FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 7

A Girl Named Elastika

Guillaume Blanchet Canada 2012 4min

Elastika is not like any other girl. She’s made of elastic, and her universe is a land of cork. She jumps from one building to another, crosses an ocean solo, and travels into outer space holding onto a firework rocket. This imaginative film is made of nothing but pins and rubber bands, and required over 10,000 pictures.

 

Cats

Jeff Chiba Stearns Canada 2014 1min

A whimsical little cat animation created by drawing directly on an iPad using the McLaren’s Workshop iPad app.

No dialogue.

Distraction of a Stationary Nature

Shyra De Souza Canada 2012 10min

It’s amazing what you can do when you have to write something and don’t really want to get started. Witty and fresh, this animated play with office supplies is a wonderful tribute to self-distraction. Don’t put off watching it.

No dialogue.

I Spy With My Little Eye

Alexandra Nebel Germany 2013 10min

The imaginative Mia convinces the timid Ingo to play 'I spy with my little eye' in the kitchen.  More and more the game transforms the kitchen’s reality into a wild sea adventure.

In German with English subtitles.

My Life as a Pickled Plum

Asako Ohshima Japan 2012 3min

Sing along and learn what  it’s like to be a pickled plum!

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Noodle Fish

Jin-Man Kim South Korea 2012 10min

In Korean with English subtitles.

“To be a grown-up, you’ve got to get out of the water.” With this advice, a young fish finds itself in increasingly larger ponds.

Rue de l’Inspecteur (Inspector Street)

Emmanuelle Loslier Canada 2013 9min

Unusual things are happening at the corner of Inspector Street... While an investigation ensues, characters in the pages of a newspaper pop out of photos to impose their personalities on the world around them. Interactions, games, and dialogues play out among unique and wacky characters.

No dialogue.

Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam

Jeff Chiba Stearns and friends Canada 2012 8min

A roster of artists displays the full spectrum of Canadian animation talent as each animates a single diary entry using nothing other than a black marker and some yellow sticky notes. 

Featuring animation from the original Anijam creator Marv Newland along with Oscar® winners Alison Snowden and David Fine and Academy® Award nominees Cordell Barker, Janet Perlman, Chris Hinton, and Paul Driessen. For the film, animators were asked to self-reflect through animation on personal and global events that impacted one day of their lives. Each of the animators created their sequences independent of knowing what the other participants were creating. Starting with a 'to do' list written on the day of a life-altering event, the animators transitioned from text to imagery by utilizing 'animation meditation' to create a visual animated poem representing how their lives were affected by that pivotal day. In the end, the thousands of sticky note drawings link together to create a dynamic and inspirational animated film that connects the human spirit while celebrating individual artistic expression with the goal of inspiring future generations of animators.

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker, illustrator and writer. Born in Kelowna, BC, of Japanese and European heritage, he graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a degree in Film Animation (2001). Soon after, he founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. specializing in the creation of animated and documentary films and innovative animated commercials. His studio has won 32 awards including a Webby Award in 2011 and an Emmy® nomination in 2012. His short animated film Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), winner of the Prix du Public at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival was animated with just a black pen on over 2300 sticky notes and is the official selection of over 80 international film festivals, winning 10 awards. Yellow Sticky Notes was also one of the first films acquired by YouTube’s Screening Room and has since achieved over 1.8 million views.