SCAD Animation Fest 2020 coming soon!

This year SCAD will host the acclaimed AnimationFest virtually this September 25–26. The SCADFILM festival programming will provide innovative and insightful content every hour on the hour throughout the two-day virtual festival, using leading streaming technology and event management platforms. The virtual festival will feature exclusive screenings, panel discussions, visual presentations and top talent and alumni from Netflix, Epic Games, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, Amazon, and more.

“The profession of animation is one of the creative winners of 2020, because virtual collaboration has long been a practice in the industry, where teams work together from across the world to write, produce, score, and give voice to these films,” said President Paula Wallace. “Animation films and shows have actually increased production during the pandemic! SCAD AnimationFest finds the industry riding high, and invites our SCAD students into the very heart of it, to connect with our Bees in the industry and other filmmakers elevating animation to become the leading form in world entertainment.”

Dynamic AnimationFest programming will represent many of the university’s top ranked degree programs, including animation, visual effects, motion media design, film & television, and interactive design and game development. The festival will showcase many SCAD alumni who have become leaders in their creative careers, as well as standout student work.

Programming highlights for AnimationFest 2020 include: The Making of Amazon Studios’ Undone with co-creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Kate Purdy; A Conversation with Avatar: The Last Airbender creator Bryan Konietzko; Framestore presents: Behind the FX of HBO’s Lovecraft Country; and Behind the Scenes Conversation: CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Lower Decks with creator Mike McMahan.

An additional feature, SCAD Animation Studio Presents: The Making of Bearly, will celebrate the recently launched SCAD Animation Studios with department chair Chris Gallagher. The first film created by the SCAD Animation Studios, Bearly was created and produced in a year-long collaborative with students in professional roles including lead animator, producer, visual development artist, story artists, 2D and 3D animators, lighters, compositors and more.

Passes for the two-day festival will be available for purchase on September 15, 2020. SCAD AnimationFest attendees will be able to register and purchase festival passes through a single gateway that will give them unified access across multiple devices to all sessions in the festival. Every hour of programming will also have a dedicated internal producer to ensure top-quality streaming execution and interaction. Passholders will have the opportunity to experience the festival across multiple devices and choose where and how to enjoy the content.

For more information visit the SCAD AnimationFest 2020 site.

By JJ Maxwell

SCAD — The Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD prepares talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.