PAF festival of film animation deals with a wide conception of animation phenomena in the context of cinematography, media studies and visual arts. This year’s program will be presented in five main sections: Other Visions, Why look at animals?, Film Labor, Aport Animation and PAF Art.
The tenth year of the competition on the theme of Czech moving images is represented by ten finalists, whose work will be screened in a screening hall and installed in the Atrium at Konvikt as part of the Other Visions 2016 section. The exhibition takes place during PAF and is free to the public. The curator of Other Visions 2016 is the art theorist and visual curator Karel Císař. For the first time, the section presents a selection of Slovak productions of the moving image in cooperation with PAF and the Slovak Kinečko magazine. The curator of Other Visions SK 2016 is Martin Kaňuch. On the occasion of its jubilee tenth anniversary, the Other Visions section will also present curatorial blocks from the previous nine years. In the long term, the section focuses on issues of distribution, archiving and presentation of the moving image.
Guests: Karel Císař (CZ), Martin Kaňuch (SK), Matěj Strnad (CZ) etc.
Why Look at Animals?
Animals are a natural part of many stories, films and pieces of art. There is an opportunity to randomly work with classical representatives from literature, illustrations and animated films. The title of the programme section is taken from the essay of the same name written by the British publicist and critic John Berger. In 1977 he proceeded from the assumption that animals are part of the human environment and that animals are both similar and dissimilar to us. This essay thematizes the humanizing of animals and the significance of zoological gardens, and is a starting point for all invited guests who will be present at PAF in Olomouc.
Guests: Ferda, Ondřej Ježek (CZ), Lolina (GB), John T. Gast (GB), Edith Karlson (EE), Stanislav Komárek (CZ), Bill Kouligas (US) & Harm van den Dorpel (NL), M.E.S.H. (US) & Michael Guidetti (US), Jakub Jansa (CZ), Andrea Průchová (CZ), Punťa, Pavel Ryška (CZ), Matěj Smetana (CZ) etc.
The Film Labor section presents contemporary experimental productions and activities by filmmakers from so-called artist-run film labs (film laboratories run by the artists themselves). There are more than fifty such groups all over the world dealing with film, in the sense of working with film material. Thanks to the technological and institutional transformation of cinematographic infrastructure, independent artists may now use industrial equipment and instruments that were previously only available in institutions. The aim of the cycle is to reflect their activities, which significantly change the options for film production and are often referred to as “experimental film.” Film Labor will introduce artists from film labs in Grenoble, Barcelona and Berlin.
Guests: Lab Grenoble (FR): Gaelle Rouard, Xavier Quérel, Etienne Caire, Joyce Lainé, Lab Barcelona (ES): Luis Macias, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Adriana Vila, Lab Berlin (DE): Melissa Dulius, Gustavo Jahn
The main theme of this year’s PAF – Why look at animals? – is also reflected in the Aport Animation section, yet the section still follows the fixed pattern of the programme structure. One of the pillars of this structure is the effort to present the current state of animation (not only) on the Czech scene, in the form of authorial works and commercial projects. Therefore, forthcoming films as well as developments in computer games and applications are presented here. The second pillar is represented by a glance at animation from a historical perspective. That is why significant personalities together with chapters of Czech and world animation will be introduced. There will also be blocks of short films screened in unconventional places, as well as feature films. Last but not least, a workshop for children will be included.
Guests: Petr Šprincl (CZ), Marie Hájková (CZ), Jan Šrámek (CZ), Jiří Havlíček (CZ), Jakub Prantl (CZ), Tomáš Kozelek (CZ), Michal Berlinger (CZ) etc.
The PAF Art section presents exhibition projects in the Olomouc city centre; all of them are free and accessible to the public. The section consists of current international as well as Czech projects which concern visual art and thematically correspond with the PAF main section “Why Look at Animals.” The exhibitions will open on Thursday afternoon, the 1st December and, as in the past, this will herald the opening of the PAF programme.
For detailed program visit the festival website.
The festival of film animation came into existence in 2000 and takes place in the university city of Olomouc. Since 2008, the organization team’s activities have lasted throughout the whole year. It is a unique platform in the Czech Republic within which new technologies and the traditions of film animation are functionally combined in modern art and in film production. The festival of film animation is, in the long term, open to collaboration with international film festivals, galleries and museums, archives and digital databases.
PAF is put together by a professional team and every year students of film, theatre and media studies, who have the opportunity to enforce their own curatorial programmes, are challenged to cooperate. The uniquely European atmosphere of the festival is supported by the academic background. The festival has its own editorial series and a database of films and videos supported by the production.
The aspects of the festival and the organized events which are most valued by audiences and guests are the high curatorial standards and the interpretational overlap. The audience consists mostly of Czech and international high school and university students, professionals and the general public. Through the festival echoes, the programme is also presented in other Czech and foreign cities, and the programme is intended for the general public (including presentations, lectures and presentations at universities and high schools).