Symposium: 100 Years of Dutch Animation

Kaboom Animation Festival

The symposium is open to all visitors and free of charge, but please reserve a seat online. Doors open at 12:30. 

This year we celebrate 100 years of Dutch animation, a nice moment to look back on a century of creativity, and evaluate where we are now as an industry. From the very beginning, Dutch animators have collaborated with colleagues abroad, like producers, distributors and other animators. Also, there has been an increasing number of international feature co-productions in recent years.

This raises the questions: what do we mean exactly when we talk about Dutch animation? And what is the influence of Dutch animation on the rest of the world? Let’s discuss!

The program includes three speakers and a panel discussion. Some legends of Dutch animation will be either part of the symposium or be present as guests, so it’s a once in a life time opportunity!


13:00 – 13:10  Opening & welcome by Cansu van Gageldonk (academic programmer)

13:10 – 13:50  1st speaker: Edwin Carels (curator, writer, lecturer and programmer for IFFR): This talk will focus on the very earliest ‘animator’ Christiaan Huygens as both the inventor of the magic lantern and projected and animated imagery.

13:50 – 14:30  2nd speaker: Mette Peters (film historian): In this presentation the role of the advertising films which George Pal produced in Europe before his successful career in Hollywood is reassessed.

14:30 – 15:00  Coffee break

15:00 – 15:40  3rd speaker: Hisko Hulsing (animator): Hisko Hulsing’s talk will be about Dutch and international influences on his work in the fields of animation, directing, painting, illustration and film music.

15:40 – 16:30  Panel discussion with:

– Yvonne van Ulden (producer, lecturer and programmer)

– Erik van Drunen (animation film consultant at Nederlands Film Fonds)

– Ton Crone (director of Animation Producers Netherlands)

– Job, Joris, Marieke (animators)

– Oerd van Cuijlenborg (animator)

– Monique Renault (animator)

16:30 – 16:45 Closing remarks