Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Citrus Animation Festival Coming Soon!

ImageThe 2011 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival!  We are only a few weeks away!

After a successful debut last spring, the Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (“Citrus Cel”) is back to spotlight animation as a creative and commercial force with three days of screenings, an exhibit, a competition and parties, April 8-10, 2011 at the 5 Points Theatre and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. There are only a few weeks left until the event! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we first decided to dedicate a whole weekend to animation here in Jacksonville and we are happy bring it back even stronger this year!


ImageThis year we are happy to have for our opening night feature Bill Plympton’s “Idiots and Angels”, a dark comedy about a reluctant angel battling for his own soul. Plympton is an industry heavyweight whose illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, and whose commercial credits include Nike and United Airlines.
The festival will also present this years Oscar Winner “The Lost Thing” from Australia’s Passion Films; and Oscar Nominee “Let’s Pollute”, a modern satire on industry that was an official selection at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival in France this year. “Let’s Pollute” is the creation of Geefwee Boedoe, who has illustrated for Pixar and Dreamworks. Both of these works will be featured in the 2nd nights premiere program “Pure Premium”
The program themes, like the films themselves, have been carefully hand-picked to give you a wide range of flavors, including: Apples to Oranges (experimental films); Tangerine Dreams (films with a supernatural spin); Orange You Glad There's Music Videos?, (featuring a slate of music videos, including one by Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of virtual band Gorillaz and comic “Tank Girl”); Pulp (B-movies, noir & horror); and Pure Premium (best of the fest). There’s even a program for the little squirts on Saturday morning that starts with a free community animation workshop at The Cummer Museum, followed by Vitamin C (family friendly program); and the category for young, aspiring filmmakers, Freshly Squeezed. I recommend you sample them all.
The international presence has grown, with over 25 countries represented. We believe we truly have an outstanding group of selections that is destined to take you and your imagination on an exciting ride.

Exhibits and Workshops!
ImageAlso, be sure to check out some of the new components of this year’s festival. First, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting an animation-inspired art exhibit, "The Art of Storytelling", a display of storyboards, Illustrations, and character designs by industry and student artists. The exhibit runs from 10 am-3 pm on Saturday, and 10 am-2 pm on Sunday.
For fans of stop-motion animation, there is a puppet fabrication workshop with industry artist Dan Field at the Cummer from 12-2 pm on Saturday. Field was the lead character fabricator at L.A.’s Shadow Animation and worked on the Emmy Award-winning “Robot Chicken.” The workshop will discuss the various materials, construction, and functionality needed for a stop-motion production.
Then there’s Juiced!, our 26-hour animated film contest. 10 teams of up to three people each take on the challenge of squeezing a finished animation out of a 26-hour time period. Come see the fruits of their labor screened before Saturday’s feature presentation, Pure Premium.

ImageAll films will be presented at the 5 Points Theatre, Jacksonville’s home for independent film. Opening night, Friday, April 8, kicks off with a catered reception and the opening of the exhibit at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The exhibit runs through Sunday. After Saturday’s program, filmgoers will enjoy an after party at Underbelly, located within Anomaly in Five Points, featuring food, drinks, and music. The festival closes with an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Details on headlining films, exhibit hours, ticket passes, Juiced! registration info and everything else at

We would like to invite you all to join us at the event. We have and a blast putting it together. Hope to see you there!

Shane Douberly

Festival Director

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