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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As crowds gathered in front of the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, in the center of Rio de Janeiro, and at a movie theatre complex in the Botafogo neighborhood on Wednesday night, organizers of the Anima Mundi Festival let out a sigh of relief. The 27th edition of the largest animated film festival in Latin America almost did not occur due to financial problems.

“Through crowdfunding, we were able to hold the Festival,” Marcos Magalhães, one of the four directors and organizers of Anima Mundi, told The Rio Times.

In April, Petrobras and BNDES (Brazil . . .

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