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GLAS 2019 Unveils Signal Film and First Special Guest List

Signature short film promoting 4th annual Berkeley, CA-based animation festival is directed by visual artist Manshen Lo, with music and sound by Skillbard.

Image from ‘GLAS Animation Festival 2019 Signal Film,’ by Manshen Lo.

The GLAS Animation Festival has revealed the new signal film for its upcoming 4th annual edition, set for March 21-24 in Berkeley, California.  London-based visual artist Manshen Lo, the film’s director, combines realistic line work with minimalistic compositions as she investigates the subtle tension between humans and urban space in contemporary life. Her approach to drawing has roots in East Asia, while taking influence from comic art, cinematography and the ligne-claire style. Vincent and Tom, heads of Studio Skillbard, a friendly team of composers and sound designers also based in London, provided the film’s sound and music. They have experience in film, television, games, sound art, pop music and sonic branding.

The festival also announced its first round of special guests, representing a wide spectrum of independent animators, artists, educators, show creators, curators, and distributors. The list includes: Koji Yamamura, Michele Cournoyer, Dennis Tupicoff, Marc James Roel, Julia Pott, Jim Trainor, Kim Laughton, Christy Karacas, Meghan Oretsky, Luce Grosjean and Irene Kotlarz.

With the event just around the corner, organizers will soon be announcing competition selections, curated programs, more special guests, and the complete festival schedule. In the meantime, passes for GLAS Animation Festival 2019 are now on sale.

  • GLAS Festival Pass
    Attend all 4 days of the GLAS Animation Festival and have access to all events including screenings, panels, workshops, installations, guest lectures, networking events, and parties!
  • Weekend Pass + Day Passes
    Can’t attend the entire festival? Pick up a Weekend Pass (Saturday and Sunday) or Day Pass (your day of choice) for access to all events on those specific days. 
  • ASIFA – Members and Alumni Associations – Discount Code: ASIFA2019
    GLAS offers special pass discounts to ASIFA members and students. If you’re an ASIFA member you can enjoy 15% off full festival passes. Please be sure to bring your active ASIFA membership card upon pass pickup.
  • Students 
    GLAS Animation Festival Passes are available to students for 20% off the original price. Please be sure to bring your valid student ID upon pass pickup. 
  • Bringing a group? 
    Whether you’re a group of students, a team of friends, or office mates, GLAS offers a special 30% off GLAS Festival Pass for groups of 5 or more. When purchasing a group rate pass please contact the festival at and provide us with a list of all people associated with the group. To be eligible for the group rate a minimum of 5 passes must be purchased under the same group name.

Visit the GLAS Animation Festival website for more information about the festival, programs, and registration.

Source: GLAS Animation Festival