This year, Germany is the Guest Country at Anim’est

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The German dedicated programme includes the well known feature, The Adventures of Prince Achmed , by Lotte Reiniger, created in 1926, being the the oldest animated feature that was preserved until now. Based on the 1001 Nights, the film still retains its magic despite technical simplicity.

A handsome prince rides a flying horse to faraway lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Guest School at Anim’est 2012

HFF Potsdam is this year’s guest school, which will present a selection of its newest productions. Some of them, like Weiß kein Weiß (d. Anna Bergmann), are returning to Anim’est after last year’s selection. Der Wechselbalg (d. Mary Steinmetz) had its premiere at Cannes last year, where it represented the school in Cinéfondation, the student film competition. The program will be introduced by the representative of the school, Cristina Marx, and will end with a Making Of Flamingo Pride. Anim’est fans certainly remember the delicious Flamingo Pride, which received the Audience Award last year: director Tomer Eshed graduated HFF Potsdam with this short film, and in the fall will be in Bucharest to present this little foray into the „kitchen” of animation.

Guest festival Anim’est 2012

This edition’s guest festival is Stuttgart Animation Film Festival: after its thirty years anniversary in 2012, one of the most important festivals in the world presents, at Anim’est, a careful selection of short films.

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) is one of the world’s largest and most important festivals for animated film. More than 1.000 of the best animated films worldwide where presented at this year’s edition. The Festival focuses on artistic animated film and the support of young talents.