The festival has started! - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

The festival has started!

The Animation Festival of all time has started! The 25th edition of Fredrikstad Animation Festival kicks off from 21.-24 October, and it will be a record-breaking program. Never has the festival experienced a larger audience, with almost 400 accredited. FAF opens at Fredrikstad Kino, with three film premieres are the main attraction. One of the premieres is the Danish-Norwegian animated documentary FLEE (director: Jonas Poher Rassmussen).

Opening ceremony
The opening film is the Norwegian premiere of the Danish-Norwegian feature film FLEE, directed by Jonas Poher Rasmussen. FLEE tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage which compels him to reveal his hidden past for the first time. The past is about flee the country.

The world premiere Frydenlund Hair Parlour is the latest short film, from the Oscar-winning Norwegian studio, Mikrofilm, directed by Hanne Berkaak. This is the second film, where we follow 17-year-old Anna as her life is put on hold – just when it is about to start. The short film is based on true stories from World War II.

Finally, the Finnish short film Flames directed by Maja Viitahuhta will have its festival premiere during the opening ceremony. Fire is at the root of human culture, as a tool and as a place for social gatherings and storytelling. The yoik and the visual material of the video are based on its symbolism and power.

Reserve tickets for the opening ceremony here!

After the opening ceremony TÆPS and hoi polloi welcome the festival audience to their bars.

Friday will consist of, among other things, four spectacular seminars. The speakers are Chris Ebeling, Bee Grandinetti, Morten Thorning and Uri Kranot.

Chris Ebeling is an animator, digital artist, and educator with over a decade of industry experience in feature film, animation, Vfx, games, TV, and emerging technology production. In this masterclass, Chris will focus on the topic of “What Blockchain technology means for gaming.” He will discuss what an NFT is and how blockchains can be used in new ways. Buy tickets here.

Bee Grandinetti works as an animation director, designer, and animator. In this masterclass, she will tell us about her process and experience working on the commercial side of the industry. From playful loops to ads and educational films, Bee will share her knowledge developing projects for big and small clients and will give us insight on how her approach evolved throughout the years. Buy tickets here.

Guest of Honour Morten Thorning has accomplished a lot in his career, but most noticeably he created educational programs that revitalized the Danish and Nordic animation industries. In this masterclass, Morten Thorning will cover both the artistic and commercial side of developing an animation school and cultivating the animation scene in the small production country of Denmark. Buy tickets here.

Uri Kranot and his partner Michelle Kranot’s work has expanded beyond the traditional. Their art straddles experimental genres and unfamiliar mediums, fusing handmade crafted images and new technologies into contemporary experiences. In this masterclass, Uri will discuss his experiences with immersive storytelling. Buy tickets here.


Competition programme for Nordic-Baltic
After a record-breaking registration, the competition programme for Nordic-Baltic animated short film for Fredrikstad Animation Festival is ready. The pre-selection jury, which consisted of festival director Anders Narverud Moen, animator and filmmaker Eirin Handegaard and journalist and critic Oda Bhar, had a difficult task in selecting the best films that will be shown during Fredrikstad Animation Festival. As many as 73 films will be shown in the four competition programmes for short films, student films, commissioned films, and children’s films. The films represent most techniques and all countries in the Nordic and Baltic regions are represented. In the main program for Nordic animated short films, 10 out of 16 films have a female director. Buy tickets here, here, here, here and here.