50:50 Collective | Switzerland | 2018 | 41 min | DE
As you can see for yourselves at the exhibition in the Štěpánek Netolický House, this year marks 30 years of Czech animation after the Velvet Revolution. In this respect, Swiss animation is a bit older; it celebrated 50 years last year. Over 50 Swiss animators teamed up to create an animated omnibus film to honour this anniversary. One of them was a member of this year’s jury – Georges Schwizgebel.
In 2018 the Swiss Animation Group GSFA (Groupement Suisse du Film d’Animation) will have been around for 50 years. To celebrate this, over 100 Swiss artists from all generations – animators, directors, musicians, character designers etc. – took part in a project in groups of various sizes to create an omnibus film which reflects the wide spectrum of Swiss animation that is around today. They had complete carte blanche for their contributions, there were no limitations in terms of style or content, and only rough recommendations for the length of their films. The filmmakers produced 15 short films that came from all regions of Switzerland. These are sometimes homogenous, but mostly they themselves are a patchwork of multiple directors and their individual styles.
Additionally, a 16th group was made to implement a frame-work: a story connecting, embedding and even leading up to some of the 15 other projects.
The result is a wild ride through the unknown, an eclectic mix of visions: ranging from playful birthday celebration antics, to dynamic chases, or alternative interpretations of Swiss traditions, to the down-right wild and wacky! With segments clocking in between one and five minutes, accumulated into a 40-minute showcase, this animated present has something for everyone.