October 28 is World Animation Day and the National Film Board of Canada is marking the day with a five-city tour of Get Animated!, a series of unique events in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, featuring public access to award-winning NFB films, master animators and their cutting-edge techniques, plus animation workshops.
In each city, the NFB will showcase its new releases, as well as works created by up-and-coming animators from the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging creators.
The 90-minute program includes the multi-award-winning <em>Madame Tutli-Putli</em>, by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski; Claude Cloutier’s <em>Sleeping Betty</em>; Patrick Bouchard’s <em>Subservience</em>, Jesse Rosensweet’s <em>Paradise</em> (Copperheart Entertainment), Theodore Ushev’s <em>Tower Bahwer</em>, Regina Pessoa’s <em>Tragic Story with Happy Ending</em> (Folimage, Ciclope Filmes, NFB), Tom Tassle’s <em>Krash</em>, Pierre Sylvestre’s <em>Cot Cot</em>, Diane Obomsawin’s <em>Here and There</em>, Patrick Doyon’s <em>Square Roots</em>, Howie Shia’s <em>Flutter</em> (PPF House/NFB), and <em>Pimp ma botte</em> (Connections/NFB) by Alex Bilodeau and Marc Daigle.
Other highlights of Get Animated! across Canada include:
Master classes by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, the directors from <em>Madame Tutli-Putli</em> (winner at Cannes, Toronto’s WorldWide Short Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Ottawa International Animation Festival); a behind-the-scenes look at Patrick Bouchard’s animation in Montreal, with the Jutra Award-winning puppeteer and animator (conducted in French); a selection of the best international shorts will screen in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver; hands-on animation workshops for families in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver; animation cinema at your fingertips, free on demand, at the NFB Mediatheque in Toronto and the NFB CineRobotheque in Montreal.
Now in its 6th year, World Animation Day began in 2002 and was founded by the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA). It is celebrated in more than 48 countries including the United States, Spain, Chile, Mexico, Lebanon, Greece, Cuba, Italy, China, Russia and Canada.
The NFB events run from October 22 to 28. All activities are free. For locations, times, programs and more information, visit <a href="http://www.nfb.ca">nfb.ca</a>.
<font size=1>Source: NFB press release</font>