2017 KDIAF's Program Intro
Opening on October 29th, 2017 at Taipei National University of the Arts, the seventh annual KuanDu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) will run for eight days until November 5th. On November 4th, a closing awards ceremony will be held. If anything is for certain, an event this spectacular is not one to be missed. Each year's festival culminates in the awarding of the KuanDog Prize. This year has seen submissions from an unprecedented number of countries. From a total of 93 countries, there were more than 2000 submissions covering all kinds of artistic styles and subject matters across a diversity of genres and a wealth of media. Out of these numerous brilliant works, the selection committee selected the most brilliant ones for the nominee film list, which has already been announced on the official KDIAF website. This year, a total of 86 works were selected as nominees in the competition, and 56 additional works as choice films to be screened. At the closing ceremony, the KuanDog Prize will be presented for Best International Animated Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Taiwanese Film, and for Jury Honorable Mention.
During the festival, there are six specially invited feature-length animated films that are already stirring up excitement. The opening film is the 2017 showcased masterpiece in Taiwan , Ballerina. A co-production of French and Canadian animation companies that took seven years to make, it includes classic ballet scenes that were created under the guidance of the world-renowned choreographer of Black Swan. The closing film is Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde), an artistically refined 2D animation film from France which won the Audience Award at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival as well as the Grand Prize in the Feature Animation category at the 2016 Tokyo Anime Award Festival. Amongst the feature-length films to be screened, there are four that were specially selected with audiences in mind. One is Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children, which won the Satoshi Kon Award for Best Animated Feature at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada. The film presents a starkly contrasting take on ecological awareness and a coming of age story as it follows a youth who wanders through vast lands. Another is Anomalisa, a feature-length stop-motion animated film that won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival and was the first adult film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Adapted from the stage play of the same name, it uses puppets to present a sophisticated story about loneliness, love, and human nature. There is also The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune Fille sans mains), winner of the Jury Award at the 2016 Annecy International Film Festival, is an independently produced animation done in the style of ink wash painting. It is the French director's feature-length film adaptation of the children's story of the same name. And then there is the Swedish animated film My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette), which explores the simple yet perplexing question of 'What is love?'. With its sincere and realistic story, it won both the Audience Award and the Cristal for a Feature Film at the 2016 Annecy International Film Festival, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
People and organizations from overseas have been invited as well, including the historic International Short Film Festival Berlin (Interfilm) which will screen selected works. In addition, the Université Paris 8's computer graphics and art department (ATI) will present an intensive three-week workshop in which nearly 40 animation works are to be created. For the series of talks and workshops, we have invited a large number of guests, including the head of Australian National University’s School of Music, Kenneth Lampl, the director of 2016 KuanDog Prize-winning film OSSA, Dario Imbrogno, the director of special feature film Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children, Pedro Rivero, the producer of The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune Fille sans mains), Jean-Christophe Soulageon, international animation expert Robi Engler, and the director of Taiwanese feature-length animated film On Happiness Road, Sung Hsin-Yin. We hope animation lovers won't miss this opportunity to come in close contact with the masters. Throughout the festival, apart from the screenings of KDAIF award-winning films, select feature-length films, and special showcase works in Kuandu, at the same time there are also touring screenings, talks, and other events being held in collaboration with the Fuzhong 15 Animation and Story Gallery, New Taipei City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, and the Kaohsiung Film Archive. Animation lovers of all shapes, sizes, and stripes are welcome to join in the festivities of KDAIF 2017, where the future horizons of animation are on view for you.
The below are the links to the trailers: Ballerina Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children Anomalisa The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune Fille sans mains) My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

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