Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ottawa International Animation Festival 08

Sorry for the delay in posts!  It's been a crazy month or so of non-stop traveling.  There were inhumanely long bus rides, passing out in airports from exhaustion and boredom, bad food and good food, and a whole lot of adventure and reuniting with friends.

First stop- Ottawa!  A large MassArt group went up to Ottawa this year.  So many students, in fact, that us alums got put on the SMFA and Art Institute bus.  As usual, we saw some amazing animation that you won't be able to see anywhere else.  I did, however, find one of our favorites online:

Casa de Maquinas - an amazingly complicated and beautiful animation of puppets and stop motion wizardry (and CG?  We originally thought that it was all CG, but the film's program listed it as "puppets").

We got to see our competitors in the school reel showcase, and we were all very impressed with the other students' work.  (Although, my friends and I were the least impressed with the RISD reel, and they ended up winning the competition.)  Kara's film got a great reception, and we were so proud of her.  On the Sunday night that we left Canada, it was announced by the festival that her film won the Undergraduate Student competition!  It's mind-boggling to think of how many films she beat out to win the prize.  I'm so happy that something so good came out of the dark events that she narrated in her film.

As usual, we were exhausted from watching endless hours of animation every day for 4 days straight, but it was inspiring and has helped to rekindle my desire to start a new film.

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