SPARK ANIMATION 2017: FILM FESTIVAL
October 26 - 29, 2017

Multiple venues. Please check screening info.


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Creative BC



Megabyte Sponsor


Tourism Vancouver



Kilobyte Sponsors


Capilano University


Bardel Entertainment


Bron Animation


Emily Carr University


Vancouver Film School



Byte Sponsors


DLA Piper


DHX Media, Ltd.


Sony Pictures Imageworks


Campbell River Creative Industries Council


Canadian Media Producers Association


Scalar Decisions


FullMeta Corporation


IATSE



Partners


Drawn Together Vancouver


Women in Animation


ACM SIGGRAPH


 

SPARK ANIMATION 2017: FILM FESTIVAL
CELEBRATING THE BEST IN ANIMATION!
October 26 - 29, 2017


GLEN KEANE TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT SPARK ANIMATION 2017



We’re very excited to announce that Glen Keane — the artist behind so many Disney classics — will be honoured with the Spark Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's SPARK ANIMATION CELEBRATION. In addition, Spark will be hosting the Canadian Premiere of Mr. Keane’s most recent film, Dear Basketball, a collaboration with basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, and Oscar-winning composer, John Williams.



INTRODUCING THE WIA DIVERSITY AWARDS

Established to celebrate outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in the animation industry, the inaugural WIA Diversity Awards will be awarded in three categories:

  • An organization
  • An individual
  • A film

The WIA Board will select the winners of the organization and individual categories. The winner of the film category will be selected from SPARK ANIMATION 2017 festival submissions by the Festival Jury, which will be announced shortly.



SCHEDULE

DAY 1THURSDAY - OCTOBER 26, 2017
7:00 pmSCREENING
THE BREADWINNER
Special guest: Nora Twomey
9:30 pmSCREENING
AWARDS: SPARK ANIMATION CELEBRATION!
Special guest: Glen Keane
DAY 2FRIDAY - OCTOBER 27, 2017
7:30 pm
MOTHERS OF A MEDIUM
9:30 pm
REVOLTING RHYMES & OTHER TALES
11:15 pm
AFTER DARK
DAY 3SATURDAY - OCTOBER 28, 2017
3:00 pm
MUNE: GUARDIAN OF THE MOON
5:00 pm
SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE
7:30 pm
BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES
9:30 pm
TBA
DAY 4SUNDAY - OCTOBER 29, 2017
3:00 pm
TBA
5:00 pm
MADE IN CANADA
7:30 pmSCREENING
MARY & THE WITCH'S FLOWER
9:30 pmSCREENING
BIG FISH & BEGONIA


Thursday

Thursday - October 26, 7:00 PM
SCREENING
THE BREADWINNER
2017 // Canada · Ireland · Luxembourg // Dir.: Nora Twomey // 94 min // PG
Language: English
Advisory: violence
Special guest: Nora Twomey

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
Scotiabank Theatre, Auditorium #1, 900 Burrard St., Vancouver, Canada

Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of 11-year-old Parvana who gives up her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life. Parvana’s father Nurullah had told stories about history and imagination to Parvana as she helped him in the marketplace of Taliban controlled Kabul in the year 2001. When he is arrested Parvana finds the courage to look for him when everyone else had given up hope. She becomes a storyteller, remembering a brother she has once known. Every day is a challenge as Parvana tries to bring home enough food and water to support her mother, sister and little brother. She meets a fellow girl in disguise called Shauzia and together, they form a bond that will give them the strength to endure the war that comes to their doorstep in the Fall of 2001. The Breadwinner is a celebration of children — for children, whatever their age, wherever they live.

The Breadwinner is a co-production between Aircraft Pictures Canada, Melusine Productions Luxembourg and Cartoon Saloon and will be released in 2017. The film is directed by Nora Twomey with screenplay by Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis.


Thursday - October 26, 9:30 PM
SCREENING
AWARDS: SPARK ANIMATION CELEBRATION!

Special guest: Glen Keane

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
Scotiabank Theatre, Auditorium #1, 900 Burrard St., Vancouver, Canada

Celebrate the opening night of the 2017 SPARK ANIMATION Festival with our biggest and grandest night of the year — the SPARK ANIMATION Celebration!

In addition, our world-class jury will be awarding the very best in animated films from this year’s submissions. You’ll enjoy an evening of highly-acclaimed animated short films showcasing the diversity of animation and animators from around the world.

To top it all off, SPARK ANIMATION Festival will be hosting the Canadian Premiere of Glen Keane’s latest film, Dear Basketball and presenting Mr. Keane with the Spark Lifetime Achievement Award.

The SPARK ANIMATION Celebration promises to be an evening to remember!


Friday

Friday - October 27, 7:30 PM

MOTHERS OF A MEDIUM

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Friday - October 27, 9:30 PM

REVOLTING RHYMES & OTHER TALES

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Friday - October 27, 11:15 PM

AFTER DARK

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Saturday

Saturday - October 28, 3:00 PM

MUNE: GUARDIAN OF THE MOON
2014 // France // Dir.: Alexandre Heboyan, Benoît Philippon // 86 min

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

In a mythical world, Mune, a small, facetious faun, is made the guardian of the Moon, against his own wishes. His job is to bring along the night and to watch over the world of dreams. But he causes disasters one after the other and provides the guardian of the shadows with an opportunity to steal the Sun. With the assistance of Sohone, the Sun’s proud guardian, and fragile Wax, Mune then sets out on an extraordinary quest which will make him a legendary guardian.


Saturday - October 28, 5:00 PM

SPOTLIGHT ON FRANCE

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Saturday - October 28, 7:30 PM

BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES
2017 // France // Dir.: Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert // 89 min

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it, we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it’s a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place...


Saturday - October 28, 9:30 PM

TBA

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Sunday

Sunday - October 29, 3:00 PM

TBA

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Sunday - October 29, 5:00 PM

MADE IN CANADA

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

Coming soon.


Sunday - October 29, 7:30 PM
SCREENING
MARY & THE WITCH'S FLOWER
2017 // Japan // Dir.: Hiromasa Yonebayashi // 102 min
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
Advisory: TBA

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

From Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There, The Secret World of Arrietty) and Academy Award®-nominated producer Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) comes a dazzling, beautifully-animated new adventure for all ages. Mary & the Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick, and tells the story of a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.


Sunday - October 29, 9:30 PM
SCREENING
BIG FISH & BEGONIA
2016 // China // Dir.: Xuan Liang, Chun Zhang // 105 min

Regular: $12 // Groups (5+): $10*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:
VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. (@ Davie)

The story follows a girl named Chun, who on her 16th birthday is turned into a dolphin so she can explore the human world. During her journey, she is saved by a human, and to bring him back to life she must protect and nurture his soul, which has taken on the form of a tiny fish.


BIOGRAPHIES

Glen Keane
Award-winning Artist, Legendary Animator // Glen Keane Productions
(The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Tangled)

A 38-year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane is most noted for creating such legendary Disney characters as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, the Beast from Beauty & the Beast, and Tarzan. Glen also served as Supervising Animator and Executive Producer on Disney’s 2010 box office hit, Tangled.

In 1972, Keane applied to study at the California Institute of the Arts as a Fine Art major. By accident, his portfolio was submitted and accepted to the School of Film Graphics (Animation). Although unintended, He decided to continue to follow this path. At the age of 18, he discovered animation was a combination of all the arts. He immediately fell in love with the medium that would stay with him for the rest of his career.

He joined Disney in 1974, where he trained under Walt Disney’s legendary animators Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas and Eric Larson. Glen began his journey animating scenes on The Rescuers before being promoted to directing animator on The Fox and the Hound. Glen is the recipient of the 2008 Windsor McCay Award for Lifetime Achievement in Animation, the 2012 Tex Avery Award, and was a 2013 Disney Legend Award honoree for his contribution in Animation.

In the spring of 2012, Glen decided to leave Disney in pursuit of further artistic exploration and launched Glen Keane Productions to pursue his personal projects. He has since gone on to collaborate with Google, the Paris Ballet, Riot Games, and Green Egg Media. His most recent project is the animated film Dear Basketball, which he animated and directed in collaboration with legends Kobe Bryant and John Williams.

IMDb.com


Nora Twomey
Co-founder, Creative Director // Cartoon Saloon
(The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells)

As a Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Nora oversees the development of the company's slate of productions such as Puffin Rock, the pre-school series narrated by Chris O’Dowd and acquired by Netflix. Nora directed the multi-award winning short films From Darkness and Cúilín Dualach [Backwards Boy].

Nora was Co-Director of Cartoon Saloon's Oscar nominated animated feature The Secret of Kells and Head of Story on their Oscar nominated Song of the Sea.

Nora has just finished directing The Breadwinner, a feature adaptation of Deborah Ellis' best-selling children's novel. The screenplay is written by Anita Doron and Angelina Jolie is among the film's executive producers. The animated film will be premiering at Toronto International Film Festival September 2017.

www.cartoonsaloon.ie
IMDb.com


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