ASIFA’s Top 50

 

Organizers of the 17th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima in cooperation with International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) Poland decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASIFA by selecting the best 50 short animated films made in the course of the past half-century. Their initative got official approval from ASIFA’s President, Nelson Shin and Raoul Servais, who took Honorary Patronage over this event. Fans familiar with Jerry Beck’s enjoyable (but Hollywood-oriented) 50 Greatest Cartoons may be a little surprised by ASIFA’s list which is far more international in scope. The 25 judges who evaluated the cartoons used an elaborate point system to rank the top 50 out of 237 eligible films from the past 50 years.

1. Dimensions (Possibilities) In Dialogue – Jan Švankmajer, Czechoslovakia, 1982
2. The Tale Of Tales – Jurij Norstein, Usrr, 1979
3. The Hand – Jiří Trnka, Czechoslovakia, 1965
4. Tango – Zbigniew Rybczyński, Poland, 1980
5. The Street Of Crocodiles – Stephen & Timothy Quay, UK, 1986
6. Harpya – Raoul Servais, Belgium, 1978
7. The Man Who Planted Trees – Frédéric Back, Canada, 1987
8. Tuning The Instruments – Jerzy Kucia, Poland, 2000
9. The Street – Caroline Leaf, Canada, 1976,
10. Ryan – Chris Landreth, Canada, 2004, 556 Points.
11. Breakfast On The Grass – Priit Pärn, Estonia (Usrr), 1987
12. Pas De Deux – Norman Mclaren, Canada, 1968
13. Father And Daughter – Michael Dudok De Wit, UK / Netherlands / Belgium, 2000
14. Satiemania – Zdenko Gašparović, Yugoslavia, 1978
15. Ex Aequo: Repete – Michaela Pavlátová, Czech Republic, 1995
16. Creature Comforts – Nick Park, UK, 1989
16. Balance – Christopher, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Germany, 1989
17. When The Day Breaks – Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis, Canada, 2000
18. Hedgehog In The Fog (Mist) – Jozik V Tumane, Jurij Norstein, USSR 1975
19. Mt. Head – Koji Yamamura, Japan, 2002
20. Hunger – Peter Fòldes, Canada, 1974
21. The Big Snit – Richard Condie, Canada, 1985
22. Hen His Wife – Zhena Kuritza, Igor Kovalyov, Ussr, 1989
23. Labirynth – Jan Lenica, Poland, 1962
24. Substitute / Ersatz – Dušan Vukotić, Yugoslavia, 1961
25. The Nose – Alexander Allexeieff, Claire Parker, France, 1963
26. Felix In Exile – William Kentridge, South Africa, 1994
27. The Cow – Aleksander Petrov, USSR, 1989
28. Rowing Across The Atlantique – Jean-Francois Laguionie, France, 1978
29. Two Sisters – Caroline Leaf, Canada, 1990
30. Reflection – Jerzy Kucia, Poland, 1979
31. Asparagus – Suzan Pitt, USA, 1979
32. Luxo Jr. – John Lasseter, USA, 1989
33. Girls Night Out – Joanna Quinn, UK, 1987
34. The Hill Farm – Mark Baker, UK, 1989
35. Road To The Abyss – Georges Schwizgebel, Switzerland, 1992
36. Hotel E – Priit Pärn, Estonia, 1992
37. The Wrong Trousers – Nick Park, UK, 1993
38. Sisyphus – Marcell Jankovics, Hungary, 1974
39. Milk – Igor Kovalyov, USA / Russia, 2005
40. Screenplay – Barry Purves, UK, 1992
41. Mindscape – Jacques Drouin, Canada, 1976
42. Feelings From Mountain And Water – Te Wei, Ma Kexuan, Yan Sanchun, China, 1988
43. Words, Words, Words, Michaela Pavlátová, Czechoslovakia, 1991
44. The Flying Man – George Dunning, UK, 1962
45. Frank Film – Caroline & Frank Mouris, USA, 1973
46.
The Thieving Magpie – Giulio Gianini & Emanuele Luzzati, Italy, 1964
47.
Dojoji Temple – Kihachiro Kawamoto, Japan, 1976
48.
The Roll Call – Ryszard Czekała, Poland, 1970
49.
The Public VoiceLejf Marcussen, Denmark, 1988
50.
Franz Kafka – Piotr Dumała, Poland, 1991

(A number of these titles are available on Ron Diamond’s excellent Animation Show of Shows DVD sets, available here. And remember, these modestly priced sets actually support the filmmakers—so collect ’em all!)

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