ION Fest Starts Dec. 16

The 2005 ION Fest is gearing up to present more than 80 films, including 17 world premieres, from Dec. 16-18. 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.

During the Festival, same-day, advance tickets and opening night gala tickets may be purchased at the festival headquarters box office at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater. Purchased tickets can be picked up at the box office, which will open at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16.

Students and teachers receive a 50% discount on all tickets and passes, as do readers of Animation Magazine. To receive your discount, you will need to enter your subscriber ID # when ordering.