FREE Prophet screening, with Joan Gratz Q&A

FREE for ASIFA members – join/renew at the door!


Thursday December 3
7:00pm @ Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209

“Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.”

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written. In this breathtaking feature film, eight of Gibran’s poems are interpretted by contemporary master animators — including Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Bill Plympton (Your Face), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and Portland’s own Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase).

Oscar-winner Joan Gratz will be present to talk about this unique film collaboration, her segment in it (“On Work”), and her pioneering development of “clay painting.”

Only ASIFA members may attend, but anyone may join! Pre-existing members simply check in at our lobby table. LAIKA employees & PNCA animation students show institutional ID. Free for children age 12 and under if accompanied by an ASIFA member parent. Seating is limited to 76 persons; first come, first served. Doors open at 6pm.

General membership $20, students $15 — it’s worth the price for this event alone. Join here.

Animation Meet & Greet – Fall 2015

Join us at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub (in Southeast) to grab a pint, share some stories, catch up on things and maybe meet some new faces. Portland’s ASIFA and SIGGRAPH chapters are teaming up to host this event — and everyone is welcome!

Exchange business cards or just gossip about upcoming animated films… Let’s hang out and all talk about animation.

Saturday November 21
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Co-hosted by ASIFA Portland and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

Grisly, Ghastly, Ghoulish Animated Horror

LAIKA Brand Manager Mark Shapiro travels the globe visiting animation festivals, on the lookout for new content and representing the company’s great work to fans worldwide. Culled from visits to Montreal, Annecy, Hiroshima, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance, and more, this handpicked program of macabre and shocking short films comes from the singularly twisted minds of animators unafraid to bring their visions to life. Not a program for the young or squeamish, the selections include: GRACKLE BUMPER, Danny Madden (US); THE TWIN GIRLS OF SUNSET STREET, Anna Solanas, Marc Riba (Spain); CHAINSAW MAID, Takena Nagao (Japan); PANDY, Mateus Vizar (Czech Republic); SUPERVENUS, Frédéric Doazan (France); DANNY BOY, Marek Skrobecki (Poland); CANIS, Marc Riba, Anna Solanas (Spain); CRAZY LITTLE THING, ONAHANA (JAPAN); TIMBER, Nils Hediger, VIVIENNE MEDRANO (US); DINNER FOR FEW, Athanassios Vakalis (Greece/US); TEETH, Tom Brown (US). Adult Audience. (90 min.)

Grisly, Ghastly, Ghoulish Animated Horror
Sunday October 30, 7:00pm
Whitsell Auditorium (under Portland Art Museum)
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
$9 General / $8 Students, Seniors

Monsters in the Thrift Store – Painting Day

This Saturday, make Halloween art at ASIFA’s third annual “Monsters in the Thriftstore” painting day.

Monsters in the Thrift Store
Saturday October 24
2:00 – 5:00pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Room 414
511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Select and purchase one or more pieces of art from your favorite thrift store. Bring them and your own art supplies along to PNCA, and we’ll spend the afternoon adding in monsters, beasts, robots, fairies or whatever fantastical creatures you desire. This is an open painting session, which is free and open to the public. Some extra artwork will be provided for monsterizing. First come, first served.

Following the painting day, there will be a public gallery show for the art we make together, hosted by MAGDolls Hair Parlor… Details to follow.

presented by ASIFA Portland & Pacific Northwest College of Art

Animators Social at Salmon St. Studios

Animators, let’s get social and watch some new local films together!

Saturday October 17
6:00-9:00pm @ Salmon St. Studios
109 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214
Co-hosted by ASIFA Portland & Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

Gather at Salmon Street Studios, a funky old warehouse that’s been converted into workspace for artists. The rooftop view is fantastic, so be sure to come early — sunset’s at 6:21pm. There’ll be potluck fare; consider bringing a snack/drink to share.

Screenings are planned for 7pm & 8pm. Five up-and-coming animators from the Pacific NW College of Art will share new and recent work. Screening 1 spotlights John Summerson, whose projects have been winning major awards across the country. Be sure to catch his just-finished film Deers, which explores two friends’ attitudes about animals and mortality with surprising gentleness and profound humanity. Screening 2 presents recent films from Beryl Allee, Matt Dan, Jack Graydon, and Eric Hoofnagle — including Filters, Pinko Cowboyo, Plump Town, and highlights from The Hoofnagle Tapes.

The entrance to the studio is just east of the train tracks and below a modest “109 Salmon Studios” sign. There is usually street parking available in the evening all around the area, which is all two-hour parking and free after 7pm. The event will be held in the upstairs photo/video studio. Signs will be posted to help you easily find your way.

Best of the NW Animation Fest – 2015

This Friday, NW Animation Fest presents fourteen of this year’s best animated shorts from around the world! Here’s some of what you’ll see…

Cosmonaut buddies compete for a chance to rocket into space, overcoming impossible odds to reach their childhood dream. A 5000-year-old mammoth is defrosted into an unrecognizable future controlled by humanoid elephants. A magical pink pony plays with happy monkeys, nibbles macaroons, chills with the duke of Merryville, and sets fire to a few buildings. A mysterious vinyl record grants a young woman the dangerous power to travel between distant moments in her own life. An orphan keeps his hometown safe from the dark cloud of pollution beyond his dam, despite school bullies and a thankless public… But when a new student joins his class, hope and despair build to a dramatic crisis that could change everything.

This spring, NW Animation Fest hosted the largest showcase of short animations in the USA: over 270 films. Audience members helped create “Best of the Fest” by voting for their personal favorites. Special award winners will be announced on Sept 11. One night only!

CLICK HERE to buy tickets

Date: Friday Sept 11 @ 7pm
Length: 100min
Venue: Hollywood Theatre
Address: 4122 NW Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97212
Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 senior/student/child

(Brief fantasy violence. Recommended for ages 12 & up.)

ASIFA Portland’s 25th Anniversary Ice Cream Social!!!


It’s about the peak of summer, which means it’s time for our most popular and caloric get-together, this year celebrating ASIFA Portland’s 25th anniversary! On Sunday, August 9, come join us for an afternoon of ice cream, croquet, pinata, table-top stop-mo, prizes, doodling, animation talk, and plain old community. It all takes place at Marilyn Zornado and Alan Garren’s amazing Church of the Acoustic Redemption, up in beautiful St. John’s! Check out the Facebook event, and feel free to bring toppings, friends, spouses, kids, and well-socialized dogs! If you’re carless, you can check out the No. 16 bus, or ride-share options via Facebook.

Boundary Crossings: Public Events

Boundary Crossings 2015

Take part in the evolution of the art form with these public offerings from Boundary Crossings, PNCA’s biennial institute for animated installation. As stated on the program’s websiteBoundary Crossings explores animated spaces, expanded screens, and cinema. It embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.

Although the July events have passed, there are still artist talks, screenings, and the culminating installation showcase. Check out the calendar here, or by clicking the banner above.