Educational trip for the animation students to the Clermont-Ferrand Festival
For five years now, the foundation and intermédia animation students have visited the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand – a major event in the industry.
"It's a younger and less commercial festival than Annecy," says Catherine Totems, head of animation courses at the Atelier de Sèvres. A magical break in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, this International Short Film Festival is aimed specifically at fans, animation students, aficionados, press, professionals and those who wish to find out more about this art.
A trip with educational qualities
This visit to the Clermont-Ferrand Festival allows students "to see international screenings, labs, and French films that they will not see on the Internet. These screenings, whether animated or live action, give rise to as many imagined worlds as possible, and strengthen their critical and analytical mind," explains Catherine Totems.
The festival also organises conferences on screenplay, VOD platforms, professional status, new technologies, transmedia and VR. This event is a way for students to discover all the different areas of the industry and its latest developments.
It is also a chance for them "to get an overview of the market: to see the producers, broadcasters, organisations and film funding commissions," explains the head of studies. Finally, this visit allows them to further their general and artistic knowledge. These moments "are invaluable assets for oral exams," concludes Catherine Totems.
Two speakers in the spotlight
This year, two directors and speakers at Atelier de Sèvres are in the spotlight: Jonas Schloesing, whose film Riviéra was selected by the jury, and Céline Devaux, César award winner in 2017, who is a member of the jury.