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SPARK News




Mexican Director Jorge R. Gutiérrez
Joins SPARK ANIMATION 2017 as Conference Chair

Spark CG is super thrilled to announce Super Macho Jorge R. Gutiérrez as the SPARK ANIMATION 2017 Conference Chair. Visionary Mexican animator, character designer, painter, writer and director, Gutiérrez, will be bringing his work and experience from south of the border to the Great White North to curate and host Western Canada’s largest animation event! Gutiérrez’s exuberance and love for animation guarantees that SPARK ANIMATION 2017 will be the one animation conference you will never forget or want to miss. ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! Go! Man Go!



For Jorge R. Gutiérrez, 2017 is really proving to be the Year of Big Announcements. This past week, while at the Annecy Festival showcasing his immersive VR animated short, Son of Jaguar for Google Spotlight Stories, Reel FX announced that Gutiérrez will direct the sequel to The Book of Life. Gutiérrez also showcased the WIP on Kung Fu Space Punch, the funny mash-up of 90s Kung Fu films, Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s, and the epic space adventures of the 70s, 80s and today. Any of these projects would make a young man old, but not for the Luchador Gutiérrez who’s Lucha Libre name means “He Who Rules.”

SPARK ANIMATION 2017: CONFERENCE
October 28 – 29, 2017
Vancouver Convention Centre · East Building
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Regular: $225 CAD // Early-bird: $150 CAD (exp. 2017-09-30)

To register: http://conference.sparkanimation.ca

Celebrating the Diverse World of Animation

This year’s 2-day SPARK ANIMATION 2017 CONFERENCE is taking place under the sails of Vancouver’s Convention Centre. The conference will show off the whole scope of the animated film medium from around the world. As a core visual language in our digital age, animation is not only changing the way we see cinema, but is growing into a multi-faceted medium with diverse target groups. The conference brings together the world's most talented artists, directors and studio executives to Vancouver to examine the range of animation, share their priceless experiences and inspire the animation community. The 2-day conference will feature:

  • Discussions on animation in all its applications.
  • Panels and presentations from the world's most creative animators and directors.
  • Cutting-edge exposure and insight about the global art and business of animation.
  • Networking — build long-lasting relationships with a growing community of local and international attendees.

Reservations Now Open

Reserve early, and save 33% off our regular admission! Early-bird discounts now in effect until midnight on September 30, 2017.


Why Should You Come?

You realize the importance of understanding animation today. Seeing behind-the-scenes, learning the how-to of animation, as well as networking with other like-minded producers, directors, animators and other creatives. Featuring a diverse series of presentations, SPARK ANIMATION 2017 invites all experienced professionals and students, to discover the craft and innovation that defines the medium of animation.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors of SPARK ANIMATION 2017 have a unique opportunity to create a high profile association with Western Canada’s largest festival of its kind. Sponsorship of this event emphasizes your involvement in and support of masterclasses, educational programs, professional development, workshops, film screenings, special events, networking, job fairs and international representation.

All SPARK CG events and programs have distinct properties that offer unique appeal to particular audiences. There are multiple levels of Partnerships available at prices from $2,500 and up. Contact sponsorship@sparkcg.ca

Volunteers: The Lifeblood of a Community

Do you love animation? Have you attended a SPARK CG event previously? If you’re interested in volunteering please introduce yourself at one of our many summer events. We want to get to know you. Volunteers are our lifeblood. Our volunteers support the events and want to give back to the community. Volunteering creates opportunities to make new friends, meet old friends, all while gaining work experience. SPARK CG events always provide an enriching and rewarding experience. So, if you love animation and want to support the community, please come say “Hello” at one of our many upcoming events.




SPARK News



© 2016 Robert Valley. All Rights Reserved.

Canada 150: Meet Oscar-Nominated Robert Valley
"From Graphic Novels to Music Videos & Short Films"

From writing to animating to directing, Vancouver's Robert Valley does it all. His latest independent film, Pear Cider & Cigarettes oozes coolness and is a very personal story about Robert and his friend Techno, was recently nominated for an Oscar.

How did he do it? Find out about this and much much more about this amazing artist and his distinctive stylings in this very special Canada 150 Animation presentation.

When: Saturday, July 8 @ 1:30 pm (doors open at 1 pm)
Admission: $10 // Groups (5+): $7*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: VFS Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca





Community News




Work-Life Balance: Can it Exist?

We all face different practical challenges and choices when it comes to the shape of our daily lives. Maybe you're wanting to start a family. Maybe you already have one! Are you a caregiver of aging parents? A single with too much on the go? A bit overwhelmed, or wanting to try new things but don't know where to start?

On Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 PM, join Drawn Together Vancouver at DHX Media at 380 West 5th Street, for an intimate chat with successful women in the business who will be discussing how they find balance in their lives.

Event is free but space is limited. RSVP to kasey.harris@dhxmedia.com.




Festival News




Submit to SPARK ANIMATION 2017!

This year, SPARK ANIMATION 2017 runs from October 26th to 29th, and whether you're an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student, we want your projects!

SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs, and every effort is made to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation. Be it a commercial or PSA, music video or experimental project, personal story or a game cinematic, we want them all!

Regular submission deadline is September 1, 2017 while the extended deadline is September 11, 2017.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

In 2016, we received nearly 800 submissions representing over 60 countries. Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don't forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2017!





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