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this weekend: GIRAF 6, Calgary, Nov. 3 – 7

This weekend in Calgary, AB, is the sixth annual GIRAF fest. Don’t know what that is? From their website:

“The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival is the only exclusively independent animation festival in Canada, with a focus on experimental and self-produced animated film. GIRAF plays an essential role in the promotion, education and appreciation of independent animation from around the world, exposing hungry local audiences to the best animated content from at home and abroad.”

It’s a heady lineup to be sure. Full schedule is posted HERE, full programming is HERE.

If I were there, I’d try not to miss Bruce Bickford‘s new film ‘CAS’L’ and Q&A following, or his workshop the next day. The guy’s a legend.

Speaking of legends – an interview sesh with Jan Svankmajer and a debut of his newest film ‘Surviving Life’ (2010)?!

AND – films by Don Hahn, Priit Parn, and more?! What’s there not to love for an indie animation fan?! Oh, yeah, it’s also screening in conjunction with NFB’s Get Animated! EGAD!

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