I mounted this festival in 2010 and 2011 in Winnipeg, Canada – its programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally. It was programmed collaboratively by myself and The Big Smash! Film Collective.
For 2010 the Special Guests were BILL PLYMPTON, who presented an animation masterclass and HEATHER HENSON who presented the program Handmade Puppet Dreams. The festival opened with the Japanese shorts program Seconds Under the Sun curated by Naomi Hocura, and among the Winnipeg premieres were Brett Ingram’s Rocaterrania and Barry Doupé’s Ponytail.
The festival closed with an evening of expanded cinema: Bruce Bickford’s CAS’L with live score by Mahogany Frog, Irene Bindi’s Black Chalk with live score by D E A F S Q U A B and Doreen Girard’s Sontiainen with live score by Slattern.
From the 2011 Press release:
Special guests for the 2011 edition will include animation legend RALPH BAKSHI (Fritz the Cat, Lord of the Rings), who will be appearing in person to present his film American Pop and to give an artist talk at the opening vernissage for his visual arts exhibit THE STREETS at RAW Gallery, and Montréal underground cartoonist RICK TREMBLES, who will present his Motion Picture Purgatory: De-Censortized expanded cinema show at our main venue, The Park Theatre.
Other treats in this year’s lineup include the animated documentary AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY, Brent Green’s elegiac stop-motion feature GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN, a retrospective of the psychedelic short films of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami, Mathieu Weschler’s feature-length machinima THE TRASHMASTER (made completely using source images from Grand Theft Auto 4), Albert Birney + Jon Moses’ musical stop-motion oddity THE BEAST PAGEANT and CODE IN MOTION, a short film program showcasing early computer animation, curated by Clint Enns. Plastic Paper is also honoured to be presenting the Manitoba première of THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION, the last film by animator Helen Hill, which was completed posthumously by her husband Paul Galiunas.