Saturday, September 24, 3:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall) 
Sunday, September 25, 11:00 am (Bytowne) 
Running time: 77:09 mins.

A Case on a Peel [2004]
Aidan Terry
Earthlight Pictures Moviemaking Training / USA / Betacam SP / 2:10
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Pencil on paper

An innocent banana peel is liberated by a hip litterbug.

Aiden Terry, 11, is the writer, designer, animator, co-editor and director of A Case on a Peel. He started drawing at age 3 and it soon became very clear that art was his passion. He started animation classes at age 9 with John Teton of Earthlight Pictures in Santa Barbara, California, and made a 3-second animated loop after the first class. A Case on a Peel started when it “popped into” Aiden’s mind after about 6 months of classes. It required about 18 months and 850 drawings to complete.

The Old Crocodile [2005]
Koji Yamamura
Yamamura Animation, Inc. / Japan / 35mm / 13:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Ink on paper

A very old crocodile is no longer able to catch his own food and so resorts to other means.

Born in Japan, Koji Yamamura studied painting at Tokyo Zokei University from 1983 to 1987. At the same time outside of school, he contributed to art assistance and special effect modeling for movies. After graduation, he started his career as an animation background artist at Mukuo Studio. In 1989, he left the studio to work freelancing, and in 1993, founded Yamamura Animation, Inc. He signed up with Acme Filmworks as an animation director in 2002. Yamamura has created many short animation films using various techniques and has juried, spoken, and held workshops at numbers of international film festivals for popularizing and advancement of art animation. His works have been shown in over 30 countries, and awarded various honorable prizes.

Like, You, See [2003]
Evelien Hoedekie
KASK / Belgium / Betacam SP / 5:20
E – Graduate Film
Pencil on paper, 2D computer

A man in a jazzy bar loses control over his psychedelic fantasy each time the sexy waitress serves him another red, spicy drink.

Evelien Hoedekie has been drawing and creating ever since she was a child. She graduated at KASK in 2003 with her graduate film Like, You, See. The film has gone on to be selected in over 33 festivals, winning numerous awards. After graduating, she worked on music videos and assignment films for museums. Evelien also gives animation workshops throughout Belgium and is currently working on a new film.

Stephen Lewis Foundation PSA ‘Numbers’ [2004]
Francis Desharnais
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
Digital chalk, crayon, collage

A public service announcement regarding HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Born in 1977, Francis Desharnais first became interested in graphic narration through cartoons. After studying graphic arts and art history, he became involved in community and cultural organizations while working as a freelance graphic artist. It was in participating in an “Animathon” that he discovered animated filmmaking. He now works as an animator and director with Kiwistiti, a Quebec City artists’ collective involved in the production, promotion and distribution of auteur animation.

_grau [2004]
Robert Seidel
2minds / Germany / Betacam SP / 10:01
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
3D computer, 2D computer

A very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds.

Robert Seidel was born in 1977, in Jena Germany, and attended Bauhaus Universität Weimar, earning a diploma in Media Design. He now works as a freelance author and translator in the field of 2D/3D graphics, with his artistic works based in organic-digital graphics.

Xploding Plastix ‘Joy Comes in the Morning’ [2005]
Scott Friedman & Joe Ledbetter
Exhibit A / USA / Betacam SP / 4:13
F – Music Video
Animated objects, 3D computer, 2D computer, acrylic paint, cardboard

The morning commute inspires a bunny to daydream of heroic conquests stretching across the galaxy and back again.

As a child, Scott Friedman’s first stop-motion video destroyed his parents' video camera but he continued his experimentation with an array of visual media. After cramming the family computer's hard drive with hockey-highlights from the Internet, Scott was forced to create a webspace to store the videos. His simple interface, designed to organize each clip, led to websites for friends and small businesses. After two years working on movie trailers, he left his full-time job to further explore design and animation. He continues to work in Los Angeles.
Joe Ledbetter is a Los Angeles native and former graphic artist for the evil apparel industry. In the summer of 2004 art shows and freelance projects took over his day job and his career path changed to full-time artist. Ledbetter's early influences came from Saturday morning cartoons, video games and skateboard graphics. His work captures an array of everyday experiences combining absurdity, wit and the subversive. He shows his work in various solo and group shows throughout the world. [2004]
John Hays
Wild Brain Inc. / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
Cel, 2D computer

An illustration of what would happen if the members of the Bush Administration who sent the US to war had to serve in it.

Industry veteran John Hays was instrumental in the launch and development of numerous heavy-hitters in animation including: Universal Cartoon Studios; HBO Animation; Big Pictures; and finally his own company, Wild Brain, Inc. At Wild Brain, John focuses his energy and experience by helming Wild Brain’s Creative Board and serving as Creative Director. In this role, he helps drive the development of Wild Brain’s original properties for TV, film and various interactive platforms and serves as a mentor to promising talent. John attended the Character Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts where he was a recipient of both the California Grant and a Walt Disney scholarship.

Coolman! ‘Hootchy Kootchy Haiku’ [2004]
Arna Selznick & John van Bruggen
Nelvana Limited / Canada / Betacam SP / 5:00
F – Television Series for Adults

Lovelorn Lester enrolls in a poetry class to impress a co-worker.

Arna Selznick began her animation career at Nelvana, as a layout artist on the studio’s first feature, Rock and Rule. Arna went on to become the first woman to direct an animated feature-length film, The Carebear Movie, in 1984. The film won the Golden Reel award as the highest grossing Canadian film of that year. Over the next two decades, she went on to helm the Gemini Award-winning series, Little Bear and the direct-to-video special, Back to School With Franklin, scripted by her husband, John Van Bruggen. Arna storyboards for animated series and feature films.

John Van Bruggen loved to draw and tell stories from an early age. John studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art and took his graduating year in Florence, Italy. A year later, he lived and painted in Amsterdam, the city of his father’s birth. Upon his return to Canada, John moved to Toronto where he got a job as a layout artist at the animation studio, Nelvana. There, he met his wife and Dancing Monkeys partner, Arna Selznick. After helming various animated series, including the Gemini Award-winning Jim Henson's Dog City, John went on to direct Franklin and the Green Knight, a direct-to-video feature film. John also writes for animation and recently completed a feature-length script, Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure. In his spare time John plays drums with a group of artist and animator friends who, aptly, call themselves The Noodlers.

Pourquoi Moi? [2003]
Dominic Etienne Simard
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:35
E – Undergraduate Film
Ink on Paper

Questioning the natural selection.


YTV ‘3 Hairy Thumbs Up’ [2004]
Isaac King
Head Gear Animation / Canada / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
Animated objects

A talking piece of popcorn and a wacky troop of monsters.

Director/animator Isaac King studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver where he produced the animated short film The Nestling that has shown at film festivals in Canada and the U.S. After a brief stint with Global Mechanic in Vancouver, Isaac moved to Toronto and joined the Head Gear team. While at Head Gear, Isaac has directed projects for YTV, Sesame Street, Discovery Channel, the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, as well as a show opening for the game show Gutter Ball Alley.

Dew Line [2005]
Joanna Priestley
Priestley Motion Pictures / USA / Betacam SP / 4:30
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
2D computer, Flash

A tapestry of botanical and biomorphic forms.

Joanna Priestley has produced, directed and animated 17 award-winning films. She has had retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland) and the Stuttgart Animation Festival (Stuttgart, Germany) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Creative Capital. Joanna teaches animation at the Art Institute of Portland, presents animation workshops worldwide and was founding president of ASIFA Northwest. She recently released all of her films on DVD and is a medicinal herbalist and plant lover.

The Corridor (Le couloir) [2005]
Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli
Folimage Valence Production / France / 35mm / 15:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes

A man who is in a serious financial predicament is employed as a guardian of an odd corridor.

Alain Gagnol was born in 1967 in Roanne and studied illustration, cartoon and animation at the école Émile Cohl in Lyon. With his university degree in Graphic Arts, he joined Folimage in 1988 as an animator. Since then, he has worked on numerous films, both writing and directing, and has also written a number of novels.
Born in Albertville in 1960, Jean-Loup Felicioli is an animator, director, graphic and clay artist and who has worked for Folimage-Valence Production studios since 1987. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Annecy, Strasbourg, Perpignan et Valence) and won numerous awards for his dozens of graphic and clay animations, many of which were co-directed by Alain Gagnol.

Dying of Love (Morir de amor) [2004]
Gil Alkabetz
Sweet Home Studio / Germany / 35mm / 12:40
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Ink and pencil on paper, 2D computer

While their owner is having his siesta, two old caged parrots rake up memories from the past.

Gil Alkabetz, born in Israel, studied graphic design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. After working as an animator and director for the studio Frame by Frame, and freelancing as an animation and illustration instructor at various schools in Israel, Gil has gone on to become a professor at the HFF, Konrad Wolf, Potsdam Babelsberg. He has sat on the jury in six international film festivals, participated in six single and group exhibitions, and has had nine retrospectives in the film festival circuit.