An animated movie about a parallel world?
It sounds like something out of science fiction, but it’s happening.
And it’s just one of several new animated movies to be made with the support of the Canadian Film Commission.
The CFC announced Thursday it has selected two films for its 2018-2019 animated programming slate, which will be released by the end of March.
The films are: “Distant Worlds,” a story about an alternate reality where humans are the dominant species; “The Time-Slip,” about a time travel story in the parallel universe where an evil scientist (played by Adam Scott) was created by a group of scientists, then used to create a robot to go back in time; and “Pale Fire,” a tale about a group trying to save the world from extinction, and the first film to be released.
The Canadian Film Committee has said the films are part of its strategy to make sure the Canadian industry remains relevant.
“The CFC is committed to continuing to support Canada’s vibrant animation sector and has been able to support these innovative animated films through the support from the Canadian Screen Alliance,” a CFC spokesperson said in a statement.
“As we continue to support the Canadian film industry, we will continue to make the right choices and investments in our productions, so that we are prepared for the next step in our animation journey.”
One of the films that will be made available in 2019 is the first of several films that are expected to be animated by a Canadian studio.
The first film in the slate is “Pam” by filmmaker Robert L. Wintrobe, a sequel to “The World’s End.”
“Papyrus,” the first animated film from “Cabin in the Woods” creator Mark Romanek, was released in July 2018.
“Coraline,” a film by “The Lion King” co-writer and producer Peter Sciretta, is expected to open in 2019.
“It’s not all about animation,” Wintroem said of the new films.
“There’s a lot of stuff I want to make and there’s a whole lot of things I’m going to be able to do and I’m excited to see what the future brings.”
Another new animated movie is “The Snowman,” an adaptation of the novel by Peter Watts.
“I think that we’re at a point now where the animation industry has really grown up, and that’s exciting for me to see how the next five or 10 years will unfold,” Wintsam said.
The other films in the lineup are the first to be produced under a new, more open-source model that allows filmmakers to make their own films under the CFC’s supervision.
The platform allows anyone with an internet connection to make animated films and then share them with the CTV audience.
“With this new model, we’ve got more freedom,” Wensam said, adding that the films will be shown on the CVR platform, which is owned by CTV.
“They’ll be available to the C-Suite of CTV stations across Canada, and we’ll be able then to create the content for them.”
The CTV platform has a new platform for animated movies, which the CFI has dubbed “CFL-Flex.”
The new platform allows for more collaboration between the animation studios and the CFS and allows creators to share the work in ways that weren’t possible before.
Wensams first animated feature was “The Polar Express,” which is now in the “Carnival of Nations” series.
“You’re going to see more films from us,” Winsam said about the upcoming films.
The animation films are coming at a time when Canadian filmmakers are getting a little tired of being the “old school” guys who are constantly pushing their films in theaters and on VOD.
“We’re just tired of the industry, the studios, the money, the lack of diversity in the industry,” Winks said.
“I was thinking about doing a movie about our world,” Wink continued. “
One of the things that we’ve been doing over the last 10 years is creating these really unique worlds that really bring people together.”
“I was thinking about doing a movie about our world,” Wink continued.
“And this idea came to me: how do we have this new, really rich, creative world?
How do we take a film that’s very specific and kind of familiar and kind [of] familiar but really bring the audience into it and get them involved in this world, that they’ve never seen before?”
The CFI and CTV have also announced the first animation project will be produced by Canadian filmmaker and illustrator Rian Bellamy.
Bellamy is currently working on the short film “I am Rian” that was shown in Toronto this past spring.
Bellam will produce the short as part of a partnership with the Canadian Motion Picture Producers’ Association.
Bellman said he was inspired