Thursday, September 22, 3:00 pm (Bytowne) 
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall) 
Running time: 74:57 mins. 

Jim [2005]
Dan Peterson
Willowbrook High School / USA / Betacam SP / 2:10
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Ink on paper

Your basic, run-of-the-mill cartoon character has a not-so-splendid day.

Dan Peterson is a graduate of Willowbrook Highschool (IL) and is attending the Univeristy of Illinois as an Art and Design major. His favorite thing to do is making his ink drawings come to life. Dan has been honored by Columbia College in Chicago and The After Hours Film Society for creating films such as Tangerine (2003) and Stuntman (2003).

Tower BAWHER (Tower BALLIHR) [2005]
Theodore Ushev
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:45
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Photocopies, 2D computer, Flash

Deconstructivist Constructivism movements printed on film.

Born in Bulgaria, Theodore Ushev earned a master's degree in graphic and poster design at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia in 1995. He taught there for several years before moving to Canada in 1999. Working primarily in electronic graphic design, he was hired as art director for INPIX Media. He now has his own design studio. Ushev has exhibited posters in Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Denmark and Russia. His digital animation films have been selected by many festivals, including Annecy (Dissociation in 2002 and Well-Tempered Heads in 2003), Ottawa (Early in Fall, Late in Winter in 2002 and Vertical in 2004), Sundance, Rio de Janeiro and Leipzig. In 2003, BOF won the public's choice award at the Seoul and Barbizon festivals. Last year Ushev co-directed OIAF's Signal Film.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello [2004]
Anthony Lucas
3D Films / Australia / 35mm / 26:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Cut-outs, 2D computer, silhouettes

A disgraced aerial navigator flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

Anthony has worked with a range of animation techniques, first working in stop-motion and clay and has been developing his silhouette style of animation for over 15 years. Originally the silhouettes were made using stop-motion and utilised Motion Control camera movements. The characters and landscape were made from sticks, leaves and pieces of plastic miniature airplane kits. Anthony’s films have been in competition at Cannes, BAFTA, Sundance and many other film festivals throughout the world. He is currently working on a trilogy of stories in the world of Jasper Morello.

Workin’ Progress [2004]
Gabriel Garcia, Benjamin Fligans, Geordie Vandendaele & Benjamin Flinois
Supinfocom Valenciennes / France / Betacam SP / 4:22
E – Graduate Film
3D computer

An urban musical about how good workers never work alone.


Kashi Go Lean Crunch 'Destiny’ [2005]
Tom Schroeder
Ka-chew! / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
Ink on paper

"Goleana" walks down the road of life: will she choose the right breakfast cereal?

Tom Schroeder has been drawing and producing his own animated films since 1990. His 2002 film, Bike Ride, which humorously chronicles a teenager’s trip to see his out of town girlfriend, has played over 60 festivals internationally (including Annecy, Rotterdam, Edinburgh and Ottawa) and has won seven awards. A new film keeps Tom busy in between commercial work and his part-time position as assistant professor of animation at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Schroeder served his apprenticeship working in commercial animation for Gav Gnatovich and for Reelworks.

As You Wish (Wie Gewünscht) [2003]
Anna Kalus
Hochschule für Gestaltung / Germany / Betacam SP / 14:00
E – Graduate Film
2D Computer

As a gift, a prince gets three wishes granted. As he asks for more, the fairy helps him again, but the blessing turns into a curse.

Anna Kalus was born in 1974, in Munich, Germany. She went to University of Applied Sciences, Schwäbisch Gmünd, University of Design, the visual communication studies program. From 1997 – 2003, Anna studied media art and animated film at the University of Design, Karlsruhe. She has gone on to receive the Jochen-Heine-Scholarship in 2002 and juried at the International Sehsüchte Festival 2005, Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Honda ‘Grrr’ [2004]
Smith & Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
3D computer

An idyllic paradise is interrupted by, and then resolved of, a filthy spluttering engine.

Adam Foulkes and Alan Smith graduated from the Royal College of Art animation course in 1997 and teamed up with producers Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso at the incipient Nexus studio. They have gone on to develop a reputation as one of London’s top animation teams and their portfolio spans short films, music videos, commercials and film title sequences. Recent credits include the film title sequence for Thunderbirds and an animated ‘film within a film’ for DreamWorks and Paramount’s Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Their recent commercial work for Honda ‘GRRR!’ and the Observer Music Monthly magazine, have made them the most awarded commercial directors of the year. They are currently working with writer/producer Chris O’Reilly and Charlotte Bavasso on developing the animated features Animalia and Home Boy.

Tick-Tack [2004]
Boris Despodov
Act-Pik / Bulgaria, Canada / 35mm / 7:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Pencil and pastel on paper, 2D computer

One never knows from where love will burst in. Nor does one know about infidelity either, for that matter.

Boris Despodov's first short film, Mythology, was presented in official competitions at more than 50 festivals and won the Special Jury award, IFF Golden Knight, Russia. He has worked on four other films, with two currently in progress. Tick-Tack, the fourth, has also gone on to win the Audience Prize at ISFF Dresden 2005.

Gordon’s Gin ‘Breeze’ [2004]
John Robertson
Passion Pictures / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 0:40
F – Promotional Film
2D computer, 3D computer, live action

Based on paint by numbers, the Gordon’s Gin is transformed into colour.

John Robertson is a director and designer. He ran his own animation company Flea Circus in his native New Zealand for 6 years where he directed idents and commercials for MTV, Nickelodeon, Insurance Plates and Cartoon Network. He relocated to the UK in 1999 and has directed many commercials and idents through Passion Pictures including Tesco, COI Tax Credits (with Therapy’s Mark Denton), the National Dairy Council and the Cartoon Network.

Die Toten Hosen ‘Walkampf’ [2004]
Andreas Hykade
Studio Film Bilder / Germany / Betacam SP / 3:30
F – Music Video
Drawing on paper

Pop-promo for the German punk band Die Toten Hosen.

Andreas Hykade was born in 1968, in Altötting, Bavaria. Studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, he later went on to work as an animator in London. After further study at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, he now works as a freelance filmmaker, a director of animated films for children and teaches classes and workshops at art and film schools.

The Meaning of Life [2005]
Don Hertzfeldt
Bitter Films / USA / 35mm / 12:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Ink and pencil on paper, paint on glass, experimental photographic techniques

A vast exploration of time, life, death, and Tchaikovsky.

Don Hertzfeldt was born in 1976 in California’s Bay Area and graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1998 with a B.A. in Film Studies. His animated films have been seen in over a thousand film festivals and venues around the world. His previous film, Rejected, was nominated for an Oscar in 2001. In 2003, Don created The Animation Show with Mike Judge, a critically acclaimed theatrical tour that annually brings animated short films to more American theaters than any distributor in history.