Milestones. History of the AWG projects and premiers.
AWG Project 2006/2007 “The Sound of Animation” part II The world premiere of AWG Project 2006/2007 "The Sound of Animation" was held successfully on November 10th, at 11:30, as one of the official programs of Cinanina 2007. The AWG Members who attending Cinanima, also a large audience of 200 people from children to adult, attended the screening. The festival offered to AWG group an A4 advertising page in the festival’s official catalogue for our project and they also paid to the project, an extended tribute in the festival’s magazine (page10-12).
2008 “Olympics, Let’s Fantasies!” At Hiroshima was a great success, and the presentation was very positive. We were thrilled to be part of the festival, and to have the student work screened in such a professional venue. Thanks to the Hiroshima International Animation Festival for hosting AWG again this year! It was wonderful to see the AWG members again, and to enjoy the festival. Bradford Animation Festival November. David Bunting introducing the programme.
2009-2010‘Happy Anniversary’ The world premiere on 8 June at Annecy 2010, at Salle Pierre Lamy at 18:00 and an open air projection at Square de l'Évêché An asian premiere took place at the Hiroshima 2010 Animation Festival,10t August at 09:00 in the Medium hall, with a large audience attending the screening.Semptember of 2010 the Greek audience greeteed the sceening with great entousiam during the animasyros03 festival.
2011 ‘Red Dot’ Salle Pierre Lamy at the recent Annecy Festival, 9th June 2012. The screening of the Red Dot at the Hiroshima Festival was successfully attempted by lots of visitors. Semptember of 2012 the Greek audience greeted the red dot compilation with great entousiam during the animasyros05 festival. 2012 ‘Animated Memories’The world premiere of the project was scheduled during the Monstra festival on March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. July 2013, the Cyprian audience greeted the sceening with great entousiam during the 1st animation festival in Cuprus, Animafest, as well the Greek audience on September during animasyros06.
‘Colours’ The Asian premier scheduled during the Hiroshima Festival on 24th August 2014.
Optical Toys The world premiere took place at animasyros 08 festival at Apollo theatre on Friday 18:30, 25th of September, 2015, the young audience were very enthusiastic.
My favour tree The world premiere, took place at Hiroshima festival on 18th of August thanks to Sayoko Kinoshita and Hiroshima festival which also organized a ceremony to show AWG’s appreciation to Nicole Salomon.
2016 My favour tree The project is an homage to Nicole Salomon, the mother of AWG, who has long been dedicating all her time, energy and money for the development of animation art field internationally, and especially for activating AWG ceaselessly.
For this aim, Nicole proposed the theme’ My favor tree’ Ans Sayoko Kinoshita coordinate the Project, such as collecting films and do the editing in Tokyo.
During HIROSHIMA 2016 hold in August, the premiere of this projectas well the European premiere will be at Cinanima festival next November 11th
The world premiere, took place at Hiroshima festival on 18th of August thanks to Sayoko Kinoshita and Hiroshima festival which also organized a ceremony to show AWG’s appreciation to Nicole Salomon.
2015-2016 ‘Metamorphoses A characteristic of animation that we find very often in narrative is that of metamorphosis; transformation in animation achieves the greatest degree of continuity in the economy of narrative and adds another dimension to the visual style of the animation film.
The artists try to show indirectly by a continuum of acts that take place in space and time, in order to mimic conditions. The narrative unfolds through conflicts; there is always a cause and an effect. The children tried to understand metamorphoses as a narrative tool that gives a lot of ideas and opportunities to express themselves with various techniques through new ways. The results were presented are impressive, the children expressed by various techniques and means. The project coordinated by Anastasia Dimitra and the world premiere has scheduled on Easter 2017 during Animation Central, part of Leeds Young Film Festival in the UK
2014 Optical Toys We use quite often some optical toys (thaumatropes, phenakistiscopes, zoetropes and flipbooks) as "starters" when doing animation workshops. It is an easy way to introduce kids on the animation concepts, but most of the times these animations, are not taken "seriously" and have no further development. So, this project was a challenge for us to find ways to include any optical toy on the animation process and create films out of a chosen Optical Toy. The compilation of the project coordinated by Anastasia Dimitra, who edited all the nine submissions together, and made DVD copies for the participants. The world premiere took place at animasyros 08 festival at Apollo theatre on Friday 18:30, 25th of September, 2015, the young audience were very enthusiastic.
2013 ‘Colours’ The concept is the children to express their ideas in a single color and the tonalities. In some cases the experiment is successful, in others not, but the effect does not cease to be very interesting
Each participant focus on ONE chosen colour during the animation procedure The theme approached in different ways and used various techniques. The purpose was the viewer connects each film with a colour. 10 studios participated and they have chosen various animation techniques to realize their ideas. Christel Degros, coordinated the project The world premiere of the Animation Workshop Group project for 2013 ‘Colours’ presented during the Vafi festival on April 2014. The Asian premier scheduled during the Hiroshima Festival on 24th August 2014.
2012 ''Animated Memories'', 30' The idea of this project is to promote inside each country and around the world with different groups of children and adolescents the artists and their artworks. Each workshop, have chosen one or several national artists and their artworks. The children tried to know the maximum about them. and approach their work. The inspiring artwork of the artists that are used to the projects mentioned in the beginning or in the end of each animated video.
Each group wrote a story, a situation, invent movements, transformations that came from the studies, that are inspired, from the artists. Each video duration is around 2 minutes, and are used several animation techniques. The project was coordinated by Fernando Garlito (Portugal), who also managed the final compilation of the film.
2011‘Red Dot’ 30’ AWG Project 2011 is a simple mark in a certain place of the frame for an example, a red dot as a starting point to begin and end the story. This idea allows all ages to work on the project and would also allow all mediums (clay, cutout, drawing etc) to be used as long as the object starts and ends in the same place. The final compilation coordinated by Christel Degros (Belgium), who edited all the submissions together, and made DVD copies for the participants.
2009-2010 ‘Happy Anniversary’ Project Actually, it’s a ‘free theme – free topic’ project, where the children first learn about ASIFA history and goals—that ASIFA started as a way to communicate between the East and the West, and expanded as an idea that animation people join together as a family—and about animation as an art form and a way to connect people across the borders. The children learn that through animation we try to teach peace—we consider that if we have a freedom of expression we have a peaceful world. Another theme given to the young creators is the question how do we celebrate the year 50? How do the children celebrate ASIFA’s birthday? Finally, the last flame of inspiration was the question, where will the world be in 50 years from now? However, the children could animate whatever they want.
The AWG Project 2009-2010 resulted as follows: Firstly Raoul Servais, our former ASIFA president, created the opening credits. Then the project was divided into two parts: the first part was an online project, a ‘collaborative animation segment’ coordinated by Ed Desroches (ASIFA-Colorado) among all the groups for this project, which introduces the idea of ASIFA and the 50th year celebration. Then, following were the AWG workshop films.
Different topics were approached, according to the inspiration and imagination of the children, and the cultural signature of each country clearly stands out in their work. This project involved 14 countries and over 200 children creating animation inspired by ASIFA. The project was coordinated by Sayoko Kinoshita (ASIFA-Japan), who also managed the final compilation of the film.
2008“Olympics, Let’s Fantasies!” “Olympics, Let’s Fantasies!” is a rather open theme: this time we asked children to express their fantasies, ideas and messages on the Olympic Games or anything related to the games, freely within about 2 minutes. Different topics could be approached, according the fantasies and imagination of the children. It is expected, that the characteristic of children and cultural tendencies of each country today can be shown in their work. The final compilation of the films was under the responsibility of Vicky Wu (Taiwan), who edited the entire project works together and duplicated DVD for participants to share.
2006 PART I, 26’ /2007 PART II 26’ "Animation by Children of the World --- with Normand Roger".
Normand Roger wrote 30 minutes music. The main music for the workshop films compilation is 26 minutes; Normand Roger cut off into sections the music, each workshop animated based on a music section. Then edited the whole material. We will respect Normand Roger’s music composition and we kept the initial order of the original piece. "Animation by Children of the World --- with Normand Roger". is a theme very open: this time we asked children to express their ideas, their messages freely within approximately 2 minutes based on the music piece. Different topics approached, according the inspiration and imagination of the children. The characteristic of children of each country today came out in their work. The final compilation of the films be managed by The University of the Aegean Greece, under the coordination of Anastasia Dimitra (ASIFA–Greece), who transfered submissions to Betacam SP (PAL), created an opening and closing titles to present program, edit the entire program together and duplicate VHS tapes for participants.
AUGUST 2006 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Premiere Screening: 12th Int’l Project “The Sound of Animation” – original soundtrack created by Normand Roger - AWG Meeting AWG, Anastasia Dimitra Anastasia Dimitra: AWG President 13 workshops from 11 countries
JUNE 2005 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screening: 11th Int’l Project “ Two Minutes For You” - AWG Meeting AWG, 16 workshops from 10 countries
AUGUST 2004 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Premiere Screening: 11th Int’l Project “Two Minutes For You” - AWG MeetingAWG Karine Jeannet, A.A.A. 16 workshops from 10 countries
NOVEMBER 2003 ESPINHO FESTIVAL - Screening: 10th Int’l Project “Images ofthe Moon” (Part 1 & 2) - AWG Meeting AWG, Sayoko Kinoshita: AWG President 21 workshops from 15 countries
JUNE 2003 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Premiere screening: 10th Int’l Project“Images of the Moon” (Part 1 & 2) - Workshop: “AWG Full Moon Workshop” - AWG Meeting AWG, A.A.A. Robi Engler, Karine Jeannet, Erling Ericsson 21 workshops from 15 countries
AUGUST 2002 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Premiere screening: 10th Int’l Project “Images of the Moon” (Part 1) - AWG Meeting AWG Sayoko Kinoshita, 14 workshops from 11 countries
JUNE 2001 ZAGREB FESTIVAL - AWG Meeting
JUNE 2001 ANNECY FESTIVAL - an Homage Program: celebrating the 30 years jubilee of A.A.A (Atelier de cinema d’Animation d’Annecy et de Haute-Savoie), the pioneer of AWG - AWG Meeting Nicole Salomon A.A.A. AWG, Sayoko Kinoshita:AWG President 24 workshops by A.A.A.
AUGUST 2000 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Premiere Screening: 9thInt’l Project, AWG Selective Package, “ASIFA Anthology II: 1995 – 2000” - AWG Meeting AWG Karine Jeannet A.A.A. 10 workshops from, 10 countries
JUNE 2000 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screening: Collection of AWG Works (60 minutes) as an official program - AWG Meeting AWG 22 workshops, from 10 countries
NOVEMBER 1999 ESPINHO FESTIVAL - AWG Meeting
NOVEMBER 1998 ESPINHO FESTIVAL - Screening of a retrospective of ASIFA workshop productionsAbi Feijo 13 workshops from 11 countries
AUGUST 1998 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Screening of 2 workshop production programsSayoko Kinoshita 19 workshops from 17 countries
MAY 1997 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screenings of 13 films from 13 workshops - Exhibition of artwork from workshop films ASIFA Workshop Committee Annecy Workshop Sayoko Kinoshita: Chairperson of the Workshop Committee 13 workshops, Workshops from 3 countries
AUGUST 1996 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Special Program: Animation by Children throughout the world – 17 films - Special Program: “Children’s Rights” – 17 filmsASIFA Workshop Committee Sayoko Kinoshita – Festival Director 12 countries, 11 countries
JUNE 1996 ZAGREB FESTIVAL - Screening: 7th International Film “Children’s Rights” – 33’39” ASIFA Workshop Committee Camera Enfants Admis – Belgique, Winton Hill Animation – Scotland 11 countries
NOVEMBER 1995 ESPINHO FESTIVAL - International Workshop “Children’s Rights”ASIFA Workshop Committee Porto Workshop – Abi Feijo, Espinho Festival 46 youngsters – 5 countries
JUNE 1995 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Open screenings - Meetings of the Committee ASIFA Workshop Committee, Annecy Workshop, 10 workshops
JANUARY 1994 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES LILLEHAMER - International Workshop production and screening of 20 short films under the title “Winter wonderland” – VHS tape Lillehammer, Norvegian Official Bodies ASIFA Workshop Committee: Gunnar Strom-Volda 16 countries, 1st participation of a Japanese workshop
JUNE 1993 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screening of ASIFA Workshop Anthology – VHS tape 43′ - Screening : 6th International Film “A film on a film” - Portfolio in EnglishASIFA Workshop Committee Annecy Workshop Erling Ericsson – Sweden Jessica Langford: Chairperson of the Workshop Committee workshops in 14 countries,8 workshops
JUNE 1991 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screening: 5th International Film “Traditional Children’s Songs”ASIFA Workshop Committee Bratislava Workshop 21 workshops in 17 countries, 300 young people
SEPTEMBER 1990 BRATISLAVA ANIMATION BIENNAL - Seminar : Animation and School - Screenings - Portfolio in English Bratislava Animation Biennal, ASIFA Workshop Committee Jaroslav Baran – Slovakia, Nicole Salomon – France
MAY 1989 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Screening : 4th International Film “My Country in Europe” – 16mm – 54′ - Portfolio in English and French Initiative of Raoul Servais – ASIFA President ASIFA Workshop Committee, Annecy Workshop,Animagination – Switzerland 16 workshops in 16 European countries 300 young people
JUNE 1988 ZAGREB FESTIVAL - Screening: 3rd International Film “Pollution” 16mmASIFA Workshop Committee La Lanterna Magica (Torino Italy), Enzo d’Alo – Italy, Edo Lukman – Croatia, Jessica Langford – Scotland
MAY 1987 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Seminar: Filmmakers and Animation in Schools - Screening: 2nd International Film “What does Love mean to you ?” – 16mm – 7’30” Educational program sponsored by Swiss TV - Portfolio in English and French ASIFA Workshop Committee, Vermont Workshop, Annecy Workshop ASIFA Board agrees with Workshop Committee being independant from the Education one. Enzo d’Alo becomes its President. James Clay – Austria, Enzo d’Alo – Italy, David Ehrlich – USA East, Robi Engler – Swizterland, Alvaro Feijo – Portugal, Wilson Lazaretti – Brazil, Edo Lukman – Croatia, Dave Master – USA West, Nicole Salomon – France
AUGUST 1986 OTTAWA FESTIVAL - Screenings of Workshop productions and preparation of 2nd Workshop Project “Love” David Ehrlich – USA East, Enzo d’Alo – Italy, Nicole Salomon – France
JUNE 1986 ZAGREB FSTIVAL Restructure of the Workshop Committee : Edo Lukman and David Ehrlich become associated chaipersons.
AUGUST 1985 HIROSHIMA FESTIVAL - Presentation of “Animation 85” the collective film.Hiroshima Festival (Director : Sayoko Kinoshita) Nicole Salomon – France
JUNE 1985 ANNECY FESTIVAL “Year of Animation” “25 years of ASIFA” - Seminar : “Animation in School. A Communication for Future” - Screening: First International Film “Animation 85”, 16mm – 30′ - Portfolio in English and French ASIFA Workshop Committee Annecy Workshop: Enzo d’Alo – Italy, Robi Engler – Switzerland, David Ehrlich – USA East, Erling Ericsson – Sweden, Wilson Lazzaretti – Brazil, Edo Lukman – Croatia, Dave Master – USA West, Antti Perünne – Finland,
JUNE 1983 ANNECY FESTIVAL - Seminar : Animated Film at School: A pedagogy for tomorrow? - Screening of films by kids from participating workshops - Portofolio in English and French Annecy Workshop ASIFA Workshop Committee: A Da – China, David Ehrlich – USA East, Robi Engler – Switzerland, Wilson Lazaretti – Brazil, Francine Léger – Canada, Edo Lukman – Croatia, Dave Master – USA West, Tsvika Oren – Israel, Nicole Salomon – France
AUGUST, 1982 OTTAWA FESTIVAL The ASIFA Board agrees that Workshops shall be permitted to use the ASIFA emblem.
JUNE, 1982 ZAGREB FESTIVAL At ASIFA General Assembly, a Workshop Committee is officially included in ASIFA activities. It joins the Education Committee. Inni-Karine Melbye becomes the chairperson of the Workshop side. JUNE, 1981 ANNECY FESTIVAL Open Screenings of films made by kids. A few workshop leaders meet.
JUNE, 1979 ANNECY FESTIVAL Enfance Annecy Workshop 16mm / 15′ / 35 French teenagers, 8 professionals from 4 countries