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2008

FESTIVAL SELECTION ALERT: Australia gets animated at Stuttgart

1 May 2008

The 2008 Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film is about to begin, and in a coup for Australia 10 films have been selected to screen across the International Competition, Young Animation, Best of Animation and the Panorama International programs of the festival.

Selected into the competitive program of the festival are the films Global Warming (d: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric) and Chainsaw (d: Dennis Tupicoff), which will screen in the International Competition. The Bronze Mirror (d: Susan Danta), Underground (d: Audrey Lam) and Ron The Zookeeper (d: Darcy Prendergast) will screen in Young Animation.

Selected to screen as part of the Supporting Programs section of the festival are The Designer (d: John Lewis), Burley! (d: Dave Edwardz and Gareth Cowen) and Podlove: Virtual Freedom (d: Gef Senz), which will screen in Panorama International. Holding Your Breath (d: Anthony Lucas) and Into the Dark (d: Dennis Tupicoff) will both screen as part of the festival's Best Of Animation Program.

The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film is one of the largest events of its kind and runs 1-6 May 2008.

The Bronze Mirror
(6 min)
Production Company: AFTRS
Writer/Director: Susan Danta
Producer: Donna Sennett
Sales: AFTRS
Finance: AFTRS
Cast: Jong Da Choi, Claire Kim, Jong Ja Chang, Hong Mon Lee, John Kim
Synopsis:
When villagers accidently happen upon a mirror for the first time, they mistake their own reflection for a stranger. The mirror reflects the villagers' own hopes and fears, causing confusion and chaos to the household. An animated Korean folktale.

Burley!
(9 min)
Writer: Dave Edwardz
Directors: Dave Edwardz and Gareth Cowen
Producer: Andrew Goode
Sales: Andrew Goode
Cast: Barbara Baugh, Hayden Spencer, Marcus Graham, Stefan Cooper-Fox
Synopsis:
Burley is the story of a young tetra fish, one in a million in her school, who just wants some attention. Feeling lonely and bored, she is attracted by the manic antics of a gang of older fish who spend the hours inventing new extreme sports. She begins a quest to gain their acceptance, but at what cost?

Chainsaw
(24 min)
Production Company: Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd
Writer/Director: Dennis Tupicoff
Producers: Fiona Cochrane, Dennis Tupicoff
Sales: Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd
Finance: AFC, Film Victoria, SBS Independent
Cast: Luke Elliot, Anni Davey, Adam Pierzschalski, Nina Landis, David Cameron
Synopsis:
Frank and Ava face the reality behind romance and celebrity, machismo and chainsaws.

The Designer
(9 min 35 sec)
Writer/Director: John Lewis
Producer: Terri Dentry
Synopsis:
In a world of metal, devoid of life, a lone being 'The Designer' fashions new creatures from his surroundings and brings them to life with pieces of his own flesh. However one of his past creations, an attempt at his own image, is destroying his creatures and stealing their flesh for himself.

Global Warming
(1 min 52 secs)
Production Company: Bigfish.tv
Writer: Sheldon Lieberman
Directors: Sheldon Lieberman, Igor Coric
Producer: Colin Brown
Synopsis:
I don't believe in Global Warming. Come and sing it now. Oooooooooooo!

Holding Your Breath
(6 min 11 sec)
Production Company: 3-D Films Inc
Writer: Stuart Page
Director: Anthony Lucas
Producers: Anthony Lucas, Julia Lucas, Edwina von Stiegler
Sales: 3-D Films Inc, Anthony Lucas
Finance: AFC, Film Victoria
Cast: Petra Yared
Synopsis:
In an industrial town a young girl discovers that relationships change.

Into the Dark
(6 min)
Production Company: Jungle Pictures Pty Ltd
Writer/Director: Dennis Tupicoff
Producers: Fiona Cochrane, Dennis Tupicoff
Sales: SBS Marketing
Finance: AFC, Film Victoria, SBS Independent
Synopsis:
A dying man remembers the evenings of his childhood: shooting birds, wanting to be free.

Podlove: Virtual Freedom
(5.5 min)
Production Company: Circe Films
Director: Gef Senz
Writers: Gef Senz and Maung Maung Aye
Producer: Beth Frey
Sales: Beth Frey
Finance: AFC, SBS Independent
Cast: Maung Maung Aye
Synopsis:
For an exile the internet is more than a mere resource, it is a lifeline to his or her homeland. For Maung Maung Aye, an ex-Burmese freedom fighter now living in Australia, it means even more. It is a portal into an intriguing world of online romance, animation and politics.

Ron The Zookeeper
(6 min 45 sec)
Production Company: DP Animation Studios
Writer/Director/Producer: Darcy Prendergast
Sales: DP Animation Studios
Cast: Marc Gallagher, Darcy Prendergast, Richard Yang
Synopsis:
Ron The Zookeeper is a 6-minute clay animated comedy about the last male grey panda left on the Earth. Ron the Zookeeper has been given the difficult task of retrieving a sperm sample from this rare bear, in order to pull the species off the brink of extinction.

Underground
(4 min)
Writer/Director/Producer: Audrey Lam
Sales: Audrey Lam
Cast: Moira Rice
Synopsis:
Subway subservience subverted when a subterranean submerges the subconscious!





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The Bronze Mirror (photo: AFTRS).


Chainsaw.


Burley!.


Holding Your Breath.


Virtual Freedom.


Into the Dark.