Kitchener-Waterloo animation fest: Ontario festival dedicated to feature-length animation

From November 16 – 19, the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema will present “the best of feature animation from around the world.”

This festival, as the name indicates, is the only festival dedicated to feature-length animation. It shows many movies from around the world, that you’re not going to see at your local Mongoplex. Hopefully, that should ensure a minimum of wise-cracking animals in these films (although the little &$^%ers are pretty pernicious).

Kitchener-Waterloo animation fest: Ontario festival dedicated to feature-length animation

The 2006 edition of the festival will happen at the Gig Theatre (formerly the Hyland Cinema), on 30 Duke Street, in Kitchener. Tickets will be available online at, on Monday, October 16. Prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children under 12 or full-time high-school students (ID required). Full passes are $90 for adults, $60 for kids. Tickets are also available at the door for $12/$8.

The first 10 films have already been announced. They will play in their language of origin, with English subtitles:

Fimfarum 2 (Jan Balej/Aurel Klimt/Bretislav Pojar/Vlasta Pospilov, Czech Republic, 2006) — rated G

Fire Ball (Wang Toon, Taiwan, 2006) — rated PG

Origin: Spirits of the Past (Sugiyama Keiichi, Japan, 2006) — rated PG

Kirikou and the Wild Beasts (Michel Ocelot, France, 2005) — rated PG

Prince Vladimir (Yuri Kulakov, Russia, 2006) — rated AA

Pettson and Findus: Pettson’s Promise (Anders Sørensen/Jørgen Lerdam, Denmark, 2005) — rated G

Princes et Princesses (Princes and Princesses); (Michel Ocelot, France, 2000) — rated G

Princess (Anders Morgenthaler, Denmark, 2006) — rated R

Robotech: the Shadow Chronicles (Dong-Wook Lee/Tommy Yune, U.S.A., 2006) — rated PG

Shisha no Sho (Book of the Dead); (Kawamoto Kihachiro, Japan, 2005) — rated AA

The festival will release the full 2006 program on November 1.