Canada holds an iconic and unique position in the world of indie, auteur animation. Beside her network of world class schools and the iconic institution known as the National Film Board of Canada is a vast, diverse and outrageously gifted community of fiercely independents that stretches from one coast to the other and makes do with whatever resources they can muster. Combined, their output is staggering in its scope and scale and this is the second of two programmes that have been put together to paint a picture of one of the biggest unconnected animating collectives there is – the modern Canadian indie animators.
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Dancing with Northern Lights (Jonathan Amitay, 2009)
Seldom has coloured sand animation been put to better use in this joyously visual piece that seamlessly blends native dance movements with a spectacular depiction of the northern lights.
C’est La Vie The Chris J. Melnychuk Story (QAS Collective, 2011)
A colourfully poignant, often funny, collective QAS tribute to animator Chris J. Melnychuk whose voice will not be silenced.
Zap Girl Makes Toast (Chris J. Melnychuk, 2007)
A plug, a toaster, some bare wires and some fingers – they don’t call her Zap Girl for nothing.
Business As Usual (Carol Beecher & Kevin D.A. Kurytnik, 2010)
An animated calaveras (or poem written for Mexico’s Day Of The Dead celebrations) taking a darkly comic look at life in the city circa 2110.
Hold (Kim Anderson, 2012)
A reminder that we live in a world that can be viewed a hundred different ways.
Figment (Craig Marshall, 2011)
A crazed look at a fractured world as seen through a porthole of a really cracked and broken mind.
The Equality Effect (Andrea Dorfman, 2010)
A simple and compelling expose on the dehumanising inequality that threatens the lives of women in many societies.
Yellow Sticky Notes – Canadian Anijam (Jeff Chiba Stearns, 2013)
Fifteen celebrated independent Canadian animators collaborate here to create a sometimes crazed, sometimes introspective meditation on what they see at the biggest and littlest things in life using the medium of yellow Post-It Notes.
The Perfect Detonator (Jay White, 2011)
Little Theatres – Homage To The Mineral Of Cabbage (Stephanie Dudley, 2010)
A pathway to an intensely esoteric version of enlightenment using the humble cabbage as the hook on which to hang a the leading proclamations and exultations.
Car Cemetery (DJXLS, Francis Theberge & Daniel Faubert, 2011)
A sublimely raucous visual poem celebrating the golden age of the motor car relayed from the vantage point of where many of them have wound up.
Agape (Alexandre Iliach, 2012)
The Greek word for love, although Plato extended it to embrace a love of truth or humanity.
The Fox and Chickadee (Evan DeRushie, 2012)
A fairly grown up sort of fairytale about a hungry fox and a wily little bird who needs to get away.
Crossing Victoria (Steven Woloshen, 2013)
A journey spectucularly broken down to it’s most basic visual and aural elements by one of the modern masters of cameraless animation
Labyrinth (Patrick Jenkins, 2008)
A surrealist, film-noir paint-on-glass epic following a detective’s strange encounters with mysterious phenomena from the dark-side.