The Netherlands Institute of Animated Film (NIAf) is – or was – an utterly unique organisation. Officially opened in September 1993, NIAF was a curious hybrid, intensely focused on supporting animation as an art form through a number of different activities.
At its core, however, was its focus on facilitating the production of short, auteur, animated films. This was its unshakable central mission. From the beginning, it set out to achieve this by becoming something that could perhaps be best described as a kind of school without a curriculum.
This programme is a spellbinding retrospective of highlights from the vaults of NIAF which was forced to close recently after 20 years of nurturing a generation of outstanding Dutch filmmakers. All the more reason to join us and NIAF Animators: Sjaak Rood (Coffee), Digna van der Put (Parade), Kris Genijn (History of Pets) and the main man himself – Ton Crone, who valiantly grabbed the NIAf baton and held it for twenty years!
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Sientje (Christa Moesker, Netherlands)
Ear-splitting, wall punching, bed wrecking, teddy stomping, volcanic anger – and then the mood changes.
Jazzimation (Oerd Van Cuijlenborg, Netherlands)
A dreamlike jazz piano experience in which the spectator is forced to look with the ears and listen with the eyes
Stiltwalkers (Sjaak Meilink, Netherlands)
Amongst the shallows, a strange tribe silently arrives and proves themselves perfectly adapted for the shared environment.
Freaky (Mirjam Broekema, Netherlands)
“Kill The Boy”! Ah, the hilariously hypnotic power of television.
Hetrozychoot (Jeroen Hoekstra, Netherlands)
The amoebas are bustin’ out some moves – but there’s some massive micro jealously in the air tonight.
Shipwrecked (Frodo Kuipers, Netherlands)
A manic mini-epic that pits two crazed and starved individuals against each other as they desperately seek out what is most valuable to them.
Family Affairs (Paulien Bekker, Netherlands)
The product of a workshop lead by the legendary Phil Mulloy and complete with an experimental narration charting (apparently) one man’s quiet passion for his mother-in-law.
Jazzed (Anton Setola, Netherlands)
Deep in the seedy heart of the jazz district, things are jumpin’ and they are only going to get wilder as the night progresses.
(Ego) (Leevi Lehtinen, Netherlands)
Pull the camera back and a house of horrors is revealed; room upon room of quiet desperation looking for a voice. And yet, there are options aplenty.
Coffee (Sjaak Rood, Netherlands)
An over-caffeinated ballet of hyper-activity, brown in the centre with a good strong crema around the outside.
History Of Pets (Kris Genijn, Netherlands)
A prolonged dissection of one family’s speckled history of looking after a menagerie of fluffy and feathered domestic fauna.
Parade (Digna van der Put, Netherlands)
Six brassband flute players are going through the landscape of an uniform.