Beirut Animated - 3rd Edition

Beirut Animated – 3rd Edition

14 - 18 June 2013

Beirut Animated is an animation film festival organized once every two years by The Metropolis Association. This unique festival aims at promoting animation in Lebanon by showcasing International, Arab and Lebanese animation productions. In addition to that, the festival seeks to become a platform where professionals from Lebanon, the Arab region and the World can meet, exchange and discuss issues related to animation, its production and development.

The 3rd edition of this non-competitive festival will take place from the 14th to the 18th of June, 2013 at the Metropolis Empire Sofil in Ashrafieh and will be touring in 4 key cities of the Arab world: Tunis, Tangier, Cairo and Dubai.

This edition will contain the following sections and activities:

Friday, June 14:

8:30pm: Opening Night with the screening of the feature film The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux (France)

Saturday, June 15:

4 – 7pm: Panel discussion about independent animation in Lebanon (Moderators: Lina Younes, Saud Boksmati)

7:30 – 9:30pm: Lebanese and Arab short animation films

Burj El Murr (Lina Ghaibeh, Lebanon, World premiere, 12’)

Canvas on Mixed Media (Jalal Maghout, Syria, 5’)

This is not a video game (Rania Werda & Hejer Chelbi, Tunisia, 2’54”)

Electro Statics (Sawsan Nourallah, Syria, 3’40”)

The Water Wheel (Mohanad Hassan, Egypt, 1’33”)

Fouad (Joan Baz and David Habchy, Lebanon, 1’52”)

Hoffili (Lotfi Mahfoudh, Tunisia, 13’)

King Lost His Tooth (Gheith Al Amine, Lebanon, 5’30”)

L’Mrayet (Nadia Rais, Tunisia, 12’)

The good the bad and the sadistic (Ibraheem Ramadan, Syria, 10’)

Between two trains (Ahmad Emad, Egypt, 2’34”)

If you leave (Zeina Azouqah, Jordan, 3’)

Inside Out (Rachel Mouawad, Lebanon/Canada, 2’48”)

The Third Deadly Sin (Majida Alsafadi, Sarah Zohair, Omnia Al Afifi, UAE, 5’10”)

Tea Story (Mohamed Kamal, Egypt, 2’44”)

Stranger at the door (Bassel Fatayeri, Lebanon, 3’30”)

Yearning [Saba] (Maria Mouteirek, Lebanon, 4’)

10pm – 12:15am: Feature film: Consuming Spirits by Chris Sullivan (USA)

Sunday, June 16:

6 – 7:30pm: Young audience screening: Feature film: Ernest & Celestine by Stéphane Aubier, Benjamin Renner and Vincent Patar (France/Belgium/Luxembourg)

8 – 9:30pm: Short musicals program: Toons and Tunes, a Carte Blanche to historian, journalist and music producer Nancy Denney-Phelps (USA)

10 – 11pm: Feature film: It’s such a Beautiful day by Don Hertzfeldt (USA)

Monday, June 17:

6 – 7pm: Anime Series dubbed into Arabic (TV series from the 70’s and 80’s): Zeina wa Nahhoul, Al Amira Yaqout and Lady Oscar

7:30 – 8:40pm: International Shorts Program 1

Oh Willy… (Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels, Netherlands, 17’)

Chemin Faisant (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland, 4’14”)

About Killing the Pig (Simone Massi, Italy, 6’)

Drunker than a Skunk (Bill Plympton, USA, 3’30”)

The Man who was Afraid of Falling (Joseph Wallace, UK, 4’28”)

Once there was a King (Tytus Majerski, Poland, 5’23”)

The Backwater Gospel (Bo Mathorne, Denmark, 9’31”)

De riz ou d’Arménie (Samy Barras, Helene Marchal, Romain Blondelle, Celine Seille, France, 7’20”)

Bao (Sandra Desmazieres, France, 10’53”)

9 – 11:30pm: Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

The Harryhausen Chronicles, a feature documentary by Richard Schickel (USA) on Harryhausen, followed by the feature film: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad by Nathan Juran (USA), based on an original story by Ray Harryhausen

Tuesday, June 18:

7 – 8pm: International Shorts Program 2

A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard, UK, 7’)

Out on a Limb (Falk Schuster, Germany, 5’)

Comme des lapins [Chroniques de la poisse, chap. 2] (Osman Cerfon, France, 8’)

A Tangled Tale (Corrie Francis Parks, USA, 5’30”)

Twins (Peter Budinsky, Slovakia, 5’26”)

The Making of Longbird (Will Anderson, UK, 15’18”)

Zseman (Nadja Andrasev, Hanna Carlson, Milan Kopasz, Maja Szakadat, Hungary, 2’41”)

Oh Sheep! (Gottfried Mentor, Germany, 6’40”)

The Pub (Joseph Pierce, UK, 7’45”)

8:30pm: Closing ceremony with the screening of the cult film Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo (Japan)


  • The Rabbi's Cat 3

    The Rabbi's Cat

    Directed by Joann Sfar, Antoine Delesvaux Friday June 14


    Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem.

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  • Consuming Spirits 4

    Consuming Spirits

    Directed by Chris Sullivan Saturday, June 15


    Consuming Spirits chronicles the lives of three characters who live in a rust belt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper.

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  • Panel BA3 Invitation


    Saturday June 15

    Within the framework of Beirut Animated 3,

    You are cordially invited to attend a Panel discussion about the independent animation production in Lebanon


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  • It's Such A Beautiful Day 3

    It’s Such a Beautiful Day

    Directed by Don Hertzfeldt Sunday June 16


    In this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short film trilogy (Everything will be OK, I Am So Proud of You, and It’s

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  • Ernest et Celestine

    Ernest et Célestine

    Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner Sunday June 16


    In normal bear life, it is frowned upon to make friends with a mouse.

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  • 4 Page Miss Glory

    Carte Blanche

    Sunday June 16

    في برنامج “رسوم متحركة وإيقاعات”، تأخذنا الصحافية والخبيرة في تاريخ فنّ التحريك نانسي دني-فالبس في رحلة

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  • anime dobbed into arabic

    Anime dubbed into Arabic

    Monday June 17

    In this year’s Arabic-dubbed Japanime retrospective (where we unearth the seminal shows that aired in the Arab world during the 70’s and 80’s), we look at series based around female leads.

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  • harryhausen

    Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

    Monday June 17


    The Harryhausen Chronicles by Nathan H.

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  • international short prog 1

    International Shorts Program 1

    Monday June 17

    International Shorts Program 1

    Oh Willy… (Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels, Netherlands, 17’)

    Chemin Faisant (Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland, 4’14”)

    About Killing

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  • Akira 1


    Directed by Katsuhiro Ôtomo Tuesday June 18


    In the year 2019, Neo-Tokyo, all authority is waging a never-ending struggle against the underground that virtually rules the shattered city.

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  • prog 2

    International Shorts Program 2

    Tuesday June 18

    A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard, UK, 7’)

    Out on a Limb (Falk Schuster, Germany, 5’)

    Comme des lapins [Chroniques de la poisse, chap.

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