Meet the Jury for the Animation Shorts Film Festival!

July 11, 2017

Animation film experts curate the top contenders in the Animation Film Festival

Animation (according to Wikipedia) creates the illusion of motion and change with a quick show of a sequence of static images, each slightly different from the one that came before. This is a pretty dry explanation for an art that spans the Disney to Norshteyn spectrum. Audience Awards recognizes that animated films can be as fun as Pixar’s For the Birds or as achingly beautiful as Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa.

Our Animation Film Festival seeks short films under 30 minutes, that show the many iterations of animation. The jury is made up of seasoned professionals and animation experts. We’d love for you to meet them.

Lucas GrayAnimation Director on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey &  Storyboard Artist/Character Animator for The Simpsons 

Lucas Gray is currently an animation director on Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He’s spent years and years working on The Simpsons as a storyboard artist and character animator. He studied history at The Evergreen State College.

Ashley Postlewaite, Co-Founder & Executive Producer of  Renegade Animation

Ashley Postlewaite is a graduate of Stanford University and began her career in live theater at the age of seven. Her producing credits include Bugs Bunny in Concert, which enjoyed a highly successful run on Broadway and toured internationally. She got her start in animation with Warner Bros. Classic Animation and in 1992 joined Darrell Van Citters in co-founding Renegade. In the 24 years since then, she has produced feature film animation for numerous studio clients, over one hundred half hours of episodic television, countless commercials, video games, websites, and a variety of new media applications. Returning to her roots, she recently celebrated the world premiere of a stage musical adaptation of Christmas Is Here Again, based on the Renegade animated movie. She is proud to have served as an international board member and president of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, a global association of business founders, and to have twice been nominated for an Emmy award.

Dave Vamos, Co-Founder & Head of Studio Operations at Six Point Harness 

Dave is a founding member of Six Point Harness where he serves as the Head of Studio Operations, while concurrently acting as an Executive Producers on special projects. Prior to his current role, Dave worked on a number of pilots at Six Point Harness, including AggroNuts, Phil Hendrie and Dirt Squirrel, as well as the WB series Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show. Drawn to projects which combine artistic talent, computer knowledge and technical skill, Dave is the creator of Seeing Eye Dog, a show optioned by Walt Disney Television, and has also worked for Warner Brothers Animation and Disney Toon Studios. He is a graduate of SUNY/New Paltz and Vancouver Film School’s traditional animation program. Prior to his career in animation, Dave wrote and illustrated Glimpses of the Unexceptional, a cartoon that ran in the Los Angeles Alternative Press, and worked with live dynamite to control avalanches in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Stay up to date on our upcoming Animation Film Festival and other opportunities on Audience Awards by visiting our contest announcements blog!

Jul 17, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)
Jul 18, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)
Jul 25, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)
Aug 02, 2017 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


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