The next International Festival of Animated Objects

is March 10-15, 2015


2015 International Festival of Animated Objects, mask by Xstine Cook, modelled by Maezy Dennie, photo by Sean Dennie

2015 International Festival of Animated Objects

Dolly Wiggler Cabaret March 14&15


Mooky Cornish

Mooky Cornish

10 pm March 14, 2015

7 pm March 14, 2015

At the The Number One Legion, 116 – 7 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB

The always popular Dolly Wiggler Cabaret returns for two nights of unbelievable weirdness and hilarity featuring Calgary favourite, Cirque du Soleil star Mooky Cornish. Short-form puppetry for adults. Wild, weird and hilarious!  Earlybird TICKETS, $25, available only until Jan 1, 2015.

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International Festival of Animated Objects is March 10-15, 2015



CAOS in the School

Xstine Cook, Louise Johnson, Alan Ferguson, Brian Bunny Batista and Jean-François Côté are teaching media art, animation and film making in elementary schools. Grades K to 6 engage in research, writing, storyboarding, scripting, animating and voicing original screenplays.


To have CAOS in your school, contact CAOS

“Nil Nisi Optimum”, created at Earl Grey School in 2013, won the Jury Prize for Innovation and Education from the River’s Edge International Film Festival, and has been nominated for Best Children’s & Youth Production from Yorkton Short Film Festival, and Best Alberta Doc at the Global Visions Festival in Edmonton. Way to go kids!

Thanks to all who participated in the 2013

International Festival of Animated Objects

What a Fabulous Festival

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Mysterious_Land_the_Bizarre_Cabaret_of_Astrid_Hadad_pyramid Mysterious Land: The Bizarre Cabaret of Astrid HadadAstrid Hadad (MEX)

Mexican cultural icon Astrid Hadad whose stunning stage presence and outrageous costumes make for a colourful, surrealistic audience experience.
Ages 14+


Little_Orange_Man_SNAFU_Ingrid_Hansen_Al_SmithLittle Orange Man  - SNAFU Dance Theatre (BC)

This show asks you to extract your dreams to help an oddball little girl explore dark Danish fairy tales. All ages.




White_Like_Me_Paul_ZaloomWhite Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet ShowPaul Zaloom (US)

A satirical exploration of the archetypal Caucasian via tiny toy theatre. Ages 14+




UBU_on_the_Table_Theatre_de_la_Pire_EspeceUBU on the Table - Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (QC)

Play out a small-scale fresco of grandiose buffoonery on a kitchen table. Ages 14+




Potato_Needs_A_Bath_Shona_Reppe_PuppetsPotato Needs a BathShona Reppe (UK)

Don’t miss this imaginative and meticulously rendered tale of a birthday party and a dirty potato, and find out what the 3-5 year-old set is raving about. Age 3-5 + families.




L'après-midi d'un foehn - Version 1_Non_NovaL’après-midi d’un foehn — Version 1Compagnie Non Nova (France)

A poetic performance without words, plastic bags creatures dance to Debussy and the physics of turbines. All ages.




Gruff_Puente_TheatreGruff - Puente Theatre (BC)

A rollicking musical for two goats and a troll, co-written by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét (Puente Theatre - BC) and local favourite Judd Palmer (Old Trout Puppet Workshop- AB) All ages.




Prairie_Puppet_UndergroundPrairie Puppet UndergroundChrystene Ells, curator

Catch Saskatchewan films from Regina’s Underground Puppet Lab. All ages.




NFB1_2_WaposBayCanadian Animation Rocks – Various artists

Show #1 – Wapos Bay films 1 & 2
Show #2 – Wapos bay films 3 & 4
Show #3 – Co Hoedeman
FREE National Film Board screenings of children’s show Wapos Bay, and a retrospective of Oscar winning animator Co Hoedeman. All ages.




AnimoviesAnimovies!Lyle Pisio, curator

Always a festival favourite – showcases international animated object shorts. Ages 14+




Handmade_Puppet_DreamsHandmade Puppet DreamsHeather Henson, curator

Another festival favourite returns with a beautiful new batch of curated puppet films. All ages.




Scary_Secret_Cinema_1Scary Secret Cinema – Various Artists

Scary Secret Cinema #1
Scary Secret Cinema # 2









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