Monday, 16 October 2017

‘Breadwinner’ to Open SPARK ANIMATION 2017

Legendary Glen Keane will receive a lifetime achievement award at the event .

Something spectacular and exciting is happening at Vancouver between 26th – 29th October at VIFF Vancity Theatre , Scotiabank Theatre and another venue is Vancouver Convention Centre . the audience will witness the screening of Nora Twomey’s “ The Breadwinner “ . Apart from this ,there will be an award ceremony to honour women in the animation field too . called “Animation Diversity Awards “ . These are the events which will kick start the Spark Animation 2017 .
This award ceremony was established to honour people who have made outstanding contributions in the animation world . The WIA Diversity Awards will be awarded taking into account 3 categories : 

 1.  To an organization
 2 . To an individual
 3 . To a film . The winners will be announced shortly .

The award ceremony will be followed by the Western Canadian Premier of “ The Breadwinner “ , along with Oscar nominated director Nora Twomey’s ( Secret of the Kells ) right after that . “ The Breadwinner “ , is produced by the most famous Angeline Jolie and voice over by Vancouver actor Laara Sadiq for one of the lead characters .
The festivities of the night will go on with the presentation of The Spark Lifetime Achievement Award to Legendary animator Glen Keane , who is known for his all time favourite “ Beauty and The Beast “ and “ The Little Mermaid “ . Glen Keane , a veteran of Disney Animation with 30 glorious experience , will present the Canadian Premiere of his latest work ( Dear Basketball ) , which is a collaboration with NBA Superstar , Kobe Byrant and composer , John WillIAMS . The magnificent evening will conclude with The Spark Animation Celebration , where this year’s jury’s winning shots will be presented .

On 28th October , the spotlight will be on France as they will present 3 new features and a short program . The highlights of the day are The Western Canadian premier of Big Bad Fox and other tales. The latest project from Patrick Imbert and Benjamin RENNER , who made the  Oscar nominated “ Ernest and Celestine  “ The France / Quebec co production Mune :Guardian of the Moon which is co directed by Alexandre Heboyan and Benoit Philippon . Not just these the audience will get to witness MUTAFUKAZ , which was originally a short film and a comic book has been co directed and written by Guillaume Renard . MUTAFUKAZ  is about a gritty , young adult allegory of a dystopian Los Angeles .

After the screenings , there will be a Q&A session , after the screening of Mune : Guardian of the Moon , by Heboyan himself , as he will be attending the festival . The spotlight is once again on France , with its short films , comprising of Professional and Established Artists and also providing opportunities to up and coming talents , to display their creativity .

The audience will be spell bound with a Canadian Premier of Big Fish and Begonia , which is a very beautiful and gorgeous animated feature from China , which is a must watch as it had taken 10 years in the making . These screenings will be accompanied by several more short programs to keep the audience mesmerised like : Made in Canada , Find me unafraid , After dark , Mothers of a medium , revolting rhymes and other tales for people of all age groups .

The organizers of this show Spark Animation , will bring the curtains down with yet again with another Canadian Premier of “ Mary and the Witch’s “ , which is an adaptation of Mary Stewart’s classic story , ably directed by Studio Ghibli’s Hiromasa Yonebayashi , who had previously made “ The Secret World of Arrietty “ and the Oscar nominated “When Marnie was there . “
The net proceeds from the festival screenings are donated for a charitable cause , which was introduced last year , to help more than 1400 homeless youth . This is an initiative by “ Animation for a Cause “ . Spark GG has partnered with Covenant House Vancouver for this humanitarian effort .
The schedule , the information and the tickets of the entire festival are just a click away .

As mentioned earlier , the Spark CG Career Fairs , will be held on 28th and 29th October respectively at the Vancouver Convention Center  East Building . This fair will attract hundreds of attendees  , to showcase Vancouver’s talent , its connect with the film and TV studios .

The deciding factor will be by 10 internationally acclaimed studio makers  , including 

Animal Logic
Atomic Cartoons
Bardel Entertainment
Cine site Studios
Darkhorse10 Pictures
DHX Studios
Digital Domain 3.0
Double Negative
EA Canada
Frame store Studios
Hydraulx VFX
Image Engine
Kick start Entertainment Canada
Moving Picture Company (MPC)
ON Animation Studios
Slap Happy Cartoons
Sony Pictures Image works
Star gate Studios Vancouver
Stellar Creative Lab
Zoic Studios

Though the career fair is open to one and all , prior registration is a must . for further information and for online registration , log on to

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