The Big Cartoon Festival is one of the most prominent international animation reviews in Russia. Every year the Moscow BGF opens on the International Animation Day, the 28th of October, and all the year round it brings its programs to different Russian cities. The Festival has 12 cinema halls, galleries and showrooms. This year the dates of the festival are 28 of October-7 of November.
This year BGF plans to widen the Cartoon Factory project, e.g. to extend the ground, to enlarge the quantity of specialists involved, to make the occupations split-level. In 2010 the Factory was attended by children of elementary-school age who knew nothing about animation. But this year, besides that, it will become a Welcome Day for senior children who think of possibility to cast their lots with animation films. Along with games and workshops, we plan to organize deeper exercises that could be a tour of the profession for those teenagers.
Moreover one of the crucial Festival events will be the opening of animation expo PRO animation. The exhibition displays advances in digital technologies such as computation (graphics programs, edit ones), motion capture installations, equipment for computer graphics producing, sound-recording hardware, etc. The leading producers of the above-mentioned applications will host wide and deep presentations of their products, workshops and so on to train visitors how to use this kind of facilities. The major animation studios and TV channels will present their new projects. There will be professional workshops, lectures of Russian and foreign directors, broad-ranging discussion in the framework of PRO animation. In particular, one of the subjects to be discussed will be the making of animation series for TV in Russia and abroad.