- Animated Dreams
CALF: The Strategy for Survival - Nobuaki Doi (Japan)
CALF is an independent DVD label specializing in Japanese short films, including animation. The label has been producing and distributing DVDs of works by young independent animators in Japan and is now becoming a producer of short films by young filmmakers. It is a unique attempt because the label was founded and has been led by the animators and critics themselves. Their films are now represented at nearly all the major animation festivals. Nobuaki Doi’s presentation will refer to the reasons for founding CALF and its strategy for surviving. CALF was not born out of nothing. Some recent situations conspired to make it happen. Doi will inevitably reveal the situation not only in the world of short independent animations but also in the film industry in Japan, which seem to have many common points with other countries. CALF authors Mirai Mizue and Atsushi Wada will join the talk as well.
Nobuaki Doi is an editor of the website Animation Creators and Critics and one of the co-founders of CALF, an independent DVD label featuring works from Japanese independent animators. As a critic, he writes articles on recent short animations from all around the world for ASIFA Magazine. He is the Japanese translator of Chris Robinson’s The Ballad of A Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin. Doi is a research associate at The Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum in Waseda University. As a scholar, he has been writing academic papers on animation theory based on the analysis of films by Yuri Norstein, Priit Pärn, Ryan Larkin and Don Hertzfeldt.