Animation becomes a focal point of Breckenridge Film Festival:

Catch films in traditional, stop-motion, CGI and experimental animation at the Breckenridge Film Festival, is new for this year.

Traditional animation represents the bulk of animated films at the 2015 festival, with “Claire and the Keys”(filmmaker attending), “Switchman,” “Coyote and the Rock,” “Tick Tock” and “Heavenly Peace.”

Wire Cutters

However, CGI takes the stage in “Wire Cutters,” which is part of the set of shorts focused on trends in the workplace, generally speaking, showing at 6 p.m. Friday in the South Branch Library’s community rooms and are sponsored by Mi Casa and Hearthstone restaurants.

Jack Anderson’s film was nominated on July 30 to be in the running for the 2015 Student Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Up against “An Object at Rest,” “The Ballad of Holland Island House,” “SOAR,” “Taking the Plunge,” “Hum” and “Ram’s Horns,” “Wire Cutters” features a mining bot first suspicious, then a comrade then a rival of a new mining bot placed on the same remote and desolate planet to perform the same task. The Student Academy Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sept. 17.

In the experimental animation front is “September Sketchbook,” a film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

And in the stop-motion animation category is the film “Speed Dating,” in which sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort to find the man of her dreams.

Animation films are complemented by a Friday forum by CU Denver faculty focusing on Alternatives in Filmmaking. Michelle Carpenter, who was a guest of the festival in 2014, returns to discuss title sequences. Howard Cook, a new festival board member, will represent animation. And Craig Volk will touch on webisodes, an evolving way to showcase film products.CU Denver Digital Animation Society

The CU Denver Digital Animation Society will also be present with two interactive exhibits showcasing animation tools of the trade: digital sculpting and motion capture. High-powered HP Workstations, designed specifically for filmmaking, will be the foundation for the students to work with youth and adults to show them the art of animation at Old Masonic Hall and at the Riverwalk Center.

Animation Films are scattered through the festival programming. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit