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Taking the Creative Lead: a Masterclass for Animation Creatives

Join some of BC’s finest animation creatives for a full weekend of engaging sessions offering insights into the animation industry, insider tips and an opportunity to connect with the animation community. Eoin Duffy (The Missing Scarf, I Am Here), Michael Fukushima (Executive Producer, Animation Studio, National Film Board of Canada), David Fine and Alison Snowden (Bob and Margaret, Bob’s Birthday), and Ann Marie Fleming and Kevin Langdale (Window Horses) share their experiences with creating short and feature-length animated films, from financing and marketing, to moving from commercial to auteur work and more.

Through facilitated discussions and Q&As, this two-day masterclass aims to inspire participants with the confidence to take the creative lead on their own projects.

"Taking the Creative Lead" is presented in participation with Drawn Together Vancouver and Spark CG Society.

Tickets are $25 per day or $40 for both days.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit the NFB website.


© 2017 Elevation Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Art of Adaptation: An Interview with The Breadwinner Director Nora Twomey

Captivating, heart-rending and inspiring, director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner transports us to the world of Parvana and her family. Set in Kabul under Taliban rule, here women are forbidden from attending school or roaming unescorted, a father can be unjustly taken from his family, and fear and watchfulness pervade. But amidst the struggle is strength: courageous young girls posing as boys to fend for their families, kindness and understanding sprouting in unlikely places, the power of storytelling, and hope finding its way to the surface.

Heralded one of Variety’s 2017 top ten animators to watch, Twomey is one of the founders of Cartoon Saloon studio, where she co-directed The Secret of Kells and was head of story and voice director for Song of the Sea. The Breadwinner film, based on the award-winning novel by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, is Twomey’s first solo feature — and it’s already making waves. The Ireland-Canada-Luxembourg co-production was awarded both the Grand Prize and Audience Award at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles and is a top contender for this year’s animated feature Academy Award.

Kicking off this year’s SPARK ANIMATION conference and festival (Oct 26 – 29, in Vancouver, Canada), Twomey received one of the inaugural Women in Animation Diversity Awards “established to celebrate outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in the animation industry.” Post presentations, she introduced the Western Canadian premiere of The Breadwinner to a packed theatre. And treated attendees to the creative process behind the project, as part of the conference.

We had the privilege of sitting down with Ms. Twomey for a Q&A to gain additional insight into the making of the film. Read Jessica Fernandes' interview on our website.


© 2017 Janet Perlman. All Rights Reserved.

Breaking Out of the Cel. Janet Perlman Unleashed!

Oscar nominated Janet Perlman has carved out a long and successful career in animation encompassing everything from animated shorts — both independently and with the NFB — television commercials, educational films and children’s books.

Animation has provided an outlet for Perlman to incorporate her varied artistic musings including drawing, storytelling, humour, dance, movement and music together. Entertaining and educational, these are the qualities that are equally important to Perlman and they have found their way into many of her projects which are often humourous but which always convey a message.

On Saturday, December 9 at 1:30PM, join us for our final entry into the Canada 150 series as we share some time with one of Canada’s most celebrated female animators as she takes us into her creative world.

When: Saturday, December 9 @ 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: Vancouver Film School
Main Theatre
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca

Community News

SIGGRAPH 2018 Student Volunteer Applications Now Open

Are you interested in being a part of SIGGRAPH 2018? Here’s your chance!

Applications are now open to become a SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer! Providing integral support to conference operations, the Student Volunteer Program is also a great way to meet other students from around the world, demonstrate and hone your leadership skills, team spirit, and dedication to service all while enjoying inspiring and cutting edge content.

If you’re ready to make new friends, learn something new and create memories that will last a lifetime, check out the registration page for more information.

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Stop Motion Indie Junk Head Comes to Vancouver

A painter, sculptor, doll-obsessed model-maker, and interior designer, Japan’s Takahide Hori, president and director of the studio Yamiken, is also a rising talent in the field of stop-motion animation.

An expansion of his short film from 2013, Junk Head is Hori’s feature film debut, showcasing his lurid imagination and maniacal dedication to detail in the execution of his craft in a film that is in part a nightmarish view of the future but also a sweet and very funny tale of adventure. But don’t be fooled; this is definitely not for kids!

Winner of the Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation Special Mention, Junk Head will be making its Western Canadian debut at the Rio Grind Film Festival on Saturday, November 18 at 3:20 pm.

For more information and tickets, visit the Rio Theatre’s website.

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