15 Minutes with ... Roberto Genovesi
The artistic director of Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay festival, being held April 7-9 in Venice, talks toon trends and what makes this 20-year-old
event unique. (cartoonsbay.com/en)
from all over Europe. Animag: What makes this a must-see event? Genovesi: Because CotB’s task is to explore new animation paths and offer professionals a reliable picture of the evolution of this language to help them remain competitive in the market. In recent years, we have hosted gurus of animation, cross-media and video games. You can listen to them for free — you do not pay to attend workshops because we are (Italy’s public broadcaster) RAI. Animag: Personally, which film or show first inspired your love for animation? Genovesi: The first was West & Soda by Bruno Bozzetto. The second was, obviously, Minions. But my favorite of all time is The Secret of NIMH, by Don Bluth.