Sneak Peek: GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation

Not Just For Kids, Animation Festival Showcases Best of the Best

By Amy Jo Espetveidt, Calgary Culture
November 25, 2015

Do you love quirky, unique and interesting works of animation? We certainly do. So much in fact that every year the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) is on our must do list. 

If you have never been to the GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation, you are missing out!

This gem mostly features films that are have a hand-made feel, giving the audience a chance to see works that reflect a lot of their filmmakers' personality, explains Quickdraw Animation Society Executive Director Peter Hemminger.

And while the festival focuses on the most exciting creations in contemporary animation, there are a few well-known works slated for 2015, meaning something for everyone. 

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Known for its rebellious tone, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre calls into question many of its society's major institutions including education, family, social class and religion. Its multidimensionality is what made the story extremely interesting to choreographer Serenella Sol. 

Merging vast techniques with a powerful dramatic touch that reflects Brontë’s novel, she aims to use approachable movement alongside theatre resources like text, props, costumes, lighting and video to enhance and bring to light the novel’s themes. The book will form the foundation for the piece, but Serenella will be interpreting the novel into her own storyline.

The new, yet to be named dance piece is slated to premiere in February 2016.

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