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The 2016 guide to the 12th GIRAF animation festival

Thursday 17th, November 2016 / 12:43
Blurbs courtesy of GIRAF

CALGARY —

OPENING GALA: Nova Seed
2016, Canada, dir. Nick Diliberto

Thursday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Globe Cinema

Drawing inspiration from ’80s cartoons like Masters of the Universe and Thundercats (but with much more impressive animation) , Nova Seed is a visually stunning, action-packed feature made all the more impressive by the fact that animator Nick DiLiberto created all of the images by hand. Over the course of four years, DiLiberto drew each of the sci-fi adventure’s 60,000 frames by hand, with pencil and paper, before digitally colouring and sequencing them.
The resulting film is a testament to DiLiberto’s creativity, and his tol- erance for pain—by the end of the process, his hands were covered in bandages and two layers of gloves just to be able to draw. The finished film speaks for itself, though, and its handmade world of mad scientists and genetically augmented warriors is a perfect way to kick off this
year’s festival.

Louise en hiver 
(Louse By The Shore)
2016, France/Canada, dir. Jean-François Laguionie

Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., 
Globe Cinema

Animation isn’t only about fantastic worlds and impossible adventures. It can also be much more human. Directed by 50-year animation veter- an Jean-François Laguionie, this pastel-tinged feature tells the story of an elderly woman who misses the last train out of her small seaside town, and realizes she will have to survive the winter alone. While foraging for food and shelter, she has the chance to reflect on the life she’s lived and the memories she’s let slip away.
A beautiful twist on a desert island story, Louise en hiver is a thoughtful and endearing examination of how we come to terms with the lives we’ve lived. was recently awarded the Grand Prize for Best Animated Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, North America’s largest animation festival.

Birdboy 
(Psiconautas)
2015, Spain/France, dir. Alberto Vasquez and Pedro Rivero


Friday, Nov. 25, 11 p.m., Globe Cinema


The feature-length debut from Goya Award-winning directors Alberto Vasquez and Pedro Rivero, Birdboy is a dark, twisted and visually stun- ning fantasy based on Vasquez’s graphic novel.
 Described by Variety magazine as “fascinating in its oddball complex- ity,” the film is a compelling and adult story set in a world of talking animals. Themes of depression, addiction and environmental disaster mix with beautifully rendered fantasy elements, sinister creatures and bleak humour into an utterly original animated feature—a coming-of- age story set in a uniquely twisted post-apocalyptic world.

Indie Animation Mixtape

Side A: Friday, Nov. 25, 9 p.m., Globe Cinema
Side B: Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 p.m., Globe Cinema


The films in the Indie Animation Mixtape represent Quickdraw’s favour- ite creations from around the globe. Chosen from over 1,200 submissions and cherry-picked from the worlds leading animation festivals, these shorts range from heartwarming to experimental, hand-drawn and computer generated, but the one thing they all share is a commitment to animation as art.

Bozzetto Non Troppo
2016, Italy, dir. Marco Bonfanti

Saturday, Nov. 26, 5 p.m., Globe Cinema

Directed by Marco Bonfanti and debuted at the 2016 Venice Film Festival in September 2016, Bozzetto Non Troppo is a colourful and poetic portrait of one of animation’s living legends. Almost entirely narrated in Bozzetto’s own words, this documentary takes viewers into the director’s home and studio, where they will meet his friends, family and favourite pets, and walk away inspired by the infectious passion for the medium of animation—and GIRAF’s audience gets to see the documentary’s North American premiere.

Allegro Non Troppo 40th Anniversary
1976, Italy, dir. Bruno Bozzetto

Saturday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Globe Cinema

Italian director Bruno Bozzetto’s 1976 Oscar-nominated masterpiece,
is this year’s retrospective screening. Both a loving tribute and satirical response to Disney’s Fantasia, Allegro is a similar blend of hand-drawn animation and classical music, albeit with a more cynical edge than Disney ever allowed. Largely out of print, this will be a rare chance to see the film on the big screen to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Late Night Shorts Pack

Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 p.m., Globe Cinema

Some shorts aren’t meant to be seen in the light of day. The Late Night Shorts Pack collects the more odd, offbeat, and downright bizarre ani- mated efforts of the last year, perfect for audiences craving something they’ve never seen before. From psychedelic journeys to unconvention- al mating habits, these are the films that keep you staring at the screen in disbelief.

VISITING ARTIST SHOWCASE: 
Amy Lockheart

Sunday, Nov. 27, 6 p.m., Emmedia Screening Room


As much as we at GIRAF love showing off films, the real highlight of the festival for us is bringing in one of our favourite animators to host a workshop and artist talk, and show off their art to a local audience. This year, we’re excited to invite Amy Lockheart, an internationally recognized animator, filmmaker and artist. Her work has been pub- lished in Drawn & Quarterly and screened at festivals from Ann Arbor to Hiroshima, but more important than that, it is unique, hand-made, and everything that GIRAF looks for in an animator.

CLOSING PACK
: Newgrounds: Everything by Everyone


Sunday, Nov. 27, Emmedia Screening Room


This year’s festival wraps up with a package celebrating the influential, absurd animation website Newgrounds. Founded by Tom Fulp in 1995, Newgrounds was the first website that allowed anyone and everyone to upload animation content, and was generating viral videos before the existence of YouTube. These user-created videos, made simply for the sake of creativity and expression, also helped to define a style of absurd, fast-paced, chaotic and offbeat animation that has profoundly influenced a whole generation of animators.

GIRAF takes place at the Globe Cinema and Quickdraw Animation Society studios. For screening info and tickets, please visit http://giraffest.ca

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