The International Festival of Animation Arts "Multivision" is an annual event in St.Petersburg, Russia, held in November. The festival includes competition in animation shorts (duration 1 - 30 min) and video installations evaluated by a professional jury.
In 2016 Multivision’s 14th edition will begin at the International Animation Day 28 October and will last till 20th November.
The festival program explores the latest developments in international animation, its influence on other artistic practices, synthesis of animation art with other visual and performance arts.
Multivision Festival aims to create an innovative dialogue with its audience, to integrate animation art in the environment of the modern megapolis. Multivision is known by its open-air summer projects: the public screening of the special competition programs at the erected parts of drawbridges on the Neva River in the center of St.Petersburg, from 2007. The festival program is projected on the giant screen 400 square meters attached to the bridge surface. The street cinema competition is a part of the main festival, but it is held in summer, on evident weather reasons, in the framework of Multivision’s public art project Multi-Bridge. The date for 2016 is August 13. This open air screening of the competition program is admission free and gathers more than 30 000 spectators. It is an excellent chance for shorts filmmakers to show their work to such a wide audience. Street cinema competition is a part of the main competition and the festival's entry forms work for both.
The festival also features a special competition of animated video installations, submissions under "Animated video installations" category. Works selected in this category take part in the festival exhibition at Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St.Petersburg, Russia.
The festival awards are:
The Grand-prix of the festival;
The Best Story
The Best Visual Imagery
The Best animated film for children;
The Best experimental animated film;
The Best animation video installation
The Best Street Art Animation
and other awards and mentions on the Jury's decision.
The majority of prizes are cups and diplomas, but sometimes we have cash prizes from sponsors, TBC.
The festival history
The first edition of the festival took place on 14 February 2003 in the main hall of the St. Petersburg Big Philharmonic Hall and was warmly received by the general public, professionals and critics. From this moment on the festival became an annual event.
The festival always searches unusual sites to present the art of animation in extraordinary way.
For the first time in history the International festival of Animation Arts “Multivision” was held at open air in the center of Saint-Petersburg – right on the drawn wings of bridges during the night 26-27 May in 2007. The best works of competitive program were screened on the giant screen 300 square meters attached to the drawn leaf of the Palace bridge over the Neva river near the Hermitage. It was a great happening for all who came that night to celebrate a birthday of the city. In 2008 the unique project called “Small movies for a big city” was held again on a greater level with covering two main bridges of Saint-Petersburg and all nearby territories and gathered more than 50 000 spectators.
The public screens project of Multivision was developed in it's summer open air street art project, the International Art-Forum "graFFFest", 2011-2013. The Best Street Animation competition was a part of Multivision festival competitions. In 2013 it was embodied in new form, perfectly matching the expectations of our digital era. The public screen installation was simultaneously placed in two different locations on the globe – the Troitsky drawbridge in Saint-Petersburg and Magere Brug (the Skinny Bridge) in Amsterdam. The short film and animation program, collected by Multivision Festival and its partner KLIK! Amsterdam festival was simultaneously shown in the two cities. The screens were then connected via video bridge – so, that audience in Russia and the Netherlands could communicate with one another in real time and share their love for street-art and animation. The project was named Multi-Bridge St.Petersburg - Amsterdam.
In 2015 the street cinema competition was held in the framework of the Multi-Bridge CTC project.
The festival is always attentive to emerging artists, new technics, new discourses and contexts in animation field. The festival was the first in Russia to make offline screening of internet flash animation in 2003, it was the first cinema festival in the world to create competition program in street art animation in 2011, and in viral videos with cats in 2012.
About Festival program
The Multivision Festival program is extremely varied in terms of geography, genres of animation and the audience age. Animators from many countries around the world participate in the festival.
Multivision features competitions in animated shorts, and also special competitions in video installations and films made by children
Alongside with film screenings the festival shows other arts connected to animation: video-art, video-installations, Vj-ing, multimedia performance, and electronic music. During the festival it is possible to see performances where live people play together with images on the screen, and cyborgs as actors.
The Multivision festival program is amed to various audiences. The screenings and workshops for kids take place in the the day time. In the evening time the special programs, retrospectives and workshops for adult public are held. Multivision Festival often make overnight screenings which begin at 23.00 and run throughout the night, finishing at about 5.00 the following morning.
The festival supports creative activities of children and young people. Children adore workshops in stop motion and clay animation held in the days of the festival.
Multivision produces new works by young artists under the direction of established international animation artists. In 2012-13 2 new animation video installations was developed by young animators from Russia, directed by specially invited UK based artist Max Hattler and French artist Luis Nieto
The Festival is held the centrally-located, multi-cinema complex or theatre, or any venue with many halls. In each screening room a different program is shown and spectators will be free to choose from the programmes on offer, according to their interests. Screens showing video-art are placed in the various public spaces of the complex and performances using screens as a medium for creative expression take place in different halls.
Visitors to the festival are able to simultaneously watch the programs on the big screen as well as having the opportunity to explore the entire venue, surrounded by screens and moving images from all directions. They find themselves immersed in moving images and thus enter completely in to the magic of the event and the world of animation.