Two short films from Sheridan’s Animation programs will headline the upcoming 14th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film festival. The selections were announced on December 1st, as both “Tomonster” and “Never Stop Cycling” will compete in the festival with other films from all over Canada. The event is presented by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). New this year: Canada’s Top Ten lineup features TIFF’s Student Film Showcase, now billed as Student Shorts, to shine a spotlight on the next generation of homegrown talent which includes two student films from Sheridan. The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema, and is intended to raise public awareness of Canadian achievements in film. The event will run from January 2nd to the 11th.
By Anne Whitehead I quickly found myself to be the third wheel between old friends as I followed Nancy Beiman and John Musker around the Sheridan Animation department, looking at displays and meeting students. I later learned that Nancy and John have known each other for 38 years, after having studied animation together in the pioneering class of Character Animation at Cal Arts. Nancy was the only female classmate back then, and she remembers instructors being very tough. The program had been launched in order to stock Disney with animators following the surprise success of Aristocats, and was run by Disney at the time. The program is now an integral part of the Cal Arts curriculum. Now an animation teacher, Nancy showed John around Sheridan studios, stopping to watch student films. John encouraged every student he spoke to, enjoying their films even when he found them “a little left field”… Read More