Friday, Dec. 16, marks the start of this year’s ION Animation, Games and Short Film Festival at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Animation Magazine has 100 free screening passes to give away! The first hundred people to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject head: ‘Animation Magazine FREE Pass for this weekend’ will receive a maximum of two passes.
The festival runs through Sunday, Dec. 18, and will present more than 80 films, including 17 world premieres. Celebrating the convergence of animation, games and film, the second annual event will feature opening night presentations of Avoid Eye Contact: The Best Independent Animation from New York Animators and a feature fan film titled Star Wars: Revelations.
The Best Independent Animation from New York Animators program will feature the films of Bill Plympton, Mo Willems, Patrick Smith, Fran Krause, Alex Budovsky, John Dilworth, John Schnall, Signe Baumane, Christy Karacas, Jesse Schmal, Nina Paley, George Griffin, Michael Overbeck, Chris Conforti, Rohitash Rao and PES.
Star Wars: Revelations is an exercise in creating a low-budget, independent film with big-budget production values. With affordable technology and a pool of talented artists around the world, filmmakers have poured their love for George Lucas’ space saga into a new adventure that will have its debut at the ION Fest.
A total of 47 animated films will screen and compete for ION’s top prize, which last year went Shane Acker’s dark, CG-animated adventure short, 9, which Tim Burton is now developing into a feature film. The screening schedule can be found at www.ionfilmfest.com. Festival tickets can also be purchased at the site.