SPARK ANIMATION 2022
October 27 - November 30, 2022



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SPARK ANIMATION 2022
IGNITE YOUR PASSION, SPARK YOUR CREATIVITY, GET CONNECTED
October 27 - November 30, 2022


WELCOME!

BC’s only Oscar®-accredited festival, SPARK ANIMATION packs world-class films, talks and events in an intimate, grass-roots festival.

Learn, meet and be inspired by the industry’s top talent. In addition to films, SPARK ANIMATION features panels, talks and workshops from the most talented artists, directors and studio luminaries.


In-Person Festival

In-person programming is back! Don’t miss your chance to meet and mingle with other like-minded creatives and filmmakers. The full schedule of film screenings and talks is available below. Click on the Online Registration button to secure your seats early.

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Online Festival

Passes to our worldwide multi-stream virtual event are now available from our new platform partner. For more info and to secure your online passes, visit:

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Career Fair: Loaded with Talent

Our second Career Fair of the year will be held on 12 November 2022 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from 9:30 am to 5 pm. For more info or to register, please visit our special event page.

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SCHEDULE

DAY 1THURSDAY - OCTOBER 27, 2022
6:00 pmNETWORKING
RECEPTION (No Minors)
7:00 pmFEATURE FILM
MY FATHER'S DRAGON + Q&A (No Minors)
with Nora Twomey · Moderated by Marina Antunes
9:30 pmFEATURE FILM
WENDELL & WILD + Q&A (No Minors)
with Henry Selick · Moderated by Marina Antunes
DAY 2FRIDAY - OCTOBER 28, 2022
6:30 pmSHORT FILMS
MOTHERS OF AN ARTFORM + MIXER
with Joan Gratz
9:00 pmFEATURE FILM
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE + SKYPE Q&A
with Signe Baumane
11:30 pmSHORT FILMS
AFTER DARK (No Minors)
DAY 3SATURDAY - OCTOBER 29, 2022
9:00 amPRESENTATION
BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY FATHER'S DRAGON
with Nora Twomey · Moderated by Keith Blackmore
10:40 amPRESENTATION
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MAGICAL INDIGENOUS WORLD OF SPIRIT RANGERS
with Joey Clift & Karissa Valencia · Moderated by Reena Bali
12:20 pmPRESENTATION
DEVELOPING SUPERPOWERS ON DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS
with Amilcar Herrera, Angela Ensele, Clementine Lo, David Burgess, Ed de Guzman & Jenny Li · Moderated by Kristen Anderson
2:00 pmPRESENTATION
THE SEA BEAST: THE MAKING OF AN EPIC ADVENTURE
with Chris Williams & R. Stirling Duguid · Moderated by Kaitlin Sutherland
3:40 pmPRESENTATION
TAKING THE CHANCE OUT OF MAKING LUCK
with David Eisenmann, Kiel Murray & Peggy Holmes · Moderated by Marina Antunes
5:15 pmFEATURE FILM
CLAYDREAM + Q&A
with Joan Gratz, Larry Bafia, Marilyn Zornado & Mark Gustafson · Moderated by Marina Antunes
7:30 pmFEATURE FILM
RIFT + Q&A
with Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull & Paula Crickard
10:00 pmFEATURE FILM
UNICORN WARS (No Minors)
DAY 4SUNDAY - OCTOBER 30, 2022
9:00 amPRESENTATION
GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND
with Genndy Tartakovsky · Moderated by Keith Blackmore
10:40 amPRESENTATION
LIGHTYEAR: THE JOURNEY TO BUILD THE WORLD AROUND BUZZ
with Nathan Fariss · Moderated by Alyssa Zárate
11:30 amSHORT FILMS
NOT JUST FOR KIDS
12:20 pmPRESENTATION
PUZZLE PIECES: FINDING A THROUGHLINE ON THE MOOD AND FEEL OF WENDELL & WILD
with Robin Joseph · Moderated by Kaitlin Sutherland
2:00 pmPRESENTATION
LOSING OLLIE: A HANDMADE STORY, A DECADE IN THE MAKING
with Brandon Oldenburg · Moderated by TBA
2:30 pmSHORT FILMS
MADE IN CANADA
3:40 pmPRESENTATION
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO
with Brian Leif Hansen & Mark Gustafson · Moderated by Larry Bafia
5:15 pmFEATURE FILM
THE FIRST SUPERHERO: MONKEY KING + Q&A
with Dick Zondag & Ralph Zondag · Moderated by Clara Chan
7:30 pmSHORT FILMS
THE SPARK ANIMATION CELEBRATION! (No Minors)
DAY 17SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 12, 2022
9:30 amMASTERCLASS
THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING
with Jihyun Park & Shiyoon Kim · Moderated by Alyssa Zárate


Thursday

Thursday - October 27, 6:00 PM
NETWORKING
RECEPTION (No Minors)
19+ no minors

SOLD OUT

Regular: $30 (incl. GST + transaction fees)

Celebrate the launch of SPARK ANIMATION 2022 at this intimate gathering. It’s your opportunity to connect and celebrate the art of animation with fans and creators alike! The evening will include appetizers and a cash bar.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · ATRIUM
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7



Thursday - October 27, 7:00 PM
FEATURE FILM
MY FATHER'S DRAGON + Q&A (No Minors)
2022 // Ireland · USA // Dir.: Nora Twomey // 99 min
Language: English
Advisory: Not rated
Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere
19+ no minors
with Nora Twomey · Moderated by Marina Antunes

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

From five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), comes an exquisite film inspired by the Newbery-honoured children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island and the friendship of a lifetime.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


My Father's Dragon © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.



Thursday - October 27, 9:30 PM
FEATURE FILM
WENDELL & WILD + Q&A (No Minors)
2022 // USA // Dir.: Henry Selick // 105 min
Language: English
Advisory: Not rated
Premiere Status: BC Premiere
19+ no minors
with Henry Selick · Moderated by Marina Antunes

Regular: $20 // Groups (5+): $18*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

From the delightfully wicked minds of Henry Selick and Jordan Peele, comes Wendell & Wild, an animated tale about scheming demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele), who enlist the aid of 13-year-old Kat Elliot — a tough teen with a load of guilt — to summon them to the Land of the Living. But what Kat demands in return leads to a brilliantly bizarre and comedic adventure like no other, an animated fantasy that defies the law of life and death, all told through the handmade of stop motion.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Wendell & Wild © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Friday

Friday - October 28, 6:30 PM
SHORT FILMS
MOTHERS OF AN ARTFORM + MIXER
with Joan Gratz

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Proof that female filmmakers are a creative force to be reckoned with, this year’s collection of shorts from female creators highlights the diversity of female animators.

These brilliant self-contained creative feats beautifully capture all the fun and foibles of human nature.

The program will open with a celebration of Oscar®-winning director Joan Gratz’s career, including a retrospective of her work, curated by the filmmaker herself. Titles include: The One-Minute Memoir, Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, Lost and Found, No Leaders Please, and a sneak preview of her work-in-progress The Battle for Swan Lake.

  • The One-Minute Memoir // 2019 // USA // Dir.: Joan Gratz, various // 17 min
  • Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase // 1992 // USA // Dir.: Joan Gratz // 7 min
  • Lost and Found // 2020 // USA // Dir.: Joan Gratz // 7 min
  • No Leaders Please // 2020 // USA // Dir.: Joan Gratz // 2 min
  • The Battle for Swan Lake (preview) // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Joan Gratz // 5 min
  • Xanadu // 2022 // UK // Dir.: Marina Waltz // 9 min
  • The Liberties' Collector // 2021 // France // Dir.: Auriane Chapot // 4 min
  • Soft Animals // 2021 // USA // Dir.: Renee Zhan // 3 min
  • Something More // 2022 // UK // Dir.: Mary Martins // 5 min
  • February 12, 2021 // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Nianshao Cheng // 4 min
  • Other Half // 2021 // USA // Dir.: Lina Kalcheva // 13 min
  • Jung & Restless // 2021 // USA // Dir.: Joanna Priestley // 6 min
  • Lost Souls // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Christina Giordano // 7 min
  • Stay // 2022 // UK // Dir.: Yu Sun // 5 min
  • The Garbage Man // 2022 // Portugal // Dir.: Laura Gonçalves // 12 min
  • Local Middle Schooler // 2021 // USA // Dir.: Sanjna Bharadwaj // 11 min

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Mothers

No Leaders Please © 2020. Joan Gratz. All Rights Reserved.


Friday - October 28, 9:00 PM
FEATURE FILM
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH MARRIAGE + SKYPE Q&A
2022 // Latvia · USA // Dir.: Signe Bauman // 107 min // TBA
Language: English
Advisory: TBA
Premiere Status: BC Premiere
with Signe Baumane

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

From an early age, songs and fairytales convinced Zelma that love would solve all her problems as long as she abided by societal expectations of how a girl should act. But as she grew older, something didn’t seem right with the concept of love: the more she tried to conform, the more her body resisted. A story about the acceptance of the inner female rebellion.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7





Friday - October 28, 11:30 PM
SHORT FILMS
AFTER DARK (No Minors)
Advisory: Not rated
19+ no minors

Regular: $10 // Groups (5+): $9*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Animation isn't all likeable superheroes and princesses. Reach beyond your comfort zone with this selection of edgy, unique visions. A must for fans of adult animation.

  • Mileage // 2022 // Canada // Dirs.: Jennifer Wu, Kym Santiana, Ruyee Lu, Christopher Hsueh, Nicole Taylor-Topacio, Joy Zhou, Ruby Saysanasy, Miranda Li, Saul Benavides // 8 min
  • Search for the Human // 2022 // France // Dirs.: Mélina Ienco, Lucie Juric, Caroline Leibel, Faustine Merle, Claire Pellet // 7 min
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie // 2021 // Israel // Dirs.: Sarai Abergel, Noy Friman, Guy Livnat // 9 min
  • A Beautiful Summer Night // 2022 // France // Dirs.: Arthur Dupuy, Enzo Leboucher, Sam Castelli, Aleksandar Savic, Yannis Brun, Barbara Derail // 7 min
  • I Had a Dream of a House at Night // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Charlie Galea McClure // 2 min
  • Apartment // 2022 // South Korea // Dir.: Ju-I Lee // 4 min
  • EONIA // 2022 // France // Dirs.: Amaury Renard, Bastien Foreau, Jason Mathieu, Eloïse Fontimpe, Carina Loiseau, Axel Leparmentier, Pauline Furon, Kilian Vandenhende // 4 min
  • Boxed In // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Bernhard Kerschbaumer // 3 min
  • Mom, What’s Up With the Dog? // 2021 // France // Dir.: Lola Lefevre // 7 min
  • The Sausage Run // 2021 // Germany // Dir.: Thomas Stellmach // 10 min
  • La Pursé // 2022 // Brazil // Dir.: Gabriel Nóbrega // 5 min
  • Mixed Messages // 2021 // USA // Dir.: Gabriella Antali // 2 min
  • Family of Vurdulak // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Samuel Chou // 13 min
  • Combustible // 2021 // France // Dirs.: Louis Grossot, Quentin Maillet, Betty Natale, Benoit Brissiaud, Pierre Picquot // 6 min
  • Love to Death // 2022 // Taiwan // Dir.: Yi-Xiang Lin // 8 min
  • Skinned // 2022 // France // Dir.: Joachim Hérissé // 15 min
  • Pour Games // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Patrick Smith // 4 min
  • Magical Caresses – Masturbation: A Short History of a Great Taboo // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Lori Malépart-Traversy // 4 min

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


After Dark

Mom, What’s Up With the Dog © 2021. Miyu Distribution. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday

Saturday - October 29, 9:00 AM
PRESENTATION
BEHIND THE SCENES OF MY FATHER'S DRAGON
Presented by Cartoon Saloon
with Nora Twomey · Moderated by Keith Blackmore

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

In this peek at the creative and production process of Carton Saloon’s latest feature film, Director Nora Twomey speaks about the origins of the film, its journey to the screen, the film’s art direction and working with a full feature production team, spread across the globe during the pandemic. Not to be missed. A Netflix release.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


My Father

My Father's Dragon © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday - October 29, 10:40 AM
PRESENTATION
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MAGICAL INDIGENOUS WORLD OF SPIRIT RANGERS
Presented by Netflix
with Joey Clift & Karissa Valencia · Moderated by Reena Bali

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Showrunner Karissa Valencia will share how she created Spirit Rangers with Native American creatives to tell action and adventures inspired by tribal stories. Staff Writer/Consulting Producer Joey Clift will join to share some behind-the-scenes stories that went into bringing Spirit Rangers to screen.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Spirit Rangers

Spirit Rangers © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday - October 29, 12:20 PM
PRESENTATION
DEVELOPING SUPERPOWERS ON DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETS
Presented by Animal Logic
with Amilcar Herrera, Angela Ensele, Clementine Lo, David Burgess, Ed de Guzman & Jenny Li · Moderated by Kristen Anderson

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

See behind the cape and hear from the heroes who helped create the world of DC League of Super-Pets! Over four years, the talented artists at Animal Logic worked on this epic animated adventure, bringing the world of DC Comics to life, while honing their skills and forging their careers. Discover how early career artists from Assets, Animation and FX were mentored by their supervisors and find out what they learnt along the way. The panel will also breakdown a scene from the film and share unique insight into the filmmaking process.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


DC

DC League of Super-Pets © 2022 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday - October 29, 2:00 PM
PRESENTATION
THE SEA BEAST: THE MAKING OF AN EPIC ADVENTURE
Presented by Sony Pictures Imageworks
with Chris Williams & R. Stirling Duguid · Moderated by Kaitlin Sutherland

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Join Academy Award-winning Director Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6) and VFX Supervisor Stirling Duguid as they discuss the inspiration, creativity and production innovations that helped bring the epic motion picture The Sea Beast to life. A Netflix release.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


The Sea Beast

The Sea Beast © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday - October 29, 3:40 PM
PRESENTATION
TAKING THE CHANCE OUT OF MAKING LUCK
Presented by Skydance Animation
with David Eisenmann, Kiel Murray & Peggy Holmes · Moderated by Marina Antunes

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Luck is a heartwarming film about Sam Greenfield, the unluckiest girl in the world, and the first film from Skydance Animation. As luck would have it, we have Director Peggy Holmes, along with producer David Eisenmann and screenwriter Kiel Murray to share the process of creating, researching and understanding the world of Sam, and her journey into the magical Land of Luck. An Apple TV+ release.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Luck

Luck © 2022 Skydance Animation. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday - October 29, 5:15 PM
FEATURE FILM
CLAYDREAM + Q&A
2021 // USA // Dir.: Marq Evans // 96 min // TBA
with Joan Gratz, Larry Bafia, Marilyn Zornado & Mark Gustafson · Moderated by Marina Antunes

Regular: $10 // Groups (5+): $9*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Known as the “Father of Claymation,” Will Vinton revolutionized the animation business during the 1980s and 90s, creating such iconic characters as the California Raisins and Domino’s The Noid. But after thirty years of being the unheralded king of clay, Vinton’s carefully sculpted American dream came crumbling down.

Structured around interviews with this charismatic pioneer and his close collaborators, along with a treasure trove of clips of their work together, Claydream charts the rise and fall of the Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning Will Vinton Studios.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7





Saturday - October 29, 7:30 PM
FEATURE FILM
RIFT + Q&A
2022 // UK // Dir.: HaZ Dulill // 99 min // TBA
Language: English
Advisory: no advisory
Premiere Status: World Premiere
with Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull & Paula Crickard

Regular: $10 // Groups (5+): $9*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Max, a young boy held captive in a research facility, uses his ability to create rifts in the fabric of spacetime, across parallel universes, looking for the one in which his brother Leon, a former marine, manages to rescue him.

With its genre-bending plot and story that deals with sci-fi elements of time and multi-dimensions wrapped in a deep emotional layer fused with themes of love and redemption, RIFT is a bold, high-concept feature film aimed at the Young Adult audience.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7




Saturday - October 29, 10:00 PM
FEATURE FILM
UNICORN WARS (No Minors)
2022 // Spain · France // Dir.: Alberto Vázquez // 80 min
Language: In Spanish w. English Subtitles
Advisory: Not rated
Premiere Status: BC Premiere
19+ no minors

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

The little bear army indoctrinates young recruits to lead them to a war they have started against the unicorns that represent the threat to the security of their people. Two brothers; Azulín and Gordi, along with a group of new recruits without experience, will be sent on a dangerous mission to save the Magic Forest. Will the little bears be up to the challenge?

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7




Sunday

Sunday - October 30, 9:00 AM
PRESENTATION
GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND
Presented by Cartoon Network
with Genndy Tartakovsky · Moderated by Keith Blackmore

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Genndy Tartakovsky is considered one of the greatest talents working in animation today. His work on shows like Dexter‘s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and now Primal have earned him this distinction. One of the preeminent animation directors today, his work is acclaimed for its visual tone, mood, and storytelling.

In this very special presentation, Tartakovsky will discuss past career highlights, the latest season of Primal and future projects. Not to be missed.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack © Cartoon Network. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 10:40 AM
PRESENTATION
LIGHTYEAR: THE JOURNEY TO BUILD THE WORLD AROUND BUZZ
Presented by Pixar Animation
with Nathan Fariss · Moderated by Alyssa Zárate

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Alien jungles, remote mining facilities, a growing Star Command base and a variety of space ships, large and small, were just some of the challenges tackled during the making of Lightyear. Crafted in a style reminiscent of the great science fiction films of the 1970’s and 80’s, join me for an exploration into the environments and vehicles of Lightyear. From the search for the style itself to some of the technical hurdles encountered by the team, we’ll cover what it took to craft one of Pixar’s most unique-looking films.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Lightyear

Lightyear © 2022 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 11:30 AM
SHORT FILMS
NOT JUST FOR KIDS
Limit of 2 tickets per person

Regular: FREE

Children's entertainment has come a long way. This program of kid-friendly entertainment is fun for all ages — from 2 to 102!

  • In the Woods // 2021 // Turkey // Dir.: Ilgın Saçan // 2 min
  • Code Rose // 2022 // France // Dirs.: Taye Cimon, Pierre Coëz, Julie Groux, Sandra Leydier, Manuarii Morel, Romain Seisson // 5 min
  • Kaghati // 2021 // USA // Dirs.: Stanley Soendoro, Amanda Jayapurna // 3 min
  • Laika & Nemo // 2022 // Germany // Dirs.: Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow // 15 min
  • Snowflakes // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Sabrina Stoll // 6 min
  • Kayak // 2021 // France // Dirs.: Solène Bosseboeuf, Flore Dechorgnat, Tiphaine Klein, Auguste Lefort, Antoine Rossi // 6 min
  • The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World // 2022 // Germany // Dir.: Damaris Zielke // 7 min
  • Pete // 2022 // USA // Dir.: Bret Parker // 6 min
  • Delphine and the Imaginary Menagerie // 2021 // UK // Dir.: Åsa Lucander // 2 min
  • Superworm // 2021 // UK // Dirs.: Jac Hamman, Sarah Scrimgeour // 26 min

VENUE:   MONTALBANO FAMILY THEATRE · VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
8th Floor · 350 W Georgia St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 6B1


Community Partner




Not Just for Kids

Superworm © 2021. Magic Light Pictures Ltd. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 12:20 PM
PRESENTATION
PUZZLE PIECES: FINDING A THROUGHLINE ON THE MOOD AND FEEL OF WENDELL & WILD
Presented by Netflix
with Robin Joseph · Moderated by Kaitlin Sutherland

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Henry Selick is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. Best known for directing, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline, Selick now brings us his latest, the delightfully wicked stop-motion animation, Wendell & Wild.

In this very special presentation, Production Designer Robin Joseph not only takes us behind the scenes, showcasing the characters and sets in this amazing stop-motion world but also the external forces that literally made this one hell of a production. Not to be missed. A Netflix release.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


W&W

Wendell and Wild © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 2:00 PM
PRESENTATION
LOSING OLLIE: A HANDMADE STORY, A DECADE IN THE MAKING
with Brandon Oldenburg · Moderated by TBA

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Sometimes the journey takes longer than you expect it. Sometimes the path weaves and turns in unexpected ways. Getting lost inevitably becomes a necessary part to finding the way back home. Feel the thrill, pain and joy that goes into a 10-year epic journey of development for a critically acclaimed Netflix series. See the development art, puppets and animation tests that go into crafting the vision for a lost toy story. It’s not about cowboys or spacemen but the profound emptiness a lost loved one leaves behind and how it’s proof of just how much room your love for them takes up. Hear some of the personal stories that are woven into the heart of Ollie.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Lost Ollie

Lost Ollie © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 2:30 PM
SHORT FILMS
MADE IN CANADA
Limit of 2 tickets per person

Regular: FREE

Animated short films and Canada are ubiquitous, and this program of Canadian-made projects highlights the continuing tradition of great Canadian animation.

  • Canary // 2022 // Canada // Dirs.: Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault // 12 min
  • AquaREEL // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Zsofia Opra-Szabo // 2 min
  • A Princess at the Train Station // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Lia Gomez // 2 min
  • Embrace // 2021 // Canada // Dir.: Clara Chan // 2 min
  • Krazy and Ignatz // 2021 // Canada // Dir.: Paul Johnson // 2 min
  • The Forest King // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Lubomir Arsov // 20 min
  • Corvine // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Sean McCarron // 10 min
  • Mort // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Weiwei Wu // 5 min
  • Nounours // 2021 // Canada // Dir.: Lou Rigoudy // 2 min
  • Little Piece of Hair // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Chris Shapones // 4 min
  • Train Project // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Luhan Wang // 4 min
  • About Dam and Hofit // 2022 // Canada // Dirs.: Gali Blay, Leila Zelli // 19 min
  • Oskar // 2022 // Canada // Dir.: Max Vannienschoot // 9 min
  • Arctic Song // 2021 // Canada // Dirs.: Germaine Arnattaujuq, Louise Flaherty, Neil Christopher // 7 min

VENUE:   MONTALBANO FAMILY THEATRE · VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
8th Floor · 350 W Georgia St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 6B1


Community Partner




Not Just for Kids

The Forest King © 2022. Lakeside Animation. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 3:40 PM
PRESENTATION
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GUILLERMO DEL TORO'S PINOCCHIO
Presented by Netflix
with Brian Leif Hansen & Mark Gustafson · Moderated by Larry Bafia

Regular: $25 // Groups (5+): $22.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Guillermo del Toro knows how to tell a fantastical story. GDT has brought magical realism to life in films like Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water, the latter of which earned him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. And to say he loves Pinocchio, is an understatement.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation, and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” the acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro has said. Which makes GDT the perfect filmmaker to tackle Pinocchio.

In this very special presentation, the Director alongside Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, and Animation Supervisor Brian Leif Hansen take us behind the scenes of the working film sets, the motion tests, and the time-lapse video installations in bringing this stop-motion feature to life. A Netflix release.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Pinocchio

Pinocchio © 2022 Netflix. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday - October 30, 5:15 PM
FEATURE FILM
THE FIRST SUPERHERO: MONKEY KING + Q&A
2022 // China // Dir.: Dick Zondag, Ralph Zondag // 110 min // TBA
Language: English
Advisory: TBA
Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere
with Dick Zondag & Ralph Zondag · Moderated by Clara Chan

Regular: $10 // Groups (5+): $9*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

The future of Heaven and Earth rests in the fate of an innocent and uninhibited monkey god who must learn how to use his extraordinary transformative superhero-like abilities to prevent the powerful demonic forces that are threatening all creation from tumbling into chaos.

VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7





Sunday - October 30, 7:30 PM
SHORT FILMS
THE SPARK ANIMATION CELEBRATION! (No Minors)
Advisory: Not rated
19+ no minors

Regular: $15 // Groups (5+): $13.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

Take in the best in the world of animation with this year’s SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL award-winners as selected by the Festival Jury.


VENUE:   VIFF CENTRE · VANCITY THEATRE
1181 Seymour St · Vancouver · BC · V6B 3M7


Celebrations

Ice Merchants © 2022. AGÊNCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency. All Rights Reserved.


Saturday

Saturday - November 12, 9:30 AM
MASTERCLASS
THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING
with Jihyun Park & Shiyoon Kim · Moderated by Alyssa Zárate

Regular: $125 // Groups (5+): $112.50*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.

VENUE:   ROUNDHOUSE · PERFORMANCE THEATRE
181 Roundhouse Mews · Vancouver · BC · V6Z 2W3

Whether it’s told by words or by visuals, works of art often tell stories, and artists can present a narrative in many ways.

In this masterclass, Shiyoon Kim and Jihyun Park will discuss the union of art and story while navigating changing points of view, all while bringing a production to a satisfying completion.

1. IN THE BEGINNING – PREPARATION
Discussion of Shiyoon Kim and Jihyun Park’s career and the projects they have worked on as designers and story artists.

While every story involves words, characters and structure, an animated film involves a lot of visual language. How meaningful collaboration between story and artist can elevate a film.

2. EXECUTION

  • How imagery is used to convey story ideas or meanings.
  • Perspective, colour, and shape can be used to support a story.
  • How line is used to convey meaning and emotion within the frame.
  • How shape influences where you look and what meaning and emotion is conveyed.
  • How the illusion of depth and using positioning, weight, location, and size of lines or objects can support the story.
  • How colour directs the viewer’s eye, conveys meaning, expresses emotion, and supports your story.

3. FEEDBACK
Improving skills is very important to artists and writers. So feedback is very important and necessary. Yet, feedback is not a one way road, there are many directions to take:

  • Asking for feedback
  • Giving feedback
  • Receiving feedback

These might look simple, but they are far more complex than they seem. Examining the right attitude and approach to working with others, while resolving problems and reaching a common solution is an important part of the process.

4. ART & STORY
The road your art and story take is often long and windy and often you will have to change your point of view and yet find satisfaction in what you create. How do you create work that you love while finding your audience?


BIOGRAPHIES

Alyssa Zárate
Art Director // beloFX
(The Sea Beast, The Mitchells vs the Machines, Mulan, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)

AlyssaAlyssa Zárate is currently Art Director at BeloFX. Up until recently, she served as Environment and Matte Painting Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and for over a decade, she has worked on films such as Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, The Mitchells vs The Machines, Game of Thrones, The Wolverine, Jurassic World, Prometheus, The Chronicles of Narnia to name a few; and various shows produced by HBO, Starz, National Geographic, Amazon Prime, Disney, and Netflix.

She started out working in the Art Department as an on-set production illustrator and designer for film and television productions around New Zealand and Australia. She is passionate about leadership, mentoring, and inspiring current and future generations of artists in Visual Effects and Animation, especially those from underrepresented communities.

Amilcar Herrera
Effects Artist // Animal Logic

AmilcarAmilcar is an FX artist who honed his skill for creating photo-realistic and stylized effects after completing his Communication Sciences degree in 2015. Since then, Amilcar has contributed to both animated and live-action productions. He worked as FX Artist on the feature film Belzebuth, which went on to win an Ariel Award for Best Visual Effects in 2020.

He is currently working at Animal Logic’s Vancouver Studio and worked on the recently completed DC League of Super-Pets as FX Artist.

Angela Ensele
Modelling Supervisor // Animal Logic

AngelaAngela joined Animal Logic in 2015 as a Senior Modeller, working on The LEGO Ninjago Movie and is now a Modelling Supervisor for Toto. She most recently worked as the Lead Modeller on DC League of Super-Pets and was a Senior Modelling Artist for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and The LEGO Batman Movie.

Before joining Animal Logic, Angela worked at PDI/DreamWorks as a modeller for nine years, contributing to many of their successful films such as Shrek 3 and 4, the Madagascar films, Monster vs Aliens, Megamind, and Home.

Brandon Oldenburg
Founder, Artistic Director // Department of Wonder
(Lost Ollie, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Chipotle Presents: The Scarecrow, Dolby Presents: Silent, Radio Flyer Presents: Taking Flight)

BrandonBrandon Oldenburg is an Academy Award-winning film director (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore), designer and immersive storyteller. Beside the Oscar, Brandon has received 4 Emmys, multiple Gold Lions at Cannes, including the Grand Prix, and a host of other industry accolades. Speaking of hosts, Brandon once co-hosted a show, Movie Camp for Turner Classic Movies.

Today as founder and head of creatives for the Department of Wonder, Brandon leads a team of artists and actors who produce mixed-reality stories where the veil between physical and digital evaporates. Prior to the Department of Wonder, Brandon co-founded Reel FX, Moonbot Studios and Flight School Studio, all leaders in animation and emerging technology.

Most recently Brandon has served as an executive producer of the critically acclaimed series, Lost Ollie, a show Brandon developed, pitched and sold to Netflix.

Brian Leif Hansen

BrianFrom Denmark, Brian has been animating for over twenty years now. He originally trained as a chef and worked at restaurants in Denmark and France. One day, Brian took a chance and applied to The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, home to many talented animators, both teachers and students, and so began his second career.

Since then, Brian has worked on TV shows, ads and feature films. Among them: Missing Link, ParaNorman, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, Frankenweenie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Max & Co, and most recently as the Animation Supervisor on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.

Brian comments that “My real enjoyment comes from the process of animating, of taking a still object and giving it life. I enjoy the process of performance, being the offscreen actor, bringing the words and action from the script to life. I have been lucky enough to work on some amazing films that have been loved and appreciated by many around the world.”

Chris Williams
Director, Writer, Producer // Netflix
(The Sea Beast, Moana, Big Hero 6)

ChrisChris Williams is an Academy Award®-winning director and writer of animated films. Chris has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and growing up, he was obsessed with visual storytelling. He wrote comic strips, made stop-motion films, and loved all things movies. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo‘s Fine Arts program and Sheridan College‘s animation program. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career in animation, which spans across iconic films such as the Academy Award®-nominated Bolt, Academy Award®-nominated Moana, and Big Hero 6 which won the Academy Award® in 2015, along with many others. The Sea Beast, William‘s debut at Netflix, released globally on July 8th.

Clara Chan
VFX Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks

ClaraClara has been working at Sony Pictures Imageworks since 2001, started as a lighter on Stuart Little 2 and has worked on 16 movies so far including Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse, and the Oscar nominated Over the Moon.

Earlier in her career, she worked as a software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Clara earned a B.S. in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree in visualization sciences from Texas A&M University.

Clara was born in mainland China, grew up in Hong Kong, and moved to the US when she was nineteen. She now lives in Vancouver with her husband and two children. She speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

In her spare time, she likes to do yoga, play the piano, watch movies, read graphic novels and make animated short films.

Clementine Lo
Effects Lead // Animal Logic

ClementineClementine has worked as a 3D Artist and FX Technical Director since starting her career in 2008, after completing her Master of Advanced Studies in Computer Graphics in 2007. She is currently the FX Supervisor at Animal Logic Vancouver on an unannounced Netflix feature animation. She recently worked as a FX lead on DC League of Super-Pets and was the Senior FX Artist for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

Previous iconic titles Clementine has contributed to while working at Imagine Engine Design, include Spider-Man: Far From Home, Lost in Space Season 2, The Mandalorian, Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

David Burgess
Animation Supervisor // Animal Logic
(DC League of Super Pets, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Trolls, Turbo, Megamind, Tarzan, The Lion King)

Dave BurgessDave has almost three decades of experience in the animation industry, working on some of the most iconic 2D and CGI animated films of our time. Dave is the Animation Supervisor at Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio, where he was the Animation Director on DC League of Super-Pets and the Animation Supervisor on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

In 1991, Dave started at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was an animator and supervising animator on many of their most successful 2D films, including Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and Tarzan.

In 2001, he switched his pencil for a computer and started at PDI/DreamWorks, working as an animator, supervising animator and head of character animation. His credits during this time include Shrek 2, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Megamind and Trolls.

Dave graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver with Honours in Animation.

David Eisenmann
Producer // Skydance Animation

DavidDavid Eisenmann is a feature film producer, computer graphics supervisor, and creative leader. Prior to his time at Skydance, David worked at Pixar Animation Studios since 1997, where he co-founded and supervised the Set’s division responsible for creating Pixar’s elaborate worlds for almost 18 years. David has worked as Computer Graphics Supervisor, Technical Supervisor, and Sets Supervisor on such films as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Monster’s University and the short film Piper.

David Eisenmann is the former Technical Project Lead and Sr Producer of Google Spotlight Stories (an immersive media R&D group) and AI Technical Project Lead at Google’s Advanced Technology & Projects group.

David produced 9 Google Spotlight Stories short films including the Oscar Nominated and Emmy Award-winning Pearl with Patrick Osborne (Feast), the Emmy Nominated 360° short film Son of Jaguar with Jorge Gutierrez (Book of Life) and the Emmy Award-winning short film Age of Sail with John Kahrs (Paperman) and producer Gennie Rim (Over the Moon).

David received an Emmy for Innovation in Interactive Programming and a Peabody Futures of Media award from his work producing Pearl and an Emmy Nomination for his work producing Son of Jaguar. Pearl received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short, 3 Annie Awards, an American Music Producers Award, and a Motion Picture Sound Editing Award.

In addition to being a feature film Producer with Skydance Animation, David is currently Technical Officer at Eisenmann Architecture and resides in the Bay Area with his wife, two creative daughters, and a chocolate labrador.

Dick Zondag
Director // TBA

Coming soon.

Ed de Guzman
Modelling Lead // Animal Logic

EdgarEdgar is the Character Modelling Lead at Animal Logic and has been working in the animation industry for over 14 years as a 3D artist. After completing studies for Mechanical Engineering and graduating with honours from Digital Animation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, he went on to work on a range of animation productions at Nerd Corps Entertainment.

He started at Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio in 2016 as Senior Character Modeller to work on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and DC League of Super-Pets, and is currently Lead Character Modeller, working on an unannounced animated feature.

Genndy Tartakovsky
Director // Cartoon Network
(Primal, Hotel Transylvania, Samurai Jack)

GenndyGenndy Tartakovsky is an award-winning animation visionary, director, writer and producer best known for the hit Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Tartakovsky began working at Hanna-Barbera and was directly involved in the creation of three of the studio’s most prominent animated series in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. He then moved to Cartoon Network, where he created Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Sym-Biotic Titan as well as produced and directed the beloved animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars.

In 2012, Tartakovsky made his feature directorial debut with the Golden Globe-nominated Hotel Transylvania and most recently directed its three sequels of the monster franchise.

Tartakovsky has received an impressive 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and has been awarded three Emmys for his work on Star Wars: Clone Wars and Samurai Jack, both for Cartoon Network. Named one of Variety’s “50 to Watch” as a future leader in the entertainment industry, Tartakovsky has been called “one of the industry’s rising stars” by People Magazine and has been tapped as one of the most creative people in entertainment when he was named to Entertainment Weekly’s “It List.” He is also the recipient of the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in recognition for his outstanding career contributions to the art of animation.

In 2017, after a twelve-year hiatus, Tartakovsky returned to his roots, bringing back the fan favourite Samurai Jack. Originated from his desire to create the greatest action-adventure animated series ever, Samurai Jack resulted in a show that is cinematic in scope, incorporating action, comedy and intricate artistry and is truly unlike anything else on TV.

Tartakovsky reunited with Adult Swim for a half-hour animated series, Primal, that debuted in 2019. It features a caveman at the dawn of evolution, a dinosaur on the brink of extinction and their unlikely friendship that becomes their only hope for survival in a violent, primordial world. The second season of this animated series was released earlier this year.

Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull
Director, Producer // HaZimation
(Disney’s Fast Layne, Disney’s Under the Sea: A Descendents Story, The Beyond, 2026 Origin Unknown)

HaZHaZ started his career in video games cinematics before moving into visual effects, where he was nominated for several VES awards for his VFX supervision work on CG-heavy docu-series for BBC, Discovery and History Channel. His short films (Project Kronos and SYNC) gained traction in Hollywood leading him to transitioning over to directing and producing with his breakout feature film, The Beyond. This indie sci-fi was released in 2018 and was number 2 in the iTunes Charts before being licensed on Netflix and turning into a profitable movie. His second feature film, 2036 Origin Unknown, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, The Mandalorian) earned a limited theatrical release before landing on Netflix. He was then hired by Disney to helm the pilot for action comedy series Fast Layne, where he also served as EP / Creative Consultant on the entire series. HaZ is the co-founder of production company HaZimation, producing animated feature films, series and video games based on their propriety pipeline utilising Unreal Engine.

HaZ is represented in Hollywood by The Vendetta Group.

Henry Selick
Director, Writer, Producer // Netflix
(Wendell and Wild, Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, A Nightmare Before Christmas)

HenryHenry Selick is the director, writer, production designer and producer whose films have defined a generation of animated storytelling. Coraline, based on the beloved novella by Neil Gaiman, was adapted for the screen and directed by Mr. Selick, who also was a producer and the production designer on the LAIKA film. He directed the iconic Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. He is a member of a handful of animated film creators whose work inspires a devout worldwide fandom. Alongside Jordan Peele, Mr. Selick is co-writing and directing Wendell & Wild for Netflix, scheduled for release in 2022.

Jenny Li
Animator // Animal Logic

JennyAfter completing her studies in 2018 in Character Animation at Animation Mentor, Jenny was accepted in the Sony iCAD internship program. While completing her Masters in Mechanical Engineering, she worked on The Mitchells Vs. The Machines and Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation.

Jenny joined Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio in 2020 as an animator to work on DC League of Super-Pets. She is currently working on an unannounced project at Animal Logic.

Jihyun Park
Story Artist

JihyunJihyun Park is a highly sought after story artist. Working at such studios as Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Netflix, Park has boarded, The Sea Beast, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Frozen, Hotel Transylvania, and many other projects. Park loves telling engaging stories in original ways and enjoys watching movies and TV shows. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Joan Gratz
Director // Gratzfilm
(The One-Minute Mistake, The retention Department of Perpetual Exhaustion, No Leaders Please, The One-Minute Memoir)

JoanJoan Gratz is an Academy Award-winning director of animated short films and commercials. Her films range in content through painterly expressions of poetry, improvised abstraction, and animated social documentary. The technique she pioneered is "claypainting." Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, an animated history of art, won the Oscar in 1992. Gratz is a producer of multi-director films, currently in production, The One-Minute Mistake.

Joey Clift
Writer, Consulting Producer // Netflix
(Spirit Rangers, New Looney Tunes, Molly of Denali)

JoeyJoey Clift is a comedian, TV writer, and enrolled Cowlitz Indian Tribal Member currently working as a writer and consulting producer on Spirit Rangers on Netflix. Other writing credits include Cocomelon Lane on Netflix, New Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network and Molly of Denali on PBS. He was named one of Uproxx’ “26 Native American Comedians to Follow in 2020” and his award-winning short films have screened everywhere from Comedy Central and Just for Laughs to The Smithsonian Museum. Most importantly, he created the LA Underground Cat Network, which is a 15,000-member strong Facebook group for Los Angeles comedians to share pictures of their cats. He’s kind of a cat guy.

Kaitlin Sutherland
Animation Supervisor // WildBrain Studios
(Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Chip & Potato)
Kaitlin

Kaitlin couldn’t get enough of shows and movies growing up — their unique stories, vast worlds, the different characters — and the tipping point came with the release of Lilo & Stitch in 2002. That was the moment when Kaitlin realized people get PAID to make the content she loved... and she was determined to do that too! Today, with a degree from Sheridan College and years of experience in layout and animation under her belt, Kaitlin is an Animation Supervisor at DHX Media. In her spare time, she also contributes to collaborative animated projects, and pursues her own personal projects as well.

Kaitlin has always been focused on trying to tell a different story, diverging from typical stereotypes in her character designs, and reaching quality above and beyond so that she can make someone else’s childhood and imagination as rich and vibrant as her own. She wants to see more stories written by women, with female characters depicted as three-dimensional individuals, and to look at a TV or theatre screen and see herself and her own experiences reflected. She wants to be the one to make that happen.

Karissa Valencia
Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer // Netflix
(Spirit Rangers, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins)

KarissaKarissa is a California Native... literally! She grew up between sunny San Diego and the Santa Ynez Chumash Reservation. Karissa studied English and Communication at the University of San Diego and then pursued a graduate degree in Television and Film at Syracuse University. Karissa is passionate about animation and has written for preschool favourites such as Disney Junior’s Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, T.O.T.S. and The Chicken Squad. She is currently the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the Netflix preschool series, Spirit Rangers, which follows the fantastical adventures of a modern day Native American family.

Keith Blackmore
Sr. Faculty // Vancouver Film School

KeithLocally born and raised, Keith Blackmore is a passionate supporter for all things animated in the Vancouver area. A producer for the SPARK ANIMATION Festival, Keith has presented, interviewed and moderated at many festivals and studios. Most recently he was on the Film Jury for the 2022 Taiwan International Student Design Competition, the largest student design competition around the world. Besides his work with the Spark CG Society, Keith continues to educate and inspire students in his weekly History of Animation classes at the Vancouver Film School.


Kiel Murray
Writer // Skydance Animation

KielPrior to serving as the writer on Luck, Kiel Murray wrote Pixar’s Cars 3 as well as the Academy Award-nominated original film, Cars. While at Pixar, she helped develop many other hits including Finding Nemo, Inside Out, Ratatouille, Brave, and Up. She also wrote for Walt Disney Animation on Raya and the Last Dragon and penned the live-action Saint Seiya film, Knights of the Zodiac, releasing sometime next year.

When she is not writing movies, Kiel can be found at home with her husband Phil, kids Eden, Bosco and Beach, and their awesome dog Mocha in Piedmont, California.

Kristen Anderson
Art Director // Animal Logic

KristenKristen has worked on feature films and TV for the past two decades as a set designer and art director for live-action TV and film, and more recently, as an art director on animated features. Kristen is the Supervising Art Director at Animal Logic’s Vancouver Studio and recently the Art Director for DC League of Super-Pets.

Kristen first joined Animal Logic’s Sydney Studio in 2012 as a concept artist and designer for The LEGO Movie. She was a set designer for The LEGO Batman Movie and digital set designer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie. In 2016, Kristen moved to Vancouver to take on the role of Art Director on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, working closely with the Director and Production Designer to develop and execute the look of the film.

Kristen’s additional credits include Top of the Lake, Gods of Egypt, Narnia, Wolverine, Terra Nova, Australia, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Matrix 2 and 3, and Superman Returns.

Larry Bafia
Creative // Independent
(Shrek, Antz, Batman and Robin, Mission Impossible II)

LarryAn animator and educator who works with various media, Larry started his career in stop motion and Claymation with Crocus Productions in Chicago and then the Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. At the Vinton studio for nearly a decade, Larry worked on stop-motion projects such as the California Raisins and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. During a seven-year stint as Commercial Animation Director at PDI/DreamWorks, Larry directed commercials for many top clients including Coca-Cola, Sega, Intel, Kraft, Target, Circle K, and Saturn. As an active member of the SIGGRAPH Conference Committee, Larry has chaired the 2018 Computer Animation Festival, the 2019 Creative Development Team, and the 2021 VR Theater. He has also chaired several SPARK ANIMATION conferences and has participated in SPARK FX.

From 2002 through 2008, Larry was Department Head of Animation and Visual Effects at the Vancouver Film School. Larry has also served as VP of Faculty and Development at VanArts as well as the Director of the Master of Digital Media Program at The Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver BC.

Marilyn Zornado

Coming soon.

Marina Antunes
President // Spark CG Society

MarinaMarina has been writing and discussing film for over 15 years, first on a personal blog, followed by a decade-long tenure on the now retired Row Three. In 2008, she joined the writing staff at Quiet Earth, becoming Editor-In-Chief in 2014, a role she still holds. Over the years, she has also produced and hosted a number of podcasts including Before the Dawn, a long-running podcast on the Twilight franchise, Girls on Pop, a podcast on film and popular entertainment from women’s perspective and After the Credits, bi-monthly film podcast with nearly 300 episodes.

Marina is a member of ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH, the Online Film Critics Society, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Visual Effects Society. She is the President of Spark CG Society and the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH chapter. She has also served on juries for several film festivals including DOXA, St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Whistler Film Festival. She joined the Spark CG Society in 2014.

Mark Gustafson
Co-Director // Netflix
(Pinocchio, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The PJ‘s)

MarkMark Gustafson got his start in Animation at the legendary Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon. There he honed his skills as an animator and went on to create the award-winning short film Mr Resistor.

Mark worked as a Director on over two hundred television commercials including the iconic California Raisins and a Nisan spot that Time magazine named “Best Commercial of the Year.”

He has received numerous awards, including two Emmys, two Annies, a Clio and the Tri Cities Intramural bowling prize for ”High Average.“

Mark also served as Supervising Director on Eddie Murphy‘s The PJ‘s and as Animation Director on Wes Anderson‘s Fantastic Mr. Fox.

He recently directed Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio alongside the filmmaker, which has kept him mostly out of trouble since 2018.

Nathan Fariss
Sets Supervisor // Pixar Animation Studios
(Lightyear, Soul, Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Toy Story 3)

NathanNathan Fariss has spent the last 19 years in the feature film industry, the past 14 of which were at Pixar. He was the Sets Supervisor on Lightyear and Incredibles 2, and the Set Dressing Lead on Finding Dory and Monsters University. His other credits include Soul, Coco, Inside Out, Toy Story 3, The Host (Korean), Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sin City, and The Day After Tomorrow. His non-film clients include Disney, Saab, Wrigley, Motorola, Popular Mechanics, Fortune Magazine, and many others.

Nora Twomey
Co-Founder, Creative Director // Cartoon Saloon
(My Father's Dragon, The Breadwinner, The Secret of Kells)

NoraNora Twomey is an Academy Award®, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated Director. She is also Partner and Creative Director at Cartoon Saloon, Ireland. In a career spanning over two decades, Nora has worked in a number of capacities on Cartoon Saloon‘s creative output. She was co-director to Tomm Moore’s Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells, while also guiding the development processes on a number of series, including Emmy-nominated Puffin Rock and Dorg Van Dango. She was Head of Story on Academy Award®-nominated Song of the Sea and Producer on Wolfwalkers. She directed The Breadwinner, which was also nominated for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe, and won several international awards including multiple Annies and the Audience and Jury Awards at Annecy. My Father‘s Dragon is Nora‘s third feature and second solo-directed film. She lives in Kilkenny with her husband, children, two cats and one fish.

Paula Crickard
Producer // HaZimation
(1992, Jolt, The Protege, The Beyond)

PaulaPaula has worked in the film industry for almost 30 years, debuting as award-winning documentary director in 1994 with Northern Vision in Belfast. Her career has spanned a variety of roles for multi award-winning companies such as Killer Films in NYC, Elle Driver and Wild Bunch in Paris, where she managed the Ghibli Studios slate. Paula spent several years as Head of Production at Finite Films and TV developing and producing live-action and animation, earning a BIFA nomination as breakthrough producer along the way. She has also worked across multiple genres as a post-production supervisor on over 45 feature drama and documentaries. Paula is co founder of HaZimation, an animation and gaming company, formed with director HaZ Dulull.

Peggy Holmes
Director // Skydance Animation
(Luck)

PeggyEmmy Award-winner Peggy Holmes currently serves as director of “Luck,” the first animated feature from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation. Holmes is an animation veteran with more than 30 years of industry experience as a director, writer and choreographer. She previously served as Supervising Director of Television at Skydance Animation, where she helped oversee the creative development and production of the upcoming slate of TV series for the company’s expanding animation division. Prior to joining the Skydance team, Holmes served as director on Walt Disney Studio’s The Pirate Fairy and Secret of the Wings—two of the most successful ‘Tinker Bell’ films in the Fairies Franchise for the studio. Her first full-length directorial debut was the film The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.

Before her work as a director, Holmes served as a choreographer on various films including The Country Bears, A Very Brady Sequel, Hocus Pocus, Newsies, Wayne’s World, Mulan 2, Jungle Book 2 and The Fabulous Baker Boys. She has worked extensively in television winning an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography” for her work on Fame L.A. Other television choreography projects include the first two seasons of American Idol and Gypsy starring Bette Midler. With her background as a choreographer and dancer, Holmes relishes bringing that emotion life through animated characters that make us laugh, cry and dance.

Holmes’ choreography work also includes commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola and Mercedes; tours for Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson; and The Academy Awards.

R. Stirling Duguid
VFX Supervisor // Sony Pictures Imageworks
(The Sea Beast, The Angry Birds Movie 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)

StirlingStirling Duguid is a visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks. He most recently supervised The Sea Beast, an animated feature for Netflix.

Duguid most recently served as visual effects supervisor on the animated adventure The Angry Birds Movie 2 and previously served as CG supervisor on numerous features including: Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, Columbia Pictures/Rovio Animation’s The Angry Birds Movie, Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Arthur Christmas, the Academy Award®-nominated Surf’s Up, and Disney’s Academy Award®-nominated The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Having spent more than a decade at Imageworks, Duguid also served as a lighting and compositing lead and an FX technical director on features including: The Polar Express and The Matrix Reloaded for Warner Bros., Stuart Little 2 and America’s Sweethearts for Columbia Pictures, Disney’s The Haunted Mansion and Cast Away for 20th Century Fox.

With over 20 years of experience in live-action and CG feature film production, Duguid has extensive experience in supervising FX animation, modeling and look development, cloth and hair simulation, lighting and compositing and stereoscopic production departments.

Duguid began his career at VisionArt Design and Animation working as an FX technical director. He is a graduate of the University of the Nations in Kailua-Kona, HI.

Ralph Zondag
Director // TBA

Has over 25 years of experience in traditional 2D and 3D digital animation as an animator, storyboard artist, character designer, director, writer and producer. He began his industry career animating and storyboarding on a variety of animated projects for television including George Lucas’ Ewoks and Droids series and made his feature debut as an animator on the Oscar Award-winning and box-office hit, An American Tail.

In 1987, he moved to Dublin, Ireland for 4 years to animate on several feature and commercial projects for Sullivan Bluth Studios that included box office hits Land Before Time and All Dogs Go to Heaven. After Ireland, Ralph lived in London, England for 2 years to co-direct with his brother, Dick Zondag, on the animated feature, We’re Back: A Dinosaur Story for Executive Producer Steven Spielberg. He then joined Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1993 as one of the principal storyboard artists on the Oscar Award-winning Pocahontas. He was then brought on to direct and write Walt Disney’s Dinosaur which went on to earn over $350,000,000 worldwide. Ralph has since written, directed and produced The First Superhero: Monkey King

Reena Bali
Director, Talent Acquisition & Community // Kickstart Entertainment

Reena Bali (she/her) is the Director of Talent Acquisition & Community at Kickstart Entertainment who has a background and education in Human Resources. She has been in the HR industry for the last 10 years. Reena, being a South-Asian woman, has spent her career dedicated to creating strong practices within organizations that truly emphasizes a company’s ability to be diverse, equitable and inclusive. During the last 2 years she has expanded into talent acquisition within the animation industry. Reena is a growing leader in DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) initiatives and practices not only at Kickstart but within the general animation community. Reena was born on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish people and she is grateful to live, work and play on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), QayQayt First Nation, Kwantlen, q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen First Nations, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Stó:lō Nations. She is actively taking steps towards reconciliation by opening herself up to becoming a better ally.

Robin Joseph
Production Designer // Netflix

RobinBorn and raised in Kerala, India, Robin has worked as a designer and development artist in animation since 2005. He directed and produced the animated short Fox and the Whale which earned a nomination at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards and was Shortlisted for the 90th Academy Awards. Robin recently served as the Co-Production Designer on the new Henry Selick film Wendell & Wild, and currently lives and works as an independent filmmaker and designer from British Columbia, Canada.

Shiyoon Kim
Lead Character Designer

ShiyoonShiyoon Kim is a Korean-American character designer and concept artist previously at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Animation, where he designed the characters for Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He is most prominently known for his work on the major motion features: Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and most recently, The Sea Beast. Kim credits his high-school teacher for opening him up to the power of storytelling through drawing. A graduate from CalArts’ Character Animation Program, Kim currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Signe Baumane
Director // Independent

SigneLatvian-born, Brooklyn-based Signe Baumane is one of the most instantly recognizable voices in independent animation filmmaking today. Her provocative films on various narrative themes, including sex, the body, pregnancy, love, marriage and depression. Baumane’s films are unapologetically personal and told from a strong female point of view. For Baumane, animation is the perfect medium to tell layered, complicated stories to incorporate different art forms. Her latest project — the feature film My Love Affair With Marriage — fuses animation with music, theatre, science, photography, lighting, papier-mâché stop-motion sets and traditional hand-drawn animation (inspired by Bill Plympton).

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