Monday, August 31, 2009

London, Lithuania, Portugal... Oh My!

More festival news from Ari and I on the Cat Piano front. The film will make it's London premiere, after being officially selected for Raindance Film Festival, the UK's largest independent film festival.

It will also play at Animatu International Digital Animation festival, in Beja, Portugal, a festival dedicated souly to 2d and 3d animated films create on computers.

And over in the beautifully picturesque Vilnius, Lithuania, the film will screen in official competition at International Animation Festival Tindirindis.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I'm very happy to announce that The Cat Piano is a finalist in the ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards, held in Melbourne in October. This is how ATOM describe themselves;

'a professional organisation of media educators and industry professionals who are dedicated to the ongoing development of an innovative and diverse screen and media culture in Australia by providing: debate and analysis through its various publications, both print and online, the ATOM Film TV and Multimedia Awards and a broad range of professional development and training opportunities.'

Our last short film 'Sweet & Sour' was the winner of the Best Short Animation award in 2007.

The finalists should be listed on the festival's website soon.

Also, the screening dates of the film in Sydney and Melbourne for the AFI (Australian Film Institute) have been announced so if you're still yet to see the film, get along and see it in its full 35mm film print glory.

Melbourne - Sunday 6th September, 2:15pm at ACMI & Monday 21st September at 8:50pm at ACMI

Sydney - Sunday 13th September, 6:15pm at Cinema Paris HOYTS & Tuesday 15th September, 9:00pm, Roxy Theatre, Lindfield.

Or visit the festival's website for more details.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Melbourne International Film Festival Win

On Friday night The Cat Piano took out the Best Animation Short Award at The Melbourne International Film Festival. We recived a cool film cannister trophy and a handy cash prize. The Awards are also Academy accredited so this will help us get on the Oscars shortlist. Our film was up against such films as 'Slaves', the contentious animated documentary that won the Grand Prix at Annecy this year, the bizarre low-fi stop-motion short 'The Life of Puppetboy' among others. This marks our third Australian film festival award; the others being at The Adelaide Film Festival and The Sydney International Film Festival.

From left to right - Richard Moore, the festival's artistic director, myself and then sponsor from RMIT, Kristian.

In other festival news the film has also been selected in competition at:

Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival - HOLLAND
This fresh, fun looking festival is a four day event held in September. The programm of film looks really promising too. Two fellow Australian films have also been selected; Tiny Legs of Fire by Doug Bayne (this was also in Annecy) and Scary Therapy by Suren Perera.

Other festival selections for The Cat Piano around the world include;

China International Cartoon & Digital Arts Festival - CHINA
This will mark the film's Asian premiere. Below is a picture of the very cutesy Chinese dragon mascot for the festival.

Lucerne Film Festival - Animation Night - SWITZERLAND

ICON SF Festival - Israeli Annual Science Fiction & Fantasy Film Festival - ISRAEL

and we have also been selected in the out-of-competition section at the Ottawa International Animation Festival - CANADA.