Ottawa 98 Film Retrospectives and Screenings
Official Competition #1-6
- Competition #1: Wednesday, September 30 9pm (NAC
- Competition #2: Thursday, October 1, 9pm (NAC
- Competition #3: Friday, October 2, 9pm (NAC Theatre)
- Competition #4: Saturday, October 3, 11am (NAC
- Competition #5: Saturday, October 3, 3pm
- Competition #6: Saturday, October 3, 9pm
*repeat screenings will also be added. Stay tuned
for more details.
In place of an International Panorama, Festival Director, Chris Robinson
will select his pick of the best films that weren't accepted for competition.
New Canadian Animation
In an effort to stimulate and celebrate independent Canadian animation,
the OIAF will introduce an on-going programme featuring the best contemporary
Canadian animation. Featuring new work from Marv Newland, Richard Reeves
and many more.
Before And After Independence: 40 Years of Estonian Animation (curated by Chris Robinson).
Without doubt, Estonia is the leader in consistently producing high quality
animation. And given the historical realities that have encompassed this
small nation, this is no modest task. Faced with censorship obstacles from
1957-1991, and then forced to fend for itself in a capitalist marketplace,
Estonia has somehow managed to consistently produce great films. This special
four-part retrospective, the largest undertaken to date, looks at the development
of Estonian animation before and after independence into one of the world's
leading producers of high quality animation. Featuring the work of Priit Parn,
Janno Poldma, Rein Raamat, Hardi Volmer, Rao Heidmats, Rio Unt, Mati Kutt
and a look at the new generation of Estonian animators, Ulo Pikkov (Capuccino),
Priit Tender, and Mikk Rand.
Following the festival, a edited version of this programme will tour North
America. Accompanying this programme will be a special exhibition of the
paintings of Mati Kutt. The festival will also be distributing three video
tapes highlighting the work of Mati Kutt, Priit Parn, along with Estonian
Estonian #1: Wednesday, September 30, 7pm
Estonian #2: Thursday, October 1, (tba)
Estonian #3: Saturday, October 4, (tba)
Estonian #4: Sunday, October 4 (tba)
Charles Thorson (curated by Gene Walz)
"After a twenty year career as a newspaper cartoonist and graphic
illustrator, Charlie Thorson left his hometown of Winnipeg to find work
at Disney studios in 1934. From then until he quit the animation business
for children's book writing and illustrating, the peripatetic Thorson worked
for virtually every _animation factory' in the US. He was much in demand
as a character designer, creating hundreds of cartoon kids and anthropomorphic
animals. Among his favourites were: Elmer Elephant and Little Hiawatha
(Disney), Old Smokey (MGM), Bugs Bunny, Sniffles The Mouse, Elmer Fudd
(Warner), and Twinkletoes (Fleischer)."
Alexei Karaev (curated
by Otto Alder)
Born in Sverdlovsk in 1954, Karaev is a graduate of the sverdlovsk Institute
of architecture with degree in industrial art. He designed new forms of
industrial equipment for engineering works and consumer goods, made illustrations
for text-books had humourous cartoons published in the daily press.
In 1981, graduated from the Fedor Chitruk Studio of the Moscow advanced
courses for script- writers and film directors, and has been working at
Sverdlovsk film studio since 1982 as an animation artist and director of
animation films. He is a participant and prize winner of many festivals
around the world. Karaev developed his unique artistical style and belongs
to one of the most interesting contemporary Russian animation artists.
He has a international reputation in the field of animation art.
Currently he makes advertising films. Karaev is a merited artist of the
Russi federation and state prize winner. His films include: Welcome, Inmates
of the Old House, I Can Hear You, As You Like It.
Stefan Schabenbeck (curated by Chris Robinson)
Despite being one of the finest animators to emerge from Poland, Stefan
Schabenbeck remains a virtual unknown internationally. In fact, this is
the first international retrospective of Schabenbeck's work. The combination
of a short career (he stopped making independent films in the 1970) and
the emergence of such acclaimed talents like Walerian Borocwyxk, Jerzy
Kucia, and Piotr Dumala has led to the unfortunate oversight of this talented
The common thread of Schabenbeck's films is the alienation of modern society
in an increasingly technological world. And while on the surface, this
theme seems somewhat overdone today, Schabenbeck's films are unique in
their grace, wit, and despite the somber themes, an ultimately positive
view of the future. This retrospective will feature all of Schabenbeck's
personal films including: Everything is a Number, Exclamation Mark, The
Stairs, The Drought, The Wind, and The Invasion. Mr. Schabenbeck will be
in attendance to introduce the programme and discuss his career.
Paul Driessen: (curated by Marc Glassman)
An on-going fascination with the elements that make up an animated film
places Paul Driessen more in the camp of Michael Snow than Walt Disney.
His characters continually butt into and out of the frame, often questioning
the meaning of the stories they are in. Driessen's masterpiece, The End
of The World In Four Seasons, presents a storyboard gone awry: divided
into four mini-screens, his seasonal creations are buffeted by events taking
place above, below and beside them.
This philosophical Dutchman became acquainted with the National Film Board
while animating Yellow Submarine in London for Canadian expatriate George
Dunning. After a five year stint at the NFB in the early _70s, Driessen
began to divide his creative time between Holland and Canada, making provocative
animated works in both countries. It's a practice he continues to this
day. This retrospective will feature such characteristically extraordinary
works as Oh What A Knight, Uncles and Aunts, and The Same Old Story.
Frank Tashlin (curated by Mark Langer)
Frank Tashlin had the rare distinction of being a seminal figure in both
animation and the live-action film. Beginning with his employment as an
office boy at the Out of the Inkwell Studio, Tashlin's animation career
touched on almost every major studio in America. His most important work
took place in the 1930s and 40s, when Tashlin wrote, directed or produced
films at Warner Bros., Disney, and Columbia. One of the key figures in
the aesthetic and narrative revolution in studio animation of the period,
Tashlin's films experimented with Eisensteinian editing techniques, modernist
graphics and scathing social satire. Later hailed by directors from Jean
Luc Godard to Jerry Lewis as a major influence on their work, this OIAF
retrospective salutes the art of this seminal American filmmaker.
Seeing Sound: The Animated Films of Mary Ellen Bute (curated by Wendy
Mary Ellen Bute (1906-1983) was one of the first abstract filmmakers in
the United States. This programme will showcase several films including
Rhythm in Light (1934) which was screened at Radio City Music Hall; Spook
Sport (1939), created in collaboration with animator Norman McLaren; and
Abstronic (1952), the first film to use electronically-generated images
(tracing sounds waves on an adapted oscilloscope). Cecile Starr, author
of Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art, and the leading authority
on Mary Ellen Bute, is scheduled to introduce the films and to share rare
footage of the artist, from the collection of The Women's Independent Film
Exchange. (subject to change).
Norman McLaren Heritage Award
This award was established in 1988 by ASIFA-Canada and Guy Clover, for
the estate of Norman McLaren. The award is given to a body of work by a
filmmaker, or group of filmmakers, or an institution which ASIFA-Canada
believes maintains the filmmaking heritage of Norman McLaren. This does
not mean that this body of work will resemble McLaren's, but will express
similar beliefs and goals. In conjunction with this award, the OIAF will
present a retrospective of the winner.
Canada - The Mother of Computer Animation (curated by Robi Roncarelli)
A retrospective of the dawning days of computer animation in Canada - a
major component in the development of the global computer animation industry.
From the early efforts of Marcelli Wein at the National Research Council,
to the works that led to the companies that became cornerstones of the
industry - Neo-Visuals, Omnibus, Alias, Softimage, SESI/PRISMS, Vertigo.
Robi Roncarelli will show some answer to the often asked question: "Why
This programme will also pay tribute to our 1998 Honorary Presidents, Marceli
Wein and Nestor
25 Years of Holland Animation (curated by Gerben Schermer)
(to be confirmed)
Brazilian Animation Retrospective (curated by Lea Zagury)
A survey of the short history of Brazilian Animation
Forbidden Animation (curated by Karl Cohen)
A special screening of films that compliment Karl Cohen's new book, FORBIDDEN
ANIMATION. (To be confirmed)
Gala Evening Screening of NEW ANIMATED FEATURE Ottawa 98 will present the
premiere of a new animated feature in the 2000 seat Opera of the National
Arts Centre. Details to follow
A rare scope screening of Walt Disney's underrated feature. (To be confirmed)
The Canadian premiere of this innovative and controversial German animated
feature. (To be
The Canadian Premiere of Otto Alder's new documentary of Russian animation
Chitruk. (To be confirmed)
In conjunction with our Frank Tashlin animation retrospective, we will
be presenting a special screening of two of Frank Tashlin's most "animated"
live action films, ARTISTS AND MODELS (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis' final
film together) and THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT.
The time is right for the first ever retrospective of this acclaimed Russian
animation. Not only is Kovalyov a member of the Ottawa 98 jury, but his
work is in many ways very Estonian influenced. Kovalyov is a founder of
Moscow's celebrated, Pilot studios and he currently works at Klasky-Csupo.
The programme will include a look at Kovalyov's independent films (Hen,
His Wife, Bird in The Window, Andrei Svislotski) and his work with Klasky-Csupo
(Real Monsters, Rugrats).