It's about time! We can say that last Friday the Anima Mundi came of age, celebrating his 18 years through all the program (you can check it here). But last Monday, directors, sponsors, and some guests of the festival could already watch at the Animated Square a little of what comes ahead in an opening session. Conducted once again by actor and director Fernando Caruso, who already has a history with the festival, the session gave a brief overview of the Anima Mundi has to offer among the special exhibitions and competitive program.
Aida Queiroz, Marcos Magalhaes, Cesar Coelho, Léa Zagury, directors of Anima Mundi, gave their messages before the session begun. Aida presented some statistics that show how the animation industry in Brazil has grown along with the festival. A recent survey revealed that in the period between 1910 and 1992 about 171 animated films were produced in Brazil, including features and shorts. Since 1993, the year of the first Anima Mundi, and until this year, the festival received entries from more than 2600 animations, a concrete evidence of the strength of the festival by the Brazilian industry of animation. "As animators we are, is a great emotion," she added.
Cesar Coelho took the opportunity to remember the beginning of the festival: in 1993, only two rooms were used at the CCBB for the first edition of the event - that crowded. The following year, the Cultural Center of Correios gave its partnership. From the third year, the public could see the largest sessions in the first version of the Animated Square. And the rest is history. Marcos Magalhaes didin't forget to celebrate the anniversary, and wished that everyone can feel as if had 18 years in this issue, and Lea Zaguri thanked the fundamental presence at the festival: the animators.
Marcos Magalhães, Léa Zagury, Cesar Coelho e Aida Queiroz, the Anima Mundi directors
Among the films, the audience watched the Brazilian Anjos do meio da praça, derected by Ale Camargo e Camila Carrossine, an impressive work of 3D computer animation; Der Da Vinci Timecode, from Gil Alkabetz, where the image of one of the most famous paintings in the world is fragmented to form movements secret and unusual; the institutional Rise Above Plastics, from the Surfrider Foundation and the exhilarating Runaway, from Canadian Cordell Baker, one of our guests this year. All of them, of course, can be found here. Schedule up!