This weekend, our nation’s capital is going be animated with something other than politicians’ promises. The Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest in North America, with over 2,000 animated films submitted from 70 countries. Halifax filmmaker Heather Harkins, who won the Linda Joy Media Arts Society’s Helen Hill Animated Award last December, was chosen to sit on this year’s International Jury for School Showcase and Feature Film Competition, the festival’s first Nova Scotian juror. Also, five Nova Scotian artists, including my favourite artistic mentor James MacSwain, Lisa Morse and Helen Hill, will have short films included in Looking for a Place to Happen, a four-part program of contemporary Canadian animation, based on Chris Robinson’s book, which will come out in January 2009.
Check out this great video by Heather Harkins for City Field. Which I don't think really exists anymore as a band, but I really wish they did.