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Oscar winner to talk at toon fest

Landreth making appearances in Rio, Sao Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO — Chris Landreth, whose “Ryan” nabbed the Oscar for animated short earlier this year, will be at the 13th Anima Mundi, Latin America’s largest animation fest, which kicks off today in Rio.

He will give lectures at the fest, which ends its Rio run July 17 before moving July 20-24 to Sao Paulo, which Landreth will also attend.

The competitive fest will feature 369 toons (down from last year’s 598) from 41 countries, of which 73 are local, 63 French and 34 from the U.S.

“This year we decided to raise our standards and reduce the number of animations,” fest co-director Cesar Coelho said. “The number of screenings will remain the same, though, and we should have the same audience as last year of about 80,000.”

The fest also features workshops and a business market in Sao Paulo.

According to Coelho, the local animation sector is expanding rapidly, prompted by the availability of new technologies.

The fest’s other international lecturers are animated filmmakers Igor Kovalyov from Ukraine, Georges Schwizgebel from Switzerland and Ron Diamond, the U.S. producer who founded Acme Filmworks.

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