Animation fest opens with Park film

Five-day event features Asian animators and Korean comics

SEOUL -- The 13th Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival opened Wednesday for a five-day run, with Nick Park’s “Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death,” as an opening film. 

This year’s festival features 423 films from 35 countries, including special screenings of an Estonian cartoonist-animation director Priit Parn of such works as “Karl and Marilyn” and “1895” and a retrospective of a Chinese animation artist Te Wei (“The Cowboy’s Flute”). SICAF also features “Baton,” an animated sci-fi directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and written by Shunji Iwai (“Love Letter”).

Separately, the festival presents “Time Capsule, 100-Year Trip,” chronicling a century of Korean comic-book history including clips from hit Korean cartoons. The festival closes on July 26.