Ars Electronica | Animation Film Festival
The Austrian Cultural Forum will show some of the award winning contributions to 2013's Ars Electronica Animation Festival.
The Ars Electronica Animation Festival is a compilation selected from all entries to the 2013 Prix Ars Electronica’s Computer Animation/Film/VFX category. It offers an overview of the positions and points of view of artists worldwide, and impressively documents not only the genre’s explosive growth of late but also its marvelous substantive and stylistic diversity.
775 films from 73 countries were submitted for prize consideration this year. Even a quick perusal of the selected films reveals the broad spectrum of what’s being produced now. Digital animation—sometimes recognizable as such, sometimes unidentifiably as a realistic simulation—increasingly pervades our everyday life. These computer-generated motion pictures appear in a diverse array of often hybrid forms in a very wide-ranging and interdisciplinary field at the nexus of art, industry, science and R&D.
From high-tech VFX used in the movies and games turned out by major Hollywood studios all the way to conventional techniques like hybrid stop-motion animation, found-footage films, generative and interactive works, special effects, installations in an exhibition context and façade projections—the submissions to the 2013 Prix competition deliver a sharp, colorful picture of digital productions’ successful crossings of the boundaries separating discrete fields and art forms.
The substantive spectrum ranges from abstract and experimental works to traditional narrative films.