Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm (National Gallery) 
Running time: 72:56 mins.

I Like Pandas [2005]
Jessica Borutski
Canada / Betacam SP / 2:54

Animated pandas engage with music by Plone.

Jessica Borutski is a 21-year-old animator from Ottawa, Ontario. Her film titled I Like Pandas is her first short film. In 2001, Jess was awarded first place in Teletoon’s Animation Scholarship Competition. She then went on to study animation at Algonquin College. After graduating she landed her first job at Spumco, where she animated on The New Ren and Stimpy. She lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a year and worked in the industry there as well. Jess continues to work for animation studios in both cities, from her home in Ottawa.

Liaisons [2005]
Jean Detheux
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / Betacam SP / 9:21
Data processing

An abstract film that melds music, rich colours and intense detail to create subtly powerful images using unconventional methods.

Jean Detheux was born in Belgium. He received his academic training at the Académie royale des beaux-arts and the Institut supérieur d’architecture in Liège. He immigrated to Canada in 1971 and until 1984 taught at various art schools in Canada and the U.S. Since the 1960s he has exhibited his work in solo and in group shows, in both Belgium and North America. In 1981 he was chosen to be a member of the Husserl Circle. In 1996, as a result of serious allergies from his use of painting materials, he gave up painting for digital technology. This shift brought on an intense period of creativity that has led him to animated film.

The Skateboarder [2005]
Patrick Jenkins
Canada / Betacam SP / 5:53
2D computer

A boy goes skateboarding in a construction site with disastrous results.

Patrick Jenkins is an artist who makes paintings and animated and documentary films. His recent stop motion animated film Man Versus Geometry premiered at the OIAF 04 and was shown in the program, “Canadian Independent Animation”, at the 2005 Annecy Animation Festival in Annecy, France. His documentary film RALPH: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry; The Poetry of Ralph Alfonso premiered at the 2001 Montreal World Film Festival and screened on CBC Television's Canadian Reflections Program and can currently be seen on BRAVO! Television. This documentary incorporates four animated vignettes that bring Alfonso’s poems to life.

Bill the Barber [2004]
Firas Momani
The Zombie Tree / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:50
Ink on paper, 3D computer, 2D computer

A regular customer waits for a haircut by his unusual barber.

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 Mirage [2005]
Kathy Whitney
ECIAD / Canada / Betacam SP / 5:00

The unfulfilled desires of both the humans and objects that end up at a fanciful tiki bar.

As a child growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver, BC in the late 1960’s, Kathy Whitney was always intrigued with the fading remnants of 1950’s consumer culture which surrounded her, such as Trader Vic’s tiki restaurant and the gigantic neon signs along the main thoroughfare, Kingsway. Whether she’s painting, drawing or animating, she can’t resist telling a story. She is currently animating by drawing directly in the computer, using a pressure sensitive tablet, because she likes its immediacy. Kathy recently graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design where she received a Bachelor of Media Arts degree in Animation. The Mirage is her graduation film.

Cinerama 199X [2004]
Percy Fuentes
Vancouver Film School / Canada / Betacam SP / 2:10
3D computer

Cinema, drive-ins, Saskatchewan, robots.

Percy Auto Fuentes, Esquire, was born and raised in the province of Saskatchewan. This young man is a hermit, and is rarely seen in the out of doors. He is quiet, socially inept and should never be approached. Mr. Percy occasionally makes a film or video, sometimes animated. His hobbies include modifying cheap Polaroid cameras and referring to himself in the third person in order to stretch out his hundred-word biography. Mr. Percy is currently a citizen.

Bugging the Bug [2004]
Velislav Kazakov
Cuckoo Animation / Canada / Betacam SP / 4:42
Pencil on paper

Comic catastrophe unfolds over a ladybug, which eventually turns into a black hole, sucking away all rumours.

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Velislav Kazakov joined Animated Film Studio “Sofia” in 1975 as animator, then director, art director, designer and storyboard/layout artist on over 30 short films. He graduated in 1988 from National Academy of Theater and Cinema in Sofia with an M.A. in Animation. After working at Richard Williams Studios in London in 1991-1992, Velislav moved to Montreal and has worked on many TV series, features and shorts.

Slide [2005]
Sharon Katz
Concertina / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:52
2D computer

Through a simple act of child’s play, a young boy confronts both his parent's overwhelming protection and his own very real fears.

An artist and animator, Sharon Katz completed degrees in both the sciences and visual arts before concluding her formal studies with a Postgraduate Diploma in Animation Filmmaking. Her drawings and paintings are held in art collections in Canada and abroad and she is the author and illustrator of two children’s books.

Dehors Novembre [2005]
Patrick Bouchard
National Film Board of Canada / Canada / Betacam SP / 6:40

The adaptation and illustration of a song written as a tribute to Patrick Esposito.

The career of Patrick Bouchard is characterized by two themes: multi-disciplinarity and constancy. The young filmmaker has demonstrated great versatility, showing himself to be at ease in a variety of art forms, while maintaining a deep attachment to his place of birth, Chicoutimi, Quebec, where he still lives and works. In the 1990s, Bouchard studied cinema and visual arts at CEGEP and university. He gained experience in sculpture, a medium that naturally led him to puppet animation. While continuing his studies, he made several independent videos and two animation films. Among his other accomplishments, Bouchard created soundtracks for student films and played guitar in a progressive rock band in 1999.

Mute and Molt (Mue et Remue) [2005]
Brigitte Archambault
Canada / Betacam SP / 5:42
Pencil on paper, 2D computer

A look, sometimes dark and sometimes humorous, at children's fears and anxieties when they are confronted with their first sexual experience.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Brigitte Archambault has a B.F.A in Visual Arts and a B.F.A in Film Animation, both degrees from Concordia University in Canada. Her visual artwork has shown in many venues, as part of both solo and group shows. Her film, Monsieur George et Monsieur George, won the best production in the animation student category at the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada. It also got the jury award and the director’s award at the 2003 Proje(c)t Y which is a provincial tour of the best university’s films in Quebec (Canada). Mue et Remue is her first independent film.

Rickshaw Rampage [2005]
Neeraj Patel
Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia / Canada / Betacam SP / 1:22
2D computer

A rickshaw driver tries to navigate his way through the chaotic streets of India.

Neeraj Patel received a DEC in Graphic Design at Dawson College and is currently enrolled in Film Animation at Concordia University. His previous works include Fix: For a Digitized Nation, which explores our dependence on emerging technologies as an addiction to them. Neeraj received The Deseve Award for best abstract animated short by Concordia University, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. He is currently working on his next film.

The Ballad of Sheep 13 [2005]
Kyle McQueen
Sheridan College / Canada / Betacam SP / 3:00
Pencil on paper, 2D computer

Sheep 13 runs away to the woods, but disaster strikes and the rest of the sheep desperately try to bring him back.

Kyle McQueen is a recent graduate from the final year of the Sheridan College Classical Animation program and he currently works as a layout artist at Studio B productions in Vancouver, B.C. This is his second
student film. His first student film, The Miser was a collaboration with 2 other friends, Jonathan Klassen and Daniel Rodrigues and was screened at OIAF 04.

Room 710 [2005]
Ann Marie Fleming
AMF Productions Inc. / Canada / 35mm / 7:00

A woman overhears a late night fight in the room next door.

Ann Marie Fleming is an artist who has been making animated and live action films since 1986. She works in a variety of different mediums with and with different techniques. She started the odyssey of "Stickgirl" with So Far So... begun in 1988 when she was wheelchair bound from a car accident and was unable to pick up a camera. AMF's Tiresias (1999) is the latest installation of that series. A stop motion film, Room 710 (2005), is also in this festival, and premiered with her dramatic feature, The French Guy (2005), at TIFF in September. She does not have her pilot's license.

Can You Love Me? [2005]
Adam Garnet Jones & Sarah Kolasky
Ryerson University / Canada / Betacam SP / 9:30
Paint on film

A seductive exploration of the artist’s narcissism and insatiable need for love.

Adam Garnet Jones is a Toronto based film and video maker whose work has toured national and international festivals. He curated a sold-out screening of Queer Aboriginal shorts at Inside Out (POW! WOW!) and will be facilitating next year’s Queer Youth Digital Video Project. Adam was recently invited by LIFT to make a film with poet and playwright Daniel David Moses for a screening called Poetry/Projections. He is currently preparing for his fourth year at Ryerson University, where he will collaborate on another short film with Sarah Kolasky.
Sarah Kolasky grew up in Toronto, and Can You Love Me? is her third collaboration with Adam Garnet Jones. She is an actor and filmmaker now studying at Ryerson University, where she has produced several short films. This summer she co-produced an independent feature film, Carmilla70. She is also a contributor to Toronto’s monthly music zine, Wavelength.