KROK International Festival of Animation
Thursday August 31st 2006, 10:19 am
Filed under: Festivals

Well, dear friends, here is what hapened at KROK after I finally arrived on
the boat — it was smooth sailing from then on. I also do discuess the
animation least you think that I was not in the screening room.

I hope this gives you a little flavor of this unique Animation Festival.

Cheers,
Nancy

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THE 13TH ANNUAL KROK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL of ANIMATION by Nancy
Denney-Phelps

The KROK International Festival of Animation is my favorite annual event.
Each year it is a seagoing experience in which 200 animators from around the
world spend 14 days steaming down rivers while watching animation and having
the opportunity to make truly lasting friendships. It alternates between
being held in Russia and Ukraine. This year participants gathered in Moscow
on August 7 at the Dom Kino, home of the Russian Filmmakers Union, for the
overnight bus ride to Nizhniy Novgorod. There they boarded the river cruiser
Marshall Zhukov to watch animation, eat, drink, to dance under the stars
until sunrise, and to have far too much fun!

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My Trip to KROK With Fran Kafka
Saturday August 26th 2006, 10:37 am
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Dear Friends:

This year my KROK article will be in two parts. This episode is about my
train trip to KROK so even if you are not interested in Animation (which I
can not possible imagine) I think that you will enjoy the story of my
travels. The Festival article will follow in a seperate e-mail as will
photos of the trip and festival.

Hope this finds all of you well, that you had as wonderful a summer as I
did.

Nancy
PS Nik’s comment about this whole thing was “I’m certainly glad I wasn’t
there.”

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KROK - GETTING THERE WITH FRAN KAFKA WAS HALF THE FUN? By Nancy
Denney-Phelps

On Saturday, August 5th as I sat at the window of the train in Gent,
Belgium, waving goodbye to Nik, I was full of thoughts of KROK, my favorite
international animation festival. Little did I suspect that my three-day
train trip to Moscow would turn into an adventure of epic proportions.

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Zagreb Animation Festival
Tuesday August 01st 2006, 2:09 pm
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THE BEST ANIMATION FESTIVAL THAT I NEVER SAW by Nancy Denney-Phelps

If you remember my article about the Zagreb International Festival of
Animation two years ago you may recall how much I loved the Festival. From
the moment you arrive you feel that you are with family. The Festival’s
director Margit Antauer, affectionately known as Buba, does everything to
make you feel welcome and her fabulous staff works overtime to try to tend
to your every need.
This year’s event took place June 12-17. As I settled in to watch the
opening awards ceremony and the first competition program, little did I know
that this would be one of my rare spates of carefree animation watching
here, thanks to the ASIFA International board and committee meetings which I
needed to attend. True to past years, the opening competition program was
very strong, ranging from the National Film Board of Canada’s Louise by
Anita Lebeau which I wrote about in the Annecy 2005 article, Ivan Maximov’s
Wind Along the Coast which we screened at our two farewell performances in
the Bay Area and John Canemakers’ Oscar winning film Moon and the Son: An
Imagined Conversation. Following the screening, there was a lovely welcoming
party.

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