PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg.
The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective.
PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films and features with special guests, workshops, multi-media presentations, installations and exhibits, artist talks, and gatherings where the artists and the audience can interact more informally.
Special guests will include animation legend RALPH BAKSHI (Fritz the Cat, Lord of the Rings), who will be appearing in person to present his film American Pop and to give an artist talk at the opening for his visual arts exhibit THE STREETS at RAW Gallery, and Montreal underground cartoonist RICK TREMBLES, who will present his Motion Picture Purgatory: De-Censortized expanded cinema show at our main venue, The Park Theatre.
Other treats in this year's PLASTIC PAPER lineup include
the animated documentary AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY
Brent Green's elegiac stop-motion feature GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN
a retrospective of the psychedelic short films of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami
Mathieu Weschler's feature-length machinima THE TRASHMASTER (made completely using source images from Grand Theft Auto 4)
Albert Birney + Jon Moses' musical stop-motion oddity THE BEAST PAGEANT and CODE IN MOTION
a short film program showcasing early computer animation, curated by Clint Enns.
Plastic Paper is also honoured to be presenting the Manitoba premiere of THE FLORESTINE COLLECTION, the last film by animator Helen Hill, which was completed posthumously by her husband Paul Galiunas.
All-access PLASTIC PAPER festival passes are available for $55.
Passes can be picked up on opening night of the festival at the box office.