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PR: International Animated Film Society Hosts 1st Student Animation Film Festival

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywoods’ Animator Educator’s Forum is hosting its first Student Animation Film Festival at Woodbury University located on 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, CA 91510 on October 18, 2008 from 10 AM to 7:30 PM. Students enrolled in professional academic programs throughout the United States including NYU Tisch School of the Arts; UCLA; USC; Woodbury University; Loyola Marymount University; CSU Fullerton; Bay and The Art Institute of California-Orange County have submitted short animations. The winners are to be announced at the festival in the following categories: Best Visual Storytelling, Best Character, Best Technical Achievement, Judges’ Choice and The Emile Cohl Award for the Best Animated Short.

In addition to the competition portion of the event, a free demo reel and portfolio review will be offered to the public. Students and artists alike are encouraged to bring demo reels in DVD format and/or an organized collection of flat artwork to be critiqued by some of the competition judges and other industry professionals.

Judges for the competition include Jorge R. Gutierrez, Creator and Executive Producer of El Tigre; Robin Brigstocke, Director and Storyboard Supervisor at King of the Hill; Floyd Norman, Disney Legend and master storyman at Pixar, Disney, etc.; Tim Johnson, Director of DreamWorks’s Over the Hedge; Aki Umemoto, Pioneer of CGI Commercials and Creative Director at Mattel for 25 years. The awards show and screening of winners will be held at 6 PM in the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium.

Sponsors include DigiCel FlipBook, Creative Talent Network, VISUCATE (Autodesk Authorized Education Value Added Reseller) and Woodbury University. Prizes include generous software packages such as FlipBook, Maya, 3D Studio Max, Motion Builder, and Combustion Educational software in addition to prize money based on the category won.

ASIFA, a French acronym for “Association Internationale du Film D’Animation” was founded by a group of animators in 1957 and chartered by UNESCO in 1960. ASIFA encourages the art of animation and furthers international understanding and goodwill through the medium. Today there are about thirty chapters of ASIFA all over the globe.

ASIFA- Hollywood was established over thirty years ago as a 501(c) (3) California non-profit organization. It is the largest chapter of ASIFA in the world. ASIFA is self-sustaining through membership dues and the proceeds from various projects and events.

For more information about the event visit http://asifa-hollywood.org/

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