At this moment three animation shorts are in ful prodcution at the NIAF artist-in-residency. Some directors are forming a team to speed up the process . You can see the work-in-progress of these films in the Facebook photo albums. Please have a look!
PARADE (direction Digna van der Put (NL) Luscious, canty and colourful Digna van der Put reveals parades and uniforms, accompanied with their festivities and folklore as an animated universe of patterns and uniformity. The film is 2D and the colouring is done digitally but has a traditional crafty character. In making this colourful parade of clerics and boy scouts, rioters and troopers, dancers and military Digna is assisted by the talented Ryemma Stoop who is an ABK|St. Joost animation graduate. She responded to our call for a colourist and became a passionate part of the team. PARADE is in full production at NIAF now. Find sketches and photos here and new developments to be added to this album. Also visit Digna’s site: www.dignavanderput.blogspot.nl/
A VERY LONG SECOND (direction Max Porter(USA) and Ru Kuwahata(Japan)) In a sophisticated blend of analogue and digital techniques Porter and Kuwahata create a universe inspired by the idea of relativity of time. Let’s quote famous Einstein: ‘Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity’. This all comes to us from the point of view of a cuckoo-clock in a bakery where everything changes when a long thin stranger comes to town. Max Porter left the NIAF Artist-In-Residency advanced and is now teaching in Baltimore (US). But, Max and Ru (who is still working in Tilburg) cooperate intensively via all possible channels. A VERY LONG SECOND is in full progress at NIAF and in Baltimore now! New developments will be added when there. Also visit the Facebookpage of the makers: Tiny Inventions.
THE FAMILY (direction Frauke Striegnitz(Germany)) tells the story about a family system that is seriously disrupted when a little girl’s baby brother comes home in an urn and not a pram. Mum and Dad spend their days in black mourning and grief while the girl considers the urn a toy and releases the sparkling grains and dances with them. The haze of grains affects the darkness of the parents (even more?) but the little girl remains tenaciously hopeful for life. In a delicate and sketchy style a personal and intimate family tragedy is unfolded. The team is growing. Director and animator Frauke Striegnitz is now assisted by animator Urte Zintler (Germany) and Hogeschool voor de Kunsten intern Martijn Calkhoven.
The audience award (Publiekslieveling Animatie) at the Netherlands Film Festival 2012 is announced: BOER JANSEN (FARMER JACK) (direction: Arjan Wilschut, production il Luster Productions. Golden Calf nominee got second: JUNKYARD (by Hisko Hulsing, production il Luster Productions). KOFFIE directed by Sjaak Rood was third and was produced at NIAF).
Max Porter graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a degree in film/animation/video. He spent several years as a freelance designer, animator and teacher before meeting his partner, Ru Kuwahata. Since 2007, Max and Ru have directed commissioned and independent works using a variety of animation techniques. At the NIAf, Max and Ru will continue their collaborative explorations of mixed-media storytelling. A pepetual student, Max is interested in furthering his studies of digital filmmaking techniques, photography and cinema history.
Ru Kuwahata has been moving around since she was 5 years old. Tokyo, Japan -->Alaska, USA --->Chiba, Japan ---> California, USA --->Tokyo, Japan --->New York, USA ---> Tilburg, the Netherlands. A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with BFA in Illustration & Animation, Ru enjoys location drawings, constructing miniatures and sewing stuffed animals. Since 2007, Ru has been collaborating with Max Porter (aka Tiny Inventions), directing TV commercials, music videos, PSAs, and independent films.
In 2001 Digna received her diploma for the 1e grade teachers course of the HKU.
With her independent work: an installation and 20 drawings, she won the graduation awards of that year. Ater a period of teaching and working as a visual artist, she decided to look further into animation.
In 2009 she graduated from the WdKA with the film 'Eekhoorn en olifant', and worked as a freelance animator in Utrecht.
At the Niaf will Digna explore how animation can be combined in an interesting manner with visual arts/theater. That way she can combine her different interests.
There was a climbing frame in the yard behind our house. I liked to hang from it upside down looking at the world being flipped over. Over the years about one million front door keys fell from my pocket and could never be found in the sand. I had to climb through the toilet window to get inside the house. At the age of 13 my ass grew bigger and wouldn`t fit through the tiny window any more. The climbing frame became kinda uncool around the same time. We moved out.
I began drawing which I do to the present day. I also animate. Currently, I am working on a short film and on an interactive animation installation. I still like to look at the world upside down. All of this I do at the Niaf.
As of 1 January 2013, NIAFno longer manned.
Animation filmmaker Gerrit van Dijk has passed away on 4 December at the age of 73.
Sunday 30 September the festival audience voted Arjan Wilschut’s film again the audience award.