This year’s retrospectives celebrate art and animation from across the Atlantic and across Canada.
The OIAF will celebrate the life and work of Estonian animator Elbert Tuganov, who created 38 puppet animation films from 1957-1983. Tuganov laid the foundation for the now 64-year-old Nukufilm Studio in Estonia. As a missionary of animation, he wrote animation books and conducted workshops.
From the Baltic to the Nordic- the Norwegian animation studio Mikrofilm will be honored with a two-part retrospective of work from the group of filmmakers that create love-letters to the unique perspectives in each of their stories. The worlds they create are dynamic, specific and not a single one of their beautiful frames are wasted.
Home in Canada, the OIAF is eager to share the powerful work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder. Calder has been an influential force since making her first stop motion films, most of which have dealt with myths and folktales. “Animation,” says Calder, “held and holds so many possibilities to tell my stories and bring a different perspective to screen to make change.”
Multi-talented artist, performer and glow-master, Emily Pelstring, serves on the OIAF 2020 Features Jury and serves up a magical selection of her films. As OIAF programmer Keltie Duncan says, “Who better to examine these paranormal mysteries than someone who’s a little bit imagineer, a little bit tinkerer, a little bit artist, a little bit academic and a lot bit magician?”
All five Retrospective programmes will be available to view on-demand throughout the virtual Festival (Sept. 23 – Oct. 4). Read more about the phenomenal artists featured, and their films, at: https://oiaf2020.ca/watch/films/retrospectives/