Starting in the fall of 2015 I was elected president of the New York chapter of ASIFA. ASIFA was founded in 1960 in Annecy, France by a group of international animators to increase world-wide visibility of animated film. ASIFA’s membership includes animation professionals and fans from more than 50 countries. ASIFA sponsors animation festivals in Annecy, Ottawa, and Hiroshima.
ASIFA East is the Eastern U.S. chapter of ASIFA, based in New York City. ASIFA East hosts monthly screenings, drawing class, workshops, and panel discussions on all things animation, and annually hosts the ASIFA East Animated Film Festival. We boast a membership of over 250 artists and professionals in the animation community.
Festival and Awards
Debuting in 1969, the ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival is one of the longest running festivals of its kind. The entries are judged by ASIFA East members in an open screening for each category. Anyone may attend the screenings, but only current ASIFA East members are permitted to vote for the winning films. The votes are sealed and tallied by an independent accountant and announced at a special awards ceremony in the Spring.
I've been an active member of the executive board since the fall of 2007. Writing the newsletter, running the twitter page, and eventually managing the awards and festival and the co-chairperson in 2013.
Panels and Screenings
Hosting panels and attending screenings are some of my favorite things to do. Contact me if you're in need of a moderator for a Q&A session post screenings or moderating an animation panel discussion.