The Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation and Technology (PFCAT) has revealed its 2023 schedule. The festival, which celebrates the best of film and digital media from around the world, will take place at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on August 3rd – 6th.
The festival will screen 119 films from 22 countries, with most of them being World or Regional Premieres. The complete schedule of screenings and special events can be found at www.pdxfestofcinema.com, and tickets are now available at https://tickets.omsi.edu/events. All festival screenings before 5 pm are appropriate for families with content designed to appeal to both children and adults. Individual screenings are $10 adults, $9 seniors, and $8 youth, with $2 off for OMSI members. All-access passes are $40 adults, $38 seniors, and $35 youth, with $3 off for OMSI members.
The 2023 festival includes a line-up with 68 animated projects, including stop-motion, rotoscope, and hand-drawn animation, as well as a range of features, documentaries, sci-fi shorts, and projects that feature a focus on VFX and the use of cutting-edge technology.
Among the highlights of the upcoming 2023 festival are a special screening and talk with legendary twice Oscar-nominated director and animator Bill Plympton, who will showcase a retrospective of his past work as well as clips from his newest animated feature film, “Slide.” After the screening and presentation, there will be a Q&A session and reception. Tickets to the Bill Plympton night are $25 and include a free sketch.
Feature screenings include:
-Animated Feature Quantum Cowboys directed by Geoff Marslett starring David Arquette and Lily Gladstone. (Oregon Premiere)
-Psychological Thriller Cognitive directed by Evan Richards starring Rachel Fleisher, Charles Fleischer and Diana Darrin (West Coast Premiere)
-Stop-Motion Animated Feature Return to Kellogg directed by Emmy Award Winner Carolyn Gair (US Premiere)
-Sci-Fi Feature Film Alice in Cyberland directed by Fabricio Bittar (US Premiere)
-Animated Feature Film Titina directed by Kajsa Naess (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
-Comedic Feature A Pretty Good Movie directed by Leif Erik Gandervoot starring Leif Erik Gantvoort and Lea Thompson (Pacific Northwest Premiere)
Formerly titled the International Festival of Cinema and Technology, the Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation and Technology is currently in its 11th year. This rebranding reflects both the festival’s selection of Portland as its new home and the festival’s shift to focus strongly on animation.
Portland Festival of Cinema, Animation & Technology presents visionary and diverse works from filmmakers and animators. In 2022, the festival rebranded from its previous name, The International Festival of Cinema and Technology. Past festivals include more than 30 events in eight U.S. cities and three Australian cities, as well as numerous events in Toronto, Paris, Sydney, and more. The festival also held events in 17 different venues, including the CN Tower Maple Leaf Theater, the Canadian Broadcast Centre, Fox Studios in Sydney, and Centre National des Industries et Techniques in Paris. More information can be found at www.pdxfestofcinema.com.
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