Five animated shorts from Flanders are running in the national competition of Anima (17-26 February), the annual animation celebration that takes place in Brussels. Five more films are screening in a Belgian Panorama, while co-production The Monster of Nix by Rosto receives a special screening.
Anima is showcasing a wide variety of animation talent from Flanders this year. In the national competition, there's Bruno Wouters' Daddy, Don’t Forget Your Glasses, Roman Klochkov's Natasha, Boris Sverlow's VAF Wildcard-winning Shattered Past, Yves Bex's The Appointment and Tristan Morelle's The Secret Child.
The Belgian Panorama presents a wide variety of films, commercials and TV series, including Niko Meulemans's animated series Chickentown, which was presented at MIPCOM last year. The tagline of the show, co-produced by Leuven-based 1st-day, is 'One egg a day keeps the butcher away!’ After a string of international successes, the brand-new series will also kick off on national television in Belgium on 20 February on commercial broadcaster VTM, and on 28 March on RTBF, Belgium's French-speaking pubcaster.
Crayon d'Amour by Gert Driesen, a student at the RITS Film Academy, found a spot in the Panorama section of Anima. Another film that found its way from the line-up at IKL 2011 to Anima is Britt Raes's Homemade.
Two animated commercials are also screening in Panorama. Ants by Gerrit Bekers was created for public transportation company De Lijn (watch the clip here). Western by Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur of the Beast Animation Studio (read the Flanders (i) interview with them) is a parody of Western movies for Lotus Biscuits in which we see a human hand dueling against an animated coffee cup over a Lotus biscuit. Ghent-based studio Creative Conspiracy handled 3D on both short animations and both were also based on a concept of advertising agency Duval Guillaume Brussels.
Finally, The Monster of Nix is screening at Anima with director Rosto present. It's definitely not the first festival for The Monster of Nix, earlier fests included Clermont-Ferrand and Les Arcs.