We’re happy to announce that our recent film ‘Hamlet’, created as part of #ShakespeareLives with the British Council, has started it’s festival journey in the beautiful town of Peja in Kosovo, to compete in the Kids Program Selection of the Anibar Animation Festival. This is our second screening at Anibar, so we’re starting to feel a real affinity with the place! Also, it’s all kinds of beautiful…
The festival was set up to celebrate youth culture and artistry in the Balkans and beyond, as well as to promote the work of local artists to the international market. Each year the festival increases in size, with 2016 looking to open its doors to over 9,000 animators, artists and audiences, who will watch over 160 animated films in 5 cinemas (3 of which are outside and one of which is on a boat – a BOAT!!!)
Hamlet was made for a young audience of 6-10 year old children who are learning the English language and culture. It is a simplified version of the plot, yet manages to retain much of the symbolism and emotion, as a way to spark off a love for Shakespeare in young minds without dwelling overly on the icky bits like Ophelia’s suicide and Polonius getting stabbed.
You can watch Hamlet, along with the other films we made about Shakespeare’s life and plays on the British Council’s Learn English website:
- Twelfth Night
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Romeo and Juliet
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- William Shakespeare Life and Times
This screening adds to the success of the series of films at the Cartoon Club Festival in the Italian City of Rimini, where Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and last year’s British Council Commission ‘George and the Dragon‘ (from the ‘British Myths and Legends‘ series of films) will play.