OMSI Animation Film Festival

The 2014 OMSI Animation Film Festival
November 6-9, 2014

A celebration of animation from independent shorts to feature films, the OMSI Animation Film Festival showcases a selection of intelligent, entertaining and provocative programming that ranges from the early years of animation's Golden Age to the latest work from some of the world’s most creative artists. With hot chocolate-loving deer, surreal aliens, a troubadour bear, and post-apocalyptic bikers, the Empirical Theater's giant screen – Portland's largest – will offer a fantastical smorgasbord of animation with something sure to appeal to nearly everyone.

One highlight of the Festival is the Oregon debut of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Animated Short Film Tour, a rambunctious 90-minute theatrical program of eight animated adult shorts.  The Sundance compilation plays nightly during the Festival, but animation fans will want to attend Thursday's opening event where noted local animators including Paul Harrod, Joanna Priestley, and Bryan Provencher kick off the festival with a discussion of future trends in animation.

Students and alums of Washington State Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program continue the exploration of animation's future on Saturday with a one night only program of animation shorts, as well as augmented reality, full dome, and interactive animations.

On Sunday, the focus shifts to an earlier era, as local film historian and archivist Dennis Nyback presents two programs of material from the Golden Age of animation drawn from his extensive personal library of 16mm film. His selection of the Ten Greatest Cartoons from that period is followed by an offbeat collection of shorts entitled Subversive Animation that is certain to leave viewers with a new perspective on several iconic cartoon characters.


For families, there are two new short film collections featuring audience favorite and award-winning shorts from the renowned New York International Children’s Film Festival, North America's largest festival of film for children and teens. The Kids Flix Mix program is designed for younger children, while the shorts comprising the Family Party Mix are suitable for older youth ages 8 to 18. Also on tap are Oscar® nominated features Ernest & Celestine and A Cat in Paris as well as the magical Nocturna and the enchanting Sita Sings the Blues. Plus, artists from Portland's Flying Rhinoceros stop by on Saturday morning to demonstrate basic cartooning skills and show off the latest animated adventures of Captain McFinn and his undersea friends.

Rounding out the Festival lineup are the 2012 hit ParaNorman from Portland's own LAIKA studio, the modern cyberpunk classic Akira, and two exceptional examples of Japanese anime film, the beautifully hand-drawn tale A Letter to Momo and the visually stunning science fiction adventure Welcome to the Space Show


Passes & Tickets

Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy an exclusive Festival pass and save! Passholders receive access to all festival screenings and special events. Passes may be purchased at either the OMSI front desk or by telephone 503-797-4000.

Festival Passes:
$18 Adult
$15 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
OMSI members receive $2 off
*Note: Festival pass is not transferrable. Only 1 use per show time. Tickets and event access subject to availability. Not valid for online purchases or advance ticketing more than one hour before show time.

Tickets are also be available for individual shows and may be purchased online at omsi.edu/empirical-theater, at the OMSI front desk or by telephone 503-797-4000.

Individual Tickets:
$7 Adult
$6 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+) 
OMSI members receive $1 off
 
*Note: All tickets are only $5 for the Saturday events Captain McFinn: The Creation of an Interactive Animated World and WSUV’s Animated Creations. 

Special Events

Opening Night: The Future of Animation

Thursday, November 6 - 7pm
Join us for an in-depth discussion on the future of animation with some of Portland's own animation luminaries. Followed by the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Animated Shorts. More information.

Captain McFinn: The Creation of an Interactive Animated World

Saturday, November 8 - 11am
Join the team from local children's entertainment company Flying Rhinoceros for an engaging hour-long presentation that uses humor, inspiration, technology and art to expose children and their families to the power of the imagination. During the session, kids will learn to draw ocean creatures while being introduced to the undersea world of Captain McFinn. Parents will hear about changes in the animation industry and family entertainment with the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. More Information.

Animated Creations: Shorts from WSUV's Creative Media and Digital Culture Program

Saturday, November 8 - 5pm
This one-night only program showcases 2D and 3D animation shorts, as well as augmented reality, full dome, and interactive animations created by alums and students of the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program (CMDC) at Washington State University Vancouver. More Information.

The Ten Greatest Cartoons From the Golden Age of Animation

Sunday, November 9 - 4pm
Renowned independent film archivist and historian Dennis Nyback presents his selection of The Ten Greatest Cartoons From the Golden Age of Animation. Note: This program will feature 16mm film and projection. More information.

Subversive Animation

Sunday, November 9 - 6pm
Drugged dwarves, anarchist bombers and cocaine cartoons! Renowned independent film archivist and historian Dennis Nyback presents a fast-paced roundup of wildly subversive animated shorts from cartoon history, many censored, banned and rare. Note: This program will feature 16mm film and projection. More Information.