2014’s second edition of Animfx opens the doors, giving less than three weeks notice of its shift back to its traditional November calendar slot.
The 2013 edition of Animfx was shifted to a February 2014 slot, although organisers hoped at the time to return it to its regular November appearance. Now, less than three weeks out, it’s all on. Jetstar will be pleased.
The international speaker announcements all hail from the non-interactive part of the spectrum, with PikPok’s Mario Wynands, who’ll need no introduction, currently the only game development speaker confirmed.
From North America comes Canadian director Dean DeBlois, last at Animfx in 2010 around the time of the release of How to Train Your Dragon. An extremely entertaining and intelligent presenter last time around, DeBlois returns shortly after the release of the Dragon 2, which DeBlois also wrote and directed. Dragon 2 is the year’s highest-grossing animated release so, perhaps predictably, a third title in the franchise has already been announced.
From even further away comes Irish studio Cartoon Saloon’s Animation Supervisor, Fabian Erlinghauser. As well as being animation supervisor for a pair of features by Irish director Tomm Moore, 2009’s Oscar-nominated The Secret Of Kells and this year’s Toronto-premiered Song Of The Sea, Erlinghauser has worked on several award-winning short films and major European TVCs. He also teaches at Denmark’s Animation Workshop in Viborg.
The last of the first round of speaker announcements is Atomic Toybox Entertainment’ Michael Polis, who was announced a month ago as having entered into a first look deal with Pukeko Pictures.
Previously running productions for Nickelodeon, HBO, Disney, multiple Emmy nominee Polis has a strong background in marketing with DHX Media and the Jim Henson Company library.
Early programme information is now posted on the Animfx website. Animfx will run 21 – 22 November in Wellington.