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Fantasia 2021: Watch The Animation Panels and Q&A Sessions

And so the 25th edition of Montreal's world-famous Fantasia Festival comes to an end. The second (and for everyone's sake hopefully last) virtual edition has offered an impressive line-up of animation among its Axis selection, with animated films competing for the prestigious Satoshi Kon Award For Best Animation,

The movies and shorts were region-locked to Canada, but Fantasia has made the free online Q&A sessions and panels available to everyone through their YouTube channel. We've rounded up the animation-related ones for you here.

Konversation: Takayuki Hirao Meets Pascal Alex Vincent

Pascal Alex Vincent, French documentarian and director of the Satoshi Kon documentary The Illustionsist held a conversation with Japanese animator Takayuki Hirao, director of Pompo The Cinephile. Both filmmakers' films premiered as part of this festival, but they are here to discuss the late, great  Kon, under who Hirao got his start working on Millenium Actress and Paranoia Agent.

The Spine Of Night: Director Q & A


A Q & A event with Philip Gelatt and Morgan King co-directors of adult animated swords and sorcery feature The Spine Of Night, which also screened at Fantasia 2021.


Hayop Ka! The Nimfa Dimanno Story

Fantasia's Rupert Botternberg, director of the Axis Selection spoke with director Avid Liongoren about his Filipino telenovela inspired adult animated feature Hayop Ka! which received its North American premiere at this year's Fantasia. 

Phil Tippet Masterclass and Lifetime Achievement Award

The Recipient Of This year's Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award is VFX legend and Ray Harryhausen disciple, Phil Tippet. Tippet's career has taken in both stop-motion and CGI and he is responsible for effects seen in numerous classics including the original Star Wars Trilogy, Jurassic Park, Robocop, Starship Troopers and Honey I Shrunk The Kids  Tippet's personal passion project, the twisted, nightmarish stop-motion feature Mad God, over 30 years in the making, premiered at Fantasia 2021. Tippet presents a masterclass and receives his award.