Thursday, September 22, 1:00 pm (Bytowne) 
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall) 
Running time: 73:35 mins.

City Paradise [2004]
Gaëlle Denis
Passion Pictures / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 5:58
D – First Professional Film
3D computer, 2D computer, ink on paper, photographs

Arriving in London to learn English, Tomoko discovers a secret hidden beneath the city.

Gaëlle Denis was born in Frace and studied there until 2000, when she moved to London to earn her M.A. in animation direction at the Royal College of Art. Part of that course involved a 4-month period at the Kyoto University of Arts in Japan, and eventually culminated in her award-winning short film, Fish Never Sleep.

Motorola ‘Grand Classics’ [2005]
Smith & Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 1:28
F – Promotional Film
3D computer

A lightning-paced journey through the history of the moving image.

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.

Surly Squirrel [2005]
Peter Lepeniotis
Pantaloons Productions, DKP Studios / Canada / Betacam SP / 11:00
D – First Professional Film
3D computer

Two worlds collide in an uproarious escape for rodents and bankrobbers alike.

Peter Lepeniotis has been working professionally in the animation industry since 1993. He attended the Sheridan College animation program in 1989 after three years of training as a Graphic Artist at Humber College and Ryerson Polytechnic. Working as an animator primarily in the United States, his resume includes Industrial Light and Magic, Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios, and PIXAR. Peter returned to Canada five years ago and has been employed as an animation Supervisor at various studios. He is currently working on a feature film at Toronto’s DKP Studios. Surly Squirrel is his first film as writer/director.

Esurance ‘Lost Reel’ [2005]
Phil Robinson
Wild Brain Inc. / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
F – Promotional Film
2D computer, Flash

Erin Esurance defends herself against bad guys all the while flirting and educating naïve Eric about Esurance.

Bringing over 25 years of international animation experience to Wild Brain, co-founder Phil Robinson is an award-winning director responsible for many of the company’s successes ranging from long-form animation to commercials. As a key creative at Wild Brain for a wide range of mediums⎯film, television, CD-ROMs and commercials⎯, Phil has been instrumental in developing the company’s 3D animation capabilities and innovative uses of new technologies. His career uniquely bridges 2D and 3D, having left Industrial Light & Magic to found Wild Brain. Well-known for his ability to combine traditional animation with more modern forms of three-dimensional wizardry, Phil was born in Wales and holds a degree from Southampton College of Art in England.

Novecento (Novecento: Pinaiste) [2005]
Sarah Van den Boom
8 1/2 Films-Els'anime / France / Betacam SP / 17:00
D – First Professional Film
2D computer

Sailing endlessly across the Atlantic, Novecento spends his life with his hands on the piano keys composing enchanting music: the music of the ocean.

Born in 1975 to a sculptor and a drawer, Sarah Brigaud was brought up in an artist studio. After completing literary studies, Sarah joined the Met workshop of Penninghen and then got a degree at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The works of Frédéric Back, Youri Norstein, Alexandre Petrov, and Satoshi Kon have provided inspiration. Alessandro Barrico, as well as with the young producer Luca Chiari, and the unfailing support from her husband and assistant Richard Van den Boom, all helped her to complete her first short film.

The Detour on Teletoon [2004]
Frank Falcone & Mark Cutler
Guru Animation Studio / Canada / Betacam SP / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
3D computer

An urban-dweller's adventurous flight of fancy on his motor scooter.

Frank Falcone, growing up beneath the smokestacks in Canada’s pre-eminent steel town of Hamilton, filled up pads of cheap newsprint with endless doodles. As an honours degree graduate in Fine Art from the University of Toronto and an alumni of the prestigious Sheridan College school of animation, Frank went on to lead TOPIX for 4 years as animation director. Along the way he picked up a BDA, a Mobius and several other awards on national commercial campaigns culminating in a silver Clio for computer animation in 1998. Through his previous independent firm Luxury Beef he led major projects for 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks, YTV, Grey New York and Catalyst Entertainment. Frank brings leadership, experience and passion to his role at Guru Animation Studio.

Mark Cutler is the other half of the Australian duo at Guru Animation Studio. Born in Sydney, Cutler would wish to be the illegitimate son of Frank Zappa. Before making his mark on the design and commercial world, Cutler was a pilot, flying prize winning cattle to competitions all over Australia. After being exiled to Canada in the 1990's, Cutler started working at various design companies in Toronto. An accomplished photographer and world traveller, Cutler's latest achievements include landing a fulltime gig at Guru as Art Director and getting a nice Eastern European mail order bride.

Death By Heart [2004]
Malin Erixon
Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design / Sweden / Betacam SP / 6:33
E – Graduate Film
Cel, pastel and pencil on paper, 2D computer

A man wants to tell his friend something very important before it's too late, but there seem to always be something that interrupts him.

Malin Erixon has studied animation and animated film at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Before that, she went to Forsbergs School of Design and to Berghs School of Communications. All three schools are located in Sweden. She currently freelances as an animator and illustrator, and at the same time tries to find time (and money!) for her own film-projects.

A Half Man [2005]
Firas Momani
The Zombie Tree / Canada / Betacam SP / 5:07
D – First Professional Film
Puppets, stop-motion

A whole man contained in half of a body struggles to maintain his daily routine.

Born in the UAE and raised during his teens in Jordan, Firas Momani consumed all films in their VHS format. He lived and breathed next to his VCR and watched cartoons on his TV. Firas showed early in his life his love for drawing. Later he would study animation at Sheridan, combining his love of filmmaking and drawing. Firas has graduated and has 2 films on his resume, leading to more.
The Muffs ‘Don’t Pick On Me’ [2005]
Tom Neely
I Will Destroy You Cartoons / USA / Betacam SP / 3:00
F – Music Video
2D computer, Flash

A black & white animated music video for the song "Don't Pick On Me" by The Muffs.

Tom Neely is a painter, cartoonist, and animator living in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries, magazines, literary journals, on album covers and self-published comics. He is currently working on his first graphic novel and new paintings for an upcoming solo show. He likes playing the banjo, watching cartoons, and rollerskating—but not all at the same time.

The Newsroom ‘Learning to Fly’ [2004]
Ken Finkleman & Dave Thomas
Cuppa Coffee Studios, 100 Percent Film & Television Inc. / Canada / Betacam SP / 22:19
F – Television Series for Adults
2D computer, rotoscope, Flash

It is the End of the World in all dimensions.

Ken Finkleman has written, produced, directed and starred in multiple television projects. He co-owns Toronto-based production company 100 Percent Film & Television Inc. with long-time partner Jan Peter Meyboom.

Dave Thomas has worked independently and in commercial studios on projects that encompass stop-motion animation, pixilation, cel, cutout and live-action. Since joining Cuppa Coffee, Dave has directed numerous productions that range from commercials to television series for such clients as TMN, AAC Kids, HBO and Sesame Workshop.