And the ASIFA-Colorado Best Animated Short Award goes to…

January 27, 2015

Admit it, you love awards season.

We here at ASIFA-Colorado love awards season too. That’s why we recently put on our fanciest ball gowns to hand out the annual ASIFA-Colorado Best Animated Short Award for 2014.

For those of you who don’t know, this is the largest animation prize in the state of Colorado. The winner is selected from all animated entries in all categories at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The jury is comprised of the Board of Directors of ASIFA-Colorado, as well as several renowned representatives from Colorado’s animation community, including professional and independent animators. You might think of it as our own little Annie Award.

The winner of the ASIFA-Colorado Best Animated Short Award for 2014 is…

TRAILER for Salmon Deadly Sins from Steven Vander Meer on Vimeo.


SALMON DEADLY SINS by Steven Vander Meer!

Here is a statement from our President Ed Desroches:

“Salmon Deadly Sins is very surreal and quite clever.  The fast pacing and mesmerizing morphing kept us entertained and interested. From the use of the word, the tint of the images, to the name of the band keeping us on edge it was all salmon, salmon, salmon.  Imaginative and creative, this year’s ASIFA-Colorado Best Animated Short Award goes to Salmon Deadly Sins by Steven Vander Meer with music by Leftover Salmon.”

More information about this wonderful short can be found here:

Congratulations Mr. Vander Meer! We encourage all ASIFA-Colorado members to view Steven’s work and to support him and all independent animators. If you get a chance to see Salmon Deadly Sins in full, do not miss it.

We would especially like to thank our sponsors who helped make this year’s award possible – our great friends the Brand Chefs at Mighty Fudge Studios, and our other great friends at the awesome Hangar 18 Miniatures. These folks have long supported the animation community here in Colorado, so please support them.







Joey Buhrer
Secretary General


ASIFA at the Starz Denver Film Festival

November 11, 2014

The Starz Denver Film Festival is upon us!



During the Festival don’t forget to check out the animation shorts.  ASIFA-Colorado gives an award for the Best Animated Short during the Festival.  Special thanks to Mighty Fudge Studios for sponsoring this prize!




Hey – we also do a 6-hour animation competition as part of Animation Station.  Come on down and compete this Saturday, November 15th from 10am-4pm.  Much in the way of prizes! Teams of 1 to 3 participants can get discounted entry with their ASIFA membership. Don’t forget to bring your equipment to animate our surprise theme when you do.


And we have workshops with Animation Station.  These are held Sunday, November 16th.

Ages 6-11 are from 9am-12pm

Ages 12-99 are from 1pm-4pm

Special thanks to Hangar 18 for sponsoring the workshops in part.

Discounts again with ASIFA membership.  Come on down and work on something.



We hope to see you there!


Stay Animated!


Denver Animated Pixelshow 2014: Workshop & Screening!

September 8, 2014

Denver Animated Pixelshow 2014: Workshop & Screening!

ASIFA will be presenting an animation workshop at our Kalamath Studio this month in conjunction with the Denver Animated Pixelshow festival. Please join us to learn about animation and create a short which will be screened later that night at the Pixelshow!

WORKSHOP – help make an animated pixilation in our studio. Gravity not included.
WHERE: 209 Kalamath St., Denver, CO 80223 Unit 7 (back of the building)
WHEN: September 28th, 2014 at 10am to 4pm
HOW MUCH:  $20. $15 for Students and ASIFA Members
Register here:

SCREENING – a screening of animated films from local artists. Don’t miss this celebration of Colorado animation.
WHERE: The Bug Theatre
WHEN: September 28th, 2014 at 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
HOW MUCH:  Tix are $5

Come out and be a part of Colorado’s animation community!


9/5 6:30 PM – Exquisite Corpse Animation Kickoff

August 28, 2014

If you are interested in participating in our upcoming Exquisite Corpse animation project, please meet us Friday September 5th at the Kalamath Studio for our kickoff event.



We will be discussing possibilities and laying out details with the help of all participants. Please join us for a fun, laid back evening discussing this project.

“Exquisite Corpse” is the name of a collaborative drawing game created by the Surrealists. In our animated version, each participant will receive a frame of animation from the previous participant. You then create a short piece of animation based on that frame, with no other context of the story leading up to your own sequence. When finished, your final frame is passed along to the next participant. When all participants have finished, all of the animations are put together, forming a creative and surreal short film that will have you guessing where one animator’s sequence ends and another’s begins.

We’d love to have you participate. Please join us at our Kalamath studio Friday evening at 6:30 pm to help us kick it off and add your own voice to the direction of the project. Entry fee is $5 for ASIFA members, $10 for non-members. Animators of all media, styles and levels are invited to participate.

What: Exquisite Corpse animation kickoff

When: Friday, Sept 5th at 6:30 PM

Where: ASIFA-Colorado Headquarters:

209 Kalamath St. (The Bolt Factory)  Unit #7

Denver, CO


Annual Animated Summer Cel-ebration!

August 11, 2014

Attention Colorado animation enthusiasts:

Join us the afternoon of Saturday, August 23rd for our annual Summer Cel-ebration! From 3pm to 7pm, come hang out with other Colorado animators and animation fans for a casual afternoon of schmoozing, eating, drinking and watching animation. This is one of our favorite events of the year. If you’ve got an animation reel, animated short or other project that you’ve been working on, bring it along to share. Make connections, have fun and relax on a beautiful Colorado late summer afternoon.



Saturday, August 23, 3:00PM to 7:00pm

In the back yard of ASIFA Board Member Judy Gardener
6585 W 62nd Place
Arvada, CO 8003
Last house on the right…plenty of street parking




Animation Station @ Erie Community Library

August 1, 2014

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We had such a great time animating at Erie Community Library in July with some awesome young Colorado animators! ASIFA-Colorado tries to serve all of the state’s animation lovers, and it was a beautiful day in Weld County.

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We were focused on all sorts of stop motion: cut outs, claymation, Legos, pixilation…if we could move it, we animated it. There was Iron Man, Blobby & Blobby Jr., a cheezie 1980s police chase, and, and, and…you’ll just have to watch the video below!

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We at ASIFA-Colorado would like to thank all of the participants who came out to join us. We’d also like to thank Erica Segraves and everyone at the Erie Community Library for being so awesome, and for giving the community in and around Erie an opportunity to learn about and experiment with animation. We had a great time and we look forward to doing it again. Here are the wonderful animated pieces that were created that day:

Keep an eye right here on for information on more upcoming events. Who knows where in Colorado we will pop up next to spread the good word about animation!?


The 2014 Asifa-Colorado Animate48 competition is ON!!!

April 4, 2014


Daniel Tobey, Shawn Martinez and Nancy Nguyen represent the Art Institute of Colorado's Game Art & Design, and Media Arts &  Animation programs in this year's competition.

Daniel Tobey, Shawn Martinez and Nancy Nguyen represent the Art Institute of Colorado’s Game Art & Design, and Media Arts & Animation programs in this year’s competition.

These are but a few of the hungry competitors in this year’s competition! The theme pays homage to animation legend (and once ASIFA President) Norman McLaren. Who will win the big prize this year!?

The clock is ticking. Competitors have until Sunday to bring back their animated shorts. Come see the results at the Graduation Animation Screening and Soiree on Friday, May 16th!


ASIFA-Colorado announces ANIMATE48 – 48 hour Animation Competition!

March 22, 2014


Don’t miss Animate48 student animation competition! Lot’s of prizes! Register online at

Competition starts April 4th, 2014 at 7pm at The Bolt Factory Unit 7 on the West side.

Animate48 Flyer



BIFF Workshop recap!

February 18, 2014

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for our Boulder International Film Festival workshop! It was a great success and lots of fun. We made some great animation, including a really cool pixiliation, which you can view here:

Thanks to our friends at Mighty Fudge and the Boulder International Film Festival for helping the Colorado animation community celebrate another great year with BIFF!


Thanks to Wynn Greene, Evert Brown, Emmet Desroches, Pat  Mallek & Ed Desroches for running the workshop!



At Boulder International Film Festival this weekend

February 12, 2014

Please join us for these great animation related events at the Boulder International Film Festival.

Animation Station Workshop

Saturday, February 15 – 2pm – 3:30pm,

Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
Ages 10+ 1651 Broadway (Park at the Boulder Library Parking Lot, across the street) Bring your inner animator to this hands-on workshop presented by the animation organization, ASIFA-Colorado, and the Boulder based Mighty Fudge Studio.

Also join us for screenings of the animated films Ernest & Celest  and The Wind Rises during the festival. Details below. More info at:

Ernest and Celestine

Friday, February 14 – 10:00am, Boulder Theater
France, Animated Feature Film, 2013, 80 min
Nominated for a 2014 Oscar for Best Animated Feature
Film Direct to BIFF from Sundance 2014 — Colorado Premiere
Appropriate for all ages; no subtitles

This delightfully old-fashioned, hand-drawn film explodes across the screen like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life. It tells the story of a forbidden friendship between Ernest, a down-on-his-luck bear, and Celestine, an open-minded mouse, whose tender and playful relationship provokes shock, anger and chaos within their respective worlds. With great storytelling, perfect comic timing and wonderful on-screen chemistry between the two leads, this is one of those rare films that audiences of all ages will remember forever with a smile.

Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner


The Wind Rises PROGRAM BT-15 –

Sunday, February 16 – 12:00pm -
Boulder Theater Japan, Animated Feature Film, 2013, 126 min
Touchstone Pictures presents a
Studio Ghibli Film From Academy Award Winner Hayao Miyazaki
Nominated for a 2014 Oscar for Best Animated Feature
Film Touchstone Pictures presents a Studio Ghibli Film

In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki — Producer: Toshio Suzuki Original story and screenplay by: Hayao Miyazaki Featuring the voices of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Mae Whitman, Elijah Wood, Stanley Tucci, John Krasinski, Jennifer Grey, William H. Macy and Martin Short


We hope to see our members out in Boulder for these great BIFF animation events!