Press Release from Red Stick International Animation Festival
BATON ROUGE -- Red Stick International Animation Festival, the largest event of its kind in the United States, will change seasons for its sixth year, taking place Nov. 10-13, 2010, in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
For the past five years, the festival took place in April to coincide with springtime weather and other cultural events. But, festival organizers realized this timeframe did not work well for participating animation studios, filmmakers or distributors.
“After talking with animation professionals and previous festival guests, we realized our traditional dates are right in the spot where it becomes difficult for studios to participate. Their summer movies are not ready for advanced screenings, and their springtime features are already released,” said Red Stick International Animation Festival Director Stacey Simmons, Ph.D. “November puts us within a strategic window to preview Christmas films, which offers more value to the studios, filmmakers, and distributors who want to use Red Stick as a venue to build awareness of their upcoming features.”
The festival previously was scheduled to take place in spring 2010, and Red Stick began accepting submissions in eight categories for its “Best of the Fest” competition in September 2009. Originally scheduled to end Jan. 4, 2010, Red Stick now will accept submissions through June 1, 2010 for students, and through July 15 for other participants.
“Anyone who sent work for the 2010 Best of the Fest competition is still entered, and we are extending the submissions period so more people can participate,” said Red Stick International Animation Festival Host Stephen David Beck, Ph.D. “As in past years, we will screen the top films in each category and announce winners during the festival.”
Red Stick accepts work from students, amateurs or professionals for the Best of the Fest competition, and participants can enter in multiple categories. Details about the submission process are available at http://redstickfestival.org/entries.asp . The online submission application form will be available on the site beginning Jan. 11, 2010.
“Moving the festival dates is the first step in a strategic plan to continue growing Red Stick and developing it as one of the world’s premiere animation festivals,” Simmons said. “Our first five years were a tremendous success, and we expect to have another fantastic 10 years as we continue our work to make Baton Rouge the creative capital of the South.”
LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology sponsors Red Stick International Animation Festival in partnership with the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President’s Office, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and Louisiana Economic Development.