Conference schedule and film screenings:

Films will screen at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

where: Maxwell Cummings Auditorium 1379A Sherbrooke West

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE  360º DOME Immersive and VR Cinema

where: HOTEL 10 / 10 Sherbrooke West

OUTDOOR SCREENINGS at Parc des amériques -August 19th and 20th 8:30 pm

where: corner boulevard St-Laurent and Rachel

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Registration open all day

Registration open all day
09:00 - 10:00
Open all day

Panel: State of the Industry
13:30 - 14:30
with Athena Georgaklis, Frank Saperstein, Ariane Smith

The internet is no longer the wave of the future: it's the wave of the present. Animation has benefited from technological advancement to assume a commanding position at the box office, but confidence in traditional distribution models has been badly shaken. Consumer habits continue to change rapidly, and TV producers must reckon with the phenomenon of cord-cutting. Where do we stand in the age of franchises and risk-averse investors, and where do we go from here? with Teletoon Director of Content Athena Georgaklis, Enchanted Thyme CEO Ariane Smith, Tricon Kids and Family EVP Frank Saperstein. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/panel-state-of-the-industry/

State of the Industry
13:30 - 14:30
with Athena Georgaklis, Frank Saperstein, Ariane Smith, Clive Smith

The internet is no longer the wave of the future: it's the wave of the present. Animation has benefited from technological advancement to assume a commanding position at the box office, but confidence in traditional distribution models has been badly shaken. Consumer habits continue to change rapidly, and TV producers must reckon with the phenomenon of cord-cutting. Where do we stand in the age of franchises and risk-averse investors, and where do we go from here? with Nelvana cofounder Clive Smith, Teletoon Director of Content Athena Georgaklis, Enchanted Thyme CEO Ariane Smith, Tricon Kids and Family EVP Frank Saperstein.

Têtes à claques / KNUCKLEHEADS
16:00 - 17:00
Breakaway Quebec comedy hit is now in English, premiering on Adult Swim Canada

The world premiere screening of 2 new episodes from Knuckleheads, the new English adaptation of the comedy hit French-language series Têtes à claques, premiering on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Canada. Two 22 minute episodes will be shown. Q&A with Michel Beaudet, creator of Têtes à claques, and Simon Parizeau of Salambo Productions. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/tetes-a-claquesknuckleheads/

Opening Ceremonies & Projection
19:00 - 21:00
Animaze opening ceremonies & projection

Kick Animaze off with a boom! Opening projection featuring: THERE IS STILL LIFE by Maxime Roz, Yann Jobin, Thibault Houdon of the CENTRE NAD (Montreal) FAT PANTS by Malcolm Rizzuto (USA) TRANSPARENCY by Daniel Suljic (Croatia) AURELIA by Christos Bourantas, Kreon Krionas (Greece) UNKNOWN ENERGIES, UNIDENTIFIED EMOTIONS by Dalibor Baric (Croatia) http://animazefestival.com/events/event/opening-ceremonies/

Opening Party @ SAT
21:30 - 23:55
Opening night party in the Satosphere dome (until 2 AM)

Animaze’s opening night party is at the Satosphere (1201 St-Laurent) as part of the DOMESICLE series 18 AOÛT - SOIRÉE "QUALITÉ DE LUXE" * Poirier + Mr Touré ! + Kyou * TiND + JOCOOL Animaze is a proud partner of SAT, the Société des arts téchnologiques.

Registration open all day

Panel: Virtual Reality
11:00 - 12:00
Mass market VR is here – what now?

Virtual reality: from a perennial buzzword to a viable medium for engaging and immersive content. After years in the wilderness, inexpensive high-quality VR technology has finally reached the mass market.

What promise does VR hold for film and filmmakers, particularly animated film? How does the viewers' freedom of movement disrupt the traditional filmmaker-audience relationship? And what are the long-term applications? Hear from top VR content creators as they negotiate this exciting new universe.

with filmmaker Neil Bell, SAT Director of International Development Vincent Iglesias, filmmaker-animator Mike Sévigny

http://animazefestival.com/events/event/vr-panel-2/

Brave New World
13:00 - 15:00

Glittering skyscrapers, a dizzying choice of entertaining diversions, mass surveillance, discontent. The films in this program grab the future head on. Maybe we are all replicants?

Film selections: http://animazefestival.com/events/event/brave-new-world/

http://animazefestival.com/events/event/brave-new-world/

Panel: Writing for Animation vs Live Action
13:30 - 14:30

No matter the scale of a film or series, story is the easiest thing to overlook and the hardest thing to get right. When working in animation, how can creators construct thoughtful, compelling narratives? When crafting a good story, what characteristics of the medium are important to keep in mind? And how does making a live-action film (or an immersive technology film for that matter) compare?

With Nelvana cofounder Clive Smith, creative technologist Jonathan B̩élisle, Enchanted Thyme CEO Ariane Smith, Oscar-nominated director Gerald Potterton http://animazefestival.com/events/event/panel-writing-for-animation-vs-live-action/

Panel: TV Pitch Forum
14:45 - 15:45

Pitch your TV or webseries project to a panel of professionals. The Jury includes: TELETOON Director of Content Athena Georgaklis, British-Canadian director Gerald Potterton, and Tricon Kids/Family VP Frank Saperstein. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/pitch-forum-for-tv/

Human Nature
15:00 - 17:00

"On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom. --Michel de Montaigne
Film selections: http://animazefestival.com/events/event/human-nature/ http://animazefestival.com/events/event/human-nature/

Panel: Voice Acting
16:00 - 17:00

The right voice talent is crucial for creating believable characters. Actors can give beloved characters a voice and personality, and sometimes even inform their creation. We will hear from veteran voice actors and casting agents. with Melleny Melody (Care Bears), Arthur Holden (Arthur), Assassin’s Creed, H̩él̬ène Rousse (Total Casting/Bad Words Lab) http://animazefestival.com/events/event/panel-voice-acting-2/

Student Film Contest
17:00 - 19:00
Quebec and Canada films

See the best Quebec and Canadian student films here at the Museum of Fine Arts. Featuring films from: Cégep de Vieux Montréal Cégep de Bois-de-Boulogne Cégep de Matane Concordia University - Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema UQAM Isart Centre NAD. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/student-film-contest/

Free outdoor screening
20:30 - 22:30
Parc des amériques (St-Laurent / Rachel)

Come to this outdoor amphitheatre on Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal's famed "main street" and the historic division between English and French, with the cross on Mont Royal glowing in the distance. FRIDAY/VENDREDI: we will project the winners of the Student Film Contest, followed by LA FEMME: Focus on Female Directors. SATURDAY/SAMEDI: International Student Films Death and Horror.

Free outdoor screening
20:30 - 22:30
Parc des amériques (St-Laurent / Rachel)

Come to this outdoor amphitheatre on Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal's famed "main street" and the historic division between English and French, with the cross on Mont Royal glowing in the distance. FRIDAY/VENDREDI: we will project the winners of the Student Film Contest, followed by LA FEMME: Focus on Female Directors. SATURDAY/SAMEDI: International Student Films Death and Horror. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/free-outdoor-screening/

Registration open all day

Panel: Storytelling With Immersive Technologies
11:00 - 12:00

Every technology that comes into filmmaking is first a gimmick. It takes a while for filmmakers to understand how to use it.۪ --Pixar cofounder John Lasseter

Immersive technologies like Virtual Reality and 360 domes hold a lot of promise and untapped aesthetic possibilities. But what about the oldest art - storytelling and narrative? Immersive tech experts and content creators discuss how to use these new mediums to their full potential in enabling storytelling that can move and inspire. They will discuss the challenges they face in creating content that is immersive in more ways than just visually.

http://animazefestival.com/events/event/panel-storytelling-with-immersive-technologies/

Animaze Kids
13:00 - 15:00
Ages 8+

Our children’s programming is suitable for ages 8 and up. http://animazefestival.com/events/event/animaze-kids/

Aislin Animates Politics
13:00 - 14:00

Print media is facing turbulent times, but political cartoons have enduring popularity. On digital platforms, animating political cartoons, like Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Fiore and his team have been doing for over three years, simply makes sense. Most past attempts, however, have proved awkward, time consuming and expensive. Aislin and his team of Mary Hughson and David Sidaway have come up with several approaches for a new creative process - clever animations with pop that can be produced inexpensively within a day! The three will talk about these early attempts, and the exciting possibilities they hold for other animators in a new media landscape. AISLIN is the name of Terry Mosher's elder daughter, and the nom de plume that he has used for over forty-five years as the political cartoonist for the Montreal Gazette. Mosher is also the President Emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists. Mosher is a regular speaker on the topics of humour, history and the importance of cartooning as a communications tool. He has appeared at national conferences such as Idea City, the Banff Festival for The Arts, Montreal's Canadian Club and numerous writers' festivals. Mosher was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2003. From April 7th to August 13th, 2017, Montreal�۪s McCord Museum will host a retrospective of Aislin�۪s work entitiled Aislin: 50 Years of Cartooning - from Trudeau to Trudeau.

“Rock & Rule” presented by Clive Smith
15:00 - 17:00

A rare presentation of the 1983 Canadian adult animated musical science fiction fantasy film, presented by the director, Clive Smith http://animazefestival.com/events/event/rock-rule-presented-clive-smith/

Panel: International Co-productions
16:00 - 17:00

Co-productions in animation allow producers to enlarge their talent pools and draw upon international skills and expertise. In an industry where production is increasingly decentralized and information is overabundant, how can producers make the most of international opportunities, while staying organized and delivering a quality product? Veteran co-production experts weigh in. with Anne Pages (Animation Producer), Frank Saperstein (EVP Tricon Kids and Family), Rob Simmons (Director of Sales, Atomic Cartoons) http://animazefestival.com/events/event/panel-international-co-productions-2/

Animals & Nature
17:00 - 19:00
Woof woof meow meow

http://animazefestival.com/events/event/animals-nature/

Free outdoor screening
20:30 - 22:30
Parc des amériques (St-Laurent / Rachel)

Come to this outdoor amphitheatre on Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal's famed "main street" and the historic division between English and French, with the cross on Mont Royal glowing in the distance. FRIDAY/VENDREDI: we will project the winners of the Student Film Contest, followed by LA FEMME: Focus on Female Directors. SATURDAY/SAMEDI: International Student Films Death and Horror.

Party: fresh // snow
22:00 - 23:55
(until 2am) George Snow / Melleefresh / The Blue Elephant

80s MTV music video director George Snow will make a special presentation of his work at Hotel 10 as part of Animaze Haze in VR launching as The Blue Elephant and Melleefresh spin some sick beats to George’s visuals and your favourite 80s cartoons. Snow's panoramic VR experience APES screens at Animaze was presented at Animation Day in Cannes.

Registration open all day

Panel: Voices of "Arthur"
11:30 - 12:30

The voices behind the characters of the iconic animated series "Arthur" talk about their experiences on the show. Featured are the voice artists Daniel Brochu ("Buster"), Holly Gauthier-Frankel ("Fern"), Jody Resther ("Francine"), Michael Yarmush (the original "Arthur"). http://animazefestival.com/events/event/voices-of-arthur/

Feature Film: "Quackerz"
13:00 - 15:00
Russia, ages 8+

An animated adventure about Chinese and Canadian ducks who must overcome their differences to save the sun from being harnessed by a selfish villain. Starring Michael Gross, Enn Reitel and Jesse Corti. Written and directed by Viktor Lakisov. Suitable for kids ages 8+ http://animazefestival.com/events/event/feature-quackerz/

20 Years of Arthur
13:00 - 14:30

Pendant 20 saisons, l’émission animé Arthur a acquis des admirateurs partout le monde. Avec les créateurs et acteurs, prenez un regard à l’interieur. The animated series Arthur has acquired a worldwide following over 20 seasons on PBS. Join creators and cast members for an inside look. This hour long panel discussion will explore the development and production of Arthur, the classic PBS animated series developed and animated in Montreal. A discussion with directors, designers, writers and voice talent who have played key role in the direction of the show over its 20 year existence. Panelists will explore the creative process behind Arthur, key production and development decisions and how they kept the show fresh and interesting. The panel will be moderated by Arthur Holden, the voice of Mr Ratburn. GREG BAILEY (Director/réalisateur): Greg has directed episodes of Arthur since 1996. He is active with his production company Iron Aardvark Productions. PETER HIRSCH (Head writer/ scénariste) Peter has served as writer and executive story editor on the show since 1997. BRUCE DINSMORE (Voice / voix, Binky Barnes) Bruce is a Montreal-based voice actor who has also appeared in many video games and films. PATRICK BELEC (production designer) The panel will be moderated by ARTHUR HOLDEN, the voice of Mr Ratburn. A Q&A will follow.

Panel: 20 Years of Arthur
13:00 - 14:30

Pendant 20 saisons, l’émission animé Arthur a acquis des admirateurs partout le monde. Avec les créateurs et acteurs, prenez un regard à l’interieur. The animated series Arthur has acquired a worldwide following over 20 seasons on PBS. Join creators and cast members for an inside look. This hour long panel discussion will explore the development and production of Arthur, the classic PBS animated series developed and animated in Montreal. A discussion with directors, designers, writers and voice talent who have played key role in the direction of the show over its 20 year existence. Panelists will explore the creative process behind Arthur, key production and development decisions and how they kept the show fresh and interesting. The panel will be moderated by Arthur Holden, the voice of Mr Ratburn. A Q&A will follow. GREG BAILEY (Director/réalisateur): Greg has directed episodes of Arthur since 1996. He is active with his production company Iron Aardvark Productions. PETER HIRSCH (Head writer/ scénariste) Peter has served as writer and executive story editor on the show since 1997. BRUCE DINSMORE (Voice / voix, Binky Barnes) Bruce is a Montreal-based voice actor who has also appeared in many video games and films. PATRICK BELEC (production designer) http://animazefestival.com/events/event/20-years-of-arthur/

Panel: Character Performance For Animation
14:45 - 15:45
with Myrna Gawyrn

MYRNA GAWRYN works with animators and directors to develop physical behaviour, relationship to other characters, context within story, and anatomical detail — all the components that make animation truly alive and specific.

BY NOTICING the details of character, environment, and relationship, and exploring and refining the physicality of these details in shot preparation, imagined situations, reference, and team and one-on-one consultation, Myrna helps animators develop advanced skills for creating truly powerful visual and physical storytelling.

She has taught and consulted in the area of character behaviour and development, and visual storytelling at DREAMWORKS and DISNEY, as well as LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY in Los Angeles, LUCASFILM and CG PROTEGE in Singapore, GOBELINS and ANNECY in France, the GOBELINS INTERNATIONAL MASTERCLASS PROGRAM worldwide, GRIFFITH FILM SCHOOL in Australia, THE ONE ACADEMY in Malaysia and THE NORMAL UNIVERSITY in Taiwan.

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Art, Vision & Movement
15:00 - 17:00
These films are inspired by the visionary artists and art movements of the past

Full program: http://animazefestival.com/events/event/art-vision-movement/ http://animazefestival.com/events/event/art-vision-movement/

Experimental
17:00 - 19:00

Full program at http://animazefestival.com/events/event/experimental/ http://animazefestival.com/events/event/experimental/

Closing Awards & Projection
19:00 - 21:00
Awards + Irish Focus

http://animazefestival.com/events/event/closing-awards/

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