Animerte Dager began in 1994, more precisely from April 22nd to the 24th, by festival director Vibeke Christensen. The festival was held at Sentrum Scene in cooperation with UnderDog Kino Klub. The programme consisted of international guests, various film programmes, seminars, presentations and stands.
In 1994 the festival had the honor of having the animation master behind MTV vignettes, Bill Plympton, as a guest. Sentrum Scene could proudly present The Tune, How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking and The Crazy World of Animation, all by Plympton. The festival also had the pleasure of having British cartoonist Hunt Emerson as a guest, perhaps best known for his sex-satires and Firkin the Cat.
In 1994 the festival had a children’s film programme with Norwegian films like Epletreet by Knut Eide, Snop by Jan Konings, Steinen by Øivind Jordfald, and more, as well as a programme with international films, including Disney classics.
The festival also presented 66 exciting Norwegian and foreign animation films from around the world. Everything from the surreal The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb, the hysterical Creatures Comforts and The Wrong Trousers, as well as its prequel The Grand Day Out by Nick Park.
The ASIFA Archive in Berlin presented a historical programme from Russia, England, Canada, Italy, Croatia and Hungary.
The festival also showed a retrospective programme focusing on the Czech animation artist Jan Svanmajer. This included films like Spiel Mit Steinen, Picinic Mit Weismann, Another Kind of Love, Meat Love, Flora and Death of Stalinism in Bohemia.
Japanese animation was for the first time presented in Norway. Mega Records, distributor of Manga in Norway, held the presentation.
Seminars and Lectures
Gunnar Strøm held a lecture on various animation techniques, history and future technology. He also talked about animation as a means of advertising.
ASIFA Nordic organized the seminar ‘How can Nordic animators be better to present their projects?’, by including Gunnar Wille, The Danish Film School, the Norwegian short film consultant Ingebjørg Torgersen, and Stig Bergqvist from FilmTecknerna in Stockholm.
Stands and Exhibitions
A dozen antique shops and comic book stores had stands of rare, new and old magazines for sale. The audience also had the opportunity to meet the Norwegian data animators Funcom who have produced games for Sega and Nintendo.
During the 1994 festival, the public had the opportunity to have a look at rare Norwegian and foreign original art. This exhibition included everything from originals of Fantomet- and Modesty Blasi Covers, to the works of Disney and independent Norwegian artists.