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Alumni Head Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

May 27, 2014

The 2014 Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) will honour Sheridan’s pivotal role in fuelling the North American animation industry for over 40 years.

A panel of animation alumni will close out the festival on June 16, exploring the realities of today’s creative industries and commenting on the skills necessary to thrive in the animation field.

The panel discussion which takes place at Corus Quay will feature:

Darin Bristow (Computer Animation, 1999; Classical Animation, 1995)
Director of Studio Operations, Nelvana (Corus)

Frank Falcone (Art and Art History, 1990, Computer Animation, 1992) 
President and Creative Director, Guru Studio

Rex Grignon (Computer Animation, 1984)
Head of Character Animation at DreamWorks

Peter Lepeniotis, (Classical Animation, 1992)
Director, ToonBox Entertainment; Co-writer and Director, The Nut Job

Kris Pearn (Classical Animation, 1997)
Director, Story Artist, Pearnworks; Co-director, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Founded in late 2010, TAAFI was the brainchild of four 2002 Sheridan animation graduates: Ben McEvoy, Barnabas Wornoff, Mike Weiss and Rich Duhaney. Now successful artists and instructors, the former classmates were astonished that there was no definitive animation event in the city. So they launched TAAFI to celebrate their craft with artists from Toronto and around the world.

“Through this festival I have met so many people I would otherwise not have,” says Mike Weiss. He and TAAFI’s founders hope that the opportunities to learn from the best animators in the field will inspire all who attend the festival.

Held at Corus Quay and George Brown College June 14-16, TAAFI 2014 will feature workshops, demos, screenings and a chance for participants to pitch their ideas to industry executives.

The TAAFI closing ceremonies will kick off the Society of Animation Studies conference, hosted by Sheridan. 

Alumni Discounted Tickets to TAAFI: All Sheridan alumni are invited to attend the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) at Corus Quay. Receive 10% OFF by using Sheridan Alumni Promo Code: SCAlumni2014. For more Festival details or to order tickets click here.  For more information on TAAFI, visit