The British-Japanese animator Aya Suzuki, a reference in animation that has illustrated films by Hayao Miyazaki, Wes Anderson or the Walt Disney industry, tops the star list of the fourteenth edition of the Festival Animayo Summit, Conferences and International Film Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games, which will be held from May 7 to 11 in the capital of Gran Canaria, between Cicca, Alameda de Colón and Teatro Guiniguada.
This annual event with animation films, visual effects, 3D, videogames and virtual reality, whose international projection is centrifuged in 11 venues in different cities around the world sheltered by Traveling Animayo, deploy this year its more egalitarian programming, with seven creators and seven creators of world prestige who will give master classes and training workshops for five days.
Together with Suzuki, who has animated films like The wind rises, Isla de Perros, Los niños lobo or the recent remake of Aladdin, and who will come to the last edition of Animayo Lanzarote, the prolific Irish creator Louise Bagnall returns to the contest as the president of the official jury after winning the Gran Premio del Jurado Animayo Gran Canaria in 2018 for her animated short film Late Afternoon, what got her to her first Oscar Award nomination this year.
In this regard, Damián Perea, director and alma mater of Animayo, recalled that this is the first and only festival of animation in Spain declared "qualifier" by the Academy of Hollywood, so that his winning works flow directly into the preselection of the Oscar Awards in the animated short film category.
Also the French Cécile Brossette (Gru 2, Gru 3) or the Spanish Rafa Zabala (Ready Player One, The Avengers, The Hobbit) Kike Oliva (The Little Prince, Toy Story, Mortadelo and Filemón) or Carlos Baena (Ratatouille, Wall-E, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Star Wars), among others, they will teach master classes linked to their creative universe in Cicca. But this is only one of the vertexes of Animayo 2019, whose programming includes the projections of 80 films distributed in four official sections to the competition, an official children's section under the heading My first festival and the Panorama section, which will host the Guiniguada Theater.
In addition, among the novelties of this edition highlights the strengthening of the section dedicated to virtual reality and videogames, with a "zone of experiences" in the Alameda de Colón; a videogame tournament at Cicca and an animation exhibition.
And yet, the heart of Animayo lies in its formative proposal, which this year is materialized in nine workshops given by professionals in the sector and the granting of scholarships for animation and videogame studios. This section is aimed at young people who wish to enter and deepen in this industry, "because they can transform the world through animation," Perea recalled, since he stressed the importance of generating "synergies" with the audiovisual and cinematographic sector. it is consolidated, year after year, on the island of Gran Canaria, where Animayo was born.