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
London’s fifth annual Factual Animation Film Festival was hosted at the Cinema Museum on 8th December 2019. 21 short animated documentaries were screened across two programmes. Between the screenings there was a discussion panel featuring Rory Waubly-Tolley, director of There’s Something In The Water, Diana Gradinaru, director of What Is Consciousness?, Simon Ball, director of Do I See What You See?, and Haemin Ko, director of No Body.
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.
|FAFF 2019 Programme|
|Programme 1, 12pm|
|1||There’s Something In The Water||7||Dinosaur Blues|
|dir Rory Waudby-Tolley||2019||UK||dir Oleon Lin||2019||China|
|There are two types of lakes in the South: them that’s got giant salvinia, and them that’s about to.||In urban China, a man makes plasticine figures of popular characters.|
|2||No Body||8||What Is Consciousness?|
|dir Haemin Ko||2019||UK||dir Diana Gradinaru||2019||UK, Romania|
|An autobiographical experimental animated poem on the director’s immigrant experience.||Classic cartoon tropes are manipulated in this nightmarish story about memory.|
|3||Passage||9||Do I See What You See?|
|dir Asavari Kumar||2019||USA, India||dir Simon Ball||2018||UK|
|An Indian woman revisits her immigration journey through the illusion of the American Dream.||How do changes in the brain cause us to see differently?|
|4||A Letter To Myself At 16||10||Patchwork|
|dir Claire Tankersley||2019||USA||dir Maria Manero||2018||Spain|
|Five years after her sexual assault, there is so much that she wishes she’d known when she woke up the next morning.||The story of a 60 year-old woman’s liver transplant, as told by her donor.|
|5||Embraces & The Touch of Skin||11||Solos|
|dir Sara Koppel||2019||Denmark||dir Gabriella Marsh||2019||UK|
|An animated poem about the vital need for embraces and contact with other beings.||A portrait of a day in a single square in Barcelona.|
|6||My Dad’s Name Was Huw|
|dir Freddie Griffiths||2019||UK|
|Freddie’s late alcoholic father left behind a number of poems through which we might understand his experience.|
|FAFF 2019 Programme|
|Programme 2, 2pm|
|dir Samantha Moore||2019||UK||dir Michaela Režová, Ivan Studený||2018||Czechia|
|Animated fabric brings the story of a lingerie factory in Manchester to life.||In urban China, a man makes plasticine figures of popular characters.|
|2||Sent Away||7||The Elephant’s Song|
|dir Rosa Fisher||2019||UK||dir Lynn Tomlinson||2019||USA|
|A child sent to boarding school must contend with the trauma of abandonment.||The sad but true story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America.|
|3||Fifteen-Two||8||The Children of Concrete|
|dir John Summerson||2019||UK||dir Jonathan Phanhsay-Chamson||2017||France|
|The filmmaker’s mother recalls her parents’ indomitable relationship, strengthened by their love of games.||An immigrant child’s conflict with ethnic and national identity.|
|4||O Hunter Heart||9||Eadem Cutis|
|dir Carla MacKinnon||2019||UK||dir Nina Hopf||2019||Germany|
|Nature and domesticity collide in a dark take of love and loss.||A person’s attempt to frame their conflict with dysphoria.|
|5||The Drip||10||1 Minute History of Image Distortion|
|dir Leonie Ketteler||2019||Netherlands||dir Betina Kuntzsch||2017||Germany|
|You’ve never seen Chlamydia in quite this way before.||Material resistance in film history.|
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 festival is in its second year, run by Daniel Murtha, and hosted at the Genesis Cinema in London, UK. In addition to several programmes of the best new work in animated documentary, a Q&A with film-maker Samantha Moore, chaired by Alys Scott-Hawkins, opened out discussions with a number of film-makers in the audience, including Mary Martins, Emma Calder and Alex Widdowson.
Still from Truth Has Fallen by Sheila Sofian
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.
Loop by Samantha Moore
Life Inside Islamic State by Scott Coello
The Divide by Mary Martens
A series of animated shorts illustrating young people’s perspectives of living as refugees and asylum seekers. Part of the BBC Two Learning Zone, this series won a Children’s BAFTA in 2012.
Produced by Mosaic Films in London, UK.
Director: Andy Glynne
Animation Directors: Salvador Maldonado, Karl Hammond, Tom Senior and Jonathan Topf
Still image from ‘Still Born’
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
Also, awarded was the Golden Dove for best animated documentary. It went to an experimental film called ‘White Death’by Roberto Collío.
Released over a year ago this animated docmentary looks at the current UK trend for labia surgery, a procedure which trims and tidies a woman’s labia.
Directed and designed by animateddocumentary.com’s co founder Ellie Land.
We are hotly anticipating the results of this years Animadoc Award at Dok Leipzig, the winner will be announced on Saturday 2nd November.
If anyone is there at the festival on Saturday night and finds out the winner, please do let us know by either leaving a comment here or posting on our facebook wall!
Good luck everyone!
“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!
We must have been busy with all sorts of of other things here at the blog (we have! – more soon) as it’s taken us a few months to catch up with this short which won the Short Film Jury Prize for Animation at Sundance this spring.
It has screened at many festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest this June, who described it thus:
“A strikingly beautiful stop motion animation exploring a local craftsman’s restoration of rural furniture in a small Irish community. Experimenting with the vivid expression of folklore storytelling, artifacts of bygone days are transformed from decaying neglect and brought to life, with playful vivacity.”
An interview with director Tony here:
And various news reports here:
The film was funded by the Irish Film Board’s Frameworks scheme: