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Leading Alumni Offer Tips at Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

September 05, 2013

Persistence and passion were among the messages top animation graduates shared as speakers and panelists at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), July 26-28 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Corus Quay. Over 70 alumni got together at the event, including 29 graduates who were speaking and screening their films.

Highlights of the TAAFI events: 

A Look Inside Pixar Animation Studios Masterclass
Pixar Animation Studios’ animator Benjamin Su (Animation - Classical, 2002) shared stories and insights into one of the world’s most exciting and beloved animation studios. Read his tips for success. 

Animation Life Drawing Masterclass
Disney life drawing expert and Sheridan graduate Samantha Youssef (Classical Animation, 2001) demonstrated life drawing techniques for animators. Her artistic training program, Studio Techniques is in demand by feature film, VFX, commercial and gaming studios around the world. Samantha has been training animation artists who work at studios such as Disney, DreamWorks, Reel FX, BioWare, Ubisoft and many others. More about Samantha

Go Fund Yourself
Three Sheridan graduates shared tips and advice from their experience in raising funds for their projects:

• Bobby Chui (1999), who raised over $40K on Kickstarter for his fully animated comic book, NIKO AND THE SWORD OF LIGHT
• Lillian Chan (2003), who raised over $20K on Indiegogo for their e-book and app Ramen Party
• Jonathan Ng (Classical Animation, 2003) raised $120K through government agencies for his short film Requiem for Romance, and is now raising an estimated $8-10M for an animated feature.