10 Animated Shorts Advance, Oscar Race Narrowing

Out of sixty Animated Short Films submitted to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, 10 films will advance in the voting process. One more vote remains in December with results of the final five to be announced January 14, 2016. The 88th Academy Awards will air on February 28, 2016.

Panel Discussion ASIFA-SF

Panel Discussion ASIFA-SF

Program Flyer

Theatrical Program Flyer                  17th Annual Animation Show of Shows




Congratulations to Ron Diamond’s
showcasing four films being nominated! Our recent
ASIFA-SF screening and discussion included
three of these nominated shorts “Love in the Time of March Madness,” “Sanjay’s Super Team,” and “World of Tomorrow,” with a fourth short, “We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” showcased at an earlier screening. Good luck to all the film nominated!

Listed in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:


“Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso),” Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)

“Carface (Autos Portraits),” Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“If I Was God…,” Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)

“Love in the Time of March Madness,” Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)

“My Home,” Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)

“Prologue,” Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)

“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)

“We Can’t Live without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)

“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)


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Fantasia’s 75th Anniversary

See ones of Disney’s boldest movies as it turns 75

Fantasia Poster

Fantasia was originally released in 1940, coming after such big hits as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. A beautifully made film that blends live action and classic animation with classical music as only “the Magic of Disney” can. Though it wasn’t considered a huge success at first it was the first film shown with stereophonic sound and even today still ranks 5th in AFI top ten animation films http://www.afi.com/10top10/

AFI top 10


It is being theatrically re-released and features an exclusive introduction and performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. See it again in all of its glory on the silver screen which began October 8th at The Castro Theater with additional showings at Cinemark theaters until November 18th.

Check Local theaters and times. http://www.fantasia75.com

Fantasia Poster

Additionally, you can see original art and even a short documentary on the film at the Walt Disney Family Museum.
Fantasia artwork

Walt Disney Family Museum

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The Iron Giant

Short notice, but if you have time Saturday you might want to check this out.

iron-giant-signature-editionTHE IRON GIANT: SIGNATURE EDITION: Digitally re-mastered and re-released to the silver screen, this box-office misfire became a beloved animated work and cult favorite. A boy’s best friend is his robot in this animated adventure from Brad Bird, best known for his TV work on such series as The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and The Critic. Set in 1957, The Iron Giant focuses on Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal), an imaginative nine-year-old boy who daydreams of alien invasions and doing battle with Communist agents. One day, Hogarth hears a local fisherman talk about something that surpasses anything he could dream up: a fifty-foot robot that fell from the sky into a nearby lake. Needless to say, Hogarth’s mom, Annie (voice of Jennifer Aniston) finds this a little hard to swallow, but when Hogarth finds the robot (voice of Vin Diesel) and fishes him out of the water, his pal Dean (voice of Harry Connick Jr.), a beatnik sculptor who also runs a junkyard, offers to help by hiding the robot with his salvage. A government agent named Kent Mansley (voice of Christopher McDonald) soon gets wind that there’s a mechanical invader of unknown origins in the neighborhood and wants to wipe out the potential threat. However, the robot (which loves to eat metal and is learning to talk) turns out to be friendly, and the boy in turn tries to teach his new pal the ways of humans.

Popcorn Palace every Saturday at 10 AM.
$10 gets ticket, popcorn and drink!

Sat 11/7: 10 AM

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See Big Hero 6


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ASIFA-SF wants to show your recent work!





We are accepting entries from college students, independent and professional animators.  Membership in ASIFA-SF is not required.  We prefer shorts under 9 minutes.  Send us a DVD by May 26th if possible.  Works selected will be listed on the event’s flyer.  If the work isn’t finished write us what to expect. Late entries will be accepted.  No entry fee.  Send entries on a DVD (film file, we may not be able to show Data files and can not download files over the Internet)  Mail to Karl Cohen, 478 Frederick, SF, CA 94117 karlcohen@earthlink.net

This year the celebration is on Thursday, June 11, 7 PM at Dolby Labs, 100 Potrero Ave. SF.  Arrive early to sign in.  Program will end with a screening of 35mm prints of animated classics.

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ASIFA-SF, the Bay Area’’s animation association
and the SF State Animation Society present


Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 PM
SF State’s Coppola Theatre
Fine Arts building, room 101
Free, public invited

Our annual event will discuss networking, getting hired, current business trends, the careers of our panel members and most importantly the panel will answer your questions.


SCOTT KRAVITZ, recently worked in Vancouver as the Animation Supervisor on the films Elysium and Chappie.  He has moved back to San Francisco and is presently animating a film for Google that can be used on Google’s Android and on other devices.  In the future he expects to do a lot of work locally using new technology.

TOM KNOTT, the former director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and Los Angeles International Animation Celebration, has recruited artists for such films as The Iron Giant, Robots, Coraline and The Little Prince. Tom has written for various publications and has lectured on animation history and production. He is currently producing a short film in San Francisco.

CHARLIE CANFIELD, a long time resident of San Francisco.  Charlie is a 4-time Emmy award-winning animator, designer, and director.  He has created sequences for film, documentaries and ads for over 25 years.  His work ranges from drawn cartoons to computer graphics, special effects, and motion control camera shooting for employers such as Colossal Pictures, WildBrain Inc, Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Kitchen, Mondo Media, MTV, Nickelodeon, Alpha Cine, and many independent filmmakers.  His work has been shown at international film and animation festivals including  Ottawa, Zagreb, London, Melbourne, New Zealand, San Francisco, Sundance, Anima Mundi, and the World Animation Celebration.  He has also been honored by The Northern CA Emmy’s, The Addy’s, and Ad Age.

JOHN HAYS has a unique global perspective on the industry.  After post graduate studies at CalArts he freelanced between Mill Valley Animation, ILM, Lucasfilm, and the legendary (Colossal) Pictures. He became Colossal’s first staff animator, rose quickly to Director and then was able to build on his overseas experience that brought in talent, resources, and projects from around the world. In 1994 John co-founded WildBrain, Inc. where he served as Creative President, Director, and Head of Development.  The company grew to be the biggest animation studio in San Francisco.  John left WildBrain in 2009 to direct the animation on the indie feature, Howl, which opened the 2010 Sundance Film festival.  Today his Dogpatch based production studio “Super Stealth Startup” is in production on the 4th in a series of Nestle’s commercial campaigns for McCann/Erickson, Paris, France.  The production is being done at The Monk Studios, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Art from ‘The Boxtrolls’ at the Cartoon Art Museum


If you liked Laika’s latest film, ‘The Boxtrolls’, then you may want to check out the exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum featuring concept art from the film. Runs now through February 15.  http://cartoonart.org/2014/09/the-art-of-the-boxtrolls/

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Animation at the Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival is underway.  Here’s some animation screenings you might want to check out.  Their website is here: http://www.mvff.com

5@5 That Train Won’t Stop Here
October 8, 3:45 PM and October 10, 9:30 PM 

thattrainwontstophere_tkt“Looking out my window, I see my world has changed. The sun won’t rise this morning.” Whether you desire dark, introspective, or tubed-meat undertones, this year’s stop-motion and hand-drawn animation shorts program will take you on locomotive rides both comedic and surreal. Kicking off the journey is Tamara Hahn’s Gnosis (US, 5 min), featuring a monster’s desire to steal a baby, followed by Santiago “Bou” Grasso’s Father (Argentina, 12 min), in which a woman ponders over her dear wartime leader. José Miguel Ribeiro takes us on a gorgeously illustrated Journey to Cabo Verde (Portugal, 17 min). Then Eric Cheng’s Higher Sky (US, 6 min) slaps a kung-fu lesson to a monkey and swallow. Brats and chicken sizzle alive at the beach in Carlo Vogele’s Wurst (US, 6 min). The animation train screams to a stop with visual effects master Phil Tippett’s first installment of Mad God (US, 11 min), where characters writhe in macabre, nightmarish splendor.

5@5 This Bird’s Gonna Fly
October 12, 12:00 PM 

thisbirdsgonnafly_tktNonverbal or in English. “So this bird’s got to fly…I’m tellin’ you, honey, this bird’s got to fly.” This program of animated shorts from around the world is sure to delight children of all ages. The Argentinian Llama Drama gets us off to a hilarious start. The French LaMi (in three segments) tells the story of the notes of the scale as they make friends. Miriam’s Kite from Estonia follows the adventures of Miriam and her duck. Nunavut, Canada brings us the Inuit The Orphan and the Polar Bear. The evolution of the New World is a bright, bouncy short short from the UK’s Oliver Sin, followed by a bright and bouncy 13 from Marin’s own Cynthia Pepper. The Australian The Gallant Captain is a boy on a mission. Through sand drawing, the classic hoop is transformed and erased and transformed again in Tess Martin’s Hula Hoop A blend of 2D and 3D, Rabbit and Deer, our centerpiece from Hungary, will amaze and tickle you. Russia’s Tin Can bounces down some funny roads. The poignant, child-produced The Man Who Loved to Whistle is more of a heart-wrencher; it was produced in Croatia by our cultural partner, SAF Cakovec. All ages.

The Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)
October 12, 11:15 AM 

boyandtheworld_tktFOCUS ¡VIVA EL CINE! Nonverbal Handdrawn animation and music from luminaries in Brazil’s contemporary music scene enhance this wordless tale of a boy’s travels to find his father, who no longer can earn a living from the land. Traveling from his rainforest playground through the cotton harvests and factories where people like his father find work, to the anonymous city littered with a confusion of signs, billboards, and flyers that tout the values of a commercialized society, the boy keeps looking for his father. He sees his birds, trees, and song replaced by endless lines of trucks, piles of trash, and displaced people and knows only that he wants to restore his happy family and life of color and wonder. But the new world has chosen progress—armored monsters razing forests and people turned into identical, anonymous commodities—over traditional ways of life, cultural heritage, and natural diversity. Awash with color, motion, music, and wonder, The Boy and the World is an experience meant for the big screen, even as it precisely captures the viewpoint of one so small. Ages 6+ 


Hoppity Goes to Town AKA Mr. Bug Goes to Town
October 10, 7:45 PM 

hoppity_tktFREE OUTDOOR SCREENING The City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Recreation, the Chamber of Commerce, and MVFF invite you to a free outdoor screening of a croony, swoony animation classic that’ll delight the young—and the young at heart! Bugville, a bustling insect community, sits at the edge of a city garden that’s threatened by foot traffic and construction. Good-hearted grasshopper Hoppity returns to Bugville to find Mr. Bumble and Honey, his lovely daughter—and Hoppity’s bee-loved—fearing for their community’s safety from big-shoed humans. They should worry more about C. Bagley Beetle and his droning henchmen, Swat the Fly and Smack the Mosquito. Beetle wants Honey for himself—and he doesn’t care who he has to squash to get her. Hoppity thinks he’s found a way to give the bugs a safe and beautiful home, but it’ll require trusting some “human ones” and foiling Beetle’s schemes. The whole family will enjoy the rich colors, buzzy animation, and swinging songs by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser.

Preceeded by Mill Valley Redux, Tiffany Shlain and Devon McAllister’s homage to Rita Abrams’s 1970 hometown hit.

Movie screening is free with general admission seating. Please bring your own blanket or low beach chair. Snacks may be purchased with proceeds to benefit community programs. For more information contact Mill Valley Recreation: recreate@cityofmillvalley.org

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule: La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues)
October 11, 11:00 AM 

miniscule_tktNonverbal. A real forest landscape is the backdrop for a 3D animated story about the tiny, scuttering creatures that live there, including our petite protagonist: a recently hatched ladybug who is minus one wing and one family after an encounter with a gang of flies. Finding refuge in a tin full of sugar cubespart of a picnic abandoned by two humans driving, of all things, a VW Beetlethe ladybug is carried off by a pillaging troop of black ants hungry for the sweet loot. But a red ant wants to take the booty back to his own queen, and right in the middle of the epic battle for the sugar is the plucky little ladybug. Despite being on location in Provence, les insectes of Minuscule don’t speak a word of French, or a word of anything, in this buzzed-about film. There is no rapid-fire dialogue but lots of Tati-esque sound effects and a wordless immersion in the wondrousand sometimes menacingnatural world. All ages.


Sponsored by Bellam Self Storage

Panel – Variety Conversations: THE LEGO MOVIE
October 11, 11:00 AM 

legomovie_tktConversations with filmmakers from films that are part of awards season, these discussions are designed to illuminate the creative filmmaking process. Edited versions of the discussions will be available at variety.com

Steve Chagollan – Senior Features Editor, Variety, will lead the discussion on The Lego Movie.

Invited guests: Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Sponsored by Variety

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-Hime No Monogatari)
October 9, 11:00 AM 

taleofproncesskaguya_tktThe revered Studio Ghibli retells one of the oldest of Japanese legends. An elderly bamboo cutter discovers a tiny child growing out of a shining bamboo shoot. He carries her home, even as she begins to magically grow in his hand, and, along with his wife, adopts her. When another bamboo shoot starts gushing with gold and silks, the woodsman becomes convinced their beautiful “Princess” daughter is destined for a grander existence and uproots the family to an opulent life in the city. But her background is more magical than even the princess herself suspects. In a stunning style that is at once evocative of the woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige and the broad brushstrokes of animators John and Faith Hubley, director Isao Takahatain his last film before retirementpaints a perfectly elliptical ending of love and loss.

Sponsored by Community Media Center of Marin

The 3D Sideshow
October 12, 11:00 AM 

3dsideshow_tktThrill to these depth-defying shorts, all in 3D! Watch a ribbiting rogues gallery in Robert Bloomberg’s Frogs & Friends (US, 7 min). Jason Jameson and James Hall’s One Night in Hell (UK, 7 min) depicts a skeleton’s underworld journey. Did Georges Méliès create the world’s first 3D film? See for yourself in The Infernal Cauldron (France, 3 min). Commissioned by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, this iconic sequence, from Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last, originally shot in 2D, wasmagically transformed by the 3D conversion wizards at Legend3D (US, 4 min excerpt). A train journey goes surreally off track in Santiago Caicedo’s Moving Still (Colombia, 3 min), while Jeff Boller’s A Geek Like Me (US, 4 min) is a tribute to shared interests. Joséphine Derobe’s Diary of a Fridge (France, 9 min) chronicles 30 years in a family’s life. All Is Not Lost (US, 4 min) is a kaleidoscopic view of human connection via OK Go, Pilobolus, and Trish Sie. Bob Venezia’s Pieces of the Fair (US, 3 min) reveals the secret life of carnival rides. David Silverman’s The Longest Daycare (US, 5 min) pits Maggie Simpson against the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Trish Sie’s White Knuckles (US, 3 min) combines 12 pups and a rock band. In Lauren MacMullan’s Get a Horse! (US, 6 min), Mickey Mouse takes a special wagon ride. And finally, Patrick Osborne’s Feast (US, 6 min) shows one man’s love life from his dog’s perspective. Ages 6+

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Up next: The National Film Board of Canada



Me and My Moulton by Torill Kove, National Film Board of Canada

Members have enjoyed a couple great events recently – the annual Animation Show of Shows anda preview screening of Laika’s “The Boxtrolls”.  The next thing for us all to look forward to is a special night with the National Film Board of Canada at the Walt Disney Family Museum!


New Animation: National Film Board of Canada, 2014


My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, 2001 10’ (Oscar nomination)
The Danish Poet, 2006 15’ (Oscar winner)
Me and My Moulton, 2014 13’
Torill Kove presentation re: autobiography, plus Q&A 15’


A Science Minute, Please! 2000 1’
Private Eyes, 2011 (optional Stereoscopic 3D) 14’
No Fish Where to Go, 2014 12.5’ (Annecy award winner)
Nicola Lemay presentation re: adaptation of literary work, plus Q&A 20’


Bus Story – Tali, 2014, 11’ (double Annecy award winner)
Soif – Michelle Cournoyer, 2014, 9’
Jutra – Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, 2013, 13.5’

SEATING IS LIMITED!!  PLEASE RSVP by NOON, Wednesday Oct 1st to: karlcohoen@earthlink.net.  RSVPs will be confirmed.  If the list is full there will be a waiting list.  If you RSVP and can’t come, please tell us so someone on the waiting list can have your seat.

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ASOS16-BannerWith special guest artists to be announced


Monday, Sept. 22, at Dolby Labs in SF
100 Potrero Ave. 7:00 pm, free,
Arrive early to sign in at the guard’s desk
ASIFA-SF Members Only.  Limit 1 guest as this is a small theatre
Not a member?  Visit www.asifa-sf.org for membership information

Friday, Sept. 26 at San Jose State University
Morris Dailey Auditorium, 7:00 pm, free, RSVP to Animation Show of Shows website and click on upcoming shows or  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/16th-animation-show-of-shows-san-jose-state-university-tickets-12865311493
Need directions?   http://www.sjsu.edu/map/

The program includes Disney’s FEAST (opens with the animated feature Big Hero Six, Nov. 2014) and Pixar’s LAVA (opens with Pete Docter’s animated feature Inside OutJune 2015).  Also included are 365 by Greg and Myles McLeod (they created 365 one-second films chronicling a year of their work), Torill Kove’s ME AND MY MOULTON, Disney animator Glen Keane’s directorial debut DUET (produced by Google), Mikey Please’s stop motion tour de force MARILYN MYLLER (produced by Google), the Hiroshima 2014 Grand Prix winner THE BIGGER PICTURE by NFTS graduate Daisy Jacobs, Julien Bisaro’s haunting first professional film BANG BANG and Konstantin Bronzit’s WE CANT LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS.  (Bronzit got an Academy Award nomination for Lavatory Lovestory. Closing the program will be Piotr (Crime and Punishment) Dumala’s transformative HIPOPOTAMY, It explores the bestial behavior of one of nature’s most dangerous creatures, but in this allegory the beasts are represented in human form.  Additional shorts may be added to the program.  Running time will be about 100 minutes.

DVD’s of past Animation Show of Shows shorts will be offered for sale, $5 EACH (3 shorts per DVD)
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