NFB Hothouse: Stepping Stones
Saturday, September 22, 11:00am (Arts Court Theatre)

Animation producer Michael Fukushima pulls back the curtain on the NFB’s flagship emerging filmmaker program, Hothouse, with a panel of Hothouse alumni, including Oscar®-nominated Patrick Doyon. Co-created by Fukushima in 2002, Hothouse has successfully developed skills, confidence and
professional insight in young animators aspiring to become auteur filmmakers. The alumni—Doyon, Rachel Peters, Dale Hayward, Malcolm Sutherland—dissect Hothouse’s gruelling 12-week schedule and the secrets behind their proposals shining amongst the multitude, and discuss how the Hothouse
and NFB experiences furthered their career ambitions, both as filmmakers and in the marketplace.

Speakers: Rachel Peters, Dale Hayward, Malcolm Sutherland,Patrick Doyon, Michael Fukushima
Full Steam Ahead: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball
Sponsored by Chuck Gammage Animation

recommended for 14+

Friday, September 21, 9:15pm (Arts Court Theatre)
Saturday, September 22, 1:00pm (Arts Court Theatre)

One of Disney's Nine Old Men and a bona-fide master of character animation, Ward Kimball (1914-2002) was among the most iconoclastic artists who worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood animation. The animator of Jiminy Cricket, Lucifer the Cat and the Dumbo crows, Kimball was heralded by some Disney colleagues as the studio's "artistic conscience," vilified by others for being "completely out of sympathy" with the Disney films, and hailed by Walt Disney himself as "the oneartist who works for me I call a genius." What made Kimball's animation so funny and memorable? What did Kimball do that made him such a controversial figure within the Disney studio? What can animators today learn from his work?

Using never-before-seen artwork and film footage from Kimball's archives, author and historian Amid Amidi will explore all of these questions and more in this unique lecture based on his book "Full Steam Ahead!: The Life and Art of Ward Kimball" (Chronicle Books, 2012).
This Way Up : The Mastery of Smith and Foulkes
Recommended for 14+

Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm (National Gallery)
Saturday, September 22, 3:00pm (National Gallery)

Britain's leading animation directors, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes, don't make straightforward commercials. Having directed as a team for over a decade, their curriculum vitae includes spots for some of the world's most iconic brands, including: Coke, Comcast, Motorola, Orange, Robinsons, the
Department for Transport and Virgin Atlantic. On the big screen, they created the animated opening sequence for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events for Dreamworks. Their own short movie This Way Up was nominated for an Oscar at the 81stAcademy Awards.  Join Smith and Foulkes as they screen a selection of their work, present case studies of selects films and take part in a Q&A with the audience.
Ralph Bakshi: One on One
Saturday, September 22, 12:30pm (National Arts Centre Theatre)

A rare opportunity for audiences to listen to this year’s specialguest, the legendary animator Ralph Bakshi, talk about his life in art. Interviewed by Morgan Miller (There's a Dead Crow Outside, Vacuum Attraction), this very special session will explore Bakshi’s work from a fine art perspective, as well as examining the progression of themes and techniques in his films: generational conflicts; the uses of garbage and trash as metaphors; and the prominent use of montage and idiosyncratic, irreverent, and even subversive juxtapositions. Following the interview, Bakshi will take questions from the
audience. If there’s one event that you cannot miss this year, this is it.
Behind-the-Scenes of ParaNorman
Sunday, September 23, 10:30am (National Arts Centre Theatre)

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “Norman!”

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman. Following Coraline, ParaNorman is the second stop-motion animated feature to be made at LAIKA in 3D, unifying the two stunning art forms to tell an all-new frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky story. Co-Director Chris Butler shares the creative process behind the stop-motion animated feature ParaNorman, from refining cutting-edge technology to creating a record number of detailed pieces, he shares how the film takes stopmotion animation to a whole new level.

Speaker: Chris Butler
Barry Purves’ Tchaikovsky: Frame by Frame/Note by Note
Friday, September 21, 11:00am (Arts Court Theatre)

Master puppet animator, Barry Purves, takes us through the fascinating origins and development of his latest film, Tchaikovsky. With the Tchaikovsky puppet at his side Purves will screen the entire film before taking us behind the scenes with a special 'making of” film. He will discuss the musicality of the film, and how a limited budget -- and this was limited -- can often reinforce creativity. Purves will also illuminate the challenges of his approach to giving a genuine sense of this monumental artist and his music in a mere thirteen minutes.
Whoa, What ?: Experimental Influence in the Commercial Realm

Thursday, September 20, 11:00am (Arts Court Theatre

Experimental and commercial animation are often discussed in terms of what sets them apart, but what do they have in common? Where can the strengths of one inform and improve parts of the other? Join guest panelists with feet in both worlds as they wade into the waters between art and industry.
Hotel Transylvannia Screening and Q&A With Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvannia Screening and Q&A With Genndy Tartakovsky

Thursday, September 20, 6:15pm (ByTowne Cinema)

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them.  On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of his best friends–  Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Werewolf family, and more–  to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday.  For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem–  but everything could change for the overprotective dad when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.  

Director, Genndy Tartakovsky will be hosting a Q&A after the film screening. Tartakovsky's work and creations have been featured in a number of well-known animated franchises including: Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Sym-Bionic Titan. Tartakovsky has earned numerous accolades, including three Emmy Awards.

Speaker: Genndy Tartakovsky