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the TWELFTH ANNUAL TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE – Bringing the Best Independent Canadian and International Animation to Toronto!

On Saturday, July 28th, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is thrilled to present a summer night of animated dreams: two 45 minute programmes of short animated films, the results of the 2018 Anijam competition, and a new commissioned work by Amanda Low.

12th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase
Saturday July 28th – 8:00PM
The Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto

$10 advance / $12 door / $8 door TAIS members
Advance tickets – HERE


Featuring 18 short animated films, the finalists in this year’s programme are diverse in style and content. Including themes of self-love and aspiration, loss and struggle, narratives of deception, community and connection, and playful experimental works exploring form and sound, this year’s programme proudly features films from 6 different countries: Canada, USA, Costa Rica, UK, China, and Taiwan.

This programme is for mature audiences only.

Awards will be given – as selected by the audience, and by a guest jury of animation artists: Amy Lockhart, Paloma Dawkins, and Rory Waudby-Tolley. The audience will select an ‘Audience Choice – Short Film’ and ‘Audience Choice – Best Anijam’. The jury will award a ‘Grand Prize – Best of the Showcase’ award, and a ‘Jury’s Best Anijam’ award. Full bios for the 2018 Jury are available HERE  .

Also featured is TAIS’ FAN FICTION Anjiam competition. With 12 entries this year, these 10-second animations are mash-up masterpieces, with creative never-before-seen combos that hint at unique universes filled with familiar characters. For the second year in a row, the Showcase Jury’s pick for Best Anijam will be awarded a cash prize and in-kind studio use toward production of a short animated project for presentation at TAIS Showcase in 2019. The audience will also decide a Best Anijam Audience Award on the night of the screening.

Anijam 2018 details available HERE
Featuring Anijams by Chris Jack (Toronto), Kathryn Wehrle (Toronto), Mawrgan Shaw (Toronto), Tommy Truong (Vaughan), Lynn Dana Wilton (Unionville), Miguel Bettencourt (York), Paul Scott (Toronto), Tami Poliwoda (Thornhill), Lucas Gilberson (Calgary), Vivian Saad (São Paulo, Brazil), Mike Robbyns (Toronto), Alvaro Giraldo (Lima, Perú).

See you on July 28th!

Full programme details below.
2018 TAIS Animation Showcase Poster

For the 12th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase promotional campaign, artist Jeron Braxton was commissioned to produce this eye-popping artwork, created in response to our Anijam theme FAN FICTION.

For more on Jeron Braxton visit

Announcing the finalists, 12th Annual Animation Showcase Programme (presented alphabetically by title)

Una Di Gallo
Canada, 1:47, 2018, 2D hand drawn

Chen Yen-Liang
Taiwan, 4:07, 2017, hand drawn

Simone Northey
Canada, 3:34, 2018, stop motion
TAIS Member

Cow Palace
Julian Gallese
Costa Rica, 2:25, 2018, 2D hand drawn
TAIS Member

Haley and Joanna
Laura Hodkin
United Kingdom, 2:46, 2018, hand drawn

Lady Strips
Adrienne Mountain
Canada, 4:16, 2018, hand drawn

Maybe it’s me
Dimitris Simou
United Kingdom, 6:08, 2017, 3D

New Math
William Allinson
Canada, 4:12, 2017, stop motion
TAIS Member

Jeron Braxton
United States, 6:04, 2018, 3D

Pete the Peacock
Amanda Low
Canada, 2:52, 2018, 2D and hand drawn
TAIS Member

Melissa Ferrari
United States, 6:50, 2017, hand painted

Reach the Sky
Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Canada, 5:50, 2018, stop motion
TAIS Member (Not in juried competition)

Lei Lei
China, 5:32, 2017, paint on glass

Super Serious Satsuma
Trang Nguyen
United Kingdom, 1:10, 2018, hand drawn

The Curious Tale of Aunt Binks
Gentle Giants
Canada, 7:43, 2018, stop motion

The Missing Pig
Cecilia Corzo
United Kingdom, 4:04, 2018, hand drawn

the Thing is Lost
Arash Akhgari
Canada, 2:31, 2018, hand drawn experimental

True North
George Bowler
United Kingdom, 7:55, 2017, hand drawn

2018 Showcase Jury

Amy Lockhart
Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals internationally, including the Whitney, NY, N.Y. Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, and Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Lockhart has received fellowship at the National Film Board of Canada and support from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has completed residencies at Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society, Struts Gallery, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her drawings, comics and paintings have been published by Drawn & Quarterly (Dirty Dishes, 2009), and by Colour Code (Looking Inward, 2016).

Paloma Dawkins
Paloma Dawkins is a cartoonist turned virtual reality and video game artist based in Montréal. An alumni of the TAIS and HES Artsy Games Incubator: Animation Edition  (2014), Paloma has been creating wild and loopy art games ever since! Her work includes Gardenarium (GDC Mild Rumpus), Alea (Comics x Games), and Palmystery (A MAZE Johannesburg), all of which can be played here. More info on Paloma’s animation and illustration is available at

Rory Waudby-Tolley
Rory Waudby-Tolley is an award-winning animator and filmmaker from London, UK.  His films use a range of techniques to explore the boundary between fiction and documentary. His 2015 film Mr.Madila or the colour of nothing won the 2016 TAIS Showcase Grand Prize – Best of the Showcase award.

12th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase + FAN FICTION Anijam
Saturday July 28th – 8:00pm
The Royal Cinema – 608 College Street

$10 advance / $12 door / $8 door for TAIS members.
To purchase advance tickets visit Eventbrite: HERE

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