LeMIAFF! Montreal International Animation Film Festival
leMIAFF! Montreal International Animation Film Festival is an annual film festival in Montreal, Canada dedicated to the celebration of animation in all forms. The original name for the festival was ANIMAZE Animaze Animation Film Festival and is now called leMIAFF!, bringing animated films releases world-wide which may have limited theatrical releases but has since evolved to an acclamation of the full medium.
The festival premier edition was held on November 18 to 20 of 2011 and was built around 5 core events which all subsequent editions will contain:
- An international film contest for full-length features
- A charity Saturday morning cartoon charity show in which a selected network/year's Saturday morning line-up is recreated
- A student shorts contest that pits school against school and recognizes the top 3 individual entries
- Master-class by an industry guest preceding a showing of a feature they worked on
- Tribute to a landmark film which is celebrating an anniversary
International film contest
Animaze's first objective is to bring to light the best international features that will never make it to large North American audience. The focus is on adult themed films that are continuously passed over in the American market because they are not taken seriously as a result of being animated. Animaze awards a prize to the "Best in Show" as determined by a panel of judges and a "Audience Favorite" as determined by the viewers.
Saturday morning cartoon charity show
In an effort to give back to the community, Animaze Festival dedicates one of its shows for a charity screening that pays tribute to an important era in North American animation, the Saturday Morning Cartoon. Each year, Animaze selects a year and a specific television network and highlights the best shows from that line-up with all the proceeds going towards the charity of their choice.
Student shorts contest
To help get local talent involved in the festival, Animaze holds a Student Shorts contest for animation schools in and around the Montreal area. This event pits school vs. school in an old fashion battle-royal. Each school must submit a collection of shorts from its student body and the schools are judged by their cumulative submission. The judges for this event are representatives from each of the schools in which they rate all the shorts entered except those from their own institution. The school who's combined shorts acquire the highest grade wins the top prize which is an Oscar type trophy and bragging rights for the year as the "Best Animation School" in town.
The contest also recognizes and honors the 3 individual shorts that scored the highest overall mark. The individual winners receive an award certificate and prizes to help them in the progression of their studies.
The grand prize awarded is held in high regards by the film schools as they are not being judged or awarded a prize from the Animaze Festival but rather from amongst their peers and it is the other schools that declare the winning animation program.
Classic film tribute
To honor animated films of yesteryear, Animaze plays tribute to ground-breaking film which is celebrating an anniversary by screening it again for its fans on the big screen. If possible, the film will be shown in it original 35mm and people involved in the film's creation will be invited to the event.
Events summary 2011
International Film Contest Entries:
Grand Prize Winner: Metropia (Sweden)
Audience Favorite Winner: Redline (Japan)
Student Shorts Animation Contest:
- Participating Schools: Concordia University, UQAM, Algonquin College, Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, Centre NAD and Cégep du Vieux Montréal
- Winning School: Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
- Top Three Individual Shorts:
- 1st Place - –Il était encore une fois by Roxanne Baril-Monfette from Cégep du Vieux Montréal
- 2nd Place - Foxball by Gabriel Gagné from Centre NAD
- 3rd Place - Albert L’as de L’air by Yves Paradis from Cégep du Vieux Montréal
- International classic film screenings: Free Jimmy (Norway) and One Night in One City (Czech Republic)
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