Singapore Film Society, an organisation run by volunteers are back again with Animation Nation 2010. What is Animation Nation ?

It is a showcase of different animation films featured ranging from this year’s best animation feature films and shorts from around the world, showcasing a variety of animation techniques, from traditional hand-drawn
methods to stop-motion animation and CGI.

Here is a schedule of the films

This year in Animation Nation 2010, Japanese animation retains a strong presence in the film festival, but the focus continues to be on unusual works that differentiate themselves from Japan’s mass-market anime. Legendary Japanese studio Production IG’s first fully CG animated feature, Oblivion Island is featured as well as Mashima Riichiro’s wacky and out-of-control Olympics spoof, Tokyo Onlypic and the provocative sci-fi series Time of Eve will be featured

Knowing that there are quite a lot of Kana Hanazawa fans, rejoice as Bungaku Shoujo (Book girl) will also be screening in Animation Nation 2010 with Kana Hanazawa as the seiyuu for the lead character, Toko Amano.

Ticketing

Tickets are sold by Tickets.com (http://www.tdc.sg ). Please note that tickets are on sale now (prices are inclusive of booking fee)

S$10 (Public)
S$9 (Concession and SFS members)*

*Students, Senior citizens and Singapore Film Society (SFS) members are entitled to purchase discounted tickets, upon producing a valid ID or SFS membership card at Tickets.com outlets. One discounted ticket per person per screening session.

Venue

The Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore

NEAREST MRT: Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station / Bras Basah MRT Station (5-minute walk)

Films

My Dog Tulip

Dir: Paul and Sandra Fierlinger

USA | 2009 | 83min | 35mm | M18 (Some Sexual References and Nudity)

A distinguished man of letters, Ackerley hardly thought himself a dog lover until he came to adopt Tulip. Tulip, the beautiful 18-month-old German shepherd with an intolerable temperament, turned out to be the unlikely love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for years. In vivid and startling detail, the film presents Tulip’s sassy, often erratic behavior, alongside Ackerley’s fumbling determination to provide an existence of perfect happiness for her.

Oblivion Island

Dir: Shinsuke Sato

Japan | 2009 | 99min | DigiBeta | PG

16-year-old Haruka encounters a small masked creature at a local shrine one day, which she secretly follows. The creature leads her to Oblivion Island, a strange world inhabited by memorabilia and memories from her childhood. At once heartwarming and breathtakingly beautiful, Oblivion Island invites the viewer to step aboard a dramatic rollercoaster, taking you on a fantastical, visually-titillating spin through a story which spirals, twists and hurtles in every unpredictable direction.

Time of Eve

Dir: Yasuhiro Yashiura

Japan | 2010 | 108min | DigiBeta | TBC

High school student Rikuo, like his peers growing up in a time where robots have become part and parcel of daily life, had been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, but rather as convenient tools or household appliances. One day he discovers some strange data in the behaviour records of his family’s household android, Sammy. Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy’s movements, only to discover a mysterious cafe that features a house rule that humans and robots are to be treated the same.

In The Attic + The Lost Thing

In The Attic

Dir: Jiri Barta

Czech Republic | 2009 | 74min | 35mm | TBC

This is the story of a dusty old attic, home to abandoned toys that have taken up residence in an old trunk. They look forward to their daily rituals, games and joy; they go to work, celebrate birthdays…they just enjoy the peace and comfort of home. That is, until the dark ruler of the Land of Evil kidnaps their dear friend – the sweet doll, Buttercup… The adventurous rescue mission, rife with suspenseful situations, dangerous moments, as well as comic elements and humorous twists, has just begun…

The Lost Thing

Dir: Shuan Tan and Tim Michin

Australia | 2010 | 15min | Beta | TBC

A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else.

DigiCon (with Q&A session)

Dir: Various

Singapore | 2009-2010 | 60min | DVD | TBC

A collection of the best entries for the 12th TBS DigiCon Awards.

Goodbye Mr Christie

Dir: Phil Mulloy

UK | 2010 | 77min | DigiBeta | R21 (Sexual Scenes and Mature Content)

This new outing from provocative British filmmaker Phil Mulloy is a follow-up to The Christies. In this installment, the troubled Mr. Christie becomes embroiled in a sex scandal when he is caught on tape in the throes of passion with a French sailor.

Postgal Collection

Dir: John Chan

Hong Kong | 2003-2010 | 60min | Beta | PG

This feature-length compilation of the Postgal Workshop’s best-known animated shorts are exemplars of the distinct Postgal aesthetic which has garnered acclaim and accolades from Hong Kong to Japan, Korea, and the United States, characterized by minimal dialogue, aggressively colorful palettes and an intense local flavour. These hand-drawn animation films deal with aspects of life in Hong Kong rarely addressed in media.

Electric Picture Show

Dir: Various

USA | 2009-2010 | 62min | DVD | NC16 (Some Nudity)

Drawing from the diverse talent found in Brooklyn, this program features a variety of animated short films and music videos. From hand painted love stories, to kids on fantastical digital journeys and one very trippy mixed media Animal Collective video, Electric Picture Show takes a look at the animated output of Brooklyn.

GI Joe Stop Motion

Dir: Various

International | 2010 | 85min | DVD | M18 (Some Violence and Drug Scenes)

Inspired by Gio Toninelo’s popular internet series PondPatrol, the GI JOE STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL is the nation’s first festival dedicated solely to screening the Works of stop-motion artists who use GI Joe or similar figures (12″, 8″ and 3 ¾” sizes) as main characters or actors. Expect excessive violence, twisted humour, boundless creativity and no less than four disturbingly original applications for the Kung-Fu Grip.

Tokyo Onlypic

Dir: Mashima Riichiro

Japan | 2008 | 117min | DigiBeta | NC16 (Some Nudity)

Many consider the Olympics to be a sacred event, but Japanese animator Mashima Riichiro begs to differ. In Tokyo Onlypic, we look in on one evening’s television coverage of an international athletic competition that abandons most of the traditional events in favor of some new and bizarre contests. Mashima has gathered a group of talented filmmakers, each creating their own Olympic sporting event – often with hilarious results.

Book Girl (Bungaku Shouju)

Dir: Shunsuke Tada

Japan | 2010 | 103min | DVD | PG

Freshman Konoha Inoue is a senior high student who used to author bestselling female romance novels under a nom-de-plume, until an incident 2 years ago left him resolved to never write again. One day, Inoue finds himself suddenly a member of the Literary Club, after he stumbles upon a girl eating pages of a book under the Magnolia blossoms. From then on, Inoue writes to feed Toko Amano’s literary appetite.

Alisa’s Birthday + The Lost Thing

Alisa’s Birthday

Dir: Sergei Seregin

Russia | 2009 | 94min | Beta | PG

Alisa Selezneva, a girl living on planet Earth at the end of the 21st century, fails her history exam right before her birthday. Upset and disappointed, she has to spend her summer vacation taking the class again. Things change when Gromozeka, an alien friend of Alisa’s father and an acclaimed space explorer, invites Alisa on an expedition to the far-away planet Koleida as a birthday present. Shown with The Lost Thing.

The Lost Thing

Dir: Shuan Tan and Tim Michin

Australia | 2010 | 15min | Beta | TBC

A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else.

Best of Baden-Württemberg

Dir: Various

Germany | 2009-2010 | 90min | DVD | TBC

The BW Reel programme comprises animated films from Baden-Wurttemberg and shows the diversity of the Baden-Wurttemberg animation scene. Highlights include the CG adaptation of the classic children’s book The Gruffalo, the award-winning The Little Boy and The Beast, the charming Mobile and many more.

Metropia

Dir: Tarik Saleh

Sweden | 2009 | 86min | 35mm | M18 (Coarse Language and Some Nudity)

Set in the not-so-distant future, Metropia depicts an Orwellian nightmarish world where every aspect of life is under control. Oil supplies are fast depleting, and the underground train systems have been linked up into a gigantic subway network beneath Europe. Whenever Roger (Vincent Gallo) enters this system, he hears a stranger’s voice in his head. He looks to the mysterious Nina (Juliette Lewis) for help in escaping the disturbing network of the Metro, but the further they travel, the deeper he finds himself entwined in a dark web of conspiracy and deception.

Best of Stuggart

Dir: Various

Germany | 2009-2010 | 85min | DVD | TBC

A collection of the best international animated short films from the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2010. The programme includes the whole spectrum of animation techniques – from 3D computer animation to classical hand-drawn cel animation

 

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