Tag: films

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.

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: 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…

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.…

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…

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…

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 &…

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,…

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…

events: Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End, Toronto Screening, December 3rd, 2017

Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End, Toronto Screening Cast and Crew in Attendance Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 7:00 PM–9:00 PM, Royal Cinema Continuing where the critically acclaimed cult TV series left off, Todd & The…

press release: NFB at OIAF 2017

A leader in auteur animation for over 75 years, the NFB has 12 new short films showcased at the 2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), including eight in official competition: Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT; Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald; Eva…

The Breadwinner.

The Breadwinner had its world premiere yesterday at TIFF and the reviews are coming in. Oscar talk is already happening. This is an important film, for a variety of reasons. It’s the latest from Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind Secret…

Vancouver Short Film Festival Call For Submissions

Calling All Student Filmmakers: Submit to the Vancouver Short Film Festival A new school year has arrived, and with that comes the opportunity to get creative. As classes resume, the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is inviting BC film students…

from the internets: REEL FX Opening Montreal Office

CultureMap Dallas is reporting that Reel FX Animation Studios, the company behind Jorge Guitierrez’ feature film, the Book of Life, is opening a satellite office in Montreal. Here’s the link. Steve O’Brien, CEO at Reel FX confirmed the report,  and…

OIAF 2017 Submissions OPEN!!

ALL-OUT CALL-OUT: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (February 21, 2017) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is now accepting entries for competition in 2017! Entries are due…

2017 Animated Oscar Winners

Zootopia and Piper. Both good films, both very safe, mainstream picks. No huge suprises. Piper’s got a Canadian director, Alan Barillaro, Sheridan grad from Chippawa, Ontario. Here’s the Toronto Star coverage: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2017/02/26/ontario-animator-alan-barillaro-wins-best-animated-short-oscar-for-piper.html Congrats to the winners, and big congrats to…

Merry Christmas! Brian McPhail’s DOWN A DARK CHIMNEY

Yesterday, we posted Tinman’s amazing Super Science Friends Christmas special, and today we’re giving you a rarely seen treat: Brian McPhail’s dark cult favourite, Down A Dark Chimney. In the past, our Christmas tradition at Canadian Animation Resources has always…

press release: Indie sci-fi feature Nova Seed to open GIRAF12 festival of independent animation

Quickdraw Animation Society announces features and visiting artist for Calgary animation festival’s 12th year   The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual GIRAF animation festival (a.k.a. the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival) will kick off its 12th year on Thursday, November 24…

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

This year was the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s 40th anniversary, which meant that I had to find a way to get up to Ottawa from Toronto and watch some beautiful works of animation done by some kooky filmmakers. As always,…

showcase: OLYMPIA, by Henrique Barone, Rafael Mayani, Conor Whelan and John Black

Henrique Barone, Rafael Mayani, Conor Whelan and John Black just finish a collaboration, titled OLYMPIA. It’s an animated tribute to the Olympic Games, especially the athletes and their amazing moves! OLYMPIA from henrique barone on Vimeo. You can see the…

press release: VIFF announces $20,000 award for Call-To-Action Films re: Refugee Crisis

$20,000 Prize to be Awarded in Refugee Crisis Film Competition Frank Giustra, Founder of the Radcliffe Foundation, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, urge film-makers to participate – Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan, Louise Arbour, Craig Kielburger, Ivan Fecan, Atom…

OIAF 2016 Official Selection

This year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival has announced both their feature and short film official selections. Here are the press releases: FEATURE COMPETITION This is a ground breaking year for Canada at OIAF with three feature films competing for the…

Festival Stop Motion Montreal: Official Selection Announced!

The 8th edition of the Montreal StopMo Festival is coming up and they’ve announced their official selection. Among them are a bunch of Canadian films, so we’ll highlight those: FILMMAKER FILM TITLE SCHOOL/COUNTRY YEAR Eustace Ng APE Sheridan 2015 “Hands…

showcase: Howie Shia’s BAM, courtesy of the NFB

This. Thank you to the NFB for working with directors like Howie. I love this film. Howie Shia’s BAM is next to perfect. The craft and skill of execution so wonderfully compliment the creative. Enjoy. BAM, Howie Shia, National Film…

Gradfilm Showcase: Luggage & Interview with Tracy Harris

Grad film season is upon us yet again. With Calart films popping up on the web and Sheridan Industry day 2016 happening very soon, lets warm up with one from last year, Luggage (2015) by Tracy Harris. Interview to follow…

showcase: Kafka’s Little Fable, by M. R. Horhager

Something a little different from Toronto-based director, M. R. Horhager. Kafka’s Little Fable features really gorgeous art direction from his frequent collaborator Aaron Hong, and some rock solid animation by Omar Al-Hafidh We’ve featured Horhager’s work on here before. He’s…

The Little Prince’s Bumpy Ride, or: Distribution’s a Bitch.

Some of you went out to your local theatre last weekend and treated yourself to a screening of the latest retelling of the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story, the Little Prince. It’s a great looking movie, a  CG/2D/Stop-Motion Animated Feature…

CBC Short Film Faceoff Deadline This Week

Attention Filmmakers!  Short Film Face Off is back for another season on CBC TV!  We are now looking for the best short films from every region of the country to take part in the program. For ​complete ​guidelines​, criteria​ and…

jobby: Producer – Feature Film Producer, Arc Productions, Toronto

Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto. With over 500 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and…

Robert Valley Kickstarter Live: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

In crowdfunding news, Robert Valley has launched a campaign to complete his long-in-progress film Pear Cider and Cigarettes. It’s based on a true story, one he’s told in graphic novel format before, and this is the inevitable final version. Robert’s…

showcase: Jo Minkus, by Benjamin Anders

Nickelodeon International has unveiled another Canadian creation. This one is Jo Minkus, from Sheridan alum Benjamin Anders. It’s a ton of fun. Jo Minkus from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo. This film was originally conceived during Ben’s time at Sheridan, and…

showcase: Happy Holidays from Eoin Duffy

One of the great things about this time of year, for animation fans, is all the animated greetings that start to pop up. Like this one, from Eoin Duffy! Happymerry! Happy Holidays from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Call For Entries: 2016 Fest Anca

The 9th Fest Anča International Animation Festival has launched a call for entries that will end on March 15, 2016. Only films made after January 1, 2014 can be considered for the 9ᵗʰ Fest Anča 2016. Only those submitters whose…

press release: NFB’s Carface directed by Claude Cloutier wins at 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation

  Carface (Autos Portraits) by Claude Cloutier, a short produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), won the International Competition Prize at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation earlier this evening. The Festival ran from…

Showcase: Eoin Duffy’s Einstein100 – General Relativity

We’ve showcased his work before (check out the Missing Scarf here), and now we’re doing it again. This one’s got it all: Einstein, animation, and Doctor Who himself, David Tennant!!! Last time they got Sulu, this time Dr. Who. Crazy.…

press release: Annecy 2016 – Film and Project Submissions

Opening of Registration for Films and Projects Annecy 2016 will be opening its doors from 13th June. For the first time the International Animation Film Festival will pay tribute to… French animation! We have asked a number of foreign programme…

showcase: Foxed!, by James Stewart

I’m overdue sharing this. It’s James Stewart’s awesomely creepy stopmo film, FOXED! Foxed has a bit of history, making the rounds on the festival circuit and finally securing a development deal to be adapted as a feature. It’s a unique…

OIAF 2015: FREE WEEKEND PASSES!!!!!

That’s right! Free passess! 2 of them! The Ottawa International Animation Festival is almost upon us. If you’ve never been, now’s your chance! They’ve graciously offered us 2 free weekend passes, and I’m passing them on to YOU! If you…

press release: Ottawa Animation Festival Spotlights Canadian Animators in Competition

Canadian Filmmakers Light Up the World Stage  Ottawa International Animation Festival Shines Spotlight on Canadian Filmmakers OTTAWA (July 14, 2015) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation event, announced today the complete list of films to…

from the internets: Talking ‘Bout Shorts

Some love for short films this week it seems. First up is a piece on examiner.com about James Stewart’s Foxed: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-short-path-of-foxed Foxed is a great example of a quality short finding second life as a feature. James put everything into…

Animator Turns to Horror: Vote for Minz

Toronto animator/painter/filmmaker/Kensington Market fixture/outlandish madamn, Chris “DR. MINZ” Minz is embarking on an ambitious enterprise. He’s working on a horror film, and is participating in the Cinecoup Accelerator Contest. The prize? ONE MILLION DOLLARS. All true. But let’s let Minz…

Press Release: Arctic Justice Announces Star Studded Cast

JOHN CLEESE, ALEC BALDWIN, JAMES FRANCO, ANJELICA HUSTON, HEIDI KLUM, AND OMAR SY BOARD AMBI PICTURES’ 3D CGI ANIMATED FAMILY FILM “ARCTIC JUSTICE: THUNDER SQUAD” May 5, 2015 — Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Pictures has begun securing its…

Gradfilm Showcase: Stay Positive, by Tom Henderson

Another favourite from Sheridan: Stay Positive, by Tom Henderson. Clearly a David OReilly fan, and it’s evident in more than just the use of rigs. I smelt it in the pacing right away. “‘Stay Positive” – 4th year Thesis Film…

Showcase: Lost Daughter & Interview with Dylan Glynn

I knew little of Dylan when I was at Sheridan (I was two years ahead) but it didn’t take long for me to notice his great sense of art when I saw his beautiful illustration. More than that, I love…

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Call for Entries

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is back for its seventh year, and the call for entries is now open.   Our Call for Entries is now open! We are actively seeking stop motion short films for this year’s MSMFF.…

WACKATDOOO! by Benj Arcand!

From Benjamin Arcand: After screening in more than 20 film festivals around the world, my film Wackatdooo is finally available online! Watch it and let me know what you think, if you like it please share it!  Cheers. Wackatdooo from Benjamin…

from the internets: ALL THE HOTHOUSE FILMS

This year’s crop of Hothouse short films are online for your viewing pleasure. I love this program. Years ago there was funding for what was called “calling card films”. An opportunity for young film-makers to independently produce a film that…

events: IN CONVERSATION WITH… PETE DOCTER AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX ON MARCH 23

Pixar Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning director joins Richard Crouse for a special onstage conversationToronto – TIFF welcomes Pete Docter, Academy Award®-winning director and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios, for a special on stage conversation on March 23 at…

events: TIFF KIDS 2015

TIFF Kids is coming! The programme for the festival is always great, and this year looks like no exception. For us animation types, there’s the Creativity X Curiosity screening, described as follows: This diverse collection of international animated shorts celebrates…

press release: NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA WINS FIVE CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS

National Film Board of Canada (NFB) productions and craftspeople have received five 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, presented by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, recognizing excellence in film, television and digital media. NFB winners: Best Original Interactive Production Produced…

OIAF 2015 Call for Submissions!

World-Leading Animation Event Seeks Submissions for International Showcase in Ottawa OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (February 24, 2015) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), one of the world’s most respected film festivals, is seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films…

Press Release: NFB Launches Hothouse 10 Films Online

DISCOVER NEW SHORT FILMS BY EMERGING ANIMATORS AT NFB.CA AS THE 10TH EDITION OF “HOTHOUSE” LAUNCHES ONLINE, MARCH 9 Oscar winner Chris Landreth is this year’s mentoring director February 26, 2015 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Beginning…

press release: Way To Go is Yours to Experience

After its world premiere at Sundance, Vincent Morisset’s  WAY TO GO is available today online for FREE! The online experience can be found at http://www.a-way-to-go.com Way to Go is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years…

Oscar Nominations Announced, Torill Kove’s Me and Moulton for Best Animated Short

For a whole bunch of people, today was a very exciting day. Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Here are the animation nominees: Best Animated Feature • Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Feature Animation) Directed by Canadian-raised, Missouri-born, Chris Williams.…

Canadian Connection: How To Train Your Dragon II wins best animated feature at Golden Globes

And what makes this news to us? Director Dean Deblois, that’s what! Apart from also co-writing and co-directing Lilo & Stitch, Dean’s pure Canuck. He was born in Aylmer, Quebec (that’s just outside Ottawa) and started out as an assistant…

from the internets: Flooby Nooby talks to Copernicus’ Murray Bain on the release of “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”

Just in time for the holiday season, a great new animated music video from the gang at Copernicus for David Myles’ Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo”, plus an interview over at Flooby Nooby! http://floobynooby.blogspot.ca/2014/12/david-myles-santa-never-brings-me-banjo.html?m=1

Amir Avni’s McLaren retrospective available online

In honour of the legendary Canadian-by-way-of-Scottish animation pioneer, Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday, animator Amir Avni put together a wonderful tribute that was presented at this year’s Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI). I wasn’t able to catch it there, but…

showcase: The Missing Scarf, by Eoin Duffy

Just watch this.  It’s terrific. And it’s got Sulu narrating. Original Sulu, not Harold & Kumar Sulu. George-freaking-Takei. The Missing Scarf is Now Available Online! Press release: One of the year’s most successful short films premieres online. The animated dark-comedy,…

from the internets: Oscar-Winning Animator Torril Kove at TIFF

CP24 ran a nice little interview with Award-winning animator, and Concordia alum, Torril Kove. Torril is a wonderful filmmaker and her latest, Me and my Moulton, will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here the link: http://www.cp24.com/entertainment-news/oscar-winner-torill-kove-among-big-talents-unspooling-short-films-at-tiff-1.1982247#ixzz3Bm8m7CBE

showcase: Black Sugar, by Jiani Cao

Finally! I caught a look at this film at the Sheridan Gradshow last spring, and was hooked. The design is amazing, from the individual characters to the overall art direction. Jiani understands how colour design works as a storytelling tool.…

press release: Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival presents Behind-the-Scenes of The Boxtrolls and Robot Chicken

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Behind-the-Scenes of The Boxtrolls and Robot Chicken September 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2014 Montreal, August 26, 2014 – The sixth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the release…