Let The Cartooooooooon(s) Begin!: Announcing The 5th San Francisco International Animation Film Festival

Although I could think of numerous reasons why any fan of film – espically one of the animation sort – should get excited for this years’ International Animation Film Festival, I’ll narrow it down to just 5.  Why only 5?  Because this is the fifth year of the festival’s existance and I thought the number 5 would be apropriate.

Reason #1: New anime from Japan’s Sunao Katabuchi in the form of Mai Mai Miracle.  Katabuchi worked as Hayao Miyazaki‘s assistant director on Kiki’s Delivery Service, and his film is being praised for its finely crafted anime.

Reason #2: A full 68 minutes of diversly kick-ass animation to rock out to as the Play It By Eye program rhythymcly thwomps your ear-drums.  Enjoy over 10 music videos from some of today’s most innovative artits.

Reason #3: Want to see the best animation from the most important animated European film festivals?  Of course you do, and that’s just what The Best of Annecy program offers you.  From a cat’s best friend, to the entire world in a leaf, this program sounds like it has plenty to offer for the ponderous minds.

Reason#4: Specially developed algorithms, transposition of sound into image and innovations in virtual camera use.  Animation NASA space science nerds, stand up!  From the minds of Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt comes Semiconductor: Forward Looking Back.  …And they say animation is just for kids.

Reason#5: This probably should have been the number 1 reason.  Animation is cool!  A lot of people go to the movies to escape their everyday woes and routines, and what better way to really escape the hum-drum than in a drawing?  To quote the famous King of Cartoons from the best Saturday morning show ever, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, “Let the cartoon begin…”

Follow the jump for a full schedule and how to purchase your tickets

Click here for ticket information

All films will be held at Landmark’s Embaracadero Center Cinema

Thursday, November 11, 2010:

7:30pm Here Come The Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized

9:00pm – 11:00pm Opening Night Party @ La Mar Cebichería Peruana, Pier 1½, Embarcadero

9:30pm Jackboots on Whitehall FILMBALAYA’S REVIEW

Friday, November 12, 2010:

7:00pm The Best of Annecy FILMBALAYA’S REVIEW

9:00pm Johnny Ray and Skye: Channel Drift

Saturday, November 13, 2010:

12:00pm Mai Mai Miracle

2:30pm What You Want and What You Need

4:30pm Good Night and Good Luck

7:20pm Semiconductor: Forward Looking Back

9:45pm Play It By Eye

Sunday, November 14, 2010:

11:00am Near and Far… and Animals FILMBALAYA’S REVIEW

12:45pm The Best of Annecy FILMBALAYA’S REVIEW

2:30pm Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then

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