International Festival of Animated Objects

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Animovies 2013

Animovies is the animated film shorts portion of the 2013 International Festival of Animated Objects. The IFAO celebrates the animated object in all its glory through film and performance. Send us your stop-motion, your hand-drawn, your marionette and hand puppet short films, anything with objects being animated!

This program is co-presented by EMMEDIA and supported by their Homegrown Curatorial Program. EMMEDIA is an artist-run centre that focuses on the production and presentation of media arts. We welcome work by artists that respond to EMMEDIA’s programming theme, Light:

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” – Paulo Coelho

Help us light up a screen and illuminate the darkened corners of our lonely minds by sending us your new and old animated films.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Animovies film segment of the International Festival of Animated Objects is screened as part of a larger art festival that celebrates mask, puppetry and animated objects in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

We take a wide view when defining “animated objects”. It encompasses classic forms like puppetry and stop-motion animation, but includes much more. Cell animation, paper cut-outs, a candle melting, a pen and bubble wrap, photocopies, a zoetrope, all fit within animated objects. If there is an object being manipulated to tell your story, it flies. Our audience loves work that challenges and expands the boundaries of animated objects. A pixel is not an object, under our definitions. Sorry all you fantastic digital animators, but your work will not meet our criteria.

This program is co-presented by EMMEDIA and supported by their Homegrown Curatorial Program. EMMEDIA is an artist-run centre that focuses on the production and presentation of media arts. We welcome work by artists that respond to EMMEDIA’s programming theme, Light:

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” – Paulo Coelho

Unlike many festivals, we believe in honouring the work of film makers: we pay nominal screening fees, based on IMAA rates.

Films screened in the past include:

The World According to Sesame Street by Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan
Bjork’s Wanderlust by Encyclopedia Pictura (USA),
The Bridge by Vincent Bierrewaerts (Belgium),
Cattle Call by Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk (Canada),
My Grandmother Beijing by Matts Grorud (China/Norway),
Midnight Matinee by J. Scott Portingale (Canada),
Copy City by Denise Hauser (UK),
Restless by Joey Garfield (USA),
Fantasie in Bubblewrap by Arthur Metcalf (USA),
Carlitopolis by Nieto (France),
Small Birds Singing by Linda McCarthy (UK),
The Bed Wetter by Ingo Schiller & Stephan-Flint Muller (Germany),
Paradise by Jesse Rosensweet (Canada),
Pat’s First Kiss by Pat Mills (Canada),
Run by Melanie Mandl (USA),
For the Love of God by Joe Tucker (UK),
Melty Kitty by Alison Mitchell (Canada),
Raymond by Bif (UK/France),
Animatou by Claude Luyet (Switzerland),
The Life Sized Zoetrope by Mark Simon Hewis (UK),
The Execution of Margot Rumebe by Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Canada),
Another Lost Soul by Lyle Pisio (Canada)

The festival is biennial, ie, takes place every two years, on the odd years.

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