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Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival


Extended by popular demand till 18-20 November 2022.

Animaze is an international film festival and conference dedicated to exploring the world of animation in all its diversity. Filmmakers from over 65 countries working in a wide range of genres and styles converge on Montreal in the summer. We engage audiences and develop new opportunities in a unique and fast growing art form.

ANIMAZE presents le MIAFF! a Montreal based international animation film festival and industry conference providing a showcase for animators and animation producers to showcase and market their works including technology and anything animated in the digital landscape as a digital art or even for research purposes in the field of science.

ANIMAZE is registered non-profit organization with feature animation film as its prime focus. ANIMAZE is an animation industry conference, workshops for animators, producers network, cocktail networking and ANIMAZE DAZE international co-production incentive. For independent filmmakers festival strategy workshops.

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Le Festival International du cinéma d'Animation présente des longs métrages d'animation, des courts ainsi que des films expérimentaux. Des conférences de l'industrie, des panels d'intervenants ainsi que des coproductions internationales seront au rendez vous. Des Ateliers sur l'état de l'art. Une Sélection internationale de films pour le public, des panels d'intervenants et une plate-forme éducative pour enfants.  
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer cette nouvelle édition virtuelle de notre festival, la première. De nouveaux films excitants, une programmation originale et un cycle de conférences de l'industrie sont prévus.

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Animaze screens at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

     Selection of trailers from upcoming films sccreening at Animaze 2016      Programming blocks at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Maxwell Cummings Auditorium   Opening Ceremonies on August 18, 2016 7:00 pm Brave New World on August 19, 2016 1:00 pm Human Nature on August 19, 2016 3:00 pm Student Film Contest on August 19, 2016 5:00 pm Animaze Kids on August 20, 2016 1:...

Press conference photos new Animaze partners for festival 2016

    Yona Pelovska filmmaker and VR jury and Animaze director Laurie Gordon   Animaze press conference produced a great turn at Hotel le Meridien in Montreal Canada August 2. In attendenace were new partners for Animaze 2016 and 2017 including  McCord Museum, Valtech, SAT - Societe des arts et technologies, Hotel 10 where th eindustry conference will be held, le Meridien Hotel, Fig55- All 2D screenings at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Spec...

Animaze reveals full program

ANIMAZE ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING ANIMAZE: The Montreal International Animation Film Festival is set to announce its full lineup in advance of the festival on August 18-21. Now in its third year, ANIMAZE is bringing a world of animation to Montreal. With a selection of over 170 short and feature-length animated films at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an outdoor 360º Dome with planetarium-style projection and a Virtual Reality Cinema, Animaze has an inspiring and dynamic range of con...

Animaze Industry Conference Schedule Announced

Animaze has announced its industry conference schedule for the upcoming edition on August 18-21. The Animaze industry conference is a four-day gathering bringing together animation studios, distributors, vendors, tech startups and developers. Our roster of speakers includes industry leaders such as Clive Smith, Athena Georgaklis, Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Pascal Pelletier and more. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of hit PBS series Arthur, key figures from the show will talk ...

Final List of Short Programming Animaze Montreal 2016

Morning Mourning by Katia Truong Klementhro by Sue Dunham aka Ben Mitchell   Parade de Satie by Koji Yamamura - member of the Academy   Here is a final list of our short film programming to be screening at Animaze 2016. We are proud to present debut to pedigree animation talent at various phases of their careers.From Academy award nominated animator Koji Yamamura of Japan to debut animators such as Malcolm Rizzuto (USA) director Fat Pants, Animaze is gearing up for...

Animaze presents 360º Samskara with FULLDOME.PRO - Spherical Wonderful World of Android Jones

The amazing images of Android Jones. Animaze is happy to announce a partnership with the visionary folks at FullDome.Pro. SInce meeting at FestForums in Santa Barbara last Decemeber Animaze and FullDome have been exploring ways of teaming up and finally the news is in and positive. Not only is FulllDome a state of the art 360 degree Dome vendor but the content they create and distribute worldwide is divine. From CES to E3 Burning Man and beyond the artisti visions and immersive experience ...

Animaze at Annecy meets Toon Boom filmmakers and finds new animation gems! President Hollande likes cartoons?

Animaze attends the 40th Anniversary of Annecy. In house at the MIFA were new and familiar faces. The usual suspects of course are our favourite group at the India pavillion with new festivals and TV productions in tow.   Programming Animation films for Ugust 18-21 at Animaze is exciting as it is a lot of fun. We can't wait to see you there!  Animaze director Laurie Gordon and ToonBom's lovely Desideria Mastriaco Arnand Gurnani organizer of the India stand President ...

Bilal animation feature sure to leave an animation legacy

      Top notch story telling Bilal is certain to leave a stunning visual animation legacy for generations to come.     It is not often you are at a certain time in a certain place where a pinnacle moment permits a window for you to say I was there! Bilal is the first feature animation film to come out of the UAE and it leave a lasting impression.  I was thrilled to have been able to see it at its birth if you will.     With its rich story and cha...

Animation Day in Cannes a HUGE success - Join Animaze for Montreal edition Aug 18-21

  Our darling artist "in residence Cannessur le Croisette PAB.  Lovely Marie Claude Beauchamp - Producer extraodinaire and president of AQA - the ever fabulous Bruno Chatelin Editor in Chief, The beaming winner of Animation Day in Cannes director Bilal Ayman Jamal and myself Laurie Gordon your happy Animaze festival director   Our two lovely artists we love to see at Animation Day in Cannes PAB and the fabulous NESTA    We invite you to Mo...

VR at Animaze new section for submissions!

  Virtual reality is increasingly becoming readily accessible. 2014 saw the launch of Google Cardboard - the DIY virtual headset - which is available for consumers to purchase at an affordable price. 2016 is set to be huge for VR, with Oculus Rift all set to launch to consumers later this month, which will no doubt open up a whole host of opportunities for advertisers. It’s safe to say that this market will only grow and that we will see a range of new entrants and innovations ...

VR at Berlinale - The elephant in the room - EFM Startup Programme

      The elephant is in the room. The elephant is as real as the Bear in Berlin. You can see it, smell it, hear it.  It's not just my imagination, exactly. The Berlinale and EFM appear a tad quieter. The crowds more tapered. The frenzy has quieted down a notch. But connections are being made and synergies they are there ofcourse but the landscape is something. I take a walk around the EFM and the Marriott. The lobby cafe is full.  People are having meetings an...

Meet us in Berlin - Animaze 2016 seeks animation & VFX films, new technology - Montreal August 18-21

  Meet the Animaze programming team in Berlin. We are actively seeking new animation features , short films for festival screenings, VFX gaming and new media projects - Industry focus Virtual Reality - 2016  The year of VR  Animaze in Montreal Canada August 18-21 2016. Exciting new partner announcements coming soon. Feel free to drop us a line and schedule a meeting in Berlin schedule a meeting with us! Submit your film on filmfreeway too...

Montreal VFX Cinesite Oscar nominated for The Revenant" or why you must attend Animaze 2016!

Montreal's Cinesite Delivers Invisible Effects for ‘The Revenant’  Under the lead of VFX supervisor Nicolas Chevallier, Cinesite provides digital matte paintings and set extensions, fluid and particle simulations, character animation, lighting, compositing and more for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘The Revenant.’   ...

Festival dates moved forward to August 18-21. Animaze Seeks Animation at Berlinale 2016 - Let's Meet!

Please note Animaze 2016 edition Montreal  will be taking place August 18-21, 2016. Animaze is happy to  attend Berlinale 2016 seeking feature length animation film, shorts, as well as interactive projects for our festival in August 18-21 in Montreal Quebec Canada. Films with more than 35% VFX (excluding credits) are also welcome to submit. Please contact us via email to set up a meeting : Submit your film here:  FILMFREEWAY Stay tun...

The Star Wars George Lucas doesn't want you to see

The original 1977 version of the saga is nearly impossible to find, so these fans made their own. In 1978, Star Wars won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas’s soon to be seven-part saga, you’ll find it difficult. In fact, it’s actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released. Lucas doesn’t want you to see that version. Instead, he wants you to watch the continuously updated spec...

Animaze at Art Basel Miami - Interview with Prince Lorenzo di Medici - Creator of Pop Renaissance Art

The city of Miami lights up in oil and acrylic for Art Basel. With hundreds of visual artists from all over the world gathering in Miami. This city is on fire with colour, art and canvas.    Inside one of the exhibiting participants at the Hyatt Regency Miami.  Art Basel takes place all over Miami cinlduing South Beach.     In Wynnwood pop up festival full of art, vendors, creators of all kinds and amazing gallery exhibitions. Pop Artist Micha...

Montreal and Paris united as festival partners and sister cities

Before attending my first Cannes Film Festival several years ago in 2010 I was some issues dealing with my Cannes film festival registration and had been trying to reach someone to verify last minute details for me. From Heathrow airport before flyiing to Paris and then Cannes I finally reached someone who said "Laurie is that you?" I was surprised and dumbfounded. Who from Paris working at Cannes festival would know me by first name from a call at the airport?  "Laurie it...

Inspiration conquers terror and Art inspires peace - Artist Jean Julien Talk about his now iconic Eiffel tower

  French Artist Tells How He Created ‘Symbol of Peace for Paris’"In all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace."   Jean Julien had just begun his vacation when he heard on the radio about the terrorist attacks in his native France that killed more than 120 people on Friday. While others around the world struggled to put their feelings about ...

Animation - images and films America & France - Pioneers of a new dimension

Fantasmagorie is a 1908 French animated film by Émile Cohl. It is one of the earliest examples of traditional hand-drawn animation and considered by film historians to be the first animated cartoon. Émile Cohl   Georges Méliès French filmmaker Georges Méliès is known as the first cinemagician for his early use of special effects in cinema.Between 1896 and 1914, he directed some 531 films, ranging...

How America became the master of animation globally - did anyone say Disney? AFM special

Walt Disney and animation film are synonymous. No other name in animation comes close to the impact the Disney animation empire has made on animation both as an art and an industry. Walt and his brother Roy were two forces to be reckoned with creating and defining animation as an film genre and a business. Their model remains even more relevant today than ever before.   Walt had very early interests in art, he would often sell drawings to neighbors to make extra money. He pursued his art ...

The Flying Animator documentary film on Kickstarter countdown - Welcome to Gerry's World

Kickstarter campaign LIVE! Until November 7 documentary on Gerald Potterton One week left to go of our Kickstarter campaign The Flying Animator to raise financing for a feature length documentary film on Gerald Potterton. His dry British humour, life on a 200 acre farm in the eastern townships, Gerald can tell us about what it was like to work with Buster Keaton and animating the Beatles Yellow Submarine. Learn about the never released film with a sound tr...

Montreal International Animation Film Festival - Animaze 2016 Calling for animation....yours?

Montreal  International Animation Film Festival FESTIVAL DATES August 18th - 21st 2016 Montreal Canada Montreal International Animation Film Festival is a people's film festival and industry conference dedicated to the art of animation for film and technology.  All genres and forms are welcome. Awards & Prizes Software and other award prizes. Visibility in our travelling shows in Berlin, Cannes, Annecy, Glasgow and more. Check 2015 fan...

Montreal at TIFF 2016 - Programming Animated short and long films

Montreal at TIFF 2016 - Programming Animated short and long films   Animaze director Laurie Gordon and programmer Martin Petrov at TIFF 2016 party for "Sky" with Diana Kruger. Looking for new and exciting shorts and features is not so simple. Film festivals dedicate solely to animation are few. So seeking animation at all festivals i therefore even more important since many animation producers have limited choice and smaller wndows to  get their films out on th...

Baby Radish Monster Animation China summer Blockbuster

China's has a monster animation HIT on its hands. A box office breakthrough called this too cute moniker Baby Radish Monster. How sweet it is... Set in an ancient world where humans and monsters coexist, Monster Hunt follows the life of a hapless young man named Tianying, who is accidentally impregnated with the heir of the monster kingdom. After giving birth to Huba, the baby radish monster, he is propelled into an epic adventure as he tries to protect his son against...


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