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The free screening of animated films -- including the Oscar- nominated French film The Triplets of Belleville -- and a conference are the highlights of the first Philippine Animation Festival, which started Feb 6 and will last till the 13th at SM Megamall.

Feb. 9

11 a.m. compilation of Students Amateur Works (Philippine animation)
12:50 p.m. Puss in Boots (Japan)
3:15 p.m. The Dagger of Kamui (Japan)
6:30 p.m. Corto Maltese (France)
9 p.m. Mowelfund Compilation of Pinoy Works 1 & 2

Feb. 10

11 a.m. Compilation of Students Amateur Works (Philippines)
1 p.m. Compilation of Pinoy Works 1
3 p.m. The Carousel, Child of the High Seas and Transatlantique
4:45 p.m. Compilation of Pinoy Works 2
6:50 p.m. The Triplets of Belleville
9 p.m. The Rain Children

Feb. 11

11 a.m. Captain Harlock in Arcadia
2:45 p.m. The Turning Table
5:40 p.m. The Invisible Child
9 p.m. The Carousel, Child of the High Seas and Transatlantique.

THE FILMS

Puss in Boots (Japan) by Kimio Yabuki/ Hiroshi. Pero the cat helps farmer boy Pierre, win the hand of the local princess, even though the rival is the Devil King.

Captain Harlock in Arcadia (Japan) by Katsumata Tomoharu. Captain Harlock and Tochiro come up against space invaders who have conquered Earth.

The Dagger of Kamui (Japan) by Taro Rin\Haruki Kadokawa. An innkeeper finds a baby with a beautiful dagger in a drifting boat. Banished from the village when the innkeeper is murdered, the young boy becomes a ninja and searches for his fortune and his mortal enemy.

Corto Maltese (France) by Pascal Morelli. Corto Maltese finds himself in Manchuria pursuing an armoured train loaded with gold during one of the most troubled periods: it is 1918, right in the middle of the Russian civil war.

The Invisible Child (France) by Andre Lindon. There is no dialogue, just background music, playing with the waves, the noise of the wind, and the cries of birds. A young boy meets the invisible in the guise of a little girl, transparent, where all the brightness of the seaside is focused. He falls in love.

The Rain Children (France) by Philippe Leclerc. It's a world in which two races confront each other -- for one race who worships the sun, water means only death and desolation; for the other, the sun is the enemy. There's no let up in the war between the two until the day that Skan, a young warrior, out on a crusade across the desert, sets

eye upon Kallisto.

The Turning Table (France) by Paul Grimault. An hour and 20 minutes of heart-warming entertainment in which writers like Jean Aurenche and Jacques Privert, actress Anouk Aimie, as well as cartoon stars share the credits.

The Triplets of Belleville (France) by Sylvain Chomet. The Tour de France, the French mafia, a missing young man and his searching aunt are combined in a burlesque thriller takes us through Paris' Belleville neighbourhood and an imaginary North American city.

The Carousel (France) by Jean-Pierre Jeunet . A short homage offered to the great French movie industry of the 1940s.

Child of the High Seas (France) by Patrick Deniau. A sailor dreams of his little daughter, who has disappeared at the age of 12, during one of his trips. His dreams carry him to a floating city, where he sees this infant of the high seas.

Transatlantique (France) Bruce Kreps. A story of love, and death, is inspired by the symphony movement of Claude Debussy. No commentary nor dialogue. Compilation of students amateur work from the College of St.

Benilde, Multimedia Arts and the Mapua IT Center, Animation & Graphics Design certificate courses.

Compilation of Pinoy Works 1 by Top Peg Prods., NGC CAST, Artfarm Asia including Tutubi Patrol, The Lord's Prayer, Kwentong Kayumanggi: Araw at Gabi.

Compilation of Pinoy Works 2 from the Mowelfund Film Institute.

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