Friday, June 11, 2010

Waterfront Film Festival

The 12th Annual Waterfront Film Festival is taking place this weekend in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Thursday was the opening night gala featuring an outdoor screening of the Academy Award Nominated Animated Short Films.

- French Roast - an uptight businessman who realizes that he does not have his wallet and cannot pay his bill decides to keep ordering coffee
- Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – a grandma tells her version of “Sleeping Beauty” terrifying her granddaughter at bedtime
- The Lady and the Reaper – a sweet old lady is waiting for death so she can join her husband once again, but someone is trying to ruin it for her
A Matter of Loaf and Death – Wallace and Gromit now have a successful baking business, and someone is killing off bakers
- Logorama – car chases, a hostage crisis and wild animals in a city of famous logos (Winner of the Best Animated Short Academy Award)

The animation styles were different in each of the five films.  The Lady and the Reaper is funny and original.  I always love Wallace and Gromit, and A Matter of Loaf and Death does not disappoint.  Logorama is very clever, funny and exciting. The story involves famous “spokescharacters” such as Big Boy, Mr. Clean, Ronald McDonald and Michelin Men (as police, no less).

They also showed three other animated shorts that received Honorable Commendations: Partly Cloudy from Pixar, Runaway from France and The Kinematograph from Poland. All three were very well done and entertaining.

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