On Thursday 28th October is The International Animation day. This day commemorates the first public performance of Émile Raynaud’s Théatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892. It is considered to be a first public screening of animations.
Finnish Animation Guild celebrated International Animation day in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.
In Helsinki at Central Library Oodi has Ääreen program whole day. At 2 pm. at Kino Regina Finnish Documentary Guild organizes a panel discussion which interplay between animation and documentary. What do the two artforms have to offer each other? What is the relationship between the animator and documentary film, between the documentarist and animation? The panelists are director Reetta Aalto, documentarist Leena Kilpeläinen, animation director Ami Lindholm and animation director Reetta Neittaanmäki. Moderated by Outi Rousu.
The Ääreen project also presents a screening of work from the Turku Animated Film Festival. Entitled Home – Animated Documentaries, the show at Kino Regina is curated by Joni Männistö, the festival’s artistic director. Screening starts at 4.30 pm.
In the evening Kino Regina has two feature animations screenings- at 6.30 pm. Persepolis (2007) by Marjane Satrap and at 8.30 pm a anime classic Hotaru no Haka (1988) by Isao Takahata.
Also works by animation students at Aalto University will be on view at special Ääreen screenings on the second floor of Oodi. The screening is curated by Tuula Leinonen, Head of the Master’s Programme in Animation at Aalto. Kaisa Penttilä’s Maihinnousu / Invasion (2021) and Iiti Yli-harja’s Kaikki äitini puhelut / All My Mother’s Calls (2021) are the first thesis films completed in the programme launched in autumn 2019
In Tampere at Metso Library’s lobby there will be an animation screening. In the screening there will be animations from media students of TAMK – Tampere University of Applied Sciences as well as some short animations of Aalto University’s animation students.
Also in Turku the main library is the venue for the International Animation Day. A short animation called Pimeät Otukset will be screened on the wall of main library. The animation is made by Turun Anikistit, a collective of local animation artists.