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Puppetry and the animation of inanimate objects are some of the oldest art forms known to humans. They can be traced all the way to the bronze age and are present in virtually all cultures around the globe. Despite these ancient origin, giving life to inanimate objects is not an art form of the past, but of the present and definitely for the future. Today, more than ever, we are surrounded by puppetry. 


Computer games, and animated films are a form of puppetry. Using a series of static images lined up to evoke movement. Robots, becoming more present in our daily life are also puppets in their essence; complex combinations of inanimate parts assembled in a way that allows them to have movement with specific outcome and function. Most recent humanoid robots are even directly modelled after centuries old principles and techniques of puppet designs and building.

Bridges – Mississauga Puppetry Festival will aim to engage in the conversation about art and society by introducing, examining and celebrating various forms of animation of objects during March break. For us, animation is expressed in various forms of movement of inanimate objects. These forms include puppetry, automation, stop-motion animation, film, digital animation and robotics. We are curious about the questions of how life is created and impacted by objects that explore human stories and form relations with humans. It is our mission to ignite a reflection of the world in our audiences by connecting the past and the future. We want to celebrate traditional forms of puppetry and the skills of the puppet designers and performers, while expanding the conversation of what puppetry and animation are and how they touch the contemporary world.

March 13 - 15

Mississauga, On

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The Old man and the River

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Mike Applefun, Interact with a puppet

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Blue Marco

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Workshop Andreja

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Presenter Panel

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Animated shorts

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Workshop Puppet Podcast

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Past Festivals

Children have an active imagination, one that needs constant feeding. We provide that sustenance during March break with Bridges, an annual international puppetry and animation festival in Mississauga. We present professional puppetry, theatre performances, animated shorts,  workshops and more related to puppetry and animation. Bridges Puppetry Festival aims to inspire and ignite imagination, sense of wonder, playfulness and creativity of children and adults alike.

Other Festivals in Canada

Bridges Festival Call for Submissions:

Bridges Festival organized by Crane Creations Theatre Company in Mississauga, Ontario invites puppeteers and puppet theatres to submit their shows for consideration in the upcoming 3rd annual Bridges Festival happening in March 2022.

Crane Creations Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that present high quality theatre events. Bridges International Puppetry Festival’s mission is to explore puppetry and art forms related to animated objects, and increase opportunities for exchange between local and international artists. We are seeking shows of at least 30minutes in length. We will accept submissions of shows for children, and shows for adults.

This is a paid opportunity offering professional rates.

To apply please send us:

  1. A short description of the performance you would like us to present
  2. A link to a recording of your show (password protected, will not be shared with the public)
  3. Your technical rider 
  4. A short description of the company

Deadline for submissions: April 15th 2021

Selected applicants will be notified by May 15th 2021.

Applications can be submitted to us by e-mail to

We will provide a presentation fee and accommodation. 

The selected companies will be responsible for travel expenses, but we can assist with grant applications to cover travel costs as needed.

For more information and to see what is happening during the festival this year from March 13th-15th 2021, visit our website

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