43rd Annual ASIFA-East Awards Ceremony

April 30th, 2012 by dayna 1 Comment »

Last night, ASIFA-East held its 43rd Annual ASIFA-East Awards Ceremony, a culmination of our 2012 Animated Film Festival in which films are screened throughout the month of March.  The event was held at The New School, in their wonderful Tishman Auditorium, which was followed by a reception upstairs.   Films are entered into the festival among a number of different categories.  These are then screened over the course of a few nights.  Screenings are open […]

And The Winners Are….

April 30th, 2012 by dayna 2 Comments »

The 43rd Annual ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival Awards were held this evening.   Congratulations to all the winners!!!  Expect more posts in the following days documenting the evening but for now, without further adieu, here are the winners!!! BEST IN SHOW John and Joe StoryCorps/Rauch Brothers BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM 1st Place Taxonomy Karen Aqua – Director 2nd Place Two Steven Subotnick – Director 3rd Place Old Man Leah Shore – Director BEST MUSIC VIDEO 1st Place […]

A Chat with Animator Chris Conforti

April 28th, 2012 by Richard No Comments »


Interview by Richard Gorey   Last month I spoke with New York Animator Chris Conforti, whose work I first saw when I guest-lectured in Dave Levy’s “Careers in Animation” class at SVA. At that time Chris was in the throes of finishing his thesis film, and he was zonked for much of my endlessly fascinating lecture. He introduced himself  (and apologized for nodding off) during the break, and I found him to be sincere, dedicated, […]

Weekend of Festivals!

April 27th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


It’s going to be a busy weekend!  This Saturday and Sunday, be sure to stop by Mocca Fest!  The festival is a fundraiser for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, whose purpose is the collection, preservation, study, education, and display of comic and cartoon art. So far, we know these ASIFA-East members will be exhibiting: Dan Pinto: Table D18 (Fakeheads table) Alisa Harris: Table H7 Robert Kohr: Table I5 If we’ve missed anyone, please […]

2012 Blue Sky Studios Summer Internships! Deadline April 30.

April 27th, 2012 by dayna 1 Comment »


Morning all! We’ve just received word that Blue Sky has expanded its summer internship program to include all of its departments. The deadline to apply is April 30th. I have confirmed that this internship is indeed a paid one.  Kudos to Blue Sky!  It looks like a great program.  So get your applications in before it’s too late! http://blueskystudios.com/content/company-internships.php Did you ever imagine what it may be like to spend the summer working alongside Animation […]

“Around The World (And Back)” by Bryan Brinkman

April 27th, 2012 by Emmett 2 Comments »


Music videos still haven’t gone out of fashion yet. The possibilities of combining of music and art are still endless. That said, here is Bryan Brinkman’s animated music video for Dot Dot Dot’s “Around The World (And Back).” The animation style of the video doesn’t have a label yet, although we’re sure Bryan might have one. The style involves turning our index fingers into characters, and placing them in various locations. The video follows a […]

Life In Transition by John R. Dilworth

April 26th, 2012 by Emmett No Comments »


Warning: or just a suggestion, we insist you watch the film before reading on. Really take in the effect of the film. Life In Transition is John R. Dilworth’s opus. Described as “…a visual and symbolic journey depicting the continual transformations of life from birth to death to re-birth”, Life is a personal film that draws heavily from Dilworth’s life, career and knowledge. Not bad for a short film either. The film follows a character […]

Project Twenty1 Redefines the Film Festival Experience

April 25th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


From our good friends at Project Twenty1! Philadelphia…April 25, 2012. Project Twenty1, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization, has opened its call for entries for live-action and animated shorts, features, and music videos for the annual international Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival. Judges for this year’s Festival have not yet been released, but past judges include Aaron Parry (The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie,  The Last Airbender, Thor), James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd), Mike Mayfield (The Cleveland […]

Athens Animation Festival

April 25th, 2012 by dayna No Comments »


The Athens Animation Festival is now taking submissions!  Deadline to submit is July 1st 2012.   From their site: The Athens Animation Festival is a first year festival that will screen animations that thematically speak to the human condition. In a time when animation is often created primarily to serve commercial needs or presented strictly as entertainment, our festival seeks to program animations with a strong message about the world we live in and the […]

Accumulonimbus by Andy Kennedy

April 25th, 2012 by Emmett No Comments »

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If there is an animated short that should keep one’s eyes on it through every frame, Andy Kennedy’s Accumulonimbus is that film. An experimental stop-motion piece, every frame is part of some movement that should keep even the most casual stop-motion viewer mesmerized. Andy refers to the film as a meditation of motion and the life cycle of matter. It starts off with organic shapes (mostly spheres) changing in accordance with the rhythm of the […]