ReAnimania: 6th edition of int’l animation festival to be held in Yerevan

On Saturday the sixth edition of an international animated film festival will open in Yerevan, Armenia. This year the annual ReAnimania festival has received a record number of applications.

The opening ceremony will take place at Moscow Cinema to be followed by the Yerevan premiere of Stephane Berla’s Jack & the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (France).

This year ReAnimania has received 900 applications from about 90 countries, of which 400 full-length, short-length animated films and videos will be demonstrated.

At a press conference on Thursday the founding director of ReAnimania, Vrej Kassouny, said that one of the most important programs of the festival is preparation and display of animated films about the Genocide.

In conjunction with the French Embassy in Yerevan, one of the best animation studios in France, Folimage, will be presented within the framework of the festival.

“This year we have six premieres, which are the best animated films produced during this year. Since the day of the festival’s establishment its most important goal has been to find partners abroad, because this is the only such festival in the region,” said Artistic Director of the festival Raffi Movsisyan, who added that in the competition program there is only Armenian animated film – “The Blind”. According to Movsisyan, there will be separate sections dedicated to Armenian animation. Animated films made in 2009-2013 and the best films made during the 76-year-old history of Armenian animation will be presented.

Director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the festival, Little Theatre Artistic Director Vahan Badalyan, for his part, said that he has tried to give a new coloring to the opening and closing ceremonies.

“I’ve tried to think of something that will provide a little interesting artistic nuance to the opening and closing ceremonies and the ideal of “Life is a Picture, Animate It” will be visible on stage,” he added.

The 6th International Animated Film Festival will conclude on October 30, with the premiere show of Israeli director Ari Folman’s The Congress film (French-Israeli production) at Moscow Cinema.

After shows in capital Yerevan the festival will have a continuation in Armenia’s second largest city of Gyumri.