KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 2018

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 2018 // 10 – 14 october

With proud hearts we present to you to the program of the 11th edition of KLIK.

Entering the second decade of our history, we aim to fulfil your animation desires with the works of artists new and old, traditional and groundbreaking. As we venture into our 11th year, we hope you'll traverse these animated worlds filled with surprise, black humor, moments that make you go WTF LOL, and glimpses of unfettered beauty.

This year, we invite you to open your minds and expand your horizons with our theme program “State of Mind”, our homage to the wonderful, perplexing, and beautiful mind.

So be prepared to get animated!

All illustrations by Mirjam Debets.

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Highlights KLIK 2018

Find some program highlights below:

KLIK Curated // Paprika

In this Japanese sci-fi psychological thriller anime from director Satoshi Kon, a scientist uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. Paprika is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, and is Kon's fourth and final feature. The film served as inspiration for Christopher Nolan's blockbuster Inception, though Paprika is the superior film.

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KLIK features // This Magnificent Cake!

This Magnificent Cake! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels thoroughly tests the limits of what can be considered a short film, so we're programming it as a feature. The story is set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century and tells the captivating stories of 5 different characters. From a troubled King to a lost porter and a young army deserter, this 5-chapter anthology explores the lives of those who have fallen outside of society.

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Installation // GRIS

We're proud to preview the highly anticipated video game GRIS by Nomada Studio, to be released at the end of the year.

GRIS is a beautifully crafted, serene and evocative experience of a hopeful young girl navigating her journey through sorrow. Explore a meticulously designed world brought to life with delicate art, detailed animation and an elegant original score in this very special game.

Playing GRIS is free of charge


Every year, KLIK endeavours to feed the bellies of the engines powering the Dutch animation industry. Our KLIK Industry events connect (inter)national professionals to one another in a feast made of fruitful connections and abundant exchanges of knowledge as peers of the animation community are offered a seat at the same table.

On the menu for this year's edition of KLIK Industry:

Filmmakers Talkshow
Conversations with filmmakers taking part in this year's competition.

Speed Dating
Get feedback or learn how to write a script for the animated medium during this popular workshop.

NL Industry Yearbook
Presentation and panel discussions focused on the making of a selection of feature films.

NL Broadcasters & Creators Panel
Panel discussion surrounding the making of original productions in the Netherlands featuring Dutch creatives, public broadcasters and producers.

NL Debutante Ball
Networking event connecting students and professionals across generations and fields.

Industry Brunch
Brunch it up with your fellow industry insiders.

Industry Awards
The finest and the greatest will be honored by their peers during this Award ceremony. Cartoon Network and Voicebooking.com will also hand out their individual awards.

P.S.: A folder entirely dedicated to the KLIK Industry events will be available at the KLIK desk.

Get your Industry Accreditation here.

See the whole list of KLIK Awards here.

Artists in Focus // Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey is an Irish animator and the co-founder of the revered animation studio Cartoon Saloon. She worked on not one, but two Academy Award nominated films: The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the Sea (2014). Her first solo feature, The Breadwinner (2017), is set in Kabul in 2001 and follows a young girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family after her father is arrested by the Taliban. The film marks another Oscar nod for Nora, making it onto this year’s short list for best animated film. At KLIK she will share her inspiring story and give insights into her work process. KLIK will also be showing her feature film The Breadwinner.

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Photo credit: Ste Murray

Artists in Focus // Faiyaz Jafri

Faiyaz Jafri is a filmmaker and new media artist of Pakistani descent, born and raised in the Netherlands. He is the founder and curator of the Third Culture Film Festival in Hong Kong and teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York. His hyper-unrealistic style incorporates popular culture references that together merge in the creation of an absurd and psychedelic world. Faiyaz’ award-winning films have been featured at prestigious festivals and museums, and he has worked for commercial clients including IBM, Coca-Cola, and Ford. He will join the festivities to share insights into his extraordinary work.

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Photo: Sergio Ivan Rebolledo

KLIK Features // Big Fish & Begonia

In this 2016 epic by directors Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang, an ancient Chinese legend comes to life. In a beautiful tale of love and sacrifice, the celestial being Chun is sent to the human world as a dolphin. She soon learns that the world is a dangerous place.

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Artists in Focus // Aya Suzuki

Aya Suzuki is a British/Japanese animator best known for her work on Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and Hosoda's Wolf Children. Suzuki specialises in story, layout, character and FX animation, and development. At KLIK 2018 she will be talking about her work and experience.

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KLIK features // mutafukaz

In the lawless streets of Dark Meat City, the deadbeat friends Angelino and Vinz live in a roach-infested apartment. In this 2018 Franco-Japanese animation by directors Shôjirô Nishimi, Guillaume Renard, stylised violence and a relentless electronic soundtrack take you back to the rough and tumble worlds of old-school fight games, Grand Theft Auto and a potential alien invasion.

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KLIK Features // I'll just live in Bando

In this quirky but ever so entertaining feature from Korean director Yongsun Lee, a man is torn between his stable teaching career and his dreams of becoming an actor.

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KLIK features // Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine with The Beatles got a revamp for movie theatres and we're proud to be showing this classic psychedelic spectacle for free. Register at the KLIK desk.

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