Animated at Kulturhuset 1: Experimental Animation


Animated at Kulturhuset 
Programme 1: Experimental Animation
Boksen at Kulturhuset
Wednesday August 31st 6pm

Fredrikstad Animation Festival and Kulturhuset will on three occations this autumn present animated short film programmes with various themes.
Fredrikstad Animation Festival is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Nordic region, dating back to 1994 and the festival Animerte Dager in Oslo, Norway. The annual festival now takes place each November in the town of Fredrikstad, outside of Oslo. One of the cornerstones of the festival is the Nordic-Baltic animated short film competition, with the awarding of the prize known as the Golden Gunnar.

The selection of short films screened at Kulturhuset is curated by the festival board, which annually attend several of the world most important festivals for animated film. The selection is a mix of festival highlights and international animated short films. The event is backed by The Norwegian Film Institute.

The first programme consists of non-figurative short films, mixed with films with character driven plots. The common denominator for all films is the exploration of animation in an experimental and abstract form, where the result is surprisingly concrete. In several of the films, music is key to the form and narrative of the film.

Director: Thor Sivertsen
Norway- 2015
Duration: 5 min

Abstract animation with organic shapes flying around in space. Made frame by frame by cutting thin slices off blocks of modeling clay.

Director: Sander Joon
Estonia – 2015
Duration: 6 min

An addicted biker runs out of cigarettes. He joins a race to get more, but has to get help from some peculiar people in the audience to stay in the competition.

Director: Kristian Pedersen
Norway – 2014
Duration: 3 min

Pipene is an ode to the Stavanger industry, and their cultural history. The poem ‘Orgelsjøen’, by Øyvind Rimbereid, premiered on the new organ at the opening of Stavanger Konserthus.

Director: Kristian Pedersen
Norway – 2013
Duration: 2 min

Poetic film based on three poems by Tor Ulven.

Director: Yoriko Mizushiri
Japan – 2012
Duration: 6 min

Wrapped in a futon… Memories seek the mind, the future is imagined, senses are recaptured, the physical feeling of a woman is deeply ingrained. It all melts pleasantly together. In the futon, the body wanders, seeking for this sense.

Jungle of Despair
Director: Mari-Liis Rebane
Estonia – 2015
Duration: 3 min

Film based on poems by Iimar Laaban.

Even Robot Makes Mistakes
Director: Mats Sivertsen
Norway – 2010
Duration: 4 min

Live visual to the Radio 9 song Even Robot Makes Mistakes.

A Void 
Director: Joseph Hodgson
Norway – 2014
Duration: 4 min

As the spirit wanes the form appears’ – Charles Bukowski

An audiovisual exploration inspired by the hypnotic qualities of the sea.

A Void evokes feelings of hopelessness, claustrophobia and loneliness, as well as aiming to simultaneously and in contrast invoke a sense of calmness and intrigue.

The Great Rabbit
Director: Atsushi Wada
Japan/France – 2013
Duration: 7 min

A magical animation that is also a profound conundrum. Once we called the noble, profound and mysterious existence The Great. But we have moved with the times and our thoughts and consciousness have changed.

Director: Daniel Wiklund (Hypnorama)
Sweden -2015
Duration: 5 min

Music video for the crypto-electronica artist Prunk Möbel. Produced in association with the Crustacean Larvae album release.

Director: Zane Oborenko
Estonia – 2014
Duration: 3 min

As in a moment of awakening during first confused states of mind between deep sleep and wakefulness the film slowly develops into awareness. The sand and light used to create this film don’t tell one specific, fixed story, but gives hints and opens up new possibilities of interpretation.