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Three years touring with PLAY FESTIVAL

We are glad to announce ” High Above the Sky” is touring with PLAY FESTIVAl for the third year around Portugal.

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More than 50 festivals!!!

We are happy to announce High Above the Sky has been selected for more than 50 festivals!

Here the full list so far

  1. 2016 Karelian International Film (for Youth) Festival,Petrozavodsk, Russian
  2. 2015 9th Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia
  3. 2015 KINOdiseea International Children`s Festival, Romania, Bucharest2015 3rdSharjah Internaitonal Children’s Film Festival 2015, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  4. 2014 Maryland International Kids FilmFest, Maryland, USA
  5. 2014  6th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival, 2014, Pakistan
  6. 2014 PLAYFEST Tour, Portugal
  7. 2014 CAKE, Ormskirk, UK
  8. 2014 Touring Circus Cinema at Martha’s Vineyward Film Festival, Massachutes , USA
  9. 2014 Supertoon, Croatia
  10. 2014 19th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (…y no tan Niños), Mexico
  11. 2014 Family Festival at IFI Dublin, Irleand
  12. 2014Birds Eye View Film Festival  with Q&A, BFI, London
  13. 2014 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival known as ‘Childish Films’, Minneapolis, USA
  14. 2014 Festival International du Film pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse de Sousse
  15. 2014 International Theatre and Film Festival’14 in Stará Ľubovňa
  16. 2014 Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, Singapore
  17. 2014 PLAY FEST, Lisbon, Portugal
  18. 2014  REDCAT International Children Festival, LA, USA
  19. 2014  The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival Chicago, USA (Oscar Qualifying Festival)
  20. 2014 Little Big Shots Festival, Melbourne, Australia
  21. 2013 London Short Film Festival,  London,Uk (Bafta Recognised)
  22. 2013 Malta Children’s Short Film Festival, Malta
  23. 2013 9th Children Film Festival Seattle, Seattle, USA
  24. 2013 10th LIAF, London, Uk
  25. 2013 Pentedattilo Film festival, Reggio, Italy
  26. 2013 SIYFF, Seoul, Korea
  27. 2013 R2R FestivalVancouver Art Gallery , Vancouver, Canada
  28. 2013 Scratch Animation Festival, Lecce, Italy
  29. 2013  Animatic 2013  the Mostra 6thedition ,  Pamplona, Spain2013 Awesomearts , Perth, Austrlalia2013 British Animation Film Festival , London, UK
  30. 2013 Miaf 2013, Melbourne, Australia
  31. 2013 Tiff 2013, Toronto, Canada
  32. 2013 8th ATHENE ANIMAFEST, Athen, Greece2013 Animac, Spain
  33. 2013 St Alban Film Festival, Uk
  34. 2012 Animage Festival, Brasil
  35. 2012 Colchester Film Festival, UK
  36. 2012 Witney Film Festival , UK
  37. 2012 WIFF, UK
  38. 2012 AIFF,Auburn International Film Festival,Australia
  39. 2012 KinoFest,Romania
  40. 2012 The Animae Caribe , Trinidad and Tobago
  41. 2012 Adelaide Kids Film Festival , Australia
  42. 2012 Ale Kino,Poland
  43. 2012 Animax Skopje Festival, Macedonia
  44. 2015 Into film, Bradford
  45. 2015 São Tomé Fest Filmby PLAY FEST Special l Screening, São Tomé e Príncipe, Brasil
  46. 2014 The One Reelers Film Club, The Cinema Museum, UK
  47. 2014 ANDkids World Film Festival, Hawaii, Special Program as part of  The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  48. 2014 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, USA
  49. 2014 Animated Women UK, MPC, London UK
  50. 2014 Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, Special Program as part of  The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
  51. 2013 SICAF Special Touring Program as part of Miaf 2013KID special
  52. 2013 PLAY FESTSpecial Pre Festival Screening, Lisbon, Portugal
  53. 2014 10th Indie AniFest, Seoul, Korea

High Above the Sky in Bradford with IntoFilm

To celebrate the fantastic culture of filmmaking in the United Kingdom, IntoFilm is sending some great examples of British short films to schools across the country, in association with the British Council.

They curated a collection of some of the best short films in the country, they willll be hosting screenings of the films for schools around the UK between 13 April and 22 May, with the directors and filmmakers involved on hand to host Q&A sessions with the young people in attendance.

Amongst the selected films there is also High Above the Sky, and we are taking the films in three schools in Bradford at La Page Primary School, Queensbury School & St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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Into Film (www.intofilm.org) works with a broad range of film industry professionals, from Imelda Staunton and Carey Mulligan, to key filmmakers, HOD’s and crafts people. Working alongside the UK’s film distributors, the Into Film Festival in November 2014, screened 150 films in 520 venues UK wide, and was the worlds largest youth film festival.

Screening and Q&A at the Cinema Museum for One Reelers Film Club

A lovely screening + Q&A for  “High Above The Sky” at the Cinema Museum by the One Reelers Film Club   with surprise appearance by one of the composers Hutch Demouilpied.

The screening paired early cinema short movies with contemporary short,  including a Q&A with the filmmakers and experts.

There is also a lovely networking event in-between screenings…and it was treat to discover the work of Percy Smith!

The Venue is very charming, the staff lovely and the whole event a really good evening out.

If you have a spare tuesday and you love shorts I urge you to go, all the info are below… plus some snapshots.

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6th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival 2014

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High above the sky  will be screened  at 6th Lahore International Children’s Film Festival 2014 in Pakistan!

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Here a little bit about the festival:

The idea to hold a children’s film festival was conceived by Shoaib Iqbal in 2007, when he was working with Ali Institute of Education (AIE), in order to promote arts education and learning through the arts in Pakistan. AIE supported the idea and prominent educationists from the organization helped in shaping the festival greatly. The festival grew each year with valuable inputs of a number of film makers, artists, sponsors, volunteers, and, most importantly, its audience, largely comprising children and young people.
The major objectives of the festival are:

  • To screen the best of local and international films for Pakistani children and young people
  • To promote media literacy among children and young people through workshops and screening of meaningful films
  • To promote children as film makers, while training them in the art of film making and exhibiting their work in the festival
  • To nurture and inspire local film makers to produce films to children in Pakistan

High Above the Sky in the Cinema Circus at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

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We are delighted High above the sky It will be screened August 3rd as part of Cinema Circus, the children’s big blow out event of the  Martha’s Vineyward Film Festival in Massachusetts !

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Here a little bit about the origin of the festival: In the middle of winter 2001, Thomas Bena and a group of friends were desperate for good movies. They had rented nearly every VHS tape and DVD at the local video store, and the two Island movie theaters were only showing mediocre blockbusters. Although Thomas had never even been to a film festival, he asked his friends to help him create an alternative movie experience—one that would feature fantastic films, exotic food, art, and music.

He rented the Grange Hall in West Tisbury and found several independent filmmakers who were willing to let him present their work. With one small article in The Martha’s Vineyard Times and a heap of phone calls, four out of the five programs played to a full house. The projection booth doubled as a kitchen where curries were prepared just a few feet from the technical equipment. A series of interviews with Islanders played on television screens strategically placed in the bathrooms. Strangers talked, friends were made, people had a great time. The MVFF was born.

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High Above the Sky at CAKE

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 12.52.51 We are delighted to announce High above the sky has been selected to screen at CAKE and has been shortlisted amongst two other films for Best Professional Animation.

The filmwill be screened on 16th July  at 4.45 and in the  Best of the Festival and Awards Ceremony  of C.A.K.E Festival Awards on Friday 18th 2:30pm CE, in the Lecture Theatre in Ormskirk, at Edge Hill University.

UK Oscar and BAFTA nominated animator and director Barry Purves, will be awarding the prizes

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High Above the Sky on holiday at Supertoon… add flippers to the astronaut helmet

We are delighted to announce that “High above the sky” will screen at Supertoon this july in  Sibenik ,Croatia.

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http://www.supertoonfestival.com

International animation festival SUPERTOON will be held in Šibenik from 27th July to 1st August 2014.

Through displaying recent domestic and international production of short animated movies (movies of up to 30 minutes) and a series of competition and accompanying program, Festival provides a wider view of this artistic expression to adults and children, random visitors and film professionals.

SUPERTOON creates space for direct communication between all interested parties – the authors, producers, journalists, students, providing them with opportunity to gather, exchange ideas and experiences, and provides the possibility of negotiating future cooperation.

International competition program categories:

Short Animated Films
Short-format, non-commisioned animated films or videos.

Films for Children
Animated works produced and distributed specifically for children audience. When a serial is the case, only one episode is eligible.

Animated Music Videos
Official music videos, commissioned animated videos made specifically to promote music pieces.

Animated commercials
Commisioned and aplied animation in the field of advertising or promotion.

Animated Title Sequences
Feature films’ official title sequences.

 

Films and videos are selected via international tender announced on the festival’s website as well as by direct calls to studios and producers. Received works will be selected for the official competition, and the international jury comprising of three members which will chose laureates in all categories.

SUPERTOON’S rich accompanying program includes retrospectives of individual authors, animation studios and schools which goal is to enable visitors to discover or recall work that contributed to the development of animation in our country and the world.

Side programmes have a strong educational role so through a series of events such as interviews with authors, lectures, exhibitions related to animation, animators and animation workshops for children visitors learn about the process of thinking and making films.

 

High Above the Sky at the Irish Film Institute

High above the sky will screen at Irish Film Institute Family Festival 2014 in Dublin on the 18th July at 11am, follow the link to book tickets.

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Welcome to the IFI Family Festival 2014. Join us for cinematic adventures of music, family, friendship and foosball. Our specially selected films from around the world include animations, live actions and Irish premieres; special guests, puzzling quests, Wildernuts and sheep! Learn the history of cinema or VJ skills in our workshops and meet our Young Media Explorers and RTÉ Young People’s Diana Bunici on opening night. Come to our Festival and see the magic.

TICKETS
All films €5 (includes opening night event) Family Ticket (film events): €15 (2 adults, 2 children) Workshops: €7-€20
Film Booking: IFI Box Office 01 679 3477/www.ifi.ie/familyfest

Workshop Booking: 01 612 9445/01 612 9436
Please note: Films which have not been classified by the Irish Film Classification Office (www.ifco.ie) are given an age recommendation by the IFI.
For more information on any title or our recommendation, please contact us.

 

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40 Festivals, Screening, Showcases and counting…

High Above the Sky will screen at MEMPHIS BROOKS MUSEUM OF ART a non-profit art museum in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  This summer, they are hosting a weekly family program on Wednesdays that includes hands-on art-making and children’s films, with free admission for everyone.  This is the fifth year they have offered this free family activity, and  attendance increases each year.  In 2013, an average of approximately 425 people per event, each of which lasts for two hours total. With free admission, many visitors, children, families, and even daycare and summer camp groups are able to visit the museum and enjoy the programs. Each week will feature a different theme (this summer we are focusing on the five senses).

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High Above the Sky is on June 18th as part of Wacky Wednesday program. The event begins at 10am and ends at 1pm hosting more than 450 children .

19th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños

High Above the sky will  screen at 19th edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños on the 5th August at 12.30. The festival run from the 5th to the 10th August 2014

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And i think i can see a familiar spaceship in the trailer 19o-festival-spot-tv.mp4

 

Screening at the BFI for Birds Eve View Festival

As part of Bird Eye View Film Festival, High Above the Sky will be screened at the BFI on the 13 April at 2.pm  amongst 7 other short films including Joanna Quinn’s BAFTA-winning, Oscar® nominated FAMOUS FRED.

The screening will be preceded by a ‘MAKE-YOUR-OWN ANIMATION’ WORKSHOP – a unique chance for kids to bring their own animations to life, with a WORLD PREMIERE OF THE RESULTING FILM showing on the BIG SCREEN! The event will also feature more great animated shorts for children and a chance to speak directly to filmmakers in a Q&A SESSION.

Spot a clip of High Above the Sky in the festival Trailer

One day Leo screams and screams and screams, his Dad takes him shopping and so the journey begins through the isles and high above the sky.

Even a journey in a supermarket can be magical.

Directed and animated by Kim Noce & Shaun Clark
A Short Animated  Film by MewLab , produced by SPID THEATRE, funded by BFI, Kensington & Chelsea Borough and First Light.

You can  Book Tickets Here.

More information can be found at http://birds-eye-view.co.uk/film-festival/events/famous-fred/

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February Play Fest

Following the prescreening  in Lisboa on the 12-13 October, High above the Sky will be screened at  Play Fest running in 2014  during gut e weekends 1,2,8,9 February. You can find the full program here or as pdf here  FestivalPLAY_Programa at pg 11. The screening will be on 2 Feb 12.30, 8 feb 15:30; 9 feb 12:15

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9th Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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High Above the sky will screen at 9th Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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Over the past 8 years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 120 international children’s films from 35+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities. All films accepted in the CFFS will also be considered for the 2014 REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, which CFFS director Elizabeth Shepherd has curated for the past 8 years.

All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity just for kids; Northwest Film Forum curates the best of these films and presents them to Seattle families. The 11-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, featuring live performances, animation, features, shorts and hands-on education workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie lovers. By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, we promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of life, as our young audience members leave with a better understanding of film as one of the greatest means of storytelling ever created.

 

Chicago International Children’s film festival

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High Above the sky will be screened at the Academy award qualifying Chicago International Children’s film festival in  Chicago USA on Sunday 23 November at 11am in the Section “Family 4 Ever ”

This year’s CICFF features the absolute best in world cinema — hundreds of films that will inspire and delight Chicago families. From October 25 through November 3, kids will take charge of cinema as they become the next generation of Chicago cinephiles and world citizens. The Festival features 288 films from 43 countries, selected from over 9000 entries. At the Festival, you and your family will explore new cultures and traditions with exceptional quality films and media, and take an amazing journey with a wealth of character-driven stories, painterly and cutting-edge animation, and thoughtful resolutions. The CICFF engages kids of all ages with post screening Q&As with filmmakers, interactive workshops with special guests, peer-to-peer dialogues, filmmaker-led seminars, and the CICFF Children’s and Youth Juries.

The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children’s film festivals in the world.

For more than 30 years, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival has set new standards for what children’s festivals can achieve. As the largest and longest running children’s film program in North America, the Festival discovers the best in world cinema and continually raises the bar for quality children’s programming.

It is the mission of the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film, video, and television production for children. It is further our mission to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by awarding prizes, by showcasing international films of the highest quality, and by providing a professional forum through which quality children’s film may gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences. The Festival is also committed to engaging young viewers with positive media images and to using media as a tool to stimulate critical thinking

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Are you Lisbon ? Join us at “Movies in the Garden”

Are you in Lisboa on the 12-13 October, High above the Sky will be screened as a showcase fro the new Play Fest running in 2014

Movies in the garden are short sessions of films followed by a conversation. After watching two short movies children are invited to question what they saw. These events were created to be outside the auditorium or cinema-theater, in a tent, in a garden surrounding, with a selection of carefully selected short films.

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Movies in the Garden
WHERE: Jardim da Estrela in Lisbon
WHEN: 12 and 13 October 2013
AGES: 1 to 13 years
DURATION: 15 minuos each session
FREE ENTRY

The 1st edition of PLAY – Lisbon’s International Kids Film Festival will be from the 1st – 9th of February, 2014 at the Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon. This 1st edition already has the support of the Municipality of Lisbon, and EGEAC.

Each day of the festival will be organized around four screenings. During the week, the audience will be essentially the school network, and on weekends, young people and children accompanied by their families. There will be discussion sessions, stimulating critical perspective of these new viewers as well as the participation of creators, encouraging dialogue with the young audience, along with workshops for unique experiences.

Throughout the year, the festival will extend to other parts of the country, through specific actions, traveling to regions where cultural programs are scarce.
The relevance of this project relies on the assumption of the cinema experience as an openness to the world, taking the youngest to contact with the Other and experience other realities, so the Festival will be an area of ​​fruitful dialogue between Portuguese and international initiatives in the field of cinema.

LIAF 2013

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High Above the sky will be screened at LIAF 2013  during October 25 and November 3rd at the Barbican Art centre In London. High Above the sky will be screened on the 26th at 11am you can book the tickets here  ( 10am you can join for an animation workshop)

Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme carefully chosen for our littlest and most special audience strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and just delivers up a programme of wonderful films full of simple joys.

The London International Animation Festival proudly showcases the whole spectrum of creative animation, showing that animation is for everyone…

Founded in 2003, LIAF aims to dispel the popular misconception that animation is just cartoons for kids by screening the broadest possible range of intelligent, entertaining and provocative current films on offer from all around the world as well as retrospectives and specialised sessions from countries and animators who don’t normally elicit such attention.

Our annual 10-day Festival includes gala premieres, retrospectives, Q&A’s with filmmakers, workshops, audience voting, and the Best of the Festival screening. LIAF has grown to become much more than an annual Festival – we are programming more events, tours, screenings and masterclasses all year-round to as many cities and countries that invite us. LIAF strives to be the best, and we do so with a very small, very dedicated staff.

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PLAY FEst

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High Above the sky will be screened in october  in an event for the promotion of the festival  PLAY FEST – Lisbon Children and Youth Film Festival which will have place from the 1st to the 9th of February 2014. The event will consist in the exhibition of children’s films in a public garden in Lisbon, workshops and a fest celebrating cinema and childhood.

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Catalogue SIYFF

A lovely surprise through the post, the catalogue for SIYFF

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SIYFF

Our film has been selected to be screened in the enchanting SIYFF Festival in Seoul, Korea. SIYFF is a film festival that specialises in screening children and  teenage films. It was established in 1999, and is extending its boundaries to host events such as international teenager film camp, which teenagers from all over the world attend, that serve as a training ground for future generations interested in film making. –

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Pentedattilo the festival in a ghost town!

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High Above the Sky has been selected to be screened in the ghost town  in the fantastic Pentedattilo Film Festival is one of the most important Festival for Short Movies in Southern Italy. It will run on the 23-25 August.

Pentedattilo Film Festival is held every year in the ancient ghost town of Pentedattilo, near Reggio Calabria. The village, defined by the nineteenth-century traveler Edward Lear “The strangest human dwelling place” is perched on a strange rock shaped as a giant hand, and it has recently experienced a cultural recovery that has made it one of the most significant destination for the spread of international short films.

The PFF, born in 2006 in the ghost town of Pentedattilo, Italy, by a group of filmmakers and produced by ‘Ram Film’ and the ‘Associazione Pro Pentedattilo’, aims to give visibility to the most recent production of short films and to foster ideas and artistic exchanges; whereas the awards are an encouragement to the authors who invade each year a place that represents an emblem of change and creative sharing.

It is actually during the days of the festival that the ghost town of Pentedattilo turns back to life: the sole source of light in the steep narrow streets is the light of the short films screened in the old houses.
We fill the ancient farmhouses, the small squares, the open spaces with the stories of hundreds short movies.
We annually recover an abandoned town to let it become a symbol of a virtuous union between cinema and territory.

And if the location isn’t inspiring enough…there is also history, murder and illustrious travellers , such us Edward Lear, who visited the town in 1847 and described it in his diaries.

The British Animation Festival 2013

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High Above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased in  The British Animation Film Festival Season 2 on the 23rd June 2013, at the The Rich Mix Cinema, in Shoreditch, London
The trendy Rich Mix Cinema in London’s cool Shoreditch district plays host to the British Animation Film Festival, where a great line up of short and feature films will be playing throughout the day and artwork will be on display in the gallery. With sell out screenings in 2012, the next festival is set to be even bigger, giving film makers more exposure, more reviews and more excitement for their films, whilst film lovers will get to see the ‘next big animated thing’ first!

Ticket are on sale here http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/british-animation-session-2/

The festival comes to a close with its must attend After Party, where the audience and film-makers can mix and mingle!

During the screenings the following awards are decided on by a mixture of audience and jury: BEST FEATURE FILM – BEST NEW SCREENPLAY – BEST ANIMATION-BEST SOUND – BEST SHORT – BEST MUSIC

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Awesome Arts Festival

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High Above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased in  AWESOME International Arts Festival For Bright Young Things which runs annually in Perth, Western Australia.

The AWESOME International Arts Festival for Bright Young Things is a showcase of amazing and exciting contemporary art from all over the world. Each October, young people and their grown ups are invited to enjoy an extraordinary array of both free and ticketed film, animation, theatre, contemporary dance & music, sculpture, installation and new media in the Perth Cultural CentreAwesome

 

MIAF

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High above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased at MIAF in the Kids Program 7 – 10 Years: Sun 29 June, 12.30pm , and will tour all around Australia!

The Melbourne International Animation Festival or MIAF is an annual animation festival held in Melbourne. Supported by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Australian Film Commission and the Melbourne City Council, it is Australia’s largest animation event. Over the course of the festival more than 200 films from over 30 separate countries are shown. Highlights of the festival include many guest artists and visiting animators, from both local and abroad. . The festival has attracted increasing international respect and recognition while progressing the unique visions of talented animators and their teams worldwide.

What MIAF says

MIAF13 is going to be a whopping eleven day celebratory feast of forums and over 400 of the best recently released, historical and retrospective animation from around the world.

As a part of MIAF13, we’ll be launching RENDER: a 2 day animation conferenceand a jam packed CG symposium – and introducing a host of special guests, including master animator Koji Yamamura and Canadian indie animator extraordinaire Patrick Jenkins. Then of course there’s our annual promise to showcase award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, studios and newcomers. We will promise fearlessly uncompromising programs to inspire and challenge, and will undoubtedly become the centre of the animation universe!!

This year we’ve gone all out and put together TWO programs for two different age groups. Two programs. Too good! Enchanting, engaging and imaginative animation without a toy ad or product placement in sight. Animation the way it’s meant to be for our most discerning audience.

> Kids Program 3 – 6 Years: Sat 29 June, 11.00am
> Kids Program 7 – 10 Years: Sun 29 June, 12.30pm

And these programs will be followed by the amazing collection of Koji Yamamura’s Kids animation

> Koji Yamamura Kids Program: Sat 29 June, 2.00pm

 

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SICAF

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High above the Sky has been selected  to be showcased  at SICAF Special program as part of MIAF KID special during July 23- 28th 2013

 Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival (SICAF), which marks its 17th anniversary this year is establishing itself as one of the leading global festivals featuring the world’s best cartoons and animation contents, extending well beyond the Republic of Korea and Asia. 
 At the time of a revolutionary paradigm shift in media platforms, the 21st century’s cultural contents industry is emerging as a changing paradigm and striving to provide world-class contents with competitiveness by breaking down boundaries among genres and transforming wide imaginations into reality. In modern society troubled by lack of communication, cartoons and animations, which can communicate with different age groups and can be freely converged with their highly extendible characteristics, are drawing attention as one of the core contents of the culture industry. 
  SICAF2013 is one of the most representative cartoon and animation festival, which endeavors to realize a cultural festival that all generations can enjoy and empathize with. Especially, SICAF, which will be held in Myeong dong and namsan this year, will become a cultural complex street festival creating a new cultural value. It will also become a venue to infuse the public with cultural imagination and to provide new inspiration and networks for experts in these fields.

 

REDCAT Festival

 

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High Above the Sky will be screened at REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. See the program here
http://www.redcat.org/event/redcat-international-childrens-film-festival-2013

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With three weekends of acclaimed, international short-film programs, the beloved festival returns to delight movie-goers big and small. This global tour of charming, funny and poignant films —hailing from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan, among others—is an awe-inspiring journey for the whole family. Festival highlights include the latest in both live action and animated shorts, and a very special Nickelodeon Family Fun Day!

The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Each season REDCAT presents a far-reaching roster of work by globally renowned artists, inside one of the most versatile and technologically advanced presentation spaces in the world.

Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.

 

8th Athens AnimaFest

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High Above the Sky has been selected for the 8th Athens AnimFest to screen during mach 7-13 in the International Competition  Program 1

The 8th Athens International Animation Festival, called Animfest, will run from March 7-13 and feature dozens of animated films, shown at the Greek Film Archive/Film Museum, including many from other countries. For the competition section the festival screen the best animation around europe with 84 animation short films will participating in the animation contest, 55 from which are student films and 24 Greek.

The festival includes an extensive tribute to French animation movies, with 64 films, as well as a tribute to the Polish studio SE-MA-FOR, with 19 movies.

Under the title Neighbors’ Animation, nine films from various European countries, such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Estonia, Poland and Lithuania, will be screened.

A short four-film tribute will be presented to honor the Russian and French stop-motion animator, Vladislav Starevich, notable as the author of the first puppet-animated film, accompanied by modern music from Brooding Side Of Madness.

Toronto International Film Festival – Kids

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High Above the Sky has been selected in the main competition of TIFF Kids, if you  live around Toronto and have kids  you can have a peak at the film on the schedule here.

Tiff Kids is a section of Tiff , here below just a small blurb about the festivals

The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. With reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films are shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glamour; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between.

TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world — films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it.

Whenever possible, screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film’s ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more.

With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies.

Animac 2013

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“High Above the sky” selected for Animac film festival this spring time

Animac is the International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, and is organised by the City Council of the city of Lleida and the Government of Catalonia.It is a non-competitive festival that takes place in Lleida (Spain). It shows a selection of the best animation done all over the world.

Here what they say about themselves

Animac is the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, and is organized by the Lleida City Council and Generalitat of Catalonia. Over the years, Animac has consolidated its independent and artistic character. Created in 1996 and throughout his nearly 16 years history has become one of the most popular audiovisual events held in Spain, with an important international presence and prestige.

Nowadays Animac is a rigorous, dynamic and welcoming festival continually making efforts to improve, generating new audiences and attracting those who love animation. Animac is a non-competitive film festival aimed at artists who use animation as a tool for personal expression.

We go beyond the limits of traditional narrative and we seek visionaries who make independent and daring works full of energy and who take their expressive potential to the limit.

Animac is also a meeting place for artists, a laboratory in which ideas are generated and relations between the different artistic disciplines are established. It is a place to dream and screen stories of the future.”

It was created in 1996 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the cinema. But it appeared with a different name: Cinemagic 96, International Animation Film Festival, under the direction of Eladi Martos and Jordi Artigas. This first edition was promoted by Lleida’s Cultural Department and the local Fine Arts School, together with ASIFA Catalunya.[1]

It is in 1997 when it takes the name of Animac, International Animation Film Festival, that changed still once more in 2006, into the definitive one: Animac, International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia.

Poster

We have just found a little pocket of time to update the Trailer and  to finish the Poster

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London Short Film Festival

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“High Above the sky” selected for The London Short film festival to screen on Wed 9  January at 21.00 at Riverside Studios at the 15 Screening  Landscape and Light. You can book the tickets here http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2013-01-09-new-shorts-15-landscapes-and-light

Landscape and Light is a selection of short films mixing strong drama with more experimental work, but bonded by a sense of the open landscape and cityscape, and the enclosed artificial light of rooms and darkened places.  From the twinkle of London lights in both Night Peace and 80,000CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, to the frozen polar wastes in TRUE NORTH. Kate Dickie and Gary Lewis star in the Scottish highland drama THE GIFT. Plus some stunning animations.

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 10th year, is recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film and Bafta recognised . Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we showcase the very best of the country’s raw talent. The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calender. Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over almost a decade.

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Ale Kino

“High Above the sky” selected for Ale Kino 2012 in Poznan! If you have never been to Poznan two animation festivals you should try to go. Both the museum and the main square are delightful, and you wont find a warmer welcome anywhere else!

The International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! goes back to the 1960s. At first only national, in mid 1990s it was completely reorganised and became a first-class European event. It attracts the third generation of Poznań inhabitants, which translates to the audience of over 10,000 people each year. Ale Kino is one of two flagship festivals of the Children’s Art Centre (the other one being the Biennial of Art for Children).
In 2012 Ale Kino! received the Polish Film Institute award in the category of international film events, in 2008 in the category of young audience education, and in 2011 – the European Citizens’ Prize from the European Parliament.

In 2010 the Festival embarked on a tour around Poland. “Ale Kino! on Tour” is now available in little villages, whose young inhabitants seldom have the opportunity to encounter quality international film productions.

Adelaide Kids Film Festival

“High Above the sky” will screen at Adelaide Kids Film Festival on the 23rd November.

Animae Caribe Festival

“High Above the sky” will be screened in the competition section at “Animae Caribe Festival 2012”. Here are a  few words from the festival director:

“Once again we gather to Celebrate the beautiful artform of animation. We have hosted over the last 9 years, Oscar winning and nominated animators like Daniel Greaves, Erica Russell and Disney experienced directors Like’ Proud Family’ Bruce Smith. This year we are proud to have the infamous Bill Plymton visit our shores and celebrate and share with us in the Caribbean. Together with a host of other Celebrated animators and professionals in the field we once again make this journey. We at Animae Caribe strive to dive deep within, to empower to entertain and to expose this wonderful artform.”

Official Selection KinoFest

Kinofest, the international digital film festival in Romania will screen “High above the sky” in its 6th edition. Kinofest is the first digital film festival in Romania. Kinofest features a selection of the most awarded short films and has the explicit goal of promoting independent film-makers, artists and their work. Kinofest was founded by Valentin Partenie . 26-28 October Bucarest, Romania

Colchester Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that ‘High Above the Sky’ has been selected for the Colchester Film Festival 2012 official selection.
Colchester Film Festival is an international short film festival showcasing the best short films from the UK and around the world. The festival will take place at the Firstsite Arts Gallery from the 5th to the 7th of October 2012.


Screenwriter Julian Unthank who is currently writing NEW TRICKS for the BBC will be running a master class during the festival. 

In the last year, Julian has written a short film LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, starring JOHN HURT, which has won over a dozen major awards including the ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY’S BEST SHORT FILM AWARD, the RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL’S AWARD for BEST FILM as well as making the 2011 OSCAR SHORT LIST for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

Witney Film Festival

We are delighted to announce that  “High Above the Sky” has been selected for this years Witney Film  festival.  The festival takes place between the 23rd-26th October . “High above the sky” will screen on the 26th October in the grand finale of the festival which will also contain the “creme de la creme of short films submitted to this years festival”.

Winner of Best Animation

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“High above the sky” won best animation at WIFF on friday evening. The screening took place at the BFI and films where judged by David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss.

The film was won second prize in the best film of the festival. Judge Kate Vogel, who produces films for the Tate, praised the simple storyline, beautiful illustration and joyous tale.

ANIMAGE IV

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“High above the sky” will screen at this years Animage IV festival internacional de animacao de Pernambuco (brasil). The film is part of the official selection and will be screened between September 26th to 30th in Recife.

Walthamstow International Film Festival

We are pleased to announced “High above the sky” will screen at Walthamstow International Film Festival. The film was co-directed by Shaun Clark and Kim Noce and has been short listed for the best animation award with a screening and award ceremony taking place at the BFI (British Film Institute) on The Southbank in Central London on Friday 7th September at 4pm. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges including David Jenkins, film critic for Little White Lies, film producer Kate Vogel and local film director Barry Bliss. One of the Director (Kim Noce) and the Editor (Fiona De Souza) will present.
The festival continues with further screenings on Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th September at the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village from 1pm to 5pm and Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th September from 1pm to 5pm at Lotolie Family Hairdressers in Walthamstow Village in the basement.

Australian Première AIFF 2012

Mew lab are pleased to announce The Australian premiere of “High Above the Sky”. The film will feature in the Auburn International Film Festival.

For the full official selection follow this link: http://cinewest.org/welcome/?p=4309

Ta-dah!

And we have finished!

Just making DVDs copies, digibetas, postcard still … and soon we will send the film to festivals

Mixing

Perfect day mixing in the darkness  at Art4Noise with David Pringle ( Sound Designers),  Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied (Composers) , Kim Noce & Shaun Clark (Directors at MewLab )


At the mixing desk with David, Hutch and Chris


Behind the mixing desk Kim , Shaun and Chris (photo by Hutch)

Editing

Getting closer to completion: a fantastic day editing with  Fiona De Souza

Recording the Voices

We had a lovely day with the actors Cian Waites (as Leo) and Paul Mundell (as Dad) and the sound designer David Pringle recording the voices for the animation.

Recording Sound Effects

Superb day recording Sound Effects with David Pringle and the children at SPID THEATRE. In the film all the sound effects have been created by  children. They were really eager to create  loud noises…

Music

While the film start to shape up, our wonderful composer Chris White and Hutch Demouilpied are currently creating some fabulous music track

 

 

Sound list for recording

Leo

daily script

Dad

extra voices

Foley Sound

Compositing the Animation

Here working in AFX to composite all the shots together.

And now into Space

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