Sitges' animation section, ANIMA'T, will be composed this year of 29 in-competition short films and 5 feature films that will be competing for Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Motion Picture, respectively.
Among the in-competition short films we would highlight 4 Spanish productions: La leyenda del espantapájaros, by Marco Besas; Home Delivery by Elio Quiroga; The Tell Tale Heart, by Raúl García and Esfera, by Luis Felipe Hernández Alanis.
We will also be offering shorts by 3 directors nominated for Academy Awards® for previous works: Fallen Art, by Tomek Baginski; Life in Transition, by John R. Dilworth; and The Fan and The Flower, by Bill Plympton. As well as other shorts that have won awards at other festivals like: City Paradise, by Gaelle Denis and Skyggen I Sara, by Karla Nielsen, both awards winners at the Annecy Animation Festival; Signes de vie, by Arnaud Demuynck, best animated short at the Clermond-Ferrand Short Film Festival and 9, the multi-award-winning short by Shane Acker, who is now preparing a feature film by the same name, produced by Tim Burton.
Anima't's in-competition feature films are:
Dead Leaves, by Hiroyuki Imaishi, from the producers of Ghost in the Shell.
Frank ja Wendy, an Estonian production directed by Priit Tender, Ülo Pikkov and Kaspar Jancis.
Mind Game, by Yuasa Masaaki, winner of 6 awards at the Fantasia International Genre Film Festival.
The District!, by Aron Gauder, winner of the award for best feature film at the Annecy Animation Festival.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, by Tetsuya Nomura, presented out-of-competition at the recent Venice Festival and produced Square Enix Co. Ltd., a company that will be receiving a special award for its innovations in the audiovisual field. The award will be received by the movie's producer, Shinji Hashimoto.
In addition, out-of-competition we will be presenting the Spanish manga Gisaku, by Baltasar Pedrosa; the gothic OAV Le portrait de petite Cosette; and the documentary Ghibli et le mystère Miyazaki, by Yves Montmayeur. Finally, we will be recovering X, The Movie, by Rintaro (1996), Lam, The Invader Girl: Beautiful Dreamers, by Mamoru Oshii and Kazuo Yamazaki (1984).