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Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival’s Program Out

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

Mon­treal Stop Motion Film Festival

The fourth edi­tion of the Mon­treal Stop Motion Film Fes­ti­val has announced the release of its offi­cial pro­gram for 2012.

This year, the fes­ti­val will be tak­ing place from Octo­ber 19 to 21 in the J.A. de Sève The­ater at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal).

The Mon­treal Stop Motion Film Fes­ti­val is the “Ulti­mate Stop Motion Week-end.” The fes­ti­val is the first in the world to show­case Stop Motion. The top-notch selec­tion of excep­tional films pre­sented dur­ing this weekend-long event proves once again that a huge revival for stop-motion ani­ma­tion is cur­rently tak­ing the ani­ma­tion world by storm.

This year’s pro­gram has some­thing for every­one. Along with the offi­cial film selec­tion, talks and guest artists, the fes­ti­val is also offer­ing two free fam­ily screen­ings, pre­sented by Mega Bloks, and hands-on pods with the Stop Motion Pro soft­ware so that young ani­ma­tors can dis­cover the magic of ani­ma­tion on site.

Open­ing Night: Spe­cial guest speaker Mark Shapiro
7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Octo­ber 19
The Mon­treal Stop Motion Film Fes­ti­val is very pleased to announce that Mark Shapiro from LAIKA will be at this year’s Fes­ti­val. Shapiro will be join­ing the fes­ti­val to talk about the “mak­ing of” the hand­crafted stop-motion film Para­Nor­man and will pro­vide a behind-the-scenes look at LAIKA’s lat­est feature.

With time-lapse imagery and behind-the-scenes footage, Shapiro will describe the major under­tak­ing involved in the mak­ing of this remark­able ani­mated film. And, as a spe­cial treat, Nor­man him­self will be part of the visit along­side the famous Cora­line. This is a great oppor­tu­nity to see the metic­u­lous work done inside LAIKA’s stu­dios up close.

The offi­cial film selec­tion
More than 70 stop-motion films from 20 coun­tries will be pre­sented on the big screen. The jury will select a win­ner in each of the com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories:
Aca­d­e­mic films 1: 1 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 20 (PG-13)
Aca­d­e­mic films 2: 1 p.m. Sun­day, Octo­ber 21 (PG-13)
Inde­pen­dent films: 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 20
Pro­fes­sional films: 7:30 p.m. Sun­day, Octo­ber 21 (PG-13)
The jury is com­posed of three mem­bers of the stop motion com­mu­nity: Mark Shapiro, Mer­lin Cross­ing­ham and Chris Walsh. The win­ners will be announced on Sun­day evening, the clos­ing night of the festival.

Other activ­i­ties not to be missed

7:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 20
Spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion: Mer­lin Cross­ing­ham, cre­ative direc­tor of Wal­lace and Gromit
It’s not every day that Wal­lace and Gromit cross the Atlantic and visit Mon­treal, but, with the help of Cross­ing­ham, the trip will be a lot eas­ier as they land at the Mon­treal Stop Motion Film Festival.

Cross­ing­ham will share about the high­lights of his career in stop-motion from how he got into it all the way to his work with top-flight stu­dios. He will also share his insight into Aard­man Ani­ma­tions’ stu­dio and how it adapts to work in dif­fer­ent areas of ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion and on films of dif­fer­ent lengths.
The high­light of the event is sure to be Crossingham’s talk about how he cre­ates char­ac­ter ani­ma­tions — from first con­cept to final per­for­mance.
And to illus­trate, he will be bring­ing along a selec­tion of pup­pets, includ­ing Wal­lace and Gromit!

4 p.m. Sun­day, Octo­ber 21
Sem­i­nar with Chris Walsh, inde­pen­dent ani­ma­tor and teacher at Sheri­dan Col­lege
Walsh is a film­maker, pro­fes­sor and busi­ness owner, which allows him to bet­ter serve the medium of stop motion ani­ma­tion. In this pre­sen­ta­tion, which will include both film and images, Walsh will chart his path through the medium. It’s a path that involves lunar eclipses, Ray Har­ry­hausen, train­ing in a haunted “stop-motion monastery,” exhil­a­rat­ing plunges into the depths of human con­scious­ness, Jan Svankma­jer, and frame-by-frame monsters.

Free screen­ings for the whole fam­ily
Pre­sented by Mega Bloks
11 a.m. to 12 noon Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 20 and Sun­day, Octo­ber 21
The fes­ti­val will be hold­ing two free fam­ily screen­ings. The whole fam­ily will have the oppor­tu­nity to enjoy stop-motion ani­ma­tion from around the world. These pro­jec­tions are a selec­tion of films from the offi­cial com­pe­ti­tion lineup.

Hands-on ses­sions
Pre­sented by Stop Motion Pro
12 noon to 4 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 20 and Sun­day, Octo­ber 21
The fes­ti­val will have “hands-on” ses­sions on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day where ani­ma­tors can get bet­ter acquainted with the Stop Motion Pro soft­ware while ani­mat­ing con­struc­tion toys from Mega Bloks. With ani­ma­tors on site, artists and enthu­si­asts will be able to try their hands at stop-motion animation.

Adults: $10 per ses­sion
Chil­dren (12 years and under): $5 per ses­sion
VIP Pass: $50
The VIP Pass, which gives access to all ses­sions, will be on sale at www.LaVitrine.com in lim­ited quan­tity. Tick­ets will be avail­able for pur­chase at the door before each screening.