Programme:
Thursday, September 23, 11:00 am (National Gallery)
Saturday, September 25, 9:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)  
Running time: 73:29 mins.

Son of Satan [2003]
JJ Villard
CalArts / USA / Betacam SP / 12:30
D. First / Student Film
Ink on paper, pastel on paper, pencil on paper

Times were not always good when you were a kid. Bullying, cussing, and growing up are a part of what life is about.

JJ Villard was born in England, though most of his life he has lived in California. He claims: "Making it in animation is tough, especially if you piss green and everyone else yellow." His student films have won prestigious awards at international festivals including the Grand Prize at the 2003 Ottawa International Student Animation Festival for Son of Satan.
   

The Three Amigos ‘Beautiful Game' [2004]
Firdaus Kharas
The Three Amigos HIV, AIDS Prevention Programme / Canada, India, South Africa / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film
Ink on paper, pencil on paper

Public service announcements on HIV / AIDS prevention.

Firdaus J. Kharas has a MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, a BA from Thiel College, and completed graduate studies in International Business and in Law. He is a producer of award-winning films, animation and television, and is a frequent speaker/commentator. He has had an illustrious career in international affairs and has published many papers and articles on international issues.
   

Welcome to Kentucky [2004]
Craig Welch
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / 35 mm / 12:00
D. Non-Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Drawing on paper, cel

A visual poem drifting through surreal landscapes prompting the audience to write its own scenario.

Craig Welch studied graphic design at the Centre for Creative Studies in Detroit and ran a bookstore for eight years. He then enrolled in the animation program at Sheridan College. He has had exhibitions of drawings and paintings in Toronto galleries. In addition to commercial animation work, Welch assisted on Toronto NFB studio productions.
   

Caisse d'Epargne 'Les Triples' [2003]
Jean-Christophe Saurel & Sophie Deiss
QUAD / France / Betacam SP / 0:35
C. Advertising Film
3D computer

A squirrel helps a father deer cope with the birth of his unexpected triplets.

   

Dad's Dead [2003]
Chris Shepherd
Slinky Pictures / United Kingdom / 35 mm / 6:36
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
2D computer, live action

Through a series of ghostly reminiscences a young man tries to piece together fragmented moments from the past, memories being triggered by admiration for his best friend Johnno.

Chris Sheperd studied Foundation Art at Liverpool animation at West Surrey College of Art and Design. He was an editor at NGP Ltd. and studio manager at Speedy Films. He created Polkadot Productions Ltd and directed award-winning films and advertisements. He co-founded Slinky Pictures Ltd.
   

Bell Mobility 'Great Escape' [2003]
Nathaniel Akin
Global Mechanic / Canada, USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Advertising Film
2D computer

Reveals the gaming possibilities on your phone.

Nathaniel Akin is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute and has worked in a full range of media production.. He began freelance animating with Global Mechanic in 2002 and continues his work with the Bell Mobility Campaign along with creating and directing a network ID package for Nickelodeon's: Nicktoons.
   

Sunday, Corner Tap [2004]
Ryan R.S.
USA / 16 mm / 10:00
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Cel, ink on paper, pencil on paper

A hand-drawn animation that blurs the spiritual benefits (or burdens) of a neighbourhood bar and church.

Ryan R.S. has a BS in Cinema Production and a BA in Scriptwriting at Ithaca College. He also has an MFA in Studio Art, Film/Video/New Media, at The School of Art Institute of Chicago. His previous films are Through the Windshield (2001) and The Kazoo Player (2004).
   

Bigmouth US Unwired 'Guy' [2002]
Miles Flanagan
Acme Filmworks / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Advertising Film
Cel

A guy talks on a cell phone while strolling through a city of taxicabs, delivery trucks and streets sweepers.

Miles Flanagan graduated from Middlesex Polytechnic in London with a degree in Graphic Design. He wrote, directed and animated the award-winning MTV station I.D. Angel. He was a staff director with Oil Factory Films in London and directed numerous music videos and specials. With Acme Filmworks he has directed spots for Nike, Home Depot and Citizen Watches.
 

XXX Amsterdam [2004]
Martha Colburn
USA, Netherlands / 16 mm / 3:25
D. Non-Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Cut outs, puppets, engraving on film

 

Martha Colburn has completed over 40 films. She has toured with her "Helmo" projector and was featured in the New York Museum of Modern Art's Big As Life 8mm retrospective. Her work has appeared in numerous festivals including The Sundance Film Festival and The Rotterdam International Film Festival.
   

The Three Amigos ‘Roulette' [2004]
Firdaus Kharas
The Three Amigos HIV, AIDS Prevention Programme / Canada, India, South Africa / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film
Ink on paper, pencil on paper

Public service announcements on HIV / AIDS prevention.

Firdaus J. Kharas has a MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, a BA from Thiel College, and completed graduate studies in International Business and in Law. He is a producer of award-winning films, animation and television, and is a frequent speaker/commentator. He has had an illustrious career in international affairs and has published many papers and articles on international issues.
   

Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law 'Peanut Puberty' [2004]
Richard Ferguson-Hull
Turner Studios, Cartoon Network / USA / Betacam SP / 11:36
C. Television Series for Adults
Flash

Peanut copes with superhero puberty.

Rich Ferguson-Hull is the Supervising Director for Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, part of Cartoon Network's late night animation block (adult swim). Previously Ferguson-Hull spent nine years at Olive Jar Studios of Boston and Los Angeles, first as director, animator and later as Creative Director. He is currently represented for commercial work through Global Mechanic.
   

Interception [2003]
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi / Canada / 35 mm / 4:29
D. Non-Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Engraving on film

Sliced fruit as a metaphor to the Fall of Eve; seen through the closed eyes of a child.

Rena del Pieve Gobbi graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 2002 she received grants from Cineworks, a Vancouver independent Filmmakers Society, and The B.C. Arts Council to make the film Interception'
   

Spike TV 'History of Guydom' [2003]
Warren Brown & Hector Herrera
Cuppa Coffee Animation / Canada / Betacam SP / 1:30
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence
Animated objects, 2D computer

The 'channel for men' reviews the history of the peculiar habits of the male species.

Warren Brown has an honours degree in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario and a diploma in Interpretive Illustration from Sheridan College. Brown has illlustrated and animated for Cuppa Coffee's Crashbox. Brown became Creative Director and is now a Senior Creative Director at Cuppa Coffee's Broadcast Design Studio.
Hector Herrera trained as a Graphic Designer at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He joined the Cuppa Coffee team and currently works in the Broadcast Design Department as a Senior Creative Director. Hector has directed numerous award winning spots, IDs, commercials, film titles and short films.
   

The Three Amigos ‘Hot Stuff' [2004]
Firdaus Kharas
The Three Amigos HIV, AIDS Prevention Programme / Canada, India, South Africa / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film
Ink on paper, pencil on paper

Public service announcements on HIV / AIDS prevention.

Firdaus J. Kharas has a MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, a BA from Thiel College, and completed graduate studies in International Business and in Law. He is a producer of award-winning films, animation and television, and is a frequent speaker/commentator. He has had an illustrious career in international affairs and has published many papers and articles on international issues.
   

Kid Koala 'Basin Street Blues' [2004]
Monkmus
Soft Citizen / Canada / 35 mm / 3:41
C. Music Video
Cel, 2D computer

A traditional New Orleans funeral, with a funky twist.

Monkmus attended university in Rhode Island and in California. He has worked at various movie studios (Dreamworks, MTV, Klasky Csupo), directed two music videos for Kid Koala and one for his band, Bullfrog; a film for Sesame Street and as an illustrator he has done a few drawings for VICE magazine and a comic strip for The Big Questions.
   

The Old Fools [2002]
Ruth Lingford
Sherbet / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 5:37
C. Television Special
2D computer

A clear look at the inevitability of our decay and death.

Ruth Lingford, once an occupational therapist, graduated animation from Royal College of Art and has been an animator since. She teaches at the RCA and at the National Film and TV School in Beaconsfield.