2nd Dec 2020
TV Producer-programmer and animation film historian, Bruno Edera, supported the professionalisation of this sector in his country by founding the Swiss Animation Film Group. He died on 17th November.
In 2020, this section of the ASIFA (International Animation Film Association) will gather together around 200 Swiss professionals.
Bruno takes part in many festivals throughout his career. Each of them "plays an important role in his activity", providing the opportunity to meet Russian, Polish or Czech creators, when everyone is still only talking about American productions.
The event that influences him the most, in the early 1960s, is the Annecy Festival (that at the time is known as Journées internationales du cinéma d’animation, JICA). He becomes a member of the board of directors of the organising structure, which is called the Centre international du cinéma d’animation (CICA), and subsequently remains a very dear friend of the event.
A true animation film archive, Bruno Edera publishes many articles in specialist magazines, as well as the works, Full Length Animated Feature Films (1977) and Histoire du cinéma suisse d’animation (1978). With À la découverte d'un cinéma méconnu : Le Cinéma d'animation africain (in collaboration with the Annecy Festival, 1993), he is the author of one of the very first publications on the subject.
He would’ve been thrilled to learn that Annecy 2021 was going to pay tribute to animation from this continent.
In 1988, in recognition of his full career, he is presented the Raoul Servais Award.
In his later years, an illness slowly erases Bruno Edera’s memory and his life-long journey and Covid takes him at the age of 83.
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