The Golden Orchid International Animation Festival’s (GOIAF) third annual event is under way at select locations on Penn State’s University Park campus through September 21, 2014. The festival, which exhibits selected animations and short films, had a rousing start on opening night Monday, September 8, according to Graeme Sullivan, director, Penn State School of Visual Arts. Courtesy of a live video feed, festival participants were able to converse with three international directors whose films were screened as part of the festival. Directors participating in the opening night’s discussion included Salvatore Centoducati, director of Office Kingdom (Italy), Moritz Schneider, director of Harald (Germany), and Aroop Dwivedi, director of A Mother (India). “Each animator fielded questions about their work and shared their ideas and sketches to illustrate the story development and technical challenges they faced,” said Sullivan. “It was an opportunity for audience members to hear thoughts and see the work of some of the most creative animation artists working today.”
The GOIAF was established in 2012 by Penn State School of Visual Arts alumnus Dengke Chen, the festival’s current director. Chen’s goal is to “build a bridge to connect animators from all over the world to Penn State students,” he said. Submissions from filmmakers across the globe were received.
The selected animations and short films will be on display throughout the festival in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, as well as the Carnegie Cinema, Carnegie Building. Click here to view the complete schedule.
GOIAF’s mission is to promote the art of contemporary animation and an appreciation of animation's rich history; to encourage young animators, filmmakers, and artists; and to cultivate interest in and promote the arts and animation culture among the general public.