Adama, Simon Rouby (FRANCE 2015, 85')
2D computer animation, 3D computer animation.
12-year-old Adama lives in a remote West African village. Beyond the cliffs lies the World of Wind, where the Nassaras reign. One night his older brother, Samba, disappears. Defying the village elders, Adama decides to set off in search of him. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, he embarks on a quest that takes him over the seas, to the North, to the frontline of the First< World War. The year is 1916. For all audiences from 8 upwards – Label AFCAE Jeune Public.
Producer: Philippe Aigle & Séverine Lathuillière (Naïa Productions)
Screenplay: Julien Lilti & Simon Rouby (with the collaboration of Bénédicte Galup)
Storyboard: Simon Rouby
Animation: Gregory Naud
Music: Pablo Pico
Editor: Jean Baptiste Alazrd
Simon Rouby, born in 1980 in Lyon, France, took his first artistic steps as a graffiti artist 10 years ago. He then accessed other mediums such as painting and sculpture. From this background he studied film directing, first in Gobelins, Paris then in CalArts, Los Angeles. His two graduation films, Blind Spot, and Le Présage have been shown in many international festivals: Cannes, Clermont, San Diego, Bucarest, Ottawa, Taiwan...
Without geographical boundaries, he has developed since then a research in moving images and their narrative potential. His last short film, La Marche, was produced by Naïa Productions in 2010, with whom he currently he produced the animated feature film Adama.
Barkley, Li-Wei CHIU (TAIWAN 2016, 87')
2D computer animation, 3D Computer animation.
Fido, ran into an animal city, where he met Barkley and other humans like animal friends. Fido accidentally finds out that the animal city is governed by a magician known as "God" who pretends to have infinite supernatural powers. Using dazzling tricks, the "God" convinced all animal to worship him unquestionably. Fido and Barkley are determined to expose "God" for what he truly is , a fraud and find their way home.
Producer: Li-Wei Chiu (Studio2animationlab) /Lu, Pao-Lin / Chang Yi Sung / Lu, Ming-Hung
Storyboard: Yu-Hsuan Chung / Chen, Tsung-Liang / Chen, Jian-Hong / Guo, Min-Xiang / Hsieh, Ying-Ying
Artistic direction: Che-Hao Lin
Animation: Wei-Lun Feng
Editing: Li-Wei Chiu
Li-Wei Chiu, animation film director, had graduated from Taiwan National University of the Arts and has his Ph.D. from Beijing Film Academy. In 2003, Li Wei Chiu was a senior researcher in Hollywood, and was invited to give a speech in the FMX, the pageant of Europe digital animation in Germany in 2011. The current job is the director of studio2 animation lab . Li-Wei Chiu has produced and designed many animated films and won numerous awards. Among them: 2011 China International Cartoon & Animation Festival; 2012 Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival / Special Jury Award; 2010 & 2012 &2015 Golden Bell Awards /Best Animation Program, Digital Content Product /Best Animation Program; 41th Golden Horse Award for Best Visual Effects, the 44th Golden Horse Award for Best Short Film; the 2003 & 2008 Golden Harvest Award for Best Animated Film; the Grand Prize at the Taipei Film Festival; Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival; Polish Film Festival /Best Animation Award. His films have been included in competitions at animation festivals in Spain, France, and Germany. Moreover, his image installation arts are exhibited in National Art Museum Of China in Beijing and Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts in NewYork.
The Bandit Cucaracha, Juan Alonso & Hector Pisa (SPAIN 2015, 74' 04")
This is the story of Mariano Gavín's life and feat, known as The bandit Cucaracha. His life was dramatically changed for ever due to a controversial event with one of his "friends". Chased by the Civil Guard, Cucaracha was forced to become a bandit and to be hidden in the most remote and unspoilt places in the Monegros region in order to keep alive. Mariano and his band go through a series of robberies, ambushes and riots in their aim to steal from the rich to give it to the poor. Little by little, his band becomes strongest and his achievements are widely-known, so the Civil Guard takes matters into their own hands with the intention of capturing the bandit Cucaracha.
Producer: Juan Alonso (The Second Man Productions) & Aragón TV
Screenplay: Héctor Pisa & Juan Alonso
Storyboard: Héctor Pisa
Artistic direction: Manuel de Miguel
Animation: Jose Ricarte, Daniel Pardo, Rubén Pisa, Mario Alonso & David Moyano
Music: Alberto Navas, Lurte, Pepín Banzo, Trivium Klezmer, El Verbo Odiado, David
Sausan, Jesús Prieto "Pitti", The skulls, Lucca, Aitor Laviña, Dulzaineros del Bajo
Aragón & Los Pipelines
Editing: Héctor Pisa
Special effects: José Ricarte.
Sound production: Aitor Laviña.
Juan Alonso (21 July 1982): In 2007, he joined forces with the producer Héctor Pisa to co-direct the music video "Grita" by the local band Ciudad de Lobos. As a result of that, they collaborated again in the music video "Septiembre también llora" of the band Plasma in 2010 (prize to the band with the best impact in the Aragonesse Music awards in 2009). He also co-directed (along the producer David Fernández) the musical documentary "Redacciones Personales". At the end of 2010, he started writing the script of the full‐length puppet animation film "Cucaracha The Bandit" with Héctor Pisa, which he later co-directed.
Héctor Pisa (19 October 1983): Since he was a child, he stood out due to his talent for drawing and painting. When he was fourteen, he won his first poster contest and, shortly after, his first illustration contest. These events encouraged him to start artistic studies until complete his studies as Superior Technician in Advertising Graphics. From then on, he has been working as a graphics designer and manager in a labeling and design studio/workshop in Huesca, and as a freelance in the graphic design, wall decoration, illustration or animation field, among others.
Psiconautas, the forgotten children, Pedro Rivero & Alberto Vázquez (SPAIN 2015, 75')
2D computer animation
Birdboy and Dinky are two teenagers who have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out a dangerous journey with the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.
Producers: Carlos Juárez, Farruco Castromán, Luis Tosar (Zircozine Animation, Basque Films)
Co-producers: Pedro Rivero, César Rodríguez, Iñigo P. Tabernero
Screenplay: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero (based on the graphic novel "Psiconautas" by Alberto Vázquez)
Storyboard-Aristic direction: Alberto Vázquez
Animation director: Khris Cembe
Music: Aranzazu Calleja
Editor: Ivan Miñambres
Pedro Rivero (Bilbao, Spain, 1969): Screenwriter for several TV animated series and for the feature film "Goomer" -Goya Award for the Best Spanish Animated Feature Film 1999.
Producer, director and screenwriter of "Psiconautas, Los Niños Olvidados" (2015), "La Crisis Carnívora" (2007) -the first Spanish feature film in Flash animation for theatres-, and "Birdboy" -Goya Award for the Best Spanish Short Film 2012, preselected for the Academy Awards and selected in more than 200 film festivals. Author of theatrical plays and comic books.
Alberto Vázquez: Animation director, illustrator and cartoonist. His books and comics have been published in countries like Spain, France, Italy, Brazil and Korea. As press illustrator he has published regularly in magazines like ELPAIS, La Voz de Galicia, Vanity Fair, Communication Arts and Boston Globe magazine.
He has written and directed short animation as "Birdboy" , "Unicorn blood"or "Decorado"based in his comics. His work has been nominated on five occasions for the Goya Awards, winning the Goya Best Animated Short Film in 2012, as well as the Goya for Psiconautas in 2017. He has won over 100 awards in international events such as the Festival of Annecy, Chicago, Foyle, Silver Meliés or Expotoon. His works have been exhibited in prestigious festivals worldwide as Cannes, Toronto, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, Animafest Zagreb or Slamdance.
His first film "Psiconautas" is co-directed with Pedro Rivero, based on his own graphic novel of the same name by the own Vázquez.