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Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Issues 2015 Call for Entries

Attracting a wider range of filmmakers, Festival dedicated to films made using stop-motion animation adds Pixilation category.

Montreal, Canada -- The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival announced the official opening of its call for entries for the 7th edition of the Festival, which will take place on September 25, 26 and 27, 2015. The deadline for film entries is June 28, 2015.

Started in 2009, the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is the world’s first festival dedicated exclusively to films made using stop motion animation. Last year’s festival had over 70 films in competition and its first sold out master class with Georgina Hayns, on the making of The Boxtrolls. As with previous editions, the 7th Stop Motion Film Festival will offer family-friendly stop motion workshops, guest lectures from international experts in the field, and the very best stop motion films from around the world.

For the first time ever, the festival will be accepting submissions made using the technique of Pixilation. While this technique is less well-known to the public, it is still used heavily in the industry. This technique was made popular with several films from the National Film Board, especially Neighbors by Norman McLaren, winner of the Oscar for best short documentary in 1953. Pixilation uses actors in real world setting and moves them frame by frame.

“Since our humble beginnings, the call for entries was limited to puppet-based animation,” says Erik Goulet, the festival’s director, “we knew eventually, as the festival garnered more recognition, that we would need to add other techniques that belong to the stop motion family, and we’re happy to say that time has finally come!”

By including pixilation in the call for entries, the festival hopes to attract filmmakers working with this exciting technique and allow our audience to discover new cinematic gems.

So, mark you calendar for the coolest film festival in town!

Call for Entries Deadline: June 28, 2015

For information concerning eligibility, dates, accepted formats and new rules, please visit the submission section of the official website.

Source: The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.