Sunday, March 31, 2013

Women in Animation: 'Annecy' and 'the Women of SoFA from R.I.T.'

First off, I'd like to say a very special 'thank you' to Anne Beal, Carol Beecher, and Signe Baumane for taking the time out of their busy schedules for these interviews and for sharing their experiences with us veterans as well as the next generation of animators.

Next, I'd like to end 2013's "International Women's Month" series on two very positive notes:

I received an e-mail from Anne Beal earlier this week. She has just received notice that her graduation film "Balance and Swing" has been accepted into the 2013 Annecy International Animation Festival and will be shown as part of their "Graduation Films" competition program. The Annecy festival will be held in Annecy, France during June 10th and June 15th. So if you're at the festival, be sure to check her film out on the big screen.

But if you can't make it to France, or you just can't wait until June, you can watch "Balance and Swing" on Vimeo via the embedded player below.

Secondly, there's an event coming up if you're in the Rochester, New York area. At the High Falls Film Festival, there is going to be a special festival screening that showcases both films and animations created by woman filmmakers: "The Women of SoFA from R.I.T."

From the High Falls Film Festival website:

"The Women of SOFA program celebrates the strong creative voices of these young filmmakers. The School of Film and Animation at RIT provides a creative community where students have the opportunity to discover their unique creative potential, explore their talents, and convey their messages to the world through the cinematic medium."

Click here to read the R.I.T. CIAS news article.
Curated by Rochester Institute of Technology Professors Cat Ashworth and Brian Larson, this event will be held at Rochester's Little Theatre on Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. And afterwards, there will be a meet-and-greet with these filmmakers from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre's cafe.