Announcing The 2011 SF International Animation Film Festival

I have always frustratingly stated that there is simply not enough original animation being shown in theaters.  Sure, from time to time we – meaning wide-spread audiences – get at least one film from either Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, or the occasionally Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Totoro), but is having more films from different outlets really asking too much?  I don’t think so.  Thankfully, we live in a city where film festivals such as this one exist.  This is our chance to see some of the best animation the world has to offer.  I for one, am not going to miss it.

The festival runs from November 10th through the 13th with all the screenings being shown in the state of the art San Francisco Film Society/New People Cinema (1746 Post Street).  As always, check back with closer to opening day for spoiler-free reviews of the films.

Click on the jump to see a full schedule, trailers of the films, ticket info, and a short run-down of some of the highlights I’m looking forward to.

I’m looking forward to the following:

  • Japanese experimental filmmaker, Keita Kurosaka, spent 13 years crafting 30,000 drawings for his dark sci-fi creation, Midori-ko, and the result, from what I can tell by the trailer below, is going to look phenomenal on the large screen.
  • Last year’s short program, The Best of Annecy was by far my favorite block of shorts all year.  I have no reason to think that this year’s Best of Annecy will be any different.
  • Glitch in The Grid looks like it could be the next step in stop-animation, and from the trailer below seems, at the very least, visually interesting.

Thursday, November 10th:

7:00pm – Glitch in The Grid

8:30pm – Opening Party (Yoshi’s – 1330 Fillmore St.)

9:00pm – Glitch in The Grid

Friday, November 11th:

5:00pm – Top Drawers

7:00pm – The Best of Annecy

9:00pm – Tatsumi

Saturday, November 12th:

3:00pm – Nocturna

5:30pm – Ball of Confusion

7:30pm – Midori-ko

9:00pm – Anthropomorphlolz

Sunday, November 13th:

2:00pm – The Best of Annecy

4:00pm – Top Drawers

6:00pm – Tatsumi

8:30pm – Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos

Film tickets: $11 for SFFS members, $13 general, $12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; Opening Night film and party $15 for SFFS members, $20 general; Film Society CineVoucher 10-Packs $105 for SFFS members, $125 general. Box office now open for members and the general public: online at sffs.org and in person at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema.





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