors:

  • Matt Hammill (Independent animator and game designer): "The whimsical, hand-drawn world of the game Gesundheit!"
  • Patrick Möller (Specialist in alternate reality games and transmedia): "Experience the future – the future of experience"
  • Marc Gruber and Simon Kovatsch (Independent game designers): "Ned & Ted, zwei Wahnsinnstypen, türmen aus der Anstalt (Ned & Ted, two madmen on the run)"

Moderation: Beat Suter and Mela Kocher (lecturers in Game Design at Zurich University of the Arts). English/German with simultaneous interpreting

Function room in the Restaurant Spedition: Fri. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


ARTS IN VIDEO GAMES 

In 2009, Chris Solarski was in attendance at the very first Fantoche Game Talks, giving a lecture on the relationship between emotion and character design. The material in the talk he gave then has now been turned into a book which highlights the interplay between visual art and computer games.


Key note address:

  • Chris Solarski (Author, artist, game designer)

Commentators:

  • François Chalet (Filmmaker, Head of Animation at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences - Design and Art, HSLU)
  • Rischko Gutleber (Games artist)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Gebhard Fink (Co-Head of the Masters Degree in Fine Arts at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences - Design and Art, HSLU)

Moderation: Dominik Marosi (Assistant Artistic Director Fantoche)

English/German with simultaneous interpreting.
Book: Chris Solarski: Drawing Basics and Video Game Art. (Random House, 2012). Available at the Fantoche shop. 

Function room in the Restaurant Spedition: Fri. 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE / 96'

Programming video games is no walk in the park – and even less so if you're trying to do it alone or in pairs. For their documentary, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky followed three projects and their creators. In "Indie Game: The Movie", they show that an undertaking like this means constantly walking a tightrope between your passion and self-exploitation.

Kino Sterk, Friday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.


EXHIBITION: TURN ON THE FUTURE! 

How do game designers envisage the future, and where do they find their inspiration? The exhibition "Turn on the Future" offers a selection of sci-fi games. You can see and try out top games such as "Fusion Frenzy", as well as indie games such as "Botanicula". The latest games from the game design hub at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) will also be showcased.


Stanzerei: Wed.–Sun., midday to 10 p.m. – Free admission. Make a point of going along, it will be well worth it!


Coming soon

Two films which are still in production: Laika and Lisa Limone & Maroc Orange:


Laika

Aurel Klimt works as a text author, technologist, animator, cutter, production director and editor. Having worked on the Fimfárum Collection, he is currently developing an animated puppet film which is set in the future: It's the tale of the famous space dog Laika and life on Planet Quem where animals create a new society. This is a unique insight into this phantasmagorical music project. In Czech with simultaneous interpreting into English. 

Kino Sterk 1: Fri. 2 p.m. / from 8 years


Lisa Limone & Maroc Orange

What happens when an Orange boy falls in love with a Lemon girl? Estonian animation artist, author, and director of the acclaimed Nukufilm Studio Mait Laas will reveal all during the presentation of his upcoming 3D stereoscopic puppet animation film. This allegorical adventure film, with its dazzling imagery, blends music and humour in a bitter-sweet atmosphere. English with simultaneous interpreting

Kino Sterk 1: Fri. 4 p.m. / from the age of 14


Our feature film tip – WRINKLES

When he is put in an old people's home, Emilio begins to confront the fact that he has Alzheimer's disease. But out of the new situation, a deep friendship develops with his room-mate, Miguel. In “Arrugas”, Ignacio Ferreras dedicates an affectionately told story about old age to the elderly of today and tomorrow.

Kino Orient, Friday, 8:45 p.m.

Kino Trafo 1, Sunday, midday


There'll be a party in the Merkker with DJs Smith & Smart from Germany on the turntables, getting under way at 10 p.m.!

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - THURSDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

Over six days, the Fantoche Animation Film Festival offers an extremely varied programme for cartoon fans big and small. In our daily Fantoche newsletters, we aim to bring you all the hottest tips on what's in store for the following day at the Festival.


Ernest & Celestine, the delightful feature film for the young and not so young

Mice and bears together – surely this combination cannot work, can it? The crafty mouse Célestine and the hungry bear Ernest, however, couldn't care less. Hounded by their own kind, the disparate duo flees into the woods, until they are tracked down there as well. A charming and beautifully told tale.


Film: Kino Trafo 5, Thursday midday, Friday 8.45 p.m.

Kino Trafo 1: Sunday 4 p.m.

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International and innovative

In the “International Competition”, Fantoche shows the very best in new animated short films from around the world. From the multitude of films submitted for consideration, Fantoche picks outstanding films with innovative ideas, offbeat stories, vivid images and adventurous sounds, and presents them to the audience. In the “International Competition”, artistic risk is juxtaposed with first-class auteur films, while the best in entertainment lines up against experimental entries and films that push the boundaries. Fantoche brings you the 'state of the art' in animation films from around the world!


At the Festival, all films selected for entry are judged by an international jury. The most outstanding entries will be awarded our coveted Fantoche prizes, with winners chosen by the jury and by the audience too.

 

More on the “International Competition” and the awards 


Now showing at Fantoche – Patrick Graf at the Kunstraum Baden

“Das auf der Karte westlich gelegene Meer” [“The sea lying to the west on the map”] is the name of Patrick Graf's exhibition. He locates his drawings, images and installations in a parallel universe. One could interpret this as a Utopian future, but in actual fact it is a conglomerate of things from the past. Exaggerated figures recycled out of comic strips, the history of art and television perform unspeakable acts in the installation for the Kunstraum Baden.


Kunstraum Baden, Thursday to Sat midday to 8 p.m., Sunday midday to 7 p.m.

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Exciting talks about animated films

The Swiss animated film group GSFA will be putting some controversial issues up for discussion. The discussion series will be kicking off on Thursday with the following topic: Recommended wage levels: what are the experiences of organisations in other industries? Merkker: Thurs midday – 1.00 p.m.


Same place, same time – the other topics to be covered up to Sunday:

- How much fun is crowd-funding? And what other tools are there for getting a financing scheme off the ground?

- Nighty night, “Guetnachtgschichtli” bedtime stories. The resurrection of Pingu, Dominik Dachs and other zombies. Or maybe we need something new?

- Is everything free? Piracy and those who pirate: everything belongs to everybody, doesn't it?

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Right at the heart of the Fantoche action – We'll be back again tomorrow with tips and highlights – hang onto your hats!

05.09.2012

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - WEDNESDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

Over six days, the Fantoche Animation Film Festival offers an extremely varied programme for cartoon fans big and small. In our daily Fantoche newsletters, we aim to bring you all the hottest tips on what's in store for the following day at the Festival. 

Alois Nebel, the signalman plagued by nightmares 
Alois Nebel is a signalman on the border between Germany and Czechoslovakia in the late 1980s. His job is lonely, and at night he is plagued by terrifying nightmares. This hard-hitting film version of a Czech graphic novel sets us up for three different Fantoche events: a feature film, a making-of presentation and an evening event with a reading. Rarely has it been possible to explore a work and its subject matter in so much depth! 
Film: Kino Trafo 2, Wednesday, 8.45 p.m. 
Making-of: Kino Sterk 1, Thursday, 2 p.m. 
Evening event: Merkker, Wednesday, 10.30 p.m. 
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Paranorman, a completely paranormal boy 
Paranorman is a completely normal boy – well, except he sees dead people. That makes him a bit of a misfit – until the day his hometown is overrun by zombies. Then he becomes a hero. Fantoche will be showing this lavish stop-motion film in 3D. An animation experience that is truly not to be missed! 
Kino Trafo 2, 2 p.m. in German, 8.45 and 10.45 p.m. in English with German subtitles 
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Come and join in – Installafilm workshop 
Posters and decorative materials from Fantoche's past will be used to create a collective installation, and a stop-motion film – put together by Festival visitors. Come and join in; the workshop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More info 

A giant programme for children ... and fans of short films
 Tomorrow, Wednesday, Fantoche will be showing tailor-made programmes for kids and teenagers: “Untameable”, Kino Orient, 2 p.m. 
“Is it just in your imagination”, Kino Orient, 4 p.m. 
“Things getting serious”, Kino Trafo 4, 6.30 p.m. 
“Fantoche looks back, children's films 1995–2011”, Kino Trafo 2, 4 p.m.
Fantoche children's films from 6 years of age, Kino Trafo 5, 4 p.m. 
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03.09.2012

FANTOCHE RECOMMENDS - TUESDAY AT THE FESTIVAL

On your marks, get set, go! The moment has arrived – from tomorrow, Baden will once again be transformed into a Mecca for fans of animation films. To help you find your feet and get set for six intensive days of Festival action, we've put together a little “how to” guide for you; a handy survival kit for newcomers and old hands alike. 

1. Where do I pick up my tickets or my Festival pass? 
If you haven't yet bought your tickets from Starticket, from Tuesday 4 September you can also get them at the info desk in the Merker Areal or at the ticket counters in the Fantoche cinemas. We recommend buying your tickets for the whole week all in one go, so you don't risk turning up to find the film you want to see has sold out.
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2. I've been sitting in the cinema for six hours on the trot: my eyes are spinning, my belly is rumbling and I'm incredibly thirsty. 
Get yourself down to the Fantoche Beiz eatery in the inner courtyard of the Merker Areal as quickly as you can. You'll find plenty of tasty treats on offer at reasonable prices, and you can meet other Festival fans. 
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3. It's late, but I want to stay out a bit longer, or at least have a nightcap somewhere. 
We recommend you try out our “loungebus” at the Festival centre. The perfect place to chill with a glass of wine in relaxing surroundings and have a look back over the images from the day's cinematic offerings. On Friday and Saturday there are parties in the Merkker, and on Wednesday and Thursday there are special events till late. 
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4. I've been bitten by the cartoon bug, and I want to be able to feed my addiction at home as well. 
Get down to our shop in the Merker Areal and stock up on DVDs. You'll also find a whole heap of specialist literature, comics and magazines there. 
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5. I urgently need a birthday present for my godchild, I'd like to put up a Fantoche poster, and I even want a Fantoche T-shirt. Where can I get all that stuff? 
That's all there in our shop as well. You'll find fantastic and amusing gadgets and gizmos in a wide range of price brackets for small, middle-sized, big and even grown-up godchildren. You'll also find our beautiful posters, T-shirts – and the highly sought-after Fantoche cloth bag. 

6. I want to bring the whole family to the Festival. What do you recommend? 
On Wednesday afternoon, and on Saturday and Sunday, the programme offers lots of special events and activities for families with children from 4 years of age. Programmes of short films, feature film screenings where children don't have to read subtitles, workshops, and at the weekend there's our bus trip around the world for children aged 4 to 7 – and we recommend combining all these activities with a snack in the Festival centre. 
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Now you're ready to roll. Have a fantastic Festival week!

30.08.2012

FANTOCHE FOR A YOUNG AUDIENCE

Only five more sleeps, and then Baden will be playing host for the 10th time to Fantoche – Switzerland's biggest festival of animated film, which once again will be presenting a wealth of outstanding works. And once again, there will be plenty on offer for children and teenagers as well. 

Throughout the history of the medium, many of the animated films produced have been aimed specifically at children and teenagers. This year at Fantoche, we're presenting tailor-made programmes to give our younger audience the opportunity to take a look at the history, and the present, of the Festival.

In addition, there'll be screenings of selected short films and feature films for children and teenagers, chosen to suit the age of the audience, plus we'll be running workshops where youngsters can try their hand at animation. We're particularly looking forward to hearing the well-considered critiques of the child jury, and to the selections of the young viewers in the vote for the winner of the Audience Prize.

“Untameable?” – the programme for children from the age of 4 
A taste of what's on offer: Der kleine Vogel und das Blatt – Lena von Döhren CH 2012, Mau Wau – Michael Zamjatnins DE 2011, Monster and Dumpling – Ji-hwan Jung KR 2011, Pirate Pals – Marius Fietzek DE 2011, Kleider machen Freunde – Falk Schuster DE 2012, etc.

“Is it Just Imagination?” – the programme for children from the age of 8 
A taste of what's on offer: Die Prinzessin und der Drache – Jakob Schuh, Bin-Han To DE 2011, The Candy Tree – Somnath Pal IN 2012, Create – Dan MacKenzie US 2011, La fenêtre – Camille Müller CH 2012, Zing – Kyra Buschor, Cynthia Collins DE 2011, Child's Play – Ore Peleg DE 2012, A Happy Wish – Jack Shih TW 2011, etc. 

“Things Getting Serious?” – the programme for children from the age of 13 
A taste of what's on offer: From Dad to Son – Nils Knoblich DE 2012, Charly das Reh – Christian Hippchen DE 2011, Berlin – François Chalet CH 2012, Blue Whale – Sivan Kidron IL 2011, Jamón – Iria Lopez GB 2012 Bear Me – Kasia Wilk DE 2012, etc. 

Fantoche children's films 1995–2011 – from the age of 6 
A taste of what's on offer: Little Wolf – An Vrombaut GB 1992, Le chat d'appartement – Sarah Roper FR 1998 Le trésor du têtard salé – Amandine Fredon FR 2002, Lucia – Felix Gönnert DE 2004, Mahlzeit – Lynn Gerlach, Irmgard Walthert CH 2006, Der präzise Peter – Martin Schmidt DE 2010, etc.

Kids for Kids – from the age of 6 
Fantoche screens animated films that have been created as group projects in one-day workshops or during project weeks. Children from kindergarten up to senior school level use simple cut-out animation, stop motion and Plasticine figures to tell humorous and poetic stories.

Feature films for children 
Special showings of feature films for children and teenagers, dubbed in German or with live voice-over:

ParaNorman – Chris Butler, Sam Fell US 2012
At Fantoche there's an extra screening for children with live voice-over in German, on Wednesday 5 September, Kino Trafo 2 at 2 p.m. 

Fimfárum The Third Time Lucky – Kristina Dufkova. Vlasta Pospisilova, David Sukup CZ 2011 Extra showing for Fantoche with voice-over in German. Kino Trafo 5, Saturday 8 September at 4 p.m. 

Le Tableau – Jean-François Laguionie, Be/Fr 2011 
For the children's screening, the film will be provided with voice-over in German. Kino Trafo 5, Saturday 8 September at 2 p.m. 

Workshop: Installafilm
Before the eyes of the public, and created by the hands of Festival visitors, during Fantoche week a stop-motion animated film casting a look back over the past festivals will be produced. Out of posters and decorative materials from ten editions of Fantoche, an installation and a film will emerge. For children from the age of 7. 

Workshop: Electronic waste
 We're inviting children from the age of 6 of age to join us in creating one-of-a-kind fantastical creatures out of electronic waste. Our young visitors will discover at first hand how old things can continuously be recycled into new things.

bugnplay.ch – the Migros Culture Percentage's competition for kids
bugnplay.ch is a competition for 8 to 12-year-olds, who can send in their animated films, games, robots and similar projects and creations. The Migros Culture Percentage (Migros Kulturprozent) will be presenting the competition at Fantoche, and will be showcasing some of the crazy ideas and projects that have won in 2012. Next year, as a new feature there'll also be a Fantoche prize to be won.

Theatre project: “Die grosse Reise” 
A big bus is parked on the square in the Merkker Areal. An animated driver will take children aged from four to seven on a whirlwind trip around the world. While the bus rocks and jolts for just 34 minutes, it takes much longer to recover from the feeling of wonderment when the fantastic journey is over. A project by Judith Nab in cooperation with Figura Theaterfestival Baden. 

“Best Kids” Children's Audience Prize 
The “Best Kids” Children's Audience Prize will be awarded at Fantoche 2012 as usual. In the programme segment entitled “Short Films for Kids”, in co-operation with 'Die Zauberlaterne', the children's film club, Fantoche will once again be showing the latest animated short films, which will then be judged by the child audience and by a jury of children. 

May we suggest you check out the programme yourself, and get those sought-after tickets snapped up before it's too late! Our homepage www.fantoche.ch is directly linked to the Starticket ticketing system, so you can make your selection with ease and get your tickets bought in a flash.

22.08.2012

FANTOCHE LOOKS EAST: FOCUS CZECH REPUBLIC

After finding its feet in the 1930s, by the 1950s important benchmarks in animated film were being set in the Czech Republic, when the country was still known as Czechoslovakia. Particularly in the field of puppet animation, pioneering work was being done. But from 1957, the Czech cartoon series “The Little Mole” also captured the hearts of children all over the world. The fall of the Iron Curtain in the late 1980s was immediately reflected in animated film, but the medium also suffered a sudden collapse.

Today's young generation of animation artists is happy to let the past rest in peace, preferring to take charge of the future. The Fantoche Focus Czech Republic programme offers the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this pivotal chapter in the history of animation.

Themed short film programme
A range of programmes arranged in themes will be showing selected short films produced by the Czech animation film industry: Four programmes have been put together by historian and animation film expert Jiri Kubicek, with films covering the 1940s up to the 1990s: “Puppet Dramas”, an homage to Jiri Trnka, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year; “School of Czech Animation – Czech Classics”; “Hidden Treasures and Gems of Czech Animation”, and “New Sensibility in Czech Animation”. Two programmes reflect modern animation: “The New Generation of Czech Animation”, curated by Michal Prochazka, and “Modern Czech Puppet Animation”, curated by our Czech partner festival, Anifest. There's also a special programme, “Czech Children's Films”, for children aged from 6 years, set to entertain with well-known offerings and new treats waiting to be discovered.

Feature films, making-of and school films
Naturally, Fantoche also offers an amazing collection of current feature films from the Czech Republic, along with related attractions: 

“Fimfarum – The Third Time Lucky 3D” – Kristina Dufková, Vlasta Pospísiloá, David Súkup, Czech Republic 2011 
Nosy reporters are hot on the trail of extinct ogres, three princes go in search of a missing hat, and “Reason” and “Luck” fight a ludicrous duel at the expense of a young gardener. This puppet animation trilogy, based on the fairy tales of Jan Werich, guarantees plenty of jokes and inventive twists, and keeps viewers entertained with bizarre and whimsical characters. The film will be shown once in 3D in the original version with English subtitles, and once in a special screening for children, with live voice-over in German.

“Alois Nebel” – Tomáš Lunák, Czech Republic 2011
The late 1980s: Alois Nebel, a lonely signalman at a remote train station on the Czech-Polish border, is tormented by nightmares. The ghosts of a murky past haunt him. An esoteric film adaptation of a graphic novel by Jaromír 99, with intriguing, high-contrast images “Alois Nebel” traces the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans.

A making-of on “Alois Nebel” will be presented. The writer of the comic book version, Jaroslav Rudiš, and director Tomáš Lunák will talk about the adaptation process. 

Soirée Alois Nebel 
Lucerne and Jaroslav Rudiš invite you to take a peek into the world of Alois Nebel, the anti-hero of the film of the same name. The co-author of the acclaimed graphic novel (illustrator Jaromír 99) on which the film is based will be reading from the life of the railway signalman, and will transport the audience to the Czechoslovakia of the 1980s. In collaboration with Fumetto – International Comix Festival Lucerne. 

Studio presentation Studio Anima 
Studio Anima was founded in 1991 by Marcela and Milan Halousek. Since then, this small family business has been producing short films in the classic Czech tradition. In addition, the Studio, which also brings us “Fimfarum – The Third Time Lucky 3D”, has become the region's most important workshop for animated puppets, set design and scenery. Speakers: Jakob Halusek, Radim Procházka. Language: Czech with simultaneous interpreting.

Films from the Visegrád School 
Visegrád represents the historically and culturally important relationship between the nations of Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Our programme of films shows works produced by seven different film schools from this region. In an astonishing diversity of genres and techniques, the films tell stories about love and life: 

Talk to him – Agata Pretka, PL 2010
Gymnastics Classes – Aleksandra Szmida, PL 2011
You Shall Not Leave the way! – Veronika Szemlová, CZ 2011
tWINs – Peter Budínský, SK 2011
Szofita Land – Zsofi Tari, HU 2010
Gallery – Robert Proch, PL 2010
Extrospection – Stephanie Sergeant, PL 2009
Mime Appetit – Réka Bucsi, Petra Varga, HU 2009
In vino veritas – Aneta Kýrová, CZ 2012
SPRITe – Martina Vybíralová, CZ 2011

Please check out the programme yourself and snap up those much sought-after tickets before it's too late! Our homepage www.fantoche.ch is directly linked to the Starticket ticketing system, so you can make your selection with ease and buy your tickets in a flash.

17.08.2012

AN EVENING WITH FANTOCHE: THE FEATURE FILM PROGRAMM 2012

From 4 to 9 September 2012, the city of Baden will be playing host for the tenth time to Fantoche - Switzerland's biggest festival of animated film, which this year will once again be presenting outstanding works from Switzerland and around the globe, attracting friends of this exciting art form from far and wide.


Along with the Swiss competition and its big brother, the International competition, the feature film programme is one of the main events of Fantoche. Major 2D and 3D productions celebrate their premières here, as do creations by selected independent film-makers that can only be viewed on the big screen.

Here's the lowdown on this year's films:


For adults from 18 years

“Midori-ko” – Keita Kurosaka, Japan 2010

In his film, Keita Kurosaka depicts the fight for survival by an animated vegetable with human traits, which makes every possible effort to avoid being eaten when a food crisis engulfs society. “Midori-ko” is a journey into a surreal world composed from unique hand-drawn images, as well as a radical and grotesque take on the subject of meat-eating.


“King of Pigs” – Yeung Sang-ho, Korea 2011

The South Korean production “King of Pigs” is a dark parable about human nature. Director Yeung Sang-ho tells the story of two former schoolmates who routinely suffered brutal bullying at the hands of their fellow pupils. Both now live lives that bear the stamp of their earlier humiliation. The first animated film from South Korea to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.


For adults and teens from 16 years

“Kokuriko-Zaka Kara” – Goro Miyazaki, Japan 2011

Yokohama, 1963: Umi is enamoured of her classmate Shun, who produces the school magazine. Their friendship begins to grow while they are campaigning together to save the dilapidated student clubhouse from demolition. This tender love story from Studio Ghibli tells of a generation that wants to move forward, without abandoning its roots.


For adults and teens from 14 years of age

“Wrinkles” – Ignacio Ferreras, Spain 2011

Emilio is becoming more and more forgetful, and when he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he finds himself placed in an old people's home, where it becomes clear to him that this is the final chapter in his life. But Emilio strikes up a friendship with his room-mate, Miguel. “Wrinkles”, in German “Falten”, uses sharp dialogue to tell a touching story about growing old.


For adults and children from 10 years

“ParaNorman” 3D – Chris Butler, Sam Fell, USA 2012

Norman is an outsider at school, because he has a special ability that makes him quite lonely: he sees the ghosts of dead people. Even Norman's family doesn't know how to deal with his extra-sensory perceptions. But then the city is placed under a curse, and a horde of zombies turns up.

German-dubbed version for children, Wednesday 5 September at 2.00 p.m.

A Making-of session on “ParaNorman” will also be presented. Mark Shapiro of LAIKA studios will talk about the joys and the problems his team encountered while creating the successor to “Coraline”.


For adults and children from 6 years:

“Ernest et Célestine” – Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner, France 2012

A mouse and a bear as best friends? Célestine, the crafty little mouse from the sewers, and Ernest, the eternally hungry bear from the city, show that it really can work. At any rate, for the two of them. Their fellow mice and bears take a less tolerant view of the relationship, and chase the pair deeper and deeper into the woods. But their friendship can weather this storm. A wonderful adventure for younger viewers.

Special screening:


Indie Game: The Movie – Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky, US, 2012, from 14 years

Programming video games is no walk in the park, and even less so if you're trying to do it alone or in pairs. For their documentary, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky followed three projects and their creators. In “Indie Game: The Movie”, they show that an undertaking like this means constantly walking a tightrope between your passion, and self-exploitation.


May we suggest you check out the programme yourself, and get those sought-after tickets snapped up before it's too late! Our homepage www.fantoche.ch is directly linked to the Starticket ticketing system, so you can make your selection with ease and get your tickets bought in a flash.

07.08.2012

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE - ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME ONLINE!

The moment has arrived! The box office has opened, and the full festival programme for Fantoche 2012 is now online at www.fantoche.ch


Cause for a little celebration for all those who've been champing at the bit to plunge yet again into the sparkling sea of animated films. Take it from us – with 241 short films, 13 feature films, 15 talks, presentations and discussions, 4 workshops and 2 exhibitions, there's plenty to discover at our anniversary edition!


Like the entries in this year's competitions, for instance: out of more than 1,000 submissions, 63 films from all corners of the globe have qualified for our International and Swiss competitions. 39 films from 22 countries have made it through to the International Competition, while the Swiss Competition boasts 24 entries. And we'll be screening 54 short films from 20 countries in the programme segment For a Young Audience – a tantalising mix, and a whole world of creativity, imagination, energy and prowess!


But our retrospective covering the last ten editions of Fantoche is also set to pull in the crowds, with three programmes of short films (High Risk Awards 1995–2011; Audience Prizes 1995-2011; kids' films 1995–2011), the programme The future ain't what it used to be with a series of short films, a discussion and an exhibition, and our country focus this year, Focus Czech Republic featuring a range of historical and more modern tidbits from this hotbed of animation talent!


But now, let the fun begin. Click into the new programme right now and reserve your tickets without further ado, to make sure your seats will be waiting for you! 


Fantoche.ch has a direct link to the Starticket ticketing system, so you can make your selection with ease and get your tickets bought in a flash.


Next Fantoche: 4–9 September 2012

10th International Animation Film Festival Baden, Switzerland – www.fantoche.ch

31.07.2012

FANTOCHE CELEBRATES – TRAILER ONLINE!

Check it out, everybody – our new trailer is ready! A clear sign that Fantoche is limbering up for its next outing, and the Festival will soon have Baden rocking again. From 4 to 9 September 2012, Fantoche will be back in town, and you'll be able to step inside our cinemas for another refreshing dip in the vast ocean of animated film.

 

In the run-up to the big event, the little character specially created by Maja Gehrig to mark the Festival's birthday will be running the show. For Fantoche 2012, the universally acclaimed animated film-maker has made the little figure fly and sparkle. We're extremely grateful to her, and to Peter Brecker (sound), and delighted with the wonderful and inspiring collaboration. The best thing to do is just click on www.fantoche.ch and check out this year's trailer for yourself.


And if you keep your eyes peeled afterwards, you'll also see our little mascot popping up in cinemas, railway stations and on TV, to remind you that advance bookings can be made via Starticket from 6 August 2012. Until then, we hope the weather stays nice and we'll be in touch again soon!


More about the trailer

26.07.2012

WORKSHOP ON SPECIAL ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: PAINT-ON-GLASS

Paint-on-glass is a special and intricate animated filmmaking technique. Gouache mixed with glycerine – so the paint does not dry – is coated directly onto a glass sheet under a camera. 


Each picture is shot frame-by-frame with slight colour changes every time. The result is a soft and literally flowing animated style.


Caroline Leaf is a master of this technique. Her film “The Street” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1976. In a hands-on workshop organized by FOCAL, Caroline imparts her knowledge to ten animated filmmakers over three days. The results will be presented during FANTOCHE on Sunday.


Date: 6 – 8 September 2012

Closing date for registration: 13 August, only ten places available.


Further information and online registration at

19.06.2012

Fantoche breaks records again!

This year Fantoche has surpassed itself by breaking its own records for film entries! With 1078 films from 64 countries submitted for the competition, for the first time we have crossed the magic one-thousand-entries threshold! 


We are delighted with this success – Fantoche says a big thank-you to animated film producers worldwide for their confidence in us. We are now very proud to send all the films to our selection team, who will spend an entire week sitting in front of movie screens, spoilt for choice. Visit the next Fantoche and see for yourself what this year's entries have to offer as animated film entertainment.


More about the International Competition and selection team

More about the Swiss Competition and selection team

19.06.2012

Fantoche celebrates! First programme highlights for Fantoche 2012

In 2012 Fantoche will be having its tenth outing, and is therefore also marking its first double-digit anniversary. This is a good reason to pause and take a look back at the visions and Utopias of times long past, and to look for the history books that will be written in the distant future.


“The future ain't what it used to be” – this year, Fantoche will be discussing this statement: earnestly, provocatively, excitedly, or critically. As part of this discussion, we're inviting the animated film pioneers of yesterday and the trailblazers of today to join us. Fantoche will be rummaging through the Festival's archives, looking back at past highlights, taking a peek into the future, and even having a go at trying to predict it.


More about the programme theme The future ain't what it used to be

19.06.2012

Focus on the Czech Republic

Anyone who cares to delve into the history of animated film will inevitably encounter the former Czechoslovakia. 


From the 1950s to 1980s, creative filmmaking was enjoying its heyday and animated masterpieces were produced that wrote history! So it's high time the Czech Republic was in focus with a wide-ranging and extensive programme. We're inviting pioneering works of yesteryear and current highlights from the youth scene, forgotten finds and hidden treasures into our cinemas here in Baden. We will be celebrating the 100thbirthday of Jiri Trnka, probably the most important pioneer of stop-motion puppet animation, and winning all children's hearts with the series “The Mole”, while adults enjoy some nostalgic memories!


More about Czech Republic in Focus

15.02.2012

CALL FOR ENTRIES – FANTOCHE OPENS ENTRIES FOR THE 2012 COMPETITION!

We are looking for the latest animated films and cut scenes from computer games

Fantoche is getting ready to open its doors for the tenth time and is now launching the "International Competition". The international animation film festival has become one of the world's leading festivals in its genre, with audience numbers growing continuously; admissions passed the 34,000 mark at last year's festival. We would like to invite the very best in animated shorts from the past year to be entered into the competitions at Fantoche 2012: Artistically daring ideas, visionary experiments, stories with a twist and the best, top-quality entertainment are being sought, whether produced by newcomers, young talent or established filmmakers. This allows Fantoche to once again feel the pulse of the latest trends from the world of animated film. These will be judged by the international jury and the audience during the festival from 4 to 9 September 2012.

 

All Swiss film productions are automatically entered in the "Swiss Competition" selection too. Swiss film is in the spotlight and is also presented in an international context.

 

As a new feature, the competition is open to cut scenes

Cut scenes from innovative and artistic computer games will also be admitted to the competition for the first time this year. This further broadens the space which Fantoche has created in recent years for the international and domestic game scene, highlighting the fact that games and animated films represent promising parts of our contemporary culture. In recent years it has been increasingly apparent that the overlaps and mutual exchange between animation film and game design have steadily become more multi-faceted, attracting more interest. With the current move to open the competitions to cut scenes, Fantoche has taken this latest trend on board and is demonstrating once again that it moves with the times.

 

Don't miss the closing date for entries and online registration

The closing date for entries is 31 May 2012. For further information about the competitions, the rules and online registration, go to www.fantoche.ch. We are looking forward to seeing your films!

15.02.2012

Fantoche celebrates: The future ain't what it used to be

Fantoche is celebrating its first milestone anniversary! Reason enough to pause briefly and to look for the visions and the utopian dreams from the distant past and to contemplate what the history books might say in the distant future. The animation pioneers from back then and their contemporaries will be invited along to Fantoche 2012. Fantoche will be having a rummage around in the festival archives and trying to see what the future holds. More on this ...

12.09.2011

... AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

Fantoche 2011 is already history! It was wonderful to see you all and we are thrilled that so many of you flocked to Fantoche and turned Baden into a pulsating Mecca of animated film for six days. Fantoche is growing and growing and once again, we set a new visitor record: we sold more than 34,000 tickets to our cinemas, exhibitions, talks and podium speeches and we've received lots of great feedback. Many thanks to you all!

The crowning glory of Fantoche 2011 once again was, of course, the awards ceremony. We can finally tell all those who weren't able to be there the names of our winners:

Awards “International Competition”
Best Film: “The External World” – David OReilly, DE 2010
High Risk: “Two” – Steven Subotnick, US 2011
New Talent: “Chroniques de la poisse” – Osman Cerfon, FR 2010
Best Sound: “Amar” – Isabel Herguera, ES 2010
Best Visual: “Amar” – Isabel Herguera, ES 2010
Best Story: “Tord och Tord” – Niki Lindroth von Bahr, SE 2010
NAB-Public Award: “Bon voyage” – Fabio Friedli, CH 2011

Awards “Swiss Competition”
Best Swiss: “Bon voyage” – Fabio Friedli, CH 2011
High Swiss Risk: “Logged In” – Stephanie Cuérel, Joshua Schaub, CH 2010
Special Mention 1: “Le carrousel atomique” – Xavier Ducry, CH 2011
Special Mention 2: “Romance” – Georges Schwizgebel, CH 2011
Public Award: “Borderline” – Dustin Rees, CH 2011

Awards “Best Kids”
Best Kids: “Fluffy Mc Cloud” – Conor Finnegan, IE 2010
Children's Public Award: “Fluffy Mc Cloud” – Conor Finnegan, IE 2010

We would like to congratulate them and raise a glass to our winners!
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