Anima Mundi Rolls in Rio

Today, July 8, marks the start of the 13th annual Anima Mundi International Festival of Animation in Brazil. The biggest Latin American toon showcase got rolling in Rio De Janeiro, where it will continue through July 17 before picking up again in Sao Paulo July 20-24. Among the toon titans scheduled to participate is Canadian Chris Landreth, maker of the Academy Award-winning CG short film, Ryan.

This year, around 80,000 people are expected to show up for screenings of animated films from 41 countries. A total of 369 flicks will compete for various prizes during the fest, which also features an animation expo and a series of workshops.

Landreth will participate in discussions about his award-winning short and animation in general. Other noteworthy figures scheduled to give lecturers include Acme Filmworks founder and producer Ron Diamond, Ukrainian animated filmmaker Igor Kovalyov and Swiss toon crafter Georges Schwizgebel. Anima Mundi can be found on the web at