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Events 2008

How to be listed in the Calendar
Please send complete information in a Press Release about your animation event to: Demian
Please use PLAIN TEXT e-mail. Send images, but no Word or PDF attachments.
Press Releases contain the following:
Who - Director, Producer, Participants
What - Name of Event
When - Dates and Times
Where - Name and Address, City and State of venue
Wheelie? ASL Interpreted?
Why - Brief Description of event - (list of films and directors)
Web - Site links to the event, producer, venue, and for images, etc.
Wonka - are Minors allowed?
What Else - Cost of Ticket - Reservation Phone and E-mail

Also see our Events Archives:
          Events 2007
          Events 2006

All past Newsletters may be seen in our Archive.

ASIFA Seattle Planning Meeting

June 19, 2008 - 7-9pm

     • Animation Jam
     • International Membership
     • Member Participation and Volunteerism
     • Website Design
         • 1 Year Review
         • Updates
             • Calendar
             • Forums

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle, Washington
Located on Capitol Hill between Pike and Pine
Phone: 206-329-2629
Click for directions and parking information.

Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you have ideas to share but can’t make it, please contact:
Steve Ball, secretary or
Natt Thangvijit, president

The Ottawa International Animation Festival

Entry Deadline Extended to June 16, 2008

animationfestival.xxxx - click on “Submissions”
Warning: this Web site requires enabling javascript and cookies to view information.

Information: xxx-232-8769; entries@animationfesival.xxxx

Seeking Animators for Gayborhood TV

Gayborhood TV
Posted May 13, 2008

Seeking ideas for an animated series. They will help get it on their Webcasts.

“If you think you’ve got the idea for an animated series that our Gaybors would just absolutely die for, then contact us! We’ll help you get it on the air. No matter how twisted it might seem.”

Send ideas, story boards, stick figures, etc., to the Gayborhood production team:

If you have a clip, it can be post to their LGBTube pages:

Gayborhood TV requires a Broadband, high speed connection, and a fast computer. Videos are imbedded in Flash media.

ByDesign 08

March 6-13, 2008

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA, 98122
Wheelie access to cinemas and restrooms. Workshop space is not fully accessible.

This special annual series explores the intersection of graphic design and moving image, and celebrates multidisciplinary artists who push at the boundaries to create new techniques, styles and forms. ByDesign explores the fertile hub between artistic, experimental, and commercial media and champions innovations that integrate design, art and cinema.

Bydesign events involving animation:

The Dot and The Line

from a film by Frank Mouris
March 7 - 8pm

Creative Shorts of the 60s, 70s
Various directors, US/Canada, 1965-77, 16mm, 75 min.

This selection of rarely seen short films made in the 1960s and 70s presents a variety of unique perspectives and inventive techniques. Bound by a common curiosity and creativity, these experiments in animation, motion graphics, and live action filmmaking bring design concepts to the screen. The program includes shorts by Saul Bass, Charles and Ray Eames, Norman McLaren, Frank Mouris, Charles Braverman, Chuck Jones and Jim Henson.

$8.50 general / $5 members / $6 children, seniors

A History of Computer Graphics in Film with Alvy Ray Smith

Pixar Studios
March 9 - 7pm

Legendary computer graphics innovator Alvy Ray Smith discusses the evolution of computer animation and show clips ranging from John Whitney’s early experiments in the 1960s to landmark visual effects and animation in popular cinema of the 70s and 80s. Smith headed the Computer Graphics Lab at the New York Institute of Technology in the 70s, was founding Director of the Computer Division at Lucasfilm, and co-founded Pixar. He will give us a brief history of the innovations that made modern computer animation possible, and discuss the challenges that he and his colleagues faced when the field was in its infancy.

$8.50 general / $5 members / $6 children, seniors

Entropy: New Short Films and Music Videos

March 8 - 7:30pm and 9pm, and March 9 - 9pm

Film shorts and music videos from the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Germany, Sweden and Lithuania. The primarily animated program includes work by Graham Wood, Light Surgeons, Semiconductor, Max Hattler, Impactist, Stewart Smith and Guilherme Marcondes, as well as the latest installment of collaborative project “Psst! Pass it on” featuring contributions from nearly 50 directors. Ranging from lo-fi to high tech, from the ethereal to the downright silly, this sampling of inventive new work gives us a glimpse at the rapidly dissolving lines between design, art, film and music.

Full Schedule:

Series curated by Peter Lucas.
Present by Northwest Film Forum and AIGA-Seattle
Sponsored by AIGA-Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, and Digital Kitchen

Tony White: Traditional Animator

Tony White
February 21, 2008 - 7pm

Adobe Conference Center, U Room
701 N. 34th St., Seattle, WA 98103

Tony studied advanced animation techniques extensively with Ken Harris, who was the original lead animator for many Warner Brothers Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner, and other cartoons, Art Babbit, who was the original lead animator on “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” etc. at Disney. Tony was personal assistant, as well as full time director and animator for Richard Williams, who won three Oscars and authored “The Animator’s Survival Kit.”

Tony wrote “The Animator’s Workbook” and “Animation from Pencils to Pixels: Classical Techniques for Digital Animators.” He founded and is president of The Animaticus Foundation, which supports traditional 2D animation, and is chair of the art department at DigiPen Institute of Technology, one of the top animation schools in the country.

Presented by the Seattle Flash User Group

Animation Masterclass with Will Vinton

Will Vinton
February 3, 2008 - 12-3pm

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA, 98122
Wheelie accessible to cinemas and restrooms. Workshop space is not fully accessible, but with two weeks written notice, workshops can be moved to accommodate students.

Animators and filmmakers can spend an afternoon with renowned animator Will Vinton. Will created, directed and produced some of the best-know animated characters including “The California Raisins” and the M&Ms “Red” and “Yellow.” He produced the acclaimed television series “The PJs” and “Gary and Mike.” He has won an Oscar for his work, and his studio won several Emmy and Clio Awards.

In this workshop, Will discusses some of his animation techniqes and demonstrates techniques. Bring clips of your work to share, and get personal advice from one the medium’s most accomplished artists.

$85 / $75 WigglyWorld Members - Maximum attendance: 12
Tuition must be paid in advance. Call Dave Hanagan, studio director: 206-329-2629

Animated Genius: The Films of Will Vinton

Rip Van Winkle
by Will Vinton
January 27, 2008 - 5pm
January 28 - 7pm
February 2 - 3pm
- Will Vinton will be present

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA, 98122
Wheelie accessible to cinemas and restrooms. Workshop space is not fully accessible, but with two weeks written notice, workshops can be moved to accommodate students.

Legacy (1979, 7 min.)
The Creation by Joan Gratz at the Vinton studio (1981, 9 min.)
Mountain Music (1976, 9 min.)
A Christmas Gift (1980, 8 min.)
Rip Van Winkle (1978, 27 min.)

A retrospective of early films by Will Vinton, who kick off his career by winning an Academy Award, and achieved stunning commercial success with characters such as the “California Raisins” and the M&M “Red and Yellow” candies.

Will founded and managed one of the most respected animation studios in history, and won virtually every film and television award given to film makers. He continues to break new ground under the banner of his new company, Freewill Entertainment.

These films are part of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle
$6 kids and adults / $5 NWFF members
Recommended for ages 7 and up.


From the Heart of Sweden: Animation with a Global Reach

Willy and the Wild Rabbit
by Lennart and Yiva-Li Gustafsson
January 26, 2008 - 3pm
January 28 - 1:30pm
February 2 - 5pm

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA, 98122
Wheelie accessible to cinemas and restrooms. Workshop space is not fully accessible, but with two weeks written notice, workshops can be moved to accommodate students.

Aston’s Stones by Lotta Geffenblad and Uzi Geffenblad (2007, 9 min.)
Garantia and the Shooting Star by Rebecka Llerena and Ella Johansson (2007, 8 min.)
Holly Gets Even by Marika Heideback (2007, 14 min.)
Poison Arrow Frogs by Johan Hagelback (2007, 9 min.)
Willy and the Wild Rabbit by Lennart Gustafsson and Yiva-Li Gustafsson (2006, 29 min.)

For decades, films from Sweden have been a mainstay of children’s film festivals worldwide. In these new, tender, touching, and visually dazzling films, you will meet a little boy who fills his pockets with friendly stones, a mermaid doll who goes on a deep sea dive, a girl who learns to forgive when her feelings are hurt, a child who outsmarts a dangerous frog, and a very tame rabbit who discovers thrills, chills, and new friends deep inside the forbidden forest.

In Swedish with English subtitles

These films are part of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle
$6 kids and adults / $5 NWFF members
Recommended for all ages.


The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Tha Adventures of Prince Achmed
by Lotte Reiniger
January 25, 2008 - 8pm
January 27 - 1pm
January 31 - 8pm
February 3 - 1pm

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle WA, 98122
Wheelie accessible to cinemas and restrooms. Workshop space is not fully accessible, but with two weeks written notice, workshops can be moved to accommodate students.

Performed with new live score!

This breathtaking work of art is the oldest extant feature-length animated film. Created in 1926 by 23 year-old German teacher Lotte Reiniger, the film tells the story of an Arabian prince, an evil sorcerer, and a captured princess using silhouette-animation techniques.

According to William Moritz on AWN:

“Lotte Reiniger herself is the prime genius behind all of her films. She had an astonishing facility with cutting — holding the scissors still in her right hand, and manipulating the paper at lightning speed with her left hand so that the cut always went in the right direction. She drew the story boards and devised the plots and characters, which were closely linked. If a figure needed to make some complex or supple movement, it would have to be built from 25 or 50 separate pieces, then joined together with fine lead wire — as in the famous Falcon that Walter Ruttmann used to make Kriemhilde’s dream sequence for Fritz Lang’s 1924 feature Niebelungen. If a character needed to appear in close-up, a separate, larger model of the head and shoulders would have to be built — as well, possibly, as larger background details to stand behind it. But Lotte worked always with her husband, Carl Koch, who usually ran the camera. For the large projects like Prince Achmed she had a staff of five: Carl for camera, Alexander Kardan to check the exposure sheets, Walter Türck who arranged the backgrounds, and two special-effects men, Walter Ruttmann and Bertold Bartosch; the latter two were animators in their own right, who were able to continue their own careers thanks to the help Lotte gave them with this extra employment.”
Northwest Film Forum commissioned Miles and Karina (David Keenan and Nova Devonie) to compose and perform a new score - featuring guitar, accordion, and other instruments - for the film.

This film is part of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle
$10 kids / $15 adults / $12 NWFF members
Recommended for 7 and older. Contains scenes possibly disturbing to sensitive young viewers.


Eugene International Film Festival 2008

Earlybird deadline: January 15, 2008

Accepts animation.

The EIFF Mission statement:

“We honor filmmakers who inspire, entertain and inform through fact or fiction. Opportunities to ‘do lunch,’ hone your production skills at workshops and make lifelong friends are provided in a community known internationally for its irrepressible dedication to creative excellence.”
Main site:

Submission form:

[Note from Demian:
The e-mail address listed on their site -- -- is dysfunctional. Also, they do not list any phone contact, which makes it difficult to consider submitting films, or recommending others to do so.]