10th Edition of Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema Begins Today

Includes Japanese films Redline, Summer Wars, Buddha Saitan, Trigun: Badlands Rumble

The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema.

WFAC - the only film festival for animated feature films in the world. Witness the evolution of animation, filmmaking and storytelling. Canadian, North American and International premieres, and rare screenings.

Artists, musicians, directors, audiences from around the world: Together once a year – only in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada. Celebrating its 10th edition this November 18-21, 2010. All screenings at the Festival's own permanent home at 137 Ontario Street North, Kitchener, Canada.

The Waterloo Festival is about discovery.
The Festival screens films, many for the first time to Canadian audiences.
The Waterloo Festival is about diversity.
The Festival brings films from around the world, in every artistic style, for every age group, from every culture, in every language.
The Waterloo Festival is about respect and celebration.
The Festival is about taking animated films a bit more seriously – but not too seriously.
The Waterloo Festival is about seeing animation in a different light.
Animation isn't just for kids – it's everywhere!

It all begins Thursday November 18 with a one-of-a-kind gala.
The film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, a New York Times Critic's Pick that Rachel Saltz declared “a tinkerer's ode to a tinkerer… a romantic's tribute to a romantic.” A double love story, the film is about Leonard and Mary, but also about the complicated love that goes into creating things like Leonard's house and Mr. Green's movie. Leonard, Mr. Green says, was building up and up towards God, trying to spark a miracle – a process that is not so different than the process of creating art, of making a film.

The film will be presented in high definition, with Green and six other musicians from across the United States gathered for the first time to perform the atmospheric soundtrack live to the audience for the screening.

The Waterloo Festival is proud to host the following guests from around the world.
From Japan, the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and the United States.
Alan Scalpone, Ben Steele, Bob Imai, Brendan Canty, Brent Green, Donna K, Drew Henkels, Garri Bardin , John Swartz, Liu Jian ,Mike McGinley, Takaaki Ishiyama

The WFAC 2010 Programme
Stories from around the world – from founding myths, to dystopic futures; from social tragedies, to exhilarating science fiction.

- Daredevils of Sasun by Arman Manaryan, Armenia, 2010. The first animated feature film from Armenia, and the first screen depiction of the founding epic of the Armenian nation.

- Goodbye Mr. Christie by Phil Mulloy, U.K., 2010. "If Disney is animation's heart, then British animator Phil Mulloy is its bowels." - Chris Robinson, OIAF

- Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then by Brent Green, U.S.A., 2010. Director will be in attendance. "A tinkerer's ode to a tinkerer, and a romantic's tribute to a romantic." - The New York Times

- In the Attic: Who Has A Birthday Today? by Jiří Barta, Czech Republic / Japan, 2010. Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2010 New York International Children's Film Festival.

- Piercing I by Liu Jian, People's Republic of China, 2009. Director will be in attendance. A film about the human experience of unrelenting social change.

- Redline by Takeshi Koike, Japan, 2010. “The most insanely exciting, visually exhilarating anime film you've seen in decades.” – Tim Maughan, AWN

- Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2010. By the director of the WFAC 2007 fan favourite and the Japan Media Arts Festival Awards winner, “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.”

- The Rainbow by Joška Marušić, Croatia, 2010. Inspired by the short stories "The Rainbow" and "The Horseman", by 19th-century Croatian writer Dinko Šimunović."

- The Ugly Duckling by Garri Bardin, Russian Federation, 2010. Director will be in attendance. Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.

- The Rebirth of Buddha by Takaaki Ishiyama, Japan, 2009. Director will be in attendance. The apocalypse told from the perspective of Buddhist spiritualism.

- Trigun: Badlands Rumble by Yasuko Kobayashi, Japan, 2010. A western with style, in the way only anime can.

- NEW! Surviving Life by Jan Svenkmajer, Czech Republic, 2010. Svenkmajer's delicious humour and surreal visuals return to the silver screen in glorious 2K D-Cinema projection, courtesy of Christie Digital.

- And a special presentation: a lecture free and open to the public.

Bring Your Vision To The Screen by Ben Steele, U.S.A. An inspiring lecture on the future of computer animation by the founder of the cross-media initiative aoineko. What are the fundamental ingredients to successful animated film storytelling? What pivotal role will animation play over the course of rapid technological development over the next decade? What new technologies are fundamentally changing the way that animation is produced and experienced?

Experience something a little different. A taste of the world of animated cinema – only at the Waterloo Festival.

Tickets and full festival passes available online, and at the door during the Festival.
For more information, please visit www.wfac.ca.
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