Animadrid 05 to Toast Guido Manuli

Animadrid 05, The 4th International Festival of the Animated Image, will feature a special tribute to influential animator Guido Manuli, whose credits include the independent feature Volere Volare (I Want to Fly). Organized by the Council of Culture and Sport of the Community of Madrid, the festival will take place from Nov. 25 through Dec. 12 in the City of Pozuelo de Alarcon.

Manuli, whose vision of Don Quixote graces the official poster for Animadrid 05,

polished his animation chops as an artist for director Bruno Bozzeto (Allegro non troppo) before striking out on his own in the 1970s with such short films as Fantabiblical (1977), SOS (1979), Erezione (a ciascuno la sua) (1981), Solo un bacio (1981), Incubus (1985), Istruzione per l’uso (1989) and Trailer (1993).

This year’s edition of Animadrid will feature an Official Section of short films, features, and TV series, as well as round tables, workshops, presentations and special film series. One retrospective will be devoted to the works of Jan Baca and Toni Garriga, key figures in Spanish animation. The Catalonian directors produced their first animated film, Aixo meu, aixo teu (This One Mine, This One Yours), in 1965, and have continued to work in various styles including cut-out and cell animation, painting on film, pixilation and collage. Other titles from the couple include Matermasis (1968), Sex (1970), Habitat (1971), L’home de la poma (The Apple Man, 1972), Blanc i negre (Black and White, 1974) and Boumm (1978).

This year’s competition juries will include Marea Trenor, whose short Con que la lavar took first-place at last year’s Animadrid; Japanese-Irish filmmaker Jimi Murakami (When the Wind Blows), a two-time Annecy Grand Prize winner; Animacor festival director and Goya Award-winning toon producer Antonio Zurera; French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Prunes, who won the 2004 Animadrid Award for best TV program with Cheval-Soleil and Ana Gonzalez, a programmer for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Monre information on Animadrid 2005 can be cound at www.animadrid.com.