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LIAF 2014 Quickdraw Animation Society 30th Anniversary: Programme 1 Impact

October 28, 2014
7:30 pm

QAS 30th banner, LIAF, London International Animation Festival, Quickdraw Animation Society

LIAF is thrilled to announce that Peter Hemminger, the Executive Director from the Quickdraw Animation Society will be attending the festival to introduce this screening and be available for questions afterwards.

Based in Calgary, the Quickdraw Animation Society (QAS) stands as one of the most valuable organisations in the indie Canadian animation community. Since 1980 this artist-run film co-op has proved to be a valuable hitching post for a supremely talented, fiercely independent and often courageously experimental posse of animators to learn, develop and refine their filmmaking free of any constraints. As a result of a forensic search of the vast QAS archive, we have brought together TWO very special programmes in tribute and celebration of QAS.

This extensive retrospective of some of the best films to come from within the QAS stable shows just how important it has been to nurture the true independent spirit of the Canadian animation scene. Fun, anarchic films happily rub shoulders with sublime abstract works. Hand-drawn cartoons share space with cameraless films. This is what grassroots, independent, auteur animation is all about.

This programme brings together the most important talons of QAS’s embrace of and commitment to the art, the appreciation and the makers of animation. The programme line-up first glimpses into the legendary
workshops that QAS stages for first time, inexperienced ‘animators’. It then travels on to the workshops
Quickdraw Animation Society Logo, LIAF, London International Animation Festivaland co-operative/collective projects that have been made up of more experienced and established animators (often graduates of the former). And it finishes up with a sampling of the QAS alumni that have taken so much of what they harvested within the fertile plains of the QAS homeland and gone out into the wider world and continued on their own diverse paths.

Find out more about Quickdraw Animation Society 30th Anniversary: Programme 2 Retrospective

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Opening Trailer
, Canada)

Opening Trailer
, LIAF, London International Animation Festival0’37 2010

AYAP Trailer
 (QAS, Canada)

AYAP Trailer
, QAS, LIAF, London International Animation Festival0’28 2012

 (Zachary Medicineshield, Canada)

, Zachary Medicineshield, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLovelife with a question mark. Combining a messy relationship meltdown with abusing hard drugs is probably not the best idea (no question mark).

2’56 2012

, Canada)

, Damon, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA roll call of problems big and small that really need sorting out.

2’23 2012

Animation Lockdown 2013 Trailer
 (QAS, Canada)

Animation Lockdown 2013 Trailer
, QAS, LIAF, London International Animation Festival0’20 2013

5 Neat Guys
 (Jordan Hollenbeck & Paris Hollenbeck
, Canada)

5 Neat Guys
, Jordan Hollenbeck, Paris Hollenbeck
, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIf you ever wondered what the QAS ‘Animation Lockdown’ is actually all about, here comes the answer as seen from the inside of the beast.

1’53 2013

In Ogre My Head (Finn Matthews, Kaitlyn Hoover & Adam Muhieddine, Canada)

In Ogre My Head, Finn Matthews, Kaitlyn Hoover, Adam Muhieddine, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA glorious mashup of hard partying compadres takin’ it to the streets. As Ridley says, “don’t sweat, forget it, enjoy the show”.

2’20 2013

YAP 2010 Trailer (QAS, Canada)

YAP 2010 Trailer, QAS, LIAF, London International Animation Festival0’05 2010

Force Fed (Tess Sibthorpe, Canada)

Force Fed, Tess Sibthorpe, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhat goes up must come down and what goes in must come out. And it can make one hell of a mess when it does.

1’28 2010

Journey Into The House Of Knowledge (Drew Demarco, Canada)

Journey Into The House Of Knowledge, Drew Demarco, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThere’s a big wide world waiting beyond of the Blah Blah on TV. Saddle the horse, take the ride.

2’20 2010

Folk Tunes (QAS Workshop, Canada)

Folk Tunes, QAS Workshop, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFolk Tunes like you have never seen them before. An idiosyncratic herd of sketchbook images coming out to play.

3’00 2005

When The Water Is Sick, The World Is Sick (QAS Workshop, Canada)

When The Water Is Sick, The World Is Sick, QAS Workshop, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA cacophonous reminder that we mess with nature at our peril as predicted by the generation who are going to feel it most.

5’15 1999

Scratch My Shorts (QAS Workshop, Canada)

Scratch My Shorts, QAS Workshop, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA comprehensive roll call of QAS ‘cameraless’ coming together to do what they do best. A masterclass on the technique.

The Explorasaurs (Ian Milne, Canada)

The Explorasaurs, Ian Milne, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalFrom a planet far, far away came a team of curious creatures intent on unlocking some of the universe’s secrets.

9’05 2001

The Monstrosity (Martin Warszawski, Canada)

The Monstrosity, Martin Warszawski, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLife comes in many crazy shapes and forms. And so does its food and deformations!

2’21 2010

For All Things Possible (Elisabeth Belliveau, Canada)

For All Things Possible, Elisabeth Belliveau, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA gentle song brought to life by animation crafted with an equally gentle raw, simple elegance.

2’05 2006

Red Hot Drops (Chad Van Gaalen, Canada)

Red Hot Drops, Chad Van Gaalen, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalChanneling some of psychedelia’s most fanciful angels, Van Gaalen finds ample wings to take one of his most popular singles to a different level.

3’23 2005

The Life And Death Of Wiggly Chew (Jacqueline Koehler, Canada)

The Life And Death Of Wiggly Chew, Jacqueline Koehler, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIt might be tough at the top but it’s chewy at the bottom. The tough life cycle of one of the world’s most disposable products.

2’08 2007

Dog Drawn It (Warren Leohardt, Canada)

Dog Drawn It, Warren Leohardt, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dog’s life might seem like a pretty simple one to figure. But give him a pencil and a whole new universe erupts.

2’48 2005

Light Forms (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)

Lightforms, Malcolm Sutherland, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA colourful and hypnotic experimental film blending shapes and animated cycles into a beguiling and unique little universe.

3’57 2010

Birdcalls (Malcolm Sutherland, Canada)

Birdcalls, Malcolm Sutherland, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalSound made visual. Selected birdcalls are rendered into a kind of shamanic morse code played out in exquisite precision before our eyes.

2’24 2006

Peter And The Space Between (Sitju Chou, Canada)

Peter And The Space Between, Sitju Chou, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThere are some days like this where you commit to an idea and are completely resolved to what you are going to do. More often than not, this isn’t the case – in the end.

4’08 2010

Walk For Walk
 (Amy Lockhart
, Canada)

Walk For Walk
, Amy Lockhart, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalNo one sees the world in quite the same way Lockhart does and here she is at her kooky finest – getting her bizarre collection of characters to walk the walk.

10’53 2005