ChileMonos: Not Your Average Animation Festival

Welcome to five days of pure animation bliss. In celebration of the magical capability of animation to unite technology and creativity into one magnificent medium, ChileMonos’ second annual animation festival honor’s Chile’s blossoming appreciation for animation. “At the moment, animated films gain more revenue in Chile than standard fiction films do,” says festival director Margarita Cid.

Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos
Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos

ChileMonos goes above and beyond its duty as a film festival and provides a diverse selection of events intended to educate and excite the public about the progressive world of animation. “The festival’s multiplatform exists in order to access animation from distinct areas of diffusion”, says Cid. Among these events offered by ChileMonos is an internationally attended competition of largometrajes (long films), several educational workshops, and a series of conferences held by globally acclaimed animators. One such invitee includes the animation world’s first female Academy Award Winner Brenda Chapman, who has worked on such iconic films as The Lyon King, The Little Mermaid, Walle, and many more.

Animator Brenda Chapman, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos
Animator Brenda Chapman, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos

The competition of largometrajes showcases six primer films from five different countries, all of which will be shown, for a small fee of $2,500, in various locations around Santiago this Saturday and Sunday. (Visit their webpage for specific times and locations). In addition to these foreign films, there is an impressive array of Chilean animated shorts that add to the quality and diversity of the festival. “We chose the works of outstanding professionals and young animators alike from all over Chile in order to provide a varied generational representation in our program”, says Cid. With growth and progression in mind, ChileMonos looks to appeal to the younger generation by reaching out to the student population.

Pictoplasma, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos
Pictoplasma, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos

“We bring students the opportunity to work with professional animators, leading advocates, and national directors”, says Cid. “With the added prospect of putting them within proximity of companies looking to employ up and coming animators”.

The festival’s parent organization and namesake, ChileMonos, was born five years ago with the intention of developing a relationship between Chile’s rapidly progressing animation community and the international scene. The establishment of the festival was therefore a natural consequence that resulted from the international distribution of Chilean animation propagated by ChileMonos, says Cid.

It's Such A Beautiful Day, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos
It's Such A Beautiful Day, Photo Courtesy of ChileMonos

Only in its second year, the festival is young, but event organizers have high hopes regarding the future. “Our intention is to be recognized as Latin America’s most important animation festival”, says Cid.

They also have goals that encompass a wide scope of the animation industry. “We hope to provide a platform that links companies with animators, hold a technology fair, and kick-start a national animation movement within high schools”, says Cid.

Be sure to check out the festival’s webpage to get a comprehensive list of movie times and locations, as well as details on the many workshops, activities, and conferences that will be held throughout Sunday. http://festivalchilemonos.cl/web2013/programacion/largometrajes/anima-bu...

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