50 international animators descend on Civita di Bagnoregio from 8-10 June.
The fourth edition of La Città Incantata (The Enchanted City) sees 50 international animators, cartoonists, illustrators, storyboarders and street artists from around the world uniting for three days in the spectacular mediaeval hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregio, from 8-10 June.
The international group of designers is once again meeting to “save the world”, including Civita, which is reached by a footbridge across a valley in the province of Viterbo, 110km north of Rome.
The event, which is held both on the street and in private houses and gardens, promises 72 hours of free meetings, exhibitions, screenings, exhibitions and workshops, from 17.00 on Friday 8 June until 13.30 on Sunday 10 June, with the support of the Lazio Region.
This year's edition has a special focus on women artists including Fusako Yusaki, a Japanese artist and sculptor known for her animation work with plasticine; New Yorker Candy Kugel, award-winning author who will show a sneak preview of her latest film "I Candy"; and Italian animators Francesca Ferrario, Marta Gennari, Giulia Martinelli and Lucia Bulgheroni.
The special guests also include other big names such as the British director and film producer Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations, acclaimed for both feature films and short films, particularly Wallace & Gromit; and celebrated Italian satirist cartoonist and director Sergio Staino, best known as the creator of a semi-autobiographical comic strip character Bobo.
In addition to animation the three-day festival also offers parallel events such as live music by Lillo e i Vagabondi on 9 June. For full programme see website while for insights into the 2016 edition of the event see Wanted in Romefeature article.