Jul 30, 2010

Women Creator: Art, culture and creativity

2009 was the European Year of Creativity and Innovation and such was the occasion of commemoration of the third edition of Women Creator in Extremadura. This initiative has entered into this third year demonstrates once again that women and men are fighting for equality, non-discrimination in all areas and awareness throughout society.

Women Creator 2009 is an open space from Extremadura to the art, culture, creativity and expression made by women: the result of their concerns and interests. But it also brings attention Women Creator in Art, Culture and Creativity as tool for social transformation.

Women from different parts of the world, noted for their work and perseverance the artistic enterprise environment for social and cultural, have been the protagonists of Women Creator Meeting 2009. The organization is working to present the fourth edition of this event inExtremadura that both monitoring and successes achieved.

Jul 29, 2010

María Lorenzo: between portraits and acetates

María Lorenzo Hernández is a 33 year old from Alicante (Spain), who performed "Retrato D" in 2004 after studying Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where after some initial work in the animation to achieve some impact, makes "La pantera de Rilke "(2000) where he experimented with the concept of animated painting. "Portrait of D" confirms its position as a professional filmmaker, having been awarded in many Spanish festivals and has participated in festivals such as Annecy (France), the festival of Zagreb in Croatia or Animamundi in Brazil.

In the beginning, she had a passion for painting, but she saw the use of the prop as outdated, while the animation on acetate, painting, it was very attractive. Through her work, makes a clear statement and an offering to his inspiration, the Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, who paints with acrylic, gouache and other pigments on thousands of acetates. Acrylic paint on acetate is a process inherited from the classical animation, and today nobody uses, "but Mary has found a way to innovate in this regard, turning to the support and painting the front, as if it were on canvas or paper, so the vibe painted form one image to another.

At the end of this article, we share a picture of one of his last works, La Flor Carnívora, a new success of the cheerleader, present in many festivals.

Jul 28, 2010

DONA´M CINE: Made by women and about women Festival

The Festival is called DONA'M CINE and is the I International Competition of short films made by women in solidarity on women. The deadline for receipt of works is up to the Oct. 25 th in this online festival which has the support of many organizations and associations and is described by the Organization as follows:

DONA'M CINE is an audiovisual project promoted by the Association Entrepueblos / Entrepobles / Entrepobos / Herriarte, working in partnership for over 20 years, and producer Dual Band, with extensive experience in film and social documentary content. This project receives financial support from the Catalan Agency for Cooperation for Development (Generalitat de Catalunya) yl'Ajuntament d'Olèrdola del Penedès.

DONA'M CINE is a festival that provides a starting point towards the collective construction of a network for exchange of audiovisual materials on the internet done by women, which help to consolidate the process of empowering women and promoting equitable relations between men and women in a society more just, inclusive and supportive. DONA'M CINE is an opportunity to document our present, to write our own history from the diversity of social identities, cultural, indigenous, land - urban or rural areas, "sexual, religious or agnostic, ...

Jul 27, 2010

The birth of the female comics

At the beginning of the twentieth century, along with the birth of comics and other art, culture seemed to be nothing more than an exclusive preserve of males, both for what he has to do with experience and expertise, for the relevance to it granted both as a spectator and consumer of cultural content and by the leadership that was granted in the works. Such is the case in the few comics that emerged, which had as main character a man (usually hailed as an epic and heroic figure.)

It is therefore comprensinble that the trajectory of female comics could not take off, given the sociohistorical context in which it was framed the thinking of society and to be given this situation almost from the first moment that the first comics began to leave market regularly.

Somehow, the men conditioned the development and disposition of the first comic book devoted to women, or rather, in reality it was they who created them. Gradually over the years, gave way to comic book creators (artists, illustrators and designers) and to create female characters in comics that would later have her animated version.

There are multiple examples of important female characters in comics, which also acquired the heroine role: perhaps the most popular is Wonder Woman, which became a milestone in the United States. The DC Comics character it became a TV animated version, a version of serial fiction and animation films.

Jul 26, 2010

Did you know that the first film of Mafalda was in 1979?

By the time he finished the story, in 1973, Canal 11 from Buenos Aires (Argentina) began issuing a series of animated shorts, produced by Daniel Mallo, where the characters conversed Quino.

This led subsequently to Mafalda film, which was conducted in 1979 and released in Argentina in 1981, in Buenos Aires. The film, produced again by Daniel Mallo, featured the animations of Jorge Martín (Catú), music by Riz Ortolani, Alberto Cabado screenplay and directed by Carlos Márquez. As it was a montage of short made for television, in film there was a link between a story and others, which, however, he did not lose the essence of the character. It lasted 75 minutes, and in 1982 was released in Spain under the name of "The Worlds of Mafalda."

Jul 23, 2010

Heidi: the smiling girl from the Alps

Heidi's character comes from a children's book titled with the same name, which the author Johanna Spyri achieved international recognition and fame. This book tells the story of a young girl who lives in the Swiss Alps near the Austrian border. In the character of Heidi emphasize human values and love of nature with which they conquered not only the children, but, people of all age groups were attracted by the magic of the child.

It will be in 1974 when the jump to the small screen, hands of Japanese anime Shojo Haiji, achieving unparalleled success at international level. In the series of fifty-two episodes tells the experiences of this little girl, who originally lived in the mountains with her grandfather and those forced to ditch to go to the city and escort another girl in class high social standing. This trip makes a clear allusion to the Second Industrial Revolution and the exodus from the countryside to the city, linking two worlds to one from the innocent eyes of the girl.

In 1975 he issued in Spain for Spanish television, and sit unparalleled success at the time. With anime it is introduced not only in Spain but also in Europe, and serves as a starting point for the worldwide introduction of anime in both the Old Continent and the U.S.

Jul 22, 2010

Women Things

This is the short film Cosas de mujeres, directed by Lorena Mendez and Alejandra Rotondi. Here you attach the synopsis by the artists!

The short shows a day in the life of this woman, who oppress the mandates and what "should" be and do every day. On the other hand, fantasies come to mind as does the domestic and the everyday. With his fantasies succeeded in giving a "flight" to the life repetitiva.Lo going black and white is the routine, but in parallel passes your fantasy, your imagination, which occur to him while doing daily tasks, and this will in color.

The idea is that despite the routine of his life, you can find a creative look and a chance to enjoy your existencia.El aim is to question and learn that women are not captive, we have the ability to change, mandates, it established, what position, why exactly has to be so? Why tradition? Why custom? For whatever reason .. rethink the roles, mandates ... must realize that, and of personal responsibility about what compliance; because no one serves for places to occupy, if not from the end.

Jul 21, 2010

Women in Animacam: Inma Carpe

Inma Carpe is a Danish animator with Spanish origins. Valencian by birth, she developed her professional career in Spain, Cuba, Germany and Denmark. Present in many festivals of animation as Anifest in Prague or Animamundi in Sao Paulo, developed much of her career between Spain and Germany, but currently she is based in Denmark.

After other works as Peace, Whispering, The little head riding hood or AIDS (the latter two present in the current edition of Animacam), Inma participated in the Second Edition of Animacam with two short films: In the winter palace-an allegory about dream world and the real and the quest for perfect balance between both, which was winner in the Retrospective category, and Prayer in the night: the story of love between the moon and sun, and how to avoid the night being together . Both figures taken astral human form, to make their dreams reality.

Jul 20, 2010

Cartoon carachters: Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse is a cartoon character created by the Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eternal bride of Mickey Mouse and next to him, she debuted in Plane Crazy, 15th of May 1928, but achieved success with Mickey in the third chapter of the series, titled Steamboat Willie.

Mickey Mouse's girlfriend

Minnie Mouse, eternal girlfriend of Mickey Mouse is a mouse who wears skirt black dresses, skirts and heels in most of the short films. In her first appearance, she appeared wearing only a skirt and petticoats, while in the second short film called Gallopin 'Gaucho, she wore heels and a hat with a flower.

She had a little role in the short films. She only appeared as the girlfriend of Mickey Mouse, and was repeatedly saved from Stick Leg Pete, the cat enemy of Mickey Mouse. Her temperament is sweet and scary, but she has a lor of bad mood when she gets angry.

Walt Disney said in a 1933 interview: "In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie." Many people wrote to Disney asking him that, as in some films appeared to be married and not in others. What is important for the movies, is that Minnie is the woman at his side, both when it comes to stories in which Mickey courting a girl, which is always Minnie, or where they appear as a marriage. In the series House of Mouse, Mickey mentions his birthday with Minnie, implying that they are married.

Jul 19, 2010

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis is the autobiographical story of Iranian Marjane Satrapi, the story of how he grew up in a fundamentalist Islamic regime that would end up out of their country. The cartoon begins from 1979 when Marjane is ten years old and from the perspective of a child is witness to social change and political ends more than fifty year reign of the Shah of Iran and Persia gives way to an Islamic republic .

The story of illustrious ancestors (his great grandfather was the last king of the Persian dynasty of the Qadjar), a family that is actively opposed the Shah's government, events, social class differences or the marginalization of the girl are some of the pieces of the puzzle that Marji strives to compose with the aim of understanding the world around her. While it grows, Marjane realizes that the new Islamic regime who fought by their parents has fallen into the hands of the fundamentalists and that does not bring anything good.

Persepolis's second album takes the period from 1980 to 1984 and has as background the war between Iran and Iraq in the mid-eighties and the beginning of his adolescence, where we will see, for example, his fondness for music groups banned by the regime Islamic, and some of the problems that already gets a young age by his rebellious nature. The third album focuses on the many hardships and adventures that will live life the author in Austria between 1984 and 1989, where it is sent to live by their parents to protect both the bombing as the legal problems that could end up continuing with their behavior, not always suited to the habits advocated from the Islamic government. The fourth and last presented his return to Iran, a time when she studied fine arts in Tehran and after living in Europe several years we have to explain how to get used to new life under the regime of Shiite ayatollah.

On June 27, 2007 was released in France the film that the animation fits the comic book's first two albums, co-directed and co-written between Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud own. The animation is done entirely in black and white, and has in the French version with the voices of Catherine Deneuve (admirer of Satrapi's work) and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni, in the roles of Satrapi's mother and self-protogonista respectively. On the occasion of the presentation of the film in official selection at Cannes in May 2007 (something that has not sat well with the Iranian authorities.) The film finally won the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in France in the 2008 César Awards won awards for Best First Film and Best Adaptation (and received four other nominations) and the U.S. was nominated at the Oscars 2008 Award for Best Animated Film (which eventually won Ratatouile).

Jul 16, 2010

Women Animating: Chelo Loureiro

With delineation studies and Technical Engineering, Chelo Loureiro began her professional career as a technician in the Shipping industry, continuing her education and specializing in the Management of companies active in the field of Communication "La Voz de Galicia, Diario de Ferrol y Cultura, Arts and Photography (Group Sargadelos, Lua Films).

In 2004, Chelo Loureiro joined Continental Producciones to take the direction of the animation division. She has been the executive producer of works such as:
- "Pica Pica Circus" animated feature film directed by Tomás Conde and Virginia Curiá. 80 min.
- "De Profundis": Animated Feature Film directed by Miguelanxo Prado. 75 min.
- "La Crisis Carnivora" Animated Feature film directed by Pedro Rivero. 80 min.
- "The World's Largest Flower" Animated Short Film directed by Juan Pablo Etcheverry. 10 min.
- "Soños dende o abismo": Documentary directed by Sandra Sanchez, 58 min.
- "And Why?": Animated Series. 52 episodes x 30 sec.

In the last edition of Animacam, Continental Producciones presented the animated short film O soldadiño de Chumbo, of 2008, directed by Virginia Curiá and Tomás Conde. Currently, Chelo created two years ago her own production company: Abano Producións.

Jul 15, 2010

CIMA: Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media Association

CIMA (Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media Association) is an association of more than 200 professional women with a common goal: to promote equal representation of women in the audiovisual medium, contributing to the creation of a more egalitarian and diverse .

Did you know that only 8% of the films produced in Spain are run by women? In script and films with female participation not reach 20%, and no matter if we talk about film, television and documentaries: audiovisual creation is almost entirely in male hands. CIMA aims to change this situation.

Over 200 women professionals from all fields of the visual are part of this association: film directors, producers, writers, filmmakers television, documentaries, shorts, editors, business managers of the environment, women's crew chief creative departments or technical, etc. CIMA presents the views and interests of a wide range of sectors linked by a common motivation: to get women to have a voice and presence in the creation, management and industry of film and television.

Among the purposes of ICMA are the following:

1. Defender equal opportunities in access to positions of leadership and decisions of the audiovisual media and film, increasing their ownership and the influence of women and promote, in general, women's access to the audiovisual field.

2. Promote a more unbiased and real women in the media to help dignify the public image of women and help create reference images to new generations of women.

3. Promote equal presence of women in all public areas related to the media.

Jul 14, 2010

Manga subgenres: the shójo

The shōjo (the meaning in Japanese is "young girl") is a type of manga aimed at a female audience aged ten to eighteen, and usually published in Japan in manga magazines dedicated to this demographic. It covers a wide range of topics and styles, from the historical drama to science fiction, usually focusing emphasis on human and emotional relationships. Refers to the type of Manga that is dedicated to romantic storytelling, originally to entertain the young Japanese girls of today but are also watched and followed by boys.

Strictly speaking, the shōjo does not subscribe to any particular style or genre and is more an indicator of audience it is intended.

This type of hose has a number of characteristics that differentiate it from other subgenera within the manga universe:

Young people who appear in this series look effeminate, the higher the beauty of the boy, player appearances become more effeminate. While elllo, a man in this type of Japanese animation can be compressive, sensitive and gentle without being effeminate.

The dominant and strong sex are women

The feelings among the subjects of relationships are always involved in the misunderstanding on the part of society for their problems.

In some cases this type of series and animation productions: the exterior of a person is most important.

There are different forms of Shojo

Clean Shojo: Where the protagonist is usually a woman with many problems both emotionally as well as social. (As in the case of Candy Candy).

Shojo Singer: Where the players dream of becoming idols (like Idol Densetsu Eriko).

Magicals Shojo Girls: Where the players acquire super powers (see Sailor Moon).

Shounen: stories about boys (teenage relationships).

Jul 13, 2010

Women in Animacam: Sandra Ortuño

Sandra Ortuño is a very young animator who appeared in the last edition of 2009 of Animacam with three works. This Valencian, with 24 years old, graduated in Arts is a rising star in the Spanish animation. Their stories, candy and with a huge sense of humor, looking for and connection with the viewer, through the movements and music tapes.

In its beginnings in animation world started to have a presence and display at festivals like Rio de Janeiro and Valencia, and participated in our festival with three works: Menu of the Day-produced and performed in the United Kingdom, tells the story of a chef in a restaurant without food is to serve its customers in comedy-, Salsito - made with Victor Gil, tells the musical adventure of Salsito, a bird that comes to his first day of school, and Panteras en las paredes - animation work fully developed by the author, in which Neu heard noises in the walls, but no one will listen her.-

Jul 12, 2010

Pin-up arthouse

The expression "pin-up" was set in the U.S. in the decades of the 40s and 50s. With this name are known the drawings (or photographs) of pretty girls in attitudes suggestive. His success was so resounding that over time have come to influence many areas.

The pin-ups follow a pattern: women are beautiful, sensual, often caught in situations "committed" and that exude eroticism and innocence from every pore. No need to be naked (in fact almost never are). Its charm lies in their poses and looks, in that skirt that shows just enough, or that lingerie that suggests more than it teaches.

From magazines and calendars (how widespread publicity at the time) came to every corner of the country. With the height of the photo illustrations lost weight and some models are specialized in the strip or film. Its popularity was such that even the U.S. government became pin-ups to give the soldiers that hung in their lockers and they go up morale during World War II.

Jul 9, 2010

Trees migration by Joanna Lurie

Migration in autumn, when the clouds carry the fall slowly...

Joanna Lurie studied animated film and 3D animation at the art schools in Angoulme. But she had previously worked in advertising and was also focused on photography, set design and the manufacture of puppets. She is currently working as an animator and has contributed to the making of several animated series and films. She is the author of several short films, such as Too Close to the Sun (Trop prs du sol, 2004), Under the Stone (2004) and The Silence Beneath the Bark (Le silence sous l'écorce, 2009).

Jul 8, 2010

Betty Boop: the first sex-symbol cartoon

Betty Boop is a cartoon character that appeared in Talkartoon series produced by Max Fleischer and released by Paramount Pictures. With her overt sexuality, Betty was a success in films and Tv-series.


Her first appearance on August 3rd, 1930, in the cartoon, in the sixth installment in Fleischer's Talkartoon series. Grim Natwick, a veteran animator of Walt Disney Studios and Ub Iwerks, was primarily responsible for creating the animated character modeled after the figure of Helen Kane, singer and actress hired by Paramount Pictures, the studio that distributed the Max Fleischer cartoon. Beginning with this cartoon, the voice of the character was represented by several different voice actresses until Mae Questel got the role in 1931, and held him for the rest of the series. The animator redesigned in 1932 to be recognizably human in the cartoon Any Rags. Appeared in ten cartoons as a support character, a flapper girl with more heart than brains. Not officially named until the 1932 short Stopping the Show.

Despite several discussions on the final appearance, it is estimated that in total there were twelve Screen Songs cartoon Betty Boob who offered, or at least a similar character.

Betty as sex-symbol

Max Fleischer's brother, Dave, further altered the character, making it more sensual, more feminine. Betty's famous personality finally came into the 1932 short, Minnie the Moocher. In August 1932, the number of Talkartoon officially renamed as Betty Boop cartoons.

Betty Boop is famous for being the first cartoon character to fully represent a sexual woman. Other female characters of the same period showed their underwear regularly, like Minnie Mouse, but were not fully a woman. Betty Boop, however, disclosed their sexuality. He wore short dress and garter belt. His chest and showed prominent cleavage.

However, the animators made sure to keep the character "pure" (officially she was only 16 years). The adult sensibilities of Betty's success made a wave of merchandising and traveled the world. Meanwhile, Helen Kane, who inspired the character in 1930, sued the Fleischer studio in 1934 alleging he had copied the look, the way you dance and sing and slogan. Kane lost the suit (and its Boop Boop a Doop) when Fleischer proved that the phrase had been used before Kane.

Jul 7, 2010

Stop genre violence: My house is a hell

Alén Filmes is a production from Vigo during the first decade of the twenty-first century was devoted to stop-motion animation and clay, was nominated for major awards such as The Mestre Mateo in 2007, the best animated short films and being present in many festivals . Currently, Alen film focuses on the direction of casting and extras for major television and film productions. This production Vigo presented to the Second Edition of Animacam a work in clay on gender violence: My house is a hell.

My house is a hell is the first chapter of the animated series "Stories of the day to day." It tells the story of a women who survived domestic violence and now living in a shelter for women victims of bad behaviour.Una new life after the hell in which they will become their own homes. Carolina, Iria, Lucia and Karen told us about their experiences from a foster home, a place whose location can not reveal or their friends or family la sua. A haven of peace after a traumatic experience as a victim of violence by partners suas at home. Rafael Jurado, a judge of prisons, brings us his vision of a dangerously growing problem both in the number of dead how the people suffer. Also seek to provide a solution to alleviate the problem.

From Galicia, comes this example of renunciation and rejection of violence against women, providing the animated clay and seeing a significalidade meddling in social issues.

Jul 6, 2010

Women Animating: Reggina Pessoa

Born in Coimbra in 1969, Reggina Pessoa graduates at the Oporto University of Fine Arts. In 1992 begins working in Filmógrafo, where she collaborates as an animator. In 1999 animates and directs her first author film “A Noite” (The Night), engraving in plaster plates and won 9 awards.

In 2005 animates and directs her second short animation film “Tragic Story with Happy Ending”, whose project received 3 prizes in Annecy “Espace Projects” 2001. and recently won 26 awards including: Spécial Jury Award Cinanima’05, the CNC’06 Quality Award, the Best Animation award at Granada’06, the Special Jury Award at Anifest Trebon’06, the Grand Prix at SICAF’06, the Grand Prix at Annecy’06, the Prize Best of Section at Melbourne ’06, Nominee for the Cartoon d’Or 2006 – Europe, The Special International Jury Prize Hiroshima’06, the Grand Prix at Mecal’06 and a prize at AniMadrid’06.

She wanted to be drawer, designer and animator since she was a child as she said:

" I lived in the countryside in a small village near Coimbra until I was 17 years old. My entire universe was rural. We didn’t have television, which was very boring…but in retrospect, thinking things over, maybe it saved me. We read and listen to our elders telling stories. My uncle used to draw on the walls and on the doors of my grandmother’s home, with pieces of coal. Seeing my uncle drawing on the walls gave us a sense of freedom because we didn’t have paper and pencils but we always had walls and doors – maybe this stayed with me unconsciously because know, much later, it’s already the second film that I’m making in engraving technique..."

Jul 5, 2010

II Made by Women Festival

26th and 27th of November, 2010

"COSAS DE MUJERES" Independent Production Company, awarded since the March 8th, 2010 to 30th October 2010, The Second Film Festival"MADE by WOMEN" to be held on 26th and 27th of November as part of the commemoration of the 25th November: Day of struggle for non-violence towards women.

Proposals may participate Audiovisual Shorts film made by women, on any subject, lasting up to 30 minutes, documentaries, fiction or animation, which do not contain scenes that denigrate or have scenes of violence against women, or contains sexist language, made from 2006.

Jul 2, 2010

Women in Animacam: Maribel Martínez

Maribel Martínez Galindo was born in Mexico D.F. He began her graphics career in the editorial world. She currently works as creative director in the area of animation and television post-Contacto within the image area Televisa, where the group in charge had won eighteen awards Promax (Promotion and Marketing) and BDA (Broadcast Design Association), plus Cordova festival Animacor 2008 Best Television Series and the Grand Prix of New York Animation Film Festival. His work was published in several books and magazines in design and creativity.

The Mexican author presented at the Second Edition of Animacam, an advertising campaign of seven TV spots, such as promotion of culture and Latin American literature: Imaginantes. Under the theme A Guideline for the imagination, in each capsule is talk of a great author (including Octavio Paz and José Luis Borges) or any of their works. Showing the time or key idea that inspired and relating it to the times we live in the most common of human beings.

Jul 1, 2010

Waves of time by Evgenia Gostrer

The German Evgenia Gostrer takes part in Animacam with Waves of time (Zeitwellen) with which we send a key message: "Commemoration, reality, imagination. Are there limits between these tides in our minds?"

From Kassel, a city in central Germany, Evgenia had a focused and specialized training in graphic design and communication so that in 2007 got the title animation school in Kassel, from which he developed this work in stop-motion, with an interesting staging.