The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) is pleased to announce the first ten films that will be featured at its upcoming film festival, to be held November 16th-19th, 2006 at The Gig theatre (the Hyland Cinema) in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The entire programme will be revealed November 1st, 2006.

A film festival dedicated to animated feature films from around the world, WFAC showcases the power of animation in filmmaking, and celebrates the art and the artists who work in this wonderful visual narrative form. The WFAC showcase is one of the most comprehensive public exhibitions for animated feature films in the world.

Fimfarum 2 (Jan Balej/Aurel Klimt/Bretislav Pojar/Vlasta Pospilov, Czech Republic, 2006). Four adaptations of Jan Werichs stories for small children and clever adults, by four master Czech puppet animators of different generations. For fans of puppet animation, the influence of Jirì Trnka on this film as well as protégé Kawamoto's film Shisha no Sho (also in this festival) are welcome and unmistakeable.

Fire Ball (Wang Toon, Taiwan, 2006). Finally, a true telling of the Chinese classic Journey to the West. The film traces a chapter in the quest of the monk Xuanzang and his protectors, Sun Wukong (the Monkey), Zhu Bajie (the Pig) and Sha Wujing (Sandy) for the Sutras, a set of Buddhist religious texts that point the way towards enlightenment.

Gin-iro no Kami no Agito (Spirits of the Past, Sugiyama Keiichi, Japan, 2006). In a future world 300 years from now, in which nature has turned against man, Agito meets a girl from the past who is on a mission to restore civilisation. By acclaimed anime studio GONZO.

Kirikou et les Bêtes Sauvages (Kirikou and the Wild Beasts, Michel Ocelot, France, 2005). Four enchanting tales of the tiny Kirikou, the razor-sharp little boy who was born able to speak, runs like the wind, and helps the people around him solve seemingly impossible problems. Sequel to the wonderful Kirikou and the Sorceress.

Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir, Yuri Kulakov, Russia, 2006). The story of the rise of the historical figure Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavovich (960-1015 A.D.), who bound the Slavic tribes and forged Kievan Rus into the foundation of the modern Russian state.

Pettson and Findus: Pettsons Promise (Anders Srensen/Jrgen Lerdam, Denmark, 2005). When Findus complains that the Tomte (the Swedish equivalent of Santa Claus) never visits him, his friend Pettson decides to build a mechanical Tomte to surprise his feline friend. As Christmas approaches and the mechanical wonder doesnt seem to be enough to do the trick, some strange
miracles begin to happen.

Princes et Princesses (Princes and Princesses, Michel Ocelot, France, 2000). A retrospective screening of one of Ocelots most beautiful and creative films, in silhouette animation. A boy and a girl use a machine to stitch themselves into the costumes of people past and future, lives joyous and sad, of princes and princesses.

Princess (Anders Morgenthaler, Denmark, 2006). August, a 32-year old clergyman, returns home after years of missionary work abroad when his porno star sister dies of drug abuse, to take care of her orphaned child Mia. Wrecked by guilt and sorrow, he begins a dangerous crusade to clear his sisters name of her sordid past.

Robotech: the Shadow Chronicles (Dong-Wook Lee/Tommy Yune, U.S.A., 2006). The anime TV series of the 1980s that arguably began modern anime fandom in North America returns to the big screen. The Expeditionary Force returns to Earth, to reclaim humanitys homeworld from the Invid but the Invid may not be the enemy that mankind thinks.

Shisha no Sho (Book of the Dead, Kawamoto Kihachiro, Japan, 2005). The spirit of a long-dead prince, executed during a court intrigue, begins to haunt a young noblewoman whom it has mistaken for her ancestor - a beautiful woman who was the last thing the prince saw before he died.

For more information, please contact:

Joseph C. Chen, Curator
Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC)
Phone: +1 (519) 404-8468
Email: joseph [at] wfac.ca

About the Festival

The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) is a film festival for
animated feature films, founded to promote appreciation for animation as a
narrative medium for mature cinematic storytelling, and to review and
celebrate animated feature films in the venue they were meant to be seen in:
a theatre.

The 2006 Festival consists of three programmes: World Cinema, Retrospectives, and Tidbits. The World Cinema programme features contemporary feature films from around the world. The Retrospectives programme looks back at films of a certain theme or artistry, which have
contributed to the films of today. Last but not least, the Tidbits programme features films from small creative teams challenging the limits of what can be accomplished, to tell the stories they want to tell.

WFAC 2006 will be running November 16th-19th at The Gig theatre (the Hyland Cinema), 30 Duke Street, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.