Animation Film Festival

GCAFF featured on the Grinnell website!

We are excited to announce the GCAFF schedule!

GCAFF Schedule

Friday, April 8th

4:30: First program of animated shorts in Harris Cinema, featuring films from all over the world. Approx 90 min.

7:30: Guest Filmmaker Nina Paley will present her acclaimed feature film Sita Sings the Blues in JRC 101. SGA Films is co-sponsoring this Cultural Films Committee event.

10:00: Outdoor screening of films by stop-motion collective Tiny Circus led by ’92 Grinnell alum Carlos Ferguson. Approx 90 min. (Rain location: Harris)

Saturday, April 9th

Noon: Animation workshop with Tiny Circus and guest filmmaker Kirsten Lepore outside the JRC. This collective project will be set up so that passers-by can participate for brief periods of time. The workshop will be the final stage of the collective animation started by kids in town.

4:00: Guest Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore will present her award-winning films in Harris Cinema, followed by a Q&A. Kirsten is a freelance animator/illustrator/director who earned her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007.  Her animations have been featured on TV, the web, at international festivals, and now, at Grinnell College! Some of her clients include MTV, Heinz, Chronicle Books, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and illustrator Michael Slack. You may have seen her award-winning films “Story from North America,” “Sweet Dreams,” or “Bottle.” We are extremely excited to host Kirsten at GCAFF!

8:00: American Pop in Harris Cinema. Ralph Bakshi’s 1981 animated feature is an allegorical history of American pop music, following the tale of four generations of fathers. The soundtrack features music by Gershwin, Porter, Brubeck, Dylan, The Doors, Hendrix, The Mamas and Papas, Pat Benatar, Lou Reed, Bob Seger and many more. 96 minutes.

10:00: American Pop in Harris Cinema.

Sunday, April 10th

1:30: Second program of animated shorts in Harris Cineam, featuring films from all over the world. Approx 90 min.

3:30: Screening of final product of Tiny Circus workshop with area kids and Grinnell College students. Approx. 20 min.

Monday, April 11th

After school Screening of program from the 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Galaxy Youth Center.

Tuesday, April 12th

After school Screening of program from the 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Davis Elementary School.

GCAFF is the first ever festival of animated films to be held at Grinnell College. We are excited to present a weekend of excellent animated films and events, including guest filmmakers Nina Paley, Kirsten Lepore, and Grinnell-based stop-motion animation collective Tiny Circus.

GCAFF will be held in Harris Cinema and seeks to showcase outstanding animated shorts from all over the world, in all categories and genres.

In an effort to invite community members in the town of Grinnell to participate in GCAFF, the week prior to the festival, Tiny Circus will lead a series of animation workshops in area schools to create a collective film project. We will screen the final product at the end of the festival. Email for information about how to get involved in the workshops. The week following GCAFF, we will be screening programs from the 2011 Children’s Film Festival Seattle in local elementary schools.

The Grinnell College Animation Film Festival (GCAFF) is now accepting entries for its first edition, to be held April 8-10, 2011. The Independent, a leading source of information for independent, grassroots, and activist media-makers since 1978, is excited to co-present the festival, which will kick off with a co-sponsored Cultural Films Committee event featuring award-winning animator Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues). We are also delighted to host the already very accomplished animator, Kirsten Lepore (“Sweet Dreams” and “Bottle”) on April 9th.

The festival will be held on the Grinnell campus in the college’s 400-seat cinema. The Animation Festival seeks to showcase excellent animated shorts in all categories and genres. There is no entry fee for the festival and any animated film under 30 minutes in length may be submitted. Contact Courtney Sheehan ( for more information.

GCAFF Entry Form

GCAFF Information and Deadline

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