TAAFI's first annual "Welcome To The Animation Industry" Party packed in nearly 600 guests at the Berkeley Church!
The evening kicked off with a warm welcome from newly appointed Executive Director, Ben McEvoy. After presenting the TAAFI 2013 poster illustrated by TINMAN Creative Studios. Mention of each Ontario school brought cheers from students and alumni in attendance: Max the Mutt, St. Clair, Loyalist, Sheridan, Cambrian, Durham Collge, Seneca, OCAD, Humber, Centennial...some students traveled from as far away as Sudbury to kick off their entrace into the industry!
TAAFI's first "Iron Pencil" competition, hosted by Lauri Lewis of Toons On Tap and featuring model and dancer Charlie Quinn, in a costumed life drawing session. Two artists sketched head to head in 5 minute rounds, with the winner chosen by our drawing model, Ms. Quinn. The competing artists stood at easels facing Ms. Quinn with their work bravely facing the audience, while an enthusiastic audience of artists sketched by the sidelines. A crowd pleaser of an event, we hope to make "Iron Pencil" a tradition.
Graduating students recieved amazing exposure throughout the evening. Besides the opportunity to make new friends and network with Industry professionals, the TAAFI Digital Yearbook displayed student work on monitors all around the venue, all night (now viewable online).
Party goers revelled in the evening festivities while networking, schmoozing and bustin a move on the dance floor. Thanks to Junction Craft Brewing & M2 Vodka for tickling our tastebuds, as our evening beverage sponsors.
Special Thanks to:
Our STAAFI volunteers
Founding Sponsors Nelvana and Corus
Moorshead & Associates
Junction Craft Brewing
Toons On Tap
Smiley Guy Studios
Also a Special Thanks to School Ambassadors who attended:
Jacob Whyte - Max the Mutt, Toronto
Marie Sanginesi - Centennial, Toronto
Meg Simmons - Seneca, Toronto
Beatrice Imrie - Humber, Toronto
Ashley Lo Russo - OCAD, Toronto
Pierre Vanderweerd - Sheridan, Oakville
Rachel Beniuk - Durham, Oshawa
Karen Wood - Loyalist, Belleville
Danielle Hodgson - Cambrian, Sudbury
Steve Cirku - St. Clair, Windsor
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