A master class by animator Chris Landreth, in the CCCB

The event is part of the presentation of Animac 2014, Lleida’s animated film festival, and will include a screening of his prize-winning short film, Ryan

On Friday the 7th of February, at 7 pm in the CCCB, Chris Landreth, one of the most internationally-recognised animators working today, will be offering a free master class in Barcelona as part of the presentation of this year’s Animac, the Animated Film Festival of Catalonia, organised by the Lleida City Council. The class will be accompanied by a screening of his prize-winning short film, Ryan, which won the Academy Award for animated short film in 2004.

The North American animator, who lives in Canada, is, in his own words, a specialist in CGI (computer-generated imagery) with hybrid, experimental and psycho-realist tendencies. During the master class he will be reviewing his work and sharing some of the key elements of his artistic creative process. His latest short film, Subconscious Password will be shown during the inaugural session of Animac 2014, which will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of February in Lleida. This year’s festival focusses on hybrid animation and its capacity for integration into all formats.

The short film which will accompany Landreth’s master class, Ryan, is the film maker’s best-known work. In the film Landreth himself narrates the story of Ryan Larkin (the maker of some of the most influential short films of the 60s and 70s), re-interpreting a series of interviews with Larkin and his friends and family. The documentary film uses hyper-realist animation and hints of surrealism to depict Larkin’s fall into alcoholism and drug addiction, which eventually saw him begging on the streets to try and make ends meet.

Publication date: Monday, 03 February 2014
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