WFAC - Waterloo Festival For Animated Cinema 2004 - October 27 - 30, 2004

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Last updated October 28, 2021

IMPORTANT: Friday, Saturday screenings moved to Hyland Theatre
All screenings originally scheduled for the Princess Twin Cinemas will be screening at Hyland Theatre, 141 Ontario Street N., Kitchener, ON N2J 4Y5.

Due to a last-minute occupancy issue, the Princess Twin Cinemas became unavailable, forcing the move.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of all of our viewers, and will be offering all screenings at Hyland Theatre at two for the price of one! That's right - $10 at the door now gets a friend in, or lets you see two films for the price of one.

Advance ticketholders who purchased tickets for screenings at the Princess Twin Cinemas at the full price are eligible for this offer, as are purchasers of the 5-movie passes wishing to take in screenings at the Hyland. Visit the box office at the Hyland to pick up your tickets.

Also, all screenings will be delayed half an hour from the original schedule, to allow for travel from the Princess Twin Cinemas to Hyland Theatre. The updated schedule on the web site is correct.

Come join us for our celebration of animation as a narrative medium!

Film guide and schedule updated (October 23, 2021)
The film guide and schedule have been updated to include the Saturday October 30 screening of Rock & Rule at 17:00. The next screening, Tidbits, has been delayed by 30 minutes to 20:00.

An interview with Ceruju (October 18, 2021)
A while back, the Festival had an informal interview with Ms. Mito (Ceruju), who will have two films (Adonis and Sora yori aoi) represented at the Festival in the Tidbits programme. Read about her experiences in making her films here.

Newest Guest confirmed (October 17, 2021)
The Festival is pleased to announce that Brett Ingram, director of Monster Road, will be attending the Festival to present the film.

Monster Road will be playing on Friday October 29th at midnight at the Princess Twin Cinemas, as the opening film of our Midnight Madness programme. An insightful look into the life and work of claymation animator Bruce Bickford, the film features music by Shark Quest originally developed to accompany a 2002 screening of Bickford's animation. Read the film guide entry here.

Film guide updated (October 17, 2021)
The film guide has been updated to include details of the films in the Tidbits programme. The programme this year explores the individual narrative, and also highlights independent production of anime and animated films.

Midnight Madness update (October 10, 2021)
First two films of the Midnight Madness programme confirmed: Malice@Doll, about a robot who is given the gift and the curse of becoming human; and the multiple-award winning documentary Monster Road, about underground clay animator Bruce Bickford, who was the creator of the dark and magical claymations found in Frank Zappa's videos.

Call for volunteers (October 5, 2021)
Got some free time? The Festival is looking for volunteers to help in various capacities, including during the Festival itself. Volunteers get nice goodies! If interested, please fill out this volunteer form, and we will contact you.

WFAC box office now open! (October 5, 2021)
Tickets and festival passes can now be purchased online, using your credit card or Paypal account. Please visit the WFAC box office for more details.

Festival film guide and screening schedule (October 5, 2021)
The WFAC 2004 film programme has now been published in the form of an online film guide, available here. The screening schedule and locations can be found here.

Groundbreaking anime film to premiere at WFAC 2004
(October 5, 2021)

WFAC is pleased to announce the premiere of the 2004 Appleseed at the Festival. This fantastic rendition of Shirow Masamune's manga masterpiece features the latest 3DCG cel-shaded animation, breathing stark life into Shirow's world. We are pleased to present this sci-fi action as the opening selection of WFAC 2004.

Additional films announced for WFAC 2004 (October 1, 2021)
The Festival is pleased to announce that the following films will also be screening at WFAC 2004.

Kaena: la Prophétie (trans. "Kaena: the Prophecy" - Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon, France, 2003). Kaena decides to defy taboos and begins a perilous journey through the plant-world Axis when its health fails, threatening the very existence of her village.

La Prophétie des Grenouilles (trans. "Raining Cats and Frogs" - Jacques-Remy Girerd, 2003). Tom and his family are staying with Lilli in her small country zoo while her parents are off exploring Africa, when a group of frogs tell them that there will be a huge flood which the air-breathers won't survive.

Malice@Doll (Motonaga Keitarou, Japan, 2000). In a future when mankind has become extinct, the robots that remain drift through an existence without reason, since they were created to be servants to Man. One day, a robot named Malice is attacked by a strange creature, and turned into a human...

McDull - Prince de la Bun (Toe Yuen, Hong Kong, 2004). The sequel to WFAC 2003's My Life as McDull. Inspired by J. K. Rowling, Mrs. Mc starts writing a children's story, which she tells to McDull - about a silly little prince who left his kingdom and grew up lost in the world of men.

Rock & Rule (Clive A. Smith, Canada, 1983). A special, very rare presentation, and a Retrospectives nod at Canada's role in animation history. In a post-apocalyptic future, a member of a punk rock band named Angel is kidnapped by Mok, a legendary rock superstar who plans on using her voice to summon an ancient evil from another dimension.

Sneak preview at the 2004 Festival lineup (September 19, 2021)
Psst... while we finish comfirming films and guests for this year, here is a sneak preview at some of the films in the WFAC 2004 programme. Pass it on - and check back often for more announcements!

Hair High (Bill Plympton, U.S.A., 2004). A neo-gothic legend of a popular couple who are murdered on prom night, and return to life one year later to seek revenge, and to claim the crowns they should have won.

Karlik Nos (trans. "Little Longnose" - Ilya Maximov, Russia, 2003). Based on a classic fairytale by Wilhelm Hauff. A boy is cursed by a witch when he refuses to help her carry out an evil plan.

Oseam (Sung Baek-yeop, Korea, 2003). Winner of the Cristal at Annecy 2004 for best feature, Oseam is based on a Korean novel by Jung Chae-bong, who described it as a fairytale for adults. The film follows the lives of a brother and sister as they cope with the loss of their mother.

The Legend of the Sky Kingdom (Roger Hawkins, Zimbabwe, 2003). First featured at 2003, this delightful adventure is entirely made with stop-motion animation and junk - or Junkmation. A trio of friends escape from an underground city and the rule of an evil emperor, to look for the fabled "Sky Kingdom," after hearing of it.

Y Mabinogi (trans. "Otherworld" - Derek W. Hayes, U.K., 2003). Based on the celebrated Welsh legends, the Mabinogi. A young man's world is shattered on his 18th birthday when he learns that he was adopted. On that same day, his friend Rhiannon thinks she may be pregnant;and Dan is as bitter as ever, living in his brother's shadow. When they get together to celebrate Lleu's birthday, on May Eve, they stumble across the legendary gate to the Otherworld... and their lives will never be the same again.

2004 Festival officially announced (September 1, 2021)
We are pleased to announce that the 4th Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) will be running October 27th-30th, 2004 in Waterloo, Canada. WFAC returns with a selection of some of the world's best animated feature films, including selections from Asia, Europe and Africa.

Tickets and passes will be available here at the Festival web site, and at the door.

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