Independent Animated Art Films

'Fusion' (2023 / 3:20min. / 35mm sound and picture drawn on film)...work in progress.

'Intersextion' (2022 / 4min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film)...two abstract energies fall in love, unite as one then disappear into a vanishing point.

'Hot Flashes' (2022 / 1min./ 16mm / picture drawn on film) a silent flicker film with pulsating frames of red, pink and orange.

‘Twilight’   (2018 / 2min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film)  inspired by the two lights (twi-light) found inside of film projectors.

'TV'  (2018 / 2min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film)  transformational vibrations: Inspirational mark making as a visual representation of handmade optical sounds.

‘Once Upon a Mountain’   (2014 / 3min./ 16mm / watercolour paintings.) based on true story of mountain climbing in the Canadian Rockies.

‘Element of Light’   (2004 / 4.5min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) abstract animation within the context of light as a natural element.

‘1:1’   (2001 / 2.5min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) exploring the ‘one to one’ relationship between sound and picture.

‘Sea Song’   (1998 / 4min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) an animated look into the sparkling ocean at night.

‘Linear Dreams’   (1997 / 7min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) images from the minds eye, music from the minds ear.

‘Zig Zag’   (1994 / 1min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) zig zag pictures dance to zig zag sounds.

‘Garbanzo’   (1993 / 2min./ 16mm / picture drawn on film) abstract forms painted on film move to original jazz music.

‘Major ReBeouf’   (1992 / 3min./ 16mm, cel + paper animation) mythology created for “Return to Exceptional Pass” group show, Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff.

‘Story from the Stone’   (1991 / 1min./ 16mm, pastel/chalk on paper) inspired from pictographs at Writing on Stone Provincial Park.

Commissioned Animated Art Films

'Pencil Project' (2022 / 12 sec./ 35mm to digital) animating the Quickdraw Animation Society pencil logo for QAS website.

'Wood and Metal Bars' (2021 / 10.5min. / 16mm cameraless + digital editing) Meditative musical journey through colour, form and sound. Music Video for Frank Horvat Chamber Orchestra featuring percussionist Beverley Johnston, Toronto Canada.

'Four Elements of Change' (2019 / 5.5min./ 16mm cameraless and 16mm black+white hand processed films) Four short films inspired by theme of climate change created for 'Shifting Ground', group exhibition at Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo BC, Canada.

‘Yarwood Trail’   (2009 / 4min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) inspired by paintings and sculptures of Walter Yarwood for the Toronto Animated Image Society 11 in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation commemorating the Painters 11.

‘Aura’  (2006 / 2.5min./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) 25 filmmakers celebrate film as an artform for the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto: 25 Film Manifesto’s.

‘O.I.A.F. Signal Film’   (2002 / 24sec./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) signal film for Ottawa International Animation Festival.

‘CFMDC Trailer’   (1999 / 30sec./ 35mm / sound and picture drawn on film) Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre trailer.

 

Awards

Intersextion

2023 Jury Choice Award: First Prize, Thomas Edison Film Festival, USA.

Twilight

2019 Jury Stellar Award, Grand Prize: Best Experimental Film, Black Maria Fest, USA.

2018 Best Non Narrative Film: GIRAF Festival, Calgary Canada.

Element of Light

2006 Audience vote Best Abstract Film: Melbourne Int. Animation Fest.

2005 Directors Choice Award: Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

1:1

2003 Jury Citation Award: Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

Sea Song

2001 Award of Merit: Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany.

2000 Directors Choice Award: Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

Linear Dreams

1998 Best Canadian Animated Film: Ottawa Int. Animation Festival.

1998 Best Abstract Film: Zagreb Int. Animation Film Festival, Croatia.

1998 Award of the Academy of Fine Art: University of Zagreb, Croatia.

1998 Award of the Artiria Gallery: Zagreb, Croatia.

1998 Jury Choice Award First Prize: Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

1998 Best Sound Design: Ann Arbor Experimental Film Festival, USA.

1998 Jury Award: Brisbane International Animation Festival, Australia.

1997 Best Canadian Short Film: Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax Canada.

1997 Best Animated Film: Alberta Motion Picture Awards (AMPIA).

1997 Best Experimental Film: Sea to Sky Film Festival, BC Canada.

1997 Best Canadian Short Film: Atlantic Film Festival.

1997 Best Animated Film: Victoria Independent Film Festival.

 

Film Grant Production Awards

2023 Canada Council for the Arts - Media Arts Production.

2022 Quickdraw Animation Society - Media Arts Production.

2020 Frank Horvat Chamber Orchestra, #FACTOR - Media Arts Production.

2019 British Columbia Arts Council - Media Art Production.

2018 LightPress Film Scan, Interbay Cinema Society, Seattle USA.

2018 Kaslo Cultural Centre, Canada - Media Arts Production.

2017 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Art Production.

2014 British Columbia Arts Council – Media Arts Production.

2008 Toronto Animated Image Society – Media Art Production.

2008 National Film Board of Canada - Filmmakers Assistance Program.

2006 Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto – Media Art Production.

2005 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production.

2001 National Film Board of Canada - Filmmakers Assistance Program.

2001 British Columbia Arts Council – Media Arts Production.

2000 Canada Council for the Arts – Professional Development.

1998 National Film Board of Canada - Filmmakers Assistance Program.

1998 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production.

1995 National Film Board of Canada - Filmmakers Assistance Program.

1995 Alberta Foundation for the Arts – Post Production.

1994 Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Production.

Collections

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Film Archive, Hollywood USA. (all 35mm prints)

National Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa.(35mm prints)

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. (35mm prints)

KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V., Germany. (35mm prints)

National Film Board of Canada, Montreal. (Linear Dreams)

IOTA Centre for Visual Music, Los Angles USA. (Linear Dreams / 1:1, 35mm)

Cinémathéque Québécoise, Montreal Canada. (Linear Dreams, 35mm)

Rhode Island School of Art + Design, USA. (Linear Dreams)

Newfoundland Filmmakers Coop , Canada. (original 16mm Sea Song)

 

Memberships

Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary Canada. (Honorary Lifetime Member)

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Toronto Canada.

KurzFilm Agentur Hamburg eV., Germany.

iOta Center for Visual Music, California USA.

Kootenay Film Society, Creston Canada.

 

Artist Talk with Presentation

2023 Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

2019  7th Siding Festival of Film, Tivoli Theatre, Creston Canada. (Retrospect)

2019  Engauge Experimental Film Festival, Seattle USA.

2019  Paris International Animation Festival, France.

2019  Portland Art Museum, Oregon USA. (Retrospect)

2018  Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

2016  Winnipeg Film Group Cinémathèque, Canada. (Retrospect)

2016  Iris Film Collective, Cineworks Studio, Vancouver Canada.

2012  Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia.(Retrospect)

2011 Cordoba International Animation Festival, Argentina.

2011 Spirit Festival, Creston BC, Canada.

2009  Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, Michigan USA.

2008  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

2007  Pacific Cinémathèque, Vancouver Canada. (Retrospect)

2005  Images Festival, Toronto Canada.

2003  Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

2002  National Film Board of Canada, Animation Summit, Montreal.

2001  Sheridan College Animation Department, Toronto Canada.

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany.

Turku International Animation Festival, Finland.

Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden.

2000  Nordic + Baltic Int. Animation Festival, Fredrikstad Norway,

Leipzig International Documentary + Animation Festival, Germany.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Ambiental, Goias Brazil.

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany.

1999  Emily Carr Institute for Art + Design, Vancouver Canada.

Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver.

Atlantic Film Festival / Halifax Canada.

Toronto International Film Festival, Royal Ontario Museum.

Western Front, Vancouver.

1998  Dresden International Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

Stuttgart International Animation Film Festival, Germany.

 

Selected Screenings

Intersextion

October 2023 Engauge Experimental Film Festival, Seattle USA, Official Selection.

October 2023 ANIMAGE International Animation Festival, Recife, Brazil, Official Competition.

September 2023 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canadian Panorama.

September 2023 Festival International du Court Métrage de Lille, Lille France, Official Selection.

August 2023 Imaginaria Festival Internazionale del Cinema d’Animazione d'Autore, Conversano, Italy, Official Competition.

August 2023 Turku Animation Film Festival, Turku Finland, Official Selection.

July 2023 Insomnia International Animation Festival, Kaluga, Russian Federation, Official Competition.

June 2023 Night of Animation, Nelson, Canada, Official Selection.

June 2023 Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival, Canada.

June 2023 Annecy Int. Animation Festival, France. Official Short Film Competition.

June 2023 Fest Anča, Žilina Slovakia.

May 2023 Animation Festival of Halifax, Canada.

May 2023Les Sommets du cinéma d'animation - Festival international de Montréal.

May 2023Future of Film Showcase, Toronto Canada.

March 2023 Monstra Lisbon Int. Animation Festival, Portugal, Perspectives Program Official Selection.

February 2023 Thomas Edison Film Festival, USA, Jury Choice Award: Experimental Film.

January 2023 Paris International Animation Festival, France,  Official Selection: Experimental Category.

November 2022 World Premiere: London International Animation Festival, UK. Official Selection: Abstract Showcase.

 

Twilight

May 2022 Dérapage 22 Film Festival, Norman McLaren Space, Cinémathéque Québécoise, Montreal Canada.

Aug. 2020 Fest Anča 2020, Zilina Slovakia.

Oct. 2019 ANIMA: Cordoba Int. Animation Festival, Argentina.

Sept. 2019 Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Festival. Kyiv Ukraine.

Sept. 2019 Paris International Animation Festival, France.

Aug. 2019 Quito International Film Festival, Quito Ecuador.

May 2019 New York City Independent Film Festival, USA.

Mar. 2019 Monstra Lisbon Int. Animation Festival, Portugal.

Nov. 2018 London International Animation Festival, UK.

Nov. 2018  45th Northwest Film Festival, Portland Oregon USA.

Oct. 2018 Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

Sept. 2018 Ottawa Int. Animation Festival, Canada.

July 2018 AnimaMundi Int. Animation Festival, Brazil.

April 2018 La Truca Int. Animation Festival, Cali Colombia.

T.V.

May 2022 Halifax Animation Festival, Canada.

July 2021 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia.

Aug. 2020 Fest Anča 2020, Zilina Slovakia.

Sept. 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada Panorama.

Aug. 2019 Quito International Film Festival, Quito, Ecuador.

May 2019 65th Oberhausen Int. Short Film Festival, Germany.

Mar. 2019 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan USA.

Oct. 2018 Punto y Raya Festival, Wroclaw Poland.

Once Upon a Mountain

2015 Animation with Love Festival, Halifax Nova Scotia.

2015 GIRAF  Animation Festival, Calgary Alberta.

Yarwood Trail

2011 Winnipeg Film Group, Canada.

2011 Cordoba Int. Animation Festival, Argentina.

2009 Cinematheque Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada.

Element of Light

2006 London Int. Animation Festival, England.

2006 Leipzig Int. Documentary + Animation Festival, Germany.

2006  Anima Mundi, Int. Animation Festival, Rio + Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2005  Images Festival, Toronto Canada.

1:1

2003  Fantoche International Animation Festival, Switzerland.

2002  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

2002  Northwest Film Forum, Visual Music Series, Seattle USA.

2001  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

2001  Toronto International Film Festival, Perspective Canada.

Sea Song

2001  Dresden Int. Short Film + Animation Festival, Germany.

2000  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

2000  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

1999  Toronto Int. Film Festival, Perspective Canada.

Linear Dreams

2018 Louvre Museum, Paris France.

1999 Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris France.

1998  Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada.

 1998  Stuttgart International Animation Festival, Germany.

 1998  Zagreb International Animation Festival / Croatia.

1998  Annecy International Animation Festival, France.

 1998  Black Maria Film Festival, USA.

 1997  Toronto International Film Festival, Canada.

 1997 Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada.

 

 

 

Other Animation Related Work :

Collaborations

2021 : Music Video for II Cosmic studio song "Weaving Some Karma", video  with special effects shot at Kootenay Lake, Canada.

2017 :  la Fundación SERENDIPIA, 'Afrovisions', National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá. "Sea Song" with live music from 19 youth musicians.

2016 :  Foundation Kaleidoscope of Dreams, National Museum of Colombia, Bogotá. "Sea Song" animation with live music.

2014 :  'House of Mazers' Wynndel Arts Centre, BC. Multi projection light show using liquid light slides, motion picture film loops, mirrors, lasers, mylar and interactive animation.

2013 :  Music video for II Cosmic studio song “Dark City”, time-lapse animated b+w hand processed super8 film shot in Prague, Czech Republic.

2013 : Digital zoom and panning of paintings for outdoor projection ‘Travel Posters @ the Night Gallery’, produced and directed by Canadian artist Alison Masters.

2012 :  Canadian Coordinator for online animation anijam collaboration “Mar de Fondo 2”, involving groups of animators in Canada, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Colombia and USA. Artists sharing artwork through an online server to up and download artwork as an anijam.

2011 :  C'est la vie: The Chris J. Melnychuk Story, documents award-winning animators battle with cancer. Building on live footage from Chris's last unfinished film, C'est La Vie was created posthumously through collaboration of 19 animators at Quickdraw Animation Society.

2005-2007 :  ‘RAIN’ (Beatles Tribute Band) live music concerts, ‘A Day in the Life’ to Garbanzo and Linear Dreams animated films.

2002-2007 :  ‘LaForge’ Compositeurs Improvisateurs Jazz Group, France live jazz music with animated film Sea Song, various concerts in Europe.

2003 : 'Optical Orchestra' live group performance, multi-film projection, 16mm violin, optical sounds. Opening Night: CSIF $100 Film Festival, Uptown Theatre, Calgary.

2002 : 'Scratch Track’, directing live performance 4 person 5 projectors, Ottawa International Animation Festival Opening and Closing nights at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

2001 :  Multi projection light show's for live music using liquid light slides and motion picture film loops. Events at Pender Island Hall, BC.

2001 :  ‘LaForge’ Compositeurs Improvisateurs Jazz Group and children make live music with animated film Sea Song. Banlieues Bleues Jazz Festival, St. Denis France.

1999 :  ‘Orchestra Regional de Jazz’: Rhone Alps, live music with animated film Linear Dreams. Grenoble Jazz Festival, France.