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Sydney International Animation Festival

Please find below information about the upcoming UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival which will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney from Friday 24 September to Sunday 26 September.
For further information and purchase of tickets, please visit http://www.siaf.uts.edu.au
Canadian features include:
"A Thorn in the Mind" by Mathieu Bergeron and Yves Martel   and  "The Hardest Lesson" from the Wapos Bay series by Dennis Jackson.

Animated double bill exposes creativity

The Thorn in the Mind double bill at the 2010 UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival will give you the chance to not only see some animated creativity, but also the chance to explore that creativity through an animated documentary.

“A Thorn in the Mind, by Mathieu Bergeron and Yves Martel, is a fascinating documentary that gives an incisive look into the creative imaginations of six award winning independent animators.

“Each give a passionate, frank and often moving account of their creation process and also the hazards and doubts encountered along the way, divulging touching confidences on their visions of animation,” says festival co-director Deb Szapiro.

Screening at 6pm on Saturday 25 September, A Thorn in the Mind is followed by a special screening of films by the six animation directors featured: Canada’s Jacques Drouin and Tali, Barry Purves from the UK, Russia’s Pjotr Sapegin, the Swiss Georges Scwizgebel and the Belgian Raoul Servais.

“They all have very different personalities, techniques and approaches, and they can all be equally enjoyed in this creative double bill,” said Szapiro.

Acclaimed Cree film maker guest at UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival indigenous forum

 Visiting the UTS: Sydney International Animation Festival in 2010 is arguably Canada’s most successful First Nations animation writer and director, Dennis Jackson, with his acclaimed series Wapos Bay. 

A feature of the Indigenous Program and forum, Wapos Bay is a Canadian animated series so far comprising 39 half hour episodes.  UTS: SIAF will be screening the episode, THE HARDEST LESSON as part of this year’s indigenous animation program.

“Wapos Bay is a fantastic example of indigenous filmmakers using animation to give insight into both traditional ways and contemporary indigenous lives. The series has high production values, great writing and performances and broad appeal.  Added to this, it is beautifully animated!” said festival co-director Deb Szapiro.

A guest of UTS: SIAF, Dennis Jackson will speak on a panel that brings together Australian community members and indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers from the production Wadu Matyidi, plus producer David Slowo and up and coming new talent Jason Japaljarri Woods from the Animating Jukurrpa project to discuss their working processes and protocols, the impact of these animations and explore future possibilities and potentials.

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