It’s that time of the year again to announce the now traditional Encounters Bristol International Film Festival. It will be happening this November, showcasing animation and live action talent from around the world.
This year it will host a series of symposiums on future ideas and future trends with industry specialists, such as Studio AKA. There will be 3D and RED Camera workshops and more. It will include some free events and guests including Francine Stock, presenter of Radio Four’s The Film Programme.
The full festival programme, delegate registration and online ticket sales will be available mid-October. For more information visit the Encounters Festival website. And, of course, you can find them on Facebook and Twitter @EncountersSFF #ENC2011.
This is an Irish animated film by Cartoon Saloon, the makers of Skunk Fu, Old Fangs and CúIlín Dúalach. It screened at the Berlin International Film Festival in February this year. Soon after it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.
The story takes place in the XIX century. Abbot Cellach is raising with firm hand his nephew Brendan. After Brendan meets brother Aidan, the monastery’s illustrator, he discover the beauty of art and creativity. Having discovered fantasy, Brendan decides that instead of following his uncle’s steps, he will follow his on dream, he decides to complete the book of Kells, which takes him on a magical adventure.
Director Tomm Moore said “The nomination for The Secret of Kells in the animated feature category of the Academy Awards is a huge surprise and honour. It’s a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the entire crew and all our partners in the production”.
I have only seen the trailers and can not wait to get the DVD. The character design is astonishing and the whole look of the film seems to be promising textures and spaces only possible in 2D, it has a je-ne-sais-quoi that comes as refreshing and necessary in these times of CG surplus.
I must confess I haven’t heard of this movie until today. Unfortunately, the official website doesn’t give much away at the moment, but after a little research I found that the film was presented at Cannes in May 2009. It got picked up by StudioCanal, partnered with Universal Music Group.
The film will be directed by Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon). The film describes the epic life of a turtle (Hatchling Shelly) from hatchling to maturity. The epic spans from 1959 through to 2009. Shelly spends its first 10 years drifting in the ocean currents with his friend Ray. After getting hurt in a fishing incident, he’s picked up by a little boy, spending months as the mascot of a hippie community on a Californian beach. After he sets off travelling around the world looking for his childhood friend. The time span of the film matches the history of rock and roll. According to the Stassen, UMG said they “would make a great soundtrack using classic songs, some original songs and some covers”.
Personally I can’t wait to see it, I think the plot’s concept is a great opportunity, I hope they make the most out of it. The movie will be out by the end of this year and I found no trailers but here’s an interview (in French) with Ben Stassen, recorded at Cannes last year.
Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their old truck when they realise that they’re running low on petrol, so they decide to stop in the next place they see: Gil’s All Night Diner located near a vacant cemetery. Soon they find out from the diner’s owner Loretta, that the place is repeatedly attacked by zombies. Seeing that they are broke, Loretta offers them a job looking after the place and hopefully solving the zombie mystery, which they accept.
I for one, can’t wait to see a movie that involves a monster with one huge eye.
Nathaniel is almost 7 years old but he still can’t read… When his aunt Eleanor left him her library containing hundreds of books, Nathaniel was very disappointed! Yet each of these stories will deliver a wonderful secret: at night with the little hero, the lovely Alice, the wicked fairy Carabosse, the terrible Captain Hook, they are all coming out of books… They must tell Nathaniel that they are at great risk and danger of disappearing forever. To save his tiny friends and their stories, Nathaniel, shrunk by the Fairy Carabosse, embarks on an adventure! Will he arrive in time to read the magic formula that will save them all?
Directed by Dominique Monféry, this oneiric looking film was release on the 16th of December 2009. It was produced by Gaumont-Alphanim, Lanterna Magica and La Fabrique, distributed by Haut et Court and international sales by Films Distribution.
Encounters Short film Festival returns this November to celebrate 15 years of supporting new national and international short film and animation talent with a jam-packed programme. Introducing new for this year an Online Audience Award partnered with Babelgum, extended competition programmes and more delegate only events than ever before. You can now see (or download) the complete programme of events for this year’s festival.
The event will take place in Bristol, UK between the 17th and the 21st of November.
Competition Screenings — Before 16:00 — £3.50
(£2.50 for delegates) and after 16:00 — £5
The newest film by award-winning animator, Nick Cross. ‘Yellow Cake’ is a lamentable tragedy mixed full of pleasant mirth. Both the style and the story are unique and a delight to watch, you can tell it’s been a labour of love. Nick started working on Yellow Cake in November of 2006 after he finished production on ‘The Waif of Persephone’.
He’s decided to launch the film directly to internet, but he’s also planning on sending it around on the festivals all over the place, so hopefully it will be coming to a screen near you sometime soon.