By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop November 5, 2013 at 2:36AM
The 13th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema, with four days of animated feature film premieres, commences in Kitchener-Waterloo in Ontario Canada, November 14th-17th, 2013.
The Waterloo Festival is the only film festival in the world dedicated entirely to feature length animation, with a mission to showcase and increase awareness of animation from around the world. This year the festival includes premieres of films from Japan, Brazil, Israel, France, Belgium and Italy, including The Art Of Happiness, which opened the prestigious Critics Week at the 2013 Venice International Film Festival; Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury, which won the Cristal at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival; Til Sbornia Do Us Part, audience award winner at the 2013 Sao Paulo International Film Festival; and Anina, Uruguay's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in 2014 (trailer below).
Other notable selections include Ari Folman's The Congress, featuring Robin Wright playing herself in an alternate reality as an out-of-work actress whose final performance will be to digitally capture herself to be used in films in the future; and a strong selection of Japanese anime anchored by Evangelion 3.0; Berserk: The Golden Age trilogy and the reboot of the classic 009 CYBORG franchise, 009 Re: Cyborg.
A panel discussion and film screening on Sunday on Mamoru Oshii (Ghost In The Shell) - one of the true enigmas and mavericks in the animation industry - is free to the public. Preeminent Oshii scholar Brian Ruh, the author of "Stray Dog of Anime: the Films of Mamoru Oshii" will lead the panel.
The festival will also look back at master animator Richard Williams with the premiere of the documentary Persistance Of Vision and a special presentation of the film The Thief And The Cobbler in its most complete form, restored by a dedicated fan from numerous sources and contacts over the Internet.
A surprise opening night film is still "to be announced".
The 13th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema runs November 14-17, 2013. All screenings will be held at The Chrysalids Theatre, 137 Ontario Street North in Kitchener. For more information check the website at: http://www.wfac.ca