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Sci-Fi Indie Animated Function ‘RIFT’ to Display at TAAFI

U.Okay.-based animation studio HaZimation introduced at this time that their newest movie, RIFT, will display on the Toronto Animation Arts Competition Worldwide (TAAFI) for his or her 2023 Movie Competition. Described as a “daring and high-concept animated characteristic movie,” the sci-fi thriller might be one of many first movies screening on-line for competition attendees, slated for February 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

“The TAAFI workforce is ecstatic to have RIFT as part of our movie lineup for the 2023 competition,” stated TAAFI Chair Karen Jackson. “The movie’s distinctive idea and visually gorgeous animation make it stand out among the many competitors. We’re eagerly wanting ahead to the viewers’s reactions to the movie and the affect it can have on the animation neighborhood. It’s not on daily basis {that a} movie comes alongside that pushes the boundaries of the medium, and we’re honored to have the ability to share RIFT with our audiences.”

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Directed by HaZimation founder Hasraf “HaZ” Dulull (The Past, Disney’s Quick Layne), whose authentic idea was become a screenplay by Stavros Pamballis, RIFT tells the story of Max, a younger boy held captive in a analysis facility, who makes use of his capacity to create spacetime rifts between parallel universes, trying to find the one by which his brother Leon, a former-marine, manages to rescue him. With try after try ending in Leon’s dying, the pressure begins to take its toll on each brothers. When Max discovers his captors are utilizing his energy towards him, he realizes he should cease specializing in how the story ends and rewrite it from the start.

The 93-minute movie is produced by HaZimation co-founder Paula Crickard (Jolt, The Protege); govt produced by Yariv Lerner (Expendables, The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Amy Gardner (Identicals), and Jason Potter. Bringing RIFT to life on display are BAFTA-winning actor Jane Perry (Cyberpunk 2077, Returnal), Cade Tropeano (Blackbird) and Dave Fennoy (The Strolling Lifeless), with motion-capture performances from Ace Ruele (Marvel’s The Eternals) and Alex Kong (Marvel’s What If…). The movie was graded by colourist Vanessa Taylor (The Northman).

“Screening RIFT at TAAFI 2023 Movie Competition at Scorching Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is a momentous event for us at HaZimation. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into the making of this movie, and to have it showcased at such a prestigious competition is a real honor,” stated Dulull. “TAAFI is not only a platform for us to showcase our work, it’s additionally a possibility for us to be part of an extremely proficient neighborhood of animators, storytellers and filmmakers from all over the world.

“The competition is a celebration of the animation artwork type and the unimaginable expertise it holds. We’re thrilled to be part of this competition and to have the chance to share our distinctive imaginative and prescient with audiences. RIFT is a movie that pushes the boundaries of animation and storytelling and we hope that will probably be an immersive and thought-provoking expertise for the younger grownup audiences.”

The Toronto Animation Arts Competition Worldwide (TAAFI) will happen from February 13-18, beginning with on-line programming and switching to in-person on the Scorching Docs Cinema in Toronto.

HaZimation is a micro-studio led by Dulull and co-founded by trade veteran Crickard, which develops and produces characteristic movies, tv and video video games by way of its propriety pipeline using Unreal Engine. HaZimation develops its personal IP / content material in addition to co-producing with outdoors studios and producers. The studio’s boutique workforce is at the moment in manufacturing on varied animated characteristic movie tasks and video video games, all aiming for metaverse extensions. Observe on Fb and Twitter.




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