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 www.animationshowofshows.com.


Best of the NW Animation Fest – 2014

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…

The last keeper of an abandoned observatory blacks out the city lights to reveal an astonishing celestial event. President Vladimir Putin gets hilariously funky wearing his new pair of nuclear-powered sneakers. An aspiring artist generates whole galaxies from nothing, then smashes her work to bits for an elite audience of hipster fans. Dumped by his fiancée, jazz trumpeter Floyd can’t reclaim his groove until he loses the monkey on his back. A housebound dog is eager to embark upon adventure — just as soon as he get can get past one obstacle: the front door.

This spring, NW Animation Fest hosted the largest showcase of short animations in the USA: over 200 films. Audience members helped create “Best of the Fest” by voting for their personal favorites. Special award winners will be announced on Sept 5. One night only!

Date: Friday Sept 5 @ 7pm
Length: 100min
Venue: Hollywood Theatre
Address: 4122 NW Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97212
Tickets: $10 general admission
Buy tickets: www.tinyurl.com/2014-bnwaf-tickets

ASIFA Summer Ice Cream Social

ASIFA PDX invites you to the annual


~Games, Raffle, Silent Auction, Piñata~

Please Bring Your Favorite Topping ~ Ice Cream Provided

Saturday July 26th from 2 to 5pm

8325 N. Central St. Portland, OR 97203 (Bus No. 16)

(Friends, spouses, children and friendly dogs welcome!)

Hosted by Marilyn Zornado & Alan Garren

SIGGRAPH Summer Social BBQ

Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH invites ASIFA community members to attend their annual summer social:

Saturday July 19, noon to 8pm
Entropy Acres
22727 SW Stafford Rd
Tualatin, OR 97062

“Join us on July 19 for The Annual Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Summer Social, a Joint Event with ASIFA, and other local computer graphics communities on Saturday, July 19 in Stafford Oregon. All are welcome. Bring your favorite thing to drink or grill. Some picnic-type foodstuffs will be provided.”

  • BBQ, Bonfire, Bon Temps
  • Potluck: BYO drinks, grilling items
  • Lots of space for people of all ages

(ASIFA’s Ice Cream Social takes place one week later on Saturday July 26. By that time you’ll have room for dessert, right?)

Paper Circus: Animations by Luca Dipierro

See a night of cut-out animations showcasing the work of Luca Dipierro, Italian illustrator and animator living in Portland. Dipierro’s short films, called “a perfect mix between creepy and charming” by The Huffington Post, are carnivalesque tales of acrobacy and death that draw from the traditions of Italian commedia dell’arte and Sicilian teatro dei pupi (marionette theatre). Sorrowful and comical at once, Dipierro’s animations tell stories of trees growing out of furniture, stranded Columbus-like explorers, puppet funerals, monkeys, prestidigitators, ghosts, and a woman birthing a fish.

Father Murphy, an experimental band from Italy, will provide a haunting live soundtrack.

Paper Circus: Animations by Luca Dipierro
Thursday July 3 @ 7:00pm
Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97202
$5 general admission
more info

Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival in Portland

Klik, Amsterdam’s favorite animation festival, concludes their historic first-ever US tour with a stop in Portland. Join Klikkers Tünde Vollenbroek and Mathijs Stegink, and Dutch animation director Joost Lieuwma (Things You’d Better Not Mix Up, Leaving Home) at the Hollywood Theatre for two special screenings on June 1st:

7pm: DUTCH DELIGHTS is a Klik-curated overview of contemporary animation in the Netherlands, proudly presenting striking animated shorts and groundbreaking works. This program is family friendly.

9pm: Best of Klik! The best of the fest, featuring award-winning films from around the world. This program is suitable for children over 8.

Between screenings, we’ll be bringing a taste of the festival’s unique activities and culture to the Hollywood Theatre, so join us for a special evening of international animation! Admission is only $8!

With support from: Rebekah Villon, The Hollywood Theatre, The Netherlands Film Funds, Eye International, Bent Image Lab, and ASIFA Portland.
- See more at: http://hollywoodtheatre.org/klik-animation-festival/#sthash.UEGL6SmH.dpuf


Coming up in mid-May, the Northwest Animation Festival is the standout animation event in Oregon this year. The festival is a celebration of animation in all its forms, and of the artistry and craft that go into it. Having grown during each of its four years, the NWAF now shows more animated films than any other festival in the USA (!). The amount of work that goes into curating the fest is staggering, whittling more than 800 submissions down to a selection of 174 amazing international shorts.

This year’s festival runs May 12-18 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The heart of the festival, the short film program, repeats one week later at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene during Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.

Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including after-parties, thematic programs by guest organizations, animated installation art in the theatre’s lobby, the Oregon Animation Industry Showcase and a presentation by LAIKA about their upcoming stop-motion feature film, The BoxTrolls.

The fest will be thick with ASIFA members and friends, taking in inspiration, community, and popcorn. Hope you can join us! For ticketing and other info, visit the NWAF site.

Hubley Classics at the NW Film Center

The NW Film Center presents a program of short films from John and Faith Hubley on Sunday, May 4th at the Whitsell Auditorium. On the following Sunday, May 11, the NWFC screens Faith Hubley’s THE COSMIC EYE.

It’s a collection of groundbreaking, enduring, handmade work incorporating the talents of the Hubleys along with artists such as Bobe Cannon Tissa David. Well worth your time. Tickets are available here.

US, 1956-1970
The husband-and-wife team of John and Faith Hubley brought a humanistic perspective and a distinctly modern style to postwar American animation. The films they made together, and independently, influenced a generation of independent animators worldwide and earned many honors, including three Academy Awards. Selected in collaboration with the Hubley family (daughter Emily is also a distinguished animator) to honor John Hubley’s (1914-1977) centennial, the sparkling new 35mm prints of these innovative, visually striking classics (a handful among dozens of brilliant films)—THE ADVENTURES OF AN * (1957), THE TENDER GAME (1958), MOONBIRD (1959), THE HAT (1964), URBANISSIMO (1967), WINDY DAY (1968), OF MEN AND DEMONS (1969), and EGGS (1971)—address a wide range of topics, from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird, and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children, as well as music from Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. (80 mins.)

Faith Hubley’s classic animated feature THE COSMIC EYE screens May 11.