Every year the Monterrey International Film Festival organizes a student and professional congress on a specific field of film production. For 2011, Monterrey IFF in collaboration with IMCINE is preparing an International Animation Encounter with the participation of animators from all over the world, contributing to a global vision of today’s animation field.
Cineteca Nuevo León, Interior Parque Fundidora s/n Col. Obrera, Monterrey, N.L.
|Lunes 22||Martes 23||Miércoles 24||Jueves 25|
|10:00– 11:30||Conferencia Magistral
The winner of the Palm D’Or for his short film The Hero is keynote speaker presenting his work in the animation field and the achievements of his production Ana, his first 3D animation feature film.
|Panel Animación digital en México
Raúl Cárdenas, Rafael Cárdenas, Jorge Estrada, Marec Fritzinger
In recent years, Mexico has taken an important step in the production of short and feature films in digital animation, including 3D techniques. Meet the artists behind the most successful animations.
|Panel Animation in Asia and Australia
Shaun Patten (Mary and Max), Kunihiko Yuyama (Pokémon)
Asian animation has a large penetration in young people’s imagination and has marked the genre with its own style, particular topics and narrative and technological innovations. A first hand contact with some of the creators of Eastern animation.
|Panel Animation in North America
Marv Newland (NFB), Alonso Martínez (Pixar), Lou Hamou-Lhadj (Pixar)
Canada, Mexico and the United States, besides being trade partners, have several experiences in animation production. This panel of experts explores animation in our Northern Continent.
|11:45–12:15||Panasonic Technology Workshop|
|12:15–13:30||Panel Animation in Nuevo León
Jorge Hernández y Daniel Hernández (Luciérnaga Films), Mauricio Khuriel, Leon Soria, Alejandro Fregoso, Sergio Sedeño, Ángel Carrillo (Ethos)
Perspectives and experiences of the most outstanding animators in Nuevo León.
|Panel Animation in Latin America
Tomás Welss, Quiá Rodrigues, Patricio Plaza
Latin America has been an important originator of traditional, experimental and digital animators. A panel of the most important animators will share with us their perspectives on the opportunities and possibilities of being an animator in Latin America.
|Panel Artisanal Animation in Mexico
Rita Basulto, León Fernández, Luis Téllez, Karla Castañeda, Homero Ramírez
The digital revolution that the world of animation has experienced sometimes shadows the work of the artisans that frame by frame animate puppets or manipulate objects to generate incredible moving effects. Meet some of the most outstanding animators in Mexico.
|Panel European Animation
Erik Rosenlund, Raúl García
With an ample history of animation in several technologies and styles, European animation has established its own path, offering film jewels that are appreciated worldwide.
|Special Presentations||SUNDAY AUGUST 21
CENTRO DE LAS ARTES AUDITORIUM / 18:30 pm
Animation Gala IMCINE
A selection of the best animations supported by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography.
|THURSDAY AUGUST 25 CINETECA NUEVO LEÓN / 16:00 pm
Screening of the Cartoon D’or finalists
Cartoon D´or is the most prestigious European animation show. Including the winners of the most important animation festivals.
|22:00||DOMINGO 21 DE AGOSTO
Inauguration Cocktail to the International Animation Conference
Badges will be handled at Animation Gala.
Estudió Ciencias de la Comunicación y Realización. Tras hacer cortometrajes de animación de manera artesanal, debutó en el cine de ficción con La mujer de Benjamín. En 1993, su cortometraje El héroe conquistó la Palma de Oro en el Festival de Cannes. En 2003, El Crimen del Padre Amaro fue nominada al Oscar como Mejor Película en Lengua Extranjera. Actualmente es presidente de la Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, A.C. y produce su película de animación Ana.
digital animation in Mexico
Raúl y Rafael Cárdenas
Toluca-born Raúl and Rafael Cárdenas have developed short films and animation projects since 2003. Their animations have been awarded in national and international festivals. In 2011, their project LUNA received the Ariel Award to best animated short. They currently develop, with their company ONIRIK Studio, the series BiceAventuras Mexiquenses that tells the story of historical characters and events in the State of Mexico and merges 3D digital animation and 2D.
He was born in Mexico City in 1975. He graduated from the Center of University Film Studies CUEC-UNAM. He has written screenplays for feature films, TV series and radio. He won the Juan Rulfo award in radio drama series for his script Champion without a Crown. He is author of children books and has conducted courses for children. In 2009 he received two awards for terror and children screenplays. Together with Alfredo Castañeda he founded Aeroplano Films, where he co-produced his opera prima, The Revolution of Juan Escopeta.
He has worked professionally in feature animation for 20 years, mostly with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Universal Studios. Marec has worked as a production designer on various live action feature films. He is currently art directing the first Mexican 3D animated feature Ana. He has been conducting animation workshops at film-schools and production studios worldwide. He is involved in productions as both production designer/art director and layout consultant at European, American and Asian studios.
Animation in Asia and Australia
Shaun Patten is an industrial designer. He has worked in film and television, specializing in animated content. In 2003 he produced the short animated film The Ideas Factory. Since then Shaun has been model making /sculpting and designing for film, TV and theatre on projects such as Mary and Max, directed by Academy Award Winning Director Adam Elliot. He has worked with The Creature Technology Company as a model maker on the Walking with Dinosaurs Stage Show and was head of props on The Killer Elite.
Kunihiko Yuyama was born in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan.
He was inspired by the works of Japanese manga and animé legend Osamu Tezuka. He started his career as an animator in the Japanese animé industry.
He made his debut as a supervising animator in 1978 in the Japanese TV series Galaxy Express 999. His directorial debut came in 1982 with the TV series Fairy Princess Minky Momo.
In 1985, he directed Leda – The Fantastic Adventure Of Yohko (OVA). And then, he continued his work as a director, such as The Three Musketeers (TV series), YAIBA (TV series), Windaria (OVA), Ushio and Tora (OVA), Kimagure Orange Road ( Movie) and Slayers (Movie).
Since 1997, he has been the executive director of the TV series Pokémon. Kunihiko was also the director of Pokémon: The First Movie in 1998, and all the Pokémon movies since.
His recent challenges are far beyond traditional animé, including the story and director of the 3DCG short One Pair (SIGGRAPH08 Electronic Theater) in 2008, and the director of the live action TV series Phone Braver 7 (TV Tokyo) in 2008-2009.
Animation in North America
Marv Newland graduated from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He made his first animated short, Bambi Meets Godzilla, in 1969, which was followed by TV commercial work. In 1975 he founded the production company International Rocketship Limited. He has since worked designing, animating, directing and producing commercials, series and shorts. His work has received several international awards. He has conducted animation workshops in Germany and France and is currently an animation instructor.
Alonso Martínez is a Technical Director in character modeling and rigging for Pixar Animation Studios. He has worked on the movies Up, Cars 2, the shorts CarsToons, and is currently working on an unannounced feature film. He attended Ringling Collage of Art and Design and earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. As hobbies he enjoys Robotics, Sculpture, and restoring cars.
Lou’s involvement in animation began at age 6, when his mother bought a toy zoetrope. Later, “Jurassic Park” solidified his conviction of pursuing film, special effects, and character animation. He began his formal training at Walt Disney Studios in Orlando. He earned a BFA in Film, and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science, which gained him employment at Andrew Stanton’s “Wall-E”. He’s held various roles like Character Technical Director and Animator. He completed character work on Pixar’s “Brave”.
Animation in Nuevo León
Jorge Hernández was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He has an architecture degree from the Technological Institute of Monterrey and graduated from the computer animation and digital effects program at the Vancouver Film School, where he received the Festival Development Scholarship for his first short film Porcelain in 2001. He currently runs Luciérnaga Studio, an animation and effects house in Monterrey. He is currently working on two animated projects intended for the internet and mobile devices.
He was born in Mexico City and has lived in Monterrey for 12 years. He studied Graphic Design at the Visual Arts Department of the Nuevo León Autonomous University. A Flash enthusiast since its fourth edition many years ago. He has worked on interesting animation projects including TV spots, music videos and is presently working on an animated feature film. Without any formal animation studies, he has had teachers such as Richard Williams and Marco Ibarra.
He was born in Mexico City in 1989. He presently studies Audiovisual Media at the Nuevo León Autonomous University and works as musical producer for audiovisual projects. He is member of “Sindicato Visual”, a group of independent video-artists, and of “Lenguaje del Norte”, an independent producer with which he has made short films and experimental videos that have been selected in several festivals and competitions.
Alejandro G. Fregoso
Alejandro G. Fregoso studied graphic design, and then completed a six month character digital animation program at the Vancouver Film School. In Monterrey he has worked doing modeling and animation for Luciérnaga Estudio’s animation projects. He later worked at the Proan (Animated Projects) studio in charge of the 3D modeling department and in the Concept Design department. He presently works as freelance graphic designer and illustrator.
Sergio Sedeño Maldonado
Sergio Sedeño Maldonado founded the company AnimaArte in 1999; he studied Mechanical Engineering at the Metropolitan Autonomous University UAM, Azcapotzalco Campus, Business Management at the ITESM, State of Mexico Campus, and has the Alias Wave Front certificate for his studies at the University of Arts in Toronto, Canada. He is presently in charge of VFX for feature films and is in the pre-production stage for the 3D feature film Los Judiciales (The Judicial Police).
Ángel Carrillo Fragoso
He was born on July, 1979. He is a creative developer and 3D animator. He specialized in 3D animation and special effects at the Eunia school, where he made a 3D animated short film. He worked in Publik, a post-production company in Monterrey, where he developed projects for Cemex, Telmex, Soriana, among others. In 2006 he began working as a freelancer and in 2007 he opened his company Ethos Studio & Academy, where he developes projects for important companies, events and publications.
Animation in Latin America
Tomás Welss Barkan
He was born in Santiago de Chile, where he studied Design, and continued with his studies in Stuttgart, Germany. His films El Paraguas, Circus, Tango Mortal and La Caída were selected at several festivals. He has been a professor and lecturer. He has illustrated tales for children, and has made commercial films and ecologist animation films. He is the most internationally awarded Chilean filmmaker in his field: animation. He presently is preparing a short film about his family.
Screenwriter, animation artist and TV director. Founding member of the Brazilian Animated Film Association. His company OBA builds manipulated and animated puppets for theater and film. His short film De Janela Pro Cinema (The Window to Cinema) received more than 30 awards and was selected for the Cannes Film Festival 2000. His most recent project in stop motion is the film Cabeça Papelão (Cardboard Head). He directs the only animation program in Brazil for non cable TV, Animania da TV Brasil.
Patricio Gabriel Plaza
Born in 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Specialized in fine arts and promoter of Audiovisual Communications. 2D animator, illustrator and comic books artist. He has worked as an animator in six feature films. He has collaborated for several publishing companies and for NGOs. With the animated short film El Empleo, co-created under the direction of Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso, he received 98 awards in festivals all around the world, turning it into the most awarded short film in the history of Argentina.
Artisanal Animation in Mexico
Rita Basulto studied Painting and Audiovisual Media at the University of Guadalajara. As a painter she has participated in over 20 exhibits. With the co-direction of The eighth day, the creation (2000) she has received several honors. She directed the short film Eclosion (2009) and has participated as animator in The Desert Within (2008) and Cages (2009). She also produced Mutatio directed by León Fernández. She presently directs the short film Rain in your eyes, winner of the IMCINE’s 11th National Script Competition.
León Fernández has worked on several animated productions as animation assistant, sculptor and illustrator. In 2006 he made his first animated short using graphite drawing style Carne de cañón (Cannon fodder). In 2001, with support from IMCINE, he completed Mutatio, the winning short of the Mora Rigo award at the Guadalajara Film Festival in 2011.
Luis Téllez Ibarra
He studied Communications at the UNAM. He directed the short films The show must end, The Trujillo Princess and The teeth-grinding witch, among others. He participated in the multiple awards winning short film Up to the bones. He has directed spots for companies such as Cartoon Network, Sears and Nestlé. He produced and animated Jacinta, which won several prizes. He directed 11 one-minute films for the Batallón 52 project. He presently is developing the feature film Inzomnia and directs the series Os Caracois.
Karla Castañeda nació en Guadalajara en 1978. Se tituló en Ciencias de la Comunicación en el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). Ha participado en producciones de animación stop motion tanto independientes como comerciales. Ha realizado las animaciones Melquíades y Un sueño en formato de video. En 2008 dirigió el cortometraje Jacinta, su ópera prima. En 2009 dirigió 10 cineminutos animados para Batallón 52. Actualmente dirige su segundo cortometraje animado, La Noria.
Born in Morelia in 1983. He has a bachelor degree in Design and Visual Communication. He won Channel 11’s Award from the Mexico’s Board of Designers Quorum 2008 with his animated film Hilando nubes se va mi tiempo, directed by Koosuke Amezcua. Author, director and producer of Eskimal, his first animated short film and winner of the 4th IMCINE/CONACULTA National Competition to Support the Postproduction of Short Films. He co-founded the Bajo Cero Films animation studio with Aser Pérez and Beatriz Rojas Lie.
Erik works as an animator and short filmmaker. He started out working as an illustrator and a maker of comics in his teens. He has written, directed, produced and animated six short films. He has twice been in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2008 he did the reference animation for the dialogue scenes and animated seven minutes of key acting shots on Metropia. In 2009 he directed live action with Out of Erasers. Erik is currently developing several projects, including an animated feature film.
Co-director, co-author and creative director of Kandor Graphics and founding member of Kandor Moon. He worked as animator in Disney classics such as The Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, among others. In 2001 he founded R&R Communications and developed Sian Ka’an, a traditional animation film. His films Tell-Tale Heart and The Lady and the Reaper won several international awards. He is author of two books on animation techniques, professor and member of several animation related societies.