One of the most fertile genres in cinema and television, animation is a hub for cross-pollination among artistic, commercial, and industrial media. It encompasses special effects, art-house films, and children's cartoons. These screenings explore the breadth of animation with eclectic programs of feature-length and short films. Thursday and Saturday highlight the latest technical and aesthetic techniques. Sunday's lineup contains an assortment of family-friendly fare.
The festival begins with a South Korean monster flick by Joon-Ho, reminiscent of the best American B movies of the 1950s. This film was the surprise hit of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Designers from the vanguard visual effects firm the Orphanage will be on hand to demonstrate their animation work for the film.