Dates: From 25 to 28 October 2018
Place: Fine Arts School and UPV Gandia Campus, The Naves, Innovation Space, the Filmoteca (CulturArts-IVAC), Cinema Jove and Carme Centre for Contemporary Culture
After four years of celebrating the International Animation Day with the student short film show, Prime the Animation turned into a very successful festival last year.
Prime the Animation 6! International Student Festival is possible thanks to the work of animation teachers, professionals and students from the UPV (Universitat Politècnica de València). It is organized by Universitat Politécnica de València, Filmoteca de Valencia, Las Naves Centre d’innovaciò, El Centre del Carme CCCC and Master en Animación UPV (MA Animation studies at UPV). With the collaboration of Area de Actividades Culturales (Area of Cultural Activities), Facultad de Belles Arts (Faculty of Fine Arts), Departamento de Dibujo (Drawing Department) and Generación Espontánea de la Universitat Politècnica de València (Spontaneous Generation of the UPV).
The aim of the festival is to create a meeting point in which students and emerging artists can show their work, establish networks and learn from professionals in addition to competing with their short films, projects, portfolios and demo reels against other students and new directors from all over the world.
It is possible to win three awards at the festival: the Jury Award, the Public Award and the Miquel Guillem prize for the best experimental film. The awards grant a year of free distribution through the platform Movibeta. The ones selected in the portfolio or demo reel category will be able to present their projects to the public and get feedback from professionals. The festival includes all other kinds of events such as exhibitions, talks and screenings!
Since its beginnings in 2013 as a non-competitive student short film show, shorts made by students from all over the world have been shown: Spain, Denmark, Chile, UK, India, Germany, Mexico, Estonia and Canada. Professionals such as Joanna Quinn, Pablo Llorens, Priit Pärn, Gil Alkabetz, Osbert Parker, Alberto Vázquez and Silly Walks Studio were among the collaborators, and the students were given the opportunity to present their portfolios and projects to animation professionals in different areas and get feedback from them.