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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