Vegan Delights Screening
May
12
6:30 PM18:30

Vegan Delights Screening

Eleven Canadian Shorts, 75 mins

Admission is $10 or Festival Pass

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The Vegan Delights Program is inspired by passion, playfulness and inclusivity. It showcases independent animation that expresses a heartfelt personal investment and reflects a creative connection with the audience.

Curated by Festival Director, Siloën Daley, this year's program contains eleven fairly new short animated films. Three of the artists will be present to take part in an extended Q&A following the screening, they are Amanda Strong, Alicia Eisen, and Evan DeRushie.

• Old Man - Alicia Eisen (Vancouver)

• Fox and The Whale - Robin Joseph

• Borscht & Fresh Bread - Sarah Gignac (Halifax)

• Emanations: A Visual Poem - Patrick Jenkins

• Tesla Lumiere Mondiale - Matthew Rankin

• Naked Island: Sober - Élise Simard

• Flood - Amanda Strong (Vancouver)

• Birdlime - Evan DeRushie (Toronto)

• I Like Girls - Diane Obomsawin

• Michi - Kaho Yoshida (Vancouver)

• Hedgehog's Home - Eva Cvijsnovic

Before the show the Helen Hill Animation Award will be presented to an artist to create a new short animation.

Helen’s particular style of creation was unhampered by convention, and marked by a rarely found honesty and immediacy. Her clear and engaging presence can be felt in all her work. Helen is a key inspiration behind the Animation Festival of Halifax.

The Helen Hill Award was created by the Linda Joy Media Arts Society to celebrate this remarkable individual and to support artists working in animation.

Tickets Available With A Festival Pass, Or At The Door A Half Hour Before The Screening (Rush Tickets)

 

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The Big Picture: Animation with Social Impact
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

The Big Picture: Animation with Social Impact

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FREE and open to all

Animation burrows into our hearts, changes our minds, expands our imaginations, and consequently transforms our society. These panelists create work with powerful social impact. DHX Media Vice President Phillip Stamp will discuss training videos for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative; independent animator and filmmaker Andrea Doorman will discuss her PSA and documentary work with The Equality Effect; Spotted Fawn Productions’ Amanda Strong will discuss decolonization through animation; and Electric Puppets’ Ryan Cameron will discuss the scientific applications of animation and VR technologies. These artists are pushing the frontiers of animation in directions you’ll never see at the multiplex. They see – and show us – the Big Picture.  

Co-presented with Telefilm Canada.

Host: Shannon Brownlee

Panelists: 

Andrea Dorfman - Animator, Illustrator, and Filmmaker

Ryan Cameron - President and CEO of Electric Puppets

Phillip Stamp - Vice President, Current Production of DHX Media

Amanda Strong - Animator and Director of Spotted Fawn Productions

 

 

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Animated Lounge
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Animated Lounge

Animated Lounge: Casual Social with Food & Music

FREE and open to all

Various activities, live acoustic music, & food!

Food - $5 cash only, from Pete's Frootique, EnVie, Wasabi House and others

Music - Benn Ross & Seth Huntley as the Dawn Airs

Come and hang out with other animators and appreciators!

 

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Virtual Reality Discussion
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

Virtual Reality Discussion

Virtual Reality Discussion: Local company improves patient experience with VR

FREE and open to all

Ryan Cameron will discuss the Electric Puppets project that has created new opportunities in the medical technology space. His current project is combining sophisticated motion capture, virtual reality, eye tracking, and high end animated content to make a better patient experience and more accurate data for analysis and diagnostics.

Ryan Cameron - Ryan has been a technology executive since 1999, and a programmer since he was 8 years old, except for an 8 year hiatus in the entertainment industry as an actor and musician, Ryan has been working in technology primarily.   Ryan has built training platforms used by 3000 Apple employees, 70,000 Deloitte employees and 150,000 Catapillar employees. Most recently Ryan started Electric Puppets, a VR company offering opportunities to improve medical research, diagnostics and treatment and since november has won 3 grants from the province of Nova Scotia to pursue work in partnership with the IWK Children's hospital and Dalhousie Clinical Vision Science.

At this discussion a signup sheet will be available to book a time during the day Sunday May 13 for a demonstration of a Virtual Reality based medical testing/diagnostic application in the Electric Puppets lab at The Innovacorp Enterprise Centre, 1344 Summer St., room 308. All are welcome!

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The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Family Screening)
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Family Screening)

Follow the Big Bad Fox and other creatures as they have the adventures of their lives.

Dir. Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert, France, 80 min - French with English subtitles

Admission is $10 or Festival Pass

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From the creators of the Academy Award®- nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits destined to become a classic. The countryside isn’t always as calm and peaceful as it’s made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus. If you think life in the country is a walk in the park, think again!

Directors Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert adapt Renner’s own acclaimed graphic novel into a delirious, delightful triptych of interlocking stories, with a pacing and visual spontaneity that harkens back to classic Looney Tunes shorts and slapstick two-reelers. But underneath the gags (and there are plenty of them), the three stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

A Canadian short film screens before the feature: No-Man Episode 1 Redux, by Philippe Haché, animated by Philippe Haché & Carmen Cameron, 2017, 3:18m

 

Tickets Available With A Festival Pass, Or At The Door A Half Hour Before The Event (Rush Tickets)

 

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Animation Circus
May
12
10:30 AM10:30

Animation Circus

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Animation Circus
Led by Jenna Marks and Kristin Langille-Dahl

Available with a pass or rush tickets are $10 cash only at the door, WIFT-At Members are $8

What is the best way to study movement? By moving! Presented as part of the Animation Festival of Halifax in partnership with Women in Film and Television – Atlantic, this workshop is for animators and artists alike. Break the mould of your practice by joining local actress and circus freakette, Kristin Langille-Dahl in a hands-on workshop. 

To kick off the day, Kristin will lead a basic circus workshop, followed by a figure drawing session of those same dynamic possess. Come experience the real boundaries of human movement and balance in 'Animation Circus'.

Bring your own drawing supplies and a reusable mug!

 

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Pixilation Nation
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Pixilation Nation

Pixilation Nation - with NSCAD Artist For A Day

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Free and welcome to all

The Animation Festival of Halifax is proud to be part of Artist for a Day at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Pixilation is a stop motion technique where live actors are repeatedly posed and one or more frames is taken. The actor becomes a kind of living stop motion puppet. This technique can be used to blend live actors with animated ones in a movie.

In this drop-in workshop you can learn how to make yourself fly, slide, and spin with your friends. On Saturday between 3-5pm the results will be screened at the official AFX Lounge!

Led by artist and instructor, Becka Barker.

 

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Saturday Morning Cartoons
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Free and welcome to all, with complementary cereal!!

  • Paul O'Regan Hall
  • Halifax Central Library
  • 5440 Spring Garden Road

AFX - the Animation Festival of Halifax in partnership with Halifax Public Libraries and Mini-Con presents: Saturday Morning Cartoons. Out of this world cartoons made in Halifax!

Join us in your PJs, cozies or your choice of costume for Saturday morning cartoons and cereal at the Library.

We can’t wait to reveal some of the big name cartoons that are made right here in Halifax! With host, John Davie.

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May
10
to May 12

Festival Lounge

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The Lounge will be animated during our Festival Kick-Off, 5-6:30pm Thurs May 10, as well as between 3-5pm Sat May 12. On other days it is open for meeting, mingling and sharing information about all things animation. It is also where you will find our festival box office and concessions.

Thurs May 10, 5-6:30pm
Festival Kick-Off
Tidehouse Brewery will launch a brew made special for the festival. Let's come together and toast the art and industry of animation in Halifax, with greetings from Mayor, Mike Savage, and words from our Festival Directors, Siloën Daley & Phillip Stamp.

Sat May 12, 3-5pm
There will be various activities to enjoy, as well as live music with Benn Ross and Seth Huntley as THE DAWN AIRS, a local duo of non-fiction writers collaborating on the great Canadian landscape, today. Food will be available on site, $5 with a festival pass or tickets, or $10 otherwise.


Festival Open Hours:

Thursday May 10

5pm - 11pm


Friday May 11

2pm - 11pm 


Saturday May 12

11am - midnight 


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