Animaze Festival – Animation for everyone
Animaze Festival – There is this misconception about animation film that it is a genre for kids. Indeed, animation (a.k.a. cartoon movies) is a category of filmmaking almost as old as cinema itself, and since then it has been intended for all audiences. This previous clarification is an important element to have in mind when the 4th edition of Animaze—Montreal’s own animation festival—be held between August 17 and 20. Animaze will present an assorted selection of some of the best animation films from over 60 countries. It will also feature some virtual reality (VR) productions.
At a press conference this past July 26, Laurie Gordon, director of Animaze also highlighted another aspect of this year’s edition: its humanitarian dimension. “Film is another way to speak to people,” said Ms. Gordon about the heroic actions undertaken by Swiss Doctor Marcel Junod, who worked with the Red Cross, and whose work is featured in the animated Japanese movie “Junod” to be screened at the festival on August 19. Josée Payant, spokesperson for the Red Cross also referred to the movie on Dr. Junod and reminded that “the Red Cross is a symbol of safety and security.”
Animaze will also have the support of the Golden Square Mile Association since most of the shows will take place in that iconic neighbourhood. Louis Moubarak, on behalf of the Golden Square Mile Association, indicated that his association would be promoting the festival in that area of the city.
A scientific dimension will also be present during this festival, displaying the applications of animation to scientific fields. New technology too will be present at the festival in the form of Virtual Reality, which allows the total immersion in the scenes on the part of the viewer. Hannah Cohen of OSMOS, the Academy of Virtual Reality, and consultant Peter Wilkinson described what the spectator could expect to experience through this new visual technology.
The animation fest will also hold a workshop for producers on August 18 at 11 a.m., a discussion of the work of editorial cartoonist Terry Mosher (Aislin) on August 19 at 6 p.m., and the presentation of “Abina and the Important Men—A Graphic History” on August 20 at 3:30, the last two at the McCord Museum.
To have more information including ticket prices, venues, and the list of films to be screened (which at the time when I’m writing this article is not complete yet), please visit: www.animazefestival.com
Feature image: Animaze 2017: director Laurie Gordon and representatives from partner organizations