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FESTIVALS - The 2013 Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival LIne-Up

PRESS RELEASE:

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Line up for the 5th anniversary edition
October 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2013

Montreal, October 1, 2013 – The fifth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion
Film Festival is proud to announce the release of its official program for
2013. This year, the Festival will be taking place on October 18th, 19th,
and 20th in the J.A. de Sève Theater at Concordia University (1453 Mackay
Street, Montreal).

2013 is a very special year. Not only is it the 5th edition of the
Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, but it is also the 20th anniversary of
the release of The Nightmare Before Christmas. In order to celebrate this
landmark, we are opening the Festival with a special screening of the film
on Friday October 18th. The event will also include Henry Selick, the
film’s director and Anthony Scott, its animator.

This edition wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Joe and Joan
Clokey, owners of the celebrated studio that created Gumby, one of the
world’s most famous stop motion characters.  We will also have a workshop
with Jamie Caliri, filmmaker (The Shins: A Rifle Spiral) and creative
director for Dragonframe!

We will honour the memory of one of the greatest Stop Motion artists— Ray
Harryhausen— by presenting the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effect
Titan, which offers an in depth view into all the movies he worked on.

We will also have a retrospective of NUKUFILM, the famous stop motion
animation studio from Estonia, which has been producing films for more
than 50 years. They opened their vault and we picked the best of the best
for this stellar presentation celebrating one of the busiest studios of
Europe.

This year's program has something for everyone. Along with the official
film selection, talks, and guest artists, the festival is also offering
two free family screenings, presented by Mega Bloks and hands-on pods with
animation software so that young animators can discover the magic of
animation on site.

With more screenings and guest speakers than ever before, the Montreal
Stop Motion Film Festival’s fifth edition promises to be the biggest and
best yet.

20th anniversary screening of The Nightmare before Christmas
Friday October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is celebrating the 20th anniversary
of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Director, Henry Selick, and animator,
Anthony Scott, will be presenting the film. They will share stories and
behind the scene tidbits from this landmark production and will then
participate in a Q&A.  There will also be a special appearance by Jack,
and other surprises.  All of this will be followed by the now famous
festival cake.


THE OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION
More than seventy Stop Motion films, from twenty countries, will be
presented on the big screen. The jury will select a winner in each of the
competitive categories:

Academic films 1: Saturday October 19 - 12:30 p.m. (PG-13)

Academic films 2: Sunday October 20 - 12:30 p.m.         (PG-13)

Independent films: Saturday October 19 - 9:00 p.m.   (PG-13)

Professional films 1: Sunday October 20 - 4:30 p.m.     (PG-13)

Professional films 2: Sunday October 20 - 7:00 p.m.     (PG-13)

The jury is composed of three members of the stop motion community: Henry
Selick, Joe Clokey and Joan Rock Clokey. The winners will be announced on
Sunday evening, the closing night of the festival.

OTHER ACTIVITIES NOT TO BE MISSED

A retrospective of Gumby! With Joe Clokey and Joan Rock Clokey
Saturday October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Joe Clokey and Joan Rock Clokey will give a presentation on the impact of
their family’s studio on the world of stop motion and the greater world of
children's entertainment. Joe has put together a "Gumby through the Years"
film that shows Art Clokey's early stop motion work and the groundbreaking
clay animation pilot film Gumbasia, which launched the creation of Gumby.

A talk with Jamie Caliri, creative director of Dragonframe
Saturday October 19 at 2:30 p.m.

During his presentation, Jamie Caliri will screen short works that include
the title sequence from The United States of Tara and last year’s stop
motion music video for the Shins. He will then walk us through the process
of creating the Shins A Rifle’s Spiral from storyboards to colour
correction. This talk will cover technical details as well as the
collaborative process with production designer Alex Juhasz and animator
Anthony Scott. There will also be time for a fun-filled Q&A.

DOCUMENTARY to honour the memory of RAY HARRYHAUSEN
Saturday October 19 at 4:30pm

This year also marks the departure of one of the great masters of Stop
Motion animation: Ray Harryhausen. He influenced many young animators with
the fantastic characters he created for such classic films as: Jason and
the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans. To honour his memory, we are
presenting the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effect Titan, which
offers an in depth view of the movies he worked on.


RETROSPECTIVE of NUKUFILM : animation studio from Estonia
Sunday October 19 at 2:30pm

Founded in 1957, NUKUFILM has been quite busy producing animated films
using Stop motion animation. This special presentation will feature some
of the studio’s best production and give us highlights from the eclectic
style they have been developing over the years.


FREE SCREENINGS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY 
Presented by Mega Bloks
Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The festival will be holding two free family screenings. The whole family
will have the opportunity to enjoy stop motion animation from around the
world. These films are selected from films in the official competitions.

HANDS-ON Sessions
Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The festival will have “hands-on” sessions on Saturday and Sunday where
animators and novices can get better acquainted with animation software
while animating construction toys from Mega Bloks. Will have animators on
site to guide artists and enthusiasts as they try their hands at stop
motion animation.

TICKETS

Adults: $10 per session
Children (12 years and under): $5 per session
VIP Pass: $65
Special screening of Nightmare Before Christmas $15

The VIP Pass, which gives you access to all sessions, is on sale at
www.LaVitrine.com in limited quantity. Tickets will be available for
purchase at the door before each screening.

5th Annual MONTREAL STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 18, 19 & 20
For more information, visit our website: www.stopmotionmontreal.com
The official Festival trailer is now available online:

and also the complete description by the director

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival celebrates the talents of all stop
motion artists. The Festival is an initiative of Erik H. Goulet, director
of the Festival and teacher in the animation department at Concordia

University since 2001.

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