11th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase! Scheduled for July 29th

Toronto Animated Image Society is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 11th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase! Scheduled for July 29th, TAIS Animation Showcase screens the best in independent Canadian and international animated short films, the results of the 2017 Anijam competition, and a new interactive work in VR by artist Zeesy Powers

On Saturday, July 29th, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is thrilled to present a summer night of animated dreams, and two 60 minute programmes of short animated films, at the 11th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase at Geary Lane - 360 Geary Avenue - in Toronto.  

Featuring 20 short animated films, all created in the last two years, the finalists in this year’s programme cover a variety of genres and stylistic approaches to the animation art form. Including ethereal and spooky dreamscapes, car chases, evocative abstraction, environmental issues, humour, sentimentality, and themes that speak to a positive Queer future, this year’s programme features narrative and experimental films from 9 different countries: Canada, USA, Costa Rica, UK, China, Scotland, Switzerland, Spain, and Taiwan. This programme is for mature audiences only.

Awards will be given, as selected by a guest jury of Canadian animation gurus/filmmakers/artists: Michael Fukushima, Adrienne Crossman, and Nicolas Sassoon. The jury will award a ‘Grand Prize - Best of the Showcase’ award, and a ‘Jury’s Best Anijam’ award. The audience will select an ‘Audience Choice - Short Film’ and ‘Audience Choice - Best Anijam’.

Also featured is TAIS’ BIG EYES Sharp Teeth Anjiam competition. With 20 entries this year, these 10-second animations bite off more than they can chew, and hold you in a piercing glare and won’t let you look away. With wide-eyed wonder we're excited to watch this year's competition! It will be fierce!

Finally, TAIS 2017 Canadian Artist in Residence, Zeesy Powers, will present her work for Virtual Reality entitled “The Could Be You” as part of the event. Produced in TAIS studios, this interactive VR experience puts participants in the body of a 90 year old female in the middle of techno-dystopic environment. Powers is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto who explores how technology impacts our lived experience and mediates our relationship to the cultural and natural systems that support and shape society.

The Animation Showcase is produced by the Toronto Animated Image Society, an artist-run, non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of animation through production, screenings, workshops and exhibitions, and offering affordable access to space and equipment for artists who make animated films within contemporary art practices. TAIS is dedicated to the art of independent animation
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