Big Cartoon Festival

October, 30th November, 10th 2014, Moscow

The 8th Big Cartoon Festival opens on October, 30th in Moscow. The Festival will run for 12 days in venues all over the city, presenting the best in the world's independent animation: Russian and foreign shorts and animated features, targeting children as well as adults. The program is comprised of almost 400 animated films with participants from more than 20 countries attending.

BCF, however, is not simply about screenings and premieres. It is a great adventure in animation with lectures, workshops, exhibitions and, of course, fillmmaking. Cartoon Factory for kids grows bigger and more diverse by the year. The traditional AnimaLab now attracts foreign film school students from all over the world, willing to come to Moscow to have an opportunity to work with Russian teachers in international groups. The educational program of the Festival features lectures and workshops presented by the very best representatives of the national animation community.

This year the Festival's main venues include Cosmos Cinema Theatre, Culture Centre Aktovy Zal, Documentary Film Center, Rolan and Pioneer Cinema Theatres, ZIL Culture Centre and many more. For the first time in Festival's history its programs will also run in community centers located in New Moscow.

The Festival will open with the premiere of the French animated feature The Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, a wonderful Gothic fairy tale, scary and lyrical at the same time.

Considering the atmosphere of the Opening, we have defined this year's Festival's main theme as Fiction. To comply with it, we have selected a series of programs differing in genres from fairy tale fantasy to apocalyptic dystopia.

For the audience's comfort we have decided to divide all festival screenings in three program blocks: the main block, the kids' block and the block for animation aficionados.

The Main block traditionally presents the latest Russians productions (Premieres), international animation festivals award winners from last year (Winners), as well as works by young animation fillmakers from Russia and Estonia and an animation program for adults.

The Animation Aficionados block features the works by the award winners of the Tarusa Festival and The Forgotten Films of the 90s, as well as continues to provide the audience with a chance to meet with directors. This year's special guests include Ishu Patel (Canada) and Ivan Maximov (Russia).

The Kids' block has put together the programs that will be interesting for the whole family: a charitable children's program in the city's cinemas, TV Series Matinée with Bun and Cocoa, foreign shorts program for kids and animated features for everyone.

Finally, the fifth Cartoon Factory will take place in the ZIL Culture Centre from the 1st till the 4th of November, featuring 2000 square meters, 20 simultaneous animation workshops as well as installations, screenings and many more.

Several animation-themed parties will take place at the Festival, including Cartoon Network Halloween, Shakespeare Party, Ivan Maksimov's Soirée and Kids' Space Fest.

The Festival would like to recognize the support of its strategic partner, Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation, as well as the Moscow City Government, Moscow Territories Cultural Development agency MosArt, CSBI Moskovskoye Kino, Komus and RealD.

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