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Poster for the 2006 Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema
Festival curator Joseph C. Chen (right) talking with director Ladd Ehlinger Jr. about his film Flatland at the 2007 festival.

The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) is an annual international film festival for animated feature films, held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. WFAC 2009 was held from Nov. 19-22, 2009.

The festival was founded in 2001 to promote appreciation for animation as a narrative medium for mature cinematic storytelling, and to review and celebrate animated feature films in the venue they were meant to be seen: a theatre.

The festival is unique in its focus on feature animation. Its selection of films suggests a desire to create bridges: from audience to animator, from anime to non-anime, and most obviously from mature audiences to mature films, which simply happen to be animated. The programme is also surprisingly comprehensive - in its first year the festival was dedicated mainly to anime, but it has since become much more international. Perhaps reflecting its focus, WFAC has presented more animated feature films in public exhibition than any other festival in the world.

One interesting development since 2003 has been the festival's Tidbits programme, developed to search out and promote the creation of feature films by one single artist or very small groups, made possible by advancements in technology.


Festival history


Retrospective screenings: СМЕХ И ГОРЕ У БЕЛА МОРЯ (Laughter and Grief by the White Sea - Leonid Nosyrev, 1989); ТИГРЁНОК НА ПОДСОЛНУХЕ (The Little Tiger on the Sunflower - Leonid Nosyrev, 1981); ПРОПАВШАЯ ГРАМОТА (The Lost Letter - Valentina and Zinaida Brumberg, Lamis Bredis, 1945); КРАДЕНОЕ СОЛНЦЕ (The Stolen Sun - Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Olga Khodatayeva, 1943); СЛОН И МОСЬКА (The Elephant and the Pug - Pantaleymon Sazonov, Lamis Bredis, 1941); КОШКА, КОТОРАЯ ГУЛЯЛА САМА ПО СЕБЕ (The Cat Who Walked By Herself - Ideya Garanina, 1988)

Tidbits selections: Panique au Village (Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, 2009)

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (Hideaki Anno, 2009), Alisa's Birthday (Seregin Sergey, 2009), First Squad: the Moment of Truth (Yoshiharu Ashino, 2009), L.A. Dolce Vita (Gábor Csupo, 2008), 宮本武蔵 ―双剣に馳せる夢― (Musashi: the Dream of the Last Samurai, [[Mizuho Nishikubo, 2009), ПРО ФЕДОТА-СТРЕЛЬЦА, УДАЛОГО МОЛОДЦА (Fedot the Hunter - Ludmilla Steblyanko, 2009), Technotise: Edit & I (Aleksa Gajic, 2009), Boogie, el Aceitoso (Gustavo Cova, 2009); also Mary and Max (Adam Elliot, 2009), Brendan and The Secret of Kells [1] (Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey, 2009), and Metropia (Tarik Saleh, 2009).


Retrospective screenings: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed - Lotte Reiniger, 1926) from restored 35 mm print, with live score composed and performed by Miles and Karina; 20th anniversary screening of Hotaru no Haka (Grave of the Fireflies - Isao Takahata, 1988) from 35 mm print, with Frederik Schodt, Brian Ruh, John O'Donnell leading discussion

Tidbits selections: Sita Sings The Blues (Nina Paley, 2008), We Are the Strange (M dot Strange, 2007), Idiots and Angels (Bill Plympton, 2008), From Inside (John Bergin, 2008)

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest - Masayuki Kojima, 2007), Rebuild of Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone (Hideaki Anno, 2007), Egon és Dönci (Egon and Dönci) (Ádám Magyar, 2008), Donkey Xote (Jose Pozo, 2008), Summer Days With Coo (Keiichi Hara, 2007), Only Love (Lev Polyakov, 2008), Quirino Cristiani: the Mystery of the First Animated Movies (Gabriele Zuccelli, 2008); also Genius Party (various, 2007), Genius Party Beyond (various, 2008), and Nocturna (Victor Maldonado / Adriá García, 2007)


Retrospective screenings: Canadian / North American premiere of Rocky and Hudson

Tidbits selections: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Black Ceiling, Five Centimeters Per Second, The Killer of Montmartre, Anna and the Moods, SOS Metro Tokyo Explorers

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of The Pixar Story, RH+: the Vampiress of Seville, Flatland, One Night in One City, Wood & Stock: Sex, Oregano and Rock 'n Roll; also Aachi and Ssipak, The Ugly Duckling and Me, Film Noir, Free Jimmy


Retrospective screenings: Princes and Princesses

Titbits selections: various

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Origin: Spirits of the Past, Fimfárum 2, Fire Ball, Khan Kluay, Pettson and Findus: Pettson's Promise, Prince Vladimir, Dobrynia Nikitich, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time; also Princess, The Book of the Dead, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, Blood Tea and Red String


World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Alosha Popovich i Tugarin Zmey, Fragile Machine, A Place Promised in Our Early Days, Terkel in Trouble; also Frank and Wendy, Mind Game, The District, Strings, Winter Days


Retrospective screenings: Rock & Rule

Tidbits: various

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Appleseed, McDull: Prince de la Bun, Oseam, Y Mabinogi, La Prophétie des Grenouilles, Karlik Nos; also Steamboy, Kaena, The Legend of the Sky Kingdom, Hair High


Retrospective screenings: Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Utena, Perfect Blue, Escaflowne

Tidbits: various

World Cinema: Canadian / North American / International premieres of Mari Iyagi, WXIII Patlabor, My Life as McDull, Princess Arête, Corto Maltese, Wonderful Days, Officer Down, Missing Persons; also Princes and Princesses


World Cinema: Canadian / North American premieres of Cowboy Bebop, A Tree of Palme; also Spirited Away, Spriggan


World Cinema: Canadian premieres of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Metropolis, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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