Programme: 
Wednesday, September 22, 9:00 pm (Bytowne) 
Sunday, September 26, 3:00 pm (National Gallery) 
Running time: 77:01 mins.

Improving Communications [2004]
Fred Crippen
Pantomime Pictures, Inc. / USA / 35 mm / 3:00
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Cel

A professor instructs word syntex to a class.

Fred Crippen's place in animation lore is secure as the creator of the Cold War superhero sendup Roger Ramjet, but that is just one highlight of an amazing career that stretches from UPA (United Productions of America) in the early-Fifties all the way through the films he produces today at his own studio Pantomime Pictures.
   

Lorenzo [2004]
Michael Gabriel
Walt Disney Animation / USA / 35 mm / 4:48
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Pencil on Paper, 3D computer, 2D computer, oil on panel

This is the tale of Lorenzo, the spoiled and pampered cat, and what happens the day his tail is hexed and comes to life.

Michael Gabriel joined the Disney Studio assisting in the completion of The Fox and the Hound. He provided story, character design, and served as a supervising animator on the feature Oliver & Company and directed The Rescuers Down Under. He pitched and directed Pocahontas.
   

Striking Daughter (Utsu-Musume Sayuri) [2003]
Takashi Kimura
Japan / Betacam SP / 3:30
D. First / Student Film
3D computer

One day, Sayuri's family tells her it is time for her to go on strike.

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1967, he graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo. In 1999 he began studying 3D CG-animation at Digital Hollywood in Tokyo.
   

Pioneer ‘Headbangers' [2003]
Michael Overbeck
Mekanism / USA / Betacam SP / 0:40
C. Advertising Film
2D computer, 3D computer

Four youths in a convertible rockin' out.

Mike grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts with an interest in drawing and a bizarre sense of humor. He graduated from the Rohode Island School of Design with two films that travelled the festival circuit. Mike has since been a freelance animator in New York completing Atlas Gets a Drink (1999), Tongues and Taxis (2000), and Frog Dreaming (2002). Currently, he is doing commercial work for Wildbrain in San Francisco.
   

The Constantines 'Young Lions' [2004]
Brad Peyton & Marc Beurteaux
Aircraft Pictures / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:50
C. Music Video
Photocopies, cut-outs, animated objects, 2D computer, Flash

An examination of destruction and rebuilding.

Brad Peyton studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and wrote a feature-length script and made short films including The Dual of Jack Clark and God Speed. Brad is an active member at The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and is an Office and Director's Assitant at Dufferin Gate Productions. He also produces short films for Kilolo Productions.
Marc Beurteaux, yet another 30-something that refuses to grow up, plays with puppets and clay for a living by being a stop-motion animator and director. His films have been in numerous festivals around the world and on TV. He is currently creating an all-Lego stop-motion film due to be released sometime around Jesus's second coming or next March, whichever is sooner.
   

Moodswing [2003]
Pieter Coudyzer
KASK - Royal Academy of Fine Arts-Ghent / Belgium / 35 mm / 11:30
D. First / Student Film
Cut outs

A breakdown on a rainy evening and anything that can happen…

Pieter Coudyzer studied modern languages, arts, and animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He was selected to take part in an animation workshop under the guidance of Jerzie Kuczia. His first film Moodswing was distinguished at the Grand Prix Anima in 2004.
   

Colorado Lottery 'Woodcut' [2003]
Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby
Acme Filmworks / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Advertising Film
Flash

The numbers on Lotto Ball's take the viewer on a tour of Colorado that pans across the snow covered Rocky Mountains and bounce through city life.

Amanda Forbis was born in Calgary, Canada and attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She joined the National Film Board of Canada as an animation director on an educational animated film entitled The Reluctant Deckhand (1995). Also, in 1995 Wendy Tilby invited her to Montreal to co-direct the animated film When the Day Breaks, which has since received over 30 international awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999.
Wendy Tilby was born in western Canada. She studied visual arts and literature at the University of Victoria before attending the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver where she majored in film and animation. Two of her animated films String and When the Day Breaks were nominated for Academy Awards. Tilby has served on numerous animation panels and festival juries and has taught animation at Concordia University in Montreal and was a visiting lecturer on animation at Harvard University. Her 1992 film String won the Softimage Prize for Best Canadian Film and the Best Use of Music/Sound prize at OIAF 1992. At OIAF1988, her film Tables of Content won Best First Work.
   

The Tight-Rope Walker (La Funambola) [2002]
Roberto Catani
Italy / 35 mm / 6:00
D. Non-Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Pencil on paper

The story of a woman.

Roberto Catani graduated in cartoon animation from the Instituto Statale d'Arte in Urbino and has been an art teacher at the same school. La Funambola, received many recognitions at film festivals including Annecy and Hiroshima.
 

The Crab's Revolution (La révolution des crabes) [2004]
Arthur de Pins
Metronomic / France / 35 mm / 5:00
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
3D computer, 2D computer

In the waters of the Gironde estuary, no one is aware of the tragedy that has pervaded us for the last one hundred and twenty milllion years.

Arthur de Pins has already directed many animated films (L'eau de rose) and advertisements. His graduated film from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Géraldine, has won a number of awards, including one at the Annecy Animation Festival and Best Undergraduate Film at SAFO 2001.
   

Observer Music Monthley 'Abba to Zappa' [2004]
Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kindom / Betacam SP / 1:00
C. Advertising Film
2D computer

A playful and humourous take on the alphabet, featuring characters of famous bands and artists.

   

The Tram N.9 Goes (Ischow Tramvay n.9) [2002]
Stepan Koval
Ukranimafilm / Ukraine / Betacam SP / 9:25
D. First / Student Film
Puppets

People on a tram-line.

Stepan Kovalwas born in 1965 in Ukraine, where he still lives. He earned a diploma from Academy of Arts and made a diploma work in directing animated film, titled Z-Z-Z, at the Theatrical Institute in Kiev.
   

Animated Dreams 2003 [2003]
Meelis Arulepp
A Film Estonia / Orbital Vox Studios / Estonia / DVD / 01:03
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence
Pencil on paper

A nose never lets a wolf down, but what if the wolf encounters a sheep in its dreams?

Meelis Arulepp attended the Art College in Tartu, Estonia. Arulepp has supervised and animated on a wide range of films. As a director, Arulepp has led films to award recognition including the Annecy competitions and others. His educational film When Life Departs was nominated for an Academy Award as an animated short.
   

Accordion (Accordéon) [2004]
Michele Cournoyer
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 35 mm / 6:13
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Drawings on paper

Steeped in black humour, a clash of our different urges conveying sexual attraction and the search for love.

Michele Cournoyer studied graphic arts, photography and animation in England and Italy. She worked as a set director, costume designer and screenwriter on a number of Quebec films and made several independent films. She won the NFB French Animation and Youth Studio's 9th Cineaste Recherché(e) competition.
   

Midterm Elections [2002]
J.J. Sedelmaier
J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. / USA / Betacam SP / 2:15
C. Television Special
2D computer

An educational/satirical primer that explains the midterm Elections process.

J.J. Sedelmaier Productions has always garnered attention for the innovative work it does: high profile productions (Beavis, SNL, Letterman, The Daily Show, etc.), seemingly modest pieces (Episcopal Church), and everything in-between (Quilted Northern Quilters, Volkswagen, FootJoy, etc.). J.J. Sedelmaier regularly guest lectures at a variety of schools.
   

Nibbles [2003]
Chris Hinton
Acme Filmworks / USA / 35 mm / 4:34
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Pencil on paper

A father takes his sons on a fishing trip in the untamed forests of Montreal.

Oscar‚ nominee Christopher Hinton has been creating animated films for over 25 years. He has worked extensively for the National Film Board of Canada as well as for the CBC. Born in Galt, Canada (which is now Cambridge, Ontario) in 1952, Christopher has animated, written, directed and produced over a dozen NFB films, including the award-winning Blowhard (1977), Lady Francis Simpson (1978), Giordano Bruno (1986), and Blackfly (1991) – which was nominated for an Academy Award. As an independent filmmaker, Chris has animated and directed several films including The Gift (1981), Nice Day in the Country (1988), Watching T.V. (1994), and the multi-award winning film Flux (2001). He has also won three awards at past Ottawa Festivals including Best Narrative Short Film in 2002 for Flux.
   

Grasshopper [2004]
Bob Sabiston
Flat Blck Films / USA / Betacam SP / 14:25
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Rotoscope

An unedited animated interview with a wise stranger in New York's Washington Square Park.

Bob Sabiston is a graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory, a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in computer graphics research. All of his films have appeared in numerous festivals and have received awards. Sabiston's most recent work was as animation director for Richard Linklater's animated feature Waking Life.