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press release: THE TORONTO ANIMATION ARTS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING FOR TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018 runs from November 3-4 Toronto, ON (October 24, 2018) – Today, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) released the full official program for TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018 at Corus Quay in Toronto. The event runs from November 2-4. This one-of-a-kind conference hosts over 50 animation industry professionals and over 22 sessions on… »

Events: TAAFI Industry is Right Around the Corner! Toronto, November 2 – 4

By Mike Valiquette

It’s coming up fast, and it looks like I’m going to be opening my big mouth and hoping to not get into too much trouble. The Toronto Animated Arts Festival International is hosting an industry conference in a couple of weeks, and the speaker lineup is out. Interesting mix of folks, and yes, I’m among… »

OIAF 2018!

By Mike Valiquette

Tomorrow is the big day, it’s Day o1 of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and The Animation Conference (TAC). AND, for the first time in a very loooong time, I’M NOT GOING TO BE THERE! But don’t fret, Cartoon North will be valiantly represented by a few carefully selected ambassadors: 1) Brent Smith. This guy’s… »

TAAFI Announces Industry Conference, November 2nd to 4th, 2018

By Mike Valiquette

The kind folks at TAAFI have just officially announced a new event coming up very soon! TAAFI INDUSTRY 2018. They’re describing it as a 3-day event offering exclusive talks from top animation artists and creators. This year’s conference is the first of its kind for Toronto, and is sure to knock those lovely socks off… »

Montreal Animators! 48 Hour Animation Competition – Animaze 2018

By Mike Valiquette

Take part in the first AniMTL: Montreal 48 hour Animation Competition! During the 5th anniversary of Animaze, August 16-19 we call all Montreal animators to compete in a 48 hour animation challenge. Animators will be given a theme on Thursday afternoon, on the opening day of Animaze. Then, they will have 48 hours to create… »

Events: the TWELFTH ANNUAL TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE, Toronto, July 28th

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

Cartoon Connection Early Bird Deadline Ends Tonight!

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Connection has extended their early bird deadline for registration until midnight tonight! This year’s Cartoon Connection takes place October 1-3 in Québec City, and has become a pretty prominent event on the calendar for people doing business in animation. Here’s a few off their own words. Cartoon Connection is the perfect platform : To… »

TIFF Presents: In Conversation With Brad Bird (video and highlights)

By Mike Valiquette

I wasn’t able to make it to the Brad Bird talk held at TIFF a few weeks ago, but thankfully I have good friends who were willing to share the experience. And ALSO thankfully, TIFF thought they’d share it too! Here’s the video: Here’s a few highlights thanks to Sean Janisse, Barry Sanders and Rich… »

Events: (Toronto) Elliott Animation Presents, Animation Masterclass with Michael Makarewicz (Incredibles 1 and 2, Finding Dory)

By Mike Valiquette

Very cool event coming up thanks to the gang at Elliott Animation, July 28-29th Hello fellow animation friends! Elliott Animation will be hosting a master animation workshop with Michal Makarewicz – animator on The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, Up, Inside Out, Brave, Wall-E, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Cars and more. The event… »

TAAFI Presents: EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALK BY PIXAR’S DOMEE SHI, DIRECTOR OF “BAO.”

By Mike Valiquette

DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE: TAAFI ANNOUNCES AN EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES TALK BY DOMEE SHI, DIRECTOR OF “BAO.” Toronto, ON (May 30, 2018) – Today, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced an exclusive event with Toronto-raised director, Domee Shi. The screening includes an exclusive, behind-the-scenes talk with the director of the latest short from… »

Tonight: Toronto! Toon Hall!!!

By Mike Valiquette

This is tonight, and if you’re in any way invested in your career in this industry, and you’re nearby, you should come. We’re not the ones organizing it, but we support it whole-heartedly.  It’s not a pro-unionization event. A lot of people seem to think it is. It’s not anti-union either, but don’t let that… »

Upcoming Events: TOON HALL, Toronto, April 25th

By Mike Valiquette

This is coming up soon, and the timing is pretty great. The intention behind it is pure and honest, just a safe place to discuss the realities of the business, the hurdles we face, the issues we’d like to see addressed. No recordings, no streaming, just show up and share. Here’s the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/179160406209694/… »

Tonight! Animatic TO Presents: Mike Geiger and Matt Fernandes

By Mike Valiquette

Want to hear about how Matt Fernandez and Mike Geiger are developing shows at Toronto’s Industrial Brothers? Well, thanks to Barry Sanders and Animatic TO, you can! Tonight, at 7:30, at 410 Richmond St, Toronto. Should be a good one! Here’s the event… »

Call for Entries: Digital Animators of Nova Scotia Outstanding Achievement Awards

By Mike Valiquette

Call for entries for the DANS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation! Deadline: March 23rd. This category allows for commercial submissions, music videos, short films, YouTube content or any animated scene in a show or film produced in Nova Scotia. Based on overall artistic achievement in the field of digital animation, this award will shine… »

Canadian Screen Awards 2018

By Mike Valiquette

The CSA’s wrapped up last night, after a series of ceremonies over the last week. Here’s the animation rundown. The Breadwinner picked up 4 awards out of a possible 6: – Anita Doron for Adapted Screenplay – Qais Essar & Joshua Hill for Original Song – Jeff Danna & Mychael Danna for Original Score -Nelson… »

TOMORROW!!!!! TAAFI/CASO Animation VFX Job Fair, Toronto TOMORROW!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

That’s right! JOB FAIR is upon us! George Brown Campus on Toronto’s waterfront, and EVERYBODY’s coming!!!!!! Well, not everybody. May 5th, 2018. George Brown Waterfront Campus, Toronto The TAAFI/CASO job fair is back. Here’s the details: The Animation / VFX Job Fair is a one-of-a-kind recruitment fair connecting top studios with Canada’s best animation, visual… »

Call for Submissions: Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (deadline January 10, 2018)

By Mike Valiquette

Submit your animation short films! The Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival is Hungary’s biggest short film festival, taking place every year in Budapest. The deadline for submission is 10 January, and the festival will be held between 3-8 April. Winners are awarded with up to 8000 Euros. Categories: live-action fiction, animation, documentary, LGBTQ,… »

TONIGHT!!!! TORONTO!!!!! Animatic TO presents: The War Stories on Christmas!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

 Last year was a blast. See?  And we’re doing it again! All the behind the scenes, crazy shit that’s usually not fit to tell. Here’s the details. For one festive night Toronto’s animation community comes together to tell their best “War Stories” about life in the trenches of the industry. There will be drinks available… »

TONIGHT: TAAFI presents Creator Driven Shows: A Cartoon Discussion, LIVESTREAM!!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: Our pals at Canadian Animation Blog will be livestreaming, for anyone who can’t make it. You’ll find the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/user/canadiananimation/live Creator Driven Shows: A Cartoon Discussion SOLD OUT! Rush line seating available at the door. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Corus Quay Over the past few years there have been many… »

events: Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End, Toronto Screening, December 3rd, 2017

By Mike Valiquette

Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End, Toronto Screening Cast and Crew in Attendance Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 7:00 PM–9:00 PM, Royal Cinema Continuing where the critically acclaimed cult TV series left off, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End returns to Crowley Heights to find… »

events: Cuphead Talk at TAIS, Toronto, November 24th

By Mike Valiquette

Cuphead is a huge hit, and a win for creator driven content everywhere. The Toronto Animated Image Society is hosting a few members of the crew for a behind the scenes chat. Here’s the info. Friday, November 24th OCAD University, 100 McCaul – Rm 230 7:00-9:00pm (doors 6:45pm) $5 at the door for general public… »

TONIGHT! TORONTO! Animatic TO Presents Christian Potenza!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Tonight’s the latest in the Animatic TO series of talks, and this one’s going to be fun. It’s voice actor Christian Potenza! Voice actor Christian Potenza of Switchboard Sessions enlightens us on the possibilities of voicing your own animated creations, from incubation to execution. We will also discuss the process of how to find the… »

press release: YMA Conference, November 15 to 17, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Children, Youth & Media conference: A look at the program, November 15 to 17 Once again this fall, Youth Media Alliance (YMA) presents a major event for youth screen-based media professionals: the Children, Youth & Media (CYM) conference, now in its seventh edition. Scheduled from November 15 to 17 in Toronto, the conference addresses the… »

STARTOON WINNER: Pepper & Monterey, by Ryan MacNeil!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Yesterday, a winner was picked in this year’s Startoon creative development outreach program. Vancouver-based animator Ryan MacNeil’s submission, Pepper and Monterey beat out 82 other contenders for a 25 thousand dollar development deal. Ryan put a ton of work into the various challenges, and responded incredibly well to the feedback from the judges. He also… »

Say hi to this guy at OAIF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

It’s the eve of OIAF 2017 and we’re en route from Toronto today. I’m doing some Startoon stuff, including a Cartoons by Cartoonists panel tomorrow morning at TAC. I also finally get to see the Breadwinner on Friday night! Ottawa is where I grew up, and the festival is home. I’ve been going since around… »

press release: NFB at OIAF 2017

By Mike Valiquette

A leader in auteur animation for over 75 years, the NFB has 12 new short films showcased at the 2017 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), including eight in official competition: Matthew Rankin’s THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT; Chintis Lundgren’s Manivald; Eva Cvijanovic’s Hedgehog’s Home; Christopher Auchter’s The Mountain of SGaana; Malcolm Sutherland’s Simulated Life; and three… »

The Breadwinner.

By Mike Valiquette

The Breadwinner had its world premiere yesterday at TIFF and the reviews are coming in. Oscar talk is already happening. This is an important film, for a variety of reasons. It’s the latest from Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind Secret of the Kells and Song of the Sea. Both those movies were nominated for Academy… »

Vancouver Short Film Festival Call For Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

Calling All Student Filmmakers: Submit to the Vancouver Short Film Festival A new school year has arrived, and with that comes the opportunity to get creative. As classes resume, the Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is inviting BC film students to submit their work before the October 13th deadline. There are no length restrictions (but… »

events: Cartoon Forum, Quebec City, October 24 to 26

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Forum is coming up soon, and there’s a deadline this weekend for registration to their one on one meetings. Here’s the link. Worry free one-to-one meetings At Cartoon Connection there are NO unending email exchanges to organise your meetings. Everything is done online and the only email you will receive is the one with… »

Tomorrow Night! Toronto! Amblin’ Along Art Show at the Gladstone!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Every year or two, Tammy Semen finds time in her very busy schedule to put together an amazing themed art show at the Gladstone Hotel in the west end of downtown Toronto. She always gets a great turnout of inspiring talent, and, in turn, a great turnout for the show. This year looks to be… »

events: 11th annual TAIS Animated Showcase, Toronto, July 29th

By Mike Valiquette

This is happening. Official Trailer – 11th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase from TAIS on Vimeo. 11th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase Saturday July 29th – 7:00PM Geary Lane – 360 Geary Ave. Toronto $10 advance / $12 door / $8 door TAIS members Advance tickets – HERE w​ww.tais.ca Bringing the Best Independent Canadian and International Animation to… »

press release: Puppetry Workshop for Animators, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI OPENS DOORS FOR PUPPETRY TRAINING FOR ANIMATORS TAAFI and Skyship Entertainment announce exclusive workshop with leading puppetry professionals   TORONTO, ON – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced a partnership with Skyship Entertainment to host an exclusive workshop called PUPPETRY FOR ANIMATORS: ANIMATING THE INANIMATE. Led by industry veterans Trish Leeper (The… »

Volunteer at OIAF 2017!

By Mike Valiquette

The 2017 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival is coming up fast, and they’ve just put out their open call for volunteers. It’s an amazing experience for anyone looking to get a foot in the door in the world of animation. You’ll meet tons of great people, get access to the festival itself, and… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance 2017 Awards of Excellence – Winners Announced

By Mike Valiquette

Winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence Montréal, May 31, 2017 – This year’s Youth Media Alliance gala unfolded before an enthusiastic audience on May 31 at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The evening was hosted by the vibrant Studio K trio of Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw and Victor Verbitsky under this year’s… »

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2017: Deadline for Submissions is TOMORROW!

By Mike Valiquette

That’s it. You have til tomorrow to submit your film to OIAF 2017. Here’s the… »

events: 2017 Animation Job Fair, Toronto, April 29

By Mike Valiquette

TOMORROW!!!!!! TAAFI did one of these a couple years ago, and it was a madhouse. This time around they’ve teamed up with CASO and it looks like it’s going to be another doozy! So if you’re looking for work, just want to connect with people, or even just look around at what the other studios… »

STARTOON is BACK! Submissions are open!

By Mike Valiquette

Alright. It’s time to talk about Startoon. I always struggle a bit when it comes to cross-promotion. Startoon is my day job these days, so I get a little wobbly about promoting it here. But then I have to step back and tell myself to stop being a dummy and share what we’re doing. Because… »

events: VANIMATIC! April 18th, Grahaeme Cowie Talking About the Impotents, and how they ran a SUCESSFULL KICKSTARTER!

By Mike Valiquette

If I were in Vancouver on April 18th, I’d be here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1892151544392891/ Last year, Grahaeme Cowie and his partner Jeff Cooper set out to get their idea for an adult comedy animated series funded via Kickstarter. They pulled it off. They also made a funny cartoon. I supported it. I got a t-shirt. All this… »

OIAF 2017 Poster!

By Mike Valiquette

I think it’s lovely. Here’s the info provided by Kelly Neal via Facebook: The 2017 poster is here! The stunning new poster was created by Montreal-based animator Elise Simard, a film director who has contributed visual signatures and handmade special effects for documentary features and animated shorts. For the past 10 years she has been… »

press release: Youth Media Alliance Announces Nominees for English Language Awards of Excellence

By Mike Valiquette

Montreal, March 21, 2017 – Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is pleased to announce the television series as well as digital and interactive productions in the running for an Awards of Excellence. The winners will be revealed at the awards gala to be held on May 31, at the CBC Glenn-Gould Studio, in Toronto. Based on… »

OIAF 2017 Submissions OPEN!!

By Mike Valiquette

ALL-OUT CALL-OUT: OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OPENS SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (February 21, 2017) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation film festival, is now accepting entries for competition in 2017! Entries are due May 26, and there is no entry fee. From September 20-24, Ottawa will become the… »

Youth Media Alliance 2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence: Jury Members Wanted!

By Mike Valiquette

2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence: Jury Members Wanted! Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is looking for youth media professional to sit on the nomination jury for its 2017 English-Language Awards of Excellence. The involvement of the industry would be invaluable to us, and it’s also essential that our industry take part in the selection process. Nomination… »

jobby: Administrative Assistant, TAAFI, Toronto

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TAAFI, The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, is seeking applicants for the part-time position of Administrative Assistant. This person provides a wide range of administrative support to the organization’s Board of Directors and associates. BACKGROUND: The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International is a not-for‐profit arts organization formed in 2011 dedicated to showcasing the… »

events: ANIMATIC TO presents, The War Stories on Christmas

By Mike Valiquette

Next week there’s an extra special Animatic TO happening. Barry Sanders has invited a group of industry veterans to share their “war stories”. It’s a tricky one, we’ve all got stories to tell of jobs that maybe left an emotional mark or two, but we also would like to continue to work in this industry…. »

TONIGHT: Animatic TO presents Mike Valiquette, Deconstructing Development and the Startoon Experience

By Mike Valiquette

Yep. Animatic TO is back! And tonight’s presentation is gonna be me, talking about the development process here in Canada and how Startoon, the online development initiative I ran this pas year, fits into it. For those who weren’t constantly bombarded by my personal updates about Startoon, here’s a little breakdown on what it was… »

press release: Indie sci-fi feature Nova Seed to open GIRAF12 festival of independent animation

By Mike Valiquette

Quickdraw Animation Society announces features and visiting artist for Calgary animation festival’s 12th year   The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual GIRAF animation festival (a.k.a. the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival) will kick off its 12th year on Thursday, November 24 with a screening of NOVA SEED, a sci-fi adventure story animated single-handedly by Canadian artist… »

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

By Mike Valiquette

This year was the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s 40th anniversary, which meant that I had to find a way to get up to Ottawa from Toronto and watch some beautiful works of animation done by some kooky filmmakers. As always, it’s not easy to catch every single screening since there are so many events and… »

Countdown to OIAF 2016: MORE Festival Memories from Rob Anderson

By Mike Valiquette

OIAF 2016 is right around the corner. It’s a big year, the festival is celebrating 40 years. I’ve been going since 1992, and from this vantage point it all seems like one long blur of faces and films. Thankfully there are those out there with clearer memories. One of those is our very own occasional… »

Press Release: Okanagan International Animation Festival to Launch in 2017

By Mike Valiquette

International animation festival set for October 2017 in BC’s spectacular Okanagan The Okanagan International Festival of Animation is on! Kelowna, B.C. ­ The Okanagan International Festival of Animation (OkIFA) is an annual five-day animation and digital media festival, market and conference set to launch from October 2 ­ 6, 2017, in Kelowna, British Columbia. This… »

OIAF 2016 Official Selection

By Mike Valiquette

This year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival has announced both their feature and short film official selections. Here are the press releases: FEATURE COMPETITION This is a ground breaking year for Canada at OIAF with three feature films competing for the grand prize. Jean-François Laguionie, who won at OIAF 1978 with his film La Traversée de… »

Festival Stop Motion Montreal: Official Selection Announced!

By Mike Valiquette

The 8th edition of the Montreal StopMo Festival is coming up and they’ve announced their official selection. Among them are a bunch of Canadian films, so we’ll highlight those: FILMMAKER FILM TITLE SCHOOL/COUNTRY YEAR Eustace Ng APE Sheridan 2015 “Hands On Deck” Collectif FEATHERS Sheridan 2016 Daniel Sterlin-Altman ALLO,C’EST TA MERE/HI, ITS YOUR MOTHER Mel… »

Theodore Ushev and Moïa Jobin-Paré Win at Annecy 2016

By Mike Valiquette

As awards go, picking up a prize at Annecy is just about as big as it gets. The French festival has just announced its winners and congratulations are due to the 2 Canadian picks: Blind Vaysha by Theodore Ushev (Jury Award), and 4min15 in the Developer (Off Limits Award), by Moïa Jobin-Paré. Jury Award Vaysha,… »

events: Schoolism LIVE, Toronto, May 7-8

By Mike Valiquette

Schoolism LIVE Toronto Workshop is happening this weekend! May 7-8, 2016. http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-toronto/ Learn from instructors Stephan Martiniere (Rage, Guardians of the Galaxy) Chris Sasaki (Inside Out, Sanjay’s Super Team) Andrea Blasich (Brave, The Dam Keeper) Mike Yamada (The Croods, Big Hero 6) Shiyoon Kim (Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Frozen) Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (Marvel, DC,… »

TAAFI 2016 in Review: 8 Takeaways from TAAFI 2016 by a Toonsmith

By Mike Valiquette

Reposted with permission from Brent Smith. Brent had been a whirlwind lately at animation events here in Toronto, and we were able to persuade him to share some of his thoughts with us. Here’s his report (you can also read it directly on his blog):             8 Takeaways from TAAFI… »

TAAFI 2016 STARTS TOMORROW!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s going to be a busy few days for animation here in Toronto! TAAFI 2016 launches tomorrow and there’s too much to see and do. We’ll be at our table at the MAARKET on Saturday and Sunday, and will do our best to tweet and share our experience at the festival this year. Come say… »

EVENTS: Animation Job Fair at TAAFI 2016

By Mike Valiquette

Get a Job – Animation Arts Maarket 2016 Free animation job fair and networking event at TAAFI 2016 From April 23 to 24, the Animation Arts Maarket returns during the TAAFI 2016 festivities held at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus in Toronto. Animation and VFX freelancers, graduating students and industry veterans: there is a boom… »

Tim Burton Tribute Show, March 31st at the Gladstone, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Check it out! Tammy’s having another art show! This year we’ve got an all female list of contributing artists, and there’s some pretty impressive talent in the bunch. It’s a tribute to Tim Burton, so that opens the door to a lot of creativity. Thursday March 31st at the Gladstone. Be there, dummies. It’s the… »

Earlybird Rate Extended for TAAFI Passes! Additional Discount for CAR Readers! For Reals! Read this Post Far Cheap TAAFI Tickets!

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI has extended early bird sales until Friday March 25. The full program is almost completely locked in and can be viewed on TAAFI’s new website: taafi.com/festival-2016/program-overview. There’s a ton going on at the festival this year, as usual. They’ve got 6 Workshops, 2 Canadian World Premiere features, SPARK (Toonbox) and Nova Seed (House of… »

ToonBoom Webinar: Creative Entrepreneurship with Big Jump’s Cory Morrison.

By Mike Valiquette

Toon Boom is offering a webinar with Ottawa’s Cory Morrison, one of the founders of Big Jump Productions. Wednesday, March 24th at 4pm, Cory will discuss what it means to be a an entrepreneur in the creative field of animation. Sign up… »

TIFF KIDS Industry Registration Opens

By Mike Valiquette

Industry registration for TIFF Kids 2016 now open! TIFF Kids celebrates great children’s screen content with a programme of terrific new films, a three-day Industry Conference, networking opportunities, workshops, roundtable discussions and our award winning digiPlaySpace. Industry passes offer fluid access to festival screenings and conference events. We offer two industry pass types to help… »

TAAFI 2016 Poster, by Nneka Myers

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s this year’s TAAFI poster, by Nneka Myers. And a “making of” video! Designing the TAAFI 2016 Poster – Nneka Myers from Toronto Animation Arts Festival on… »

Events: Animatic TO presents Indie Animation Film Maker Carla Veldman, TONIGHT, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re in Toronto, and you want to hang with the animation crowd, tonight’s a great night to do it. Animatic TO’s latest edition is an evening with award-winning independent film maker Carla Veldman. From the event page: Carla Veldman is a Toronto based animation filmmaker and stop-motion artist. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation… »

press release: TAAFI ANNOUNCES 2016 GUEST SPEAKERS

By Mike Valiquette

Walt Disney Studios, Hanna-Barbera, and many recognized animators TORONTO, ON — The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) has announced six guest speakers for its 2016 program. Recognized for their work on various award-winning animated films and popular television series, the industry leaders will speak at George Brown College – Waterfront Campus during the festival… »

events: Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Holiday Party, Wednesday December 2, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

In celebration of the holidays, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to invite you for a festive fun time at Betty’s on December 2nd, 2015! This year’s holiday party will feature Party Games, Prizes and a lot of good cheer! We are also bringing Resume and Reel reviews to the party!  Meet local experts and professional and have them review your work.  If you… »

TODAY! SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS!!!

By Mike Valiquette

It’s on it’s way later today. We’ll keep you posted. Super Science Friends Trailer from Tinman Creative Studios on… »

Events: YMA (Youth Media Alliance) Conference, next week in Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Next week is the YMA Conference in Toronto, and they’ve lined up a solid list of speakers and panels for those interested in getting real insight into how television (and other media) for kids gets made. Here’s the latest press release: Workshop: How to make TV that lasts Presented by IPF, the workshop How to… »

press release: Annecy 2016 – Film and Project Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

Opening of Registration for Films and Projects Annecy 2016 will be opening its doors from 13th June. For the first time the International Animation Film Festival will pay tribute to… French animation! We have asked a number of foreign programme planners to take a look at this famous “French touch”. The film Market (Mifa) will… »

Great Event in Toronto on Saturday: Animation, Routes to Success, Moderated by Howie Shia

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival has done a great job of embracing animation over the years. Next Saturday, they continue that tradition with an excellent looking panel hosted by animation director Howie Shia. The panelists include NFB animation honcho Michael Fukushima, Corus’ Brandon Lane, writer Ravi Steve, recruiter Nadine Simard, and animators Sam Chou and… »

OIAF 2015: FREE WEEKEND PASSES!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

That’s right! Free passess! 2 of them! The Ottawa International Animation Festival is almost upon us. If you’ve never been, now’s your chance! They’ve graciously offered us 2 free weekend passes, and I’m passing them on to YOU! If you want them, we’ll do a draw at the end of the day, email to… »

OIAF 2015 Trailer Film

By Mike Valiquette

2015 Ottawa International Animation Festival Trailer from Ottawa Animation Fest Press on Vimeo. The 2015 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival is a week away, and I can’t wait to see you there. Ottawa’s my home town, and the festival is the biggest week on the animation calendar, as far as I’m concerned. People… »

TONIGHT! TORONTO! Animatic TO Presents: Undergrads Creator Pete Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO continues to offer up a great series of speakers, with tonight being no exception. A long time ago on a tv network far far away… Pete Williams will be giving a talk about his animated TV series, UNDERGRADS! originally aired in 2001, the series only ran for 13 episodes but has since gained… »

Pitch This! Submissions Open for TAC 2015

By Mike Valiquette

PITCH THIS! Offers Pitching Opportunities at The Animation Conference 2015 OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (JUNE 17, 2015) – The Animation Conference (TAC), in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment, is pleased to once again offer PITCH THIS!, a specialized program dedicated to providing producers with potential career-changing pitching opportunities. The TAC committee, which includes representatives from the… »

Mike Geiger Honoured by the Youth Media Alliance

By Mike Valiquette

This guy was just so aw shucks at last night’s awards show. It was adorable. Mike’s the best, and it’s nice to see him get some attention.  And boy did he get it! Radical Sheep put together a little tribute video that we can share here. Mike Geiger – YMA Music Video from Radical Sheep… »

Tonight in Toronto: Animatic TO presents, ART DIRECTION WITH SAM BRADLEY

By Mike Valiquette

Sam Bradley has been working in the animation industry for nearly 10 years as a painter, designer and art director. Away from work, he’s almost always pursuing some form of elusive creative bliss. Most commonly that time is spent making & reading comics, absorbing cityscapes around the world, drawing from life in the studio and… »

Events: TAAFI Presents, a Masterclass With Disney/Pixar’s Josh Cooley, June 20th

By Mike Valiquette

Coming up, from TAAFI, a chance to get one on one with Disney/Pixar’s Josh Cooley, Story Supervisor on Inside Out. The event includes a special screening of Inside Out, followed by a Q&A with Josh, and then the Masterclass, where Josh will walk you through the story process used in the movie. Here’s the… »

Events: Tonight in Toronto, Animatic TO presents House of Cool’s Ricardo Curtis

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO continues to present engaging speakers from the animation community. Tonight, it’s  Ricardo Curtis of House of Cool! House of Cool is a world renowned studio that has provided services for such clients as Disney, Blue Sky, Warner Bros, Universal, 20th Century Fox to name a few. Join us as we hear from HoC’s… »

Animatic TO brings lecture series to the internets!

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic T.O. the animation lecture series and social event that has been bringing education, inspiration and community building to Toronto’s animation scene for two seasons is taking those lectures online! Starting today with Designing with Genevieve FT online now! New lectures will go up every two weeks on the Canadian Animation YouTube channel. Just follow… »

Meanwhile, in Toronto: SO MANY JOBS!!!!!! TAAFI Job Fair coming up fast!

By Mike Valiquette

 Canadian and US Studios Battle for Talent at Toronto Animation Job Fair TAAFI helps the booming Canadian animation industry connect with much needed talent   TORONTO, Ontario (April 20, 2015) – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is pleased to announce the Animation Job Fair will be held on May 2 at George Brown… »

Emmy Nominations Galore! (Especially Jess Borutski)

By Mike Valiquette

The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and that’s a good day to be a Canadian with Emmy aspirations. 9Story’s got 9, fittingly. Sinking Ship’s got a bunch, primarily for live action, but Annedroid’s got a buttload of animation, so I’m counting it. The Kratt brothers are nominated. It’s a big list, and takes a… »

Event Report: Schoolism LIVE Toronto Day 1

By Kyu-bum Lee

Happening this weekend was Schoolism LIVE at Toronto. (March 28th and 29th, 2015) The event was held in downtown Toronto at The Westin Harbour Castle. Schoolism Live is two day lecture series with option to go for one day or both. Regrettably. I only had the time for the first day but what a day it… »

jobby: TAAFI Launches TAAFI Animation Job Fair, May 2nd, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Gaming, Broadcast and VFX Studios Converge on Toronto for One­-of­-a­-Kind Animation Job Fair TAAFI, Toronto’s Animation Festival helps the booming Canadian animation industry connect with much needed talent TORONTO, Ontario (March 23, 2015) – The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International  (TAAFI) is pleased to announce the 2015 TAAFI Animation Job Fair to be held on… »

events: IN CONVERSATION WITH… PETE DOCTER AT TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX ON MARCH 23

By Mike Valiquette

Pixar Animation Studios’ Academy Award-winning director joins Richard Crouse for a special onstage conversationToronto – TIFF welcomes Pete Docter, Academy Award®-winning director and Vice President, Creative at Pixar Animation Studios, for a special on stage conversation on March 23 at 7 p.m. where he’ll discuss his extraordinary past projects — including Up, Monsters, Inc., WALL•E… »

events: TIFF KIDS 2015

By Mike Valiquette

TIFF Kids is coming! The programme for the festival is always great, and this year looks like no exception. For us animation types, there’s the Creativity X Curiosity screening, described as follows: This diverse collection of international animated shorts celebrates the creativity of filmmakers who find fantastically imaginative ways to bring their stories to life…. »

OIAF 2015 Poster!

By Mike Valiquette

We’re a bit behind on our OIAF coverage. Here’s this year’s poster reveal, along with some descriptive wordy things.   First up… we got ourselves a nifty little poster created by the Hub collective whose roster includes Caleb Wood, Dylan Hayes, Ted Wiggin, Africanus Okokon and Derick Wycherly. “We approached the project chaotically,” says Mr…. »

press release: Sixteen Sheridan graduates take home Canadian Screen Awards

By Mike Valiquette

(Oakville, Ontario): Congratulations to 16 Sheridan graduates who have received 20 Canadian Screen Awards this year. The Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs) celebrate homegrown talent in front of the camera and behind the scenes in film, television and digital media. The 2015 CSAs were presented at a series of week-long events, culminating in the final broadcast… »

OIAF 2015 Call for Submissions!

By Mike Valiquette

World-Leading Animation Event Seeks Submissions for International Showcase in Ottawa OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (February 24, 2015) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), one of the world’s most respected film festivals, is seeking state-of-the-art, thoughtful, funny and provocative animated films to showcase at venues in the national capital region from September 16th through the 20th…. »

jobby: Atomic Cartoons Open House, March 12th, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Atomic’s hosting a recruiting event and open house at their studio on March 12th, here’s the poster: If you’re in Vancouver and looking to work with some swell folks, here’s your… »

iKids Awards! Marblemedia! DHX!

By Mike Valiquette

The Kidscreen Summit in Miami (did I mention it’s in Miami this year? Because it is. In Miami) supports two sets of awards, the Kidscreen Awards, and the iKids Awards for digital media projects. We ran a post on the Kidscreen Awards, so it’s only fair we highlight the Canadians who picked up iKids awards… »

Kidscreen Awards! Peg + Cat! Fangbone! Dino Dan! Stella and Sam!

By Mike Valiquette

We haven’t been covering Kidscreen this year because: A) We aren’t there. and B) It’s in Miami, and we’re having a big hissy fit because all our friends are warm and sipping cocktails, and we’re not. But it’s a thing, and it’s happening right now. IN MIAMI. I’m sure there are a bunch of readers… »

jobby: Arc Casts Recruiting Net Into American Waters

By Mike Valiquette

It looks like exciting times at Toronto’s Arc Productions. They’ve always been a significant employer in the Toronto area, and have hired from outside of Canada on a few occasions before as well. But this announcement looks like they’re making a pretty aggressive push to recruit from an LA talent pool that has seen some… »

events: Storytelling Masterclass with Mike Surrey(Lion King, Tarzan, Princess and the Frog), presented by TAAFI

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI is excited to present an inspiring and intimate drawing workshop with Mike Surrey, supervising animator on The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Princess and the Frog. This is a special opportunity for participants to learn from one of the industry’s classically and digitally trained artists’ in both story and animation. Workshop: Understand your Character,… »

Best Thing Ever Today: Torill Kove Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Mike Valiquette

Via Michael Fukushima. This just makes me smile so much. Torill Kove reacts to her 3rd nomination! from Michael Fukushima on… »

events: Wild Wild Wes, a tribute to Wes Anderson. Thursday, November 13th at the Gladstone in Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Coming up at the Gladstone in Toronto! Check out all the… »

press release: Classic NFB Stereoscopic Films Screening at MOMA

By Mike Valiquette

PUT ON YOUR 3D GLASSES: RESTORED NFB STEREOSCOPIC FILMS COME TO NEW YORK Classic works by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart showcased at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC Four recently restored 3D films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are being featured at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New… »

events: Halloween Cartoonapalooza! Vancouver!

By Mike Valiquette

Halloween’s here and the fine folks at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver are using it as an opportunity to invite you to the latest edition of CARTOONAPALOOZA! Here’s the… »

OIAF 2014 Winners Announced! Poland and Canada Take Top Prizes

By Mike Valiquette

  OTTAWA (September 20, 2014)— The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) competition component has come to an end with the highly anticipated award ceremonies, which were held this evening at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. OIAF organizers announced the 2014 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s OIAF, which is in… »

here. now. OIAF 2014

By Mike Valiquette

This is… »

OIAF 2014: Nickelodeon Pitch Sessions

By Mike Valiquette

Nickelodeon is bringing it’s traveling pitch-fest to the Ottawa International Animation Festival next week. They’re really doing a huge push to reach out beyond their usual networks. They’ve received some criticism from the usual places, but in my opinion, any initiative that removes barriers for talent is a worthwhile effort. The event takes place on… »

press release: 17 NFB Films Featured at OIAF 2014

By Mike Valiquette

SEVENTEEN NFB FILMS FEATURED AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL, INCLUDING TWO WORLD PREMIERES This year’s selection includes documentaries on Norman McLaren and Canadian cartoonist Seth August 18, 2014 • Toronto, Ontario • National Film Board of Canada A world leader in auteur animation, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be showcased at the… »

press release: OIAF 2014 in Two Weeks!

By Mike Valiquette

A WORLD OF ANIMATION IN THE CAPITAL OIAF JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY! OTTAWA, Ontario (September 3, 2014) – From September 17-21, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) audiences will feast their eyes on the edgiest, most innovative animation the world has to offer. Now in its 38th year, the OIAF is an event that unites artists,… »

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