This year marks the first year of the newly founded Platform Animation Festival. It is to be held in Portland, Oregon this June.
I first heard about it here at school, and was immediately interested not only because it's being hosted by my home town, but also because it claims to be a genesis of important animation festivals being hosted within the US.
With animation festivals around the world (such as Annecy and Ottawa) being a great way to celebrate animation as an art, and also a great place to establish connections with the animation world, it's very thrilling to see a serious international festival being hosted by the US.
I'm hoping collaborations like these continue, so that we could improve and enhance the state of US animation and animation as a whole.
Thoughts? Anyone here thinking of submission? The deadline has been extended to March 15, so if you're considering you better get on it. Go to http://www.platformfestival.com for more information if you'd like. I think a few CalArts students are submitting stuff, but I don't know about the world at large.