Anima: Brussels Animation Film Festival

Anima is the Brussels International Animation Film Festival, created by an animation fanatic over 30 years ago. Since then, the event has grown continuously to reach a record number of 42,000 visitors in 2016.

Anima 2017 is set to take place in Flagey, from 24th February to 5th March. Part of the Festival programme will also be shown in theatres in Flanders (Ghent, Antwerp, Louvain and Genk) and Wallonia (Ath, Mons, Charleroi, Namur and Liege).

Ten days completely given over to animation, with a total of 279 films to be screened in 98 sessions, and spotlighting a national and international competition of shorts and feature films up for vote by the juries and the public. Also on the Anima bill: a selection of conferences for the Futuranima professional days and many special programmes.

This year Portugal and Italy will be the Festival’s guest countries. The public will be able to get to know more about the animation production from both these countries through a programme of screenings and conferences.

New technologies have been given a particularly special place this year as Anima 2017 will be hosting the second Experience festival (Brussels Virtual Reality Festival) and conferences, as well as an installation using mapping, motion capture and augmented reality.

There’s even a little psychedelic touch to the proceedings, inspired by the Mandalas created by Brussels-based filmmaker Nicolas Fong for the Anima 2017 visuals

Opening movie: Louise in Winter by Jean-François Laguionie

Louise misses the last train out of the little (fictional) sea-side resort of Biligen. Instead of fretting about the situation, the old lady decides to improvise like an ill-equipped Robinson. She wanders around the stunning and incredibly authentic setting of northern France, going back over her past, her childhood memories and first loves.Superbly voiced by French actress Dominique Frot and set to music by Pascal Le Pennec, Louise invites us to celebrate the passing of time.

Jean-François Laguionie will be attending the screening and the Festival is using the occasion to devote a retrospective programme to the majority of his films and a documentary about him, Le Rêveur Eveillé.

Full programme click here