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A British invasion at Animafest Zagreb

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Unhappy Happy

June 2016

The World Festival of Animated Film, Animafest Zagreb, kicks off on June 6 with a strong British presence.

This year's Animafest Zagreb will feature 24 British productions and co-productions across its line-up in various competitive and non-competitive programmes.

Six titles will be competing in the festival's Grand Competition: George Gendi's Apple and Onion; Peter Millard's Unhappy Happy; Phil Mulloy's Endgame; Paul Bush's The Five Minute Museum; Max Hattler's All Rot; and Siri Melchior's Lili Brushes Her Teeth.

A further five films will be in competition for Animafest's Student Competition: Tezo Kyungdon Lee's Phantom Clouds; Yao Xiang's Fish is What I Desire; Sam Southward's After the End; Heeseon (Sun) Kim's The River; and Terri Matthews' The Wrong End of the Stick.

Daisy Jacobs' Cartoon d'Or winner The Bigger Picture will also screen at this year's festival, while Evgenia Golubeva's I Am Not a Mouse has been selected in the Films For Children Competition (Age: 7-10).

Animafest's Artistic Director Danijel Šuljić explained what it was about British animation that made it so attractive to the festival.

"The facts are inexorable.The number of awards, including Grand Prix, won by British animators in 44 years of Animafest's existence counts in the dozens, and London's Royal College of Art was twice named the best school of animation," he noted.

"Zagreb and British animation have been in an idyllic relationship for decades. People still recount stories of the legendary Bob Godfrey, the winner of Animafest's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, who came to Zagreb every year, including the wartime ones."

This year's 26th edition will see Aardman Animation Studios' co-founder Peter Lord on the festival's Grand Jury for Short Films. Šuljić noted it was a "great pleasure" to host Lord at the festival.

Lord will also be delivering a lecture on the 40 years of Aardman. It will see him give a portrait of the studio from its people to its work over four decades, including its four Academy Award wins.

Three of his shorts will screen at the festival: Going Equipped, Adam and Wat's Pig.

The other British shorts in Animafest's programme this year are as follows:

DIY Cartoon Kit by Bob Godfrey et al.
Storytime by Terry Gilliam
Dogs by Jonathan Hodgson
Cowboys - High Noon by Phil Mulloy
Public Meat by Run Wrake
Bomb by Peter Millard
Velocity by Karolina Głusiec
Father and Daughter by Michael Dudok de Wit

Animafest Zagreb runs from June 6-11.

Story by Ian Sandwell