Selected by Movie Insider as America’s “most original film festival,” the GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival was created in 2005 by Gio Toninelo to celebrate the dying art form of stop-motion while paying tribute to America's favorite movable fighting man: the GI JOE Action Figure (or Action Man in UK). The Film Festival hosts screenings, competitions and workshops to showcase the best work within the genre. GI JOE FEST kicks off in Denver before traveling to cities around the world.
The GI JOE STOP MOTION FILM FESTIVAL is the world's first festival dedicated to screening works by stop-motion artists who use GI Joe action figures (12 inch 3 ¾ inch sizes) as main characters or actors. The Festival combines the excitement of world premiere short-films and fan tributes with the allure of Denver's nightlife. GI JOE FEST highlights up and coming filmmakers, as well as masters of the craft and has already attracted award winning films in the past years. Independent in every sense, these films share the same willingness to challenge the conventions set for stop-motion.
We are a distribution vehicle for truly indie animators that distrust the commercial film festival circuit. We are a celebration of what is possible in independent stop-motion animated films. We have also completed several national tours at 8 major US cities and even traveled abroad to places like Singapore, Slovakia and Canada.
1- Your film MUST be shot using stop-motion technique. Puppetry, wires and live action could also be used as long as it does not comprise 30% of the entire film.
2- Your main character MUST be an official G.I. Joe action figure, created by Hasbro, Inc. or an Action Man figure, created by Palitoy. Other licensed figures are also accepted, like "Comandos em Acao" and "Falcon" (BRAZIL) or "Commandos Heroicos" (MEXICO). Other action figures, dolls and toys can be used for supporting roles.
The GI JOE Stop Motion Film Festival has opened submissions for its 5th year.
The Festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short films, in both the narrative and documentary categories, experimental films and pretty much any film containing a GI JOE action figure.
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