Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lyn Eliot raising funds for new animated short

Local animator Lyn Eliot, creator of "Another Dress, Another Button" is raising funds for her newest project.  She is co-directing the five-minute film "I Was a Teenage Girl, Apparently" with New York based animator/illustrator Nina Frenkel.  Eliot serves as the film's writer and editor.

Frenkel animated this film using "tradigital" animation where hand-drawn elements are combined using computer animation; a little old school meets new.  Frenkel admits the method is pain-staking, taking countless hours.

Both film makers have started a Kickstarter campaign to hire more Toon Boom animators.  Given proper funding, they believe will get to see the film in August of 2014.  They are offering up some wicked prizes for those who help.

"A short animation about a woman who finds her twenty-year-old diary, and goes back in time to talk some sense into her teenage self." - Kickstarter Campaign

Thursday, August 29, 2013


Final Line-Up for the 2013 MAPA Animation Celebration to announced soon but here are some highlights...


Monday, July 15, 2013

See some unexpected animation titles in CinemaKC Fringe Fest Show

CinemaKC Short Film Showcase 2013
Description: CinemaKC - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the film community of the Kansas City area together to create awareness and collaboration - presents a special collection of short films from some of the most talented filmmakers from the heartland. This fresh showcase of eclectic, funny, thought-provoking, animated and entertaining programming features some of the best pieces from the award-winning television show, CinemaKC, things unable to be shown on TV, and classic and rarely seen gems.
Artist Website:
Length: 90 minutes
Ticket Price: $5
Sun 7/21 3:00 pm
Sun 7/25 6:00 pm
Fri 7/26 9:30 pm
Screenland - Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"Monsters University" closed captioned event at Boulevard Drive-in

“Monsters University,” the No. 1 box-office hit prequel to “Monsters Inc.,” will further entertain as Kansas City’s first open captioned drive-in movie event at 8 p.m. July 11 at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan.

Admission is $10 for adults and free to ages 11 and younger. All proceeds will benefit nonprofit co-presenters The Whole Person, dedicated to people with disabilities leading independent lives in Kansas and Missouri, and CinemaKC, which supports filmmakers in Missouri and Kansas.

For More Information, Click Here!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

MAPA is where you want to be!

Remember MAPA is nearly everywhere you want to be!  Check us out all over the internet!

Submissions Open for Animation Celebration 2013!!!

The 2nd Annual MAPA Animation Celebration


After last year's amazing success, it's time to get toony again!
Do you have an animated short or feature that you would like to see on the LARGEST screen in the state of Kansas (75 x 100 ft.)?  What about screening them along side some of entertainment's hottest animators working right here in the Kansas City metro area?  How about getting feedback right from the artists?  MAPA and CinemaKC are joining forces to make make it all happen again.

The Midwest Association of Professional Animators (MAPA) is proud to once again partner with CinemaKC to present our annual Animation Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.  Special thanks again to the Neal family for allowing our event to be held again at the Boulevard Drive-in, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103.

This rare opportunity will give student, amateur and professional animators a chance to screen, discuss and answer questions about their respective works side-by-side.  Furthermore, the Boulevard's ground camera will give willing artists a chance to make their own silver screen debuts and talk about their works before our live audience.

All submissions should be a .mov or mpeg file, scaled to 1280x720. They must all include a complete credit list. There is no cost for submission. Deadline to submit is August 21, 2013.  Please contact Dylan, Taylor or Doug at

SEE the cutting edge of Animation, VFX and Motion Design from right here in the Midwest!

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 
Boulevard Drive-in
1051 Merriam Lane Kansas City, KS 66103
Tickets: $20 per carload

Gates open at 5PM.  (live music pending)
Films start at dusk. 
Check out the sizzle reel from our inaugural year!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

Downtown Olathe Arts Festival hosting events on June 29 & 30

On June 29 and 30, The Downtown Olathe Arts Festival will host more than 100 juried artists exhibiting and selling original works of art at the intersection of Park and Cherry Streets in historic Downtown Olathe. A variety of mediums will be showcased, including live artistic performances throughout the event.

The festival will be held concurrently with the De’VIA Deaf Art Festival organized by the Deaf Cultural Center Foundation. This event will bring to Olathe a number of highly regarded Deaf artists, many of whom work in a genre known as “De’VIA”   (Deaf View/Image Art).

Mike Anderson, Chairman of the volunteer-run, Downtown Olathe Arts Festival Board, is excited about the collaboration: “We are honored that nine De’VIA artists are participating. We decided early in our organizing to support artists with disabilities and also younger, emerging artists.”

“We believe the power of art can transform lives and should be available to everyone,” Anderson said.  “To that end we decided to keep the event free of charge and have worked hard to make sure the venue is fully accessible for people with mobility challenges.”

Children’s activities include painting, jewelry making and sculpting.  The Doodle Bug – a popular attraction that allows kids to color on a white, Volkswagen Beetle – will also be on site.
Festival hours are 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 29, and 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 30.  More information, including videos of featured artists, can be found at 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spots open for short animated films in Summer 2013

Dear Artists,

I have two open spots for short animated films for a season 3 episode of CinemaKC TV. 

Two things if you want to submit:

1.       You have to be available for an interview during our shoot dates in June
2.       You must not have been featured in a previous CKCTV episode.

MAPA is also filling 80 minutes for the Independence Film Festival in August and 120 min for Animation Celebration in the Fall.  If you are interested in having your work in any of these shows, please reply asap.


If you are interested, please contact us at
Dylan Dietz
MAPA Director

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Black Sheep Animation Festival at KCAI

Well, as many of you may have heard, the seniors at KCAI’s animation department are one week away from revealing their student creations at the Frame by Frame Festival.  What many of you don’t know is that means the sophomore and juniors are taking over the Irving Ampitheatre, 4402 Oak Street, KCMO Friday and Saturday this week.

Seating is limited, so you may want to contact the Animation Department to make sure there’s room.

Friday screenings run from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Saturday screenings run from Noon until 4:00 P.M.

So come out and get a sneak peek at the fresh ink coming out of Kansas City!

Dylan Dietz
MAPA Director

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Call for K.C. Metro Artists

Gladstone Arts Commission is seeking artists interested in displaying their
work as part of the rotating art collection featured in the Gladstone
Community Center Public Art Space of the Gladstone Community Center.
Artists selected by the Selection Committee will display their works for a
period of up to 6 weeks during the time period of November 2013 through
October 2014.

Interested artists should submit an application and 5 digital images of
representative work. Only art that is able to hang can be accepted. Digital
files should be submitted on a CD and must be labeled with name, address and
telephone number, the title, medium, dimensions, date and with the top of
the work identified. Each image must be submitted in JPEG or TIF format.
Each image must be at least 300dpl and readable by Adobe Photoshop.
A completed application must accompany each submission. The application is
available at

Submissions should be addressed to:
Director of Parks and Recreation
City of Gladstone
7010 N. Holmes
Gladstone, Missouri 64118
All submissions are due by July 5, 2013.
Please call 816-436-4089 for additional information.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Call for entries: Animated Shorts

Hello, KC Animators ,
We have a call for entries with a focus on Animated Shorts and we would like to invite you and your readers to enter.

The FilmDayton Festival will focus on several categories, including Animated Shorts,  Ohio Shorts, Horror Shorts, Experimental Shorts, and Documentary Shorts.

The entry deadline is May 1, 2013 (early bird discount for entries before April 1). For more info, visit and our online submission page at

Selections will be shown during the FilmDayton Festival, August 23-25, in Dayton, Ohio.

Official release and category info are below. Let us know if you have any questions.

Megan Cooper, FilmDayton Executive Director
David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator
Patrice Hall, Festival Marketing Coordinator
More information:
Experience the 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival (August 23-25, 2013)


Regional Festival Announces Open Call for Shorts
2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival welcomes shorts from all genres to submit for the summer festival

For Press Information, contact Megan Cooper:

Details available at:

For More Information on Applying, contact David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator:  

March 4, 2013 (Dayton) – The 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival is the first year in the five year festival history when they are accepting submissions. In past years, the Dayton-based fest has featured such great films as Daughters of the Dust, Winter's Bone, Bilal's Stand, Marwencol, Compliance, Tchoupitoulas, Trash Dance and many more. After establishing a following as a festival with high standards, savvy audiences, quality films, interesting panels, and great hospitality to filmmakers, FilmDayton has announced they are opening the festival programming up for submissions.

Features remain invitation-only, but short films may be submitted for consideration in the following genres:

Narrative Shorts

Whether it's comedy, drama or romance – send it in for Narrative Shorts. If it's under 30 minutes and tells a great narrative story – this is for you. (Note: Comedy Shorts under 5 minutes should be considered for submission to "Flick My Clip" – a selection of super short comedy films curated by Ryan Singer. Separate submission process announced soon.)

Documentary Shorts
There are new trends in documentary and we encourage you to show us how you tell a story. Submit your under 30 minute documentary to the FilmDayton Festival. With Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and Jim Klein (among many others) as some of our local documentarians, the FilmDayton community knows and LOVES docs! Come join us.

Ohio Shorts
FilmDayton is Ohio Proud! We're ready to show off our regional talent with a dedicated Ohio Shorts screening. Anything goes here – if it's good and it's got a significant Ohio connection (filmed in Ohio, written by resident, directed by native, stars local graduate, etc) – it could get seen at the FilmDayton Festival as part of Ohio Shorts.

Horror Shorts
Did you know that Dayton has an exciting underground horror community with a national following?!? Regular screenings and the annual Horror-rama mean our audiences know and love the genre. Submit your under 30 minute horror/thriller fare for consideration for the FilmDayton Festival.

Experimental/Animation Shorts
We love the feeling that a good film can elicit. Sure, sometimes that's with a great storyline, but sometimes it's from the surreal, the abstract, the animated and the otherwise created. If you've got an experimental or animated short under 30 minutes, submit it for consideration to FilmDayton.

Submission Details:
The festival will be Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25 with the majority of the screenings at The Neon in downtown Dayton. In addition to features and shorts, the festival also includes panel discussions, Q&As, workshops, a Pitch-It competition, and social/networking opportunities. If selected as a festival favorite, films may be shown at a later date as "The Best of the Fest."

The short film must be under 30 minutes (shorter films given higher priority) and completed since January 2011. Judging criteria includes (but is not limited to) story, cinematography, editing, continuity and an overall rating. Filmmakers will not receive their score sheets, but will be informed if they are accepted into the festival by July 15, 2013.
•    Early Bird (submitted by 4/1/2013): $30,         $25 Withoutabox submission
•    Regular Deadline (submitted by 5/1/2013): $40,     $35 Withoutabox submission
•    Late Fee (submitted by 6/1/2013): $50,         $45 Withoutabox submission

All this information and more is available at and our online submission page at

Megan Cooper, FilmDayton Executive Director
David Temmesfeld, Festival Shorts Coordinator
Patrice Hall, Festival Marketing Coordinator
More information:
Experience the 2013 Eichelberger FilmDayton Festival (August 23-25, 2013)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Entries Open for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2013

Contact: Greg Sorvig
Phone: 317.402.5876

 Call for Entries Now Open for 2013 Heartland Film Festival

 Academy Award® qualifying festival expands its award field with additional categories and cash prizes for independent films.
(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – Independent filmmakers can now submit films for consideration to the 22nd Annual Heartland Film Festival. The 10-day Festival, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17-26, 2013, serves to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Filmmakers participating in the Festival attend numerous screenings of their films and other special events designed to allow interaction between filmmakers and audiences.   
The Heartland Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Annual Academy Awards® in the Short Films Category. This means that the winner of the Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film will qualify for consideration in the Short Films category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Three 2012 Heartland Film Festival Award Winners were selected as nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards® and one, “Inocente,” won the Oscar® for Best Documentary, Short Subject.
“Our number of submissions spiked dramatically last year,” said Tim Irwin, artistic director of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “We expect the numbers to grow again this year and have expanded our Festival Awards field with additional categories and cash prizes. Heartland is truly a filmmakers’ festival and we’re excited to offer even more ways to honor and share these films with Indianapolis audiences.”

Filmmakers are invited to submit independently-produced feature length and short films in Narrative and Documentary categories. Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply for consideration within the standard field of competition. High school filmmakers are encouraged to enter their films in the High School Film Competition, now entering its fourth year.
Submissions will be evaluated for their achievement of excellence in filmmaking and alignment with Heartland’s mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Submissions are accepted through
Volunteer screening committees will help narrow down the initial field of competitors. Juries comprised of individuals from the scholarly film community, local film critics and previous Heartland Film Festival filmmakers will review the submissions and select five narrative features, five documentary features, five narrative short films and five documentary short films including student films, as winners. Outstanding films will be recognized with Heartland Film Festival Awards and more than $125,000 in cash prizes, including a Grand Prize for Best Narrative Feature, Grand Prize for Best Documentary Feature, Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film and Grand Prize for Best Narrative Short Film.  

Completed U.S. and international feature length and short films may be submitted by May 1 for early consideration and a reduced submission fee. The regular deadline to submit films for the 2013 Heartland Film Festival is June 15.
Visit for eligibility requirements, a full list of categories, submission rules and more information on Heartland Film Festival’s 2013 Call for Entries page.
About Heartland Truly Moving Pictures
Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, a nonprofit arts organization, seeks to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Its flagship event, the Heartland Film Festival®, launched in 1991 and runs each October in Indianapolis, screening independent films from around the world. Each year, the Festival awards more than $125,000 in cash prizes and presents its Festival Awards to the top-judged submissions. Heartland has awarded more than $2.5 million to support filmmakers during the last 20 years. The organization’s Truly Moving Picture Award was created to honor films released theatrically that align with Heartland’s mission. By bestowing this award seal to honored films, the award allows studios and distributors to inform audiences of a film’s transformative power and appeal. Heartland is also dedicated to cultivating youth, and thus created the Heartland Institute to provide innovative educational and outreach programs that enrich the minds and lives of youth and aspiring filmmakers. Heartland shares inspiring films year-round in the community through the Heartland Roadshow, bringing meaningful films across Indiana. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It’s time to gear up for Planet Comicon

Planet Comicon is Kansas City’s largest comics and pop culture convention.
It’s time to gear up for Planet Comicon. The show is going to be bigger than ever this year, with the move to Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center complex in downtown KC.
As usual, I will be organizing the panel programming for the weekend of events. With the new much larger venue, we expect to have three full tracks of programming. It’s too soon to even pencil in a schedule (the announcements of major guest appearances are just now starting to accelerate), but rest assured that there will be plenty to see. What can you expect?
  • Hollywood Stars! You’ll have the chance to attend Q&A sessions with the major media guests at the show. The announced stars so far are Peter Mayhew (Star Wars‘ Chewbacca), Adam Baldwin (Firefly), Julia Benson (Stargate Universe), and Tom Kane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). There are other big name media guests yet to be announced… watch this space.
  • More costumes! Last year’s cosplay contest was a major highlight of the show, and it will be more spectacular this time around. The Planet Comicon Facebook group is already crackling with costumers gathering their gear. It’s no secret, for example, that a group of ladies affiliated with the Kansas City Time Lord Society are planning to cover each of the eleven incarnations of Doctor Who in female form – plus a tin dog.
  • Major comics creators! The panel programming will include more comics creators than ever before.  We’ve not set the schedule, but you can be certain that we’ll hear from folks like Jason Aaron, Peter Bagge, Dennis Hopeless, Tony Moore, Ethan Van Sciver, Scottie Young, Brian Azzarello, and many more.
  • Live Doctor Who podcast! We’ve lined up the crew from Topeka’s Traveling the Vortex podcast to host a live session. Join Shaun, Glenn, and Keith as they travel the vortex with the Doctor and end up at the weirdest planet of them all… Planet Comicon.
We will have more convention announcements as they’re available. Planet Comicon will be held April 6-7, 2013 at its new location, Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. You can find out more information at the show on its newly redesigned website at

Friday, February 15, 2013

2D Animation

------Original Message------
From: Michael
Subject: 2D Animation
Sent: Feb 15, 2013 9:40 AM

Have a new venture creating an online learning to read program for 4-7 year olds. Will need quite a bit of animation (80 lessons). Not complicated design (will need design help as well).



Sent from my iPad

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Artopia Organizers want Animated Entries

Artopia is looking for a few good Animators!

Artopia is a unique event that incorporates food, drinks, art, music, theater, film and fashion into one evening, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local arts.  It will be held at Screenland in Kansas City.  Tickets range from $15-$25 and will include complimentary food, drinks, and entertainment.  The Pitch also awards 4 local artists “Mastermind Awards” in 4 categories $1000 grants to assist in their art careers.

$25 – $35(VIP)

1656 Washington Street
Kansas City, MO 64108


Sat., April 14th

Contact Dylan Dietz at for more information!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Support IFC 2013 Fantasy Filmmaker Draft

On January 30th, the IFC 5th Annual Fantasy Filmmaker Draft film project will officially begin.  For those of you that haven’t been involved in a FFD before, it is a truly unique filmmaking experience.  The goal of this project is to give you the opportunity to work with others with whom you have never worked before. While it is hoped that the final production is of high quality, that goal is second to learning to work with new people. Everyone who wants to participate, will.  See the bottom of the page for details.
Here is how it works:

January 30th – Writer/Director/Producer Draft

  • Five team captains will be randomly drawn from the list of those who wish to participate as a team captain.  These team captains will choose which position on their own team they will fill (producer, writer, or director).
  • In ‘fantasy football draft’ fashion, each team captain selects a writer, a director, or a producer.  Captain A will select one position, followed by Captain B, followed by Captain C, etc.  This continues until each team’s principal positions are filled.

February 6-March 6 – The Writing

Immediately following the draft, the writers for each team begin the writing process, with each script building off the previous writer’s work.  Writer A will write 5-7 pages and give it to Writer B.  Beginning where Writer A left off, Writer B will write 5-7 pages and give it to Writer C, and so on.  At the end of the writing process there will be one cohesive story, with five distinct chapters, collaboratively written by the five different writers.
  • Script 1 due February 6
  • Script 2 due February 13
  • Script 3 due February 20
  • Script 4 due February 27
  • Script 5 due March 6 – All five writers meet to finalize and make the scripts cohesive.

March  13 – Cast & Crew Draft

Teams will gather to choose the rest of their filmmaking team.  Teams will choose:
  • actors
  • editors
  • directors of photography
  • crew
  • all the rest of their team (extras, PA’s, scriptys)

March 14- April 2 – Film Production

Teams will have these three weeks to produce their film.  They will plan, shoot, edit, and then turn in their finished product at the Wednesday night meeting on April 4th.

April 6 – Public Screening

All five films will be put together to make one film in five chapters.  The film will be screened for the public, with refreshments and socializing included at the screening.

To Participate

Because of the unique nature of this event, filmmakers of all skills are encouraged to participate.  Industry veterans, newbies, professionals and amateurs can all work together on one project.  Everyone is welcome to participate whether an IFC member or non-member.  There is a $5 entry fee for IFC members, $10 for non-members.  To be eligible for the Draft, participants must indicate the positions in which they are interested.   To participate contact .  Official Rules will be released shortly, until then you can see last years rule here .

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Animated nominations for 2013 Oscars

Wreck it Ralph
The Pirates

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