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Seattle’s Bumbershoot Returns with New Animation District

Now in its 51st year, the iconic arts and music festival adds a stellar lineup of animated fare for 2024 that includes in-person presentations by ‘Nimona’ director Troy Quane, ‘Ultraman: Rising’ director Shannon Tindle, ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ VFX supervisor Mike Lasker and production designer Patrick O’Keefe, a Big Fake Deep Foot competition, and a host of installations and screenings as part of a robust Visual Arts program happening around the Seattle Center Campus.  

Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival will return for the 51st year this Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 1, with a dynamic 2024 program that includes a brand-new Animation District as part of its robust Visual Arts program. The stellar music lineup features Pavement, James Blake, Courtney Barnett, Freddie Gibbs, and a slew of other performers, curated by returning Bumbershoot veteran talent buyer Chris Porter, who helmed the festival's lineup from 1997 to 2016. As always, Bumbershoot will spotlight exemplary Culinary Arts offerings from more than 50 different Pacific Northwest-focused restaurants, wineries, and breweries.

The newly launched Animation District is part of the larger Visual Arts programming lineup that will host a wide array of exciting installments around the Seattle Center Campus. Highlights include in-person presentations by Troy Quane, director of Netflix's Oscar-nominated Nimona, Mike Lasker, the VFX supervisor and Patrick O’Keefe, the production designer on Sony Pictures Animation's Oscar-nominated Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Shannon Tindle, the writer/director of Netflix’s highly anticipated Ultraman: Rising, and Matthew Welford, the VFX supervisor and Tefft Smith II, the visualization supervisor on Sony Entertainment’s upcoming Harold and the Purple Crayon. Plus, Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse director and Across the Spider-Verse executive producer Peter Ramsey will be on hand to lead Q&As and MC the talks!

This year also marks the inaugural Big Fake Deep Foot Competition, an international competition where artists and filmmakers can submit their best deep fakes of Bigfoot as a comedic and harrowing portrait of current deep fake technology. Also in the Animation District, experimental animator and artist Stefan Gruber directs “Rock, Paper, Scissors” – a material-based group film program. Other programs in this district include augmented reality, gaming, contemporary art animations, a youth animation program curated by Orion Razat, and film screenings…

… All previewing a soon-to-be-announced 2025 Animation Festival!

Bumbershoot is held in Seattle Center’s sprawling 74-acre urban campus. With a half-century of rich history, Bumbershoot has been at the vanguard of artistic innovation, showcasing established luminaries and emerging talents who have later skyrocketed to stardom. One of the longest-running independent festivals in the world, the event will this year continue its long tradition of offering a little something for everyone, with a uniquely Pacific Northwest point of view.

Single Day and Two-Day passes are now on sale at

You can find complete festival information here, the latest music lineup information here, the Visual Arts lineup information here, and the Culinary Arts lineup information here.

Source: Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival

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Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.