The fifth Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is set to take place October 18-20 at Concordia University. The event will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of The Nightmare Before Christmas with a screening of the film that will be presented by the director Henry Selick.

Other guests include Joe and Joan Clokey, who run Clokey Productions and Premavision studios which is responsible for Gumby, and stop motion animator Jamie Caliri, who developed the industry standard stop motion software DragonFrame. Animator Anthony Scott, who has worked with Selick, Caliri, and Gumby creator Art Clokey, will also be a guest.

The festival is currently accepting stop motion films for its competition program. The deadline to submit is September 20. In addition to a full competition slate, the festival will include a screening of the documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, a retrospective of Estonian animation studio Nukufilm, and hands-on stations for attendees to create their own stop motion animation.

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