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Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival


Extended by popular demand till November 29.

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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Archive 2015 : Click to Download the Poster I  Download The full Program I  Les dailies en français I in english


Le Miaff Full Program Revealed

Le MIAFF: Montreal International Animation Film Festival

April 16th to April 19th

4 days of animation feature films, shorts workshops, panel discussions, interactive performances, animation themed parties Alice in Wonderland. Reggae Night and opening and closing parties to be held at Rosalie on de la montagne.

Partnerships :
TELETOON and Printemps Numérique ally with le MIAFF presenting industry professionals in animation for cinema and television and gaming. Technology in all it’s forms. Media partnership with


Adult and interactive themed opening event.

The Festival will open with the restored version for the 40th year anniversary of  X-rated Shame of the Jungle voiced by John Belushi, Bill Murray and Johnny Weissmuller Jr. Shame of the Jungle (Original title Tarzoon, la honte de la jungle) French/Belgian animated film directed by cartoonist Picha and Boris Szulzinger.


Pre opener The Land of the Magic Flute: A live interactive music performance Of Mozart’s Magic Flute produced by the German Interactive Media Foundation music performed live composer Montreal composer Philippe Lambert opens the ceremonies.

Animaze to stream to the World some 40 hours of content - do not miss that if you missed the festival in Montreal

Discover ANIMAZE in Streaming CLICK HERE 

We are quite excited to report Animaze has partnered with M (M Brands Film Inc.; to stream the festival live (April 16-19th, 2015) and on-demand through May 26, 2015.
You will be able to see the red carpet, opening ceremony, keynote speakers, interactive Google Live Air Q & A panels, master classes, and closing ceremony.  You will be able to enjoy over 40 hours of behind-the-festival coverage and in-depth filmmaker, executive producer, key suppliers, Animaze leadership and staff, and M’s team interviews. Plus, there will be spontaneous hallway and venue conversations.  All of this content will continue to build until the end of May.  Pricing will increase as more and more digital content is added.

* Physical festival pass and student pass patrons will automatically have access, if they provide their pass number.  Just ask the Animaze –M team. Animaze -M.

Cult Classic Heavy Metal will screen with director Gerald Potterton in the house!


Thematic short section are:




A Bird in a Cage world premiere from the UK is a 19 minute short documentary animation that revives the story of Margaret Mackworth a pioneer of the suffragette society in the UK.


We have winners for you: Best of Fests

Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festivals,

Ottawa International Film Festival,

Kanata First Nations collection,



The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival,


Beauty, is an exquisite short, an ode to the Italian renaissance - one of our Best of Fantasporto Film Festival discoveries. 


World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeldt (Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival / Best Animated Short, SXSW Best Animated Short)


Program of Conference Panels & Masterclasses

Animaze Days offers a 3 day conference program including a dozen events with  stop motion master Oscar winner Co Hoedeman, Erik Goulet, a live dance performance with  Zelma Badu, interactive performances will engage the audience with the art of animation in all it’s forms.


Conference and industry networking events at our venues at Concordia University Hall Cinema and deSeve theatres in downtown Montreal.


Maya Eriksson of the German Interactive Media Foundation producers of The Magic Flute and director Fons Scheidon share the experience of creating the graphic novel.


The NFB on LSD: In Conversation with Christopher Nutter

From musician and filmmaker off the beaten path Chris shares his fascinating perspective of the NFB during the psychedelic era shares stories of Arthur Lipsett who refused Stanley Kubrick’s request to create the title sequence for Dr. Strangelove, Norman McClaren the lion in the hallway and tales of Montreal legendary animator Ryan Larkin and more.


Gerald Potterton: In Conversation

Director of the iconic cult film Heavy Metal three time Oscar nominee shares his stories animating the Beatles Yellow Submarine, directing Buster Keaton and a spin of his rare record collection including a never heard before soundtrack composed by Ringo Starr.


Wearable technology: Subconscious content

Researchers are finding evidence that our decisions are driven by the subconscious and emotional response. Learn about measuring human reaction to content and how these biometric measurement tools such as SENSUM wearable technology evaluates engagement level of the audience to content.


Poster Artist 2015: Tom Tassel



Signal clip 2015 by Steve Woloshen

Watch the clip on our youtube channel


La Battle des Écoles - School Contest

Featuring schools from Quebec offering  each 3 best shorts (end of tuition student works)

·         UQAM

·         Concordia

·         CEGEP du Vieux Montréal

·         CEGEP de Bois de Boulogne

·         Dawson College

·         CEGEP de Matane

·         NAD


Animaze 2015 Jury


Mike Wiesemeier

Mike Wiesemeier

Mike began his drawing studies in the early 1980’s at Brandes Art Institute, in Reseda, California. Several years later he began working in the animation industry, beginning with small studios including Morgan Interactive and Colossal Pictures in San Francisco, and Philips Interactive in Los Angeles.

His career in feature animation began at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1994, where he worked on six feature films including “Pocahontas”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Hercules”, “Fantasia 2000″, “Tarzan”, and “Beauty and the Beast”. He worked at Walt Disney Animation Australia, and in Valencia, Spain as a supervisor on the animated film “El Cid: The Legend”.

Mike’s teaching career began while working at the Disney studio in Los Angeles, when he taught animation at the American Animation Institute, and at CalArts. In 2003 Michael taught life drawing to computer animators in Boulder, Colorado, and animal drawing at the Denver Zoo and San Diego Zoo. In 2004 he became a faculty instructor at the Art Institutes of California, teaching life drawing, animation, sculpture for animation, and character design. In 2005 he also taught figure drawing for 3D animators at Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Since 2005 Mike has been a guest lecturer at many world class museums in Los Angeles, including The Getty Center Museum, The Getty Villa, The Huntington Library and Art Collections, and The Norton Simon Museum of Art, and Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In 2007 Mike moved to Florence, Italy to study classical painting. He also continued his teaching here, at the animation school Nemo Academy, and other institutions such as New York University, Syracuse University, and Florence University of the Arts. In 2012 Mike moved to Montréal, Canada where he worked as Animation Director for top video game studio Square Enix/Eidos. He’s now a member of our  ANIMAZE 2015 Jury !


Randall Finnerty

Randall Finnerty1

Randall Finnerty was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario. He studied Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, Sheridan College in Oakville and at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Since 1997, he has been involved in numerous productions of animated short films at the National Film Board of Canada as a digital imaging artist and, since 2007, as Senior Computer Graphics Animator. In addition, he is a practicing visual artist who regularly exhibits work, in various galleries and Maisons de la culture.



Awards Animaze



Winning school
The winning school will be promoted with a link in the film school section on and with a featured article on

3 winning filmmakers
Each winning filmmaker will receive
1 Toon Boom software

1 promo package with valued 1.000 euros

Free profile editing assistance with personalization
Promotion of the film’s award on the website’s homepage
Promotion of the film award in newsletter 192 000 subscribers
Promotion of your profile / synopsis in the film showcase section of the website top of list 3 months
Screening of your film in Cannes at Off de Cannes May 16-17, at Annecy off (june) and during Animation Day location to be determined


BEST FILM (feature film)

The  winner will receive a festival trophy

1 vintage film poster by

1 a promo package with valued 1.500 euros
Free profile editing assistance with personalization
Promotion of the film’s award on the website’s homepage
Promotion of the film award in newsletter 192 000 subscribers
Promotion of your profile / synopsis in the film showcase section of the website top of list 3 months
Festival push: Promotion of your film to festival programmers worldwide in a shared eBlast to 13 000 festival contacts (twice)


AUDIENCE AWARD (feature film)

The  winner will receive a festival trophy 

BEST STORY (feature film)

The  winner will receive a festival trophy

SENSUM AWARD (best emotion response in a short, documentary of feature film)



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