Animation festival excites with diverse program and campaign by Mirjam Debets Being an animation festival that celebrates all things animated, KLIK prides itself on promoting up and coming as well as established image makers from the Netherlands and abroad. To select the best of what animation has to offer our programmers watched a staggering 1670 submissions from over 80 countries and visited more than 34 film festivals. The resulting selection will be showcased in a 5-day whirlwind of animation goodness from 10 – 14 October in EYE, Amsterdam.

After three years of successfully collaborating with the young animator Aisha Madu in creating the annual campaigns for the festival, KLIK chose to pass on the scepter to the recently graduated Mirjam Debets. Debets is a 2D animator, VJ, and illustrator based in Amsterdam. For this year’s campaign she created a series of illustrations and a short animation inspired by the Garden of Earthly Delights.

Program Highlights
Dutch premiere This Magnificent Cake!
KLIK will be hosting the Dutch premiere of This Magnificent Cake! by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels. The story of this satirical stop-motion gem is set in the late 19th century and tells the captivating stories of five different characters and their lives in colonial Africa. From a troubled King to a lost porter and a young army deserter, this anthology explores the tragic lives of those
who have fallen outside of society.
World premiere Heinz
On Sunday 14 October KLIK is proud to be premiering the long expected animated feature based on legendary Dutch comic Heinz. Heinz – the film – produced by BosBros and directed by Piet Kroon –features the adventures of lazy and grumpy cat Heinz, who gained popularity in the late 80s and 90s in the comic strips by cartoonists Windig and De Jong.

Preview GRIS
KLIK is proud to have the preview of highly anticipated video game GRIS by Nomada Studio, to be released at the end of 2018. GRIS is a beautifully crafted, serene and evocative experience of a hopeful young girl navigating her journey through sorrow. Artists in Focus
In this series of talks visitors will have the opportunity to dive into the peculiarities and technicalities of an animator’s creative process. Joining KLIK this year is director and Oscar nominee Nora Twomey from the venerable studio Cartoon Saloon, experimental and self taught animation artist Faiyaz Jafri, and the prolific animator Aya Suzuki, known for bringing dozens of iconic characters to life.
Additionally, KLIK invited a panel of astounding female animators who will be shedding light on their journey in navigating the industry and their work. KLIK + Play – Women in Animation is a collaboration between Playgrounds Festival and KLIK and aims to address gender imbalance in the film industry in general and in animation in particular.

The all-female panel will include talents like
Luca Tóth and Nienke Deutz amongst others. Cartoon Network presents: Julia Pott’s Summer Camp Island KLIK’s friends over at Cartoon Network are joining the festivities to present early release previews of episodes from the 2019 season of Julia Pott’s Summer Camp Island. Creator and writer Julia Pott will join via Skype for a special Q&A.

Midnight Madness
Has this interactive program reached peak cult status yet? We think this is the watershed moment! In case the title of this program doesn’t quite sum it up, you should know that this is KLIK’s #1 audience fav. This time around, KLIK will cement its cult status with a double edition. On Thursday KLIK will officially roll back the clock and trawl down nostalgia road with host Luuk van Huët. On Friday, KLIK goes inception by establishing a live connection to the directors of each shown film featured in this program so we can watch them watch us watch their film LIVE.
Animated Virtual Reality
KLIK prides itself on presenting and supporting the future of animation: Virtual Reality. Visitors can choose their favourite adventures from the six programmed projects and immerse themselves in however many they can in 40 minutes.

The full program will be available on 18 September.
For more information keep an eye on the KLIK social channels and the festival website. For images, screeners, interview requests, and press accreditation please get in touch with:
Maxi Meissner
[email protected]
+31 (0) 6 47941522
Invitation KLIK Opening Night
You are cordially invited to the festivities of KLIK Opening Night on 10 October at 19.30, where you can get an exclusive preview of the KLIK program and festivities. Please let us know before 1 October if you would like to attend the opening by mailing to [email protected]
About KLIK
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival is an annual celebration of all things animated. KLIK likes to showcase animation in all its shapes and sizes, providing a platform for animated feature films, shorts, commercials, games, virtual reality, and installations. The eleventh edition takes place 10 –14 October 2018 at EYE, Amsterdam. For this year’s international competition KLIK received over 1600 entries from 80 countries.
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival
10–14 October 2018
EYE, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam
Single Ticket // 10,-
KLIK Discount Pass // 5,- (for 15% discount on single tickets)
KLIK Multi Pass // 40,- (for 5 progams)
KLIK Unlimited Pass // 75,-
KLIK Industry Accreditation // 100,-
KLIK Industry Day // 25,-



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