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.

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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:

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:

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

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:  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 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
Need directions?

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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Wednesday, September 10, 7 PM
SF State, Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg. room 101, free


They are heads of story on Sony’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 2. They will show some of their great animated SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  comedies   JOURNEY TO THE DISNEY VAULT. AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO, SADDAM AND OSAMAHOT DATE  made for WHEEL OF FORTUNE  and their new musical comedy for HBO, MY DEPRESSION: THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT.  It stars the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen and Dan Fogler.  Please RSVP to

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Picture This: Classic Children’s Books on Film at PFA

Noisy Nora

Picture This gathers over twenty charming  children’s books film adaptations for four Sunday programs

June 29, July 13, July 20, August 10                                                                                               all at 3:30, and all with an Author/illustrator in person

more info at PFA link

2575 Bancroft Way
Between College and Telegraph
, Berkeley

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At the Randall Jr. Museum’s Theatre, free, public invited, lots of free parking

Ode to Joy, a tribute to Joy Batchelor (Halas and Batchelor, UK)

Corrie Francis Parks, Hatch (made for a community movement to create a better world)
Dhvani Desai, Chakravyuh, The Vicious Circle , produced for the govt. of India. It informs people about a recently established legal way to escape a vicious cycle of corruption and non governance.
Luke Jaeger, Fishwife, a bittersweet work that evokes parenthood’s complex emotional landscape
Javier Saldena, Coal 101, produced by the Sierra Club
Joanna Priestly, Split Ends
John R. Dilworth, The Fog of Courage
Mark Kausler, Some Other Cat
A special short tribute to Max Hattler from the UK:
Collision (2005), AANAATT (2008), A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time (2013).
Rebecca Ruige-Xu, Anatomy of a Poem, Syracuse University
Remi Vandenitte (Belgium), Betty’s Blue with voice work by Nancy Phelps
Ricci Carrasquillo, Parkas Indoors a music video for Upstairs Downstairs
Signe Bauman, trailer for her soon to be released feature Rocks in my Pockets
and Tarzan, a 3 minute short featuring music by Joe Cartoon
Steve Segal, Outside the Box, 4 minutes of an unconventional work-in-progress
Tony Claars’ On & Off and Lost & Found
Tristian Goik, Spanish Chocolate
Tsvika Oren (from Tel Aviv, Israel), A.B 1, a one minute CG short
Willie Williams, Silent Voices
Additional films are expected

Jimmy Love Juice by professer Dave Yee and his students at San Jose State University
Command Performance by Lee Bicker and Still Life! by Youyou Li, De Anza
Class President by Tim DuBay and Mark Pedruco, SF State University
Silent Voices by Jeeyoon Ng from USC
Additional student work expected

Late entries
It isn’t too late to enter work. There are no forms to fill out and no entry fee. Just send us a DVD by June 16. Please limit your entry to less than 10 minutes so all works submitted can be shown. All works must be a movie (not a sata file) that will play on a standard DVD deck. You do not have to be an ASIFA member to enter, but you are invited to join if interested. details at
Mail work to: Karl Cohen, 478 Frederick, SF, CA 94117

You can be a judge!
The audience’s vote helps determines who will get the prizes:
A small cash grand prize and certificate awards will be given (best in show, best student, independent and professional works, second prizes, honorable mentions, etc. Last year we also presented jury awards for the funniest film, the best experimental work and the best educational work.

How to find the museum
The Randall Jr. Museum is at the top of Corona Heights, right in the geographic center of the city, but it is sometimes hard for newcomers to find; for a map and instructions on how to find it by car, Muni and on foot
If in doubt, call (415) 554-9600 for assistance. 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114.

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Wednesday, May 28, 7PM, Doors will open at 6:45PM

At The Exploratorium, in the Kanbar Forum, On Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green St., free, public invited. The Forum is just to the right of the main doors

IN PERSON: Dutch animation director Joost Lieuwma and Tunde Vollenbroek, KLIK’s program director

KLIK is a major European animation festival that has organized a West Coast tour to introduce itself to the animation communities in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland.   Come and enjoy discovering the work of talented animators from Holland.  The tentative program will include Fata Morgana, Canal, Through you, Little Freak, Snapshot, Leaving Home, Junkyard, End Trip, Blik, Things You Better Not Mix Up, According to Birds, My My, and Rabbit and Dear plus some fun footage that captures the delightful spirit of this annual event.

You will also experience the comforts and incredible sound and 2K digital projection systems of the Exploratorium’s state of the art Kanbar Forum.  There will also be a reception for you to meet our guests.

The tour is supported by The Netherland Film Fund and Eye International.

For program details

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PFA = Perfectly Fine Animation


Coming to the Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Tuesday July 22: Emily Hubley in person with a program of Faith and John Hubley’s films
(new 35mm prints)

maxresdefaultTuesday July 29: Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis in person

sc02Thursday August 7: Sally Cruikshank in person (new prints)

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