The 7th Edition of Factual Animation Film Festival was held at Queen Mary University of London’s Hitchcock Cinema on the 16th October 2021. The festival programme was also made available online until the 24th October. For full details visit factualanimation.com
The programme consisted of curated screenings and a series of interviews with animation directors conducted by Holly Murtha, festival director, and Alex Widdowson, festival producer.
The Beauty of Mathematics, an interview with Sarah Gorf-Roloff
In Absentia, Interview with Adriana Monteforte
I Want To Be Bored & The Things Around Us, interview with Magda Kreps
Skeleton of A Moth, interview with Emma Kay Smith
Moosehide Slide – Interview with Dan Sokolowski
There were two awards presented at FAFF this year: Best Student Film and Best Animated Documentary Film
The award for Best Student film went to Magda Kreps for I Want To Be Board
The award for Best Film went to Laurent Leprince for Waka Huia
This is an Animated Documentary and wrap around campaign to raise awareness and talk about some of the mental health wellbeing difficulties parents may face during pregnancy, birth and after. The aim is to emotionally support parents and enable them to find support. First hand testimonies along with animated characters and storylines open up conversations and experiences that are often difficult to start or hear. This film is directed by Emma Lazenby through ForMed Films, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.
The festival who shares the name of the first known Animated Documentary features a stellar line up of films. Their selection includes a mockumentary category and a Rising of the Pandemic category on films made about and during the pandemic.
The festival is screening on location, alongside a hybrid online/ offline conference. You can find more details here: www.animadoc.pl
The AnimatedDocumentary.com team are delighted to announce that the FAFF best animated documentary of 2019 has been awarded to Rosa Fisher director of Sent Away.
Sent Away explores the psychological impact that attending boarding school had on Rosa’s father, Tom. The film addresses the atmosphere of punishment, obedience and isolation that led each pupil to develop a hardened exterior. The film concludes by speculating how this emotionally traumatic cultural practice, common among Britain’s political elite, has shaped the UK. Sent Away, despite focusing on the childhood of a middle-aged man, is prescient in the lead up to the UK’s general election. One of the candidates for prime minister forged his identity in the competitive toxicity of Eton, the UK’s most elite boarding school. The other did not.
We were thrilled to be part of this years Factual Animation Film Fuss festival: hosting an event, giving our first ever award, and mingling with the great and the good of the UK animated documentary crowd.
The AnimatedDocumentary.com award was presented on the final night of the festival. We were very pleased to have our award sponsored by animated documentary director Sheila Sofian. The winner received signed original artwork from Sheila’s film ‘Truth has Fallen’, a feature length documentary we have featured on the blog. The film is about about people wrongfully convicted of murder and the weaknesses in the US justice system that allowed these injustices to occur. You can find out more about Sheila’s work on her website here.
The winning film was Spirit Away by Bettina Kuntzsch. We thought that the film was a fantastic example of using existing documentary evidence to engage the audience.
Fresh news from DOK Leipzig: Two animated documentaries have won awards. Firstly the Winner of the Golden Dove for best International Animated Film at DOK Leipzig is an animated documentary called ‘Still Born’ by Åsa Sandzén, a very touching film about a mother who has to decide what is best for her unborn child and herself. Here is the information below
“If they’re not doing time for this, then surely for something else.”
The new film from US director Sheila Sofian, follows inmates on life sentences in the US prison system. Sofian “conjures up an inferno of expressive animations painted on glass, abstract re-enactments, and surrealist details, which condenses into a passionate appeal to politicians to abolish prejudgements and racial discrimination.”
The films world premier will be at Dok Leipzig this November and has been nominated for the Animadoc Award.
We have featured Sheila’s work on the blog before, most notably her writing on animated documentary.
We wish Sheila the best of luck with her new film and also her nomination for the Animadoc award!