Heads up. I'll be attending this year's Ottawa International Animation Festival and I'm so excited I could bust! I was on such an animation high after last year's festival, I swear my co-workers had to pry me off the ceiling. It was that good. This year, the festival will take place September 21-25, and it looks like it'll be another doozy. Henry Selick will be in attendance to showcase the premiere of his newest short film, Moongirl, John Canemaker's The Moon and the Son will be screened, as well as many many others. In fact, 109 films from 64 countries were chosen for the Official Competition, with many more in out-of-competition and special screenings. (Cartoon Brew's Jerry Beck will be presenting some interesting goodies.) Another aspect of the festival I enjoyed was the workshops and panel discussions -- geeking out animation-style is definitely something I have no shame about. Many notes will be taken.
One of the reasons I started this blog was that I wanted a place to discuss all the films and panels I checked out at the festival last year. Instead, I ended up going off on several different tangents, talking about other stuff that interested me at the time, such as reviewing THE INCREDIBLES, Gerald McBoing Boing on the HELLBOY DVD, revisiting NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (in two parts, no less!), and then going off on THE POLAR EXPRESS (oh, yes -- two parts, there as well).
It's been a year, but I still want to talk about that experience. I will eventually, but in the meantime, I plan on reporting on this year's festival as it unfolds. (Assuming that I can find a cyber café nearby -- do they still have those things?) If you're in the area, I do encourage you to check out a screening or two. Hope to see you there!