World-wide famous animation studios Pixar and Laika are guests at this year’s edition of the Anim’est International Animation Festival, taking place in Bucharest until October 11th. The two studios will introduce the Bucharest audiences to their high-level animation practices.

The festival is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this October and the jubilee edition is bringing a stronger focus on the educational component of the festival, with a series of workshops, master classes, presentations and special screenings.

Five of the most iconic films in the history of animation will be screened at the festival this year: from Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd: the Wall (1982) to the more recent Sita Sings the Blues (2008) directed by Nina Paley and awarded the Best Film award at Annecy, going through the now classic films like American Pop (1981) and Heavy Metal (1981) and ending with The Point or Oblio, as it is better known to the local audience, directed in 1971 by Fred Wolf and narrated by Ringo Starr.

A highlight of this year’s festival is the performance of Rodion G.A., who has been creating music ever since the 70s. He will accompany the screening of Delta Space Mission in the official closing of the festival on October 10th at Cinema Elvire Popesco. This is the first science-fiction feature film made in Romania, a continuation of the series created by Victor Antonescu and his team.

Creepy Animation Night, the night of bizarre and horror animation that will take place October 9th at Cinema Patria.  The event will bring an unusual performance of the Dirty Granny Tales, a band with an innovative, dark theatrical music.

Anim’est takes place at Cinema Studio, Cinema Elvira Popescu, Re: Animation Hub and Journey Pub. The festival’s program is available here. A ticket for one screening costs RON 13. The audience can enjoy the concerts at Journey Pub free of charge.

Photo source: Anim’est Facebook page