April 5, 1999 Vol. III, No. 13

Animation Artists from Around the World to Gather at CSUN

Student-Organized Second Annual International Animation Festival to Screen This Saturday

Some of the works featured at the festival will include Natie the Pirate (left) by Ron Yavnieli and Humpty Dumpty (right) by Setsuro Sugiyama

Cal State Northridge this weekend will host the second annual California SUN International Animation Festival, a daylong CSUN-student organized event featuring some of the top traditional, computer and experimental animation from around the world.

Last year's successful three-day event has been compressed into a single 12-hour series of sessions this Saturday, April 10, in the CSUN Campus Theatre. Headlining the event will be a midday presentation by Seth MacFarlane, creator of Fox television's new animated series "Family Guy."

"We are now the biggest international animation festival on the West Coast," said Victor Solomon, a CSUN senior art major and president of the CSUN student group Vidimation Ink, which is organizing the festival along with art professor Jack Reilly, who is festival director.

Festival judges have picked about 50 entries to display from the more than 100 submitted by artists both local and as far away as Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Finland and Canada, Solomon said. CSUN students Michael Laughlin and Aaron Yamasato are among those whose works will be shown.

The series of video screening sessions, grouped by animation category, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. MacFarlane's "Family Guy" session will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The day will conclude with a 7 p.m. festival gala party and awards presentation, followed at 8 p.m. by "The Best of the Fest" highlights.

Three ticket options are available through the CSUN Box Office at x2488 or Ticketmaster. Those are the $18 package deal for all Saturday events, the $7.50 later pass for the evening festival gala and highlights screening, and a discounted $7.50 student pass (with current I.D.) for all Saturday events.

"People will see world-class entertainment and a lot of creative artists," said Solomon, a key event organizer along with Vidimation Vice President Rick Tuazon. "This is their lives' work. The works are amusing and they're funny, they're intelligent and they're gripping."

The animation festival, which grew out of Reilly's annual "Video Jam" screenings of CSUN student videos, is co-sponsored by CSUN's art department and Entertainment Industry Institute, with support from the marketing department. Event information is available at www.csun.edu/animate/.

-John Chandler


April 5, 1999

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