Bringing audiences the best in independent Canadian and international animated short films, and the results of the 2018 Anijam competition


Saturday, JULY 28th, 2018

The Royal Cinema – 608 College Street, Toronto

7pm box office, 7:30pm doors, 8:00pm start
TICKETS $10 advance / $12 door / $8 door TAIS members

Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite HERE

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On Saturday, July 28th, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is thrilled to present a summer night of animated dreams: two 45 minute programmes of short animated films, the results of the 2018 Anijam competition, and a new commissioned work by Amanda Low.

Featuring 18 short animated films, the finalists in this year’s programme are diverse in style and content. Including themes of self-love and aspiration, loss and struggle, narratives of deception, community and connection, and playful experimental works exploring form and sound, this year’s programme proudly features films from 6 different countries: Canada, USA, Costa Rica, UK, China, and Taiwan.

This programme is for mature audiences only.

Awards will be given – as selected by the audience, and by a guest jury of animation artists: Amy Lockhart, Paloma Dawkins, and Rory Waudby-Tolley. The audience will select an ‘Audience Choice – Short Film’ and ‘Audience Choice – Best Anijam’. The jury will award a ‘Grand Prize – Best of the Showcase’ award, and a ‘Jury’s Best Anijam’ award. Full bios for the 2018 Jury are available HERE.



Also featured is TAIS’ FAN FICTION Anjiam competition. With 12 entries this year, these 10-second animations are mash-up masterpieces, with creative never-before-seen combos that hint at unique universes filled with familiar characters. For the second year in a row, the Showcase Jury’s pick for Best Anijam will be awarded a cash prize and in-kind studio use toward production of a short animated project for presentation at TAIS Showcase in 2019. The audience will also decide a Best Anijam Audience Award on the night of the screening.

Anijam 2018 details available HERE.


2018 Animation Showcase Programme

(presented below in alphabetical order by title)



Una Di Gallo
Canada, 1:47, 2018, 2D hand drawn

A young family lives at the epicentre of the mounting pressure of the Yugoslavian War, unsure of what their next move is.

Una Di Gallo is an animator, illustrator, and designer who recently graduate from Sheridan College’s animation program. Her passion lies in storytelling and experimentation.




Am I Oright

Chen Yen-Liang
Taiwan, 4:07, 2017, hand drawn

The experimental animation, AM I ORIGHT, is based on sounds. The sounds which were recorded, mixed and edited, were used as the basic performance of the animation’s creation and indicate the artist’s experience of growth and their process as a creative journey.

Yen Liang Chen was born in Taiwan 1992. After he created this film, he made his decision to focus on sound through the form of animation arts.





Simone Northey
Canada, 3:34, 2018, stop motion
*TAIS Member

A non-narrative, stop-motion animation that plays with abstractions of textile machinery.

Simone Northey is an Ottawa born, Toronto-based animator recently graduated from OCAD University (2018) where she was recipient of the Project 31 Digital Painting and Expanded Animation Award. Simone focuses on non-narrative, experimental animation, blending stop-motion and digital techniques. She has a strong interest in motion design, and her subjects include geometric forms interacting with illusions of 2D and 3D space.





Cow Palace
Julian Gallese
Costa Rica, 2:25, 2018, 2D hand drawn
*TAIS Member

Cow Palace is a song by Jules. It was recorded in a train ride across Canada.

Julian Gallese is an artist from Costa Rica. After several exhibitions in his hometown, he studied classical animation in Canada, where he made his debut short film Menagerie. His animations have been screened at film festivals around the world.





Haley and Joanna
Laura Hodkin
United Kingdom, 2:46, 2018, hand drawn

Boys, beers, and bras.

Laura Hodkin is an animator and illustrator based in London. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Art.





Lady Strips    
Adrienne Mountain
Canada, 4:16, 2018, hand drawn

A sultry strip tease with a surprise… Lady Strips is a hand drawn animation exploring power dynamics and assumed ownership over the bodies of others.

Adrienne Mountain is an experimental animator and installation artist from Toronto. Her work explores the metaphysical, as well as body politics and female identity.




Maybe Its Me

Maybe it’s me
Dimitris Simou
United Kingdom, 6:08, 2017, 3D

I remember everything: the summers, the house, the sea, the sound of the cicadas. My fears. In Maybe it’s me an animator tries to recreate his childhood memories.

Dimitris Simou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He started as a live-action director and directed two short films before deciding to come to London to study and work as an animator. Maybe it’s me is his most personal film to date.





New Math
William Allinson
Canada, 4:12, 2017, stop motion

*TAIS Member

New Math is a visual journey through a woman’s recollection of her experiences as she passes through her final moments of life into death.

William Allinson is a freelance stop motion animator based in Toronto, with credits in Television, Music Video and Short Film formats. Recent works Dad Fight (2015) and the TAIS-Produced Electric Dream Chute (2016) played ‘Animation Day’ at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, with other works receiving awards at various film festivals, both at home and abroad. William is currently at work on a feature film with the intention of touring with it once completed.





Jeron Braxton
United States, 6:04, 2018, 3D

A surreal street race through hell and back!

Jeron Braxton is a creative director based in Indiana. He primarily utilizes animation, music production, and graphic design to realize his imagination.





Pete the Peacock
Amanda Low
Canada, 2:52, 2018, 2D and hand drawn

*TAIS Member

Pete is a party loving peacock who parties hard as a way of escaping deep feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. The film follows Pete as he learns a lesson about self-respect, and how to love himself.

Amanda Low is an artist, and animator based in Toronto. Amanda Low is the winner of the 2017 Anijam competition – TAIS is proud to present this film as the result of the awarded commission.





Melissa Ferrari
United States, 6:50, 2017, hand painted

Phototaxis draws parallels between Mothman, a prophetic and demonized creature in West Virginia lore, and Narcotics Anonymous, the main treatment program in West Virginia’s addiction epidemic. Rooted in nonfiction, this film contemplates synchronicity and the role of belief systems in perception; the tendency to assign supernatural meaning to tragedy and the unknowable; anonymous and apocryphal oral histories; and the moth to the flame.

Melissa Ferrari is from Virginia, and is now based in Los Angeles where she is pursuing an Experimental Animation MFA at CalArts. Melissa is an experimental animation artist who seeks to acquaint mythologies of the past with contemporary ideas through the lens of philosophy. In exposing peripheral histories, she seeks to unveil the mystery and wonder that lies in the shadow of nonfiction, rather than fiction. Ultimately, her practice is compelled by a desire to critically traverse philosophical ideas in an art made by hand.





Reach the Sky
Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Canada, 5:50, 2018, stop motion

*TAIS Member **Not in juried competition

A stop-motion animated film for Queer Songbook Orchestra’s musical arrangement of “We’ll Reach the Sky Tonight” by Rita MacNeil.

Daniel Sterlin-Altman is a stop-motion animation filmmaker born in Toronto. A graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, he creates short, absurd, and comedic animated films exploring family, queer identity, and tragedy through humour. Daniel currently lives in Toronto.





Lei Lei
China, 5:32, 2017, paint on glass

This animation gives an account of the injuries inflicted on a girl after she was followed and sexually harassed. The film has been made by combining oil painting and photography.

Lei Lei was born in Ganzhou City of Jiangxi Province. In 2017, she graduated from the animation department at the China Academy of Art.





Super Serious Satsuma
Trang Nguyen
United Kingdom, 1:10, 2018, hand drawn

A film with a couple of oranges.

Trang Nguyen is a British Vietnamese experimental animator and director. She communicates mood with expressive movement and colour, using experimental approaches. Her work burst with rhythm and touching visuals. She is currently doing an animation MA at Royal Collage of Art.





The Curious Tale of Aunt Binks
Gentle Giants
Canada, 7:43, 2018, stop motion

A young girl named Abby travels to visit her dear Aunt Binks, but finds herself in a peculiar situation when her Aunt Binks is nothing like she expected.

Gentle Giants is made up of eleven Sheridan College animation students: Andrew Komer, Austin Faber, Darcy Morgan, Esther Cheung, Evan Perusse, Jenna Feltham, Joseph Bertrand, Niko Powell, Turcin Soylu, Tyler Nardone, and Vivian Zhou. They all come from diverse backgrounds but share the same passion for storytelling and animation.





The Missing Pig
Cecilia Corzo
United Kingdom, 4:04, 2018, hand drawn

A mysterious pig disappearance brings chaos to a small town.

Cecilia Corzo is a London raised animator studying animation at the Royal College of Art. Her films are colourful and often reminiscent of her Cuban heritage.





the Thing is Lost
Arash Akhgari
Canada, 2:31, 2018, hand drawn experimental

The Thing is Lost is an abstract, audio-visual experience, inspired from monotonous, still overwhelming and omnipresent existence of the internal dialogue. This film is an emotional journey through expressions, confusions, colors and affects. A journey in hope to “find” or to “be found”, yet “the Thing is Lost”.

Arash Akhgari is an independent animator and visual artist focused on expressive language of visual art, moving image and abstract story telling. He works with traditional mediums for animation as well as painting, drawing and collage, and explores contemporary visual languages.




True North

True North
George Bowler
United Kingdom, 7:55, 2017, hand drawn

On the long journey home, a fisherman comes upon the wreckage of a ship and rescues a small boy that he finds asleep in a barrel. As a mysterious storm descends he senses the arrival of a sinister presence.

George Bowler grew up on the banks of the River Hamble near Southampton. He studied Animation at the University of West of England, and went on to animate and direct at studios in Bristol and London. 10 years after completing his BA he decided to return to education and studied an MA in Animation Direction at the National Film and Television School.



2018 Animation Showcase Poster

For the 12th Annual TAIS Animation Showcase promotional campaign, artist Jeron Braxton produced this eye-popping artwork, created in response to our Anijam theme FAN FICTION. The inspiration for this poster is the last painting in Carl Jung’s Red Book. Jeron put his own twist on iconic animated characters and arranged them in a similar fashion as Jung’s painting.

Jeron is a young, self-taught, award-winning animator whose pop surreal 3D animations are making waves worldwide. For more on Jeron Braxton visit



The 2018 Showcase is presented with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.


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