Animation festival aims to support Chileans in the industry

The second annual Chilemonos Festival Internacional de Animación will be held May 8-12 in Santiago and include workshops from some of the world’s top animators. 

Lovers of drawing, cartooning, and computer animation rejoice: the Chilemonos Festival Internacional de Animación is returning to Santiago on May 8 through 12, 2013.
In addition to a film festival competition, the event will feature a variety of artistic activities such as master classes with leading international filmmakers and producers, interactive workshops on animation for children, and exhibitions of work in the graphic animation field. The second annual festival will take place  across multiple venues including Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda and the Centro de Extensión at Universidad Católica.
The first edition of the festival, held in early 2012, was well-received by both the public and industry professionals. Artists from 14 countries traveled to Chile for the event to share their work and experience, including the director of the animated film Rio, Carlos Saldanha, the creator of the clay animation style strata cut, David Daniels, and cartoonist and animator Ryan Woodward. The event was supported by universities, businesses, international embassies, and Chile’s national arts council, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes.
The 2013 edition of the festival will feature a variety of fascinating speakers, including Brenda Chapman, considered one of the brightest filmmakers in American animation. Chapman was responsible for the initial idea and entire creative process behind the Pixar film Brave, and contributed to other Pixar successes like Cars, WALL-E, Ratatouille, Up, and Toy Story 3. At Chilemonos, Chapman will discuss the animation industry in a special master class.
According to festival organizers, the knowledge-sharing component of Chilemonos is essential to the event. Through roundtable discussions and lectures from professionals in the field, organizers hope to better position Chilean animators for success in the industry worldwide.
The film competition is now accepting submissions from around the world. Chilemonos will feature a Short Films Competition with winners awarded in both National and International Categories, a National Student Works Competition, and a National Animated Series Competition. Winning entries will be screened during the festival.
For more information, check out the festival’s website.