Calling all animation students, artists, industry members, and enthusiasts! The Spark Computer Graphics Society presents SPARK Animation 2014, a conference and film festival celebrating creativity, inspiration and innovation in animation around the world.
What: SPARK Animation 2014 October 22 – 26 at the Vancity Theatre
Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour in Vancouver
When: October 22nd to October 26th, 2014
Spark Animation: Films
A showcase and celebration of the best of animation arts from around the world, from independent animation to special premieres, the SPARK Animation Festival is your chance to enjoy some of the most recently acclaimed animated films on the festival circuit.
New this year, a series of programs international shorts incorporating a wide variety of techniques and covering everything from student films and music videos to commercials and This year was the first time the festival accepted submissions, receiving 166 films from 30 countries.
The event opens on October 22nd with the BC premiere of Canadian co-pro The Prophet, by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran. Largely produced locally by BC based Bardel Entertainment, the film is a masterpiece created in chapters by a team of world renowned animators including Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and Bill Plympton (Cheatin’). Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet features the voice talents of Salma Hayek, Liam Neeson and Alfred Molina.
Other highlights include: Song Of The Sea (from Oscar nominated director Tomm Moore), The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (a documentary on legendary Ghibli studio), and Giovanni’s Island (Jury-distinction award at Annecy 2014).
Film festival tickets are available online now for $11.
SPARK Animation: Conference
The keynote speaker is legendary animator Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty & The Beast, Pocahontas, Tarzan) who left Disney two years ago to focus on personal projects, the latest of which include: Duet. Keane will be joined by his son Max Keane, who worked as Production Designer on the project.
The conference will feature speakers from Pixar, Cartoon Saloon, and more who have worked on many blockbuster films such as: Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and Finding Nemo. The sessions will cover “The Making Of”: The Prophet, Song Of The Sea, The Boxtrolls, Lava, Big Hero 6, The Book of Life and Duet.
Conference passes are $175 early-bird (until October 17) and $225 (regular). Individual conference presentations are $25 each (after October 10).
SPARK will also host a Job Fair October 24th and October 25th. Dust off your resumes, bring in your demo reels, and prepare questions for top recruiters. The Job Fair is free but registration is required.