Thursday 24th of October marks the start of Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2019.
This year boasts a record sale of festival passes, so we are pleased to welcome a large number of visitors as well as distinguished guest, both from Norway and abroad. Over the next four days, Fredrikstad Cinema and The House of Literature in Fredrikstad will host a program filled with over 120 films, 16 guest speakers, three exhibitions and a whole host of other arrangements, all dedicated to animation.
A varied program awaits the thousands of visitors attending what has become the largest animation festival in the Nordic countries. This year’s main guest is Dan Harmon, renowned co-creator of the cult comedy series Rick and Morty. Harmon is one of the most distinguished creators within comedy, with an avid fanbase around the world. The film festival program is concentrated around the Nordic-Baltic animated film competition, with Saturday evening’s awarding of the festival’s Golden Gunnar as a definitive highlight. New as of this year is the Nordic-Baltic feature film competition, which is unique to Fredrikstad Animation Festival.
The festival is also an important arena for the animation industry, with an extensive program of seminars where several renowned industry professionals will give further insight into their work process behind the creation of their commercially and critically successful films. Guests include Oscar-nominated Duke Johnson and the successful script writer Dino Stamatopoulos, who will speak about their creation process for animated comedy and satire, and Swiss animator and director Michael Frei, who will talk about his cross-media projects in creating unique gaming experiences based on his award winning animated short films. You won’t want to miss out on these guest speakers
Fredrikstad Animation Festival has grown steadily through the years, and this year’s record-breaking attendance has yet again confirmed its position as the most important showcase for Norwegian and Nordic animation.