Holland Animation Film Festival

The Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF), running from 19 – 23 March, explores animation in its broadest sense; from cartoons, music videos, TV motion graphics and special effects in feature films to games, web design and smartphone applications. On the cutting edge of fine art and film, some remarkable animation installations have been created in recent years, and HAFF celebrates cinematic installations as a major part of today’s flourishing film culture.

During HAFF, an ambitious international programme of animation installations will be displayed throughout downtown Utrecht. Accompanying film programmes, workshops, presentations, lectures, introductions and Q&As provide the opportunity to get acquainted with the makers. The installations presented at HAFF offer a refreshingly new perspective. The combination of the potential of animation film and spatial art yields an entirely unique visual language and a new way of presenting things.

In 1941, the Scottish award-winning animator Norman McLaren (1914-1987) joined the National Film Board of Canada. Here, he founded the animation department and realised a comprehensive oeuvre, with innovative techniques like scratching and painting on film, cut-out animation and pixelation. On the occasion of McLaren’s 100th birthday, HAFF presents the world première of a special, experimental installation of Norman McLaren’s work: four projectors offer a whole new take on his films.

There is also a film programme, McLaren Classics, which includes 12 of his films. Producer Marc Bertrand will speak about the motives for presenting such examples of conspicuous cultural heritage in a different form and context.

For more information visit www.haff.nl/en.

1. Film still from Canis, Marc Riba & Anna Solana. Courtesy of directors and HAFF.