Dec 21, 2010

Dear friends!

All our gratitude,
For having grown, one more year, with you,
For having shared, your animated live, with us,
For having walked together, to animate the world,

For all that, and much more

Nov 15, 2010

Maite Ruiz de Austri, the reference female Spanish animation presents: "THE TREASURE OF KING MIDAS"

Maite Ruiz de Austri is a Spanish writer, screenwriter and film and television director, specialized in programs for children and youth. It is the only female director of long feature animation films of Spanish cinema. So far she has directed five films and television series. Belongs to CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers) and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain. Among the many important awards she has received in her long career include: two Goya Awards for best animated film Return of the North Wind (1995) and that neighbors such animals! (1999), two gold medals at The Houston International Film Festival and a silver medal and bronze medal at The New York TV Festival.

On November 5 premiered her latest film, "The Treasure of King Midas." Animal sequel Chanel (2008). In which the stork Cathy, mouse Nico and her partner, Lori, great reporters and acquaintances of the children celebrate the beginning of a well deserved break when Papa Mouse tells them very concerned that just came out an SOS impossible to ignore, two reporters from the ACH network are being stalked by a monstrous while working on a story in the depths of the jungle Harrowing and need urgent help. ACH, the best worldwide chain of TV made by animals for animals never left in the lurch to any of its employees, therefore, Cathy and Nico give up their vacations to come to the aid of their colleagues and do at the same time delight of children.

Nov 8, 2010

Jade Raymond, the hallmark of quality in the video game industry

Bachelor in Computer Science and Fine Arts, the Canadian began his passion for video games in his teens.

"After spending a summer playing video games, it became clear that the next step for me was to create"

Said and done.

He began his career as a programmer doing educational games for the IBM and Microsoft, with educational applications, to give then the jump to video game development team from SONY. His good performance earned him an exceptional reputation that catapulted the "swilling" developer and publisher Electronic Arts, where he worked as a producer of Sims Online.

As Jade are the sagas, he returned to his native Montreal to enlist in the ranks of Ubisoft, and take the journey through the most successful franchise of the moment "Assassins Creed". He made the first delivery as the main producer, and after achieving unparalleled success, took the post of executive producer on "Assassins Creed II."Since yours are the sagas ... also have something to do with "Assassins Creed III", but this time, with thirty-five years from the same Toronto address Ubisoft. As president.

Nov 2, 2010

Kseniya Simonova, creativity against crisis

Kseniya Simonava is a clear demonstration of the supremacy of development and creativity in times of crisis.

This young Ukrainian, born 22 April 1985, and began drawing on sand in 2008 when following the credit crisis her business fell into bankruptcy. Her desire to excel led her to start with this technique of animation as a turning point to the dire situation that is ensuing. Putting the good work and creativity that often arises in humans after dramatic situations, she decided to enter the contest Ukraine's Got Talent. Winning in 2009 resulting from an animation that reflects the tragedy of the Soviet people during World War II.

Kseniya, besides the prestige and worldwide recognition, won a prize of around 125.000 USD to get the first place. The video of her "performace" on YouTube has received over 15 million visitors from all over the world.

Since we want to women  animating offer this small tribute to Kseniya Simonova and all those who can get the best out of themselves in difficult times. Will this for you!!!

Sep 27, 2010

Monique Renault: a great feminine animation refference

After starring in an article of Women Animating, the French artist, currently installed in the Netherlands, Monique Renault, has contacted us through the network, happy and grateful for the article of herself and interested in participating in this Third Edition of Animacam, bringing much of her extensive work with eight animations, from its beginning in France to her professional development in the Netherlands.

Since its iniciation in 1966, when she graduated to study in Prague, even today, the animator never stopped creating, participating in multiple initiatives and forming part of a jury of renowned animation festivals around the world. Stresses in her work, the delicacy with a pencil trace the characters and the modeling thereof and the use of the image and movement combine to perfection.

In Festival are available eight of his works in the Official Section in Competition in the Retrospective category:

- 850 years in Moskow
- À la votre
- Borderline 1 & 2

- Holly Smoke
- L'Alliance

- Nike 1980

- Pas a deux

- Psychoderche

- Weg Erme

To watch the videos of the French artist, it´s as simple as accessing to the homepage of the Festival, click on Watch videos and in the search box on the left side of the screen, type the name of the animator: Monique Renault. Relax and enjoy!

Sep 15, 2010

Mujer Es Audiovisual Foundation presents the new Cine en Femenino Contest

Women's Audiovisual Foundation (Mujer Es Audiovisual from Colombia) invites all women with audiovisual works such as documentaries, short films, feature films, animation, experimental, video clips or film-minutes to make a selection of projects for different samples in national festivals and alternative spaces associated with the foundation.

To meet the requirements for participation in the 2010 Women's Film Round (Cine en Femenino 2010) follow the following link, clicking here

Women's Audiovisual was formed under the female I Film Festival in Bogotá - Colombia Lights, Camera, Women in Action, a public policy proposal from the Women and Gender of the Mayor of Bogotá in 2007. There were presented about 100 films directed by women, participating 14 countries, six spaces for screening, five talks and an international seminar Eulate with Esther Perez, Spanish filmmaker who represented the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media in Spain (CIMA).

Sep 13, 2010

Urgent message- Animacam in Facebook

Dear friends of Animacam Festival:

It is our duty to inform you that we have a serious problem when attempting to access our Facebook account, which user is Festi. Animacam, those problems appears six days ago. After three years of attendance of the Festival where its was active, sharing all information relating to it through the social network, we are not able to offer you all the information about it from our original account, created from the First Edition of the Festival in June 2008.

After trying to solve the problem, contacting the administrators of the social network Facebook, whose representatives have ignored our demands, and consulting advice to various experts in social computing and networking, we do not understand what is the real reason for the impossibility to accest to the account, because we have the user profile opened to the Internet, but can not access the account to continue reporting the news about Animacam. Therefore, we suspect that this is a computer attack to the Facebook´s user of Animacam, ignoring the reasons and motives that have led to cause him/her to do it.

We apologize to all our supporters and friends of the Festival, as it is a bug outside the Organization and impossible to be sorted out through it, which has always done a strictly professional and informative work to share with you our business, played with all our affection and encouragement. However, our alternative is to create a new user of the festival to continue transmitting the news to the public regarding the same.

Please accept our apologies and call upon this social network managers to rectify, explain and argue the disadvantages that have arisen when the access to social network profile, motives and reasons unknown and as users, we have the right to be informed.

Thank you very much for your time and attention

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Sep 8, 2010

Femitic: Made by women video contest

FEMITIC is a video contest to promote participation of women on the Internet.

With the video contest Femitic, made by women, Dones en Xarxa (association organizing the event), aims to achieve the following goals:

- Encourage the creation of digital content among women.

- Encourage women to participate more actively on the Internet and Social Networks.

- Visualization of women on the Internet.

- Reduce the gender digital divide.

- Encourage the use of the Internet as a space to promote egalitarian and inclusive values among young men and women.

Sep 3, 2010

La flor carnívora by María Lorenzo

A woman alone in her house. A man, or maybe two. A Venus Flytrap. Carnivorous flowers die when they chase... But not all of them.

The renowned animator from Alicante, María Lorenzo, one of the leading figures in our space, Women Animating, participates again in this third edition of Animacam with her lastest animation: La flor carnívora, a traditional animation on acetate which tells the loneliness of a woman which her carnivorous plants die, but not all.


Director: María Lorenzo Hernández
Screenplay: María Lorenzo Hernández
Animation: María Lorenzo Hernández, Mikolaj Konwacki
Argument: María Lorenzo Hernández, Enrique Millán
Storyboard: María Lorenzo Hernández
Photo: Carol Bernal
Music: Armando Bernabeu, Merche Moret
Editor: Jordi Abellán - 25P, Francisco Ortiz
Credits: Francisco Ortiz
Artistic Director: María Lorenzo Hernández
Producer: José Iborra, Guillem Miquel

Sep 2, 2010

Women Animating: Joanna Priestley

Born and raised in Oregon, Joanna Priestley began experimenting with animation very early in her life. “One of the first toys I was ever given,” she recalls, “was a zoetrope, which worked on a little turntable and it had little zoetrope strips with it. I loved it! I’m sure I became an animator because of that toy.”

After college, she moved to Paris “to study printmaking with intaglio master Bill Hayter at Atelier 17.” Returning to Oregon, she settled in Sisters, “a little tiny cowboy town in the center of the state, where there was almost nothing to do in the evenings.” With no commercial cinema around, she helped start a film society, which became a huge success.

Working as a film librarian for the Northwest Film Center, in Portland, enabled her to see new work and meet filmmakers like independent animator George Griffin, whose work Priestley “just fell in love with” and who became a big influence. Other animators who have had a great influence include Norman McLaren, Len Lye and Jane Aaron.

“However,” she says, “the one film that’s influenced me the most is La Jetée by Chris Marker, [which consists entirely of still photos]. I saw it in college in 16mm; I was so astounded by it that I insisted I be able to take the film and look at it myself, and was able to look at it four times in a row. At that point, I was supporting myself doing commercial slide shows with three or six projectors. And there’s such an interesting overlap between slide shows and La Jetée and animation, because movement occurs between the dissolves between these still images.”

Sep 1, 2010

Women Animating: Monique Renault

Monique Renault was born in Rennes, France. She studied painting at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Rennes and Paris. In 1966 she got a scholarship to study animation in Prague. She has worked several years with Peter Földes and Sarah Mallinson. In 1972 she became chief animator at A.A.A. Studio (J. Rouxel and M. Ponti) in Paris. In 1976 she went to work in Amsterdam in The Netherlands and acquired the Dutch nationality.

She was guest of honor in Assen, Athens, Cambridge, Grimstad, Hiroshima, Krok, London, Montpellier, Rennes, Sorrento, Stockholm, Taiwan, Tampere and Utrecht.

Monique is also well known for her workshops and memberships of juries. She was member of a jury in AniFest, Annecy, Bilbao, Douarnenez, Espinho, Hiroshima, Krok, Utrecht and Zagreb.

Since 2003 she works for PHFTP productions-Tokyo-Japan ("Fukushima Folkstales", "Space Elevator: The future scientist dream of", director Pascal Roulin). Nowadays, she features in Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Monique Renault has won many awards with her films among which a Golden Bear in Berlin. Recently her work was shown as l'art émancipé in Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Monique Renault, l'art émancipé - Bande-annonce
Cargado por centrepompidou. - Mira videos web originales.

Aug 31, 2010


Plays today to share with you the irreverent history of that girl who stands up to the adult world, the fray to defend the ideals of respect and social equality. In searching the net at times we find little gems, since we enjoy encouraging women in your company. This is his story:

"On 29 September 1964 first appeared a strip of Mafalda.
Its author, Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino, no idea then that the thoughts put into the mouth of this character would be translated into 26 languages (from Japanese, Italian and Portuguese to Greek, French and Netherlands), and that his books sold, only in Argentina, 20 million copies. It was 30 years since that initial story Quino 20 years since last drawn. However, it remains as relevant as ever. The ten unique books in the series continue to be reprinted again and again throughout the world.

The first public appearance of Mafalda took place over 35 years ago, on September 29, 1964 in the magazine Primera Plana.
Where appropriate, the midwife did not say male: the flamboyant character who over the years would become a banner of struggle for social equality at a time when women's liberation was still in diapers, "wore their skirts securely.

"Why are women I do not know. At first you do not stop to think about those things?" He says today Joaquín Lavado, Quino, creator of Mafalda.
The artist had not thought about three decades ago, that the ideas of this child as ingenious as irreverent as reflective as rebellious, were to travel the world.

Did not suspect that one day the writer Julio Cortázar would say, "It does not matter what I think of Mafalda. The important thing is what Mafalda thinks of me." Much less that although the USSR is gone, just like the Beatles and the Vietnam War, Mafalda's message would continue the same dose of genius and, above all, today.
Quino never imagined that being tiny and cool, with an intelligence and shrewdness to the arguments immune adults and just surrounded by an appropriate child's world, raise the comic to the category of "moral tales."

With a correct dose of simplicity and depth, Mafalda became a cartoon character more means today to the Argentines.
To Quino-owner of a genuine modesty, it all began by chance and without him propose any greatness: "In reality Mafalda was going to be a cartoon to promote a new line of appliances called Mansfield. Agnes Advertising agency entrusted with the job Miguel Brasco, but as he had other commitments, I passed it to me. This was in 1963. But the campaign never did and I drew the eight strips were stored in a drawer. Until next year Julián Delgado, secretary wording of "Primera Plana", asked me a story. So I rescued those strips and well, there it all began "

This anecdote, which Quino often told, has some little known facts. For example, the name of the employee of the agency that commissioned the strip: the actor Norman Briski. "At that time the name stuck in my mind," recalls today Brasco, "because it was a mix of my surname in the artist Oski. When I called, this match was funny and I went to the agency to see what it was. Wanted a family with father, mother and two children, a typical context for the products appear. What they needed had nothing to do with what I normally do, so I work I derived Quino, who at that time working with me " .

As for the exotic name Mafalda, the name came from the film version of the novel "Giving face" by David Viñas. In a scene from that film you see a baby in a bassinet by that name and adopted the name Quino.

Aug 27, 2010

Lara Croft."most successful human heroine in the history of gaming"

Following the trail opened by Chun-li in the video game world, we met in 1996, with the most successful female character in the video game industry, Lara Croft. Croft, who has starred in multiple installments in the saga Tomb Rider on PC and console, was created by Toby Gard as an English archaeologist intelligent and athletic, in true Indiana Jones. In fact, the character that Toby had designed at first was male, but the great reception they were having the female characters in the interactive entertainment industry in the mid-nineties, he quickly changed the creator of opinion.

Although due to the beauty of which endow the character, quickly received all kinds of transformations by the most degenerate, becoming seen as an exaltation of masculine power, but, their creators were responsible for maintaining its essence, a fact which soon catapulted character to star in comics, novels and some animated series. Lara Croft, in a few years had begun to cause rage in all types of audiences, a fact which was used to throw it to the big screen. The animated character come to life in 2001 from the hand of Angelina Jolie in a film box office happened with more pain than glory, as the second installment starring Jolie in 2006.

In this way, Lara Croft returns to the gaming world, where no rival, a clear reflection of who is the "most successful human heroine in the history of gaming."

Aug 24, 2010

Animated characters: Chun-Li, the first great heroine

When in 1987 the Japanese video game company Capcom, launched from the arcades of the first edition of the video game Street Fighter, nor did they know that they were starting revolution. The sequel released in 1991, not only sat impact in the gaming world, but served to break with the male stereotype of video games to fight.
Responsible for this was the inclusion of a character, whose name in Chinese would come to mean beauty of spring. This character was Chun-Li.

The figure of Chun-Li, managed to become, along with Ryu, the label identifying the CAPCOM video game series and opened the way for female characters in the world of interactive entertainment. Thus, companies that wanted to emulate post successes achieved by Street Fighter, did not hesitate to include in their offers interactive on a girl, ever putting it in a prominent place.

For the moment, and after 20 years, the success of the character is still booming. In their extrapolation to the animated and film adaptations of the saga were made video game, took a prominent role, becoming the main protagonist of a large cast of male figures.

Thus, from women animating, make a fitting tribute to those who paved the way for a female character kick hit the helicopter in the video game world: Chun-Li's first major interactive heroin.

Aug 23, 2010

Women Animating: Erica Rusell

Born in New Zealand in 1951, Erica Russell's parents emigrated to South Africa in 1953, and she spent her childhood there, finding inspiration in the local folk traditions and especially African music and dance.

Moving to London in the early 1970s, she joined Richard Williams' animation studio as a paint-and-tracer, and gained valuable experience assisting the veteran Disney animator Art Babbitt. Throughout the 1970s and 80s she worked for a number of animators and animation companies (including Gerald Scarfe, Paul Vester and Rocky Morton) before establishing her own studio, Eyeworks, and making her solo directing/animation debut with Feet of Song (1988).

Her subsequent solo projects have continued in a similar vein, including the Oscar-nominated Triangle (1992) and SOMA (2001). The first of these depicted the travails of a love triangle (one man and two women) through pure movement, while the latter was inspired by graffiti art, street dance and the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. She regards these three films (all funded byChannel 4) as forming a 'dance trilogy'.

Like most animators, Russell spends much of her time doing bread-and-butter commissions from commercials companies (such as the award-winning 'Sensual', made for Levi's Jeans for Women series), music video producers (Miles Davis, Elton John, Madonna, Tom Jones) and title designs for television series. Since 1992, she has run her own London-based production company, Gingco, with her partner and producer Adam Parker-Rhodes.

Aug 20, 2010

2nd Women Animating Special Week ending

2nd Women Animating Special Week is ending. After presenting ten animation at the Festival, closing this special week, and encouranging this initiative that came to mark the third anniversary of the festival, which began its journey on June 23.

We are grateful to everyone for your participation, collaboration and monitoring and appreciate your attention and trust, to help us try to provide quality multimedia animation content. Thank you very much!

Aug 19, 2010

Animated caracthers: Mulan

Mulan is an animated film from 1998, directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft, based on the traditional Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. Also part of the Disney Princesses.

Mulan is a young woman of marriageable age, but is also a free spirit and that is why many consider it a disgrace to her family and culture. In the middle of the Ming Dynasty, the Chinese empire goes to war with the Huns, and her elderly father is called to the front. As her father could no longer fight, she decides not to allow it, and is disguised as a man to replace him without anyone knowing.

One of the most popular Disney films in the late 90s, based on a popular Chinese legend, Mulan has become one of the carachters of the factory with more charisma and more familiar to children.

Aug 18, 2010

New animation releases in the II Women Animating Special Week

We continue to celebrate this Second Special Week Women Animating in Animacam with five new animation releases by women animators from around the world. Traditional animation done on acetate, 3D animation, flash and stop-motion mixing in these five new films in the festival to commemorate the increasingly important work of women in the animation world: neither more and no less than ten works animation.

The Estonian animators Mari-Liss Bassovskaja & Jelena Girlin, produced by the prestigious study Nuku Film, share with us a work that represents a satire of today's consumer society and what are the side effects that can cause a citizen very special love a soap opera about a heroine in Oranus. The Taiwanese animator Meower Wu, presents a multimedia clip created to represent the everyday life of an actor who gets the press, and the classic answered questions about their desire for money and fame. At the same time, the animator Ángela Barreiro presents a music video in the Multimedia category: My own gravity, a song created by Metropol Group about the own search of self-space.

Maria Lorenzo Hernández, after she starred in an article about her particular way of carrying out more traditional animation, she presents an animation of reference: Retrato de D. Through her work, makes a clear statement and an offering to her inspiration, the Swiss animator Georges Schwizgebel, who paints with acrylic, gouache and other pigments on thousands of acetate-a process inherited from the classical animation. Finally, the Colombian animator Cecilia Traslaviña, a professor of animation at the Faculty of Arts at the Javeiana University, participates in Animacam with Almas santas, Almas Pacientes: a reflection about a family drama that remains in people after the loss of important people for them.

Aug 17, 2010

Women in Animacam: Caroline Attia

Caroline Attia tells the short life of a little girl, who found an armed gun in the bedroom of her parents. A short film that purports to show the danger of guns in private households, which can lead to dire consequences.

From New York to Paris, from illustration to animation, Caroline Attia mixes Character design, fashion, dance and movement to create her work and put life into it.

After studying at the ENSAD in Paris and SVA in New York, she directed her first short film Tango sur Scie that was selected in several animation festivals. She then started working as a freelance illustrator and animation director for commercial, corporate, web, broadcast and magazines.

Caroline has directed commercials for Colorado, Lielans & Partner, Martin & Williams, Publicis and TF1 agencies, idents for MTV Asia, Fille TV, and part directed a promo for Over The Rhine's beautiful track 'Desperate For Love'.

Among her work she has directed a Public Service Announcement to end gun violence, a commercial for Zespri, Broadcast design for MTV, and is currently working on her own short film project.

Caroline's illustration work has been featured in magazines such as ELLE, the New York Times, Atmosphère, Epok, SVM Mac.

END GUN VIOLENCE from Caroline Attia on Vimeo.

Aug 16, 2010

II Special Week: Women Animating in Animacam

After completing a week of tribute to the women animators in Women Animating, because of the huge amount of contribution made by women who present their films to the festival, we dedicated a new delivery of animations made and developed by women animators. Stories bring us intelligent, social protest against war and against weapons, visual poems, poetic and sweet and local stories as a fable in which we can learn very interesting lessons.

Two French animators presented in Animacam, two films with a very good quality. Joanna Lurie is one of them, who participates with her work Le silence sous l'ecorce, a fable that uses the mix of 2D and 3D, in which the animals have to find and confront the dangers that threaten them in environment. Caroline Attia recounts the short life of a little girl, who found an armed gun in the bedroom of her parents. A short film that purports to show the danger of guns in private households, which can lead to dire consequences.

The Venezuelan Julie Hermoso, participating in the two previous editions Animacam, again combines visual beauty with the lyric, this time, combining both disciplines to create a poem Mute. Azadeh Moezzi, a very young animator from Iran, shows us a tender story about parental love that a child feels for his father, the king. Can the love of a child to change the fate of the throne? The artist tries to answer this question with this work. Finally, the Austrian animator Pascale Osterwalder, narrated in a rhythmic and versed song the events happened in Vienna after 1848, when the war minister Count de Latour, with a hard government repression makes a full revolution revolt in Hungary.

Aug 13, 2010

Women Animating: Joana Toste

Joana Toste is a Portuguese animator, was born in May 1970, graduated in Industrial Design, after attending a postgraduate course organized by the Glasgow School of Art and the Portuguese Centre of Design.

Since then, never stopped working in animation, collaborating with various studies and pursue their own projects, dedicated to working in illustration, set design, orientation workshops for children and the creation of Internet sites.

Among her films, there are works like: Serao, Guisado de galinha, Piu-Toc-Nham, Menu o A dama da lapa, working with production companies such as Gomtch-gomtch, Zeppelin Filmes y Filmógrafo.

Aug 12, 2010

Animated caracthers: Catwoman

Catwoman, also known as "gatubela" in some Latin American countries, was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane for DC Comics, and made its first appearance in Batman # 1. Her real name, Selina Kyle, is derived from the lunar deity Selene and makes a clear reference to the word "felina".

Originally, Catwoman was a jewel thief white collar, cat suit dressed and enemy of Batman. The complexity of the character was increasing as the years passed. As an antagonist of the series of comics, stand out among her skills: Agility own a cat, capacity and athletic figure and the strange sensuality apparent cause reaching between her and Batman there is an obvious physical and sexual attraction also linked to romanticism.

Later, we will investigate more about the characteristics, origins, nuances and personality of this curious character, one of the most acclaimed and well known female characters in comics and animation.

Aug 11, 2010

Tricky Women Festival

Tricky Women Festival is a iniciative held in Wien, Austria, and its running in the 7th edition. This Festival congregate lots of women animators and leaders of the main animation production companies from Europe, America and Asia. It was celebrated the last March 2010.

Out of 38 great competition films the jury selected the Tricky Women 2010 winners. This year's jury was Julie Roy( CA, producer for the Animation and Youth studio of the National Film Board of Canada), Jayne Pilling (GB, director of the British Animation Awards, curator and author) and Barbara Musil (AT, artist and lecturer).

The Tricky Women Award of the City of Vienna, worth 4.000 Euro goes to Signe Baumane and her film "Birth" (US/IT 2009). Tricky Women 2010 also dedicated a Best-of-Program to Signe Baumane.

Aug 10, 2010

Today in Animacam: Always Beside by Justina Svambaryte

5 oclock its time for a cup of tea with your beloved ones. Some of our relatives are still living close to us and some of them have passed away.But none of them would miss a chance to spend some time together and with a cup of tea.

After participating with other animation work in Animacam under the title The lost glove, the very young animator from Lithuania, presents new 2D animation work about tenderness and nostalgy for the family who are no longer with us.

Justina Švambarytė was born in Vilnius -Lithuania- on September 30th in 1987. Since that day, Justina wanted to become an artist. After 22 years, she finished Vilnius College of Design and Construction and officially became a designer.

Aug 9, 2010

Women Animating: Maite Ruiz de Austri

Maite Ruiz de Austri is a Spanish writer, screenwriter and film director, specializing in programs for children and youth. She is the only woman director of animation films of Spanish cinema. So far it has directed five movies and one TV series.

She is part of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers) and she is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences of Spain. Among the many important awards received during her long career include: two Goya Awards for best animated films Return of the North Wind (1995) and That neighbors such animals! (1999), two gold medals in the Houston International Film Festival and a silver medal and bronze medal at The New York TV Festival. Among his latest productions, highlights Animal Channel, for which she was nominated in 2008 for best animated film in Goya awards of the Academy of Spanish Cinema.

Aug 6, 2010

Today in Animacam: 2-Act I by Borislava Zahova

This project mixes music and visual elements seamlessly, creating a new multimedia world inspired by the abstract sounds of 2 pianos. It is essentially the transcendent search for unity that drives this project. What is 2? Is it the sum of 1 + 1 and when do the 2 halves become One? This film does not give answers. It simply visualizes the process of 2 separate identities struggling with their own weaknesses, strengths, similarities, and differences on the way to becoming ONE.

Borislava Zahova presents a new work of this edition of Animacam. After participating with two other experimental films - Open and Meaning- the Bulgarian author shows 2 Act I: in search of the creation of a new multimedia universe that mixes the sounds with visual effects.

Aug 5, 2010

Women looking forward the audiovisual world

Today marks the official opening of the Film and Video Days of Galicia (Xociviga) at 9.00 p.m. with a cellebration at the Auditorium of O Carballiño featured by the actress Camila Bossa.
Before the cellebration is held at night, throughout the day, there are several events. Amongst them is the official welcome of the Councillor for Education and Culture Maria Asuncion Rivero Hermida, who greeted and encouraged participants in the course of university extension "A muller na encrucillada do audiovisual (The woman looking forward the audiovisual world)."

This workshop course will run until tomorrow night and will offer conferences and round tables which analyzed the presence of women in the audiovisual world, from the interpretative point of view and in the faces of writers, directors, technics and producers. The course has been presented at noon by the director of the Institute for Women, Laura Seara, in an integrated course in a special section devoted to film festival, aimed to women. There will be feature films, documentaries and short films made by women and also a tribute to the Uruguayan filmmaker Manane Rodriguez.

Aug 4, 2010

Jessica Rabbit: the cartoon femme fatale

Jessica Rabbit is without doubt the most lush and the femme fatale of the cartoons female characters. The wife of Roger Rabbit noted for her wide hips, his gait and his voluptuous white heat. Born on November 14th of the 1922 in Los Angeles (based on the recreation of the atmosphere of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, created by the artists of Touchstone Pictures and Amblint Entertainment), is considered the sexiest female character in the history of animation, ahead of Betty Boop.

Her figure is based on previous femmes fatales of cinema: Veronica Late, Rita Hayworth and Lauren Bacall. The character uses the voice of Kathleen Turner and the songs of Amy Irving. Considered a landmark in the world of animation and an erotic myth for many, Jessica simply says: "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way"

Aug 3, 2010

Women Make Movies (WMM)

The executive director of Women Make Movies, Debra Zimmerman, says that WMM has a lot to celebrate. Projects that come out of WMM have won Oscars, Emmys and Peabodies. They represent 30 countries and over 400 artists. But most importantly, they represent the female presence in the film world. Along with three theatrical releases, nearly 10 U.S.A. broadcast films this year and one Oscar hopeful, “we are assisting more women filmmakers and returning more money in royalties to filmmakers than we ever have,” boasts Zimmerman.

The organization credits its success to bringing to the forefront that perspective that is, according to Zimmerman, “missing from mainstream media ”a woman’s perspective.” In particular, female moviemakers are looking to WMM for help in distribution ”a key component of the group which, according to its Website, is the “leading distributor of women’s films and videotapes in North America.” With a collection of more than 500 titles, WMM exhibits the work of women moviemakers all over the country, in a variety of non-traditional venues from museums and colleges to prisons and hospitals.

When people ask me... What about ‘Men Make Movies? I say it exists ”it’s called Hollywood!” Zimmerman laughs. “WMM is one small organization among many that puts women first. If you look at the percentage of films by women in major festivals, on television or in the cinemas, it seems clear that there is still a tremendous need for WMM.”

Aug 2, 2010

Women in Animacam: Marija Milanovic

Marija Milanovic was born 1972 in Kraljevo. Graduated in animation from the "Dunav Film" Film School, in the class taught by professor Rastko Ciric - he also participates in Animacam with his animation FANTASMAGORIE- . The film "Shadow and its man" was her final exam (she has featured it in, like the other two animation following below.)

Marija Milanovic is an experienced animator from Serbia. She was working for several years for different animations and her animations were representing the Serbian animation in lots of countries and festivals. She has given an incredible aportation in Animacam with three art works:

HOW DID THE LILY ARISE tells the story of a tragic love told in reflection of nature. Inspired by the song Ophelia by Arthur Rimbaud. Nature, plants, flowers... are starrings in this art. Taking a difficult point of view to see, but easy to feel, is one of the most well-known animations of the artist.

talks about a man walking, followed by his shadow, but not for long... Strange fears and precautions are the matter of this work, that tries to show us the different ways to understand the same feeling.

is the last work present in A young country dweller finds herself in the big city for the first time. With a more comedy side, the author bring to us a classic matter turned around to a different sense and understanding...

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.-