With so many animations out there, it takes a lot of work to make sure they don't go unnoticed. The annual CalArts Character Animation Producers' Show was hosted by the Directors Guild of America on May 2 this year to show the "Best Of" from the school year. Students, faculty, friends, family, industry professionals and fans were all invited to attend watch 192 student films that were screened in late April. It was narrowed down to 22 films that were in the running for the following awards:
1. The Peer's Pick Award
Goodbye Galaxy Girl took "The Peers Pick Award", which is voted on by the students themselves. In this animation, the loneliness of a women becomes a dreamlike, yet heartbreaking, escape into the world of cartoons. Animation comes a long way for Yden Park in her fourth year at CalArts. Though her style is similar through the years, her progress is evident to her peers.
Watch Goodby Galaxy Girl here!
2. The Vimeo Award
Little Bandits by Alex Avagimain takes home "The Vimeo Award". This one is juried by Vimeo for Outstanding Student Achievement in Animated Filmmaking. This animation is a classic "coming of age" film where a young boy is convinced that killing a bird will make him a man. Based on a true story, this animation shows great development throughout the students years at CalArts.
Watch Little Bandits here!
3. The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize
"The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize" is chosen by the CalArts Character Animation Program faculty and how they have noticed the students' progress. This one was a tie between two animations. One by Anchi Shen for Barry about a baby goat who goes job hunting.
Watch Barry here!
Gabrielle Capili is also awarded the "The Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize" for Dennis the Dinosaur. The interaction between the animation itself and a live performance shows the humor of a pilot taking the wrong turn for a children's TV animation.
Watch Dennis the Dinosaur here!
Not only did this give students a chance to showcase their work, but they were also able to network with many companies and well respected individuals from the animation industry. Don't worry if you missed the screening, you can check out the list of the animations showcased here.
Here's a sneak peek at what is in competition for the Annecy International Animated Film Festival coming up in June!
Agouro is a short film from Portugal and France about the growing relationship of two cousins beucase of the harsh winter they endure. It is directed by David Doutel and Vasco SÁ and has the running time of 15 minutes.
Check out the teaser here!
2. Heart of Darkness
Directed by Rogério Nunes, Heart of Darkness is an animation feature adapted from the book by Joseph Conrad from 1899, also called "Heart of Darkness". The idea for the animation came about after Rogério Nunes was asked to illustrate the Brazilian edition of the book. Find out more about how this animation became a collaboration between Brazil and France in this interview with the director.
The teaser is also available to watch here!
Pachamama by producers Didier Brunner and Damien Brunner in France. It is set in the Incan Empire in the 16th century, now known as Peru. A 10-year old boy sets a goal to become a shaman.
Check out the teaser here!
Flee is produced by Benoit Luce from Lux Populi Production in France and Quinshu Zuo in China. The story is about Amin, an 11 year old boy, being on the run from Afghanistan for 5 years. He finally reaches Denmark in 1997 and continues to look for peace and find a place and setting he can call home.
Check out the teaser for this animated feature here!
With the running time of 6 minutes, this short is directed by Luis USÓN and Andrés Aguilar, a collaboration between Ecuador, Spain, and Peru. Afterwork delves into the psyche of the working-class, into the cyclical lifestyles that are caused by routine schedules, work, and so on.
Catch the teaser of Grompy's hunt for the meaning of life here!
There are so many more work-in-progress animations in the 2018 Cannes Annecy, check them out here! Keep on the lookout for the festival, which is coming up June 11-16, 2018.