Animation for Grown-Ups #1: Parental Advisory November 20th 2017
Nipple gates, LGBTQI+ sexuality, (female) masturbation - we’re still terribly prudish when it comes to expressing our sexuality. Our prudity is reflected all over visual media: Facebook and Instagram hunt photos and drawings of female nipples, and advertisements use a blue liquid as period blood.
When it comes to drawings, the lines are blurred though. Animation has the power to discuss taboos in an unoffending way, mainly through design choices like 'cuteness' or 'abstraction'. Where are the boundaries and who determines what is acceptable and not? In collaboration with Studio Pupil and Pakhuis de Zwijger we are hosting a series of talks and a selection of short animated films. Join us for the first edition on November 30!
Free entrance, but please register here.
KLIK 2017 is a wrap October 23rd 2017
All good things must come to an end. Even KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 2017. We had a blast and so many highlights that it's hard to name them all.
We want to thank all of our subsidiary funds, sponsors, partners and the army of volunteers for their relentless support. We couldn't do it without you. See y'all next year!
P.S.: To get an impression, check out the images here or head to our Facebook for more.
Winners of the KLIK 2017 Frankies October 21st 2017
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
KLIK KLIK DRANKS October 20th 2017
All work and no play is definitely not KLIK’s style. So dust off your snazzy costumes or inventive outfits and join us in the KLIK Café, because Saturday dranks are on. Our annual soiree is the night all filmmakers, festivalgoers, and friends get together to mingle.
In past years KLIK put on a big show. This year we keep it simple, to save our energy for some wild ADE dancing. So join us Saturday, 21 October at 23.00 in the KLIK Café.
Psssst: It's free of charge and everyone is welcome!
Cuphead October 13th 2017
Time to shoot some bad guys! In the EYE Arena you can play Cuphead, a run and gun video game released last month that’s heavily influenced by 1930s cartoon characters like Betty Boop and Popeye. The visuals and audio were created with the same techniques of the era, such as hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
Play as Cuphead or Mugman as you navigate strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil.
Leader KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 2017 September 25th 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 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.
Pay close attention to see if you can spot all the tributes.
KLIK 2017 Campaign is out September 1st 2017
We're counting the days until the upcoming edition of KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival. But KLIK 2017 isn't just any old edition. It's out tenth anniversary!
To celebrate the big 1-0, we've collaborated with the talented Aisha Madu again to create this year's campaign. We asked Aisha to come up with illustrations referring to this year's theme program: Never Grow Up. Time to 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? Expect feature films, presentations, short film compilations and more.
Nominations now open for World Domination Award 2017 August 28th 2017
From now on you — yes, you! — can nominate individuals, studios or organizations in the animation sector for the KLIK World Domination Award 2017.
This award is for whomever you think made the biggest contribution to Dutch animation and shows the greatest promise. On 17 October 2017 during KLIK Opening Night our esteemed jury will reveal which of the outstanding nominees will take home this prestigious prize.
Don't wait any longer. Nominate NOW!
...or at least before Monday 25 September, when this call closes.
ON TOUR: KLIK at Lowlands August 14th 2017
With just a few days to go until the super special birthday edition of Lowlands we've started packing our bags with amazing animated short. As you've come to expect, we're part of Lowlands TV and will be presenting a colorful program of top-notch animation. Every day. All day. KLIK represent!
Are you at Lowlands as well? Find us!
Avant-premiere of Loving Vincent Confirmed July 24th 2017
There are no creative boundaries in animation. The only boundary is your own mind. This makes animation one of the most exciting art forms to transport exceptional stories with an experimental flavor.
Loving Vincent is the world's first ever fully painted feature film, bringing the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his story. First shot as live action film every one of the 65.000 frames of the film is a hand-painted oil-painting, created by 125 professional painters. As remarkable as Vincent's paintings are his passionate, ill-fated life, and mysterious death.
Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland's BreakThru Films and UK's Trademark Films.
Special Guest: Daron Nefcy (Disney) June 13th 2017
We are extremely excited to confirm Daron Nefcy, creator and executive producer of the popular Disney TV series Star vs. the Forces of Evil, as one of our guests.
The Annie Award-nominated animated series features the pubescent alien princes Star Butterfly, as she navigates through high school and fights the forces of evil. In her presentation,
Nefcy has been awarded Variety's "10 Animators to Watch" and made Forbes 30 under 30 list of young entrepreneurs and change makers for 2015. The Los Angeles Times featured Nefcy in a cover story about the growing influence of women in animation.
Theme Program: Boy and the World July 7th 2017
Today has got us all giddy and excited. We are thrilled to announce a new addition to our theme program Never Grow Up: Boy and the World.
Brazilian artist Alê Abreu's Academy Award-nominated masterpiece is a riotous explosion of music and color. This vibrant cinematic experience depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, taking on greater complexity as his small world expands.
Announcing This Year's Theme: Never Grow Up June 14th 2017
With this year'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? Expect feature films, presentations, short film compilations and more.
A feature film we can already confirm is Ignacio Ferreras' heartwarming Spanish animation Wrinkles. More to be announced.
Early Bird Tickets Now Available – Get Your Unlimited Pass June 14th 2017
We're launching the presale of the tenth edition of KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival.
Enjoy the full KLIK experience and treat yourself to an Unlimited Pass. With our early bird special, you'll catch the fattest worms and a 20 euro discounts for six days of animation madness.
The KLIK Unlimited Pass gives you access to all screenings and programs of our six-day animation fest, including our (in)famous parties. Pass holders don't reserve seats, they walk in like a boss. Just make sure that you're on time... Like a boss.
Order your early bird pass now for just 60 euro (instead of 80) via EYE's online ticket shop. Payments are possible with iDeal, credit card and PayPal. Sale closes on 21 July.
Be early. Be bird.
Call for Entries deadline extended until 1 July May 24th 2017
Wait, what? That's right, we decided to extend our Call for Entries with one extra month to ensure that animation students who are buckling down to finish their film in June are also able to send us their animated beauties. Final deadline for submissions is 1 July 2017. So hit us with your best and send in your animated works for our international competition.
You can submit up to three films in the categories Animated Short, Animated Student Short, Commissioned Animation, Animated Documentary, Animated Music Video, Animated Virtual Reality, or Outside of Competition. Selected films will we presented during our tenth anniversary edition, held 17-22 October 2017.
Selection results will be published in August.
For more info and to submit your work, visit our Call for Entries page.
Introducing our partner: Voicebooking.com May 3rd 2017
After a successful collaboration last year — introducing the new Voicebooking.com Award for Best Voices in a Commissioned Animation and an in-depth workshop about directing voice-overs for an animated film — we're excited to welcome Voicebooking.com as main partner! A word from our partner:
"Why we partnered up with KLIK? For starters, the faces behind KLIK are simply great to work with. The appeal of the festival as partner is mainly due to the high level of professionalism without compromising on fun. A perfect fit with how we like to work. In addition, KLIK's visitors and our clients share a lot of common ground. Every animator needs a voice-over for their work at some point, and we offer some of the most experienced native voices in the industry who voice characters on a daily basis.
Thanks to our collaboration we can create some great content for our audiences. Including a contest in which we give a fully arranged trip to the festival for our international clients, a workshop at the festival, and an award for the best voices in a commissioned animation. But the best thing about our partnership has to be the new ideas and insights when brainstorming with KLIK of course. That's what you get for partnering up with creatives!"
We Want your Films! March 2nd 2017
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival opens its Call for Entries.
For our international competition, we now accept films in the following categories:
- Animated Short (films created outside of educational programs)
- Animated Student Short (films finished while the maker was enrolled in an educational program)
- Commissioned Animation (films commissioned by a third party)
- Animated Documentary
- Animated Music Video
- Animated Virtual Reality
- Outside of Competition (this includes e.g. films of which the duration does not exceed 25 minutes, art installations, and games)
Films selected for the categories Animated Short and Animated Student Short are eligible for the KLIK Amsterdam Audience Award and KLIK Young Amsterdam Audience Award.
Our Call for Entries closes on 1 June 2017. Don’t wait too long and fill out the entry form at www.klik.amsterdam. Here you'll also find our terms and conditions. KLIK does not charge entry fees for submitting a film to KLIK's competition, so go on then!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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'.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.