Side By Side
Side By Side
Abstract Iterations III
Abstract Iterations III
Animation Quartet #1
Animation Quartet #1

Animation NOW! The Best of Punto y Raya 

Animation NOW!

Based in Barcelona, Punto y Raya is a nomadic festival celebrating the art of animation in its most abstract forms. Prepare to be dazzled. This collection showcases highlights of the 2016 edition.

Jul 15

Academy Cinema

Jul 18

Academy Cinema

55 minutes
TBC

The importance of abstract animation is hard to overstate. In this form, there is nowhere for the animator to hide: they must know how to create an image, make it dance and fill the frame, and understand the interplay of colour, shape and movement.

At least one quarter of our 4,400 submissions this year were abstract. And just as there is more abstract animation created than many people credit, so too are there a surprising number of platforms screening it.

One of the most significant of these is the Punto y Raya festival. Although based in Barcelona, it is in fact a nomadic event screening in a variety of European centres on an irregular timetable. It is a veritable hitching post for the international community of abstract animators who flock to its screenings, talks and workshops.

The most recent Punto y Raya ran in Karlsruhle, Germany last October. This selection of short films draws from the trove of stunning work presented there. It also nails our abstract colours to the mast. Animation NOW! is a festival determined to ensure that New Zealand audiences get a chance to see this type of animation up on the big screen. — MT

Scratchorama 2015

Director

USA
2 minutes

A funky slab of music from Los Straightjackets backs a vibrant, energetic experiment in cameraless animation to kick off this programme in style.

Cycles 720 2013

UK
2 minutes

The endgame of an intricate technical ballet in which the visuals command the sound, and the sound drives the visuals.

Iterations 2016

USA
3 minutes

A dazzling and complex iterative loop. Inspired by the abstract works and ideas of Adam K. Beckett, an undisputed master of optical printing.

Moth Ra Space 2016

Director

6 minutes

An adventure in mingling tonality and atonality against a backdrop of imagery drawn from nature.

Proportion (Balance 5 of 5) 2015

5 minutes

Extracted from a vast five-building outdoor projection project in Montreal designed to explore proportion, ratio and balance.

Abstract Iterations III 2015

Director

UK
4 minutes

Adapted from a three-channel outdoor screening piece, Abstract Iterations III brings a new beauty and complexity to direct-to-film animation.

Side By Side 2012

Mathematics lights the path for a geometric progression of imagery, lit by carefully controlled fluorescent lamps charting an increasing chaos.

Blue DISCORD 2016

Director

USA
6 minutes

An exploration of the ‘ambiguity of emotion’ underpins this search to make visual a range of feelings and the remnants of dreams.

Ura eta akrilikoa 2016

2 minutes

An experiment with paper, water, scanner and digital compositing software, set to a soundtrack drawn directly from the work process.

E.j 2015

Director

6 minutes

E.j is a metaphor for the connection between idea and material – that edge where a new process starts towards expansion, marking a whole new era.

Shadows on Lights 2016

Director

3 minutes

Our society’s pursuit for light and brightness is deeply connected to its dark and inconceivable counterpart: the shadow.

i.a.m.s.u.r.p. 2016

Director

USA
5 minutes

A glorious collision between experimental audiovisual compositions, instruments, interfaces, gender and race, as it relates to our understanding of technology.

Swiz 2012

Director

2 minutes

Sounds are generated both acoustically and digitally according to the shape and movement of a menagerie of minimalist figures.

Time of Flight 2014

3 minutes

A 3D grotesquerie of distorted human forms, manipulated and changed beyond recognition, in a slow frenzy of polygon reduction.

1DDCB 2016

Director

USA
2 minutes

Multiple layers of quadtree structures recursively subdividing themselves in a waltz of fragmental geometric chaos.