Ottawa International Animation Festival in Montreal

Best Animation Films of the Year

Saturday, October 29
Sunday, October 30

Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber
Salle Lucie et André Chagnon
1430 Bleury Street, Montreal
Metro Place-des-Arts, Bleury Exit

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the second most important event of its kind in the world. We are proud to show such a large part of its competition in Montreal.

Schedule: (for more information click on the links bellow)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

3:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 1
5:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 2
7:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 3
9:00 pm : Feature: The District
11:00 pm : Special Programme: Jerry Beck’s The Worst Cartoons Ever

Sunday, October 30, 2005

1:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 1
3:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 2
5:00 pm : Shorts – Competition 3
7:00 pm : Feature: Frank and Wendy

Tickets at the door only
$8 per screening

Shorts - Competition 1 (for more details click on the film's title)
Like, You, See [2003] Evelien Hoedekie / Belgium
Dog Worries [2005] Chris Armstrong / USA
Mad Action 'Smile' [2004] Jonas Odell / Sweden
Xploding Plastix 'Joy Comes in the Morning' [2005] Scott Friedman & Joe Ledbetter / USA [2004] John Hays / USA
Honda 'Grrr' [2004] Smith & Foulkes / UK
Novecento: Pianiste [2005] Sarah Van den Boom / France
Motorola 'Grand Classics' [2005] Smith & Foulkes / UK
Esurance 'Lost Reel' [2005] Phil Robinson / USA
Coolman 'Hootchy Kootchy Haiku' [2004] Arna Selznick & John van Bruggen / Canada
Surly Squirrel [2005] Peter Lepeniotis / Canada
The Newsroom 'Learning to Fly' [2004] Ken Finkleman & Dave Thomas / Canada
Shorts - Competition 2 (for more details click on the film's title)
The Back Brace [2004] Andy London & Carolyn London / USA
The Old Crocodile [2005] Koji Yamamura / Japan
The Curse of the Voodoo Child [2005] Steven Woloshen / Canada
Fallen Art [2004] Tomek Baginski / Poland
Dying of Love (Morir de Amor) [2004] Gil Alkabetz / Germany
The Corridor (Le couloir) [2005] Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli / France
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello [2004] Anthony Lucas / Australia

Shorts - Competition 3 (for more details click on the film's title)
At the Quinte Hotel [2005] Bruce Alcock / Canada
Tick-Tack [2004] Boris Despodov / Bulgaria, Canada
Jona/Tomberry [2005] Rosto / The Netherlands
Rupert and the Importance of Oral Hygiene [2005] Elise Holowicki / USA
Hernando [2004] Thomas Bernos, Jérôme Haupert & Nicolas Lesaffre / France
Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe [2005] Lev Polyakov / USA
Chestnuts Icelolly [2004] JJ Villard / USA
Phoenix Foundation 'Hitchcock' [2005] Reuben Sutherland / UK
Coinstar 'Shoe' [2004] PES / USA
Overtime [2004] Oury Atlan, Thibault Berland & Damien Ferrié / France
Bob Log III's Electric Fence Story [2004] Stock’n’Wolf / Germany
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 'Birdgirl of Guantanamole' [2005] Richard Ferguson-Hull / USA
Bow-Tie Duty for Square Heads [2004] Stephan-Flint Müller / Germany

Feature: The District! (Nyócker!) [2004]
Áron Gauder
Lichthof Productions / Hungary / 85:00
2D computer
Hungarian with English subtitles
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 pm
A raunchy hip-hip look at life in Budapest's downtown quarter District VII. The film uses a loose Romeo and Juliet plot to lampoon every Hungarian cultural stereotype - with lots of busty women thrown in. The inventive visuals and music will blow you away but be warned this movie is for adults only.
Áron Gauder started his computer animation career at Kosmo Studio. He graduated in 1999 from the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts (MIE) department of animation. His diploma work, The Helping Soul, was made with film carving technique. Áron has been working on several feature film projects as CG visual effects director. In 2001, he created an interactive animation for the Hungarian National Museum. In 2002, he made a documentary short on Iceland and took part in various international animated short film projects in Germany.
Feature: Frank and Wendy [2005]
Priit Tender, Ulo Pikkov & Kaspar Jancis
Eesti Joonisfilm / Estonia / 75:22
2D computer
Estonian with English subtitles Sunday, October 30, 9:00 pm
Two American secret agents - Frank and Wendy - are sent to the world's hotbed of danger, known as Estonia. Estonia is a silly place, perhaps even sillier than the agents themselves. Whatever the animators in Estonia are on, it sure seems like a lot of fun. A surreal, hilarious and head-scratching parody of X-Files and world politics.
Priit Tender was born in 1971 in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied at the Tallinn Pedagogical University from 1990 to 1994 and graduated as an art teacher. He then joined Studio Eesti Joonisfilm and worked on a number of Estonian animated films as an animator before designing and/or directing his own in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, Mikk Rand. Many of Priit's films have been awarded prizes from various film festivals and he has also participated in several art exhibitions.
Ulo Pikkov was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1976. He graduated from the Turku School of Art and Media in Finland, in 1998, and has since had a number of his caricatures, comics and illustrations published in the press. His films have won numerous film festival awards.
Kaspar Jancis was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1975. His interest in drawing comic strips and writing stories was aroused at an early age and his first moving pictures appeared in the corner of his school notebooks. He later enrolled at Tallinn University where he made his first student films. His cutout puppet film, Flight of the Little White Helicopter, was screened at rock concerts and also on TV. In 1997 he transferred to the Turku Arts and Media School in Finland to study animation under Priit Pärn. Among other films featured at festivals, his Witzenberg Street has been awarded with a number of international prizes.

Jerry Beck's The Worst Cartoons Ever
Saturday, October 29, 11:00 pm

If Ed Wood were an animator, these are the cartoons he would have made. A selection of some of the worst animated films ever made, including such travesties as Super President (a one-man weapon of mass destruction), Mighty Mr. Titan (a heavy-handed limited-animation piece of cold-war physical fitness propaganda), Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero (the lamest space cadet ever created), Clutch Cargo (he with the live-action lips), Canada's own Rocket Robin Hood (and his strange band of "Merry Men"), Rankin-Bass's King Kong (move over Peter Jackson!), Spunky & Tadpole (a clueless kid and his retarded bear pal)... and Bucky & Pepito (hands down, the worst cartoon series ever made).

Shorts - Competition 1
Saturday, October 29, 3:00 pm Sunday, October 30, 1:00 pm Running time: 79:00 mins.

Like, You, See [2003]
Evelien Hoedekie
KASK / Belgium / 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.

DogWorries [2005]
Chris Armstrong
USA / Betacam SP / 7:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D Computer

A true story about a man's conflict with his neighbour's dog.

After spending his entire adult life working in the animation business, DogWorries is Chris Armstrong's first successfully completed independent short. He lives in Northern California with his wife and kids, and no pets.

Mad Action ‘Smile’ [2004]
Jonas Odell
Filmtecknarna / Sweden / 3:58
F – Music Video
Mixed media

Music Video for Mad Action.

Jonas Odell is one of the founders of Filmtecknarna. He specializes in making films mixing live action and various mixed media animation techniques. He has also scripted, co-scripted and written music to a number of the studio´s productions. The past two years Jonas has been a much sought after director for music videos and his portfolio include videos for a number of popular artists. Films include the short films Revolver (1993) and Otto (1997) and his latest piece Family & Friends, which has won prizes at several international film festivals. Jonas also directs a number of television commercials each year.


Xploding Plastix ‘Joy Comes in the Morning’ [2005]
Scott Friedman & Joe Ledbetter
Exhibit A / USA / 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 / 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.

Honda ‘Grrr’ [2004]
Smith & Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / 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.

Novecento (Novecento: Pinaiste) [2005]
Sarah Van den Boom
8 1/2 Films-Els'anime / France / 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.

Motorola ‘Grand Classics’ [2005]
Smith & Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / 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.

Esurance ‘Lost Reel’ [2005]
Phil Robinson
Wild Brain Inc. / USA / 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.

Coolman! ‘Hootchy Kootchy Haiku’ [2004]
Arna Selznick & John van Bruggen
Nelvana Limited / Canada / 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.

Surly Squirrel [2005]
Peter Lepeniotis
Pantaloons Productions, DKP Studios / Canada / 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.

The Newsroom ‘Learning to Fly’ [2004]
Ken Finkleman & Dave Thomas
Cuppa Coffee Studios, 100 Percent Film & Television Inc. / Canada / 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.
Shorts - Competition 2
Saturday, October 29, 5:00 pm Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm Running time: 82:00 mins.

The Back Brace [2004]
Andy London & Carolyn London
London Squared / USA / 6:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
2D computer

A chronicle of puberty, social humiliation and the perils of over-parenting.

Carolyn London was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from Brandeis University with a theatre degree, she worked in television, theatre and film before directing animation. She can occasionally be found moonlighting as an advertising copywriter.

Andy London was born in Queens, New York and graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A. in painting. Before discovering animation, he was a graphic novelist and the author of Jeremy Pickle Goes to Prague, published by Fantagraphics Books.

The London’s debut animated short Subway Salvation was shown in over 20 film festivals and won numerous awards. The Londons live and work in a converted school building in Harlem, New York City. They have recently joined Bent Image Lab in Portland, Oregon as commercial directors.

The Old Crocodile [2005]
Koji Yamamura
Yamamura Animation, Inc. / Japan / 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.

The Curse of the Voodoo Child [2005]
Steven Woloshen
Canada / 3:30
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Engraving on film

The cycle of sex, fire and relationships—but not in that order.

Steven Woloshen was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1960. After high school in 1977, he entered Vanier College; this was an ideal environment to study alternative expressions with Super-8 film and video, something of great interest to Steven. In 1980, he was admitted to Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and specialized in 16mm independent film techniques. At present, Steven has created many animated and experimental film projects and has been invited to show his work at many festivals, screenings and galleries in his country as well as around the globe. In addition, he has been commissioned to create short animated pieces for other filmmakers, artists and events. Steven is currently living in Montreal.


Fallen Art [2004]
Tomek Baginski
Platige Image / Poland / 5:51
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D computer

At a forgotten military base, the army disposes of soldiers who have lost their minds.

Tomek Baginski was born in 1976 in Białystok in Poland and studied architecture at the Warsaw Institute of Technology. He has worked at Platige Image (a Polish post-production house) since 1998, and is now art director. In 2003, his film The Cathedral was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category.

Dying of Love (Morir de amor) [2004]
Gil Alkabetz
Sweet Home Studio / Germany / 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.

The Corridor (Le couloir) [2005]
Alain Gagnol & Jean-Loup Felicioli
Folimage Valence Production / France / 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.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello [2004]
Anthony Lucas
3D Films / Australia / 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.
Shorts - Competition 3
Saturday, October 29, 7:00 pm Sunday, October 30, 5:00 pm Running time: 83:00 mins.

At the Quinte Hotel [2005]
Bruce Alcock
Global Mechanic / Canada / 3:38
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
Ink on paper, pencil on paper, cut-outs, animated objects, 2D computer, charcoal & oil paint on paper, flowers

A riff on one of Al Purdy's best-known poems.

Born in Newfoundland, Canada, Bruce Alcock graduated with degrees in tuba performance and comparative literature from the University of Toronto. He then moved to Barcelona and apprenticed under animator Dirk van de Vondel. Returning to North America, Bruce co-founded Cuppa Coffee Animation in Toronto and Tricky Pictures in Chicago. In 2000, he moved to Vancouver and co-founded Global Mechanic Media where he is currently the creative director and head of commercial production. As a director, his multimedia approach to film-making and animation has led to award-winning campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Molson, Kraft, Chrysler, Bell and Proctor & Gamble.

Tick-Tack [2004]
Boris Despodov
Act-Pik / Bulgaria, Canada / 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.

Jona/Tomberry [2005]
Rocketta Film / The Netherlands / 12:00
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes
3D computer, 2D computer, mixed media

Borges meets Murnau in a spinning nightmare. And the baby sings: "No, not be scared, old bird, to awake and see I am dreaming you".

Since 1992, director/designer Rosto has been running an independent studio for media and design, named Studio Rosto A.D in 1995. He is well-known in his homeland of Holland for various music videos and TV leaders. In 2002, the short film (The Rise and Fall of the Legendary) Anglobilly Feverson premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, kick-starting an impressive series of screenings at international prestigious festivals and worldwide recognition of Rosto’s work. Rosto also lectures and teaches at various art academies, and has had numerous expositions and screenings in international galleries and museums.

Rupert and the Importance of Oral Hygiene [2005]
Elise Holowicki
Willowbrooke High School / USA / 2:00
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Mixed media

The story of a little boy who does not like oral hygiene.

Elise Holowicki is 17 years old and a junior at Willowbrook High School. Her primary preoccupation is film and theatre arts. Elise is the president of the Thespian Troupe at her school and has been in four Willowbrook productions. She is also a very active student in the art department and has participated in the advanced animation class, in which she has produced eleven short films ranging from short-form documentary to experimental. Elise has received film honours in The 2004 After Hours Film Festival and the Chicago Future Filmmakers Festival, and would like to become a director and screenplay writer.

Hernando [2004]
Thomas Bernos, Jérôme Haupert & Nicolas Lesaffre
Supinfocom Valenciennes / France / 4:00
E – Graduate Film
3D computer

A crazy conquistador's crew tries to find the hideout of the famous pirate Hernando.


Piper the Goat and the Peace Pipe [2005]
Lev Polyakov
School of Visual Arts / USA / 7:38
E – Elementary/Secondary Film
Pencil on paper, 2D Computer

While asleep, a little goat gets kidnapped by a UFO.

Lev Polyakov, 16, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and moved to New York at the age of 4. By the age of 14 he had developed excellent drawing skills thanks to studies with his father, artist & designer Alexander Polyakov. Lev was taught the basics of traditional cel animation by Signe Baumane, while helping her with the production of her short film, The Dentist. In one year, Lev created three animated shorts, including one-minute traditional cel-painted short, Tragic Kan, which was produced in only two weeks and was screened at the 2005 Red Shift Film Festival in New York. Lev is currently a student in the Animation Program at the School of Visual Arts.

Chestnuts Icelolly [2004]
JJ Villard
California Institute for the Arts / USA / 7:30
E – Graduate Film
Ink on paper, pastel on paper, pencil on paper

Never, don't, you shouldn't talk to strangers.

JJ Villard was born in England, though most of his life he has lived in California. He claims: "Making it in animation is tough, especially if you piss green and everyone else yellow." His student films have won prestigious awards at international festivals including the Grand Prize at SAFO 03 and Best First Film at OIAF 04 for Son of Satan.

Phoenix Foundation ‘Hitchcock’ [2005]
Reuben Sutherland
Joyrider Films / United Kingdom / 3:30
F – Music Video
2D computer, photographs

Cars swerve and slide to music played by Phoenix Foundation.

Reuben Sutherland, originally from New Zealand and now living in London, is 32 years old and has shot, edited and animated projects by himself. He went to design school to study illustration and ended up majoring in Photography. He then went into animation working as an animator and director. Hitchcock was animated, edited and directed in a month and a half by Reuben himself. His work is already creating a bit of a storm in the UK agencies and getting a lot of attention from the US. He has just completed most of an international campaign for Flora as well as a music video for The Doves.

Coinstar ‘Shoe’ [2004]
Czar.US / USA / 1:00
F – Promotional Film
Animated objects

What could your change be?

PES trained as a printmaker and made his first film when he moved to New York City after university. He started with live-action and then, inspired by the films of the great Czech surrealist, Jan Svankmajer, began to experiment with stop-motion animation. PES’s first animated film Roof Sex (2002) became an overnight phenomenon and was featured at nearly 100 film festivals worldwide, picking up some of the most prestigious awards on the circuit despite being only a minute long. PES continued building a catalogue of shorts that are currently licensed around the world as short entertainment.

Overtime [2004]
Oury Atlan, Thibault Berland & Damien Ferrié
Supinfocom Valenciennes / France / 4:55
E – Graduate Film
3D computer

Puppets find their creator lying dead and, not understanding death, try to go about their day.


Bob Log III’s Electric Fence Story [2004]
Stock’n’Wolf aka Tinka Stock & Sébastien Wolf
Germany / 2:12
D – Narrative Short Film Under 35 Minutes

Bob Log III encounters difficulties in the Black Forest while trying to knock over sleeping cows.

Tinka Stock was born in Essen, Germany, and studied at the Art College Kalsruhe. In 2003, she completed her Masters degree in Art, and currently lives and works in Karsruhe.

Sébastien Wolf, born in Essen, Germany, and studied Film and Photography at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Art College). He received his Masters of Art in 2004 and currently lives and works in Berlin.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law ‘Birdgirl of Guantanamole’ [2005]
Richard Ferguson-Hull
Turner Studios / USA / 11:32
F – Television Series for Adults

Birdgirl sets out to prove her superhero and litigating skills in the offices of Sebben and Sebben.

Rich Ferguson-Hull is the Supervising Director for Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, part of Cartoon Network's late night animation block. Previously Ferguson-Hull spent nine years at Olive Jar Studios of Boston and Los Angeles, first as director, animator and later as Creative Director. He is currently represented for commercial work through Global Mechanic. Rich received his BA in Film Studies from Wesleyan University. He works from his studio in Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Bow-tie Duty for Square Heads (Fliegenpflicht für Quadratköpfe) [2004]
Stephan-Flint Müller
KFA Hamburg / Germany / 13:24
D – Experimental/Abstract Short Film
Ink on paper, puppets, photocopies, pixilation, live action

A 22-year-old Berlin boy shows how to get rid of boredom.

Stephan-Flint Müller was born in Berlin, in 1981. Entering school in 1987, he finished in 2001, and a year later obtained a job in Civil Service, for the Obstruction driving service. He completed his first film that same year. After taking a practical course at an advertising agency, Stephan-Flint began work on various short films, studying film at the HfBK Hamburg.