Friday, September 23, 9:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall) 
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 am (Bytowne) 
Running time: 77:20 mins.

Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe [2005]
Lev Polyakov
School of Visual Arts / USA / Betacam SP / 7:38
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Pencil on paper, 2D Computer

While asleep, a little goat gets kidnapped by a UFO.

Lev Polyakov, 16, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and moved to New York at the age of 4. By the age of 14 he had developed excellent drawing skills thanks to studies with his father, artist & designer Alexander Polyakov. Lev was taught the basics of traditional cel animation by Signe Baumane, while helping her with the production of her short film, The Dentist. In one year, Lev created three animated shorts, including one-minute traditional cel-painted short, Tragic Kan, which was produced in only two weeks and was screened at the 2005 Red Shift Film Festival in New York. Lev is currently a student in the Animation Program at the School of Visual Arts.

At the Quinte Hotel [2005]
Bruce Alcock
Global Mechanic / Canada / 35mm / 3:38
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Ink on paper, pencil on paper, cut-outs, animated objects, 2D computer, charcoal & oil paint on paper, flowers

A riff on one of Al Purdy's best-known poems.

Born in Newfoundland, Canada, Bruce Alcock graduated with degrees in tuba performance and comparative literature from the University of Toronto. He then moved to Barcelona and apprenticed under animator Dirk van de Vondel. Returning to North America, Bruce co-founded Cuppa Coffee Animation in Toronto and Tricky Pictures in Chicago. In 2000, he moved to Vancouver and co-founded Global Mechanic Media where he is currently the creative director and head of commercial production. As a director, his multimedia approach to film-making and animation has led to award-winning campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Molson, Kraft, Chrysler, Bell and Proctor & Gamble.

Chestnuts Icelolly [2004]
JJ Villard
California Institute for the Arts / USA / Betacam SP / 7:30
E – Graduate Film
Ink on paper, pastel on paper, pencil on paper

Never, don't, you shouldn't talk to strangers.

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 SAFO 03 and Best First Film at OIAF 04 for Son of Satan.

DogWorries [2005]
Chris Armstrong
USA / Betacam SP / 7:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D Computer

A true story about a man's conflict with his neighbour's dog.

After spending his entire adult life working in the animation business, DogWorries is Chris Armstrong's first successfully completed independent short. He lives in Northern California with his wife and kids, and no pets.

even odd even [2004]
Barbara Doser
Sixpackfilm / Austria / Betacam SP / 7:30
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Video feedback

An interlace in the space and time of perception between the monitor and the eye: visual maelstrom.

Born in Innsbruck, Barbara Doser lives and works in Vienna. In 1989, she received her doctorate of art history and has worked as a freelance artist (media art and fine arts) since 1993. Her artistic domain is video feedback—processed in experimental videos and video/media installations, in the fields of painting and photography. Barbara’s exhibitions, events and videos have been presented in more than 30 countries, represented at international film festivals for film, video and new media.

Phoenix Foundation ‘Hitchcock’ [2005]
Reuben Sutherland
Joyrider Films / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 3:30
F – Music Video
2D computer, photographs

Cars swerve and slide to music played by Phoenix Foundation.

Reuben Sutherland, originally from New Zealand and now living in London, is 32 years old and has shot, edited and animated projects by himself. He went to design school to study illustration and ended up majoring in Photography. He then went into animation working as an animator and director. Hitchcock was animated, edited and directed in a month and a half by Reuben himself. His work is already creating a bit of a storm in the UK agencies and getting a lot of attention from the US. He has just completed most of an international campaign for Flora as well as a music video for The Doves.

Coinstar ‘Shoe’ [2004]
Czar.US / USA / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
Animated objects

What could your change be?

PES trained as a printmaker and made his first film when he moved to New York City after university. He started with live-action and then, inspired by the films of the great Czech surrealist, Jan Svankmajer, began to experiment with stop-motion animation. PES’s first animated film Roof Sex (2002) became an overnight phenomenon and was featured at nearly 100 film festivals worldwide, picking up some of the most prestigious awards on the circuit despite being only a minute long. PES continued building a catalogue of shorts that are currently licensed around the world as short entertainment.

Overtime [2004]
Oury Atlan, Thibault Berland & Damien Ferrié
Supinfocom Valenciennes / France / Betacam SP / 4:55
E – Graduate Film
3D computer

Puppets find their creator lying dead and, not understanding death, try to go about their day.


Samurai-Crash [2004]
Tak Inoue
P.I.C.S. Co., Ltd. / Japan / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
3D computer

In the Edo era of Japan, two Samurai are suddenly struck by lightning and slip into the Tokyo of today.

To fulfill his creative desires, Tak Inoue enrolled in the Department of Design of Faculty of Arts at Tokyo Polytechnic University, and graduated in 1998. His career as a creative director began with his winning of the Grand Prix in the MTV Station I.D. Contest, which resulted in his joining with MTV Japan. Taku has been with P.I.C.S. since 2002, and his current “sweep the board” campaign in various film festivals around the world is still running full blast.

Fallen Art [2004]
Tomek Baginski
Platige Image / Poland / 35mm / 5:51
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D computer

At a forgotten military base, the army disposes of soldiers who have lost their minds.

Tomek Baginski was born in 1976 in Białystok in Poland and studied architecture at the Warsaw Institute of Technology. He has worked at Platige Image (a Polish post-production house) since 1998, and is now art director. In 2003, his film The Cathedral was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category.

Sans Secularity [2004]
Lindsey Testolin
Minneapolis College of Art and Design / USA / Betacam SP / 1:15
E – Undergraduate Film
2D computer

One boy finds it difficult to orient himself among media, politics, and religion mixing before him, shifting just on the surface of his world.

Lindsey Testolin attends the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for animation. Her hybrid projects have screened at festivals across Minnesota and can soon be viewed at

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law ‘Birdgirl of Guantanamole’ [2005]
Richard Ferguson-Hull
Turner Studios / USA / Betacam SP / 11:32
F – Television Series for Adults

Birdgirl sets out to prove her superhero and litigating skills in the offices of Sebben and Sebben.

Rich Ferguson-Hull is the Supervising Director for Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, part of Cartoon Network's late night animation block. 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. Rich received his BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University. He works from his studio in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

The Man of the Hour [2004]
Kang-Wei Chen
Taiwan National University of the Arts / Taiwan / Betacam SP / 6:55
E – Graduate Film
Ink and pastel on paper, 2D computer

A man struggles with time itself.

Born in 1979, Kang-Wei Chen graduated in 2001 from the National Yunlin University of Science & Technology Department, Graduates School of Visual Communication Design, and was soon admitted to the Taiwan National College of the Arts, Graduate School of Animation.

Bob Log III’s Electric Fence Story [2004]
Stock’n’Wolf aka Tinka Stock & Sébastien Wolf
Germany / Betacam SP / 2:12
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes

Bob Log III encounters difficulties in the Black Forest while trying to knock over sleeping cows.

Tinka Stock was born in Essen, Germany, and studied at the Art College Kalsruhe. In 2003, she completed her Masters degree in Art, and currently lives and works in Karsruhe.

Sébastien Wolf, born in Essen, Germany, and studied Film and Photography at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Art College). He received his Masters of Art in 2004 and currently lives and works in Berlin.

Bow-tie Duty for Square Heads (Fliegenpflicht für Quadratköpfe) [2004]
Stephan-Flint Müller
KFA Hamburg / Germany / Betacam SP / 13:24
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Ink on paper, puppets, photocopies, pixilation, live action

A 22-year-old Berlin boy shows how to get rid of boredom.

Stephan-Flint Müller was born in Berlin, in 1981. Entering school in 1987, he finished in 2001, and a year later obtained a job in Civil Service, for the Obstruction driving service. He completed his first film that same year. After taking a practical course at an advertising agency, Stephan-Flint began work on various short films, studying film at the HfBK Hamburg.