Teen Animation Festival International 2019

TAFI 2019 Winners

Congratulations to all 2019 TAFI filmmakers! Many filmmakers, family members, and teachers enjoyed this year’s festival and the prestigious panel of judges from feature film, television, gaming studios, and university programs were extremely impressed with the quality of work submitted this year. We are now pleased to announce the winners for TAFI 2019, which were awarded on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Best of Festival Winners

Best of Festival

  • Ejun Hong, Mother

Second Best in Festival

  • South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, Pointe Guardian

Category Winners

Short Animated Film: 2D 

  • First place: Ejun Hong, Mother
  • Second place: South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities, Pointe Guardian

Short Animated Film: 3D

  • First place: The Animation Course, Inked
  • Second place: S.T.F.A Yung Yau College, Stain

Short Animated Film: Experimental

  • First place: Gianna Glenny, A Stray’s Home
  • Second place: Sebastian Soler, Bitter Figures

Reels: Individual

  • First place: Kristina Tran
  • Second place: Benjamin Ragasa, Jenna McGraw, and Fernando Gonzalez (three-way tie)

Reels: School

  • First place: The Animation Course
  • Second place: South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities

Special Award Winners

The Redford Center Award for Imaginative Environmental Storytelling:

  • Maya Enriquez, Winter Paws

Community Partner Award:

  • Howard Kung, The Lonely Stoplight

Community Partner Award Presented by Caltrain/SamTrans:

  • First place: William Shen, 10 A.M. Math Class
  • Second place: Thien bao ngoc Nguyen, Circle n’ Square
  • Third place: Tyler Cunningham, Push

The Walt Disney Family Museum Board of Directors Favorite Award:

  • Howard Kung, The Lonely Stoplight

The Walt Disney Family Museum Member Community Award:

  • Heidi WangShadow Pupper

The Walt Disney Family Museum Staff Favorite Award:

  • Cardinal Cartoon Studio, Drawing Cardi

Stand-out Young Filmmaker:

  • Gianna Glenny, A Stray’s Home

Stand-out International Film:

  • Ejun Hong, Mother

Outstanding Design: 

  • Ejun Hong, Mother

Outstanding Story: 

  • Elizabeth Hisel, The Robot Shop

Outstanding Editing:

  • South Carolina Governor's School, Pointe Guardian

Outstanding Creativity: 

  • Emma Nebeker, Albert Dane Hildreth, Kai Jones, Tattwo

Outstanding Animation: 

  • Morgan McGrath, The Wolf and the Rabbit

Stand-out Humor:

  • William Shen, 10 A.M. Math Class

Congratulations to all 2019 TAFI filmmakers, teachers, and supporters. Your dedication to animation is an inspiration. The future of animation is bright, and we look forward to seeing your submissions next year.

Check back in late 2019 for information about the 2020 festival. Contact the TAFI team by email: tafi@wdfmuseum.org

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. The 2018 Festival Grand Prize Winner was Natalia Poteryakhin for her film Thaw, an artistic interpretation of an old family story. See her full film here

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 to 31, 2019 at SFO Museum’s Video Arts exhibition space at San Francisco International Airport, which is located pre-security on the departures level of the International Terminal Main Hall.

All Visitors Welcome

TAFI 2019 | Special Event Page

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. 

Related Pages

View highlights from last year's festival on the TAFI 2018 page.

Festival activities on Saturday, June 1 are strictly for TAFI participants plus their families and teachers. All visitors are welcome to attend our screening of select TAFI films on June 2. Visit our TAFI 2019 special event page for more information.

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.