Introduction by Jean Marc Gauthier
Date: 21/10/2011, FRIDAY Time: 5.30pm to 7pm
Location: BLACK BOX THEATRE, Level 2
EVENT SYNOPSIS: Animation is Southeast Asia is characterized by some similarities between the countries. Beginning with traditionally-made films and then to digital creations, some of these countries began by doing contract work for foreign studios and then venturing out on their own productions. Strong government support in funding, education and promotion has catapulted some of them into the international arena. Generally, the stories for majority of the stories have almost always referred to folktales and legends prevalent in each country, and in particular, its myths. Mythic storytelling has been part of the culture and traditions of Asian countries from time immemorial. Nowhere is this more evident than in the performance of the shadow play. The future of Southeast Asian animation is dependent on how its animation filmmakers are able to take local stories and project them onto an international audience through tradigital approaches.