October 25 - 28, 2018

Multiple venues. Please check screening info.

Terabyte Sponsor

Creative BC

Megabyte Sponsor

Capilano University

Kilobyte Sponsors

Bardel Entertainment

Bron Animation

DHX Media, Ltd.

Women in Animation

Warner Bros Animation


Byte Sponsors

Campbell River Creative Industries Council

Consulate General of France in Vancouver

MPC Vancouver




Science World

Alliance Partner



October 25 - 28, 2018

In the world of animation, the films we love stay with us. We remember the laughter, the fears, the challenges, and joys of characters brought to life on the screen through the wonders of CG to stop-motion. SPARK ANIMATION celebrates the impact of animation on today’s entertainment industry and honours the diversity of films and techniques in the field.

Film Festival: October 25–28, 2018

Our festival team has scoured all corners of the globe, connecting with film festivals from around the world, to bring together the finest animated content on the planet. After vetting hours upon hours of film, our Festival Jury members, comprised of independent creators, directors, studio executives, educators, and industry leaders, have selected the finest and latest features and shorts in the world of animation.

From independent animation to special premieres, CG to stop-motion, the Jury’s 2018 selections cover the full spectrum, ranging from the roots of the medium, to films created with the advanced technologies now available to studios and independent filmmakers. There is something in this year’s schedule for every fan of film, animation, and powerful storytelling.

Catch a film for a cause

All proceeds from this year’s film festival (except PayPal fees & GST) will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver.

SPARK CG is proud to support Covenant House Vancouver in their effort to help the more than 1,400 homeless and at-risk youth, aged 16 to 24, who will reach out to them for help this year.

Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver has been helping youth to get off Vancouver’s streets. They do this through a carefully designed Continuum of Care, which includes a daily drop-in, a 54-bed residential crisis program, a transitional living program, relapse prevention, and life-skills training.

Please note:
Schedule and pricing are subject to change without notice. Please check this site regularly.


Introduction by Damian Nenow & Rafal Wojtunik
Introduction by Denis Do
Introduction by Daisuke Zen Miyake & Takahiro Umehara


Thursday - October 25, 7:00 PM
Classification: PG
Advisory: Sexual language; violence; nudity; may frighten young children

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

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

Be a part of history! Help us celebrate 10 years of animation at the SPARK ANIMATION Celebration!

Join us as we honour animation in all its forms and styles by unveiling the very best animated films as selected by our Festival Jury. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the best the animation industry has to offer while also helping a great cause!

For the third year, we are pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with Covenant House Vancouver. All box office proceeds from each and every festival screening (including this one!) will be donated to Covenant House to aid them in their great cause of providing support to at-risk and street youth in Downtown Vancouver.

In addition to the award-winning films, the SPARK ANIMATION Festival will be presenting Mr. Nick Park with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

  1. Animal Behaviour (2018)
    Dir.: Alison Snowden & David Fine · 14:00 · Canada
  2. A Short Film About Tegan & Sara (2018)
    Dir.: Ann Marie Fleming · 4:00 · Canada
  3. Music & Clowns (2018)
    Dir.: Alex Widdowson · 7:23 · UK
  4. Auntie Edna (2018)
    Dir.: Ted Mathot · 6:00 · USA
  5. Late Afternoon (2017)
    Dir.: Louise Bagnall · 9:23 · Ireland
  6. JP Cooper ft. Mali-Koa ‘All This Love’ (2018)
    Dir.: Ben Adam-Harris · 3:30 · UK
  7. ‘Bye Bye, Builder!’ (2017)
    Dir.: Trevor Conrad · 1:07 · USA
  8. Sigma (2018)
    Dir.: Mathilde Andrieu, Manon Cauzid, Robin Gaillard, Adrien Radke · 3:23 · France
  9. ‘The Fall’ Love Never Let Us Down (2018)
    Dir.: Paulo Garcia · 2:49 · Brazil
  10. Scrambled (2017)
    Dir.: Bastiaan Schravendeel · 6:28 · Netherlands
  11. Daisy (2018)
    Dir.: Yu Yu · 9:42 · Taiwan
  12. Bacchus (2018)
    Dir.: Rikke Alma Krogshave Planeta · 5:08 · Denmark
  13. Hors Piste (2018)
    Dir.: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet · 6:01 · France
  14. La Noria (2018)
    Dir.: Carlos Baena · 12:00 · Spain
  15. Carlotta’s Face (2018)
    Dir.: Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld · 5:00 · Germany

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver


Friday - October 26, 7:00 PM
2018 // Poland · Spain · Benelux · Germany · Hungary // Dir.: Damian Nenow, Raúl De La Fuente // 86 min // PG
Language: In Spanish, Polish, English, Portuguese w English subtitles
Advisory: Coarse language; violence
Introduction by Damian Nenow & Rafal Wojtunik

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

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

Warsaw, 1975. Kapuscinski (43) is a brilliant veteran journalist, an idealist and a friend of lost causes and revolutions.

At the Polish Press Agency, he convinces his boss to send him to Angola where a bloody civil war has broken out on the eve of the country’s independence. He embarks on a seemingly suicidal road trip into the heart of the civil war. There, he witnesses once again the dirty reality of war and discovers a sense of helplessness previously unknown to him. Angola will change him forever: it was a reporter that left Poland, but it was a writer that returned.

Based upon the book "Another Day of Life" by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Friday - October 26, 9:00 PM
2018 // France · Belgium · Luxembourg · Cambodia // Dir.: Denis Do // 84 min // PG
Language: French w English subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Premiere status: Canadian Premiere
Introduction by Denis Do

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

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

1975, during the Khmer Rouge revolution. Fighting for her own survival, Chou, a young Cambodian mother, looks for her 4-year-old son who was taken away from her by the regime.

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Friday - October 26, 11:00 PM

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

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

Animation isn't all likable superheroes and princesses. Case in point: this program of edgier material which includes a horror story about high school shop class, a killer potato and an unforgettable (and hilarious) group meeting.

  1. Perforato (2018)
    Dir.: Andrea Giovanni Sidoti, Hannes Oehen · 4:39 · Switzerland
  2. Room No.18 (2017)
    Dir.: Guy Shahaf · 4:00 · Israel
  3. Concrete (2018)
    Dir.: Pirmin Bieri, Aira Joana, Luca Struchan, Nicolas Roth · 7:34 · Switzerland
  4. A Day in the Park (2017)
    Dir.: Diego Porral Soldevilla · 2:55 · Spain
  5. Fun to Cook ‘World's Best Food’ (2018)
    Dir.: Dongjun Kim · 3:35 · USA
  6. High Score (2018)
    Dir.: Adrien Vallade, Lou Maurice de Reparaz, Brian Lim, Élodie Ferrer, Pablo Cortes · 3:49 · France
  7. Sonder (2018)
    Dir.: Neth Nom · 13:08 · USA
  8. Armor del Amor (2018)
    Dir.: Kirk Kelley · 1:45 · USA
  9. Attack of the Potato Clock (2018)
    Dir.: Ji young Na, Victoria Lopez · 2:45 · USA
  10. La Mort, Père & Fils (2017)
    Dir.: Vincent Paronnaud, Denis Waltgenwitz · 13:32 · France
  11. Shop Class (2018)
    Dir.: Hart Snider · 8:49 · Canada
  12. Barbaer (2018)
    Dir.: Luzia Schifferle, Tobias Speiser · 2:24 · Switzerland
  13. Invaders (2018)
    Dir.: Daniel Prince · 13:38 · UK
  14. Bless You! (2018)
    Dir.: Paulina Ziolkowska · 4:45 · Poland
  15. D&D Beyond Official Theme (2018)
    Dir.: Kamille Areopagita, Kevin Areopagita · 0:49 · Philippines
  16. Reaper (2018)
    Dir.: Fabrice Léger, Patrice Louise, Bastien Machet, Florian Malchow, Robin Aleno · 4:29 · France
  17. 317 (2017)
    Dir.: Katy Chan · 3:53 · South Africa

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver


Saturday - October 27, 1:30 PM

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

Animation offers the opportunity to tackle difficult subjects in unique and unexpected ways. This program of animated documentaries beautifully capture a variety of stories: from one woman's struggle with a rare illness which doesn't allow her to remember her own face to a remembered story of when the Velvet Underground played a high school concert.

  1. Surprise (2017)
    Dir.: Paulo Patrício · 8:49 · Portugal
  2. Fired Up (2017)
    Dir.: Dan Fipphen, Elyse Kelly · 3:29 · USA
  3. The Velvet Underground Played at My High School (2017)
    Dir.: Robert Pietri, Tony Jannelli · 8:00 · USA
  4. I Was a Winner (2016)
    Dir.: Jonas Odell · 14:00 · Sweden
  5. One Day at a Time (2017)
    Dir.: Ruiting Ji · 3:06 · Canada
  6. Obon (2018)
    Dir.: André Hörmann, Samo (Anna Bergmann) · 15:00 · Germany
  7. Music & Clowns (2018)
    Dir.: Alex Widdowson · 7:23 · UK
  8. Home (2018)
    Dir.: Diana Tapia Munguia · 2:44 · Canada
  9. Trap (2018)
    Dir.: Paul James · 12:00 · New Zealand
  10. Pomegranate Tree (2017)
    Dir.: Anna Maria Mouradian · 3:34 · Canada
  11. Five Years After the War (2017)
    Dir.: Samuel Albaric, Martin Wiklund, Ulysse Lefort · 16:39 · France
  12. Aquacade (2017)
    Dir.: Caroline Voagen Nelson · 3:11 · USA
  13. Carlotta's Face (2018)
    Dir.: Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld · 5:00 · Germany

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Saturday - October 27, 3:30 PM

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

Animated short films and Canada are ubiquitous, and this program of Canadian-made projects highlights the continuing tradition of great Canadian animation. From Vancouver filmmaker Amanda Strong's Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) to Julie Larah and William Bradford's surprising Commute, this year's crop of Canadian offerings will leave you feeling proud of what our artists continue to accomplish.

  1. Ramón the Magnificent (2018)
    Dir.: Vladimir Mokhov · 2:11 · Canada
  2. Imaginary Friend Society ‘Finding Out You Have Cancer’ (2018)
    Dir.: Giant Ant · 1:59 · Canada
  3. Water Planet (2018)
    Dir.: Nicholas Boughen · 2:47 · Canada
  4. Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (2017)
    Dir.: Amanda Strong · 18:15 · Canada
  5. Home Run (2017)
    Dir.: Aditya Wibisono · 2:08 · Canada
  6. L'Homme et le Poisson (2018)
    Dir.: Lewis Leon · 4:08 · Canada
  7. Vikings Night Out (2018)
    Dir.: Brent Bouchard · 1:14 · Canada
  8. The Zoo (2018)
    Dir.: Julia Kwan · 11:39 · Canada
  9. HOPR (2018)
    Dir.: Efrain Perez · 2:00 · Canada
  10. Jazz Under the Moonlight (2018)
    Dir.: Maria Cortes · 2:12 · Canada
  11. Lit (2018)
    Dir.: Rahul Khanna · 1:29 · Canada
  12. Geist (2018)
    Dir.: Scarlet Lam · 2:50 · Canada
  13. Soggy Flakes (2017)
    Dir.: The Affolter Bros. · 5:30 · Canada
  14. Welcome (2018)
    Dir.: Laura Stewart · 2:30 · Canada
  15. Bang Bang! (2018)
    Dir.: Jackie Droujko · 1:20 · Canada
  16. Bear (2018)
    Dir.: Pierre-Hugues Dallaire · 0:39 · Canada
  17. Evolution (2018)
    Dir.: Nayeon Cho · 7:30 · Canada
  18. Kensington Market (2017)
    Dir.: Bruce Alcock · 1:00 · Canada
  19. FEAW (2018)
    Dir.: Robin Tremblay · 7:06 · Canada
  20. Mac'n'cheesies (2018)
    Dir.: Rita Tseng · 3:00 · Canada
  21. The Retrieval (2017)
    Dir.: · 2:27 · Canada
  22. Snowball (2017)
    Dir.: Yuri Martell · 1:02 · Canada
  23. NomNom (2018)
    Dir.: Tale Linh Do, Ruby Xia · 2:55 · Canada
  24. Al Ghorba (2018)
    Dir.: Alia Hijaab · 6:11 · Canada
  25. Commute (2018)
    Dir.: Julie Larah, William Bradford · 1:12 · Canada

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Saturday - October 27, 5:30 PM

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

This year's Spotlight series is proud to celebrate the varied animation talent from France with a collection of shorts that features a lovely story about cloud-making to a hilarious 80's inspired mountain rescue.

  1. Unknown (2018)
    Dir.: Kévin Rogovits, Laszlo Kalbache, Nicolas Plazannet, Sacha Medda · 4:59 · France
  2. Krampouezh (2018)
    Dir.: Julie Brun, Camille Estieu, Jiamin Peng · 4:44 · France
  3. Best Friend (2018)
    Dir.: Nicholas Olivieri, Shen Yi, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu · 5:46 · France
  4. The Green Bird (2017)
    Dir.: Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc, Quentin Dubois · 6:45 · France
  5. Pulse (2018)
    Dir.: Sarah Forest, Cécile Floucat, Pauline Javelot, Juliette Gales, Thibaut Wambre, Kevin De Garidel · 6:38 · France
  6. Ikibanchi (2018)
    Dir.: Eloïse Bouvarel, Nicolas Cevrero, Jonathan Delefosse, Antoine Molénat, Kévin Poveda · 3:43 · France
  7. Wild Love (2018)
    Dir.: Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux · 6:55 · France
  8. Bear With Me (2018)
    Dir.: Clotilde Chivot, Camille Heng, Caroline Marcon, Justine Mettler, Marianne Reine, Tiphaine Vergriete · 7:38 · France
  9. Made in France (2017)
    Dir.: Lamia Akhabbar, Robin Cioffi, Brice Duble, Stanislas Gruenais, Maxime Guerry, Alexia Portal · 6:31 · France
  10. Hybrids (2017)
    Dir.: Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion · 6:22 · France
  11. After the Rain (2018)
    Dir.: Valérian Desterne, Rebecca Black, Céline Collin, Juan Olarte, Juan Pablo de la Rosa Zalamea, Carlos Osmar Sslazar Tornero, Lucile Palomino · 8:42 · France
  12. Manen (2018)
    Dir.: Thomas Anglade, Maxime Announ, Lucie Dessertine, Estelle Saint-Jours · 3:48 · France
  13. Sacrées Nonnes (2018)
    Dir.: Anissa Baddiaf, Edwige Bellin du Coteau, Lucie Fillon, Perrine Lemonnier, Zacharia Mekideche, Léa Mouraud, Armelle Roy · 5:00 · France
  14. The Tree (2018)
    Dir.: Basil Malek, Han Yang · 6:00 · France
  15. Fortune (2018)
    Dir.: Alexandre Moisan, Nicolas Castelli, Simon Magnat, Nicolas Ferraccid, Pedro Pillot · 5:14 · France
  16. Hors Piste (2018)
    Dir.: Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet · 6:01 · France

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Saturday - October 27, 7:30 PM
2018 // Belgium // Dir.: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels // 44 min // TBA
Language: In Dutch and French w English subtitles
Advisory: TBA
Premiere Status: Western Canadian Premiere

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

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.

Preceded by:

  1. Sog (2017)
    Dir.: Jonatan Schwenk · 10:14 · Germany
  2. Outfoxed (2018)
    Dir.: Daniel Hoekstra · 2:17 · New Zealand
  3. Best Friend (2018)
    Dir.: Nicholas Olivieri, Shen Yi, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair, David Feliu · 5:46 · France
  4. The Ostrich Politic (2017)
    Dir.: Mohamad Houhou · 6:45 · France
  5. Flower Found! (2017)
    Dir.: Jorn Leeuwerink · 6:46 · Netherlands
  6. Unexpected Discoveries (2017)
    Dir.: James Mabery · 2:01 · USA
  7. Black Dog (2017)
    Dir.: Joshua Tuthill · 15:00 · USA
  8. The Loaf Zone (2018)
    Dir.: Christopher Rutledge · 4:25 · USA
  9. Death Van (2017)
    Dir.: Michael Enzbrunner · 6:07 · Canada

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Saturday - October 27, 9:45 PM
2018 // Iran // Dir.: Ashkan Rahgozar // 100 min // PG
Language: In Persian w English subtitles
Advisory: Violence
Premiere Status: North American Premiere

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

Based on classic Persian literature, The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi (The Book of Kings) the film follows upstart ruler Zahak’s treacherous rise to the thrown in Jamkard (ancient Persia) and naïve Afaridoun, the young hero who will save the kingdom and people from the darkness. Zahak, who made a Faustian pack control the thrown is now haunted by his evil deeds. His recent nightmares and now a told prophecy of how a young man he wronged in the past will rise up against him has him worried and unstable, jeopardizing everything. However, Afaridoun must first conquer his own inner demons before he can battle Zahak’s dark forces to be the hero of Jamkard and restore peace to the kingdom and fulfill the prophecy. Ancient Persian mythology that unveils human nature.

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver


Sunday - October 28, 3:00 PM
2018 // Japan // Dir.: H. Yonebayashi, Y. Momose, A. Yamashita // 53 min // TBA
Language: In Japanese w English subtitles
Advisory: TBA
Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere

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

From the studio that brought you Mary & the Witch’s Flower, presenting three short films on the theme of ‘Modest Heroes of These Times.’

Kanini & Kanino from Academy Award®-nominated director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There, Mary & the Witch’s Flower).
A beautiful sparkling current. In its depths live peacefully the freshwater crab brothers Kanini and Kanino. One stormy day, the younger brother Kanino disobeys, and jumps into a river. His father and older brother Kanino rush to save him, and just as Kanino succeeds, a big air bubble carries Father far, far down the river.

Life Ain’t Gonna Lose from director Yoshiyuki Momose (lead animation director on films by Isao Takahata).
Eight-year-old Shun, a boy living in Tokyo, has suffered since birth with an extremely severe allergy to eggs. Even the slightest contact with an egg will trigger anaphylactic shock. He can’t eat the school’s lunches, or even his birthday cake. And should something happen on a school nature trip... it could never be undone.

Invisible from director Akihiko Yamashita (lead animator on films by Hayao Miyazaki).
A young man lives alone in a rundown apartment. He puts on a dress shirt and his glasses, then a coat and muffler to shield him from the winter, leaving home as usual. But something is not quite right. Ah... he is an invisible man.

Preceded by:

  1. Petite Faim (2017)
    Dir.: Valentine Arlès, Lisa Dor, Benjamin Duval, Baptiste Galtier, Keyvan Leriche, Charlotte Mangin · 6:30 · France
  2. Mogu & Perol (2018)
    Dir.: Tsuneo Goda · 8:32 · Japan
  3. Achoo (2017)
    Dir.: Lucas Boutrot, Elise Carret, Maoris Creantor, Pierre Hubert, Camille Lacroix, Charlotte Perroux · 6:33 · France
  4. Good Night (2018)
    Dir.: Makiko Nanke · 6:22 · Japan
  5. The Legend of the Goat Who Knew the Real Direction of the Mountain (2017)
    Dir.: Corentin Yvergniaux, Leo Brunel, Juan Olarte · 0:40 · France
  6. Fly (2017)
    Dir.: Parinya Gavinlertwatthana · 2:53 · Thailand

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Sunday - October 28, 5:00 PM

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

Proof that female filmmakers are a creative force to be reckoned with, this year's collection of international shorts from female creators highlights the diversity of female animators. These brilliant self-contained creative feats beautifully capture all the fun and foibles of human nature.

  1. Good Intentions (2018)
    Dir.: Anna Mantzaris · 8:00 · UK
  2. Haley & Joanna (2018)
    Dir.: Laura Hodkin · 2:46 · UK
  3. The Uncanny Variable (2018)
    Dir.: Netta Lahav · 9:30 · Israel
  4. Lemon & Elderflower (2017)
    Dir.: Ilenia Cotardo · 2:41 · UK
  5. Black (2018)
    Dir.: Sara Taigher · 14:32 · Italy
  6. Bao (2018)
    Dir.: Domee Shi · 8:00 · USA
  7. My Moon (2017)
    Dir.: Eusong Lee · 8:35 · USA
  8. Online (2017)
    Dir.: Léa Cousty · 1:43 · France
  9. Tweet-Tweet (2018)
    Dir.: Zhanna Bekmambetova · 11:10 · Russia
  10. Shadow (2017)
    Dir.: Lei Lei · 5:32 · China
  11. Mite-y Beard (2017)
    Dir.: Sarah-Leigh Burger · 4:04 · South Africa
  12. Via (2017)
    Dir.: Izzy Burton · 3:00 · UK
  13. Cubed (2017)
    Dir.: Xue En Ge · 3:52 ·
  14. Darwin's Cave (2017)
    Dir.: Joana Toste · 13:03 · Portugal
  15. Xian (2017)
    Dir.: Roxane Campoy, Pauline Ledu, Myriam Belkheyar, Gwenaelle Bavoux · 6:45 · France
  16. The Chimney (2018)
    Dir.: Mengyao Zhang · 4:26 · USA
  17. Romeo & Josette (2018)
    Dir.: Claire Eyheramendy · 3:37 · France

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver

Sunday - October 28, 8:00 PM
2018 // Korea // Dir.: Takahiro Umehara // 90 min // PG
Language: TBD
Advisory: Violence; coarse & sexual language
Premiere Status: International Premiere
Introduction by Daisuke Zen Miyake & Takahiro Umehara

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

Shooting star hunter Jang-gu is hunting for star pieces when he meets Nabilera, a girl born with the destiny of the moon. As their fates cross, they reveal the secret of the suddenly vanished moon. A conspiracy continued for 1,000 years finally reveals its true nature.

Moon in Hidden Woods

© 2018 DR Movie Animation Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

All charity proceeds benefit: Covenant House Vancouver


Daisuke Zen Miyake
General Manager // Tonko House
(PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems, The Dam Keeper (graphic novels), MOOM)

ZenZen plays a vital role at Tonko House as an anchor between his partners Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo in pursuit of sustainable content business through Tonko House’s signature storytelling. Originally from Japan, Zen graduated from UC Berkeley as a comparative literature major, and has a diverse business background spanning marketing, video production, and restaurant management in bilingual and bicultural environments. Additionally, as a trained carpenter and an ordained monk, Zen brings a unique flavor to the culture of Tonko House.

Damian Nenow
Director // Platige Image
(Another Day of Life, Crossfire, Skull & Bones, Paths of Hate)

DamianBorn in Bydgoszcz in 1983. Graduated from the National Film School in Łódź with a degree in animation and special effects. Joined Platige Image in 2006.

Nenow directed three animated shorts, and each one was a very important step for the artist. The Aim (2005), created while Nenow was still in film school, was the first of his movies to receive an award. The Great Escape (2006) was screened at major international film festivals. Paths of Hate (2010) was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination, received a Special Distinction at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, was honoured at Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic and video game festival and received the Best of Show award at SIGGRAPH 2011. Damian directs advertisements and is often involved in various special projects. He directed City of Ruins, a stereoscopic digital reconstruction of Warsaw destroyed in the course of World War II, which received the prestigious Muse Award in 2011.

In 2018, Damian Nenow release his first feature-length movie, Another Day of Life based on the eponymous book written by Ryszard Kapuściński. The film is an innovative mixture of documentary and animation.

Denis Do
(The Ribbon, Funan)

DenisVisual images have always captivated me. It led to a desire to pursue a fulfilling career in drawing and representation. So I studied “The Conception and Realisation of Animated Films” at the Gobelins, l’Ecole de l’Image school in Paris, from which I graduated in 2009.

During this period, full of tremendous learning experiences, I co-directed The Ribbon, a short film about a love story that takes place in China in the 1960s.

I acquired a taste for making up and telling stories. Stories that move me, and stay with me. And through cinema, I express myself, I share and, sometimes, I meditate.

I was born in France. And so I had to learn how to think, to get to grips with and adapt to my Asian roots. It’s a varied inheritance that the West has trouble getting to know and understand. For a long time, I only searched through and felt affected by my Chinese background. I’ve only recently stopped denying the substantial part of me bequeathed from my Cambodian roots. It’s a part of me, of my origins, that I am still discovering today. By means of a story, a journey, a life.

That of my mother’s.

Rafal Wojtunik
Art Director // Platige Image
(Another Day of Life, City of Ruins, Antychrist, Fallen Art)

RafalStudied graphic design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 2010, he directed the widely praised Animated Guide to Polish Success that promoted Poland at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In 2011, his movie Tourism was included in the MOVE YOUR IMAGINATION campaign created by Platige. The campaign was supposed to promote Poland at the ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin. That same year, Rafał co-directed the animated opening sequence of that Qatari series Dream 2030.

Wojtunik creates characters and set designs for animated shorts, ads, musicals and title sequences for TV series. He has collaborated with multiple directors, including Tomek Bagiński, Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik. Wojtunik created the concept art for Fallen Art, a movie by Tomek Bagiński that received a BAFTA Award in 2006. In 2007, he was the art director for the digital set designs that Platige created for the Mr Kleks’ Academy musical. In 2018, he was the art director in the feature film Another Day of Life directed by Damian Nenow.

Takahiro Umehara
Director // DR MOIVE
(Marvel Future Avengers, Iron Man, Claymore, Tohai Densetu Akagi)

TakahiroHe was born in Tokyo in 1967, and currently belongs to MADHOUSE as an animator. Since the animated movie Hong Gil Dong in 1995, he has continued the relationship with Korea.

He is widely known for the character design and animation direction of Top Blade (Korea-Japan co-produced) in 2001, Thuhai Densetsu Akagi in 2005, and Claymore in 2007.

He has started his first career as the director of The Moon Hiding in the Woods working with DR MOIVE which have been a long-term partner of MADHOUSE where he has been belonged to for a long period of time.

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