For millions of years, earth has been a generous and forgiving mother for all kind of species and creatures. Its rich natural resources, liquid water and a unique atmosphere that shelters it from the worst of the sun’s rays have made it a special planet.
The earth has witnessed all kind of extinct creatures that used to feed on it. No other planet has yet been known to have such a warm hospitality. However, the only creature that has seriously damaged and destroyed this kind planet is human being. Actually our ignorance has caused severe problems for this amazing habitat.
Growing environmental awareness about the fact that our mistakes endanger our lives as well as the whole planet and its habitants, will definitely help to save our planet and protect this precious treasure.
Regarding this scientific concern, we have decided to remind our children and young audience that every single being on this planet has the right to live and we as human beings must do our best to respect, appreciate and protect our unique planet.
In designing this poster we were inspired by a poem by famed Iranian philosopher and poet Molana who reminded us that every particles in this world form animate to inanimate is aware and they are in constant harmony and dialogue with each other, however our ignorance has made us unable to hear or see them.
All forms of being from animals, plants (to add more variety we used Cactus which lives in extremely dry habitats), unknown creatures from space or other planets and even robots are worried about earth and try to fix our damages.
SICAF2018 Preliminary Selection: Jury Members
Hannes Rall is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Area Coordinator of the Digital Animation Program. Hannes is also a successful independent animation director. His films have been shown in more than 500 festivals and won over 60 awards. He has been awarded 12 major film funding grants and 11 competitive research grants. Hannes has presented his research in leading conferences like ACM SIGGRAPH, FMX and the Annual Conferences of the Society for Animation Studies. His book “Animation: From Concept to Production” was published by CRC Press in December 2017.
I felt very honoured and took great pleasure in participating in this year’s pre-selection jury for SICAF. With a record number of submissions it proved to be a wonderful yet very challenging task. It is obvious that tough choices needed to be made in the end. When it comes to the final selection, it is unavoidable that some excellent films cannot be considered because there are only so many screening slots available. But this also means that we got to see the current status of independent animation from all around the world. And I am happy to report that the art form is continuing to scale new heights of achievement: Drawn animation in variety of approaches is keeping its strong presence in the independent world with some truly outstanding pieces. Digital media are increasingly used in highly inventive and hybridised ways. Mixing techniques in the service of a compelling artistic vision is a continuing trend that often leads to the strongest results. I am further happy with the fact that the quality of storytelling is strong in many films. The best films match narrative and art perfectly. On the other hand I was fascinated by films that remain challenging to the audience, with positively “weird” visuals and unconventional approaches to story. Either artistic direction should find its rightful place in a world class festival for independent animated film. Animation has become a globalised art form in the best sense of the word: Asia and the greater Pacific region, Europe and North America remain strong. What I noticed particularly this year is the growing quality of films from South America: There is some outstanding work with strong storytelling and a incredibly high level of craft on display. Today, fantastic animation can emerge from every corner of the world. A diversity and artistic kaleidoscope this year’s short film competition at SICAF will reflect beautifully.
Andy BUCHANAN is a digital animation artist from Melbourne, Australia, best known for his sculptural morphing animation installations. Over the last decade, his work has been shown exhibited at the Sydney Film Festival, Experimenta Biennial, ISEA, The National Gallery of Victoria, White Night, and at other national and international animation and projection art events. He holds a PhD in Creative Media from RMIT University (Plasmatic: Improvising Animated Metamorphosis), as well as degrees in Animation and Design. Buchanan’s animation research includes digital 3D metamorphosis, animated neuroaesthetics and philosophy of mind, and improvisation in animation practice.
This year, the SICAF festival attracted exceptionally high quality entries in the animated features and animated shorts categories that reflect the global interest in animation and in Korea as focal destination for cutting edge industry and independent production. The entries also reflect an ever broadening collection of styles, themes and auteur orientations to animated work. Judges were treated to the most refined VFX, innovative digital practices, stunning abstract explorations and personal, emotional expressions, as well as most impressive contributions in the lineage of traditional animation craft. The quality of this curated selection for the 2018 SICAF festival is a credit to the filmmakers whose work is sure to delight.
Antony is the Creative Director at Sprinkles on Top. He consults with Animation companies to create TV Series and Character Brands by developing Show Bibles, Style Guides and Pitching materials. Antony has been in the Korean Animation industry since 2006. He began his career as Designer / Writer, and worked his way to becoming a Producer and a Director.
There was a magnitude of students films this year. The ones that stood out made an impact in the first twenty seconds, had a strong story, relatable characters and in most cases, there was a twist or a reveal at the end. An animation is an experience and the media can be anything, hand drawn, computer rendered, clay, ripped paper, dolls. But, it’s not just visual. So much emotion can be conveyed through music, the voices and sounds this shouldn’t be overlooked even if you are only an animator. Find others and use your combined strengths to tell stories that want people want to share.
JANG Yeong Don
JANG Young Don has taught character design and animation at many universities including Kookmin University, Sungshin Women’s University, and Hoseo University. He is currently a professor at Myongji University and is taking part in the development of Korean animation. Other than his duties as a professor, Jang has been contributing to developing flash animations and character design. He is also a part of many organizations; he is currently a chairman at Korea Animation Artist Association and at ASIFA Korea, and a part of the organizing committee at the Korean Character Society.
I based this year’s judging on the categories of creative artistry, marketable factors, and technique. I’ve also considered the films and how they were made – whether it was made by an individual or produced by a group. I’ve also taken the factors of SICAF’s mission into consideration and chose films apt for the competition. A particularly noteworthy factor is that I did consider that the films were going to be watched by an audience – and judged from, not an artistic individual’s perspective, but an audience’s perspective. Conclusively, my judgings were based on artistry, marketable factors, the plot, and technique. I wish the best of luck to everyone who submitted their films.
BYUN Kwon Chul
BYUN Kwon Chul is the CEO of Studio Moggozi, a creative studio taking part in making animated films and characters. Byun has been expanding the industry of Korean Animation and working on the following animated films as a director and producer: T-pang rescue, Grami’s Circus, Modoo Modoo Show, Duda & Dada, and Go Go Dino. He is also taking part in licensing and new media content-related businesses.
I believe that the 2018 SICAF will become a plentiful film festival by having more works of art by the production companies and the directors than any other time entered and exhibited. In the kids category, there were the many works of art of which the warm stories and the multifarious color senses stood out. And, regarding the online and the commissioned, through the unique techniques and the diverse directions, while looking at the works of art that caught the eyes alive, even the evaluation was made to be forgotten momentarily. Also, regarding the pilot works of art, because the stories with the new subject matters and the diverse genres, which could not be seen previously, became entered and exhibited, it was very hard to select the works of art for the finals. As I know that the process of producing an animation is not easy at all, I send my applauses to the hard work and the passion of all of the Directors and producers of the works of art that were entered and has been exhibited. Thank you.
CHOI Sung Kyu
CHOI Sung Kyu received his master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Communication Arts and 3D Animation. After graduating, Choi took on many roles relating to animation. He was a visiting professor at the Vancouver Film School, a chairperson at the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF), a jury member at the Busan International Short Film Festival, and so forth. He is currently taking on many roles such as being a professor at Kyung Sung University and being the president at the Busan Film Animation Forum.
Regarding the diverse works of art that were entered from each country in the world, based on the extraordinary technology in which the digital and the analog are combined, the creative storytelling had stood out. While evaluating the long works of art, because there were the many works of art which possessed the narrative structure and the production technology, of which the levels of the completion were high, it was hard to make the selection. And, in the short animation category, the fresh and fun storytelling and the new method of the expression of the sensible directors felt to be novel. It was a good opportunity for looking at the dazzling development of the technologies for producing the animations in the whole world, and I send my big applause to the emotionally-extraordinary organizations of the stories and the aesthetic video expressions of the directors participating. I expect that we will be able to meet the even better works of art in the next year, too.
Official Competition: Jury members
Hong Ping TANG
Hongping TANG is the associate professor of Chinese Academy of Art. His main research directions are ‘Ink Animation’ and ‘Three-dimensional Animation’. Over the decade, his works were exhibited and shortlisted for a number of International Animation Festival Awards. For instance, the ink animation <The Dutch Pound> won the second prize at animation of Zhejiang Administration of Radio Film and Television in 2008. Also, in 2015, <Zhong Kui to the Test> was shortlisted for the second China International Cartoon and Animation Festival in 2015.
Seyed Vahid OLAYAEE
Seyed Vahid OLAYAEE is the producer, writer, musician and art researcher. Also he was the senior producer and writer in Eshragh Animation Co. He created about ten million minutes of animations including TV series, shorts and feature films.
Rafa has over 15 years of experience as a traditional artist in the past, working in resin, bronze and marble covering private, commercial and public commissions.
Since 2010, he started his career as a 3d modeller changing his traditional tools for the digital ones and applying his knowledge and passion for human and animal anatomy in the CG industry specialising in characters and creatures. He has also recently created his own studio Rafa Zabala Studio s.l. in Spain from where he works remotely for clients internationally.
His artistic career is taken him all over the world living in countries like Spain, Portugal, England, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Now Singapore. You can see his work in video game cinematics, like League of Legends, Brink, Body Count, Clash of Clans and Recore, also publicity campaigns of brands like WV, Audi, Super bawl, etc and blockbuster movies like, The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Man of Steel and Iron Man.
Iker J. de los MOZOS
Iker J. de los Mozos is the Disney’s Character Technical Director. He participated in 11 credits. Typically, <Moana>, <Zootopia>, <Big Hero 6>, and <Frozen>.
Juraj was born in Bratislava and lived for 15 years in Geneva, Bilbao and Paris. He graduated with a degree in physics, mathematics and cinema and in 2010 founded the production company Artichoke, based in Bratislava. Juraj directed his feature debut “Tigers in the City” in 2012. As producer, he currently works on the new lm by French director André Bonzel titled “Et j’aime à la fureur”, co-produced with HBO and Les Films du Poisson. In animation, he works currently on the feature lm “White Plastic Sky” co-produced with Hungary and France and feature puppet stop-motion for children “Of Unwanted Things and People”, a co-production of four CEE countries, which recently won the main award and audience award at the Visegrad Animation Forum. Juraj is a MAIA and EAVE graduate, board member of CEE Animation and co-founder and co-manager of CEE Animation Workshop.
Masashi KOIDE / Photo by Takashi Namiki
Masashi KOIDE is a professor at Tokyo Zokei University. He was born in 1957 at the prefecture of Nagoya and graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in 1982 with a degree in communication design; since then, he began to develop a passion for film and research relating to animated films. Upon graduation, he pursued his passion towards the subjects and has been a part of various organizations within the animated film industry. He served important roles such as being the president of the Japan Society of Cartoon & Animation studies, the director of Japan’s Animation Association, the president of the ICAF executive committee, and the president of the executive committee at the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival.
SON Ki Hwan
SON Ki Hwan was born in 1956 in Seoul, South Korea and graduated from Hongik University with a degree in Western Art. Since then, he has worked in many genres of art including printmaking, painting, design, and animation. He began his teaching career in 1997 as a professor in the animation department at Chungkang College of Cultural Industries; he is currently teaching at Sangmyung University in the department of animation, and is in charge of the department’s company named ‘Toon Factory’. He has held many roles in the animation industry; some notable roles include being the president at the Korean Society of Cartoon & Animation Studies (KOSCAS), the president of the Bucheon International Animation Festival (Previously known as PISAF), and the president of the executive committee at the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF). Son also has experience directing and producing animated shorts such as <Forest> and <Pond>; he also has published books such as <Art Toon> and <The viewing and understanding of animation>.
CHOI Young Chul
After graduating from Kyoto Seika University in 2000 with a degree in Visual Communication, CHOI Young Chul also received his master’s degree and worked as a researcher at Kyoto Seika University. He is currently a professor at Namseoul University in the department of Design and a director at the animated film development center. He took on many roles in the field of animation; he was the president of the executive committee at the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) and the Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). He is currently serving as the director of the Korean Society of Cartoon & Animation Studies (KOSCAS).
CHANG Hyung-yun majored in Animation at Korean Academy of Film Arts. Upon graduation, he actively created various animated films such as <Wolf Daddy> , which won the Special award at the Korean Animation Awards. Other notable works include <A Coffee Vending Machine and Its Sword> and <The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow>, which won the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism prize at the Korean Animation Awards. Currently, he is in the process of directing <Elisha, the daughter of Dark King>.
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