The International Festival of Animated Objects is a biennial festival sponsored by the non-profit group Calgary Animated Objects Society that promotes the arts of puppetry, mask, and animated objects. It takes place in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
|International Festival of Animated Objects|
|Location(s)|| Calgary, Alberta, |
|Patron(s)||Calgary Animated Objects Society|
|Website||Festival of Animated Objects|
The IFAO features high calibre local, national, and international artists working in the realm of animated objects. Programming includes live performances, screenings, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions for all ages, and adult audiences, including the ever-popular late night "Dolly Wiggler Cabaret" and "Opening Night Galabash".
Past programming has included Canadian marionette superstar Ronnie Burkett, BC spectacle artists Three on the Tree, Tsimphisan carver Victor Reece, Cirque du Soleil artist Mooky Cornish, Phillip Huber (of "Being John Malkovich" marionette fame), Frank Meschkuleit ("Bride of Chucky", "The Left Hand of Frank"), Calgary's The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, Red Smarteez, and Czech group Buchty a Loutky, amongst others.
Puppets on Film is the screening portion of the International Festival of Animated Objects. Submissions for the film portion may be made through Withoutabox.
Supporting the IFAO are the following organizations:
- Canadian Heritage
- Human Resources Development Canada
- Alberta Lotteries
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts
- Alberta Human Resources
- Calgary Arts Development
- CAOS Website
- Glenbow Museum
- Golden Sheaf Awards
- Prairie Tales
- Phillip Huber
- Frank Meschkuleit
- Cirque du Soleil Varekai
- The Old Trout Puppet Workshop
- The Red Smarteez
- Ronnie Burkett
- Buchty a Loutky
- Calgary Herald
- Canadian Theatre Review
- FFWD 2009 Festival Preview
- FFWD 2009 Crawdaddy Review
- Calgary Herald 2009 Les Voisins Review
- Calgary Herald 2009 Alice Nelson Review