The Quickdraw Animation Society is proud to present the 9th instalment of the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival. This year’s fest is our biggest one yet, with five feature films, five shorts packages, live workshops, our annual Log Driver’s Waltz gala and plenty more. Check out the official GIRAF site for more details, and find out more about the screening below.
In his madly ambitious follow-up to the acclaimed Waltz with Bashir, director Ari Folman returns with a movie that’s both a scathing critique of modern Hollywood and a tribute to the amazing animated works of the Fleischer brothers, creators of such cartoon classics as Popeye, Betty Boop and the original Superman cartoons.
Robin Wright stars as herself, a talented and beautiful actress who, at 47, has mostly aged out of the Hollywood studio system. In the film’s live-action introduction, she receives an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she’ll be scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films—even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, but more importantly, the studio agrees to keep her digitalized character forever young—for all eternity—in all of their films. The contract is valid for 20 years.
With supporting turns from Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm and Paul Giamatti, The Congress transforms from Hollywood satire into a lush hand-drawn animated fantasy, with over 60,000 individual drawings from 200 animators contributing to the 55 minutes of animation. Selected to open the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, it’s a trippy, occasionally psychedelic epic unlike anything you’ve seen.
Chief, Your Butt’s On Fire! (dir. Steve Moore, USA, 2013, WORLD PREMIERE)
Thirteen years in the making, former Disney animator Steve Moore’s hand-drawn, digitally painted short is the story of a fire station with an administrative problem.