Teen Animation Festival International 2018

  • Grades

    Ages 13-19
  • Date & Time

    Sat & Sun, May 12 & 13

Overview

The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) celebrates animation created by artists ages 13 through 19. TAFI invites entries from around the world and offers both educational and collaborative opportunities as well as a chance to win great prizes. Previous awards have included family memberships to The Walt Disney Family Museum, portfolio reviews with industry professionals, and Bay Area professional animation studio tours.

2018 marks the Walt Disney Family Museum’s fifth year as host to an animation festival specifically designed for teens. Beginning in 2014 with nine high schools, participation continues to increase from year to year. The 2017 festival included screenings of Official Festival Selections, portfolio reviews, a panel discussion on the television pipeline, a lecture by the 2016 Festival Winner, and a keynote address from animator Robb Denovan. At the close of the day, honors were presented for outstanding achievement, based on judging from a panel of industry professionals. Awards were presented to the Festival Grand Prize Winner, Festival Runner-Up Winner, Category First and Second Place Winners, and Special Award Winners. The 2017 Festival Grand Prize Winner was Kris Theorin from Emery University for his film The Gift of the Woods. Inspired by Henry Selick’s Coraline, Theorin’s film takes viewers on a suspenseful journey with a young girl as she explores the dangers of the forest surrounding her home. You can view Kris’s film in full by visiting https://vimeo.com/196133633.

Click here to see a recap of TAFI 2017

Saturday, May 12 Schedule of Events

On arrival, please check-in at the TAFI welcome table in the lower lobby to claim your museum gallery tickets and festival information.

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL SELECTION SCREENINGS

10:30am–1pm | Theater | Open to festival participants and their families only

Please note: all times are approximate. Screenings are drop-in and seats are first-come, first-served.

10:30am | Individual and School Reels | Andrea Nouriazad, Brittany Crosson, Cohan Lin, Heidi Wang, K9 Studios, SheepDog Animation, The Animation Course, Yung Yau Animation

10:45am| Short Animated Films: Stop-Motion/Experimental | April Lee, Benjamin Ragasa, Julia Holston, Jun Davison-Lau, Olivia Poggi

11am | Short Animated Film 3D | Haylee Selke, The Animation Course (Ticket), Yung Yau Animation (Adventure Story, Over the Fence, and Toy Train), Zach Utley

11:15am | Short Animated 2D | Brianna Lucio, Caleb Eason, Cierra Lowell, Dylan Gibson, Elizabeth Morales, Elizabeth Neal, Ha Thanh Nguyen, Hafsa Murtaza, Henry Polaha, Ian Moss, Jacob Menday, Jair Anlas, Jasmine Adams, K9 Studios (Airborne), Kristina Tran, Lainey Davidson, Mahip Sasan, Natalia Poteryakhin, Noah Dean, Owen Moss, Shi Zheng, Susan Nguyen, Sydney Christensen, Tyler Kratz

Noon | Intermission

12:30pm | Screening of Festival Finalists

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

11am–1:30pm | Learning Center | Registration required; open to festival participants only

REVIEWERS

Jenna Calvao has an extensive background in art and animation and is currently a project coordinator for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media at Pixar. She received her BFA from the Academy of Art University and has since worked as a freelance artist and animator for commercials, company logos, mobile apps, and textile designs.

Ryan Eways is an animator, character designer, and storyboard artist who currently works at The Walt Disney Family Museum. He graduated from San Jose State University in 2015 with a BFA in animation/illustration.

Travis Lacina currently works at The Walt Disney Family Museum as the Education Studio Manager. He has been teaching students for nearly 30 years and graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in animation

Grace Lacuesta graduated from San Jose State University in May 2015 with a BFA in animation/illustration. She currently works at The Walt Disney Family Museum as a Studio Educator.

Christopher Lam is currently an animator at Double Fine Production and graduated in 2012 from San Jose State University with a degree in animation/illustration.

Anita Meza is the studio coordinator at The Walt Disney Family Museum. She attended University of California, Santa Cruz, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in film history.

Nikita Taranduke graduated from San Jose State University in May 2012 with a BFA in animation/illustration. He is currently a Senior Animator at Blind Squirrel Entertainment in Santa Ana.

Preet Uppal studied character animation and graduated from Animation Mentor in 2013. He is currently a lead animator at 2K Visual Concepts, working on the WWE franchise games.

PANEL | Animation in the Gaming Industry

2–3:15pm | Theater | Registration required; open to festival participants only

Hear from a panel of animators who work in the video game industry. Learn about their educational backgrounds and careers, take a look at their portfolios, and get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work on animations for video game consoles, computer games, and mobile apps.

Allyn Bruty is a 25-year veteran of the video game industry and currently a lead animator at Zynga Inc. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA with honors in illustration, she has worked on most platforms from Sega Genesis, Playstation 1&2, PC, Xbox360, Facebook, and now Mobile. Currently at Zynga, she has spent the last five years as a principal animator bringing user delight to Farmville2 and later as a lead animator on Farmville Tropic Escape. Previously as lead animator for Backbone Studios she worked on Zombie Apocalypse and Ugly Americans Xbox Live Arcade game, as well as Dance Central 3 for Xbox360. On these projects she used both key frame animation and motion capture techniques. At LucasArts she worked on in-game assets as well as cinematic sequences for the game The Force Unleashed: 2.

Shahbaaz Shah is a highly experienced and versatile lead character animator with 16-years experience in digital arts. Recent credits include Lead Animator on Batman: The Telltale Series, Guardians of the Galaxy, and lead animator on The Walking Dead: A New Frontier. He also has recently worked on the Infamous Second Son and Infamous First Light titles as well as worked as an animator and designer on the kids’ mobile experience, Poptropica. His film and commercial credits include Green Lantern, Horton Hears a Who!, Transformers 2, Looney Tunes: I Tawt I Saw A Puty Cat, and the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios.

Shah also has a heart for education and has taught game design and animation on college campuses and currently teaches game animation workshops online for Animation Mentor.

Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Nikita Taranduke graduated from San Jose State University in May 2012 with a BFA degree in animation/illustration. Since then, Taranduke has worked in the Bay Area as an animator with partners such as Marvel Studios and Fox Interactive through his time at TinyCo. He now works as a senior animator at Blind Squirrel Entertainment in Orange County, California.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER MARK WALSH AND FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY

4–5:30pm | Theater | Registration required; open to festival participants only

Growing up in Los Angeles, Mark Walsh had an early interest in film and animation.  Seeing Beauty and the Beast (1991) for the first time sparked Walsh’s passion for animating. He would go on to study character animation at the California Institute of the Arts from 1993 to 1997, and got a job at Pixar Animation Studios soon after graduating. He started as an animator on A Bug’s Life (1998), an animator and storyboard artist on Toy Story 2 (1999), and an animator on Monsters, Inc (2001). He worked as directing animator on Finding Nemo (2003), holding primary responsibility on Dory, and supervising animator on Ratatouille (2007). Walsh also animated for the short Presto (2008), as well as directing several commercial promos for Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) through commercial collaborations with companies like Visa, USPS, Kellogg’s, and Dolby 3D. Mark also directed the “Toy Story Toons” short Partysaurus Rex (2012). 

Directly following the Keynote Address, please stay for the Festival Awards Ceremony.

Sunday, May 13 Schedule of Events

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL SELECTION SCREENINGS

10:30am–1pm | Theater

FREE for members or with admission

Please note: all times are approximate. Screenings are drop-in and seats are first-come, first-served.

10:30am | Individual and School Reels | Andrea Nouriazad, Brittany Crosson, Cohan Lin, Heidi Wang, K9 Studios, SheepDog Animation, The Animation Course, Yung Yau Animation

10:45am| Short Animated Films: Stop-Motion/Experimental | April Lee, Benjamin Ragasa, Julia Holston, Jun Davison-Lau, Olivia Poggi

11am | Short Animated Film 3D | Haylee Selke, The Animation Course (Ticket), Yung Yau Animation (Adventure Story, Over the Fence, and Toy Train), Zach Utley

11:15am | Short Animated 2D | Brianna Lucio, Caleb Eason, Cierra Lowell, Dylan Gibson, Elizabeth Morales, Elizabeth Neal, Ha Thanh Nguyen, Hafsa Murtaza, Henry Polaha, Ian Moss, Jacob Menday, Jair Anlas, Jasmine Adams, K9 Studios (Airborne), Kristina Tran, Lainey Davidson, Mahip Sasan, Natalia Poteryakhin, Noah Dean, Owen Moss, Shi Zheng, Susan Nguyen, Sydney Christensen, Tyler Kratz

Noon | Intermission

12:30pm | Screening of Festival Finalists

TAFI ACTIVITY | Animate Amazing Adventures and Tall Tales

1:30-4pm | Learning Center | Drop-in activity, FREE for members or with museum admission

Drop-in to our Learning Center and participate in stop-motion animation fun. Choose from a range of theater sets, background scenery, and a host of characters to produce your own raree show, an early form of animated story. Get some raree inspiration in our first gallery, portraying the early years of Walt’s story, then create your own, save it and send to your family and friends.

FESTIVAL CLOSING ADDRESS | AN EMERGING FILMMAKING CAREER with 2017 TAFI Best in Festival Winner KRIS THEORIN

4pm | Theater           

FREE for members or with admission; seats offered on a first-come, first-served basis

In celebration of the close of TAFI 2018, hear from the 2017 Best in Festival winner, Kris Theorin, about his developing career in filmmaking. Theorin is a self-taught animator, DP, editor, and VFX artist. He started learning stop motion animation when he was 10 years old. At 15, he was hired to create videos for the LEGO group and now at 20 years old he creates content for several national brands including Disney, Warner Bros., LEGO, Mattel, JazWares, Tongal, and Zing Toys. Stop motion animation is one of his specialties, but he is equally as talented creating 2D and 3D animations, live action short films, and commercials. His latest 2D animated movie was created in conjunction with Disney's A Wrinkle in Time Warrior Stories project and can be seen on the Disney website.

Schedule subject to change. Please check calendar or ticket desk on the day of your visit for most current schedule.

The Walt Disney Family Museum thanks Google and Hood & Strong for their generous grant support of this educational program.

 

 

See a full schedule of upcoming films here.

Schedule subject to change. Please check calendar or ticket desk on the day of your visit for most current schedule.