I'd like to thank Gio Toninelo for hosting one of the greatest shows on earth. On an sunny, clear September evening in Denver, the 1st Annual GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival shined brightly and definitely lived up to its truly independent moniker. From the first film, Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Drive, to its kickin' and award winning finale, Race of Evil, the festival's films showed diversity in the craft and proved the festival itself was one not to be missed. As a passionate filmmaker, being there in person was a great honor, and hearing the crowd gasp, cheer, laugh, and clap for each entry was an added bonus. Although most films were digital, it was fun seeing different film formats, including Super 8 and 16MM.
On the stage, under the screen was a 1:6 scale rock concert diorama of GI Joe's jamming out, enjoying the sounds of the live band. Adding to the festive atmosphere, collectable GI Joe figures were given away as prizes before the sold out show began and during intermission. The festival did a great job keeping the crowd receptive, and wanting more. This event exceeded every expectation, from attendance to filmmaker satisfaction, and from the impressive support of sponsors to the quality of films screened. The only detail missed was including the films synopsis's in the program. Thank you for the great experience, and hope to see you again next year at the 2nd Annual GI Joe Stop Motion Film Festival.
Stop Motion Animator