Animated Documentary

'In 2007, IDFA organised a programme to focus attention on a unique yet controversial category: the animated documentary. How can animation be documentary? Does such a thing as the animated documentary even exist? Film journalist and animation enthusiast Kees Driessen thinks so.

When you think of documentaries, you think of realism, reality, of going outside and capturing what’s going on in the world. Animation pre-eminently falls under the domain of fantasy, of imagination, of staying inside and painstakingly inventing a world, frame by frame. But just as there are different forms of documentaries, animation is more than just talking mice. Just as the boundary between documentary and feature film is not always so clear-cut, there is also an overlap between documentary and animation.

The question as to what an animated documentary is and whether it really exists, or should be able to exist, cannot be answered without knowing what a documentary is – an issue that leads to many discussions at IDFA each year. This year, the films in the animation programme will only serve to intensify those discussions.' Read More

This film, produced by Aardman Animations on the occasion of the launch of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, asked members of the public for their views on the technologies being developed by the SPHERE IRC - Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration - and what the outcomes might mean for them.
Winner of the 2005 Oscar® for Best Short Animation This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - succumbing to addiction, panhandling on the streets to make ends meet.
The Order Electrus (2005) is a fictional documentary which shows Floris Kaayk’s imaginary world of industrialised nature, situated in a derelict area of the Ruhr (Germany). Due to overcapacity in production systems, many factories in Germany were forced to close down. Over the course of many years these derelict industrial areas became a breeding ground for an electrical insects species, also called The Order Electrus. These insects evolved through the merging with nature and technology.
Deutscher Trailer hier: Cannes 2008 official Competition, directed by Ari Folman, first animated documentary, impressing
High quality: Bloot (Naked) is an animated documentary series directed by Mischa Kamp. Children between the ages of 10 till 13 tell us their funny and personal stories about the changes that are going on in their bodies. What does it mean to get your period for the first time?
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