A marvelous menagerie of monsters, straight from the imagination of Mr. P. N. K. Panicker of Kerala, India, a top-notch teller of tall tales.
In Sirens, Raoul Servais opposes two distinct worlds: one of progress and industrialization, represented by huge cranes, and a world of imagination, with a flutist and a mermaid. Adithi Krishnadas completely ignores this Platonian duality: her mockumentary Seen It! freely navigates between a universe of myths and everyday life—showing that reality is just a concept and both magical thinking and logical facts can be equally respected. Whether using port sirens or Kerala soundscapes, both animated films convincingly prove that storytelling is humankind’s most successful survival skill.
Aneta Ozorek is the artistic director of the Kaboom Animation Festival. She has extensive industry experience as a curator and organizer of European film events. She is the Head of Shorts of the CEE Animation Pitching Forum and a member of the board of the REX Animation Festival in Sweden. Ozorek is also a member of the European Children's Film Association and illustrator of six children’s books.