Beginning today and running throughout the weekend, the Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival returns to the futuristic EYE Film Museum in the Netherlands. If you’re anywhere in the area, make an effort to check it out. Not only does the festival take place in an architecturally impressive venue, but the programming can’t be beat.
Besides a full slate of competition screenings and curated programs, Klik! also offers a significant amount of programming based around a specific annual theme. This year’s theme, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” focuses on materiality, D.I.Y. culture, and the beauty of imperfection.
Three major programs, overseen by the festival’s program head (and Cartoon Brew’s European correspondent) Tunde Vollenbroek, were curated around the theme: “Things Have Feelings Too,” an interactive screening in which visitors receive a package of real materials to tinker with while watching films (for example, if a film was made with wool, you can look into your packet for an actual piece of wool); “Ceci n’est pas une animation,” that explores films which are technically live-action but employ the visual language of animation; and “The Craft of Early Computer Animation,” an expedition through 30 years of early computer animation.