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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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

press release: VIFF announces $20,000 award for Call-To-Action Films re: Refugee Crisis

By Mike Valiquette

$20,000 Prize to be Awarded in Refugee Crisis Film Competition Frank Giustra, Founder of the Radcliffe Foundation, and the Vancouver International Film Festival, urge film-makers to participate – Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Sarah McLachlan, Louise Arbour, Craig Kielburger, Ivan Fecan, Atom Egoyan among others lend their voices to the crisis as part of the competition’s jury… »

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,… »

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… »

Event Report: TAAFI 2016

By Kyu-bum Lee

Happening this past weekend, (April 22-24, 2016) was the third TAAFI festival. TAAFI opened on Friday with 3 workshops and the opening ceremony including screening of Spark (Toon Box Entertainment). I wasn’t able to attend the opening ceremony this time around so if you were I’d love to hear how it went. Feel free to… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

Call For Entries: 2016 Fest Anca

By Mike Valiquette

The 9th Fest Anča International Animation Festival has launched a call for entries that will end on March 15, 2016. Only films made after January 1, 2014 can be considered for the 9ᵗʰ Fest Anča 2016. Only those submitters whose digital copies or DVD/Blu-Ray screeners are sent before March 15, 2016 will be considered for… »

press release: NFB’s Carface directed by Claude Cloutier wins at 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation

By Mike Valiquette

  Carface (Autos Portraits) by Claude Cloutier, a short produced by Julie Roy for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), won the International Competition Prize at the 2015 Sommets du cinéma d’animation earlier this evening. The Festival ran from November 25 to 29 in Montreal. The film has made the shortlist of 10 works… »

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 coverage by David Cuevas, aged 12. Today’s Greatest Thing Ever and a Reminder To Us All About Why We Do What We Do.

By Mike Valiquette

I can’t even. This is the best. If only we could do this much amazing coverage. I think I’m tearing up a bit. And he’s on twitter. Go watch them… »

Event Report: OIAF 2015

By Kyu-bum Lee

Happening this past week (Sept. 16-20, 2015) was Ottawa International Animation Festival. I only went for the weekend portion of the festival and overall I had a pretty awesome time. Here’s brief highlight of the stuff I got to see and a bit of personal thoughts. I started the festival with screening of films by Michele… »

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… »

Volunteer at OIAF 2015

By Mike Valiquette

I’m going to strongly recommend this. I did it. And it was great. Here’s the… »

Call For Entries: Northwest Animation Fest, Deadline September 1

By Mike Valiquette

NW Animation Fest: deadline Sept 1 – submit for FREE The Northwest Animation Festival is now accepting submissions for 2016. Entry is FREE if you get your film in by Sept 1. Complete the online entry form in under five minutes. Send your film using Vimeo, Dropbox, or whatever service you like best. Submit here:… »

call for entries: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Festival, Seattle

By Mike Valiquette

EMP Museum is now accepting entries for the 2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF)! The eleventh-annual festival will screen in Seattle, Washington in early 2016. We’re looking forward to this year’s excellent submissions from around the world, and we hope we’ll have the opportunity to see what you, your students, and your… »

press release: Ottawa Animation Festival Spotlights Canadian Animators in Competition

By Mike Valiquette

Canadian Filmmakers Light Up the World Stage  Ottawa International Animation Festival Shines Spotlight on Canadian Filmmakers OTTAWA (July 14, 2015) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), North America’s leading animation event, announced today the complete list of films to be presented in September as part of the annual Festival’s Official Competition selection. Of the… »

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… »

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… »

Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Call for Entries

By Mike Valiquette

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is back for its seventh year, and the call for entries is now open.   Our Call for Entries is now open! We are actively seeking stop motion short films for this year’s MSMFF. This year, the MSMFF broaden its horizons and now accepting film submissions with Object Animation… »

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: 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…. »

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…. »

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,… »

Amir Avni’s McLaren retrospective available online

By Mike Valiquette

In honour of the legendary Canadian-by-way-of-Scottish animation pioneer, Norman McLaren’s 100th birthday, animator Amir Avni put together a wonderful tribute that was presented at this year’s Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI). I wasn’t able to catch it there, but thankfully, it’s now available on Amir’s Vimeo page. “A retrospective I curated about Norman McLaren… »

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,… »

from the internets: Oscar-Winning Animator Torril Kove at TIFF

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 ran a nice little interview with Award-winning animator, and Concordia alum, Torril Kove. Torril is a wonderful filmmaker and her latest, Me and my Moulton, will be screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Here the link:… »

press release: Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival presents Behind-the-Scenes of The Boxtrolls and Robot Chicken

By Mike Valiquette

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Behind-the-Scenes of The Boxtrolls and Robot Chicken September 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2014 Montreal, August 26, 2014 – The sixth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is proud to announce the release of its official program for 2014. This year, the Festival will be taking place on… »

call for entries: 18th Japan Media Arts Festival

By Mike Valiquette

18th Japan Media Arts Festival | Call for Entries Deadline: 2 September 2014 (18:00 Japan Standard Time) The Japan Media Arts Festival is a comprehensive festival of Media Arts (Media Geijutsu) that honors outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games. The festival gives awards… »

press release: OIAF Spotlights Walt Disney Animation Studios

By Mike Valiquette

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS IN SPOTLIGHT AT THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OTTAWA (August 20, 2014) – Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Ottawa International Animation Festival is celebrating the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney… »

OIAF/TAC 2014: Iron Developer. Have you got what it takes?

By Mike Valiquette

Calling all Writer/Artist teams! We’re seeking two eager artist/writer teams that will step up to the plate and participate in this year’s Iron Developer, a live development exercise where the creative teams tweak a concept based on real-time curve-balls thrown at them by a development person. The event gives the Professional Development Day audience an… »

festivals: Vancouver Short Film Festival call for submissions

By Mike Valiquette

The 5th annual edition of the Vancouver Short Film Festival has opened its call for submissions. No time limit is enforced, but the shorter, the better. The director or producer of the film must be a British Columbia resident in order to enter, or the film must have been produced in BC. Details… »

press release: OIAF announces short film competitors, Canadians representing

By Mike Valiquette

CANADIAN COMPETITION SHINES ON THE WORLD STAGE Ottawa (July 17, 2014) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the Short Film Competition for 2014. Once again, Canada is well represented with 53 films in the spotlight. From a total of 2185 entries received, 110 films representing 24 countries have been chosen… »

events: PITCH THIS! at TAC 2014

By Mike Valiquette

GET YOUR IDEAS OFF THE PAGE AND ON THE AIR with TAC and PITCH THIS! 2014 OTTAWA, Ontario – Do you have an animated series idea that needs to be seen? Are you looking for the perfect audience to present your idea? Put together your best pitch and submit it to PITCH THIS! a program… »

OIAF 2014 Announces Selection For Feature Film Category

By Mike Valiquette

LEMONS, CONVICTS AND CARTOONISTS A RICH AND ENGAGING COLLECTION OF FEATURE FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED IN THE OIAF 2014 COMPETITION OTTAWA (July 4, 2014) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the selection of films competing in the Feature Film Category at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. “This year’s feature… »

press release: OIAF ANNOUNCES THE SHORT ANIMATION AND SERIES FOR KIDS COMPETITION

By Mike Valiquette

OTTAWA (June 24, 2014) The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is pleased to announce the finalists for the competition of Short Films for Kids and Series for Kids at this year’s Festival running September 17-21. While last year’s OIAF winner in Series for TV, Regular Show, returns with the hilarious The Last Laserdisc Player, France… »

TAAFI winners!

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI 2014 has released a list of their winners. Congrats to all! Best Student Short: Blackout – dir. Sharron Mirsky (Chosen by Education Specialist, National Film Board of Canada, Laurence Desrosiers-Guité) Best Canadian Short: Bless You – dir. David Barlow-Krelina (Chosen by Programming and Technical Coordinator – Ottawa International Animation Festival, Keltie Duncan) Best International Short:… »

Behind A Table At TAAFI 2014

By Rebecca David

  Gosh I love TAAFI.  You can ask Mike, he’ll back me up.  The atmosphere is what I like the most, I think. The air at TAAFI is laid-back and happy.  There are cartoons to watch, panels to attend and lots of people who are more than happy to meet you! So when TAAFI announced… »

TAAFI: Day 4 Highlights, Impressions & Thoughts

By Kyu-bum Lee

The day began early and strong as Rex Grignon guided the audience through his personal and very historical journey of the birth of 3D animation and how he ended up at Dreamworks Studio. It was surreal to see his interview footage from when he was at Sheridan 30 years ago. It would be interesting to see… »

TAAFI: Day 3 Highlights and Impressions

By Kyu-bum Lee

Alright, TAAFI day 3. I started the day by checking out Darren Donovan’s demo on creating 2D FX in flash. I thought the demo would have been great if Darren had more time and had proper setup he was used to instead of trying to make do with a tiny tablet. Though brief, it was cool… »

TAAFI 2014: #FindKyu update

By Mike Valiquette

Film-maker. animator, designer, CAR contributor and sneaky guy Kyu-bum Lee has been posting updates on his various TAAFI activities, and yet there have still been very few confirmed sightings. We caught him stopping by the booth yesterday with Darren Rawlings. And here’s a sneaky shot of free-range Kyu. But apart from that, he’s pretty much… »

TAAFI Maarket Booth Pics! Today’s Guests: Kris Pearn, FunkFuzz, Jon Ng, Joel MacKenzie, Lillian Chan, Kaj Pindal!

By Mike Valiquette

The Animation All-Stars booth at this year’s TAAFI Maarket is a hit. I’m calling it. Yesterday’s turnout was amazing. Despite a few slow patches, we had a pretty steady stream of fans stopping by to say hi to our lineup of amazing guests. Aaron Hong, Dave Cooper, Jon Ng, Jess Borutski, Mike Geiger, Kalman Andrasofszky… »

TAAFI: Day 2 Highlights & Impressions

By Kyu-bum Lee

Hey guys, it’s midnight. I just got back from full day of TAAFI day 2. The day was really great. I’ll write quick summary of what was fun and unique about it. The first place I visited after I picked up my pass was the Animation Arts Maarket. That’s where some studios and artists had… »

TAAFI: Day 1 Impressions

By Kyu-bum Lee

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2014 officially started off today. I didn’t attend the first event of the day Pitch-a-Palooza. Perhaps our very own Mike, who was one of many speakers, can shine a light on his experiences. I just came back from the opening ceremony and screening .  This is my first time at TAAFI… »

Where in the World is Kyu-bum Lee?

By Mike Valiquette

CAR contributor Kyu-bum Lee is going to be out and about this weekend at TAAFI. I can’t keep track of the guy, but perhaps you, our readers, can! Kyu’s a little on the quiet side, so if you see him skulking about, I want you to walk right up to him and say hello, snap… »

Do you Jalloo?

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI, TAAFI, TAAFI…. seems like that’s all we talk about around here. Well TAAFI, there is another event happening this weekend. It’s out in Miramichi, NB, it’s called Jalloo, and it’s a ton of fun. Also, there’s lobster. I haven’t been back in a few years, but I love going. It’s a smaller, more intimate… »

TAAFI Pass Giveaway!!! CLAIMED!!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve got a festival pass to give away right now!!!!  AAaaaaaaaaannnnnnnd it’s gone! Bam! Thanks for playing…. »

CAR Presents: Animation All-Stars booth at the TAAFI MAARKET! June 14th and 15th!

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t have an official schedule yet, but I’m super pleased to announce that Canadian Animation Resources is sponsoring a booth at the TAAFI MAARKET this weekend! We’ve got some prime real estate, and will be hosting shifts of top notch talent as they meet and greet and peddle swag. Curious who would set their… »

New York International Children’s Film Festival call for entries

By Mike Valiquette

New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival is North America’s largest festival of film for children and teens and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids. Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Bill Plympton, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, Henry Selick and Gus van Sant are on the… »

TAAFI TALKS special offer!

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI’s got a couple of special packages available until 11:59 pm today: For less than 48 hours buy three talks and get a Nelvana Bouncing Ball 2014 ticket FREE*. Act now as this offer ends 11:59pm Tuesday, June 3 (Only available at the link below)! Or just buy the Fest Pass** now to get all… »

shameless self-promotion: Creating Success Panel at TAAFI 2014 featuring Natasha Allegri, Dave Cooper, Rob Davies, Michael Rex and Mike Geiger

By Mike Valiquette

With TAAFI 2014 just around the corner, you’re going to be hearing a lot about it on here. This festival just keeps getting better with each year, and we’ll have a few more exciting announcements over the next couple of days. Today’s bit of shameless self-promotion is this: The Creating Success panel, which yours truly… »

CAR Presents: Redesigning Looney Tunes with Jessica Borutski

By Mike Valiquette

Today is the last day of TAAFI’s 48 hr workshop sale on all workshops – $75 (regularily $99). The price goes up today (Tuesday) at midnight. The panels look great this year, but I’d be doing ourselves a disservice here if I didn’t point out that Canadian Animation Resources is a presenting sponsor for the… »

TAAFI 2014 poster!

By Mike Valiquette

Courtesy of Tinman Creative… »

Event: Toronto Comics Arts Festival 2014 This weekend! May 10 & 11

By Kyu-bum Lee

At Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Saturday May 10th, 9am-5pm Sunday May 11th, 11am-5pm FREE ADMISSION Toronto Comics Arts Festival is happening this weekend! For those of you who don’t know, TCAF is a week long event that celebrates the works of comic and graphic novel artists and it’s completely FREE! There will be tables full of… »

TAAFI’s Pitch-A-Palooza Registration Now Open

By Mike Valiquette

Registration is now open! Now in its second year, Pitch-A-Palooza at Toronto’s animation fest will welcome 80 lucky writers and artists to pitch their next big idea to almost 30 industry leading production and broadcast executives on Friday, June 13, 2014, Corus Quay (25 Dockside Dr, Toronto).  This ‘speed pitching’ event puts you up front and center with… »

TAAFI Party Ticket Giveaway!

By Mike Valiquette

Are you in Toronto? Do you like parties? Do you like free stuff? Then email me directly for a pair of free tickets to this Friday’s School’s Out Party!!!! mv@canadiananimationresources.ca Make… »

REMINDER: TAAFI Industry party THIS FRIDAY!

By Mike Valiquette

Another year, another TAAFI  industry shindig. I’m getting too old for this. Here’s the link:… »

OIAF 2014 Call for Submissions!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

Submissions are open for OIAF 2014 until May 16th. Send ’em your films! Films must be completed after June 15th, 2013, there’s no fee to submit, and screening at Ottawa is just about the awesomest thing that can happen to you and your little animated masterpiece. Go here for all the info and to submit… »

cool beans: TAAFI’s Got a Maarket

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI’s really trying a few cool things this year. They’ve shifted away from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and in doing so, having opened themselves up to a few new options. We mentioned the ArtBook before, which I think is an excellent idea, but even better is the Animation Arts Maarket. Basically it’s an artist’s alley…. »

TIFF Kids Conference is Coming Soon: April 14 to 17, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

TIFF Kids is coming up fast. It’s a great event, both the festival itself and the TIFF Kids Industry Conference. C’mon, Big Bird is going to be there. How cool is that? TIFF Kids Industry Conference Running from April 14 to 17, this year’s programme consists of one day of keynote sessions and panel discussions… »

OIAF Call For Entries!

By Mike Valiquette

OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL ISSUES CALL FOR ENTRIES OTTAWA (March 20, 2014) – The 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) today announced its worldwide call for entries. The largest festival of its kind in North America, the OIAF will take place in Ottawa, Canada from September 17 to 21, 2014, once again transforming Canada’s Capital… »

events: TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Industry Conference Registration

By Mike Valiquette

The Industry Office would like to remind you that online registration for the 2014 TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 8 – 21) will only be open for 2 more weeks! The festival celebrates content for children ages 3 to 13 through an informed selection of films, full day Industry Conference, networking opportunities, workshops, roundtables, and… »

Call for Entires! Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival!!

By Mike Valiquette

CALL FOR ENTRIES   Our Call for Entries is now open! We are actively seeking stop motion short films for this year’s MSMFF. Please visit the Rules and Regulations page of our website for information concerning eligibility, dates and accepted formats. The Call for Entries will end on June 20th, 2014. We look forward to… »

TAAFI’s trying something new: The TAAFI ARTBOOK

By Mike Valiquette

From TAAFI founder, Barnabas Wornoff: TAAFI is putting out an Art Book Toronto, and I want you ALL to be a part of it. I want your work in it, I want to see the sketches and designs you ache to do, but don’t get a chance to at your workplace. If you’re like me… »

OIAF 2014 POSTER TIME!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The Ottawa International Animation Festival has unveiled this year’s poster. By David… »

Canadian Animation at Sundance

By Mike Valiquette

The Sundance Film Festival announced its lineup today (press release here), and Canadian animation is representing! Chris Landreth’s Subconscious Password, produced by the NFB, and with the participation of the Animation Arts Centre of Seneca College and Copperheart Entertainment. AWN covers the announcement here. Also screening is Crime: The Animated Series (Marcus McGhee), from Toronto… »

Events: TAAFI Holiday Party, November 21st, Toronto – 2 Free Tickets Available!

By Mike Valiquette

TAAFI’s annual holiday party is coming up next week, and we have two free tickets to give away!!!! Email mv@canadiananimationresources.ca for a shot at the tickets!!!! Get VIP access to Santa’s Nice List by attending the TAAFI holiday party and fundraiser in Toronto. When: Thursday November 21, 2013 Where: Vogue Supper Club (42 Mowat Avenue… »

events: Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema!

By Mike Valiquette

The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema starts today! Much to my great dismay, I’ve never attended. I’ve always heard great things, and I know the organizers are just the right kind of crazy-passionate about what they’re doing. Case in point, check out the description of what they have in store for opening night: On opening… »

events: TAAFI Holiday Party, November 21, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

A Holiday Party with the Animation Arts Community! When: Thurs November 21, 2013 Where: Vogue Supper Club (42 Mowat Avenue Toronto) Affordable: $15 Online, Advance TIckets ($20 at the door) Reunite with the Toronto Animation Community and celebrate the end of another fantastic year with dancing, schmoozing door prizes and cheap drinks during the Fresh… »

press release: TAAFI 2014 Call for Submissions NOW OPEN!!!

By Mike Valiquette

  TORONTO, Ontario (October 15, 2013) – The 3rd Annual Toronto Animation Arts Festival International – (TAAFI), is pleased to announce the opening for the 2014 Call For Submissions. This year’s Festival not only accepts animated shorts and feature length films but also encourages submissions of visual effects projects, commercials, game trailers/cinematics, motion graphics projects,… »

events: Mondo Media and Six Point Harness present the Dick Figures Movie, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

Coming up next month: Six Point Harness and Mondo Media are giddier than a couple of stick figured school girls to invite fans and creative community to join them for the Canadian theatrical premiere of “Dick Figures The Movie”  screening at Toronto’s Buffer Festival.  The screening will take place on November 9th at 1PM in… »

press relese: Montreal Stop-Motion Festival Announces Lineup

By Mike Valiquette

Presenting our full line-up of special guests and conferences and full ticket information! ———————————————————— NEWS! Hello Stop Motion Fans! We have had a busy 2 weeks with the Comiccon madness here in Montreal. We reached out to 5200 friends on the show floor and the team did an amazing job at spreading the word about… »

from the internets: Post-OIAF Roundup

By Mike Valiquette

Ottawa 2013 has come and gone, and I had a great time, as usual. TAC went really well, I was able to do some real business this year. It’s a more intimate event than other markets, and you get to spend more time focusing on the meetings you’ve got, rather than speeding off to the… »

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