Every year Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH lines up a great set of events kicking off their events calendar with SPARK Festival of Animation which runs from September 16 to 20 with an industry conference that runs concurrently from September 17 to 19.
The organizers have announced the first round of titles for this year’s film portion of the event and if these first titles are any indication, we’re in for a nice pre-VIFF treat.
Kicking off this year’s festival is The Secret of Kells, an Irish animated film about the boy behind the famed Book of Kells and starring the voice talents of Brendan Gleeson, Liam Hourican, Mick Lally and Evan McGuire. Closing the festival will be Adam Elliot’s Sundance opener Mary and Max, a claymation story about an unlikely friendship between a lonely eight-year-old girl living in Melbourne and a forty-year-old man living in New York. That closing night is capped off by Tatia Rosenthal’s $9.99.
But SPARK isn’t simply about new, cutting edge animation but also the staples that made a splash and so far, The Iron Giant is also on the bill. With a number of spots still to fill, this is already shaping up nicely.
I’ll keep you posted as more films are announced but you may want to head over and start planning your evenings. Last year’s event was a quick sell-out and I expect this year to be the same!