Three of the panelists will be:

Jonathan Lyon
He has worked locally at ILM, Tippett, Image Movers Digital and The Orphanage. See his award winning film and sample reel at

Jamie Burton
He’s working on the game Skylanders at Toys for Bob in Petaluma

Janelle Hessig
She works at KQED in their Film School Shorts Program

SF STATE, FINE ARTS BUILDING 101, COPPOLA THEATRE. Check your newsletter for the time.

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The International Animation Short Film Contest, Summa3D, has opened the call for its fourth edition for professionals, students and lovers of animation and special effects. Summa3D aims to support the development of new projects, talents and enhance the 3D animated film market. The contest is based on five categories: “3D Short-Film Project”, “Finished short-film in 2016”, “Character Design”, “Best 3D architecture infographics” and “Public prize to “The best short-film of 3D animation.”

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Check your member newsletter for the location.

Pear Cider and Cigarettes by Robert Valley who used to work local for Colossal and WildBrain and Cara Speller.

Blind Vaysha
 by Theodore Ushev
(National Film Board of Canada)

Borrowed Time is by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, two Pixar animators who spent five years working on their own project on weekends and in the evening after work.

 by Patrick Osborne (a Google Spotlight Story)

 by Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer, a Pixar short that was released with Finding Dory.


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Cartoon Museum Traveling Third Thursday Event

Third Thursday

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to partner with The American Bookbinders Museum for a celebration of American history as part of the Yerba Buena Third Thursdays on February 18, 2016, from 5:30-8:00 pm. This event takes place at the American Bookbinders Museum’s new location, 355 Clementina Street, and is free and open to the public. The festivities include live art demonstrations, trivia, food and beverages.

Visitors will enjoy an evening celebration of historical talent with a diverse group of creators from right here in the Bay Area, including Myisha Haynes, Melissa Pagluica, and Liz Mayorga, who will sketch portraits of your favorite historical figures.


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Sanjay’s Super Team at the 8th Annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival

The Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF) will return for its 8th consecutive year January 29-31, 2016. The full weekend Festival, beginning with a Friday evening opening night program, will take place in Oakland at the Chabot Space & Science Center. As in years past, the 8th fest features a full line-up of high-quality, family-friendly films from around the world along with a weekend of innovative animation workshops for children. The Festival will include over 60 animated, live action, short and feature-length films, special “How did they do that?” presentations, and Q&A sessions with award winning guest filmmakers. Films hail from 20 different countries including Spain, Egypt, Lebanon, Brazil, Ireland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Russia, Australia, Switzerland, India, Croatia, Argentina, Canada, Hungary, the US & Japan, and almost half are made by female filmmakers. The full program is available at

BAICFF will kick off it 8th year with a Pixar Story Artist Showcase: A Conversation Amongst Peers. Get a behind the scenes glimpse into Pixar’s story process from 5 veteran story artists showing and discussing their work from some of Pixar’s most popular movies, The Incredibles, Inside Out, Cars 2 and Wall*E. 19-year Pixar veteran and BAICFF co-founder, Jim Capobianco will lead the discussion with his Pixar compatriots Enrico Casarosa, Valerie LaPointe, Nate Stanton and Alex Woo. Opening night will also include a sneak peek of Festival shorts.

To learn more about the festival go to

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The GLAS Animation Festival is coming

GLAS is coming to Berkeley March 3 – 6.  They have recently announced selections for the Children’s Competition, US Competition, and International Showcase for GLAS Animation Festival 2016, including the Oscar nominated short We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos by Konstantin Bronzit.  The program is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of animation.  Visit the GLAS Website for more information about Official Competition SelectionsSpecial Programs LineupFestival PassesHotel Discounts, and more!

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Toy Story at Twenty

SFO’s New Exhibit

Toy-Story-At-Twenty-Hero_4Toy Story at Twenty

Recognizing the Twentieth Anniversary of Toy Story SFO is hosting an exhibition, which runs from November 17, 2015, until May 22, 2016. Check out the story behind the story, with a variety of illustrations, props, and sculptures from the making of Toy Story. This is where the 3-D generation of feature-length animated films began. The exhibit is located, before security and is accessible to all visitors, in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby of the San Francisco International Airport.

A remarkable film setting the bar as the first feature-length computer-animated film while also getting three Academy Awards nominations and becoming the highest-grossing film of the year. ASIFA member Karl Cohen recently attended The SF Film Society’s Toy Story’s Twentieth Anniversary event at The Castro Theater. Read in our December newsletter how he got to hear panel discussions, see film clips and still images as to the making of Toy Story.

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ImageOur Winter Party is Around the Corner
Sunday, January 9th at Odd Ball Films
If you are a student, independent animator or professional working on a side project, share your work with us! Show your work or work in progress and get insight and feedback from our local community. We represent a variety of backgrounds & experience from industry professionals to animation students.
We will also be showing some surprise films from Europe……
Submit your work or work in progress by December 2015!
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Brave Women in Film

The Art of being Brave: Women in Film

Brave: Disney, PixarA noteworthy event on December 2, 2015, at 7:00 pm hosted by the Commonwealth Club. Brenda Chapman and Zoë Elton, two predominate women, will be discussing film, animation, women’s leadership and how cartoons display essential aspects of our world and our roles within it. Brenda Chapman is an Academy Award-winning Director from Brave and Zoë Elton is the Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival.


Just last month there was an initiative set into place by another organization, Women in Animation. They decided to set a goal to create job equality in the animation workforce by 2025. A lofty goal considering that the US is a dismal 28th on the global gender equality list, this may be a far cry to reach it. As it stands now, there are 4 men for every 1 women in the animation industry, roughly 20%……ouch.

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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 of 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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