13th Edition of Waterloo Festival Features Premieres, Rare Screenings of Animated FilmsNov 6th 2013
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, CANADA – The 13th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema brings
four days of animated feature film premieres and activities to Kitchener-Waterloo November 14-17, 2013.
The Waterloo Festival is the only film festival in the world dedicated entirely to long length feature animation,
with a mission to showcase and increase awareness of animation from around the world.
The Waterloo Festival includes premieres of films from Japan, Brazil, Israel, France, Belgium and Italy,
including THE ART OF HAPPINESS, which opened the prestigious Critics Week at the 2013 Venice
International Film Festival; RIO 2096: A STORY OF LOVE AND FURY, which won the Cristal at the 2013
Annecy International Animated Film Festival; TIL SBORNIA DO US PART, audience award winner at the
2013 São Paulo International Film Festival; and ANINA, Uruguay's official entry for Best Foreign Language
Film for the Academy Awards in 2014.
Other notable selections include Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS, featuring Robin Wright playing herself in an
alternate reality as an out-of-work actress whose final performance will be to digitally capture herself to be
used in films in the future; charming French children's film MY MUMMY IS IN AMERICA, AND SHE MET
BUFFALO BILL, Jung Henin's autobiographical APPROVED FOR ADOPTION, and a strong selection of
Japanese anime anchored by EVANGELION 3.0, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE trilogy and the reboot of
the classic 009 CYBORG franchise, 009 RE:CYBORG.
A panel discussion and film screening on Sunday on Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL) - one of the true
enigmas and mavericks in the animation industry - is free to the public. Preeminent Oshii scholar Brian Ruh,
the author of "Stray Dog of Anime: the Films of Mamoru Oshii" will lead the panel.
The festival will also look back at master Canadian director Richard Williams (WHO FRAMED ROGER
RABBIT) and his attempt to craft the best animated feature film of all time, with the premiere of the lauded
documentary PERSISTENCE OF VISION and a special presentation of the film THE THIEF AND THE
COBBLER, in its most complete available form, restored by a dedicated fan from numerous sources and
contacts over the Internet.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS are presentations of films not for the faint of heart. This year's edition features the
premiere presentation of the BERSERK: GOLDEN AGE trilogy, a magnificent fantasy that explores the
meaning of personal will and the price of ambition.
Animation isn't just for grownups! The Saturday afternoon programme is family-friendly, and a great way to
check out foreign films for kids.
Last and definitely not least, the Festival will be opening with a very special live performance - a circus and
variety act extravaganza of fire, aerials, dance and burlesque in tribute to the career of the legendary
animation director Miyazaki Hayao, who has brought the world such films as SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS
MONONOKE and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO.
Attending the Festival
The 13th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema runs November 14-17, 2013. All screenings
will be held at The Chrysalids Theatre, 137 Ontario Street North in Kitchener. The theatre is conveniently
located near rail and bus services, and there is plenty of parking nearby.
Festival passes and admissions are available for purchase online at http://www.wfac.ca, and by phone to
Brown Paper Tickets at +1 (800) 838-3006. Festival passes and admissions will also be available for
purchase at the Chrysalids Theatre during the Festival.
SINGLE ADMISSION TICKETS ($12 adult, $8 children) are good for admission to any one single Festival
The OPENING GALA ($20-$48 depending on seating) is separately ticketed, and includes the Opening Night
film and the Miyazaki tribute performance.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS ($20) - one low price for all three films in this programme.
FULL FESTIVAL PASSES ($80 adult, $50 children) are good for admission to all Festival screenings and
activities, including the Opening Gala and Midnight Madness. Save more than 70% over purchasing tickets
separately! Pass holders receive priority entry to all Festival screenings until 15 minutes prior to each
screening. The number of Full Festival Passes available is limited.
For prices, ticket purchases, show times, film ratings and more, please visit the Festival website at
About the Festival
The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) is an international film festival for animated feature films,
founded to promote appreciation for animation as a narrative medium for mature cinematic storytelling, and to
review and celebrate animated feature films in the venue they were meant to be seen in: a theatre. The
Festival is community-based, non-profit, and run by volunteers for the love of the art of animation.