The 2013
Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema
Get Animated!

The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organisation founded in 2001 in Waterloo, Canada to celebrate the unique artistry of the animated feature film.
The Festival is firmly established in the international film festival circuit, bringing the latest animated feature films to North America.  It remains the only film festival in the world dedicated to promoting and celebrating feature-length animation from around the world as a medium for mature, meaningful storytelling – and paying respect to this underestimated form of cinema, and the artists who toil in this industry.

We want to bring the great animated cinema of the world to audiences to be seen the way they should be seen: in a theatre.

The Festival operates its own home, the Chrysalids Theatre – a fully-licensed 500-seat film centre and performance arts venue located in downtown Kitchener.  The venue operates year-round.

For more information about the Chrysalids Theatre, please visit the venue website.

Films & Events

See the latest films from around the world!

The Festival’s World Cinema programme showcases the latest feature-length animated cinema from around the world.  From big anime blockbusters to hidden gems, from powerful adult dramas to delightful children’s films, the 2013 Festival has something for everyone.

Opening Night Gala tribute to Miyazaki Hayao!

We celebrate the brilliant career of retiring master Miyazaki Hayao with a spectacular live performance!  Nine variety acts – wonders of aerial, fire, burlesque, dance, song and rope feats - each themed in tribute to one of the master’s films.

Oshii Mamoru, the Stray Dog of Anime!

Delve into the work of a maverick anime director who could not be more different than Miyazaki: the enigmatic Oshii Mamoru, who crafted critically-acclaimed masterpieces like Ghost In The Shell and Patlabor, as well as esoteric and eccentric work like Tachigui and Angel’s Egg.

Free and open to the public!  Screening and panel discussion led by Brian Ruh.

Saturday Afternoon: Films for the Entire Family!

Saturday afternoon features a selection of family-friendly films from around the world that are suitable for kids.  Downtown Kitchener gets a little livelier after the Santa Claus parade!

Learn about Richard Williams and his unfinished masterpiece!

See the fascinating story behind one of animation’s treasures, Richard Williams’ unfinished masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler.  Then, see the most complete version of the film available today – painstakingly restored by a fan.


All films presented uncut in their original language dialogue with English subtitles.


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  • Click on programme category (e.g. World Cinema) to list all films in that category.

The New Faces of French Animation – Annecy 2013

Curated by Annecy Supported by the French Consulate of Toronto November 16, 2013 - 4:15pm

Oshii Mamoru screening and panel discussion

November 17, 2013 - 10:30am FREE TO THE PUBLIC


Alfredo Soderguit, Uruguay / Columbia, 2013 November 16, 2013 - 8:30pm

Opening Night Film – Ernest et Celestine (Ernest and Celestine)

Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner, France, 2012 November 14, 2013 6:30pm

ベルセルク 黄金時代篇 (Berserk: Golden Age Arc Trilogy)

Toshiyuki Kubooka, Japan, 2012-2013 November 15, 2013 - 9:00pm Midnight Madness

The Thief and the Cobbler

original film by Richard Williams, 1991, U.S.A. restoration by Garrett Gilchrist, 2013, U.S.A. November 16, 2013 - 1:00pm

Ma Maman est en Amérique, Elle a Rencontré Buffalo Bill (My Mummy is in America, and She Met Buffalo Bill)

Marc Boréal, and Thibaut Chatel, France, 2013 November 16, 2013 - 2:45pm

L’Arte della Felicità (The Art of Happiness)

Alessandro Rak, Italy, 2013 November 17, 2013 - 4:00pm

Até Que A Sbornia Nos Separe (Til Sbornia Do Us Part)

Otto Guerra, Brazil, 2013 November 16, 2013 - 10:30am

Couleur de Peau: Miel (Approved for Adoption)

Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau, Belgium, 2012 November 16, 2013 - 6:30pm

The Congress

Ari Folman, Israel, 2013 November 16, 2013 - 10:45pm

Rio 2096: Uma História de Amor e Fúria (A Story of Love and Fury)

Luiz Bolognesi, Brazil, 2013 November 17, 2013 - 6:30pm

009 Re:Cyborg

Kamiyama Kenji, Japan, 2012 November 15, 2013 - 6:30pm

Persistence of Vision

Kevin Schreck, U.S.A., 2013 November 17, 2013 - 2:00pm

A Tribute to Miyazaki Hayao

November 14, 2013 9:00pm
2013 Festival schedule


Admission Prices

Festival passes are the best way to experience the Waterloo Festival.

Festival Pass

$80 adult, $50 child; $90 adult VIP
  • Admission to all Festival events, including Opening Night Gala and Midnight Madness
  • Includes one Opening Night Gala – Mid Row seat.  Upgrade to VIP for only $10!
  • Best value – save 70% compared to purchasing individual tickets
  • Children’s price  available for children 13 and younger
  • Limited number available
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Single Admission

$12 adult, $8 child
  • Good for any single screening Friday-Sunday
  • Children’s price available for children 13 and younger
  • Not valid for Opening Night Gala
  • Not valid for Midnight Madness
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Midnight Madness

$20 adult
  • For the stalwart action fan!
  • See the entire Berserk trilogy for one low price, with fellow Berserkers!
  • This presentation is for mature audiences only.  No children will be admitted.
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Tickets for Opening Night on Thursday include admission to the gala presentation of Miyazaki Madness.

Gala – VIP

  • Includes admission to Opening Night film
  • Front row seats – the best seats in the house!
  • Meet the cast at the exclusive afterparty!
  • Includes one drink ticket at afterparty!


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Gala – Mid Row

  • Includes admission to Opening Night film
  • Great view!
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Gala – Mezzanine

  • Includes admission to Opening Night film
  • Back rows
  • Good view
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The Chrysalids Theatre is located at 137 Ontario Street North, in downtown Kitchener, conveniently close to the Charles Street bus terminal.


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