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press release: NFB at OIAF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

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 Cvijanovic’s Hedgehog’s Home; Christopher Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana; Malcolm Sutherland’s Simulated Life; and three… »

The Breadwinner.

By Mike Valiquette

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 of the Kells and Song of the Sea. Both those movies were nominated for Academy… »

Vancouver Short Film Festival Call For Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

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 to submit their work before the October 13th deadline. There are no length restrictions (but… »

CROWDFUNDING: A World Without End, by Pasquale La Montagna

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto Animator Pasquale La Montagna is trying to raise a few bucks to produce a cartoon. You know how this works. A World Without End – Episode One, A Beginning A Mad man. A King. The pursuit of truth. An evil intention. And a world which never seems to end! It looks great, and it’s… »

from the internets: REEL FX Opening Montreal Office

By Mike Valiquette

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 cited a need to diversify and tap into different talent pools. The article simply mentions… »

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2017: Deadline for Submissions is TOMORROW!

By Mike Valiquette

That’s it. You have til tomorrow to submit your film to OIAF 2017. Here’s the… »

OIAF 2017 Submissions OPEN!!

By Mike Valiquette

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 May 26, and there is no entry fee. From September 20-24, Ottawa will become the… »

2017 Animated Oscar Winners

By Mike Valiquette

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 all the nominees. We had a really strong group of Canadians representing this year. And… »

press release: Theodore Ushev Receives Oscar Nomination for Blind Vaysha

By Mike Valiquette

NFB receives 74th Academy Award nomination Theodore Ushev’s Blind Vaysha is headed to the Oscars with a nomination for Best Animated Short Film January 24, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Theodore Ushev’s multi-award-winning Blind Vaysha (NFB) has been honoured with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film. It’s… »

Merry Christmas! Brian McPhail’s DOWN A DARK CHIMNEY

By Mike Valiquette

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 been to share the Nelvana cult classic Cosmic Christmas. Last year, we broke from tradition… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 with a screening of NOVA SEED, a sci-fi adventure story animated single-handedly by Canadian artist… »

from the internets: BRON Studios Expands to London Ontario, Director Kris Pearn at the Helm

By Mike Valiquette

CTV News out of London, Ontario shared a short story featuring Feature Director Kris Pearn, who’s currently working with BC-based BRON Studios on their upcoming feature release, the Willoughbys. Pearn’s a graduate of Sheridan’s animation program, an accomplished story artist with credits like Arthur Christmas, Hotel Transylvania, and the upcoming Han Solo movie for Lucasfilm…. »

showcase: Money Trees by Dylan Glynn

By Mike Valiquette

Cool little film from Dylan Glynn. Loose and gentle and dynamic and full of stuff for your brain. Just how I like… »

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

By Mike Valiquette

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, it’s not easy to catch every single screening since there are so many events and… »

Countdown to OIAF 2016: MORE Festival Memories from Rob Anderson

By Mike Valiquette

OIAF 2016 is right around the corner. It’s a big year, the festival is celebrating 40 years. I’ve been going since 1992, and from this vantage point it all seems like one long blur of faces and films. Thankfully there are those out there with clearer memories. One of those is our very own occasional… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 video and some production gifs here:… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

$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 Egoyan among others lend their voices to the crisis as part of the competition’s jury… »

OIAF 2016 Official Selection

By Mike Valiquette

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 grand prize. Jean-François Laguionie, who won at OIAF 1978 with his film La Traversée de… »

Festival Stop Motion Montreal: Official Selection Announced!

By Mike Valiquette

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 On Deck” Collectif FEATHERS Sheridan 2016 Daniel Sterlin-Altman ALLO,C’EST TA MERE/HI, ITS YOUR MOTHER Mel… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 Board of… »

Theodore Ushev and Moïa Jobin-Paré Win at Annecy 2016

By Mike Valiquette

As awards go, picking up a prize at Annecy is just about as big as it gets. The French festival has just announced its winners and congratulations are due to the 2 Canadian picks: Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev (Jury Award), and 4min15 in the Developer (Off Limits Award), by Moïa Jobin-Paré. Jury Award Vaysha,… »

gradfilm showcase: Beauty, by Alice Lemma (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

I’m really thrilled to see so many of the films from last week’s Sheridan Gradshow actually online. A lot of grads hold off due to somewhat archaic festival rules. I’m 3 for 3 on some of my favourites so far. So here’s Beauty, by Alice Lemma. Amazing work. Easily one of my favourites from this… »

gradfilm showcase: Veggiemancer, by Justin Chan (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

Veggiemancer was another standout at the Sheridan Industry Day this year. Great design and colour styling, solid storytelling, and excellent animation. Justin Chan did a really great job on this one. I’m now a fan. VEGGIEMANCER from Justin C on Vimeo.   VEGGIEMANCER: MAKING OF from Justin C on… »

gradfilm showcase: Blue, by Jason McLean (Sheridan)

By Mike Valiquette

This is beautiful. Great work by Jason McLean. Blue. from Jason McLean on Vimeo. There;s a great interview with Jason over here on Character Design… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Luggage & Interview with Tracy Harris

By Kyu-bum Lee

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 after the video. Kyu: Hi Tracy, thank you for agreeing to do the interview. Can you… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 an interesting director in that he doesn’t have an obvious visual style and he doesn’t… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 Film directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) with Production Design by Lou Romano (The… »

CBC Short Film Faceoff Deadline This Week

By Mike Valiquette

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 submission form go to http://www.cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff/ ​Quick ​Overall ​C​riteria: -Up to 12 minutes in length (excluding… »

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

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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 independent producers to life in a wide array of formats: theatrical features, television, DVDs, shorts… »

WATCH THIS! Sheridan College Industry Day Promo 2016

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of great stuff teased in here. Can’t wait to see the films. Sheridan College Industry Day Commercial 2016 from Jessica Mao on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Shadow Boxing & Interview with Ricardo Regalado

By Kyu-bum Lee

Another gradfilm showcase today is ShadowBoxing by Ricardo Regalado. In a mood for a silent film? Take a look and also check out the interview to follow below.   Kyu: Hi Ricardo, thank you for agreeing to do the interview. Can you tell us bit about yourself? Ricardo Regalado: I was born in Merida, Venezuela and have moved… »

CINESITE Opening Feature Studio in Montreal

By Mike Valiquette

This is fairly significant news. It’s being reported around various outlets today (VARIETY) that European visual effects and animation studio Cinesite will be opening a feature animation division based in Montreal, with backing from the Quebec government. The studio will have a 9 picture production slate, beginning with KLAUS, based on the fan-favourite teaser released… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Puppy Knight & Interview with Julien Capati

By Kyu-bum Lee

I first watched Puppy Knight at Sheridan’s Industry day in 2015. I had immediate attachment to it since I am a lover of video games and action anime alike. Puppy Knight was one of those films that were didn’t take itself too seriously and just fun to watch. Please enjoy the film and the interview… »

Robert Valley Kickstarter Live: Pear Cider and Cigarettes

By Mike Valiquette

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 a Canadian animation rockstar who’s best known for his work on Gorillaz, Wonder Woman shorts… »

showcase: Jo Minkus, by Benjamin Anders

By Mike Valiquette

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 a lot of people noticed it at graduation time. I remember it well. It’s easy… »

showcase: Happy Holidays from Eoin Duffy

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

Call For Entries: 2016 Fest Anca

By Mike Valiquette

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 digital copies or DVD/Blu-Ray screeners are sent before March 15, 2016 will be considered for… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

  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 November 25 to 29 in Montreal. The film has made the shortlist of 10 works… »

press release: NFB’s Hothouse Program Back for 11th Season

By Mike Valiquette

Want to make an animated film? Apply by December 11 for the chance to be part of the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging Canadian animators November 26, 2015 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is seeking submissions for its Hothouse apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian… »

Showcase: Eoin Duffy’s Einstein100 – General Relativity

By Mike Valiquette

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. Vancouver animator Eoin Duffy makes films I like to watch.  So here it is, watch… »

press release: Annecy 2016 – Film and Project Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

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 planners to take a look at this famous “French touch”. The film Market (Mifa) will… »

Happy Halloween from Blame Your Brother

By Mike Valiquette

And from us too! Lil’ Ghosty from Blame Your Brother on Vimeo. Great little halloween clip from the guys at Blame Your… »

showcase: Foxed!, by James Stewart

By Mike Valiquette

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 film, with a unique voice. I’m a fan. Here ya go. FOXED! from James Stewart… »

OIAF 2015: FREE WEEKEND PASSES!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

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 want them, we’ll do a draw at the end of the day, email to… »

gradfilm showcase: Chums, by Raymond Lefebvre

By Mike Valiquette

It’s Thursday. Want to watch a cartoon? Here’s Chums, Ramond Lefebvre‘s grad film from this past spring at Sheridan. Splodey! CHUMS from Raymond Lefebvre on… »

showcase: Toronto Alice, by Jennifer Linton

By Mike Valiquette

We shared the Indiegogo campaign for this charming film last year, and now we’re very happy to share the film itself. Toronto Alice from Jennifer Linton on Vimeo. Here’s the description: The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ is transported to contemporary Toronto. Whilst riding a streetcar, Alice encounters a pair of… »

call for entries: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival, Seattle

By Mike Valiquette

EMP Museum is now accepting entries for the 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF)! The eleventh-annual festival will screen in Seattle, Washington in early 2016. We’re looking forward to this year’s excellent submissions from around the world, and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to see what you, your students, and your… »

press release: Ottawa Animation Festival Spotlights Canadian Animators in Competition

By Mike Valiquette

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 be presented in September as part of the annual Festival’s Official Competition selection. Of the… »

from the internets: Talking ‘Bout Shorts

By Mike Valiquette

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 his film, and it’s a story he’s clearly not done telling. Examiner sheds some light… »

gradfilm showcase: The Casebook of Nips and Porkington, by Melody Wang

By Mike Valiquette

Some very creative storytelling, accompanied by rock solid design and animation, from Sheridan grad Melody Wang. The Casebook of Nips & Porkington (2015) from Melody Wang on… »

Animator Turns to Horror: Vote for Minz

By Mike Valiquette

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 tell you about it: Notorious Toronto Animation filmmaker and director, Chris Minz, aka DR. MINZ… »

Press Release: Arctic Justice Announces Star Studded Cast

By Mike Valiquette

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 voice cast for the epic 3D, CGI animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.” Alec… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Stay Positive, by Tom Henderson

By Mike Valiquette

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 from Tom on Vimeo. Some background on the film… »

gradfilm showcase: Spaceman Spence, by Luke Coleman

By Mike Valiquette

Love this. Love the Euro/Bande Animee crossed with Kirby goodness. Nicely done Luke! Spaceman Spence from Luke Coleman on… »

Showcase: Cats Can Wear Suits, by Cale Atkinson

By Mike Valiquette

Fun. By Cale Atkinson. Sometimes it’s just about cartoons. Cats Can Wear Suits from cale atkinson on… »

Showcase: Lost Daughter & Interview with Dylan Glynn

By Kyu-bum Lee

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 how he translate his illustrative style to the animation medium and invoke emotional response from… »

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Call for Entries

By Mike Valiquette

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. This year, the MSMFF broaden its horizons and now accepting film submissions with Object Animation… »

WACKATDOOO! by Benj Arcand!

By Mike Valiquette

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 Arcand on… »

from the internets: ALL THE HOTHOUSE FILMS

By Mike Valiquette

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 would showcase their aesthetic and story sense. I can’t remember now if it was the… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 7 p.m. where he’ll discuss his extraordinary past projects — including Up, Monsters, Inc., WALL•E… »

events: TIFF KIDS 2015

By Mike Valiquette

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 the creativity of filmmakers who find fantastically imaginative ways to bring their stories to life…. »

crowdfunding: Carla Veldman’s Uncle Antlers on IndieGogo

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve been following and covering Toronto animator Carla Veldman‘s work for some time. She’s produced a couple of great films(Dog Walker, the Scarf), and is in production on another: Uncle Antlers. This time around she’s raising some money via Indiegogo. Here’s a description of the project: Uncle Antlers is a 5-minute film traditionally animated on… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 for Digital Media Fort McMoney, created by David Dufresne Produced by Philippe Lamarre and Raphaëlle… »

OIAF 2015 Call for Submissions!

By Mike Valiquette

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 to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th…. »

Press Release: NFB Launches Hothouse 10 Films Online

By Mike Valiquette

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 March 9, animation lovers can discover eight new short works by emerging animators with the… »

press release: Way To Go is Yours to Experience

By Mike Valiquette

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 old. Maybe it lasts six minutes; maybe it lasts forever. Way to Go is ready… »

press release: Sheridan Graduate Receives Animation Industry’s Highest Honour

By Mike Valiquette

How to Train Your Dragon 2, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, picks up six Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature (Oakville, Ontario): How to Train Your Dragon 2 took top honours at the Annie Awards on January 31, winning Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement, Directing for Dean DeBlois. The 42nd Annie Awards, which… »

Best Thing Ever Today: Torill Kove Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Mike Valiquette

Via Michael Fukushima. This just makes me smile so much. Torill Kove reacts to her 3rd nomination! from Michael Fukushima on… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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. • The Boxtrolls (Laika) Co-Directed by Canadian, Graham Anable. • How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dreamworks… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 animator and layout artist for Hinton Animation Studios. According to his Wikipedia entry, he managed… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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!… »

Me and My Moulton, by Torill Kove, Available Online For 48 Hours Only

By Mike Valiquette

CHECK OUT TORILL KOVE’S NEW ANIMATED SHORT, ME AND MY MOULTON, AVAILABLE ONLINE FREE OF CHARGE AT NFB.CA FOR 48 HOURS STARTING DECEMBER 2 Me and My Moulton nominated for an Annie Award December 2, 2014 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada Me and My Moulton, the latest National Film Board of Canada… »

Just in time for Halloween… it’s RINGO

By Mike Valiquette

An eerie little film to tickle your Halloweenie (can I say that?). Here’s M.R. Horhager’s… »

press release: Classic NFB Stereoscopic Films Screening at MOMA

By Mike Valiquette

PUT ON YOUR 3D GLASSES: RESTORED NFB STEREOSCOPIC FILMS COME TO NEW YORK Classic works by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC Four recently restored 3D films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are being featured at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New… »

Amir Avni’s McLaren retrospective available online

By Mike Valiquette

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 thankfully, it’s now available on Amir’s Vimeo page. “A retrospective I curated about Norman McLaren… »

showcase: The Missing Scarf, by Eoin Duffy

By Mike Valiquette

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, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, has racked up 16 international awards, including honours from… »

press release: 17 NFB Films Featured at OIAF 2014

By Mike Valiquette

SEVENTEEN NFB FILMS FEATURED AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, INCLUDING TWO WORLD PREMIERES This year’s selection includes documentaries on Norman McLaren and Canadian cartoonist Seth August 18, 2014 • Toronto, Ontario • National Film Board of Canada A world leader in auteur animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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:… »

showcase: Black Sugar, by Jiani Cao

By Mike Valiquette

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. That’s something that few artists ever really grasp, and she’s making a solid attempt in… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 of its official program for 2014. This year, the Festival will be taking place on… »

festivals: Vancouver Short Film Festival call for submissions

By Mike Valiquette

The 5th annual edition of the Vancouver Short Film Festival has opened its call for submissions. No time limit is enforced, but the shorter, the better. The director or producer of the film must be a British Columbia resident in order to enter, or the film must have been produced in BC. Details… »

showcase: Lumberjacked, by Joel Mackenzie

By Mike Valiquette

This all that there needs to be today. Joel’s getting love from Muchmusic: http://blog.muchmusic.com/rich-aucoins-new-music-video-is-the-ultimate-video-game/ And Vice’s Noisey:… »

cool beans: Hobo Divine Teases Superhuman Cartoon Extravaganza!

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t get enough of the sweet, sweet teases showing up on Hobo Divine’s blog these days. He’s making what appears to be the greatest cartoon ever. If you don’t believe me you should seriously rethink your life choices. I can not wait…. »

from the internets: Chris Walsh’s Stop-Mo Horror, The Shutterbug Man

By Mike Valiquette

Fangoria’s got the coverage: http://www.fangoria.com/new/excl-canadian-animator-launches-stop-motion-horror-the-shutterbug-man/ but the Cole’s notes version is Chris Walsh and Mad Lab Productions’ latest, the Shutterbug Man, is scary, puppety and getting close to done! Go… »

OIAF 2014 Announces Selection For Feature Film Category

By Mike Valiquette

LEMONS, CONVICTS AND CARTOONISTS A RICH AND ENGAGING COLLECTION OF FEATURE FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED IN THE OIAF 2014 COMPETITION OTTAWA (July 4, 2014) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the selection of films competing in the Feature Film Category at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. “This year’s feature… »

Fly Colt Fly on HBO Canada this weekend

By Mike Valiquette

This weekend, if you’ve got HBO Canada, you can watch a very cool documentary, with some very cool animation in it. The doc is Fly Colt Fly, and it’s the story of Colton Harris-Moore, better known as the Barefoot Bandit. Colton was just a teenager when he committed a series of crimes, including the theft… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Happy Unhappy, by Jean Liang

By Kyu-bum Lee

Happy Unhappy. Jean Liang‘s film completed at Sheridan College. I’ve been waiting to see this film for awhile and now it’s publicly available for all to enjoy. Fantastic art direction and story telling. Great work,… »

Happy Canada Day!

By Mike Valiquette

A little Log Driver’s Waltz, for those of you feeling… »

crowdfunding cartoons: HP Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Kickstarter campaign I wanted to stick in front of your charming little faces is a feature adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. It’s being spearheaded by Algonquin College alum Stephen Robert Sloan, and looks both ambitious and exciting. I’m not a Lovecraft guy, but the impact the writer has had… »

press release: OIAF ANNOUNCES THE SHORT ANIMATION AND SERIES FOR KIDS COMPETITION

By Mike Valiquette

OTTAWA (June 24, 2014) The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the finalists for the competition of Short Films for Kids and Series for Kids at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. While last year’s OIAF winner in Series for TV, Regular Show, returns with the hilarious The Last Laserdisc Player, France… »

TAAFI winners!

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI 2014 has released a list of their winners. Congrats to all! Best Student Short: Blackout – dir. Sharron Mirsky (Chosen by Education Specialist, National Film Board of Canada, Laurence Desrosiers-Guité) Best Canadian Short: Bless You – dir. David Barlow-Krelina (Chosen by Programming and Technical Coordinator – Ottawa International Animation Festival, Keltie Duncan) Best International Short:… »

crowdfunding cartoons: The Sketchbook, by Chris Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Expat Canadian animator, Chris Williams, is running a Kickstarter campaign for an ambitious short film, The Sketchbook. It’s a Canadian story of a 16-year-old boy who enlists in the army to search for his father, who is away at war in World War I. Chris has set himself a goal of $198 000 dollars to… »

press release: H.P. LOVECRAFT’S AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS TO BE ADAPTED INTO ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa native and Algonquin College alum, Stephen Sloan, has just announced plans for an ambitious feature film debut. Here’s the press release:   H.P. LOVECRAFT’S AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS TO BE ADAPTED INTO ANIMATED FEATURE FILM Partial financing expected to be obtained via crowd funding on KICKSTARTER TORONTO, ONTARIO May 15, 2014 (PR WEB)… »

Showcase: On the Subway, Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

Mike Geiger is back, united once again with none other than the inimitable Hobo Divine! These guys are a dream team, and the latest concoction is On the Subway. Stick your eyes on this, readers! On The Subway from mike geiger animation on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: JOHNNY SPACE CAT!, by Michael Robot

By Kyu-bum Lee

Michael Robot recently completed digital character animation course at Sheridan College and the end product is one hilarious film, JOHNNY SPACE CAT! I personally really dig the animation on the Evil Robot Dog. You can see more of Mike’s videos on his Vimeo and his art… »

Gradfilm Showcase: The Hunt, by Celina Hulshof

By Mike Valiquette

A great mix of traditional and stopmo, here’s The Hunt, from Sheridan grad Celina Hulshof. The Hunt from Celina Hulshof on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Lift Me Up, by Eden Esposo

By Kyu-bum Lee

Sheridan 2014 Graduate Eden Esposo‘s film Lift Me… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Plugin, by Sergio Di Bitetto

By Mike Valiquette

Another on from VFS: Plugin by Sergio Di Bitetto. Plugin – VFS Mix version from Sergio Di Bitetto on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: Solace, by Nneka Myers

By Mike Valiquette

Another Sheridan film: Solace, by Nneka Myers. I really like this one. Solace from Nneka Myers on… »

Gradfilm Showcase: The Champ, by Rosemary Travale

By Mike Valiquette

Another Sheridan grad, Rosemary Travale sent us a link to her film, the Champ. Stop-motion, YAY! There was a fair amount of stopmo at Sheridan Industry Day, something that I noticed last year as well. Great work by Rosemary. The Champ from Rosemary Travale on Vimeo. Here’s the desciption: A little boy obsessed with professional… »

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