KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

KLIK Celebrated 10 Year Anniversary: 17-22 October 2017 at EYE Filmmuseum

We celebrated our tenth edition with six days of animation-awesomeness. There was something for everyone: Whether you're an animation fanboy/girl, animation professional, student, or designer.

Expect the world’s best animated shorts and features, matched with fine presentations, workshops and zany parties. Immerse yourself in absolute animation frenzy and take part in this warm celebration of all that is animation.

With last edition's themed program 'Never Grow Up' we put the spotlight on animations that question common conceptions of age and life stages. What does it mean to be grown up? What if you refuse to act your age?

Meet the KLIK 2017 jury

Meet the members of our esteemed jury, who will be deliberating and selecting the best animated shorts from our Catch of the Year program.

Jury 1

Best Animated Short // Animated Student Short, powered by Cartoon Network

Hisko Hulsing

Greg Lawson

Jericca Cleland [Nørlum]

Jury 2

Best of Emerging Nations // Animation for Art Lovers // Political // Animated Documentary

Douwe Dijkstra [Filmmaker]

Sandra Beerends [NTR Television]

Leenke Ripmeester [EYE Collectie]

Jury 3

Best of Commissioned Shorts // Funny & Trippy Toons // Music Videos, powered by Xite // NL Awards

Thomas Bertrand Batlle [Bandits Collective]

Klaas-Harm de Boer [Filmmaker]

Geert Nellen [Digital Dreams]

The winners of the KLIK 2017 Frankies

Who will go for the gold? This year, we got 1.975 entries representing 80 countries, from Iceland to India, but only a chosen few convinced our three independent juries of (inter)national experts and became KLIK champions of 2017.

The winners can expect everlasting glory and (minor) riches to invest in future films. During our Awards Night on Saturday 21 October 2017, champions took home their very own coveted Frankie – a sculpture of our awards mascot and a symbol of ultimate animation achievement.

See all the winners here.

Theme Program: Never Grow Up

The theme of this year’s festival was "Never Grow Up”, because we hope you don’t. We want you to laugh out loud, be silly, cry if you feel like it, and stay curious forever.

This means exploring the expectations and experiences that come with age, for instance in the wonderfully childlike Brazilian feature Boy and the World and the hilarious and touching Spanish film, Wrinkles, about seniors in a retirement home.

If you want something short but sweet, then check out our special compilation programs about everything from rejecting adult apprehensions in favor of living your dreams in YOLO, to the trials and tribulations of reaching maturity in Growing Pains.

So forget those pesky numbers in your passport about how old you are and join us on this journey through the ages.

LEADER KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 2017

This year’s festival leader is a humorous trip down memory lane. In honor of our theme, Never Grow Up, KLOMP! Animation created a nostalgic homage to shows and films many of us grew up with and which still have an impact on our lives, from Steamboat Willie to Looney Tunes, Pokémon, Transformers, Dragon Ball Z, The Lion King, and plenty of other classics. Main character Klikbert the klikker runs through different styles and settings to finally make it to KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival.

The trailer is the result of collaboration between KLOMP! Animation, Colorbleed, Studio Plumeau, Elephant Ears, Kasper Werther, Hilde Buiter, Kabo Lam, and others.

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