Prix Ars Electronica Animation Festival

Fri 4.9. – Tue 8.9.

OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich (Mediendeck)

They populate abstruse, bizarre and often ominous realms of the imagination, live through the most fantastic plots, turn the law of gravity on its head, and draw upon unlimited energy reserves. More and more of the 21st century’s film stars aren’t flesh-and-blood creatures; the source of their vitality is bits and bytes. The content spectrum of Computer Animations —as reflected by the 500 works from all over the world submitted for prize consideration to Prix Ars Electronica 2009—is virtually unlimited. These efforts range from experimental-abstract productions, sound visualizations, short cuts and special effects all the way to classic narrative filmmaking.

The 15 programs that make up the 2009 Ars Electronica Animation Festival’s lineup once again showcase the outstanding work currently being done at artists’ ateliers, universities and film academies as well as in the production studios of the film and advertising industries.

Curated by Christine Schöpf (AT) / Jürgen Hagler (AT)
Screendesign, Trailer, Concept & Animation by Claus Helfenschneider & Alexander Piringer (AT)
Directed by Claus Helfenschneider
Project Management: Bianca Petscher

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Siggraph2009 – Computer Animation Festival

Mo 7.9.

Brucknerhaus, History Stage

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Screening “The benchmark for digital artists and scientists alike”

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM S. Carlye Archibeque: Anatomy of a Film Festival: How to get Nominated for an Academy Award
Drawing on 15-years of experience in the motion picture and visual effects industry as a producer and asset manager, this talk will focus on the practical aspects of the festival and short film award process including the submission process, formatting of your film and being your own producer, manager and marketing team.

Carlye Archibeque began her industry career at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where she worked for 7-years coordinating the awards committees for the craft branches of the Academy and co-producing the Student Academy Awards and the Scientific and Technical Awards. in 2002 she moved to Sony Pictures Imageworks to function as the visual effects coordinator for Spider-Man 2 and after that served for 4-years as the asset manager for the marketing department at Imageworks. She has spent the last three years working on the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as Assistant Producer in 2007, Producer in 2008 and this year as the Chair and Executive Producer. Additionally, in 2009 she served as a jury member on the Stuttgart Animation Festival in the feature length animated film category.

5:30 PM – 6:35 PM Franz Fischnaller, Projection/Screening and Talk: Is a point part of a line?
Convergence | Strategic technologies | Interactive Techniques | Computer Graphics Virtualization | Innovation | market | tendencies…

Talk/Intro: 5 minutes
Projection screening: 50 minutes


Fri 4.9. 11:00 – 12:00
Sun 6.9. 18:30 – 19:30
Mon 7.9. 12:00 – 13:00

OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich

Visual imaginativeness and unconventional narrative forms characterize animation made in Japan. This program curated by the Japan Media Arts Festival showcases a cross-section of artistic productions from recent years.

Young Animations

curated by Sirikit Amann (AT)

Witty, off-beat, subtle, tragic and serious animated work produced by young filmmakers will be screened during the festival in the Ars Electronica Center and the OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich.

Every year, gifted young directors and filmmakers submit their shorts to u19 – freestyle computing, the Prix Ars Electronica’s category for kids and young adults. The greatest hits will be featured in young animations. And once again this year, the lineup will include great work by creative youngsters from other countries: Switzerland (bugnplay – The Youth Competition of migros/kulturprozent) und Germany (MB21).