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IMAGINARIA | International Animated Film Festival
18/23 August 2020 | Conversano (BA), Casa delle Arti

Despite the difficulties of the relaunch due to the health emergency, Imaginaria does not renounce the meeting with its loyal public and its community. From Tuesday 18 to Sunday 23 August, the festival presents its 18th edition in the cinema arena set up at the Casa delle Arti in Conversano.
There are almost 100 competing works that will be screened on the big screen and selected from over 2500 entered in the international competition.
Unpublished works, previews and exclusively regional that represent the best of the current world production of author animation. Also this year there will be three categories in the International, Student and Kids competition, the latter included in the special Imaginaria kids section with screenings dedicated to children and young people with the support of the educational agencies of Conversano and the “Jury of the boys” which will have the task of rewarding the best work in competition in the Kids section.
The jury of the international competition is made up of professionals from the sector who will have the task of rewarding the best animation work in the Best Animated Film category and in the Student category.
It will be Regina Pessoa and Roberto Catani, winners at Imaginaria 2019, and Eric Rittatore, a well-known blogger and expert in animation cinema, to decree the Imaginaria Awards on the evening of August 23 which will be followed by the closing screening of the film The Invasion of the bears in Sicily created by the master Lorenzo Mattotti and based on the novel of the same name by Dino Buzzati
The heart of the festival will be the international competition which welcomes almost 100 short films from all over the world.

The selections of the international category are:
Candy Can di Anton Octavian (Romania), Metro6 di Geoff Hecht (USA), Nestor di João Gonzalez (UK), Tadpole di Jean-Claude Rozec (Francia), 10 000 Ugly Inkblots di Dmitry Geller (Russia), The Shoreline di Sophie Racine (Francia), Kosmonaut di Kaspar Jancis (Estonia), Cornstalk di Anastasiia Zhakulina (Russia), Anna, cat-and-mouse di Varya Yakovleva (Russia), Flesh di Camila Kater (Brasile), Kids with Guns di Sadko Hadzihasanovic (Bosnia ed Erzegovina), The box di Marie-Pierre Hauwelle (France), Bela di Nick Simpson (Australia),  Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves by Chintis Lundgren (Estonia), De berde by Star Bazancir (Svezia), Purpleboy di Alexandre Siqueira (Portogallo), The Dream of B.Soares di Thibault Chollet (Francia), Traces di Sophie Tavert Macian e Hugo Frassetto (Francia), Pulsator di Thor Sivertsen (Norvegia), Real Human Being di Anna Samo e Michaela Mueller (USA), Dry Sea di Yves Bex by Bart Bossaert (Belgio), The darker light di Andrea Bonetti (Italia), Gottlieb di Krste Gospodinovski (Macedonia), Liliana di Milanka Fabjancic (Slovenia), Lah gah (Letting go) di Cécile Brun (Svizzera), Lursaguak di Izibene Oñederra (Spagna), We_sounds di David Carrizales (Spagna), Riga’s Lilac di Lizete Upīte (Francia), Home di Anita Bruvere (UK), Sororal di Frédéric Even e Louise Mercadier (Francia), Intermission Expedition di Wiep Teeuwisse (Paesi Bassi), Pickpocket di Théo Guyot (Belgio), Dreams into Drawing di Koji Yamamura (Giappone), Migrant di Esteban Ezequiel Dalinger (Argentina),  The Surrogate di Stas Santimov (Ucraina), Freeze frame di Soetkin Verstegen (Belgium/Germania), L’infinito di Simone Massi (Italia),The Physics of Sorrow di Theodore Ushev (Canada).

For the “Student category”, that is, graduation works carried out by students of animation film schools around the world:
Cante di Teresa Baroet (Estonia), Aurora di Ingrid Pucci (Estonia), Helfer di Szöllősi Anna (Ungheria), Sigh di Vlad Bolgarin (Moldavia), Portrait of a woman di Natalia Durszewicz (Polonia), SH_T Happens di Michaela Mihalyi e David Štumpf (Repubblica Ceca), Shadow Passage di Ali Aschman (UK), Pile di Toby Auberg (UK), Jacques’ rampage or when do we lose our self-confidence? di Máté Horesnyi (Ungheria), Abdita di Valentina Giorgi, Arianna Morganti, Dennis Pezzolato, Giulia Zanette (Italia), En Rang Par Deux, Meeting Aliou e Afif di Elisabetta Bosco, Margherita Giusti, Viola Mancini (Italia), Siderea di Elisa Bonadin, Fiorella Cecchini, Isabel Matta, Carlotta Vacchetti (Italia), I Want A Sun In My Pocket di Laui Laessa (Canada),  IHR di Amélie Cochet, Louis Möhrle (Svizzera), Inside me di Maria Trigo Teixeira (Germania), Balance di Timothée Crabbé (Belgio), Birthday di Dang An Tran (Germania), Aquarium di Jagoda Czarnowska (Polonia), Such A Beautiful Town di Marta Koch (Polonia), Away di Mathilde Pepinster (Belgio), Ahead di Ala Nunu Leszynska (UK/Portogallo), Daughter di Daria Kashcheeva (Repubblica Ceca).

And for Kids category:
Reflection di Chelsea Keene (USA), And yet we are not super heroes di Lia Bertels (Belgio), Edén di Eva María Urbano Mora (Spagna), 39° to the shadow di Eduardo Elli (Argentina), A Lynx in the Town di Nina Bisiarina (Francia), Tide (marea) di Joana Rosa Bragança (Portogallo), Casus Belli di M. Marini, A. Monnet, C. Pannone, E. Rossi, F. Sudano (Italia), Umbrellas di Jose Prats , Alvaro Robles (Francia), Me, a Monster? di Belinda Bonan (Spagna), The Peak di Mayumi Tachikawa (Giappone), Home Sweet Home di Li Meng, Wang Yiqing, Li Minhui, Zhang Beinan, Zhang Tongjian (Cina), The Kite di Martin Smatana (Repubblica Ceca), Drawing Life di Luciano Lagares (Brasile), o28 di O. Caussé, G.Collin, L. Grardel, A. Marchand, R. Merle, F. Meyran (Francia), Above di Marco Savini (Italia), Bythos di Denis Ripamonti, Maria Noemi Grandi (Italia), The Tiger Who Came to Tea di Robin Shaw (UK), Lost & Found di Andrew Goldsmith e Bradley Slabe (Australia), Ossigeno di Beatrice Sancinelli (Italia), Dreamsheep di Lulú Vieira (Colombia), Shoom’s Odyssey di Julien Bisaro (Francia), This side, other side di Lida Fazli (Iran), Arturo e il Gabbiano di Luca Di Cecca (Italia), Umbrella di Helena Hilario, Mario (Brasile), Beware the wolf! di Nicolas Bianco-Levrin & Julie Rembauville (Francia),  Dreamer Roccy di Hyunmi Lee (Corea).

Among the scheduled works, we would like to point out some that have received the highest recognition in the most prestigious international festivals such as Annecy, Academy Award, Sundance, Ottawa, Toronto etc. Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow  comes from Canada based on the novel by the Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. The film tells the story of a man who tries to understand the meaning and purpose of his life, between childhood memories in Bulgaria and a melancholy adulthood lived in Canada. This film is the most ambitious project of Theodore Ushev’s career which he has worked on for 8 years. It is the first animated film in the world created with encaustic, an ancient drawing technique dating back to the time of the Egyptian pharaohs (https://youtu.be/0631XAf3p80). Over 15,000 shots are hand-drawn, the image is obtained by heating and painting with hot pigmented beeswax. The narrative voice is by Rossif Sutherland with a small vocal appearance by his father, Donald Sutherland. The film was nominated in the Canadian Top Ten in December 2019, was selected for the Oscar for best animated short film in 2019, won the Prix Iris for best animated short film at the 22nd Quebec Cinema Awards in 2020 and the Cristal Award for Annecy 2020 festival.
From the Czech Republic the remarkable Daughter of Daria Kashcheeva, a poetic and dialogue-free film that tells the story of a young woman’s complicated relationship with her father. He has received 38 awards including the Cristal at the Annecy festival for the best film in the category of school films, the Student Academy Awards at the 46th Student Academy Awards, the nomination for the Oscar 2020 for the best animated short film and the Jury Award for Sundance Film Festival 2020. An exhilarating and taboo-free animation is undoubtedly Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves by Estonian Chintis Lundgren with its characteristic anthropomorphic characters, while from Japan comes the delicate Dreams into Drawing of Koji Yamamura, one of the most important directors in the world . His films have received over 90 awards, including the Grand Prize in Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa and Hiroshima. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. The film tells the story of the painter Kuwagata Keisai who lived over 200 years ago. One day he was drawing a carp when he suddenly fell asleep and, in a dream, he transfigured into the carp enjoying a swim. This year marks the centenary of the birth of Osvaldo Cavandoli, to whom the network of Italian animated film festivals (Animaphix / Sicily, Imaginaria / Puglia and Piccolo Festival dell’Animazione / Friuli Venezia Giulia) dedicates a tribute by proposing a program of nine episodes of the La Linea series which will be launched on the network through the social channels and the website of each festival.