Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
May
11
9:30 PM21:30

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow - an acclaimed fantasy/science-fiction feature where no one is what they might seem!

Dir. Chang Hyung-yun, Korea, 2014, 81 mins - Korean with English subtitles

Admission is $10 or Festival Pass

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An out of commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But on the way she is caught in the crossfire of a raging magical battle and is transformed into Satellite Girl, complete with Astro Boy-like rocket shoes and weapon-firing limbs.

Meanwhile, the balladeer in question – a loser 20 something at a café open mic – meets the fate that befalls all broken-hearted lovers: he is turned into a farm animal. But love knows no bounds, and aided by the wise and powerful Merlin – a wizard who has been turned into a roll of toilet paper – our duo must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together.

From the brilliant and slightly twisted mind of writer/director Chang Hyung-yun, Satellite Girl and Milk Cow is a heartfelt and wildly entertaining commentary on the possibility for human connection in the crazy, mixed-up, post-modern world we live in.

A local short film screens before the feature: Sometimes Clouds Get in the Way, by Siloën Daley, 2017, 3m

 

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

 

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Think Oscar!
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Think Oscar!

Masterclass by Ron Diamond

Admission is $10 or Festival Pass

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Often people wonder, “Why did certain films not get nominated?” or “What distinguished one film over another to make it to become the Oscar Winner?” And others wonder, “What are the voting procedures?,” “What qualifies a film?” and “How does someone become an Academy member?”

Academy Member Ron Diamond, presents a three hour Master Class that will entertain, inform, and challenge the viewing audience’s preconceptions as to the lesser-known facts about the filmmaking world’s most sought after and respected honor, the Academy Award®.

Diamond explains the rules for submission and pitfalls that have caused some films to be disqualified. To give participants perspective on what kinds of films attract the attention of the Academy Members, Diamond will present a selection of short films including samples of Academy Award Winners, Academy Award Nominates, Oscar qualified shorts that were shown for consideration yet did not progress to nomination, and shorts that did not qualify, might have been disqualified or were not submitted for consideration.

Diamond will share original documents with attendees along with Academy Awards programs and other materials generally regarded as only seen by Academy members and those attending the Academy Awards.

 

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

 

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May
11
3:30 PM15:30

Pitch Panel

Pitch Panel

Free and welcome to all to sit in and watch, if you want to pitch signup is required. See below.

Have you ever wondered how an animation production gets started? Whether it’s a movie, short film, or a series, it all starts with an idea. That idea is then explained (pitched) to someone who has the authority to say ‘yes’ and if all goes well, the production is funded (given the green-light) and work begins.

This mock pitch session is an opportunity to see the pitching process in an open forum. The format is similar to Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank, where our animation panel will hear pitches from hopeful creators and give feedback. Our panelists will share their insights which will be engaging and informative for both audience and participants alike.

Our panel is not in a position to green-light any projects, but at the end of the session, the panel will deliberate and select a winner. All participants will get valuable experience and guidance in shaping their pitches.

Led by Dylan Edwards of Copernicus

Confirmed on the panel are:

  • Robin Johnston, Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality for Bell Media
  • Johanna Lunn, Partner, Centre East Media
  • Mary Elizabeth Luka, Consultant, Digital Media, Arts, Culture
  • Phillip Stamp, Vice President, Current Production, DHX Halifax

To sign up, please respond with your idea in the form below, attaching a short synopsis of your idea, and your resumé.

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Dots & Loops: Open Studio Drop-In Workshop
May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Dots & Loops: Open Studio Drop-In Workshop

FREE and open to all, Supplies and equipment provided

Wonder’neath Studio is collaborating with AFX to offer the Dots & Loops animated open studio from 2-4:30pm and 5-7pm. Led by Becka Barker and Jessica Winton, you won’t want to miss this all-ages, all-skill-levels event, whether you’ve worked in animation before or not.

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Join us at the Wonder'neath Open Studio to learn the basic principles of classical and replacement animation as you create your own simple animated loop!

At the end of each session we will connect all the loops together to exhibit them at the Festival Lounge.

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Pitching Workshop

Pitching Workshop

Free and open to all, though registering is required - see below

Participation includes sign-up for Pitch Panel at 3:30pm

Do you have an idea for an animated project, but are not sure how to take the next step to make it reality? Join our workshop and shape that idea into a pitch!

Led by Dylan Edwards from Copernicus Studios, this workshop will be looking at how to structure a pitch so that your concept is clear, and working on tips for presentation. 

No experience necessary, no preparation required. All you need is an idea for an animated project and a willingness to take criticism. The workshop will run through the morning with a break for lunch. In the afternoon, workshop participants will get a chance to show their work at the Pitch Panel.

Bring a lunch or go to one of the many nearby restaurants.

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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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