Award winning animation at Byron Bay Film Festival

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A hero with a gramophone head, an oboe-playing cat, an unscrupulous telephone head villain and a triangle-playing elephant. These are just a few of the whimsical characters in the award winning animated film The Missing Key brought to us by Australian animator/composer/screenwriter/director Jonathon Nix.

Enjoying its Byron Bay premiere as part of the 6th Annual Byron Bay Film Festival, The Missing Key is a thirty minute explosion of colour and visual illusion created from hand-drawn pencil on paper and watercolour filled backgrounds and textures.

‘It is about an artist seeking to create something of beauty and resonance’, says Nix in his director’s statement. ‘ It is often the case that inspiration arrives only when things begin to go wrong, and we are freed from the expectations we build even before we begin’.

The story is set in a reimagined Venice, Italy in the 1920s. A young composer Hero Wasabi is hoping to write the winning melody for the famous Abacus Scroll musical competition, when he becomes involved in a musical feud with fellow contestant, the villainous Count Telefino.

The Missing Key uses laughter and multicultural characters to explore themes of rivalry and loyalty. With a global soundtrack including Aussie Sarah Blasko, it should appeal to all art and music lovers.

The 2012 Byron Bay Film Festival will be held from 4th-11th March with public screenings, workshops, panels and industry networking functions.

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Other animated features included on this year’s BBFF bill are Sometimes the Stars, a 4-minute music video for Aussie band The Audreys. Produced by Luke Jurevicius and directed by Ari Gibson and Jason Panment it is about a lost girl’s journey through a surreal landscape, and her yearning to make a connection in this distant yet strangely familiar world.

Also screening is The Australian Premiere of Masks, a seven minute audio score animated and directed by Patrick Smith. Masked men exploit an edible smaller species as a renegade scientist perfects a cloning process to satisfy demand. However the clones conceal a destructive secret.

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Byron Bay Film Festival Program

The Missing Key

The Missing Key trailer

Sometimes the Stars on Vimeo

Masks trailer on Vimeo

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