FESTIVALS - Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Starts in 2 Days!

As previously mentioned, the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is amazing. This is a reminder that it starts in two days. So if you're able to attend, you should. I was planning on being there this year, but have ended up working crazy hours getting a show ready for the History Channel. Unfortunately, as the show deadline looms I'm going to have to keep my nose here to the grindstone in Toronto. However, for people more fortunate than me, who have the ability to attend, you should go.

There are going to be folks presenting at MSMFF from both LAIKA and Aardman Animations. Those two studios produced two of this years major stop-motion feature films; ParaNorman and Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Official Festival Trailer:

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

Official Competition

Montreal, Tuesday October 16th, 2012 – The fourth edition of the Montreal
Stop Motion Film Festival will be held on October 19th, 20th and 21st,
2012 at Concordia University’s Alexandre de Sève Theatre (1453 Mackay
Street, Montreal).

This year’s festival opens Friday evening and includes 73 animated Stop
Motion short films from 22 countries. With comedy, drama, suspense,
romance and even Science fiction there is something for everyone.

In addition to film screenings, the Festival is an essential meeting spot
for industry professionals.  And this year, industry professionals and
Stop Motion enthusiasts will be joined by some of the most famous animated
characters in the world, including:

Wallace & Gromit, Coraline, Norman and the Pirate Captain!

This is a truly unique opportunity to see the puppets from some of the
most memorable animated films up close and personal.

Talks during the Festival include:

- ParaNorman : Mark Shapiro from LAIKA Studio: Friday, October 19 at 7h30 pm.
- Wallace &t Gromit : Merlin Crossingham from Aardman Animations. Saturday
October 20 at 7h30 pm.

The Free Family Screenings are back this year.

Families are invited to the de Sève Theatre Saturday and Sunday from 11h
to 12h to watch PG rated films selected from this year’s submissions.
After the screening, there will be hands-on pods where young filmmakers
can try their hands at animate with the help of Stop Motion Animators.

The complete program is available on the official web site at: