Animafest Zagreb – 24th World Festival of Animated Film | Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Ben_Ridgway_AnimafestMy recent films Tribocycle, Cosmic Flower Unfolding, and Continuum Infinitum have been selected to be projected at Animafest Zagreb. The projections will be displayed on the media facade at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (MSU) May 23  to June 8  2014 and during the 24th World Festival of Animated Film, taking place June 3 – 8 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The World Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb is traditionally the second oldest festival in Europe. In the course of its forty-year-old history it has systematically been following world animation production through a number of films in competition and out of competition. Built on the tradition of the Zagreb School of Animation, Animafest, the festival oriented towards auteur film, has made a reputation of being one of the most significant events in the domain of animated film.

Approved by ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) and founded by the City of Zagreb and the production studio Zagreb Film the first World Festival of Animated Film was held in June 1972. Animafest was a biennual festival until 2005, when Animafest introduced the programme of animated feature film and turned into an annual event – each odd-numbered year is devoted to feature film and even-numbered one to short film.
By decision of the Festival Council, made in 2007, Animafest is under a new art and organisation leadership that aims at continuing the festival tradition by developing programmes that would enable authors and professionals a more active participation at the festival. With new initiatives, such as the founding of Regional Pitching Forum for projects in Development and Animafest Fund, Animafest aspires to become an active participant in encouraging the production and distribution of animated film.


Cosmic Flower Unfolding – Northwest Animation Festival


Cosmic Flower Unfolding has been selected for screening at Northwest Animation Festival 2014 in Portland, Oregon May 12-18, 2014.

About Northwest Animation Festival-

This festival is dedicated to the love of animation.
Beyond Hollywood and Cartoon Network, there is an amazing world of animation you’ve never seen.

Independent animators produce hundreds of short films each year that are in turn hilarious, heart-warming, and profound. Sadly, without million-dollar advertising budgets, you probably won’t ever hear about these gems. The NW Animation Festival seeks to change this.

Here’s our vision: We want Portland Oregon to host the biggest animation festival west of the Mississippi. Instead of a dozen or so films, our goal is an abundant feast of 100+ each year. Let there be a mix of new work both from masters of the art and from remarkable amateurs. An event that inspires and brings together a community of artists.

To feed animation lovers’ craving with a sprawling feast of new work.
To showcase the breadth of animation methods: hand-drawn, computer-generated, stop-motion, hybrid experiments, and more.
To re-inspire independent animators each year with an infusion of new ideas and imagery.
To encourage students and emerging artists by helping them get their first showing on the big screen.
To expand audiences’ understanding of what can be done with this art form.
In some small way, to nourish the art of animation, helping it grow and evolve.


Ben Ridgway Cosmic Flower 4 pix

Cosmic Flower Unfolding — San Francisco International Film Festival

Ben Ridgway Cosmic Flower Unfolding screenshot_sfiff

Cosmic Flower Unfolding has been selected to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

SHORTS 3: ANIMATION program in the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24 – May 8, 2014):
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:45 PM – Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
Monday, May 5, 2014 at 9:15 PM – Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
ALSO, the festival youth education program, Schools at the Festival will be showing my work on April 8.
The San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24–May 8, 2014) is the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery. An essential stop on the international film festival circuit, SFIFF is well regarded as a significant celebration of world cinema in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. SFIFF56 featured 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, which were attended by over 210 filmmakers and industry guests from over 21 countries around the globe. The Film Society’s additional year-round initiatives in film exhibition include a robust Fall Season of specialized film series and countless individual public and members’ screenings and events with special guests in person.

NEW WORK – Icosahedronic


Cosmic Flower Unfolding – Kansas City Film Festival

Cosmic Flower Unfolding will be playing at the Kansas City Film Festival 2014, April 5-13

kcff_logoThe Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee unites Kansas City area educational, cultural and film organizations to celebrate local independent filmmaking, to enhance opportunities for filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and to increase the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. The Jubilee aspires to make the Kansas City FilmFest a major cultural event in Kansas City and the Midwest, attracting audiences and visiting artists from around the world.


Bill Plympton will be in attendance as a Special Guest of Kansas CityFilmFest and will be the recipient of the KC FilmFest’s Indie Pioneer Award. Given to an individual who embodies the spirit of independent filmmaking, Plympton is an inspired and qualified choice. With 2 Oscar nominations, 5 feature films and numerous short films behind him, he’s also the only person (so far) who has drawn an entire animated feature film by hand (THE TUNE). Mr. Plympton will present a Master Class in Animation Saturday, April 12, 2014,
1-3pm. Check back for more info and ticket information.


New work





Cosmic Flower Unfolding Receives Royal Reel Award!


Cosmic Flower Unfolding will receive the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival in Vancouver, BC!

The Canada International Film Festival has firmly established itself among the top film festivals in Canada. Held each year in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the festival brings the very best of world cinema to Canada from over 90 countries around the world. The 2014 Canada International Film Festival will be held March 28th – 29th, 2014 at the beautiful Edgewater Casino in downtown Vancouver.  This year’s Festival Program will showcase a wide variety of North American and International Feature Films to thought-provoking Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos, Animations, Experimental Films, Student Films, a Screenplay Competition, and more.




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