British Council has launched the arts programme “Urban Futures” since early 2018 across North-East Asia, including Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. “Urban Futures” program aims to foster greater inclusion and innovation in cities through the arts. In Taiwan, we support cross-art institutions and practitioners to explore how art can make our cities more open, dynamic, inclusive and fit for the future. Our programme themes focus on the following topics:
- Art & Social Activism
- Art, Science & Digital Innovation
- Art & Disability
- Art & Ageing
This year, as part of the "Art, Science & Digital Innovation" initiative, British Council in Taiwan introduces the works from UK film curator, Jayne Pilling, with 2019 Taichung International Animation Festival (TIAF). Jayne Pilling is the guest programmer for TIAF, and she helps curate the "New Angle: Sound & Animation" programme for the festival. This programme's focus is on how sound – the overall sound design, including music and sound effects – can play a highly creative and integral role in telling a story in short film animation, going far beyond the mere creation of atmosphere or mood. The films range from one extreme – in Pink Komkommer, the exact same soundtrack was given to several different animators to interpret – to another – where dialogue is used to comic effect over very minimal animation in Fantaisie in Bubblewrap. Oscar-winner Michael Dudok de Wit (Father and Daughter) used variations on a classical musical theme's strict time signatures to structure The Monk and The Fish, whilst in Mauvais Temps variations on a single musical motif combine with sound effects – and effective use of silence – to ratchet up the suspense. Secret Joy's vocalisations give embodiment to a meditation on abstraction and figuration, whereas in A Chairy Tale sound endows a chair with personality and performance. Laughing Moon cleverly demonstrates how much we need sound to make sense of what we are seeing, and Dying of Love is built around its central song, which also provides the key to an intricately conceived narrative puzzle. She will also attend the pre-screening discussion sessions on 16 and 20 October. There are also several animation films from UK showing in the festival, they all portray different point-of-views and unique storylines.
"New Angle: Sound & Animation" Programme Details
Guest programmer: Jayne Pilling
Screening schedule and location:
- 16 October (Wednesday) at 12:00 / Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2 (4F, No. 186, Sec. 4, Fuxing Road, Taichung)
- 20 October (Sunday)at 15:00 / Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2
As of today to 20 October, please purchase the tickets at IBON kiosks at 7-11 convenience stores or IBON ticket system.
- Secret Joy of Falling Angels
Simon Pummell ｜UK | 1990 | 2D, hand drawn、Mixed Media | DCP | Color | 11min
A re-telling of the annunciation story in which blurs the sacred and the profane. The film combines many different optical film techniques with an exploration of drawing the human body, which breeds Mickey Mouse with Michelangelo.
- A Chairy Tale
Norman McLaren, Claude Jutra ｜Canada｜ 1957 | Pixilation | DCP | B&W | 10min
In this short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The music is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lai.
- Laughing Moon
Kiyoshi Nishimoto ｜Japan ｜ 2000 ｜ 2D ｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 6 min
Twelve pieces separated from a circle and a square combine together and shape into various figures, chasing each other. Laughing Moon is an attempt at a minimal animation transforming images into simple figures, movements and sounds.
- Pink Komkommer
Marv Newland ｜Canada ｜ 1991 ｜Mixed Media｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 11 min
An elderly woman naps and has seven erotic dreams. Each dream sounds the same. "Dreamers" are Craig Bartlett, Alison Snowden and David Fine, Janet Perlman, Sara Petty, Stoyan Dukov, Paul Driessen and Marv Newland.
- Mauvais Temps
Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli ｜France ｜ 2006 ｜ 2D, hand drawn｜ DCP ｜ B&W ｜ 5 min
A driver gets a flat tire in a weird neighborhood. When getting out of his car, he is approached by some fellows threatening him with knives. Luckily, he manages to escape into a building.
- The Monk and the Fish
Michaël Dudok de Wit ｜France ｜ 1994 ｜2D, hand drawn | DCP | Color | 7min
A monk discovers a fish in a reservoir near a monastery. He becomes obsessed with the fish and tries every means to catch it. Gradually, the story becomes symbolic.
- Fantaisie in Bubblewrap
Arthur Metcalf ｜USA ｜ 2007 ｜ 2D, hand drawn、Mixed Media｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 4 min
The film shows the final moments of a society of bubblewrap as it faces its apocalypse.
- Dying of Love
Gil Alkabetz ｜Germany ｜ 2004 ｜ 2D, jhand drawn｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 12 min
While their owner is having his siesta, two old caged parrots rake up the memories from the past, and this leads to unexpected consequences for the three of them.
Other films from UK
"Baby Universe" programme
Hend Esmat, Lamiaa Diab ｜UK ｜ 2018 ｜ 2D ｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 5 min
Flipped explores the absurdity of a world where the roles of kids and adults are switched. The story follows a day full of bizarrely reversed interactions, tackling topics about maturity and parenting in a comic way.
- It's All Family
Johnny Kelly ｜UK, USA ｜ 2019 ｜Puppets｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 1 min
Featuring a total of 98 puppets with buckets of personality, the film is meant to open kids' eyes to other family dynamics, reiterating that every family is different and that's okay.
Screnning schedule: 12 October and 19 October; Kbro Cinemas - Hall 3
"Character Formula: Cartoon Frenzy" Programme
Sylvain Chomet ｜UK ｜ 2015 ｜ 2D, hand drawn｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 4 min
Recognizing the absurdity of human interaction and applying this to excessive, often obsessive Twitter use.
Screening schedule: 12 October (Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2) and 20 October (Kbro Cinemas - Hall 3)
"New Angle: Music & Animation" programme
- The Queen's Monastery
Emma Calder ｜UK ｜ 1998 ｜ 2D, hand drawn｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 6 min
Inspired by Leos Janacek's Sinfonietta, The Queen's Monastery is about a woman whose lover, a former acrobat, has returned to her from war a changed man, exploring themes of love, escapist fantasy, obsession and guilt.
Screening schedule: 15 October and 20 October; Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2
"New Angle: Synesthesia & Animation" Programme
- Dum Dum (De De Bom)
Benjamin Hall, Robin Hall ｜UK ｜ 2018 ｜ 2D, hand drawn｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 2 min
In order to hand over the creative responsibility, a reluctant animator introduces his six-year-old son to the boiling line. The result is a cacophonograph!
Screening schedule: 17 October and 20 October; Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2
"TIAF Observatory: Harmony & Disharmony of Narrative" Programme
Ben Steer ｜UK｜ 2018 ｜ 2D、3D、Animated Objects｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 6 min
Mamoon follows the story of a mother and her infant child, who are forced to leave their home when the mysterious, dark shadows envelop the light in which they exist.
- The Making of Longbird
Will Anderson ｜Scotland, UK ｜ 2011 ｜ 2D、Live action｜ DCP ｜ Color ｜ 16 min
A 'behind-the-scenes' look at an animator/filmmaker as he struggles with his character.
Screening schedule: 16 October (Kbro Cinemas - Hall 2) and 19 October (Kbro Cinemas - Hall 3)