AMPD Sponsors the Spark Animation 2020 Film Festival Held Virtually from Oct 29 to Nov 8, 2020

Posted on October 26, 2020

Tagged as: Digital Media, Community, Media_Coverage, Animation, Visual Effects

AMPD Technologies is excited to sponsor the upcoming 12th annual Spark Animation Festival which is BC's only Oscar®-accredited festival. AMPD Technologies is proud to support Spark CG in their vision to cultivate creativity and innovation in animation and visual effects, for both film and television.

The Animation Festival Award, which is presented annually by the Spark CG association, recognizes an individual or a team of artists credited with a recent significant project in animation.

Over the course of 2020, Spark reviewed thousands of submissions for Animated Feature Films, Animated Short Films, Animated Student Films, VFX Short Narrative and more. The accepted styles include Computer animation (2D & 3D), traditional animation, and stop-motion animation.

“On behalf of the entire AMPD team, I congratulate all the studios that were accepted into the festival. Thanks to non-profit groups such as Spark CG, the filmmakers are poised to continue to contribute to economic growth across the industry providing opportunities and inspiration for a new generation of creators,” commented Anthony Brown, CEO, AMPD Technologies. “AMPD has been working with Canadian creators for nearly twenty years, applying our expertise in digital media and film production technology to help them design, plan, and budget the technical components of forthcoming digital media projects,” added Anthony.

The programming team, led by Festival Director, Marina Antunes, is pleased to present a wide-ranging, diverse line-up of films and filmmakers available to screen and meet online in 2020. She adds, "Along with a program of edgy and award-winning short and feature films, we will have director Q & A sessions, live presentations, and opportunities for festival pass-holders to network with filmmakers virtually.”

Spark Animation 2020 Festival Highlights

This year’s showcase of the world’s leading animators includes anniversary-themed celebrations of film. "The Women of Toy Story " honours the 25th-anniversary of this beloved film from the perspectives of the women who helped in its creation. Hollywood Producer Bonnie Arnold , who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Spark CG Society in 2019, will be joined by other women from the production. The session will be moderated by author, film historian, and filmmaker Mindy Johnson.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning short film Father and Daughter, an “In Conversation” session with London-based Dutch Director Michaël Dudok de Wit will be moderated by educator and film historian Keith Blackmore and will include a screening of this masterful short film.

Popular Films and Programs Returning in 2020

  • Female filmmakers’ talents are on display during the "Mothers of a Medium" program.
  • Films by Canadian filmmakers are celebrated with a “Made in Canada” showcase.
  • The “Spotlight on France” includes award-winning French shorts and features.
  • Experimental films provide fuel for “Late Night Snacks” screenings.

The Spark Animation 2020 Celebration features award-winning film selections by this year’s prestigious jury of producers, directors, educators, and independent studio founders.

Spark CG Society will announce its full line-up of new programs and feature films at

Festival passes are on sale now at Eventive for $25, plus taxes and fees.

About AMPD Technologies

AMPD specializes in providing high-performance cloud and computing solutions for low-latency applications, including video games and eSports, digital animation and visual effects, and big data collection, analysis and visualization. AMPD is a founding sponsor of the Animation and Visual Effects Alliance of BC and an annual sponsor of the Spark Computer Graphics Society.

About Spark CG Society

Founded to promote and foster Vancouver’s computer graphics community, Spark CG has organized the Spark Animation and Spark FX (visual effects) conferences and festivals since 2008. Spark CG works to continually highlight leading artistic and technological advancements in animation and visual effects through conferences, film festivals, and related events. In its 12th year, Spark Animation is presented in partnership with Vancouver ACM.

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Facebook: SparkCG
Twitter: @SparkCGS
Instagram: SparkCG

For further information about AMPD, please contact Sales:
Tel: 604-332-3329 ext. 1