Move over, Pixar. If you’ve got some time between now and Sunday and you love animation, La Tribu is the place to be. With a selection of short animated films hailing from Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Chile, the second international animation festival, Cartón, offers a relaxed atmosphere for enjoying alternative films in a whole new way and—the best part—all for free.
People milled about the auditorium at La Tribu (Lambaré 873) late Wednesday afternoon. Some sat at tables and others on sofas. The espresso machine rumbled from time to time. Short animated films from across the world lit up the screen to the front of the auditorium—short stories in flash, stop motion and traditional animation. A world of fantasy, sometimes innocent but often morbid, comedy, strange creatures and futuristic dreams… Plus a zombie or two.
After its first successful edition last year, it’s time for the sequel of Cartón, an independent animated film festival sponsored by Caloi with the support of Argentina’s film institute, INCAA. While Córdoba has had a successful animation festival for several years (ANIMA), Cartón is the first gathering in Buenos Aires to explore the myriad forms of animation together with animated filmmakers, sketch artists, story writers and the entire community.
In addition to the films themselves, Cartón also includes talks, workshops and live “animated” entertainment. At 11pm on Friday, MaXi Bear Zi, a sketch artist, animator and musician will present his projections to music—live. Saturday is the day for independent comic book artists, with a chance to speak with the creators of different local comic books and purchase a title or two. At 4pm on Saturday afternoon, Nuria Lamfir and Irene Blei from the Film Workshop “El Mate” will offer a workshop for children ages 7-15. A little later that same day, at 7.30pm, Patricia Gualpa and Juan Sgró offer an animation workshop open to all ages; participants are asked to bring only a flashlight, which will be the main tool for creating individual animations.
Cartón runs until Sunday 26th August, with screenings of the winning shorts (and live music) at Cine Cosmos (Corrientes 2046) at 11pm. Visit www.fmlatribu.com/festival for the dates and times of the different sections and activities. Bear in mind that many of the activities could start later than the scheduled time—it’s that kind of festival. All events are free and open to the public.