Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) comes to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, July 6-8, 2012 celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world.

Widely supported by the Toronto animation industry, the exciting new three day festival features screenings of shorts and full-length features, plus intimate and exclusive workshops and master classes.

For complete programming information, go to:
http://taafi.com/events/taafi2012/schedule/

Festival highlights include talks and lessons from trailblazing cartoonist John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren and Stimpy Show, on July 7, at 9:00 a.m. Festival goers will also get the exciting opportunity to sit in on a live cartoon script read featuring Sean Cullen and Emilie-Claire Barlow.

Other highlights include a showcase and presentation from the world’s largest online archive of animation and visual effects, Stash Magazine, a special screening and workshop for kids at the National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque, plus over a 100 local and international short films.

TAAFI offers a collection of some of the finest work in animation, for audiences of all ages. With over 50 successful studios, 10 schools of animation arts and a passionate community of enthusiasts, independent artists and professionals, Toronto is the picture perfect location to play host to what is sure to become one of North America’s leading animation festivals.

TICKET DETAILS: All advance tickets are available for purchase by phone or online through the TAAFI website starting June 1st: taafi.com

Festival Pass: $99- Includes Admission to all gala and regular screenings and The Nelvana Bouncing Ball TAAFI Party

Or à la carte:
Screenings: $15 (Kids screening prices are $5 for children ages 3-13; free for children under 3)
Workshops: Range from $15-90
Pitch-a-Palooza: $90 Includes admission to Pitch Lab and Monkeyworks
The Nelvana Bouncing Ball TAAFI Party: $15 in advance/$20 at the door

Other TAAFI highlights include:
Animated Shorts:
· Shorts 1 – Straight Up Toons – Top notch animation and classic cartoons
· Shorts 2 – The Reflecting Pool – Artistic masterpieces set to an introspective frequency
· Shorts 3 – Stylin’ – Innovative ideas and original techniques
· Shorts 4 – Good N’ Weirdy – Pure, chaotic enjoyment
· Student Shorts – S’cool – A collection of Canadian and international student works

Feature Films:
· North American Premier of Ronal the Barbarian in 3D (Denmark, 2011) – Produced by Einstein Film
· A rare public screening of Rock & Rule (Nelvana 1983) for the first time in 8 years! After the screening, an unprecedented Q&A with the cast and crew!

Retrospectives:
· Rosto: So Far, So Evil – A program compiling the best of Dutch artist and filmmaker Rosto’s work
· Kaj Pindal: A collection of his most popular films, including I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, followed by a Q&A with the living legend

For more information visit: taafi.com
Social media links:
Twitter: twitter.com/thetaafi
Facebook: facebook.com/atthetaafi
Vimeo: vimeo.com/thetaafi
RSS Feed: feed://taafi.com/blog/rss

Media Contacts:
Jesse Lane
Holmes Creative Communications
416-628-5606
jlane@hccink.com

Vanessa Andres
Holmes Creative Communications
(416) 628-5612
vandres@hccink.com

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