2016: Spark Animation

From independent animation to special premieres, CG to stop-motion, SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the emerging influence of animation in today’s entertainment. From the roots of the medium to the advanced technologies available to studios and independent filmmakers, SPARK ANIMATION showcases the diversity of films and techniques in animation. There is a little something for everyone! All proceeds will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver for charity. Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver, through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 54-bed residential crisis program, a transitional living program, relapse prevention and life-skills training, has been helping youth aged 16-24 get off Vancouver’s streets. The festival is from October 20 to October 23, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada.  Last years events are shown here.

2016: Punto Y Raya Festival

Punto Y Raya Festival will take place in Karlsruhe, Germany on October 20 to 23, 2016. The deadline for international call for entries was Sunday 31st of July. Punto Y Raya also known as PyR Festival has five editions under its belt, with the participation of over 1500 artists and an archive of nearly 1800 films.  The festival includes screenings, performances, workshops, conferences and more.  To subscribe to the new feature newsletter here. 

The Long Way North Review

Long Way North is an animated feature developed by director Remi Chaye. Remi Chaye has worked on the storyboards of, The Secret of Kells and was assistant director of Le Tablueau. Writers include Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix. The production includes Sacrebleu Productions that has worked on numerous stories and movies from children to adult. Long Way North, is a French film that that was released at Annecy Film Festival in 2015. The movie is about 90 minutes long and has a 7.8 out of 10 rating on IMDb.It’s American release was September 30,2016.  It accumulated $1.2 million at the  box office but had an overall budget of 6 million dollars.

longwaynorthquadI’ve been waiting to see this movie since it’s production a few years ago and it’s appearance at Annecy Film Festival back in 2015. I was given the chance to see the movie at the lovely theater, Cinema Detroit.  I had high expectations coming into the film with it being in production for a few years. I really enjoyed the backgrounds of the movie but i felt like there were a few elements missing from this film that tied everything together. The animation was traditional 2D but the new style of animation was a little difficult in getting used too. Especially, during the the scenes of the boats on the ice or water. The story line was unique and I liked the traditional tale of a girl wanting to find her grandfather and his ship. I thought the story at times could have been a little bit more exciting. I wanted more background of the Prince/Czar character and the shipmates as well as a few minor characters. I also thought the story could have been improved a little bit more from the grandfathers point of view and a few plot holes were missing.

What I actually really enjoyed about this film was it’s film score. The music was extremely well done with classical music and recent pop music. The soundtrack kept me at the edge of my seat and I enjoyed the quality of music that went into the ship drifting on the sea and the crews walk through the ice and snow. I think this movie was overall good, I think it will make the top 10 contenders of best animation at the Academy Awards. With other big films in the United States and internationally this year I don’t think we will see this movie as a top finalist for  best animation. It’s a movie I recommend to anyone that likes adventure and it’s a movie I think children would enjoy. I would give this movie 2 ships out of 5.

To learn more about the story without giving any spoilers away visit my previous blog post. 



2016: Chicago International Reel Shorts Festival

Our Shorts Festival seeks to provide opportunity for filmmakers around the world by showcasing their work to REEL PEOPLE in the Chicago  area.  We seek to provide a ‘REEL person’ atmosphere with low entry fees and low cost ticket prices. We are the REEL filmmakers’ choice for showcasing REEL talent to REEL people. The event is from October 6 to October 9, 2016. For more information on the event please visit. 

2016: Heart of Gold International Film Festival

Held in richly historic Gympie, Australia from 6-9 October 2016, Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival is one of the sparkling gems in the crown of Australian film festivals. We like to think it has extra sparkle thanks to its unique mission: to showcase well-crafted films from around the world that deeply resonate with the viewer. At Heart of Gold, we believe it takes a special kind of storytelling magic to break through to the audience on an emotional level, and we’re all about celebrating films that do just that.

The four-day program includes industry masterclasses, a spectacular opening night gala, awards night party and up to 30 sessions of shorts from all genres that best capture Heart of Gold’s vision to screen films that are positive, witty, entertaining, joyous, uplifting, enlightening and ground-breaking. They can be edgy, they can be thought-provoking and they can be downright hilarious – as long as they beat with a good, strong heart.
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2016: Balkanima / European Animated Film Festival

Balkanima will be held from October 4 to October 8, 2016. They are located in Novi Beograd, Serbia. The festival was founded in 2004 in Culture Center “studentski grad.” Initiator of the festival and Art Director was Nikola Majdak (1927 – 2013). 1030570-balkanima-call-animation

2016: 3D Wire

3D Wire is an animation, video game and new media market festival that’s located in Spain.The event takes place from  October 3 to October 9, 2016. It includes presentations, showrooms, business to business meetings,  and kid workshops.

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