Festival of Festivals
Festival of Festivals asits previous terms, is a collection of successful and authentic films that has achieved awards in festivals such as Annecy, Zagreb, Hiroshima, Ottawa etc. It is a good opportunity for those who could not manage to be present at all the events and screenings in the festival.
Going beyond the colors: Shiva Sadegh Asadi and Julia Gromskaya
Shiva Sadegh Asadi and Julia Gromskaya are filmmakers who each express their experiences, dreams and visions in the medium of animation in their own way, and in this sense, their films can be considered self-expressive and personal.
Fluidity in transmitting the plans and scenes, using morphs and visual poetry are common characteristics of these two filmmakers. Julia Gromskaya′s films have a dreamy atmosphere and reflect her poetic, lyrical and optimistic outlook on life. Shiva Sadegh Asadi′s films, on the other hand, are more story-oriented and bring nightmares, fears and dark aspects of the human psyche on the big screen by using non-linear and introverted stories.Animals step into the world of both directors’ films; as if dealing with these animalistic aspects is an inevitable part of encountering more hidden and instinctive layers of our being.Both filmmakers ′films are deeply connected to the fine arts, especially the world of painting, and are the result of endless exploration to create an individual and unique world. The brushstrokes reveal the filmmakers′ vibes and inner states and colors play an important role in emphasizing the theme or the story of the films. Julia Gromskaya′s color palette includes a variety of bright colors that make watching her films a pleasant experience, like a sweet journey into a world of colors, while Shiva Sadegh Asadi′s palette includes grays, dark and somber colors, with occasional use of sharp and pure reds, yellows and pinks that harmonize with her films threatening atmosphere and her characters’ inner world.On the other hand, Shiva Sadegh Asadi’s films deal with issues such as human relations, especially in the family, school and etc., as a result, the locations of her films are often internal spaces, while Julia Groskaya’s films invite the viewers to an endless trip over the fields, plains and green expanses.The experience of such powerful contrast and differences, along with the commonalities of the works of these two different filmmakers, can be attractive to the audience.
Two Decades with Oscar-winner Animations
In its different editions, Tehran Animation Festival has hosted and shown a number of Oscar nominated and winner films short animations. These were in the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, and 11th editions of the festival, received warmly by the festival’s audience. We have decided to review these films in this section.
Documentary Film Screening: Iranian Animation
The film is very based on a comprehensive research on Iranian animation, explores its history back from the very beginning until now and sheds a new light on its untold and unseen chapters. It pinpoints some of the critical turning points and the very remarkable Animation films produced in the former Ministery of Art and Culture, Center for the Intellectual Development of Child and Adolescent (Kanoon), TV commercials and series,independent, experimental and feature films.
Iranian Animation Pioneers: A Double-Bill Retrospective, Morteza Momayez and Farshid Mesghali
It is a showcase of few animation titles made by two acclaimed pioneer artists, Morteza Momayez and Farshid Mesghali, produced in Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon). These animation films have been recently restored and color graded digitally under suprvision of Kanoon’s department of film and theatre production.