Citrus Cel's mission is to create an environment that celebrates animation as a cultural and commercial medium.
The inaugural Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival debuted in the Spring of 2010 and featured Academy Award-nominated film “The Secret of Kells”, and two shorts by noted illustrator and Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Plympton. Other notable selections were film titles from Prologue (Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man), Passion Films (Beatles Rock Band, Coke Zero) and Alma, a short film created by Pixar and DreamWorks animators and artists. A special student category (Freshly Squeezed) featured work from the Art Institutes, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Ringling College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, and The School of Visual Arts.
After a successful debut, the 2011 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival returned to celebrate animation as a creative and commercial medium with three days of screenings and events April 8-10, 2011 at the 5 Points Theatre and The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. The 2011 Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival was presented by Dripsblack with partners 5 Points Theatre, Art Institute of Jacksonville, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Brown Dog Creative, ToonBoom, Adobe, and Red Giant.
The 2011 edition had a larger international presence. There were 23 countries that had work was represented. There truly was something for every taste: visually stunning features, quirky shorts, memorable advertisements, music videos, title sequences and even something for the little squirts (children’s stop motion workshop). To complement the film program, Citrus Cel is introduced two new components. First, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens hosted an animation-inspired art exhibit, as well as workshops and lectures from industry professionals throughout the festival weekend. The festival also held a 26-hour animated film contest called Juiced! The finalists’ work premiered before the “Pure Premium” program on Saturday night.
All films were screened at the 5 Points Theatre, Jacksonville’s home for independent film. Opening night, Friday, April 8, kicked off with a catered reception and the opening of the exhibit at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The exhibit ran throughout the weekend. After Saturday’s program, filmgoers enjoyed an after party at Underbelly, located within Anomaly located in Five Points, featuring food, drinks, and live music. The festival closed with an awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
The next edition will be in April of 2013 and we are excited to announce our new home at the Florida Theatre, which has served as Jacksonville’s premier entertainment center since 1927!
Citrus Cel will be using funds raised on Kickstarter to secure local, regional and international talent. Funds collected will go towards travel arrangements and accommodations including flights and hotels for our keynote speakers, panel guests and animation judges that will be joining us form around the globe. We will also utilize funds to rent technology, equipment and venues that will enhance the overall artistic experience of the festival. We will attempt to keep the majority of outgoing money local to support the greater Jacksonville community. Funding will also be utilized to develop marketing materials, such as programs, posters, and shirts.
Thank you for your contributions and awareness to keeping the arts alive in our local, regional and national communities. We hope to see you all in April.
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The largest challenge that we will face as an organization will be raising enough funds to transport the various industry talent, who have graciously donated their time, to and from Jacksonville. With your contributions we are hoping to overcome these obstacles as we have very talented folks from Sony Animation, Blue Sky, Pixar and others who have agreed to join us.
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