Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

Kaku Arakawa | Japan | 2018 | 70m | PG Carbon Arc Cinema - Theater Thursday May 9, 6:30 PM $10

In 2013 film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But Miyazaki, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The documentary even faces the danger of being cancelled. Go behind the scenes as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create a new short film.

Short before feature: Sincerely Yours, Mrs. Taylor | Sam Decoste | Nova Scotia | 2017 | 5m Inspired by a letter to a national media outlet, Mrs Taylor tells us about her grandmother's experience during the Halifax Explosion.


Torrey Pines

Clyde Petersen | USA | 2016 | 60m | PG Carbon Arc Cinema- Theater Thursday May 9, 8:30PM $10

A queer punk coming-of-age cross-country adventure taking place in Southern California and set in the early 90s. Based on the true story of Petersen who was raised by a schizophrenic single mother fueled by hallucinations of conspiracy theories and family dysfunction, the story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events recalled by twelve-year-old Petersen.

Short Before Feature: The Science of Surfing | Ryan Rumbolt, Animated by Juan Pontaroli, Jose Moreno, Ryan Rumbolt, Christine Le, Arm Sattavorn | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 4m We all know that surfing requires incredible skill, but there's also a lot of science involved. This video explains just that.


Retrospective: Steven Woloshen

Steve Woloshen | Canada | 30+ years working in cameraless animation Curated by Becka Barker Carbon Arc Cinema- Theater 1747 Summer Street, Halifax Friday May 10 7PM $10

Since the early 1980s celebrated Canadian artist Steven Woloshen has been creating animated moving images by using hands-on, tactile methods for creating images directly onto film, without the use of cameras. Found footage, ink, bleach, etchings, and a wide array of other unconventional tools form his unique visual syntax, guiding his conceptual and formal explorations into music and rhythm, language and perception, archive and memory, and familial relationships. Cameraless filmmaking, in Woloshen’s hands, dives into possibilities of film images we do not see in typical movie-going experiences. Animation is his mechanism to peel back layers of moving image to reveal feelings and thoughts--serious and playful, colourful and textured--beneath typical cinematic expectations. His deft use of colour, line, texture, and rhythm create abstractions that offer audiences another kind of immersion into an animated space.

AFX is proud to present a retrospective screening of Woloshen’s works that invite us into this space. After our screening, Woloshen will be on hand to discuss his work with the audience. And if this work inspires you, be sure to check out his cameraless animation workshop on Saturday, here at the festival!


Ruben Brandt, Collector

Milorad Krstic | Hungary | 2018 | 96m | R | In English and Hungarian with English subtitles Carbon Arc Cinema- Theater Friday May 10 9PM $10

Four expert thieves attempt to steal every famous artwork that is haunting their mutual psychotherapist. A detective attempts to find out who the "Collector" is.

Short Before Feature: A Dinner With Dad | Johanna J. Lunn, Animated by Sarita MacNeil | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 3m Daughter, wife, mother, these are labels many women unconsciously wear, and when these roles dissolve who is left?


Saturday Morning Cartoons

Halifax Central Library, Paul O'Regan Hall Saturday May 11 9:30-11:30AM FREE All welcome!

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 Halifax Central Library. We can’t wait to reveal some of the big name cartoons that are made right here by our Halifax studios! Hosted by John Davie.


20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Introduced by Michael Fukushima, National Film Board of Canada Animation Studio 15 International Films | Various Artists | 2018 | 98m | PG Carbon Arc Cinema - Theater Saturday May 11 2:30PM $10

The Animation Show of Shows is a selection of some of the year's best animated short films, curated and presented by Acme Filmworks. The works in this year’s show remind us of both the universality of shared ideals, as well as the diverse challenges we face.

The Green Bird - Maximilien Bourgeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goallard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France A funny animation which harks back to classic cartoons of the mid-20th century.

One Small Step - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, USA An inspiring story of a Chinese-American girl’s dream of being an astronaut centers on her evolving relationship with her father.

Grands Canons -  Alain Biet, France A dizzying symphonic celebration of everyday objects through the animation of detailed drawings.

Barry - Anchi Shen, USA A sheep that longs to be a doctor and tries to be taken seriously by his human colleagues.

Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, USA Inspired by a poem composed by an eloquent preschooler.

Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany The darker side of relationships is forcefully explored in a tour de force of claymation that uses dance to delve into the lengths people go to to deceive each other and try to pass for something they’re not.

Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil If you’ve ever suspected board meetings offer nothing but verbal gassing and mindless conformity, director Guy Charnaux shows he knows your pain.

Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands A case of mistaken identity has unpleasant consequences in this unsettling tale that might or might not be a parable of our times.

Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, USA Inspired by a poem composed by an eloquent preschooler.

A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Spain Inspired by the absurdity and black humor that characterizes Estonian animation.

Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany “Carlotta’s Face,” by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld, illuminates a different kind of relationship dysfunction in its sensitive portrayal of a woman who suffers from prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize faces, and her salvation through art.

Age of Sail - John Kahrs, USA Chronicles the adventures of an old sailor who rescues a teenaged girl after she falls overboard.

Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, USA The power of family ties, and specifically the enduring connection between parents and children, are sensitively evoked in Hikari Toriumi’s deeply affecting Polaris, about a young polar bear leaving home for the first time.

My Moon - Eusong Lee, USA Eusong Lee’s My Moon takes a more cosmic and lighthearted approach to a troubled relationship, limning a celestial love triangle played out by the sun, the moon, and the earth.

Weekends - Trevor Jimenez, USA The beautifully designed Weekend by Trevor Jimenez, explores the complex emotional landscape of a young boy and his recently divorced parents, as he shuttles between their very different homes and lives.


Vegan Delights: Canadian Animated Shorts

Thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia Carbon Arc Cinema - Theater Saturday May 11 8PM $10

A selection of recent offerings from independent animation artists in Atlantic Canada and across the country! A wide array of styles, themes, and characters that give a glimpse into a variety of imagined worlds.

Welcome- Laura Stewart | Quebec | 2018 | 2m A man tries to befriend his new neighbour by baking her cookies. It doesn't go as planned.

Biidabaan- Amanda Strong | British Columbia | 2018 | 19m Based on the writings of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, the film centres on Biidaaban, a young shapeshifter on a secret mission to revive the traditional First Nations ritual of harvesting sap from maple trees.

Hole- Gil Goletski | British Columbia | 2018 | 6m Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.

Through Dirt- Sharron Mirsky | Quebec | 2018 | 1m Animated with potting soil on a lightbox, this collage of sounds and abstract visuals moves through the uncomfortable murk of ambivalence and indecision to acceptance.

Freaks of Nurture- Alexandra Lemay | Quebec | 2018 | 6m A stop-motion film about a mother-daughter relationship bursting at the seams with babies, poodles and flying spaghetti.

Reach the Sky- Daniel Sterlin-Altman | Ontario | 2018 | 6m Animated by Evan DeRushie, Daniel Sterlin-Altman, and Martha Grant On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road.

Abeo- Brenda Lopez, Ana Eskildsen | Quebec | 2018 | 7m Abeo is a hard hitting mixed media short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risk their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search of a better life.

First Sun- Leslie Supnet | Ontario | 2014 | 2m The rising sound of drums and the imagined birth of our nearest star.

Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten by No Train- Jenna Marks | Nova Scotia | 2019 | 5m This country ballad, sung by Regina’s Belle Plain, uses both live-action and paper animation to take us through a heart racing account of when her grandmother was nearly killed by a train.

Billy's Behemoth Blast- Josh Owen | Nova Scotia | 2017 | 6m Baby Billy gets accidentally blasted by the infamous Halifax Explosion of 1917.

Animal Behaviour- Alison Snowden, David Fine | Quebec | 2018 | 14m A group therapy session, with animals.