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Are you an animation fan, and would like to see and learn something new? Do you love to hear about what animators find inspiring?  Come to Manifest!

Each evening we hear from three animators or animation fans who each present a 5-minute clip from an animation film that inspires them (that they didn’t create themselves). This is an informal event, and there is discussion after each clip. All the presentations together last about 90 mins, followed by beer.  Manifest is always free, open to the public and in English. Bring a friend!

Do you know an animated film that blew you away the first time you saw it? Are you interested in presenting at this or future editions of Manifest? Email tess@manifestanimation.com to volunteer.

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Photos from July Manifest in Amsterdam!

Our first animation discussion event took place last Wednesday in Amsterdam, at the lovely De Nieuwe Anita venue. Thank you to Arjen Veldt for taking the photos, and thank you to Anna Eijsbouts, Luuk van Huet and Aisha Madu for sharing a clip they found inspiring and leading us down discussion paths which encompassed Jan Svankmajer, depictions of war in animation, and creepy Flesicher cartoons from the 1930s. The morning after our events every single link we looked at is posted on our Facebook page, see this month’s list here.

We’re taking a break for August, and then we’ll be back in Rotterdam at WORM in September. If you attended the Amsterdam event, and you want to see more in your city, or want to volunteer to show & tell, then e-mail me (tess[at]manifestanimation.com)! This will show me that there is a demand, and will encourage me to schedule more events in Amsterdam.

Meanwhile, subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter to receive a note about our next events, or follow our Facebook Page or our Twitter.

Anna Eijsbouts shares the clip she finds inspiring. Photo (exceptionally) by Luuk van Huet.

Anna Eijsbouts shares the clip she finds inspiring. Photo (exceptionally) by Luuk van Huet.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotographie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Moderator Tess Martin introduces Luuk van Huet. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Moderator Tess Martin introduces Luuk van Huet. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Luuk van Huet explains why he chose his clip. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Luuk van Huet explains why he chose his clip. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Dramatic shot! Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Dramatic shot! Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Action shot! Anna Eijsbouts, also a show & tell-er this evening, contributes to the discussion. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Action shot! Anna Eijsbouts, also a show & tell-er this evening, contributes to the discussion. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Looks like someone just said something a-do-rable. Aisha Madu presents her clip. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Looks like someone just said something a-do-rable. Aisha Madu presents her clip. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Animator Aisha Madu shows off her pearly whites. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Animator Aisha Madu shows off her pearly whites. Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

Photo by Arjen Veldt Fotografie.

 

Amsterdam Manifest countdown: Aisha Madu!

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A few days ago we met Luuk van Huët, and last week Anna Eijsbouts, two of our show & tell-ers at our upcoming animation discussion event in Amsterdam (Wed, July 27, 20:00 FREE). Last up, Amsterdam-based animator extraordinaire, Aisha Madu!

Aisha Madu studied animation at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. She made several short films during her school career and several short commercial animations. Her main interest in animation lies in putting the human body in absurd situations to convey emotions. She likes to use visual gags and simple compositions.

Watch her graduation film from the HKU below. It is clever and funny and will make you cringe at least once, guaranteed:

Bodily Dysfunctions from Aisha Madu on Vimeo.

 

Check out also her film Helpiman, from earlier in her HKU career, which won Best Student Film at the Klik! Animation Festival in 2013:

 

Helpiman from Aisha Madu on Vimeo.

If Aisha’s drawing style looks familiar it might be because she recently designed the new ‘brand’ or identity for the Klik! Animation Festival:

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Aisha also has an active Tumblr where she posts GIFs and sometimes NSFW illustrations:

Not Feeling You Right Now by Aisha Madu

Not Feeling You Right Now by Aisha Madu

Aisha is currently working on her next short film titled Objects of Affection.

Really happy to have Aisha join Anna and Luuk on stage at our event. It will be really interesting to see something that inspires her. What clip will she share with us? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Wednesday, July 27th, at 20:00, at De Nieuwe Anita! Here is the Facebook event and the listing on AmsterdamAlternative.nl. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

 

Amsterdam Manifest countdown: Luuk van Huët!

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Our Amsterdam animation discussion event is coming up fast on July 27th! Last week we met Anna Eijsbouts, who will be one of our three ‘show & tell-ers’. Let’s meet show & tell-er #2, Luuk van Huët:

Luuk van Huët is a writer, film critic and festival organiser. In 2007, he was one of the founding fathers of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival,  which started in De Nieuwe Anita, also our venue for this Manifest edition. He is still involved in the festival as a programmer and as one of the initiators of the Midnight Madness section of KLIK! Check out last year’s festival leader from talented Amsterdam-based stop-motion studio Blnd:

 

Leader KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2015 from klikamsterdam on Vimeo.

Still from 'The Beast of Love's Burden' by Cole Mercier, selected by Luuk van Huet for the 2015 Klik! Midnight Madness program.

Still from ‘The Beast of Love’s Burden’ by Cole Mercier, selected by Luuk van Huet for the 2015 Klik! Midnight Madness program.

Luuk studied Cultural Studies at the Free University in Amsterdam and has written for the Amsterdam Weekly, Cineville.nl, Filmfocus.nl, the Nieuwe Revu and Time Out Amsterdam. Currently he works at the filmmaking platform Filmpeople.nl, he works as a script doctor and writes recurring columns for the Zone5300 and Cine.nl.

Photo of one of the Losje posters during their 'Free a Girl' campaign. Photo from Parool.nl.

Photo of one of the Loesje posters during their ‘Free a Girl’ campaign. Text translates as “Legal prostitution, and now solve the abuse.” Photo from Parool.nl.

Luuk has been a part of the Loesje Amsterdam collective for the past 18 years, writing posters and putting them up to liven up your day with his fellow Loesjes. He is also the host of the Psiego Bunker Cinema initiative, free screenings of 16 mm films together with guerrilla filmmaker Mr. Psycho in the Vondelbunker, a former nuclear bomb shelter built during the Cold War, located in the Vondelpark.

The door to the Vondelbunker, Vondelpark.

The door to the Vondelbunker, Vondelpark.

Really cool that Luuk can join us on the 27th and share his various expertise. What animated clip will he show? Clue: it won one of the very first editions of the Klik festival, and is a fascinating, dark 3D CGI animated short film.

See you Wednesday, July 27th, at 20:00, at De Nieuwe Anita! Here is the Facebook event and the listing on AmsterdamAlternative.nl. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

Amsterdam Manifest countdown: Anna Eijsbouts!

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After sixteen monthly Manifests in Rotterdam, and one in Breda, it’s time for our first event in Amsterdam! I’m thrilled to be able to bring our format of animation discussion events to our fair capital city.

Come to De Nieuwe Anita (Frederik Hendrikstraat 111) on Wednesday, July 27th. The event will start promptly at 20:00, though please come early to chat. It’s FREE!

Let’s meet the first of our three show & tell-ers:

Anna Eijsbouts is a stop-motion animator and an educator.  She started her adventure in animation at the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2006 where she specialized in stop-motion animation and particularly found a lot of joy in the writing and directing of short films. After graduating in 2010 she continued her studies at the Royal College of Art’s Animation department. She graduated with an MA in 2012. Watch her moving and subtle graduation film below:

 

Tired of Swimming from Anna Eijsbouts on Vimeo.

 

From Anna: “I enjoy thinking up characters I’d be happy to stalk for a little while, or at least for the time it takes to make a film.” I also really like this film from Anna’s HKU days called The Pink Windows, about a man’s ill-fated high-heel fetish:

 

Check out Anna’s most recent work, a music video for the band Bell X1. You can also read a review of the video on the Dragonframe Blog (cool!).

 

The Upswing – Bell X1 from Anna Eijsbouts on Vimeo.

Still from a work-in-progress called Birthmarks by Anna Eijsbouts

Still from a work-in-progress called Birthmarks by Anna Eijsbouts

Anna is currently the Animation course leader at the University of Bedfordshire and a lecturer at the Utrecht School of the Arts.
 
Really excited to have her join us on July 27th! What will she share with us? You’ll have to come to find out! But I can tell you it’s a British short film, from the early 90’s, uses a lot of interesting stop-motion techniques on a stage as well as outside in the environment, and has a clever cryptic narration.
 
See you Wednesday, July 27th, at 20:00, at De Nieuwe Anita! Here is the Facebook event and the listing on AmsterdamAlternative.nl. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!

 

 

Announcing Manifest in Amsterdam: Wednesday, July 27th!

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For the first time we are bringing our animation discussion to Amsterdam! We are very happy to be at the lovely De Nieuwe Anita venue in the west.
Our event will be on Wednesday, July 27th at 20:00. As usual three animators (Amsterdam residents this time), will bring an animation clip that they love, but didn’t create themselves, and talk about why they like it. We will discuss it together and look up related things online. 

Come to manifest to see what people are passionate about and why. Drink a beer and chat about animation.

Here is the Facebook event, and listing on amsterdamalternative.nl. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa!

Manifest is always free, open to the public, and in English!

p.s. thank you as always to Oana Clitan for our awesome graphics!