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!


Sat. Open Animation Studio CANCELLED this week

January 31, 2014





Due to snow and inclement weather, this week’s Saturday Open Studio has been cancelled. Stay warm, and save up your ideas and animation energies for next time!


Upcoming events

January 26, 2014


ASIFA has a gangbuster line up of events to start the new year right.


Have an animation you are working on?

Saturday Open Animation Studio
Animate!  Come on down and do your thing!
Every Saturday from 10am-4pm
209 Kalamath Street, Unit 7, Denver


Boulder International Film Festival

Don’t miss Animation Station at BIFF on Feb. 15, 2014 from 2 -3:30 pm at Alfalfa’s.
The Festival runs February 13 through Feb 16th.

Special Member Presentation – Big Sky, MT

If you are up in Montana don’t miss member Corrie Francis Park’s Animated Presentation on February 1, 2014 at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, MT. The show will remain up until February 15th. More details here:
More info at:

Coming Soon!

Animate48  (Coming in April)
Compete in ASIFA-Colorado’s 48 hour competition. PRIZES

Graduate Animation Screening & Soiree (GASS) (Coming in May)
Prizes for best grad reel!

Comic Con (Coming in June)

The Best of O!PLA Animation Festival  (TBA)
Polish Animation Screening

Projects for Members

Contact Wes Price at to join up!

Exquisite Corpse
A surrealist animation project! put in your 20-30 seconds!
Contact Ed ( for more information.

Show the world what you got!  Put your shorts on our reel.
Contact Ed ( for more information.

Local Screenings!

Playing at the Alamo Drafthouse:
THE LAST UNICORN with Author Peter S. Beagle
Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:30pm

Monday, January 27, 2014

We hope to see you at some of these upcoming events!


Open Animation Studio :: Saturdays 10am-4pm!

December 3, 2013


Have an animation you are working on?

School project that needs finishing? Working on your portfolio/demo reel? Or just looking to tinker on something new?
Come on down and find space to work at our Open Animation Studio.
When: Saturdays : 10am-4pm
Where: The Bolt Factory, 209 Kalamath Street, Unit 7, Denver, CO.
Cost: $15 ASIFA-Colorado Members, $25 non-members


SDFF 36 Animation Station Recap

December 2, 2013

What an awesome time we had at this year’s Starz Denver Film Festival!  Our Animation Station event was well attended and lots of fun.


The Animation Station Workshops and Competition were presented by ASIFA-Colorado and Denver Film Society and sponsored by CU Denver Digital Animation Center, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, AIMS Community College, and the mighty, Mighty Fudge Studios.

During the film festival, ASIFA-Colorado also presented its Best Animated Short Prize to Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann of Germany for “Virtuos Virtuell”, a beautiful experimental animation timed perfectly to a composition.
Film clip:

Making of – tv special:

The press release of all winning films at the festival can be found here.

The workshops were held at over the first weekend of the festival and included 2 different sessions. The morning session was open to children aged 6 to 11 years and the afternoon session was open to participants aged 12 and older. We had a lot of fun working through these animations with all the attendees.

The theme of the Animation Station Competition this year was Killer Flying Robots Painting the Town Red. The participants included teams with 3 or fewer animators and the teams were given 6 hours after the theme was presented to come up with a completed animation.

The compiled workshops and competition film can be viewed here:

Congratulations to the competition winners:
First Place – Heather and Kendra Fleischman
Second Place – Jason Hogan
Third Place – Honor Miles, Shemsu Turner, David Cardoza

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Connect with us on Twitter at: @ASIFAColorado

Our international parent organization can be found at:

Thank you for a fun and animated weekend!
The ASIFA-Colorado Board


CORRECTION! The ASIFA Screening is at the UA Theater at the Denver Pavilions

November 17, 2013

There was some confusion about where today’s screening will be!  We are screening the results of the Workshop and Competition at the United Artists Theater at the Denver Pavilions today at noon.  ……I repeat,it is NOT at RMCAD and it is NOT at the SIE FILM CENTER.

It is at 500 16th street mall, #310  The UNITED ARTIST’S Theaters and we should be in Theater 15.  Tell the attendant you are there to see the ASIFA-Colorado, Animation Station.  You might have to get a “ticket” but that ticket should be free!

The best way to get there is either on the 16th Street Mall ride.  Or if you are driving, take 15th to Welton, turn right on Welton and then park in the parking garage.

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!2359_DenverPavilions


Catch and Release – “A Tangled Tale” goes online

November 5, 2013


All ASIFA members are specially invited to the virtual premier party for A Tangled Tale by Corrie Francis Parks on November 7th.

After a successful festival run at Annecy, AnimaMundi, Dok Leipzig and more, the entangling underwater love affair, animated with a revolutionary use of sand, will be online for the world to enjoy and share.

We are hosting a LIVE On Air party at 2pm PST on Nov. 7th on Google+ to celebrate the online release. If you ever wanted to know anything about sand animation, now is your chance. Come “Hang Out” online with the creative team and ask us all your questions! You can join with a webcam or a mic and chat with use live, or just watch the live stream on Youtube. We will also be taking questions via Twitter! (@tangledtalefilm)

Put A Tangled Tale in your G+ circles to get an invitation!

Special Guests Include:

CORRIE FRANCIS PARKS – Director/animator
sandy animatrix, fisherwoman and kickstarter diva.

COLE PIERCE – Sound Designer
multi-media artist and underwater wonder-boy.

GABE GUY – Re-recording Mixer
sound sweetener for Disney’s Frozen, Paperman, Wreck-It Ralph, A Tangled Tale.
Lives in a magic hat.

THOMAS PARKS – Tech Director Real-time tech support, computer surgeon and performance optimizer.

Topics that may or may not be covered: sound design, animation, independent filmmaking, Kickstarter, sandy beaches, fishing stories, Montana, messy studios, scuba diving, fancy graphics cards.



Starz Denver Film Festival Animation Station

October 23, 2013


Announcing the 2013 Animation Station at the Starz Denver Film Festival.

ASIFA-Colorado is proud to present this year’s Animation Station Competition and Workshops at the Starz Denver Film Festival.  Enter the competition to win BIG BALLER PRIZE MONEY, or join the workshops to learn about animation and create a short film! This is one of the most fun events on the Colorado animation enthusiast’s calendar. Can’t wait to see you there!

Thanks to our friends for partnering with us for this year’s Animation Station:

Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

Might Fudge Studios in Boulder

the Digital Animation Center at UCD

the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design

Aims Community College

and the amazing Denver Film Society


Animation on the Range – SoDak Animation Festival Review

October 21, 2013

If you want to draw a bunch of animators to a small college town on the eastern edge of South Dakota, the most compelling enticement is obviously pie and ice cream. SoDak Animation Festival in Brookings, SD, knows the straight path to my heart.

The festival is the combined effort of animator and professor Cable Hardin and the enthusiastic animation students at SDSU. In the middle of endless fields of corn and soy, the local and student community gathers to celebrate visiting animators and their films from around the world, culminating in the presentation of the Golden Cowbell Awards.

Brookings is not an easy place to get to, but those who make the effort will be welcomed with MidWestern hospitality. This festival really has its heart in the right place. Cable Hardin, the festival’s founder and head of the animation program at SDSU says, “Without the filmmakers present, it’s just a bunch of movies”.

100% of the (very reasonable) entry fees are collected in a filmmaker travel fund to help cover some of the travel costs for participants. This is so rare in the US and it’s a smart way to entice budget-conscious animators to make the trip to Brookings. Our small group of animators and festival guests were chauffeured around town by hard-working volunteers and treated to home cooked meals, local brews and a special outing across the prairie in search of pie and pipestone.

I was on this year’s jury so I had the opportunity to see every film in the festival. The majority were solid pieces of filmmaking, mostly narrative and character driven with a few more experimental works thrown in to keep things spicy. Techniques varied from highly polished CG to traditional cel and stopmotion I could tell it was a program meant to be both enjoyed by the public and inspiring to the next generation of animators studying at SDSU. Only the family program lacked a high ratio of well-crafted animation eyesores. Kids don’t seem to mind amateur stopmotion as long as there are fuzzy animals and dragons.

Aside from the winners, which are listed here, some of my favorite films were:

Astigmatismo by Nicolai Troshinsky
Beautiful, imaginative cut-out film with mind-blowing in-camera effects.

Dents de Lait by Julie Charette
Subtle observation of a young boy working through a great loss.

Khachaturian Meets Dali by Kirill Fessenko
As strange and wonderful as the surrealist himself.

Cody Walzel (Breadheads), Ann Mendenhall and Stephanie Son (Bird and Fish) were there in person to accept their awards, but as an extra special treat, the other award winners sent in some very creative acceptance speech videos, bringing a little bit of France, Taiwan, and London to the awards ceremony.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the panel discussion on All Things Animation. The other panelists were Steven Hunter from Pixar, Eric Say from NBC graphics division and Jeff Hayne at Mill Creek Entertainment. Sitting on comfortable couches in front of a full house, we had a lively discussion on our respective roles in the industry, fueled by an endless stream of questions from audience.

The conversation was peppered with personal anecdotes from Steve’s work on Nemo, Incredibles and Brave, Jeff’s mission to revive his favorite childhood cartoons for modern audiences. Eric revealed that millions of Americans don’t know that their Monday Football experience is sometimes entirely dependent on an unathletic animator running down the hall with a tape seconds before broadcast. We spoke about commercialism vs. creativity, the changing nature of distribution and funding, risk-taking and balancing personal work with making money. The thoughtful questions and the stamina of the audience told me they truly appreciated the combined breadth of experience in front of them.

The evening ended with the presentation of cans of  Thank You® Chocolate Pudding and packets of meat sticks from the campus meat lab (also home of the gummy bear brats) were nearly as good, especially when Steve tore open the meat sticks and began dipping them in the chocolate pudding. Mmmmmm… really, it wasn’t half bad.


If I have sparked your interest in SoDak, the FAQs on the festival website offer a further glimpse into the lighthearted spirit of SoDak. They are worth reading, just for kicks.

The festival is likely going biannual, so there will be no festival next year, but come 2015, don’t overlook this little gemstone in South Dakota. The ice cream really is amazing.