Burbank produces magic for the entire world from its two major motion picture studios, Disney and Warner Bros., as well as through dozens of production facilities that remain, even in a recession, a major source of jobs for the area. So it seems only logical that the city should have its own movie showcase. There will be 170 films, many of them never seen before, screened at the second annual Burbank International Film Festival from Sept. 10 to 19.
Some of this year's participants are new to the industry. Others, like Burbank resident Mark Kirkland, have been seen on credit rolls for years — in Kirkland's case, as director of 65 episodes of TV's "The Simpsons." He has two entries. The first is something right up his alley, a two-minute animated short, "Animal Crackers," shot 32 years ago when the now-53-year-old Kirkland was a student at Cal Arts, and recently restored for a festival in Brazil.