(2018, 60' 07", 2D computer animation, DCP, HD digital file, 16:9, Dolby Digital)
“Inspired by the chilling and mysterious winter landscapes of the Yukon, North of Blue is a mesmerizing non-narrative exploration giving form to the formless and offering shifting focal points and patterns that explore tensions between the recognizable and the strange. Bursting with lively colours and dynamic shapes, North of Blue is abstract art come to life. Conventional silhouettes are deconstructed, stripping away meanings and associations to free the mind for a wildly subjective visit to the north. A dreamlike façade, North of Blue is a stunning symphony which speaks to the explorer in us all.” -Chris Robinson, Artistic Director, Ottawa International Animation Festival
"North of Blue" is pure creativity. It shows that the ingenuity of the imagination has no limits.” -Rodolfo Montserrat, Xcèntric Barcelona
“A quiet, delicate and sophisticated experience.” -Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Festival
“An utterly absorbing abstract feature inspired by the mysterious far north Canadian winter landscapes.” -Melbourne International Animation Festival
Credits: Directed, produced, animated and designed by Joanna Priestley. Sound designed and music composed by Jamie Haggerty. Compositing and paint effects by Brian Kinkley. Additional music by Seth Norman. Additional sound effects by Chris Barber. Edited by Greg Snider and Joanna Priestley. Assistant Animators: Neisje Morrell and Don Flores. Animation Assistants: Rachel Bradley, Jesse Bray, Gabe Mangold and Dui Oray. Supported by the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture, Caldera Foundation and Willapa Bay A.I.R
Awards/Selected Festivals: Los Angeles Animation Festival: Best Feature Film (USA) 12-1-1, Yosemite International Film Festival: Best Animated Film (USA) 11-2-18, Local Sightings Film Festival: Best Sound Design and Best Original Score (Seattle, USA) 9-23-18, European International Film Festival: Finalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 5-15-19, Los Angeles CineFest: Semi-Finalist (USA) 1-19, Annecy Intl. Animation Festival: World Premiere (France) 6-11-18, Melbourne International Animation Festival (Australia) 6-17-18, Intl. Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR (Poznan, Poland) 7-10-18, Palm Springs International Animation Festival (USA) 8-25-18, Insomnia Animation Festival (Ukhnov, Russia) 7-19-8, Australian International Animation Festival (Brisbane) 8-4-18, Pixelatl Festival (Cuernavaca, Mexico) 9-6-18, Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada) 9-27+29-18, Anim’Est International Animation Festival (Bucharest, Romania) 9-28 to 10-7-18, Australian International Animation Festival (Cairns, Queensland) 8-16-18, AnimaSyros International Animation Festival (Athens, Greece) 9-28-18, ANIMAGE International Animation Festival (Pernambuco, Brasil) 10-12 to 21-18, SPARK Animation 2018 (Vancouver, Canada) 10-18-18, ReAnimania Int. Animation Film & Art Festival (Yerevan, Armenia) 10-28 to 11-3-18, Moscow Animation Marathon, Solyanka State Gallery (Moscow, Russia) 11-1 to 5-18, Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (Portland, OR, USA) 10-31 to 11-5-18, Animae Caribe (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) 11-23-18, Mostra Internacional Films des Donas de Barcelona (Spain) 12-10-18, VOID International Animation Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark) 1-30-19, Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio, USA) 4-3-19, Xcèntric Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (Spain) 4-4-19, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (Argentina) 4-3 to 14-19, Square One Conference, Universidad Iberoamericana (Puebla, Mexico) 4-11-19, Stockholm Experimental Animation Film Festival (Sweden) 4-29-19, Chilemonos Intl. Animation Festival (Santiago, Chile) 5-10-19, FILMNORTH Northern BC Film Festival (Houston, BC, Canada) 7-27-19, We Like 'Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR) 8-18-19, Fantoche International Animation Festival (Baden, Switzerland) 9-1, IndieCork Film Festival (Cork, Ireland) 10-6 to 13-19, Taichung International Animation Festival (Taichung City, Taiwan) 10-15-19, Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (Baltimore, MD, USA) 10-19-19, Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival (Spain) 12-13-19.