Live from London: FAF Masterclasses - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Live from London: FAF Masterclasses

This year’s industry seminars are broadcasted to you from London. Three excellent directors and creators of animation will share their masterclasses from a professional studio, to tell the audience about their work and approach for producing high-quality content, either if you stay home or find your seats at the festival venue of Fredrikstad Municipal Cinema.

The highly-acclaimed director and Oscar winner for best animated short film, Michaël Dudok de Wit will showcase his work and films, including his Oscar-nominated feature The Red Turtle, which was produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli.

Lizzy Hobbs is an experimental filmmaker who uses her unique style to tell surprising stories. With her analogue technique, her films offer a creative and artistic perspective on everything from historical moments to mythical tales. In her masterclass she will discuss her approach to creating short films and show details from her productions.


Yngvild Sve Flikke

Yngvild Sve Flikke (b. 1974) wrote and directed drama and documentaries for NRK TV for 17 years (won the Gullruten for her documentary Dum Dum Boys – Fem menn om fem låter) before her debut as a feature film director with Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts in 2015. The film was well received by both audiences and critics. It premiered at the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at the Gothenburg Film Festival and was nominated for 4 Amanda and 3 Kanonpriser (Anne Krigsvoll won best supporting actor in both awards). The short film Eple (2017) won Timeglasset at the Norwegian Short Film Festival in Grimstad. Yngvild directed several episodes of the TV-series Heimebane season 1 and 2 (Official Selection Berlinale 2018, several awards on Gullruten 2018 and 2019). Her productions have been shown at a number of international festivals. They have a clear female perspective and are usually at the intersection of humour and seriousness. She has just finished her second feature film Ninjababy which premieres February 2021.

Yngvild will together with animator and co-author Inga H. Sætre present a “Work in progress” Ninjababy during New Nordic Animation.

Michaël Dudok de Wit

Michaël Dudok de Wit was born in the Netherlands in 1953. Since 1980 he has lived in London where he has directed and animated short films and many award-winning commercials for television and cinema.
In 1992 he created his short Tom Sweep, followed by The Monk and the Fish which was made at the studio Folimage, France. This film was nominated for an Oscar and it won a César. His best-known short film Father and Daughter won the Grand Prix in Annecy, an Oscar and a BAFTA award. In 2004 he completed his short film The Aroma of Tea and he has recently written and directed the feature film The Red Turtle in France with Prima Linea Productions. The Red Turtle was co-produced by Studio Ghibli (Isao Takahata), Japan. It was nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature film (2017) and it has won the Special Prize at Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival (2016), as well as numerous other international awards.
Michaël also illustrates children’s books and gives talks on animation at universities in the UK and abroad.

Dudok de Wit will hold a Masterclass Live from London at Friday morning.
(Portrait © Gerard Cassadó.)

Elizabeth Hobbs

Elizabeth Hobbs is an animated filmmaker based in East London, and has been making films for more than 20 years.
Her films are experimental in form and often centred upon real life people or events. They often employ methods from her printmaking background, but always explore and stretch the material possibilities of the medium. Her films have travelled widely to international film festivals and won many awards, including a BAFTA nomination for I’m OK (2019).
Elizabeth enjoys sharing her practice through workshops and collaboration with The Creative Research Collective, NIE Theatre and artist Emily Tracy. She is an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and University of The Arts, London.

Elizabeth Hobbs will present a Masterclass Live from London, Friday morning.