By Abby Cloud | Photo: Florida Animation Festival
Presented by the Tallahassee Film Society and located at the All Saints Cinema, this year’s Florida Animation Festival began June 13 and will conclude this Sunday, June 16. This festival has been conducted by the Tallahassee Film Society since 2016 in partnership with The Pod Advertising in order to “showcase amazing animated films and spotlight both regional and global animation talent.” In addition to highlighting submitted animated films, the festival also offers workshops, its “AniMotion Social,” hosts guest speakers, and more.
Although this festival takes place in the Capital City, it accepts and features over 75 short films worldwide, and this year its featured film is “Mirai,” a Japanese, family-friendly film created by acclaimed director Mamoru Hosada. You can view “Mirai” on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. with no admission fee (but if you want to reserve a spot, you can do so for a $1 fee here).
The festival’s 2019 Double Feature is “Loving Vincent: Making Of.” This double feature opportunity takes place Friday, June 14, beginning at 6 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. “Loving Vincent” is a biopic about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his story, and the animation for the film is styled in Van Gogh’s own iconic painting medium. A 7-year-long collaboration, you can experience the behind-the-scenes perspective of how this film came to be with the help of several painters, animators, and videographers, and then view the finished piece later that night.
This year’s featured speaker is Liron Topaz, a graduate from the Ringling School of Art and Design, who will discuss his own experience with DreamWorks Animation as he just completed his first major short film, “Bilby!,” with the company. Through this speaking opportunity, event attendees can expect to hear Topaz touch on his personal experience of “working with a major studio, collaborating with other leaders in the animation field, and seeing your own artistic vision come to life.” A question and answer session, exclusive art, and a screening of the short film “Bilby!” itself is included in this opportunity.
While these are just some of the featured speakers and films at this event, the Florida Animation Festival has many other animated short films and workshops that they are offering throughout the weekend. To get additional information about their 2019 Short Films and Workshops, ticket prices, and more, you can visit the official site here.