- Animated Dreams
Re-animating Central Asia - Natalia Lukinykh (Russia)
Twenty years ago, when Soviet Union broke down, the animation industry in Central Asian countries collapsed as well. The animation studios in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were struggling with the socio-economic realities that the independence of their countries occasioned and had to learn the new ways of cinema production and distribution. Filmcritic and animation expert Natalia Lukinykh will talk about this special epoch of the great social, political and cultural changes in the area of the former USSR. The last 10 years have shown that there is hope for ‘re-animation’ of the national animation art in this region. Lukinykh has also collected some short films from Soviet time and recent years made by the directors from Central Asian studios – films that are very rarely seen on the international animation scene.
Natalia Lukinykh is a film critic, animation expert and documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Moscow State University as a journalist and critic. She has worked for many Russian newspapers, magazines and TV programs. Lukinykh is the author and director of several documentary films about animation and culture (The People and Puppets; Soyuzmultifilm – The Tales and Realities etc). Currently she is working as a professor at VGIK (Russian State Film University), programmer of the International Animated Film Festival KROK and as a program director of the Open Russian Animation Festival in Suzdal. She has also been a welcomed jury member at the international film festivals such as Annecy, Berlin, Tampere, and Moscow as well as on the jury of Animated Dreams in Tallinn.