Bram Kranendonk joins KLIK as Business Director February 9th 2017

KLIK is proud to welcome Bram Kranendonk to the KLIK ranks as KLIK’s Business Director. In his new role, Bram will be responsible for all of KLIK’s financial matters and KLIK’s On Tour program.

Having previously worked at organizations like The Netherlands Film Fund and Creative Europe Desk NL, the fields of finance, subsidiary funds and animation hold no secrets for Bram.

We're stoked to welcome Bram aboard as he’ll dive headfirst into the preparations for KLIK’s tenth anniversary edition.

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Happy Holidays from KLIK December 22nd 2016

To all our animation friends: KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy 2017 jam-packed with animated goodness.

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Alike wins the Pebble TV Young Amsterdam Audience Award 2016 October 30th 2016

The kids at KLIK have spoken: The animated short 'Alike' by Rafa Cano Méndez and Daniel Martínez Lara won the Pebble TV Young Amsterdam Audience Award 2016!

The film received the most votes from kids aged 5-12, who got to vote on their favorite film. The team of Pebble TV was presented the prize in our special Kids Award Show.

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Award winners KLIK 2016 October 30th 2016

During last night's KLIK Awards Night, we honored the very best films of this year with a KLIK Award.

We proudly present a round-up of all our winners on our KLIK Awards page.

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Michael Dudok de Wit wins World Domination Award 2016 October 26th 2016

On KLIK Opening Night, the jury unveiled Michael Dudok de Wit as the winner the World Domination Award 2016.

The jury stated: "Michael Dudok de Wit undeniably is the personification of the World Domination Award and very worthy of this honor. We treasure him and his work, and are proud that such a wonderful animation director has his roots in the Netherlands."

Go to the full jury statement about the winner and the nominees.

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Program now online October 5th 2016

Our six-day program of animated awesomeness is now online! Browse through our extensive program of screenings, talks and masterclasses by extraordinary filmmakers, workshops and other cool activities, and grab your tickets!

Check out our program and grab your tickets now.

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Win a free stay at ClinkNOORD hostel September 20th 2016

We’re super excited to be collaborating with our neighbors ClinkNOORD hostel, situated in the former laboratory of the gas and oil company Shell.

We’re offering one professional artist and visitor of KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival the chance to jump on board with their ClinkCREATIVE program Stay & Create. The winner will get the chance to come and paint a room or a canvas in exchange for accommodation during the period of the 2016 KLIK! festival in a private room at ClinkNOORD (worth over €800)!

Enter the contest before 11 October, and perhaps you're the lucky artist who can decorate this art-minded hostel with your very own artwork!

For more information and to enter, visit our contest page

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Parade selected as Dutch entry for the Oscars September 1st 2016

The film 'Parade' (2015) by Digna van der Put has been selected as the Dutch entry for the 2017 Oscars in the category Best Animated Short Film.

The selection committee applauded the film's perspective on life's parades and world history, both current and timeless.

We're immensely proud this wonderful film is one of KLIK! Distribution's titles. 'Parade' will be screening at KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2016, in the program 'Dutch Panorama'.

Watch the trailer of 'Parade'

Early bird tickets now available - until 7 September August 8th 2016

For all you early birds out there, KLIK! launches the presales of this fall's animation fest.

Grab yourself one of our 60 Unlimited Passes for only 60 euros. That's a 15 euro discount!

A KLIK! Unlimited Pass gives you access to all programs of our six-day festival, except for special programs such as masterclasses and workshops. (Ticket sale for these special programs will start in the first week of October).

Order your early bird pass now via EYE's online ticket shop. Payments are possible via iDeal and credit card. Sale closed on 8 September.

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Dan Meth named artist-in-residence at KLIK! June 30th 2016

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival has named award-winning cartoonist and animation director Dan Meth as its artist-in-residence for 2016. As part of his residency Meth will create animations and cartoons for the Amsterdam based animation festival’s social media platforms. A collection of his work will also be exhibited during the annual six-day festival, 25-30 October.

Read our full press release

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Two more weeks to submit animations June 15th 2016

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival extends its Call for Entries until 1 July 2016. Professional filmmakers and film students worldwide are invited to submit their work for KLIK!’s international competition. We're celebrating our 9th edition from 25 until 30 October 2016 at EYE in Amsterdam.

The Call for Entries closes on 1 July 2016. The entry form and regulations are available at http://www.klik.amsterdam.

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KLIK! presents the finest Dutch animation on London tour May 30th 2016

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival visits London for the fourth chapter of its European tour. The KLIK! EU Tour visits an array of animation studios, schools and festivals across Europe and hosts screenings of Dutch animated shorts. The KLIK! EU Tour is powered by the Creative Industries Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, and EYE International.

From 31 May until 3 June KLIK! visits studios Nexus, Blue Zoo, Animade, STUDIO AKA, Blinkink, and Mummu, and hosts screenings at the University of Bedfordshire and the Dutch Centre.

Joining us are Thijs Viegers (Studio Plumeau), Roy Nieterau (Colorbleed), Dario van Vree (Studio Pupil), and Marlies van der Wel (animation director).

Read our full press release

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KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival showcases Dutch animation on Danish tour May 3rd 2016

KLIK! tours Copenhagen and Viborg for the third chapter of our European tour, promoting the wonders of Dutch animation. The KLIK! EU Tour is powered by the Creative Industries Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, and EYE International.

Joining us are animators Dario van Vree (Studio Pupil), Albert 't Hooft (Anikey Studios), Anneke de Graaf, and Sven Willem Stroomberg (Colorbleed) to the National Film School of Denmark, and animation studios Copenhagen Bombay, Sun Creature Studio, A.Film Production, Tumblehead, The Animation Workshop, and Nørlum.

Read our full press release

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KLIK! brings Dutch animation to Germany April 21st 2016

KLIK! visits Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg for the second chapter of our European tour, promoting the wonders of Dutch animation. The KLIK! EU Tour is powered by the Creative Industries Fund, Netherlands Film Fund, and EYE International.

Joining us are animators Michiel Schellekens (MediaMonks) and Thijs Viegers (Studio Plumeau) to festivals FMX and Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS), and animation studios Woodblock, Studio Soi, and Studio Film Bilder.

Read our full press release here

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Creative Industries Fund NL , Netherlands Film Fund and EYE International present: KLIK! EU Tour March 29th 2016

KLIK! is coming to a screen near you! We set out on a European tour, presenting Dutch films and filmmakers in nine animation cities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, and France.

The KLK! EU Tour is powered by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the Netherlands Film Fund and EYE International.

We're screening some of the wonders of Dutch animation, followed by Q&As and presentations. We're looking forward to meeting you there!

Our first ports of call: the UK and Ireland (4-9 April)

On 5 April KLIK!, Show Me The Animation and Rumpus Animation present a screening of the program ‘Dutch Delights’ at The Lanes Bristol, showcasing a selection of contemporary Dutch animated short.

On 6 April the UWE Bristol School of Animation hosts a screening for its students of the gender themed program 'Beyond Boys and Girls'.

On 7 April KLIK! organizes a Dutch-Irish meet-up at The National Gallery of Ireland in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy in Dublin, presenting a collection of Dutch and Irish animated shorts, talks by filmmakers, and networking drinks. The program includes films such as A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke), Deadly (Aidan McAteer), Tea With the Dead (Gary Gill), and Panic! (Joost Lieuwma & Daan Velsink).

For the latest updates on the KLIK EU Tour and your local screenings, go to our EU Tour page.

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Call for Entries now open March 1st 2016

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival opens its Call for Entries. Professional filmmakers and film students worldwide are invited to submit their work for KLIK!’s international competition, part of the annual animation film festival in Amsterdam. The festival will celebrate its 9th edition from 25 until 30 October 2016 at EYE in Amsterdam. The call for entries closes 15 June 2016.

KLIK! is accepting films for the following categories: Animated Short, Animated Student Short, Commissioned Animation, Animated Documentary, and Animated Music Video. If eligible, a film can also compete in the categories Political Short and Animated Short From an Emerging Nation. Each film also competes for the Audience Award or the Kids Audience Award.

Filmmakers can submit their work free of charge, KLIK! does not charge an entry fee. Films are eligible when they contain a substantial amount of animation of any technique, their duration does not exceed 25 minutes, and were finished after 1 January 2015.

The Call for Entries closes on 15 June 2016. The entry form and regulations are available at http://www.klik.amsterdam.

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Tech News from KLIK! February 29th 2016

As you may have noticed, we’re slowly moving beyond HD, entering the era of Ultra HD and 4K. Ultra HD means that the now standard HD picture will be twice as wide and high; the old HD resolution will fit 4 times in Ultra HD! And more pixels means a sharper picture is possible.

The hardware to produce 4K is already available for some time now, both for professionals in the creative industry and for consumers. And now, in the first quarter of 2016, the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be introduced, giving the distribution of 4K films another push.

So what’s the thing with Ultra HD and 4K?

When people talk about 4K they don’t always mean full-4K. There are actually two standards (we love standards that’s why we have so many of them):

There’s Ultra HD which is 3840x2160 pixels (1.78 aspect), twice the width and height of the current HD picture. Used for television and mainstream distribution, and probably also used with the new Ultra HD Blu-ray.

And then there’s 4K, the full-frame cinema standard 4096×2160, which is slightly wider than Ultra HD. But according to the DCI standard, the visible pixels will be 3996×2160 for Flat (1.85) and 4096×1716 for Scope (2.39).

Together with this standard, new color spaces, codecs and other technical stuff around this standard are being introduced to accommodate this new superb picture quality.

Do we need to submit films according to this new standard?

No, you don’t have to. At KLIK! we’re just expecting a shift, and we’re starting to receive 4K films since technology is now becoming widely available. That’s why we’ve adjusted the guidelines for receiving it in high quality, also for our archives and for future use. So if you do want to submit your films according to this standard, and have the right hardware to create razor sharp animations, you can!

But keep in mind that not all cinemas will be immediately ready for projecting 4K films. Because not all cinemas have 4K projectors and some screening rooms are so small, projecting in 4K won’t make a visual difference compared to 2K.

KLIK! is preparing for the 4K future, so we can check and archive 4K films, and on some occasions (and when possible) we'll also project in 4K.

Call for Entries 2016

KLIK! wants your films! Our Call for Entries is open until 15 June 2016. Want to submit your work? Find all you need to know on our Call for Entries page. Please read our updated master specs to ensure a correct delivery of your films.

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Award Winners KLIK! 2015 November 1st 2015

On Saturday KLIK! awarded the best animated shorts of this year's fest at the long-awaited Festival Awards Dinner.

That’s when the jury announced the winners of the highly desired KLIK! Awards for Best Professional, Student, Commissioned, and Political Animated Short, Best Animated Music Video, and Best Animated Short from an Emerging Country. And who’s the lucky KLIK! Amsterdam Audience Award winner.

The festivities then continued as we celebrated the latest and greatest Dutch animated shorts with our brand-new KLIK! NL Awards. We handed over a total of two awards selected from the following six possible categories: Craftsmanship, Bravery, Good Looks, Ingenuity, Emotional Impact, and Massive Laughs.

And the winners are....

KLIK! MediaMonks Award for Best Animated Short 2015

Sunday Lunch by Celine Devaux

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Student Short 2015

Palm Rot by Ryan Gillis

KLIK! Award for Best Commissioned Animation 2015

A.A. - Doors by Buck

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Music Video 2015

Benjamin Scheuer - Cookie Tin Banjo by Peter Baynton

KLIK! Award for Best Political Animated Short 2015

Dinner for Few by Nassos Vakalis

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Short from an Emerging Nation 2015

Light River by Sha Liu

KLIK! NL Award for Craftsmanship 2015

Zeezucht by Marlies van der Wel

KLIK! NL Award for Massive Laughs 2015

Paniek! by Daan Velsink and Joost Lieuwma

KLIK! Amsterdam Audience Award 2015

We Can't Live Without Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit

KLIK! Young Amsterdam Audience Award 2015

The Tie by An Vrombaut


Special mentions

The following films received a special mention from the jury:

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Short from an Emerging Nation 2015

Noon by Tau-Hsin Yang

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Music Video 2015

Shaking Godspeed - She's Young by Alice Saey

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Student Short 2015

My Dad by Marcus Armitage

KLIK! Award for Best Animated Student Short 2015

Mortal Breakup Inferno by Paula Assadourian, Marlène Beaube, Débora Cruchon, Maxime Delalande, Thibaut Gayral, Batiste Perron

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Bruno Felix wins World Domination Award 2015 October 28th 2015

KLIK! kicked off with its whirlwind Opening Night and awards the World Domination Award to Bruno Felix for his invaluable work for the Dutch animation sector.

Yesterday night KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival kicked off its eight edition with a mesmerizing opening ceremony. After an automata parade by The Cardboarders and a musical performance by The Leonids, the evening saw the bestowal of the annual World Domination Award. This highly coveted award honors an organization, studio, or individual that helped Dutch animation take another big step towards total world domination. The audience gave Bruno Felix of production company Submarine and distribution company Periscoop a thunderous applause as he was awarded the World Domination Award 2015.

Producer Bruno Felix was named winner from the top three nominees, by a jury consisting of Lisa Linde Nieveld (EYE International), Claire van Daal (Netherlands Film Festival), Peter Lindhout (Netherlands Film Fund), Tom van Waveren (VNAP), and Jiek Weishut (KLIK!).

The jury called Felix “Dutch animation’s valiant knight”, applauding his inimitable networking skills, strong love for animation, and his solid vision on the industry. Felix knows how to get stuff done and is always one step ahead — qualities he uses to the benefit of not only his production company Submarine but the whole Dutch animation sector. His distribution company Periscoop Film brings the best international feature-length animated films to Dutch cinemas, which is just as important as the other way around. In 2015 Bruno co-founded Periscoop, became Holland’s representative on Cartoon Media’s board, and won an Emmy for Last Hijack.

Director Hisko Hulsing and studio Pedri were also in the top three nominees. Hisko Hulsing gained international fame with his short film Junkyard. He takes on opportunities coming his way with passion and fire, plugging not just himself but also Dutch animation talent whenever he gets the chance. Studio Pedri manages to stay under the radar, which is quite strange since they craft the world’s best animation puppets. The last few years Pedri has been getting more involved as a co-production partner. Besides bringing work opportunities to the Netherlands, Pedri also brings international talent. In 2015 the studio won a Gouden Kalf for its co-produced animated short Under the Apple Tree.

KLIK!’s Opening Night marked the third edition of the World Domination Award.

Finalists of the World Domination Award are in! October 22nd 2015

This year marks the third time we get to present the KLIK! World Domination Award. This pretty new, though already highly coveted award will honor an organization, studio or individual that helped Dutch animation take another crucial step towards world domination (particularly in 2015).

In September, our audience had the chance to send in nominations, and now this year’s wise jury members have determined who will be put on the ultimate pedestal and receive the World Domination Award 2015.

The verdict is in, and these are top three nominees:

Bruno Felix

Bruno Felix of production company Submarine and distribution company Periscoop has been nominated for his work in bringing the best international feature-length animated films to Dutch cinemas.

Hisko Hulsing

Director Hisko Hulsing made heads turn with his short film Junkyard, and has worked on big international projects such as the critically acclaimed Cobain: Montage of Heck together with a team of impressive Dutch animators, adding to the international recognition of Dutch animation.

Pedri

Studio Pedriis still quite under the radar, even though it creates the world’s best animation puppets. The studio is also increasingly involved as a co-production partner. in 2015 Studio Pedri won a Gouden Kalf Award at the Nederlands Film Festival for the animated short it co-produced, Under the Apple Tree.

This top three was selected by a jury consisting of:

  • Lisa Linde Nieveld (EYE International)
  • Claire van Daal (Nederlands Film Festival)
  • Peter Lindhout (Nederlands Filmfonds)
  • Tom van Waveren (VNAP)
  • Jiek Weishut (KLIK!)

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The winner of the World Domination Award 2015 will be announced during KLIK! Festival Opening Night on Tuesday 27 October. Stay tuned!

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Kick-off drinks from union/association DAMD October 21st 2015

Free kick-off drinks from DAMD, the brand-new and only association/union of 2D/3D Animators, VFX- and Motion Design-professionals.

Friday 30 October 16:00–17:00 at the EYE Foyer

Meet DAMD, the association/union for professionals and students in animation and VFX. We all have wonderful jobs and we're proud of what we are making. But some things must change in order to be able to stay in this occupation for years to come, to stay creative and healthy, and be able to enjoy some good spare time as well (and have the money to buy a beer or invest in yourself/your business).

What do you know about copyrights or authors rights? Is it fair that actors get a remuneration when their films are copied or (re)transmitted and we don’t? Do you have sound standard Terms and Conditions in case you accept a job or an assignment?

It's time to unite and make our voices heard. No one else will do it for us.

Now is the time to really become professionals, get a lobby, and legal and business support. Come join us for the DAMD kick-off during KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival at EYE in Amsterdam.

DAMD is powered by FNV KIEM

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KLIK! Animation Days: Deadline extended October 13th 2015

There's still time to sign up for this super-informative and creative five-day workshop on script writing for animated shorts. Plus, there are free inspirational guest presentations by makers such as Erik van Schaaik, Tamara Bos, and Rosto A.D — also accessible for those who do not participate in the Animation Days. There are no tickets for these presentations, but there is limited seating. First come, first served!

Sign up for the KLIK! Animation Days before 20 October and uncover all secrets of pre-animation processes and writing scripts for animated shorts.

For more information, the full overview of speakers, and to sign up, visit: http://klik.animationdays.com.

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Erik van Schaaik, winner of the Golden Calf Award for Best Short Film 2015 (Under The Apple Tree)

Time and place: Friday October 23 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 PM, LAB111 in Amsterdam

Language: English

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Tamara Bos, winner of the Golden Pen Award for Best Scenario (Wiplala)

Time and place: Saturday October 24 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 PM, LAB111 in Amsterdam

Language warning: Dutch

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Koen Vromman, founder of the Oezbekistan Film Fund, self-proclaimed ’speed animator’. His stop-motion works have to be made in the now, reacting on the news. That gives him little time to write scripts, yet he does and we are curious how he (and his team) pull it off!

Time and place: Sunday October 25 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 PM, LAB111 in Amsterdam

Language: English (mixed with some Belgian and Oezbekistanian proverbs)

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Rosto A.D, Grand Prix Canal+ winner, and creator of Monster of Nix and Splintertime

Time and place: Monday October 26 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 PM, LAB111 in Amsterdam

Language: English

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The guest presentations are made possible by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and Prins Bernhard Culture Fund.

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Full program now online October 6th 2015

KLIK!'s eye-popping program is now online. Browse through our festival highlights, KLIK!'s festivities and special programs, and mark your calendar for a host of cool talks of and workshops with extraordinary filmmakers.

Check out the full program here.

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KLIK! Animation Days 2015 September 1st 2015

23-27 October 2015

Calling all animators, directors, and writers! You're invited to bring along your skills and talent, and join the KLIK! Animation Days for a series of workshops with professionals.

Looking to learn more about and be inspired for writing a script for an animated short? Sign up for Scriptease: All Scripts Undressed! Your team could actually win the Golden Waffle!

Check out the Animation Days website for more info and to sign up.

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SAVE THE DATE July 31st 2015

27 October - 1 November 2015 KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival takes over EYE for six days of animation madness. Brace yourself for a dazzling showcase of 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.

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