Animateka's 11: John Canciani

John Canciani is the artistic director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and is programmer at the Filmfoyer Winterthur. He curated several programs with Short and Feature Length Films.


How would you describe Animateka in three words?

Broad-minded, inspiring and very passionate.


Your most recognisable character trait?

Mhh ... you probably need to ask other people about this.


What frightens you the most?

Squareness and becoming grumpy. Forgetting to laugh about myself!!


What do you most enjoy doing?

Listening to music with my headphones and strolling around the streets, looking for small details which amuse me.
Spending time with family and friends while eating good food and wine.


If you could invite any one person for a cup of coffee, who would you choose?

If it wouldn't matter if the person is already dead, it would be my grandfather.
Celebrities? I don't know, I don't believe that they are more interesting than other people and if I'm a fan of someone I would blank out and would only ask stupid questions ... but to be more realistic right now, I would love to have a beer with Karpo Godina. I haven't seen him in 3 years but unfortunately he's in Belgrade at Alternative Film/Video.


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Who would direct/make a film about your life?

Jim Jarmusch or Harmony Korine. But I'm sure it would be a pretty boring movie.

Describe your ideal movie night.

Go to the cinema together with my wife and friends, watch a movie which surprises and excites me and then discuss it at the bar ... an in-between, a little fight with a friend, because we disagree about the film, would spice things up ... then after we would laugh about it and order the next drink.


Favourite animation technique?

I'm not fixed on a specific one.


Your favourite children’s cartoon?

Another difficult question because firstly I was a TV-kid, and secondly I don’t remember what I saw at which age, but when it comes to TV-animation series, they were Captain Future, Transformers, Maya the Bee, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Vicky the Vicking. When it comes to feature animations, I just loved Pete's Dragon and I still remember that we went to see "The Fox and the Hound" for my birthday, I think I was 6 years old.

Favourite female director?

Miranda July, Sophia Coppola and Ursula Meier when it comes to feature films. In shorts there are many, but at the moment it's Jennifer Reeder for sure.


Where do you see the future of animated films going?

It's hard to predict the future, but I would love to see animation films become more political and make statements.



Ana Šturm

Translation: Sanja Struna

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