Brookings, South Dakota – USA
October 17 to 20, 2012

The 4th Annual SODAK ANIMATION FESTIVAL (SDAF) stands as one of the few animation-only film festivals in the United States and draws enthusiastic audiences, innovative selections, and special guest speakers who themselves are experts in the field. Held in the heart of Brookings, South Dakota, SDAF places special emphasis on exposing fresh talent to the varied styles of animated storytelling, celebrating student work, and promoting animation education.

Winners of the SDAF will go home with “The Golden Cowbell,” a distinctive artisan-crafted award that’s sure to stand out on any trophy case. This year’s winners will also receive software packages from such vendors as Red Giant Software. The Festival offers a top-notch program; attendees can network at Drinking & Drawing, discover Wacom products at workshops, and enjoy thrilling displays of animated ingenuity on screen. Daktronics, the world’s leader in large-scale LED displays and co-sponsor of SDAF, also provides tours of its state-of-the-art facility during the festival.

Travel grants and assistance are available to guests on a limited basis. Last year, 90% of the Festival’s submission fees were re-directed to animators whose works were selected for screening.

July 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

Past SDAF speakers and guests have included Annie Award-nominee David Chai (ENRIQUE WRECKS THE WORLD), Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton (YOUR FACE), and Reid Thompson, senior designer at Troika Design. This year’s festival will feature celebrated animator J.J. Sedelmaier (“Beavis & Butthead”) and stop-motion animator Kirsten Lepore – winner of the first Student Annie Award, LACMA’s Young Director Award, and the Special Jury Award at SXSW.

Animators: for the opportunity to rub elbows with these industry luminaries, submit to the SoDak Animation Festival today!


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