AniNation festival brings animation to life in Jerusalem

AniNation, the 6th Jerusalem International Animation Festival, will take place November 4-6 in person at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and will feature innovative animated films from Israel and around the world and special programs. It is a highly anticipated event by Israeli entertainers and fans and while there are movies that children will enjoy, it is not an event for children. Several of the events are free and there are several low-cost ticket options. The full program and tickets are available at and there will be more than 40 events.

Two of the most important film events of the year in Israel were the animated feature films, Ari Folman Where is Anne Frank?, which opens the festival and had its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and Gidi Dar’s Legend of destruction, the Ophir award-winning film about the destruction of the Second Temple, created with 1,500 paintings. Both films were produced with the support of the Jerusalem Film & Television Fund and were created in animation studios in the capital.

Several special events highlight these two films, which have won international acclaim for both their storytelling and the high quality of their animation. AniNation will include a masterclass with Yoni Goodman, the animation director of Where is Anne Frank?. Michael Faust and David Polonsky, the animators who created the thousands of paintings used in Legend of destruction, will also hold a meeting at the festival to talk about his work. There will be an exhibition of works of art by Faust and Polonsky for Legend, showing the stages his drawings and paintings went through during the making of the film.

Israeli VR creators Assaf and Eyal Geva will present their film, The secrets of Retropolis, about a reality adventure game set in a future completely populated by robots, and will give a master class on his virtual reality work. There is also a free event showing virtual reality creations.

Aspiring animators will be interested in introductory events, a job fair, and a “speed dating” event that pairs animation writers with directors and producers. There will be a panel on the secrets of dubbing with the creators of the Israeli version of sponge Bob and many other events that teach animation techniques.

Where is Anne Frank? (credit: LENA GUBERMAN)

Among the international films screened will be Belle, a feature film by Mamoru Hosoda, about a rural high school girl who finds a way to another world where she is a famous singer; Cesar Cabral’s Bob Spit: We don’t like people, set in a post-apocalyptic desert inhabited by 80s pop stars; El Josep de Aurel, a tribute to the illustrious illustrator Josep Bartoli, on the concentration camps in France for refugees from the Franco regime; By Yusuke Hiroka Chimney Town Poupelle, about a young chimney sweep and a cute monster who prove that the stars are real in a city plagued with terrible pollution; Little vampire by Joann Sfar, about a lonely vampire who goes to school to make friends; and Felix DuFour-Laperriere’s Archipelago, a collection of images that investigates the idea of ​​invented islands.

The festival is sponsored by many organizations, including the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, Ceske Centrum, Hansen House, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Animation Union Israel and Gesher Multicultural Film Fund.

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