NW Animation Fest

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NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. With over 150 films, it’s now the biggest animation festival in the USA.

PAST EVENTS:  

BEST OF THE NW ANIMATION FESTIVALBest of the NW Animation Fest
Saturday, September 7, 2013
7:00pm-9:00pm

NW Animation Fest presents twelve of this year’s best animated shorts from around the world! Here’s some of what you’ll see…

An eccentric thief eats the paintings that he’s stealing from museums and is transformed into fantastical creatures. A wolf hunter rescues a wild boy who grew up alone in the forest, but can’t save him from civilized society. Excited by the rhythms of traffic, the driver of a trolley bus entertains whimsical erotic fantasies about her male passengers. Threatened by a volcano, two bumbling cavemen seek assistance from a fabled tyrannosaur practicing the skills of trigonometry and long division—the mighty Pythagasaurus.

This spring, NW Animation Fest hosted the largest showcase of short animations in the USA: over 150 films. Audience members helped create “Best of the Fest” by voting for their personal favorites. Special award winners will be announced on Sept 7. One night only!

Mature themes: playful sexuality, urban squalor, drug use

NW ANIMATION FEST – FRIDAY NIGHT
nwaf13_friday_nightFriday, May 17, 2013
7:00pm-11:00pm

Opening night includes nearly 30 astonishing short films. Here’s some of what you’ll see: A thief who steals famous paintings, eats them, and is physically transformed by what he consumes… Two cavemen in search of a fabled mathematical dinosaur… A romance of amoebas, as witnessed through the lens of a microscope… A young New Yorker who finds the girl of his dreams with help from an army of enchanted paper airplanes… The death and rebirth of a flying piano… A mad entomologist, whose discovery of a strange horned beetle allows him to change perception of time. Featured films include “Pythagasaurus,” from the makers of Wallace & Gromit — and this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short, “Paperman.”

(Two intermissions. Some mature themes.)

Join us afterwards at Tony Starlight’s for ASIFA-Portland’s “Drink & Draw” — a fun way to try making animation yourself!

Opening night of the NW Animation Fest is presented by Oregon Film.

 

NW ANIMATION FEST – SATURDAY AFTERNOONnwaf13_saturday_afternoon
Saturday, May 18, 2013
1:00pm-5:00pm

Saturday afternoon is an all ages show for savvy animation-loving adults, which is also safe and fun for kids. Here’s some of what you’ll see: A young girl’s embarrassingly eccentric grandfather creates a miraculous, living elephant creature from trash on the beach… A clever prison inmate tricks the guards into plowing his aging father’s farm… A bear who rides the motorcycle in a traveling circus returns to the forest and discovers an unexpected friend… A mysterious huckster brings disaster to the green village when he introduces a strange blue flower… Risking his own life, a snow golem escorts a lost fire wolf cub back to its pack. This program features “Thank You,” a new film from Pendleton Ward, creator of the hit series “Adventure Time.”

(Two intermissions. All ages.)

Bring the kids! Special $5 ticket for youth <18 at this screening only.

 

NW ANIMATION FEST – SATURDAY NIGHTnwaf13_saturay_night
Saturday, May 18, 2013
7:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday night’s films are in turn sidesplitting, heartwarming, and mind-bending. Here’s some of what you’ll see: A steam-powered robot who serves ice cream to orphaned android children… A samurai’s life-or-death battle with the colossal, icy beast that holds Spring hostage… A wolf-like boy who grew up alone in the forest, now struggling to return to civilization… A husband and wife who’ve really grown apart – one lives on the floor, the other on the ceiling. Featured films include “Animation Hotline” (make your own call from our hotspot in the theatre lobby!), a new rat gang sketch from the hit series “Portlandia,” and this year’s charming Oscar-finalist, “Head Over Heels.”

(Two intermissions. Some mature themes.)

Join us afterwards at Tony Starlight’s for “New Key of the Ancient Light,” an innovative performance that blends music, animation and audience-controlled gaming devices.

 

NW ANIMATION FEST – SUNDAY AFTERNOONnwaf13_sunday_afternoon
Sunday, May 19, 2013
1:00pm-5:00pm

Sunday afternoon showcases more of the fantastic visions that only animation can conjure. Here’s some of what you’ll see: An eskimo legend of two lost hunters who discover the realm of demon wolf spirits… A spunky tree frog who has to evade jungle snakes and alligators while looking for his next meal… Travel in a time machine that’s just slightly too small for comfort… A classic chess game with death, a woman with giant hair that fights back, a city populated with sentient Rubik’s Cubes – and more.

Stick around for something extra special in the final hour: our first ever “strange and sexy” film block. It’s a very peculiar romp through the wilds of psyche and sexuality that you won’t want to miss!

(Two intermissions. Some mature themes.)

12:15pm “Meet the Animators” Arrive early on Sunday for a live interview with some of the filmmakers in this year’s festival. “What keeps you inspired as an artist? What unusual tricks went into making your film? What advice do you have for aspiring animators?” …Bring questions of your own for an open Q&A at the end.

 

NW ANIMATION FEST – SUNDAY NIGHTnwaf13_sunday_night
Sunday, May 19, 2013
7:00pm-11:00pm

NW Animation Fest concludes on Sunday night with several of this year’s very best films. Here’s some of what you’ll see: An astronaut crash lands on a strange planet and can’t escape without help from an enigmatic alien being… A harried London barkeep watches as her patrons begin morphing into animals… Forbidden love between young lovers sets an entire city ablaze in classical Japan… Four outlaw divas lead the police on an truly unbelievable car chase… A doomed fish sings its own operatic requiem on the way to the frying pan. Featured films include “Marcel, King of Tervuren” awn.com‘s “best animation film of 2013″) – and this year’s most witty Oscar-finalist, “Fresh Guacamole.”

(Two intermissions. Some mature themes.)

Join us afterwards for a post-festival party at the Moon & Sixpence.