Animation Educators Forum

aef-siggraph-2013The 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.

Two years ago, a group of Southern California educators formed the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) in order to begin a dialogue and share information with all those who teach animation. With the generous support of ASIFA-Hollywood, the AEF has created a successful Student Film Festival, a retrospective of educators personal films entitled “ Those Who Teach- Do!”, and will soon launch a new interactive website to suit the needs of animation instructors.

The AEF is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of animation through education. Our members, with their diverse backgrounds in both the animation and educational fields, are focused on extending their knowledge and experience to others within the burgeoning animation community, worldwide.

The AEF has begun a dialogue, communicating information with many instructors across the USA, and now is reaching out beyond our borders. Teachers from Toronto to Singapore have expressed interest. All who are engaged in this unique form of instruction need not toil alone. We are welcoming new ideas and new members and look forward to lively, inspired and valuable communication going forward!

The Animation Educators Forum was at the CTN Animation eXpo and had a lively discussion on the topic of “Navigating the Film Festival Maelstrom 2015: What Your Students Should Know About Film Festivals, Web Venues and Contests.” To listen to the conversation, click on the link below. You can also listen to us on ASIFA-Hollywood’s YouTube channel.

For a student who just completed a short film, knowing how to make the next move can be daunting. In a bewildering world of festivals, websites and shifting regulations, faculty and mentors can serve as guides that point them in the right direction. During the session, some thoughts to keep in mind when entering a festival is discussed in length.

On November 16, 2013, the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) had a round table open discussion on the subject of teaching to the first job or the last job to animation students at the Creative Talent Network eXpo (CTNx).

For more information on events and symposiums, be sure to visit the official page of the Animation Educators Forum.