The people who teach animation can vary from an old studio veteran, to a young independent filmmaker, to a computer tech. All are united in their love of teaching and a desire to ensure the skills of the past are passed on to future generations. Despite the large number of people now teaching animation, there has been very little communication between these teachers outside of their respective institutions, other than casual social contact…until now.
In 2008, a group of Southern California educators formed the Animation Educators Forum to begin a dialogue and share information with all those who teach animation. Thanks to the generous support of ASIFA-Hollywood, the volunteer organization has hosted numerous discussions at industry expositions including yearly “Birds of a Feather “ meet-ups at SIGGRAPH and CTN eXpo, and held two Student Film Festivals that led to the Student Annie Award. The AEF holds an Annual General Membership Meeting to discuss relevant topics and announce new opportunities such as the Student Scholarship that it launched in 2015.
ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of animation through education. Our growing international membership, with their diverse backgrounds in both the animation and educational fields, are focused on extending their knowledge and experience to others within the worldwide animation community. All who are engaged in this unique form of instruction need not toil alone – we seek to provide a source of new ideas and continue to engage in lively, inspired and valuable discussions going forward!
Birds of a Feather
At animation events and conventions, the Animation Educators Forum comes together to discuss the state of the industry and how animation programs at colleges can prepare students for a career after graduation.