Author: Mike Valiquette

Animation professional, dad, closet optimist.

press release: OIAF 2020 Goes Online!

Your favourite animation festival has big news – OIAF is moving online for 2020! For some that means missing your annual trip to Ottawa for the festivities but for many more that means being able to attend OIAF for the…

from the internets: Animation is Booming During Covid

We were already booming. Talent is in high demand as animation production in Canada is at heights we’ve never seen before. Studios are recruiting more aggressively than ever and opening up facilities all over the country to access more crew.…

gradfilms 2020: Home, by Michelle Chua

I haven’t seen too many of the 2020 Sheridan Gradfilms, but this latest one, Home, by Michelle Chua, seems to be of a similar sensibility to the previously shared In Paint, by Aldi Abujan. It’s gentle, nostalgic, beautifully art directed…

Cap U Gradshow 2020

There’s no way I’ll get every grad class covered, but I’m going to do my best. Here’s the link to Capilano University’s 2020 grad class. As a sidenote, Cap U has always been great about coordinating a centralized online space…

Gradfilms 2020: Seneca 2D Films!

Different schools take different approaches to their gradfilms. Sheridan has each student do an individual thesis film, for example. At Seneca, where they keep their student intake to a smaller group, they break into teams and make group films. And…

Call for entries – Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2020

Festival Stop Motion Montréal is actively working on its 12th edition. The world’s first festival dedicated to frame by frame animation techniques, will once again offer international short film screenings, stop motion discovery activities for children and adults, special conferences…

Gradfilms 2020: In Paint, by Aldi Abujan

I’m going to try to share as many of these as I can, as they’re starting to pop up online, but yeah, it’s Grad Film Season! And first up is a short film from Sheridan grad Aldi Abujan, In Paint.…

showcase: How Does Animation Work? by Tyler Pacana

Finally! Something you can send to your friends and family to explain it all. Seriously, Tyler has done a really great job at making something fun, eminently watchable, and that really effectively breaks down the basics of animation. Really awesome.

A Message From Mike

Hi everybody. I hope you’re all managing ok right now. It’s crazy. Unprecedented. I’ve never lived through anything like it, and I’m old as rocks. Studios have shifted to remote working models, we’re mostly all working from home now, joining…

Breakout Film Festival Accepting Submissions

We got a heads up about this festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s got an interesting structure whereby they pick monthly winners who then all compete for a final prize in January. I checked the FAQ and there is an entry…

from the internets: CORUS Sued an Oklahoma Pot Dispensary.

This is hilarious. A Cannabis dispensary in Oklahoma was using the logo of Corus-owned kids channel, Treehouse, on their exterior signage and on products. Corus sued them and they didn’t even bother to defend themselves. Now they’re on the hook…

It’s That Time of Year – Cosmic Christmas

From the Nelvana that brought you Rock & Rule and Boba Fett’s first appearance, it’s Cosmic Christmas! A bit of a tradition around here, this is what you could get away with back in 1977. Try pitching this to a…

jobby: 2D Prop Designer, Wildbrain Studios, Vancouver

Prop Designer, 2D WildBrain Studios is looking for an experienced Prop Designer to join our team!  You may have known us as DHX Media – we’ve recently changed our name to reflect our renewed commitment to pushing the creative and focusing on the artist…

OIAF 2019: PITCH THIS! DEADLINE EXTENDED

Canadian animators have until August 23rd to submit their proposal Do you have a great idea for an animated series for kids? Pitch THIS! is TAC’s signature opportunity to show off your new project! TEN pitches will be selected and…

jobby: 2D Animator, Kindly Beast, Ottawa

Kindly Beast, an innovative Ottawa based video game studio is looking for a permanent, full-time in-house animator, to create ongoing 1.5 min interstitial animations in a retro Max Fleicher/rubber hose style. The studio requires candidates capable of taking ownership of…

OIAF 2019: The Poster.

Here’s this year’s poster for the Ottawa International Animation Festival. This year’s artist is Steve Angel, one of the the founding partners of Toronto’s Head Gear Animation. He’s a fan of pencil’s and Biz Markie. According to Chris Robinson, the…

from the internets: Sausage Party Ruling, Non-Union BC Animators Due For Unpaid Overtime

Some very good news out of BC, via the Hollywood Reporter. Animators on Sausage Party, the 2016 animated comedy “by” Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will be compensated for unpaid overtime they worked during production of the 2016 feature. Sadly,…

Showcase: Nana, by Ali Kellner

I’m super excited to share this with you guys. Nana is a standout film, from a standout creator. Ali Kellner made this very personal and poignant film during her final year at Sheridan, and it’s been on the festival circuit…

TAAFI 2019 Poster, by Joel Mackenzie!!!!

Feast your eyes. (More Joel here) Submit your films! It’s free!!! The deadline to submit is January 14, 2019. TAAFI 2019 competition categories include: Best Kids Short Best Student Short Best International Short Best Canadian Short Audience Choice Grand Prix…

jobby: Render Wrangler, Brown Bag Films, Toronto

Render Wrangler At Brown Bag Films our motto is simple: “We love animation.” In fact, we love it so much we trademarked it! ‘We Love AnimationTM.’ We are looking for a Render Wrangler to join our team who shares our…

Cartoon North Fundraising: What’s it for?

Good question! It’s pretty straightforward. With the money we raise on our Patreon we’re going to do 2 things. 1) Update the site. It’s been years. Honestly, this old dinosaur needs an overhaul. I’d love to be able to pay…

jobby: Concept Location Designer, PIP Animation Studios, Ottawa

PIP Animation Studios We are currently seeking to hire a Concept Location Designer for our second feature. When applying for this position, please email Dave Fortier david@pipanimation.com and include “Concept Location Designer” in the subject of the email with your…

CARTOON NORTH FUNDING BLITZ!!!

FUNDING DRIVE TIME!! OK gang, it’s been a lean few months here and it’s time for us to reach out to all of you for some real support. We work really hard here to maintain the site, plus we’re trying…

Canadian Networks: CBC Kids and CORUS Execs Break Down What They’re Looking for in 2018

Networks – What are they looking for? From last months’s The Animation Conference (TAC)’s Meet the Networks was a brief talk by development executives about what the networks are seeking and what’s new. Cartoon North’s intrepid note-taker, Brent Smith, was…

OIAF 2018 In Review: Fred Seibert

We were fortunate enough to have Brent Smith in attendance this year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and he was taking notes! We’re going to share some of his highlights with you here over the next week or so,…

press release: THE TORONTO ANIMATION ARTS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING FOR TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018

TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018 runs from November 3-4 Toronto, ON (October 24, 2018) – Today, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) released the full official program for TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018 at Corus Quay in Toronto. The event runs from November…

from the internets: Pixar’s Catmull Announces Retirement, Nelvana Nabs Whoopi Goldberg, and Broadcasters Attempt to Predict the Future

Cartoon Brew has an excellent article up regarding Ed Catmull’s retirement announcement from Disney/Pixar. Catmull’s impact on the global animation industry and culture is hard to measure, and it’s not all roses. Amid does an excellent job of breaking down…

Press Release: 9 Story Announces Key Appointments and Promotions

9 Story Strengthens Creative Affairs with New Appointments and Key Promotions Additional promotions within Brown Bag Films, 9 Story Distribution International, and Marketing also announced Toronto, Canada – 9 Story Media Group today announced structural and management changes to its…

OIAF 2018!

Tomorrow is the big day, it’s Day o1 of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and The Animation Conference (TAC). AND, for the first time in a very loooong time, I’M NOT GOING TO BE THERE! But don’t fret, Cartoon North…

jobby: Line Producer, Titmouse, Vancouver

Line Producer Titmouse has an exciting new opportunity for a Line Producer to join our team based in Vancouver to assist with our projects. GENERAL FUNCTION Responsible for driving the physical production process under the guidance of the Head of…

RIP Mik Casey

We lost Mik Casey a little over a week ago. He suffered a stroke shortly after his 71st birthday and succumbed 2 Friday’s ago. I’ve been trying to write about him ever since, but it’s really hard. His name may…

RIP Peter Adamakos June 21, 1946 – August 16, 2018

It’s hard to write about Peter Adamakos. He passed away last week. That’s the news. Here’s the obituary that ran in the Ottawa Citizen. Peter Adamakos June 21, 1946 – August 16, 2018 Peter passed away in Ottawa after a…

press release: NFB at TIFF 2018, Snowden and Fine’s Animal Behaviour and Patrick Bouchard’s the Subject

August 1, 2018 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, Astra Taylor’s latest National Film Board of Canada www.nfb.ca (NFB) feature documentary, What Is Democracy?, makes its North…

from the internets: Bardel’s New CEO, Guru Inks Deal For Pikwik, BBC Solves How to Make a Hit Show, and WOW Network CRTC Approval

Bardel just got a new CEO. Former Sony Pictures Animation producer Rick Mischel will take over for company founders Delna Bhesania and Barry Ward. End of an era. Link here. Guru scores another deal, this time it’s with Disney Junior,…

showcase: Catacomb, by Bijan Shahir

Bijan Shahir just shared this, and it’s great. Catacomb from Bijan Shahir on Vimeo. I’m a big fan of Bijan’s work. He’s a talented creator who, like most of us, spends his time making tv shows look great. I want…

press release: 9 Story Media Group’s Next Big Move: Acquiring Breakthrough Entertainment’s Kid’s and Family Catalogue

9 Story Media Group Acquires Breakthrough Entertainment’s kids and family library and development slate  Toronto, Canada – July 10, 2018 – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Breakthrough Entertainment’s…

Cartoon North is on Patreon

Well, we did it. We launched our Patreon. It’s a big leap for us, and as much as we try our best to help out in similar situations, it’s always a tricky thing to actually reach out and ask for…

from the internets: Frederator Interview with Ali Kellner

Ali Kellner is a Toronto based artist, Sheridan grad, and filmmaker. Her student film, Nana, has been really connecting with festival audiences over the last year, and it’s easy to see she’s a talent to watch. Frederator, in its increasing…

Cartoon Connection Early Bird Deadline Ends Tonight!

Cartoon Connection has extended their early bird deadline for registration until midnight tonight! This year’s Cartoon Connection takes place October 1-3 in Québec City, and has become a pretty prominent event on the calendar for people doing business in animation.…

From the Internets: Window Horses Director, Anne Marie Fleming on Joining the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, courtesy of CBC.ca

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out Oscars every year, invited a ton of new members this year as part of a push to integrate more diverse voices into their membership. One of those…

Events: (Toronto) Elliott Animation Presents, Animation Masterclass with Michael Makarewicz (Incredibles 1 and 2, Finding Dory)

Very cool event coming up thanks to the gang at Elliott Animation, July 28-29th Hello fellow animation friends! Elliott Animation will be hosting a master animation workshop with Michal Makarewicz – animator on The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2, Finding…

RIP Dominic Kardasiewicz

We shared some troubling news recently about a member of our animation community who went missing a week and a half ago. Dominic Kardasiewicz was found a few days ago, and sadly, he has passed on. A gofundme campaign that…

jobby: Accounting Administrator, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada – We are currently seeking a highly skilled and experienced Accounting Administrator to join the Mercury Filmworks finance team. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Finance, this employee will work collaboratively and provide bookkeeping and administrative support for our fast paced…

TAAFI Presents: EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALK BY PIXAR’S DOMEE SHI, DIRECTOR OF “BAO.”

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE: TAAFI ANNOUNCES AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALK BY DOMEE SHI, DIRECTOR OF “BAO.” Toronto, ON (May 30, 2018) – Today, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced an exclusive event with Toronto-raised director, Domee Shi.…

Missing: Dominic Kardasiewicz, Toronto

One of our own went missing in Toronto on Friday night. Dominic Kardasiewicz was last seen in Toronto’s west end, around 11:30 pm on May 25th. He was walking home from Bloor and Landsdowne, and was heading east towards Dufferin.…

TIFF Wants Tiny Films: TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival

Do you make (tiny) films? We want to see your miniature masterpieces TIFF joins forces with Instagram to present the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, a digital shorts competition that invites aspiring and established filmmakers from around the globe to share their…

Call for Submissions: Vancouver Short Film Festival Invites British Columbia Residents to Submit

Vancouver, BC (May 22nd, 2018) – Calling all short filmmakers around BC: The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is seeking submissions for its 9th edition, which will run January 25-26, 2019 at Vancity Theatre. Short format filmmakers from all around…

Tonight: Toronto! Toon Hall!!!

This is tonight, and if you’re in any way invested in your career in this industry, and you’re nearby, you should come. We’re not the ones organizing it, but we support it whole-heartedly.  It’s not a pro-unionization event. A lot…

Studio Day at Algonquin College: April 25th, 2018

Algonquin College School of Animation Studio Day! It says by invitation only, but they sent it to me to post up, so here you go!! Algonquin’s got a great program, full of amazing people, I’m going to try to get…

Kidscreen Magazine Appoints New Editor: Mike Drach

Kidscreen is a publication familiar to most of us in the kids media industry. They run a big conference every year in Miami, and they’re pretty much the go-to publication for the business. And now, they have a new editor!…

Guru EVP Mary Bredin Exits Studio

A surprising announcement this week from Guru Studio in Toronto: Mary Bredin, who has held the title of EVP of Content and Strategy for the past 10 plus years, will be leaving the company at the end of April. Mary…

GLAS Animation Launches Grant Program

This is some very cool shit. GLAS Animation (Global Animation Syndicate) has taken a simple, but fairly unprecedented step, and has launched the GLAS Animation Grant Program, currently consisting of two separate grants of $2500 each. It’s limited to American…

Upcoming Events: TOON HALL, Toronto, April 25th

This is coming up soon, and the timing is pretty great. The intention behind it is pure and honest, just a safe place to discuss the realities of the business, the hurdles we face, the issues we’d like to see…

It’s A Dance Off! Sublo and Tangy Mustard #9, by Aaron Long

Bojack Horseman director and amazing Canadian, Aaron Long, makes cartoons when he’s not making cartoons. If you’re not aware of the adventures of Sublo and Tangy Mustard, you’re about to be. Aaron’s on episode 9, and it’s one of the…

DHX Media Restructures Upper Management

The Toronto Star is reporting that DHX Media, one of a small handful of Canada’s media giants, is restructuring after a disappointing fiscal year: https://www.thestar.com/business/2018/02/26/dhx-media-shakes-up-top-management-amid-strategic-review.html Co-Founder Michael Donovan is stepping back into the Chief Executive position as Dana Landry departs.…

Call for Entries: Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Outstanding Achievement Awards

Call for entries for the DANS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation! Deadline: March 23rd. This category allows for commercial submissions, music videos, short films, YouTube content or any animated scene in a show or film produced in Nova Scotia.…

Canadian Screen Awards 2018

The CSA’s wrapped up last night, after a series of ceremonies over the last week. Here’s the animation rundown. The Breadwinner picked up 4 awards out of a possible 6: – Anita Doron for Adapted Screenplay – Qais Essar &…

from the internets: Mysticons Comic Book, Seneca Celebrates Alumni, Daughter of Bells Next for Breadwinner Producers

Dark Horse publishing Nelvana’s Mysticons. Cool and progressive move for Nelvana. Good call. Comics!! Seneca celebrates Oscar-winning alumni for Shape of Water and Coco. Congrats! Aircraft Pictures (The Breadwinner) announces next animated feature: Daughter of Bells  

showcase: Host Body, by Chad VanGaalen

A new video from Chad VanGaalen is always a cause for celebration, and today, we celebrate! There’s things to read about this amazing musician/animator over here. But basically: he’s from Calgary, he’s made a bunch of records, and they’re awesome,…

Submissions Open for TAIS Animation Showcase

The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) has just announced its call for submissions for the 2018 TAIS Animation Showcase. The deadline is May 28th, 2018. Here’s the link to the event page. From the event page: Each year, the TAIS…

Press Release: Reboot is Back. Netflix Premiere of Reimagined Series March 30th

NELVANA AND WOW! UNLIMITED MEDIA’S MAINFRAME STUDIOS REIMAGINE 90S CULT CLASSIC WITH NEW SERIES REBOOT: THE GUARDIAN CODE Series Set to Debut Worldwide March 30 Toronto, CANADA – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is excited to announce that the hybrid live-action/CG animated hybrid ReBoot:…

from the internets: Frederator Interview with Mathieu Hains

Frederator sure is taking an interest in Canadian creators lately. First, it was Elise Simard, now it’s Mat Hains! Mat’s an Ottawa-based animator/board artist/creator who made a big splash in the first season of Startoon with his second place finisher,…

45th Annual Annie Awards!!!

It was a big weekend for animation. The 45th annual Annie Awards happened Saturday night in LA, and the animation world turned up. They live streamed the whole affair, and it’s available for viewing on Youtube. The Annies are the…

from the internets: Frederator Talks to Animation Director Elise Simard

Interesting to see Montreal animation director Elise Simard getting some attention from the gang at Frederator. There’s a terrific interview with Elise up on the Frederator tumblr, here’s the link: http://frederator-studios.frederator.com/tagged/Canadian_animation Go read it.

from the internets: the Secret to Paw Patrol’s Success, Origin of Cuphead, Canadian Films, blahblahblah

The Globe and Mail looks into the massive success of Spinmaster’s unavoidable hit series, Paw Patrol: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/television/whats-paw-patrols-secret-how-it-captivated-children-and-conquered-theworld/article37417532/ The origins of Cuphead, and StudioMDHR, via Polygon: https://www.polygon.com/features/2017/12/7/16745144/cuphead-artists-illustrate-five-year-development-cycle More Globe and Mail from December. This one’s a discussion of what needs to…

Call for Submissions: Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (deadline January 10, 2018)

Submit your animation short films! The Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival is Hungary’s biggest short film festival, taking place every year in Budapest. The deadline for submission is 10 January, and the festival will be held between 3-8…