Teen Animation Festival International 2019

Teens (Ages 13-19)
Sat, June 1 & Sun, June 2 |
Public invited to June 2 screenings ONLY

On Sunday, June 2, join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum for a screening of select TAFI 2019 films created by young animators from all across the globe! Check back soon for more information about ticketing, and, in the meantime, if you or someone you know is interested in entering a film, please visit our official TAFI page

Festival Overview

The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 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.

2019 marks the Walt Disney Family Museum’s sixth year as host to an animation festival specifically designed for teens. Beginning in 2014 with nine high schools, participation continues to increase year-to-year. The 2018 festival included screenings of Official Festival Selections, portfolio reviews, a panel discussion with animators from the gaming industry, a lecture by the 2017 Festival Winner, and a keynote address from animator Mark Walsh. 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. 

New to TAFI 2019

In 2019, TAFI will highlight excellence in high school animation programs as well as outstanding achievement by individual students. The five submission categories (School Show Reel, Individual Reel, 2D Short Film, 3D Short Film, and Stop-motion or Experimental Short Film), reflect the breadth and creative variety of student productions.

In celebration of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s 10th anniversary, we will honor TAFI participants with additional special prizes, including awards bestowed upon winners by the museum’s Board of Directors, Caltrain, the Redford Center, and more. Films that qualify for the Redford Center Award will focus on environmental issues; however, the awards from Caltrain and the Board of Directors do not need to center on a specific theme to qualify, so all films submitted to the 2D, 3D, and Experimental Categories will be considered for awards from these aforementioned parties. Additionally, one specially selected film will be screened from July 4-31 at San Francisco International Airport's Video Arts Exhibition space, which is located pre-security on the departures level of the International Terminal.

Official TAFI Webpage

Official Webpage

TAFI 2019

For more information about how to submit a film, a rundown of the basic requirements and guidelines, links to helpful documents, and more, please check out our official TAFI page. 

Our TAFI 2019 Sponsors

The Walt Disney Family Museum would like to thank our TAFI 2019 sponsors. Their support aids the museum in creating a platform to celebrate young filmmakers from around the world. 


Corporate Sponsor

Charles Schwab


Other Programs

  • The museum is at capacity on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. There will be no entry for general admission ticket holders, members, or the general public...
    Wed, May 15
  • At this special members only event, join Deja for an intimate discussion about the challenges he and the museum’s collections team faced, including how they managed to narrow down nearly a century’s worth of Mickey artwork and ephemera in order to form this definitive special exhibition.
    Wed, May 15 | 6–8:45pm
  • Join Mickey Mouse voice actor Bret Iwan for a discussion about how he became the voice of the iconic character, his feelings on what it’s like to portray such a celebrated figure, and the ways in which Walt still lends him inspiration.
    Sat, May 18
    Two Shows: 11am–12:30pm & 3–4:30pm