Hugely successful year for the festival
This weekend, the 23rd edition of Fredrikstad Animation Festival came to an end with a record in participation, both in the number of passes sold and in the numbers of visitors to its screenings. With a 70% increase in festival pass sales and a total of 4200 visitors on the festival’s screenings and activities, the 2018-festival has come to be the largest animation festival ever held in Fredrikstad.
Friday’s series of seminars, presenting the international names Carter Goodrich, Goro Fujita and Eric Daniels, were filled to the brim with eager listeners, and the short film programs presented by the festival squashed previous visit records. The award ceremony Saturday night came to be most spectacular when winner of the Nordic-Baltic Short category, Latvian Lizete Upite could carry home the Grand Prix for her movie Night Walks.
“The record-breaking pass-sale and the big turnout for the festival are very touching,” says festival director Anders Narverud Moen in a comment. “We have been working hard for this for years and it is so satisfying to now see the fruits of all that work. With this edition, Fredrikstad Animation Festival has proven its position on the international animation arena and is the biggest celebration of animation in the Nordic countries. ”
Next year’s festival will be held during the weekend of 24th to 28th of October.