Puppet animation is alive and kicking – and this year’s Fest Anča is the place to see it! One of this year’s main festival guests is filmmaker Barry Purves. Apart from presenting a retrospection of his films, he’ll also lead an all-day workshop for creators with a focus on stop-motion animation.
Barry Purves has been working with puppets for almost 35 years, and it’s no surprise he’s often cited among filmmakers’ role models. Barry’s films have won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.
“I came to animation via acting, and hopefully I’m still acting and playing a wider range of roles than I would ever have done as an actor,” he said in an Animation Magazine interview. He has given numerous animation training courses and workshops – particularly acting for animation – at colleges around the world and major U.S. studios including DreamWorks, PDI, Pixar, and Will Vinton. At the Fest Anča international festival of animation, he will hold an all-day workshop the day before the festival starts officially.
Few animators talk about their craft as accurately and passionately as Barry. “Under his supervision, workshop attendees will explore how stories can be built up and narrated with stop-motion animation,” said festival director Žofia Bosáková. “Being a passionate speaker, Barry will also be happy to share his personal experience. Attendees will find out about his ambitions, successes and mistakes, and why he’s been working with puppets for over three decades. They’ll most importantly learn how animated films are made – a seldom discussed subject.”
With two books on the subject, Barry is ideally qualified to speak about stop-motion animation. In 2008, Focal Press published his book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance. And later in the year Potemkin released Barry Purves: His Intimate Lives DVD, featuring six of his films with video commentaries and interviews. In 2010 AVA Publishing published his Stop-Motion book.
Barry’s film work oscillates between fantasy and dramatic narratives for adult viewers. His films including Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto, Achilles, Plume and Tchaikovsky have been very successful, winning international awards and receiving BAFTA and OSCAR nominations – you can enjoy them at Fest Anča. He has also co-directed several successful series for children, such as Rupert Bear and Toby’s Travelling Circus (which has been screened since 2012 on Channel 5 in the UK) – which having won the hearts of British viewers was subsequently distributed worldwide (also in Slovakia).
Join the 10th Fest Anča and meet leading figures from the world of animation. Barry Purves will be joined by two other British filmmakers at Fest Anča – Robert Morgan and Paul Bush. Between 29 June and 2 July everything in Žilina will live and breathe animation. Stanica Žilina-Záriečie, the New Synagogue, Puppet Theatre, and Andrej Hlinka Square where Slovak- dubbed family films will screen for free as part of the TV in the City project. The festival is financially supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.