Bickford’s most critically acclaimed film, Festival Winner at the 1988 Northwest Film and Video Festival in Portland, centres around themes of violence, regeneration and transformation. The only way to understand what this film is about to see it; be prepared for a non-linear experience that is at once “beautiful and frightening.”Bruce Bickford first garnered a cult following in the 1970’s by creating animations for Frank Zappa songs; for this work, he is considered a father of the music video industry. But it is through his animated films — such Prometheus’ Garden — where his true mastery is made obvious. He passed away in April 2019.Find out more »
Run/vote for the board of directors and have your say in Quickdraw’s direction. All members are strongly encouraged to attend! AGM AGENDA – Quickdraw Animation Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Reception – 6:30pm Meeting – 7:00pm Agenda 1. Welcome to members and introduction of staff and board 2. Approval of agenda 3. Approval of minutes from last AGM – June 27, 2018 4. Executive Director’s report 5. Presentation of financials 6. President’s report 7. Founding Members’…Find out more »
This coming Monday, July 1st is Canada Day, which means Quickdraw will be closing on Saturday, June 29 for the staff to take a well-earned long weekend break. We’ll be open again on Tuesday, July 2nd. See you then!Find out more »
From Roger Ebert:
“[April and the Extraordinary World] is a joyful, accomplished movie, and something unique…a delightful piece of work. It is a visually fascinating, even captivating film, alternating between incredible, painter-like detail and refreshingly simple hand-drawn lines.”
The Quickdraw Animation Society is excited to present a quarterly screening series and publication exploring the role of LGBTQ2S+ artists and subjects throughout animation history. Join us on August 27 at 7pm for our inaugural screening: On LGBTQ2S+ Animation: North American Popular Animation, at the Calgary Central Library. We’ll be screening a series of shorts and handing out free zines to accompany the films. This first publication focuses on North American animation, with an essay by May G N on…Find out more »
September’s Saturday MASS features METROPOLIS, a film directed by Rintaro and based off of the comic book by Osamu Tezuka with screenplay by Katuhio Ôtomo.
Playing like a candy-colored hybrid of Fritz Lang’s film of the same name and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis borrows its plot liberally from numerous legendary sci-fi sources, all the while dazzling viewers on the same cutting-edge visual level as such anime classics as Akira and Ghost in the Shell.
This film will be screened in the original Japanese with English subtitles.Find out more »
The Quickdraw Animation Society is excited to present a four-part screening series and publication exploring the role of LGBTQ2S+ artists and subjects throughout animation history. After an amazing inaugural screening at the Calgary Central Library, our second screening takes place at the University of Calgary (room SS 203) on Friday, September 20. This time around we’re looking at auto/biographical short films from Canadian animators. Our lead essay, from animator Sam Decoste, puts these films in the context of Canada’s gay…Find out more »
All are invited to the inaugural edition of FRESH FRAMES, a FREE showcase of youth animation. Enjoy a selection of films created over the past year by Quickdraw’s freshest members: participants in our 2018/2019 season of classes and camps for kids and teens! Following the youth film screening, Quickdraw will present a selection of animated shorts from the National Film Board’s (NFB) collection. We’ve curated a selection of NFB films that celebrate experimentation and play, in the same vein as…Find out more »
Saturday MASS (Monthly Animation Screening Series) is an ongoing program screening all of your favorite animated features from around the world. Presented by Quickdraw Animation Society. ==Saturday MASS: October 19 2019 == OCTOBER: Over the Garden Wall – Patrick McHale 10/19/2019 @ 7:00pm Tickets $10 in advance or at the door. Screening at Globe Cinema: 617 8 Avenue SW, Calgary Alberta Tickets available for pre-purchase online though EventBrite – click here to purchase What can we say about Over the…Find out more »
The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival is our annual celebration of independent animation, a showcase of the best of what’s being made here in Canada and around the world. Each year, we scour the globe for the most astounding, inventive, beautiful, mind-altering and unexpected animated films out there. Then we bring it to Calgary for four days of screenings, artist talks, performances and more. We’ve got shorts packs galore, award-winning films on Japanese punk-rockers and Spanish surrealists, artist talks with…Find out more »