The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International

The Walt Disney Family Museum proudly announces the 2016 Teen Animation Festival International, happening Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. This year’s keynote speaker is Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and artist Mark Andrews. A panel discussion featuring industry recruiters, an opportunity for portfolio reviews, and screenings of official festival selections will precede the awards ceremony, including the announcement of the Festival Grand Prize Winner and runner up. Join us in congratulating the work submitted by young artists from all over the world—including Africa, Asia, and Europe, and North and South America—whose achievements forecast animation’s bright future.  

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Our judges have cast their votes and we are excited to honor the winners at our awards ceremony on Saturday, April 30. Our panel of judges represent talent from film, television, and video game studios and university scholars. The TAFI team extends much thanks to John-Paul Balmet (ILM), Robert Carter (Memory Leak), David Chai (SJSU), Lancing Chen (Sony), Raquel Coelho (SJSU), Youri Dekker (Sony), Ryan Eways (Sony), Alejandro Garcia (SJSU), Andrew Harkins (DreamWorks), Steve Hickner (DreamWorks), Noah Klocek (Pixar), Chris Lam (Double Fine), Claudia Law (ILM), Jared Mills (Double Fine), Matt Pugnetti (ArenaNet), Becky Roberts (Sony), Lucie Roberts (Sony), Russell Story (ILM), Luke Suzumoto (EA), and Michael Tucker (Double Fine).

The following is a list of the artists whose works will be screened as Official Festival Selections, winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony after the Keynote address.

Individual Artists

Gillman Aquino, Woo Chan Baek, Kristen Broderick, Na Young Choi, Mike Cochiolo, Marina Common, Jasmine Cooper, Clara Cornish, Hannah Cosselmon, Scott Dietz, Paola Delgado, Marcus Emery, Paloma Front, Jocelle Galanza, Ji A Han, Ye Sol Han, Shannon Hoang, Isabella Hou, Cierra Lowell, Luca Dell’Agostino, Anya Dungca, Hyo Won Jang, Carly Johnson, Tae Woong Kim, Woo Hyun Kim, Ji Woo Lee, Xiu Li Li, Anya Martin, Ian Moss, Nidhi Naroth, Don Huy Nguyen, Hye Lim Park, Ji Woo Park, Benjamin Ragasa, Andrew Rajo, Ruben Rosochacki, Ryan Santiago, Erin Shin, Soo Jung Shin, Hannah Streu, Jacob Sullivan, Kellsey Tamaru, William Tsaur, and Brenda Vang.

Group Artists

The Flipper, Franklin High School Reel, Ghostly Grandpa, The Heist, Humidity100%, Shoe Wars, and Yo Yo Trick.

Registration

Each entrant will be given up to four (4) tickets to the museum and one free festival t-shirt, to be picked up day-of at our TAFI welcome table in the lower lobby. All festival activities are free. Entry to the April 30 event will be restricted to entrants, families, friends, and teachers. Remaining tickets will be made available first to museum members on Thursday, April 21, then to the public on Monday, April 25. Festival t-shirts for families and friends are available for purchase in our museum store.

Important Dates

Saturday, April 30 | 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.

 

Keynote Speaker Mark Andrews and Festival Awards Ceremony

Mark Andrew4­–5:30pm | Theater | Registration Required

This year’s TAFI keynote speaker is Academy Award®-winning director, writer, and artist Mark Andrews. Andrews started drawing at the age of three and began his professional career as an intern at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. From there, his interest in creating compelling stories to entertain mass audiences led him to Pixar. Andrews has worked on some of Pixar’s most acclaimed films, including The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars, Brave, and Inside Out. Join us as Andrews heralds the importance of story by discussing arcs of some of his favorite films.

 

Official Festival Selections Screenings

10:30am­–1pm | Theater

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

Stop by the theater to catch screenings of the official festival selections, including the 1st and 2nd place category winners.

10:30­–10:35am | 14 and Younger

10:35–10:50am | Short Animated Film: Experimental

10:50–11am | Short Animated Film: 3D

11–11:15am | Short Animated Film: 2D Digital

11:15–11:45am | Intermission

11:45am–noon | Reels: School, Personal, and Special Effects

Noon–12:35pm | Short Animated Film: 2D Traditional

12:35­–1pm | Screening of festival film finalists

Portfolio Reviews

11am–1:30pm | Learning Center | Registration Required

TAFI entrants attending the festival on Saturday, April 30 are eligible for individual 15-minute portfolio reviews.

Recruitment Panel | Telling It Like It Is: Industry Recruiters and Your Future in the Screen Arts

2–3:15pm | Theater | Registration Required

Hear from a panel of industry recruiters as they speak candidly about careers in the screen arts, including opportunities, expectations, and the ins-and-outs of becoming part of a creative team for animation, film, game, and television studios.

 

Lori BeckLori Beck is a Senior Recruiter with Industrial Light & Magic. She has been with the Lucas companies since 1992, beginning her tenure at LucasArts and transitioning to ILM five years later. Beck was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended Brigham Young University and California State University at Long Beach.

 

Ariel GoldbergAriel Goldberg leads the Recruitment team at Nickelodeon Animation Studio. He is in charge of staffing the artistic, directing, and production talent that work on Nick Animation’s current animated series. A San Francisco native, Goldberg moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago to pursue a career in entertainment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and a Master of Fine Arts in Film (Animation), both from UCLA.

 

Amy MaddenAmy Madden is an artist turned recruiter with over six years of entertainment experience working in both videos games and animation at PDI/DreamWorks, ILM (Lucasfilm), Zynga, Activision, Facebook and NCSOFT.

 

Anita StokesAnita Stokes joined Pandora as Senior Manager of University Recruiting to help build connections between departments and academia with the Road Crew, their summer internship program. Prior to joining Pandora, Stokes ran internship programs at Sony PlayStation, Lucasfilm, Apple, and Electronic Arts. Additionally, she has worked as an assistant director, producer, and consultant inside the university systems at Colorado College, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University.

Sunday, May 1 | Schedule of Events

TAFI Selection Screenings

10:30am­–1pm | Theater

Drop in the theater to catch screenings of the official festival selections, including the 1st and 2nd place category winners. Gallery admission not required to attend screening.

10:30­–10:35am | 14 and Younger

10:35–10:50am | Short Animated Film: Experimental

10:50–11am | Short Animated Film: 3D

11–11:15am | Short Animated Film: 2D Digital

11:15–11:45am | Intermission

11:45am–noon | Reels: School, Personal, and Special Effects

Noon–12:35pm | Short Animated Film: 2D Traditional

12:35–1pm | Grand Prize Winner, Runner Up, and Category Winners

1–1:30pm | Encore of Grand Prize Winner, Runner Up, and Category Winners

Please note: all times are approximate. Screenings are drop-in and seats are first-come, first-served. No reservation required.

Questions?

Reach out to the TAFI team directly by emailing TAFI@wdfmuseum.org

The Walt Disney Family Museum thanks the following donors for their support of the museum’s education programs, including the 2016 Teen Animation Festival International: The Bay Club Company; Nancy and Joachim Bechtle Foundation; Farella Braun & Martell LLP; Gensler; Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management; Pixar Animation Studios; SilhouPETe; Swirl, Inc.; Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; and The Walt Disney Company.


  • Registration and Submission Information

    Film submissions are now closed.

    Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of guest judges from feature film, television, and video game studios and university scholars. 


  • Submission Categories

    Reel (max: 2 min)

    • School Reel (may include any and all animation categories including test, ball bounce, walk cycle, traditional, digital, short film clips)
    • Special Effects (may include multiple works of effects including fire, water, smoke, etc.)

    Short Animated Film (max: 3 min)

    • 2D Traditional (must be hand drawn frame-by-frame, either digitally or on paper or other physical surfaces)
    • 2D Digital (animation created using digital puppets in After Effects, Flash, etc.)
    • 3D (created digitally using Maya or other 3D animation software)
    • Experimental (stop-motion, mixed media)

    Please note, the time limit does not include the required slate and black frames.


  • Festival Terms and Conditions

    Submission to The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (“Festival”) constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, regulations, and eligibility guidelines set forth on the official The Walt Disney Family Museum (“WDFM”) Festival website. Entrants warrant that they have legal right to submit the work to the Festival, that all statements in the submission form and final submission are true and correct, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to screen the work at the Festival. The entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Festival and WDFM from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, and screening. The entrant permits WDFM to retain film as part of our files and library. WDFM reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any submitted work and all decisions are final. All information by WDFM, whether publicly posted or not, is subject to change without prior notice.

    Questions? Contact the festival team by email: TAFI@wdfmuseum.org


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What do you mean by 10 seconds of slate?

    The slate is a title card that we’ve created for you to complete and include before your animation starts. Holding the slate for 10 seconds allows enough time for our staff and judges to read all of your information before it plays through. Please also include 5 seconds of black following the slate, and another 5 seconds of black following your animation.

    What is the difference between 2D Traditional and 2D Digital Animation?

    These categories can be confusing. Although both may be created using digital tools, they differ in how the tools are used. Digital Animation is created using digitally created puppets that can be moved or replaced. 2D Traditional can be animated on paper, other physical surfaces, or by using a tablet, but must be drawn frame-by-frame.

    Some of the animations had several students working on them, shall I list all of them on the slate?

    Please list all of the student’s names on the slate.

    Are we able to use a song we don't own the rights to playing in the background? Or do we need to have completely original music?

    You may include copyrighted music as long as they are cited in your credits as per copyright owner’s terms.

    Do you know when you will announce the results?

    We will announce the results to all participants via email in early April.

    How do I know if my film meets your required format of Quicktime .mov (codec: H.264 and AAC audio)?

    For helpful information, visit https://vimeo.com/help/compression