WORLD FOCUS: 25th Anniversary of Slovak Animation
World Focus: 25 Years in Slovak Animation – a curated selection from Fest Anka
In 1993, Czechoslovakia was split into two countries: The Czech Republic and Slovakia. With its 25th year of independence, the section focuses on the eccentric, quaint characteristics of Slovak animation; it also presents the milestones accomplished by the artists who came to define Slovak contemporary animation.
SICAF Perspective: Arab Animation Special
SICAF Perspective: A window between our barriers
The assortment of animated films was selected with the issue of Muslim refugees in Jeju Island in mind, along with the hopes to raise awareness of Islamic culture. With this cultural exchange of animated films, the section will showcase various Arabian animations and assist in broadening the understanding of the distinct culture in the Arab nations.
Family Focus: A section for the whole family
“Family Focus”, alike its name, is a section apt for the whole family. This year, the section partnered up with “Pinkfong”, a major Korean-made character loved by children around the world. Prominently known for the addictive lyrics: “Baby Shark doo doo doo doo” – Pinkfong and its friends will host a mini concert and exhibition at MEGABOX Dongdaemun; a perfect, cool getaway in the summer for the family. The festival also looks forward to the animation , an animated film the whole family can laugh to!
The Third Angle
The Third Angle: Women within animation
The section was prepared with a goal of looking at the feminist movement through the perspective of animated films. The section features three films: Virus Tropical, Lila’s Book, and The Breadwinner. Virus Tropical is an animated work by Power Paola; it delves into women’s rights and the case of equality between genders. Lila’s Book is a film directed by a woman with the goal of wanting to regain the innocence of her childhood. With the main character of the animation also being a female, the film portrays a unique perspective. Lastly, The Breadwinner is an academy nominated film capturing the perspective of an Afghanistan woman. A story from a male-dominated country with a message surpassing gender norms.
The Open Frame: Japan Media Art Festival
The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media. The festival gives awards in each of its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Comic. The SICAF2018 Animated Film Festival will screen 1 feature film and 7 short films from the Japan Media Art Festival.
Hall of Fame
The section screens acclaimed, all-time favorites.
With the thought of the year’s theme ‘LIFE’ in mind, the team selected five works from Japan and Korea. Japan’s <Lu Over the Wall>, <The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl>, <Miracles of the Namiya General Store>, are reminiscent of a midsummer night’s dream and depict a fantasy world with abundant hues and movement. Whereas the works from Japan represent the topic of dreams, the animated films from Korea portray reality. The two films are as follows: <Padak>, a hidden gem in the industry, and <The King of Pigs>, an early animated film by YEON Sang-Ho, the genius behind <Train to Busan>. The works from Korea reflect a darker side of our lives.
Hidden Voices of Animation
Hidden Voices of Animation
The voice actors of <Haikyuu!!> and <Ladybug> come together to speak with the audience, watch animations, and emcee a quiz!
SICAF ALL NIGHT
SICAF All Night: A sleepless night with SICAF!
A sweltering summer night’s cure lies at the air-conditioned theatres of SICAF! Specifically catered towards night owls who are bad with heat, the ‘SICAF All Night’ section will screen four serieses of the classic <Yowamushi Pedal> throughout the night. It also includes a ‘SICAF All Night Combo”: which is loads of yummy snacks and limited edition goods. An exciting, air-conditioned summer night!