The competition program for animated films will debut at the Listapad film festival this year

MINSK, Oct. 17 (BelTA) — Listapad of the Minsk International Film Festival will launch a competition program for animated films this year, BelTA has learned from the film festival’s press center.

This year, the festival will offer four programs: feature films, documentaries, animated films, as well as films for children and young people Listapadzik. A separate competition program for animated films is new for this year’s edition. In 2021, the fourth program was the “Cinema des Jeunes”.

Although the animation competition is making its debut this year, it received the highest number of entries from around the world – 530. Only a tenth of them were selected by the selection committee. “Half a thousand entries is a normal number since these are short films. Many of them are 2-3 minutes long,” said Konstantin Andryushechkin, program director of the animated film competition, screenwriter and animator. “The geography of the participants is vast. They are 21 countries: Germany, Israel, Mexico, France, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Netherlands, Iran, Colombia, China, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Serbia, States United… Sixteen films out of the 50 selected for the competition program are Russian-made, there are also Belarusian works: three Belarusian films and one film by independent authors.

The organizers have grouped the film into five programs: three for children (6+) and two for adults (16+). The programs were titled Tales and Stories, About Children and Adults, With a Smile, Serious Conversation and Images of War. They will all be screened in Belarusian cinema.

“In my opinion, the entertainment program is fantastic! There are films that have taken part in other prestigious international film festivals: in Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Annecy. We also plan to feature new animated works from two Oscar-nominated filmmakers. As in any other film festival, we will screen films almost without awards, which could become a find of our film forum, ”said Konstantin Andryushechkin.

Belarusian animator Igor Volchek, laureate of the special prize of the President of the Republic of Belarus “For the preservation and development of traditions of spirituality in cinema”, will be the chairman of the jury of the animated films section. The jury may also include Denis Chernov, director of Finnick, Teddy Boom and Smeshariki, and Mohamed Ghazala, animation director, assistant professor of animation and chair of the department of visual and digital production at Effat University, Saudi Arabia, founder and director of the first chapter of the International Animation Film Association, ASIFA, in Africa and the Arab world.

Started in 1994, Listapad is an annual international film festival in Minsk. Among the organizers of the film festival are the Ministry of Culture of Belarus, the Minsk City Hall and the national film studio Belarusfilm.

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