Special Events

Highlights From TAFI 2018

Ages 13-19
Sat & Sun, May 12 & 13

Official Festival Winners TAFI 2018

Congratulations to all 2018 TAFI filmmakers! The prestigious panel of judges from feature film, television, gaming studios, and university programs were extremely impressed with the quality of work submitted by this year’s students. We were thrilled to see so many filmmakers, family members, and teachers in person at this year’s festival and are pleased to announce the winners.

Check back here in late 2018 for information about the 2019 festival. 
Questions? Contact the TAFI team by email: tafi@wdfmuseum.org

Best of Festival Winners

Best of Festival

  • Natalia Poteryakhin, Thaw

Second Best in Festival

  • Benjamin Ragasa, Magpie

Category Winners

Short Animated Film: 2D

  • First place: Natalia Poteryakhin, Thaw
  • Runner up: Brianna Lucio, Remind Me

Short Animated Film: 3D

  • First place: Haylee Selke, Harmony
  • Runner up: The Animation Course, Ticket

Short Animated Film: Experimental

  • First place: Benjamin Ragasa, Magpie
  • Runner up: Julia Holston, My Hair is the one thing that I always think About

Reels: Individual

  • First place: Brittany Crosson
  • Runner up: Heidi Wang

Reels: School

  • First place: The Animation Course
  • Runner up: Sheldon High School

Special Award Winners

Member Community Award

  • Julia Holston, My Hair is the one thing that I always think About

Staff Favorite

  • Haylee Selke, Harmony

Best Animation

  • Jasmine Adams, Warmth

Most Creative

  • Ha Thanh Nguyen, Serendipity

Best Story

  • Lainey Davidson, Zero

Best Design:

  • Natalia Poteryakhin, Thaw

Stand-out International Film

  • Jun Davidson-Lau, The Pirates
  • Yung Yau Animation, Toy Train

Stand-out Young Filmmaker

  • Mahip Sasan, Dancing with Fire
  • Hafsa Murtaza, Dancing with Fire
  • Owen Moss, The Heroic Knight

Congratulations to all 2018 TAFI filmmakers, teachers, and supporters. We are impressed by your work and appreciate your dedication to animation. We look forward to seeing your submissions next year!

The Walt Disney Family Museum thanks the following organizations for their generous grant support of this educational program:

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
  • Submit your film to our festival—or join us June 2 for screenings of select TAFI 2019 films created by young animators from all across the globe.
    Sat, June 1 & Sun, June 2 |
    Public invited to June 2 screenings ONLY