July 22nd, 2013

Congratulations to all 2012 High School TISAF Top Entries for your outstanding creative work !

The Best entry in each category below will be sent the TISAF Trophy, a replica of a 4500 year old ancient Greek statuette from the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. Simple, elegant and stylistic, the Cycladic head was used by local artisans as a gift in ceremonies and to TISAF represents a very early example of an animation.

VIEW Winning Entries Here

Best 2D
“Time Lapse” by Travis Anderson
from Gleneagle Secondary in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

2nd Place 2D
“Invasion of the Corporate Zombies” by Virginia Findlay, Derek Vanderwyck, Denzel Gordon and Daimon Clarke
from Assumption College School in Brantford, Ontario, Canada

3rd Place 2D
“Left” by Travis Chen


Best Stop Motion
“Marked” by The Havergal Team
at Havergal College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2nd Place Stop Motion
“Coming to Life” by Alix Thompson and Rebecca Peters
from Fletcher’s Meadow SS, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

3rd Place Stop Motion
“Getting Ready for School” by Colin Matassa
from Ecole Secondaire Catholique Garneau in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Best Public Service Announcement
“Food Bank” by Meaghan Tosi, Natallie Raper, Christine Brennan, Emily Rauseo
from Bishop Brady High School in Concord, New Hampshire, USA

2nd Place Public Service Announcement
“21st Century” by Leslie Ransom, Joseph Roque, Justin Bailey
from Humberview SS, Caledon, Ontario, Canada

3rd Place Public Service Announcement
“Internet Safety Don’t be Fooled” by Alex Phan
from Fletcher’s Meadow SS, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Post Secondary Winning Entries

May 20th, 2013

Congratulations to all 2012 Post Secondary TISAF Top Entries !

The Best 1st Place entries will be sent the TISAF Trophy, a replica of a 4500 year old ancient Greek statuette from the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. Simple, elegant and stylistic, the Cycladic head was used by local artisans as a gift in ceremonies and to TISAF represents a very early example of an animation.

VIEW Winning Entries Here

Best 2D     “Poof”  by  Natan Moura 
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada

2nd Place 2D     “The Case”  by  Martin Zivocky
Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

3rd Place 2D     “For Katy”  by   Natalia Biegaj
Middlesex University in London, England


Best 3D     “Behind That Door”   by  Gabriel Begin
Laval University in Quebec City, Canada

2nd Place 3D      “Doggy Dilemma”  by  Brad McLeod
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Canada

3rd Place 3D       “Run”  by  Ghaydaa Saleem 
Van Arts Vancouver in Vancouver, Canada


Best Stop Motion     “Consciousness”   by   Louise Shazeela Beer 
Volda University College in Norway

2nd Place Stop Motion     Shirts Opening Day“  by  Caitlin Shirts 
University of  Connecticut in USA

3rd Place Stop Motion     “The Restaurant”  by  Steven Cartoccio 
School of Visual Arts in NYC, USA


Best Mixed  Media     “Spycat and the Paper Chase”   by  Darren Lim 
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

2nd Place Mixed  Media     “Bus Stop”  by   Ondrej Javora  
Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

3rd Place Mixed  Media     “Romeo a Julie”   by  Hana Kotlarova
Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

Thank you to All Judges

May 6th, 2013

A HUGE thank you to all judges for their time, expertise and comments in judging the 2012 entries to TISAF!

And a huge thank you to all the students who sent their work as well. The quality of your productions made for a very enjoyable viewing for the judges who were very impressed.

The top 3 entries in each category will be posted on the PAST SHOWS 2012 page later this week.

The animators for the top entry will receive the festival trophy by mail. 2nd and 3rd places will be sent the festival certificate.

Below is a list of the 2012 judges. A more detailed list is on the PAST SHOWS 2012 page as well

Alexander Williams,  Animation Apprentice,  CEO

Shannon Sinclair,  Apple Canada,  Inside Account Executive

Jason McKenzie,  Arc Productions,  Manager – Sales & Communications    

Lance LeFort,  Arc Productions,  Director –  HR and Recruiting

Spencer Roberts,  Blue Sky/Vicarious Visions,  Animator

Darin Bristow,  Corus,  Acting Director of Operations

Campbell Bryer,  Nelvana/Corus Entertainment,  Assistant Director

Scott Williamson,  Nelvana,  Technical Director

Mike Zingarelli,  Nelvana,  Assistant Director

Benjamin Su,  Pixar Animation Studios,  Computer Animator

Colin Doncaster,  Peregrine Labs,  CEO

Jake Fullerton,  Toonbox Entertainment,  Lighter


Judging underway for Student Entries

March 21st, 2013

Judging for the 2012 entries is underway and should be completed soon. Results will be posted soon after judging has been completed.

Over 80 post-secondary student entries in 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and Mixed Media categories were received from around the world including the Czech Republic, England, Norway, Germany, Honolulu, Tokyo, Singapore and across Canada and the USA.

Participation by the animation industry has been fantastic. Respected professionals from across Canada, the USA and England have been very keen to view the student work and see the new talent that is emerging around the world.

We thank everyone for their hard work and patience, and look forward to the 2013 entries this year.

John and Alexi.


TISAF 2012 ” The Show Must Go On “

November 7th, 2012

Dear Student participants, Educators and the Animation Industry,

The 2012 TISAF event has been faced with an unprecedented challenge this year which is why we have been so delayed in making a festival announcement. Due to the provincial educational political climate in Ontario which has limited our resources for staging a live event this fall, we will be hosting an online festival for both the High school and Post Secondary festivals. Entries will still be judged by the animation industry and the best entries will still be recognized and awarded their trophies and due accolades. While we realize that this is not the optimum choice for staging a festival, it is the only solution for right now. Our plans for next year to host the event at a central venue in Toronto with workshops and panel discussions will still go forward. We appreciate the work of all students who submitted their animations and hope that you understand our position. Should circumstances change over the near future that would alter our current plans then a new announcement will be made.

Winners and awards will be announced and sent out in early 2013.


TISAF Directors
John Bissylas and Alexi Balian

Post Sec Entry Confirmation emails sent

July 26th, 2012

Entry confirmation emails to Post Secondary entrants in the 2012 TISAF event were sent out this past week. High school confirmations are being sent in the first week of August.

Post Secondary students who did not receive one, please email us at contact@studentanimationfestival.com stating your name, school and title. Below is a copy of the email.

Hi everyone,

This is to confirm that we have received your entry to the 2012 Toronto International Student Animation Festival. The venue and exact date of the event will be announced in August.
Thank you very much for your interest in the festival. We have received many entries from all over the world and are very excited about your work as is the animation industry in viewing them.

Our pre-screening committee is currently previewing all entries. If we find any technical issues with playing your animation then we will contact you right away to send us another file but it will be done by uploading to a Dropbox instead of mailing.

Judging by the industry will begin soon after the pre-screening process.
Further updates on everything will be posted on our website.

Thank you again for your contribution to what will be a superb festival.

Note! Students from Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu were sent their confirmation to their faculty advisor.

John Bissylas

Alexi Balian

Directors, TISAF
Toronto International Student Animation Festival
Toronto, Canada

2012 Entry Deadline Mon.June 11th

June 7th, 2012

Entry deadline for the 2012 TISAF is Mon. June 11th.
All entries need to need postmarked no later than this date and sent on a disk with an entry form to:

39 Cayuga Avenue
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5G-3T1

Check entry rules and requirements in the Submit link.  

Make sure an Entry Form is included.

TISAF chairs 2D/3D contest at Skills Ontario

May 9th, 2012

Character Animation Skills Ontario

TISAF directors were at Skills Ontario chairing the 2D and 3D Character Animation challenges for high school and elementary students this past week. Teams of 2 from all over the province were competing to represent Team Ontario at Nationals this year in Alberta. The judges were more than impressed by the caliber of work this year  by all and can’t say enough about the excellent character turnarounds and storyboarding skills as well. Keep up the awesome training everyone and we wish you all the best in your endeavor to continue studying animation at the secondary and post secondary level. Some of you will be back next year bringing your game to a new high. Finally, for those representing Team Ontario, good luck in Edmonton!

Skills Ontario is an annual provincial competition involving thousands of students competing in all sorts of technological and trade skills and leads up to the National Skills Competition for Canada. For more info see www.skillsontario.com

Animation shorts inspire audience at the NFB

November 5th, 2011

It wasn’t your average “cartoon show” at the NFB in Toronto this past Friday night. Inspiration and good entertainment is what the audience was filled with after 2 hours of high-quality productions that incorporated a variety of animation techniques. Even though only 4 animations took the awards, all entries impressed the animation industry and general audience in attendance.

And the winners were ….

Best Animation 2D …. “Amma” by Jiin Park
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Best Animation 3D …. “Circuit” by Shinji Dawson, Yannick Gillain and Felix Telfer
Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Best Animation Stop Motion “Crossed Sild” by Lea Vidakovic and Ivana Bosnjak
Hogskulen I Volda, Volda, Norway

Best Animation Mixed Media “Notes From Next Door” by Dave Maggio, Jon Lawitts and Jaime Klein
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts USA

Congratulations to all of you ! Your Festival Trophy will be mailed to you very soon.

Winning entries can be viewed at Past Shows – 2011

All entries screened will be available for viewing on our site soon.

Post-secondary Event at the NFB Fri. Nov 4th

October 31st, 2011

31 animations have been selected to be showcased this Friday, Nov 4th at the NFB Mediatheque Cinema in Toronto.

Tickets $10. Doors open at 6:00pm. Show begins at 6:30pm.

The 2 hour event will screen some of the best animations in the world in 2D, 3D, Stop motion and Mixed Media from students in the UK, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, and across Canada and the US.

Best Animation in each category, judged by animation industry professionals, will be awarded the Festival Trophy and announced at the event.

A list of the entries that were selected to screen are on The Festival page.