LIAF is thrilled to announce that Peter Hemminger, the Executive Director from the Quickdraw Animation Society will be attending the festival to introduce this screening and be available for questions afterwards.
Based in Calgary, the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) stands as one of the most valuable organisations in the indie Canadian animation community. Since 1980 this artist-run film co-op has proved to be a valuable hitching post for a supremely talented, fiercely independent and often courageously experimental posse of animators to learn, develop and refine their filmmaking free of any constraints. As a result of a forensic search of the vast QAS archive, we have brought together TWO very special programmes in tribute and celebration of QAS.
This extensive retrospective of some of the best films to come from within the QAS stable shows just how important it has been to nurture the true independent spirit of the Canadian animation scene. Fun, anarchic films happily rub shoulders with sublime abstract works. Hand-drawn cartoons share space with cameraless films. This is what grassroots, independent, auteur animation is all about.
This programme brings together the most important talons of QAS’s embrace of and commitment to the art, the appreciation and the makers of animation. The programme line-up first glimpses into the legendary
workshops that QAS stages for first time, inexperienced ‘animators’. It then travels on to the workshops
and co-operative/collective projects that have been made up of more experienced and established animators (often graduates of the former). And it finishes up with a sampling of the QAS alumni that have taken so much of what they harvested within the fertile plains of the QAS homeland and gone out into the wider world and continued on their own diverse paths.
Find out more about Quickdraw Animation Society 30th Anniversary: Programme 2 Retrospective
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Opening Trailer (QAS , Canada)
AYAP Trailer (QAS, Canada)
Lovelife? (Zachary Medicineshield, Canada)
Lovelife with a question mark. Combining a messy relationship meltdown with abusing hard drugs is probably not the best idea (no question mark).
Opinions (Damon , Canada)
A roll call of problems big and small that really need sorting out.
Animation Lockdown 2013 Trailer (QAS, Canada)
5 Neat Guys (Jordan Hollenbeck & Paris Hollenbeck , Canada)
If you ever wondered what the QAS ‘Animation Lockdown’ is actually all about, here comes the answer as seen from the inside of the beast.
In Ogre My Head (Finn Matthews, Kaitlyn Hoover & Adam Muhieddine, Canada)
A glorious mashup of hard partying compadres takin’ it to the streets. As Ridley says, “don’t sweat, forget it, enjoy the show”.
YAP 2010 Trailer (QAS, Canada)
Force Fed (Tess Sibthorpe, Canada)
What goes up must come down and what goes in must come out. And it can make one hell of a mess when it does.
Journey Into The House Of Knowledge (Drew Demarco, Canada)
There’s a big wide world waiting beyond of the Blah Blah on TV. Saddle the horse, take the ride.
Folk Tunes (QAS Workshop, Canada)
Folk Tunes like you have never seen them before. An idiosyncratic herd of sketchbook images coming out to play.
When The Water Is Sick, The World Is Sick (QAS Workshop, Canada)
A cacophonous reminder that we mess with nature at our peril as predicted by the generation who are going to feel it most.
Scratch My Shorts (QAS Workshop, Canada)
A comprehensive roll call of QAS ‘cameraless’ coming together to do what they do best. A masterclass on the technique.
The Explorasaurs (Ian Milne, Canada)
From a planet far, far away came a team of curious creatures intent on unlocking some of the universe’s secrets.
The Monstrosity (Martin Warszawski, Canada)
Life comes in many crazy shapes and forms. And so does its food and deformations!
For All Things Possible (Elisabeth Belliveau, Canada)
A gentle song brought to life by animation crafted with an equally gentle raw, simple elegance.
Red Hot Drops (Chad Van Gaalen, Canada)
Channeling some of psychedelia’s most fanciful angels, Van Gaalen finds ample wings to take one of his most popular singles to a different level.
The Life And Death Of Wiggly Chew (Jacqueline Koehler, Canada)
It might be tough at the top but it’s chewy at the bottom. The tough life cycle of one of the world’s most disposable products.
Dog Drawn It (Warren Leohardt, Canada)
A dog’s life might seem like a pretty simple one to figure. But give him a pencil and a whole new universe erupts.
Light Forms (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)
A colourful and hypnotic experimental film blending shapes and animated cycles into a beguiling and unique little universe.
Birdcalls (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)
Sound made visual. Selected birdcalls are rendered into a kind of shamanic morse code played out in exquisite precision before our eyes.
Peter And The Space Between (Sitju Chou, Canada)
There are some days like this where you commit to an idea and are completely resolved to what you are going to do. More often than not, this isn’t the case – in the end.
Walk For Walk (Amy Lockhart , Canada)
No one sees the world in quite the same way Lockhart does and here she is at her kooky finest – getting her bizarre collection of characters to walk the walk.