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October 19th, 2009

L'Homme a la Gordini
Images from Jean-Christophe Lie’s “L’Homme a la Gordini”

I’m back from the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Hats off to Chris Robinson, Kelly Neall, and the team behind the screens for organizing another fine festival. Also, thanks to Dave Levy who invited me to sit on a development panel along with Linda Simensky, Fran Krause, and Heather Kenyon. It went well, and I used two different dating analogies in answering questions.

It was a strong crop of shorts this year, I think. However, even though I took advantage of the screenings-on-demand, I still fell short of seeing all the animation I would’ve liked to have seen. Favorite films? Again, I didn’t see nearly everything (I missed the Student Screening, for example), but I’d give the blue ribbon to “L’Homme a la Gordini”, the first short film by Jean-Christophe Lie, and a cartoon I wished would’ve gone on longer. I also enjoyed pretty well Adam Elliot’s feature, Mary and Max, which went on to win Ottawa’s Best Feature Film for this year. (ASIFA-East will be screening Mary and Max next Wednesday at SVA in NYC, FYI.)

A pair of slices of “L’Homme a la Gordini”:

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– Eric

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