Song of the Sea, with Director Tomm Moore

FREE members-only event for ASIFA Portland!

Tuesday November 25
7:00pm @ Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209
FREE for ASIFA members

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother’s home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

Song of the Sea is the much anticipated new film from Tomm Moore, Academy Award nominated director of The Secret of Kells. See the film before it hits theaters, and meet Tomm in person on Tuesday November 25 at Cinema 21.


1. You may join or renew your membership at the door ($20).

2. LAIKA employees flash your badge, PNCA animation majors show school ID.

3. Free for children age 12 and under if accompanied by an ASIFA member parent.

4. Seating is limited to 76 persons, first come first serve.

Animation Meet & Greet – Fall 2014

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 15
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Co-hosted by ASIFA Portland and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

OMSI Animation Film Festival

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This coming weekend at OMSI, check out the OMSI Animation Film Festival! In conjunction with its Explore the Science of Animation exhibit, OMSI presents a program of animated shorts and features for both families and adult viewing.


Whole-festival or individual tickets available, $2.00 discounts for ASIFA Members!


See  for details and schedule.



Monsters in the Thrift Store – Painting Day

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


Monsters in the Thrift Store
presented by ASIFA Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art and MAGDolls Hair Parlor

Saturday October 25
2:00 – 5:00pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Room 205
1251 NW Johnson St., 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. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Saturday November 22
MAGDolls Hair Parlor
1210 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the newly modified paintings! You may choose whether you’d like to sell or keep your work. Art may be left on display at the gallery location. Free drinks and snacks.

Portland Film Fest: Animated Shorts redux

Portland Film Festival is re-screening their 2014 Shorts Blocks. See Shorts Block 8: Experimental/Animation on Thursday, October 23, 8:30pm at the Clinton Street Theater. For more details, click here.


04 min — “Portlandia Rats Book” by Rob Shaw: In the third season of IFC’s Portlandia, the team of Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel dreamed up a skit featuring the lovable Portlandia Rats. In “Rat’s Book” the rodents become revenge-seeking DIY publishers after discovering a hateful publication on human/rat relations. The skit was directed by Rob Shaw and produced in Portland, Oregon at Bent Image Lab. (Animation)

04 min — “Husk” by Paul Howell: While collecting paper scraps for her den, Husk, a life-size tree spirit, has a shock encounter with some feral fairies in the street-art urban environment of Melbourne, Australia. Nothing is as it seems as this hypnotic story unfolds. (Animation)

04 min — “Ain’t No Fish” by Tom Gasek and Miki Cash: An animated film set to the music and lyrics of Sigman and Russell and performed by Hoagy Carmichael. Animated seals sing the show tune and it’s slowly revealed why there Ain’t No Fish. Despite the upbeat attitude of the seals the garbage and oil industry that pervades the sea provides the answer. (Animation)

03 min — “Super Secret” by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

04 min — “PROXIMITY” by Joshua Cox: “Proximity” is a suspenseful romantic crime drama with an unusual setting…an elderly woman’s living room. Her collection of ceramic statues have a life of their own. Two figures explore the depths of love and betrayal. Proximity illustrates how spatial relativity shapes our interactions with the world and people around us. Closeness can create the illusion of an unspoken bond, but when challenged by desire it can be turned on its head and shatter reality. (Animation)

08 min — “Blue” by Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend. (Animation)

03 min — “The Uncluded, ‘Organs’” by Rob Shaw: The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video ‘Organs’ by rock duo The Uncluded. Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects. (Music video, Animation)

02 min — “Sushi Mischief” by Jim Johnson: A stranger shows up at a sushi shop, irking the local punk. Show down! (Animation)

18 min — “The Dam Keeper” by Roberto Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi: In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change. (Animation)

13 min — “Le Nocturne De Lumiere” by David Boarini: Technology has the power to bring those that are far away very near to us. Sometimes though, it can distance us from those we are closest to, the very ones who love us the most. In a world where billions of immaterial communications happen across the globe every second, a mother desperately tries to connect with her daughter. (Animation)

05 min — “Level 1457 Last” by Xabier Urrutia Perez: A worker of Persephone solar energy maintenance is fixing the solar cylinders when he discovers a hole that may lead to the frozen surface. No human has been up there for centuries, and leaving the safety of his subterranean world could cost him his life. Will he make this ultimate sacrifice to see the sky just once in his life? (Animation, Spain)

15 min — “Lessons Learned” by Toby Froud is a short film about a young boy receiving an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather. This gift will stay with him for the rest of his life as he stumbles from his grandfather’s cottage to a layered world of trials and danger. “Lessons Learned” was executive produced by Heather Henson for her Handmade Puppet Dreams (HMPD) film series.

06 min — “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

03 min — “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Fest

This Thursday, see highlights from the 2014 SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.

2014 Computer Animation Festival
hosted by Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH – discount for ASIFA members

Thursday October 23
6:30pm (registration begins at 6:00)
Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217
Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium, Room 104
SIGGRAPH members free / General Admission $9 / students & ASIFA members $4

SIGGRAPH’s Computer Animation Festival is the leading annual showcase for the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury selects outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. Portland’s local chapter of the international organization will host a screening of highlights.

For tickets, campus map and more info, click here

Short Films from Ireland, 2014 (free for members)

ASIFA Portland is proud to host “Short Films from Ireland, 2014,” presented by the Irish Film Board. This is a members-only event, FREE for all ASIFA members.

The 93-minute program of award-winning shorts includes three animated and five live-action films. Of particular note, we look forward to seeing Alan Holly’s film, CODA, which won Best Animated short at the prestigious South by SouthWest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas. The film tells the story of a lost soul who stumbles drunkenly through the city. In a park, death finds him and shows him many things. Watch the teaser here.

Another brush with the great beyond, Aidan McAteer’s DEADLY tells the bittersweet story of Boney, a working stiff who doesn’t care about his dead-end job as a Reaper — until he meets a spirited old lady named Birdie, and learns an important lesson about life, death and dancin’. Watch the teaser here.

The Irish Film Board presents Short Films from Ireland, 2014
hosted by ASIFA Portland

Saturday October 18 @ 7:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St.
Portland, OR 97201
members-only screening, free for ASIFA members & their +1 guests

(LAIKA & BENT employees flash your badge, PNCA animation majors show school ID)

Not recommended for children. Nudity, one scary film, and cussing. Oh, so much cussing!


(animated / 9 min)
Alan Holly, Director
Ciaran Deeny, Producer

(animated / 8 min, 40 sec)
Aidan McAteer, Director
Shannon George, Producer

The Ledge End of Phil. (from accounting)
(animated / 5 min, 20 sec)
Paul O Muiris, Director
Pearse Cullinane, Producer

Ghost Train
(live-action / 16 min)
Lee Cronin, Director
John Keville, Producer

Breakfast Wine
(live-action / 11 min)
Ian Fitzgibbon, Director
Michael Garland, Producer

(live-action / 11 min, 13 sec)
Louise Ní Fhiannachta, Director
Gemma O’ Shaughnessy, Producer

(live-action / 12 min, 40 sec)
Dave Tynan, Director
Michael Donnelly, Producer

The Last Days of Peter Bergmann
(short doc / 19 min)
Ciaran Cassidy, Director
Morgan Bushe, Producer

2014 Animation Show of Shows

It’s that time of year again! Ron Diamond is bringing a cream-of-the-crop batch of eleven new animated shorts to Cinema 21. The show takes place at 11:00am this Saturday, September 27.

FREE! Come for the animation, migrate to McMenamins afterwards for a nosh.


The 16th Annual Animation Show of Shows includes Disney’s FEAST (USA) (with the animated feature Big Hero Six, November 2014) and Pixar’s LAVA (USA) (with Pete Docter’s animated feature Inside Out, June 2015). Also featured is 365 (UK) the film by Greg and Myles McLeod, composed of 365 one-second films chronicling a year of day by day filmmaking, veteran Animation Show of Shows featured director Torill Kove (Academy Award® winner for The Danish Poet and Oscar® nominated for My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts) new National Film Board of Canada short ME AND MY MOULTON (Finland/Canada). Other films include legendary Disney animator Glen Keane’s directorial debut with DUET (USA), produced at Google’s ATAP unit along with Mikey Please’s stop motion tour de force MARILYN MYLLER (UK), Hiroshima 2014 Grand Prix winner THE BIGGER PICTURE (UK) by NFTS graduate, Daisy Jacobs, Julien Bisaro’s haunting first professional film BANG BANG ! (France), delicious use of watercolor in HUNGER (Croatia) by Petra Zlonoga and (Academy Award® nominee for Lavatory Lovestory) Konstantin Bronzit’s WE CANT LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS (Russia). Show closer is veteran Animation Show of Shows Piotr Dumala’s (Crime and Punishment) transformative HIPOPOTAMY (Poland). The program runs 95 minutes with pre-show bonus material to be screened at most public presentations, so arrive early!

Each attendee must be registered individually to receive their own confirmation, so if you want to bring a friend, ask them to also reserve with their own email. Please print and bring your confirmation to the screening. Seating is limited, so reserve early. Please use the Eventbrite link in your confirmation if you need to cancel, as there will be a waiting list of others eager to attend. You are advised to arrive a half hour early to be seating, though programs will be oversold by 10% to allow for no shows, seating is not guaranteed once capacity is reached.

DVD’s of past Animation Show of Shows shorts will be offered for sale and credit cards will be accepted at most screenings. See clips from over 200 films including Academy Award® winners and nominees and other great animations at