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Wednesday, November 2, 2005

04:42:29 pm , 273 words, 8683 views     Categories: Animation, Mind Game

The 5th Annual Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema


Frank & Wendy

Two weeks and a day from today over in Waterloo, Ontario, the fifth edition of the young Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema will be kicking off its four-day run, giving people a chance to see a number of significant recent feature-length animated features from around the world up on the big screen in the theater, where they deserve to be seen. The lineup is outstandingly well balanced, with films in various different media from Estonia, Hungary, Denmark, Russia, Japan and the US.

It's been several months since Mind Game has been seen at a festival on these shores, and I'm glad to say that this is something the WFAC '05 will be rectifying. Bafflingly without any kind of release whatsoever in sight, this is not a chance to be missed. But really, none of the lineup feels like it's to be missed - particularly so Frank and Wendy, a full-length feature written by none other than Priit Pärn.

Also on the lineup: The much-talked-about Danish feature Strings; Alosha Popovich and Tugarin the Serpent, a Russian feature that looks to harken back to the classic Soyuzmultfilm features; the Hungarian feature Nyocker, which I regret having missed at the VIFF this year; and a CG feature from Denmark. An excellent selection that really shows off the diverse possibilies of the medium.

There will also be what should be a fascinating lecture on traditional animation, and last but hardly least, a Kihachiro Kawamoto retrospective - a rare chance to see his films up on the big screen that is definitely not to be missed. Congrats to Joseph on putting together a great little fest.