GIRAF Poster and Trailer Artist

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GIRAF Poster and Trailer Artist

The Quickdraw Animation Society is hiring a poster artist and animator for the GIRAF17 festival of independent animation—apply by June 4, 2021.

This is an eight-week contract at 35 hours per week, starting on or around June 21, 2021. The hourly wage is $16.50, and duties will take place at Quickdraw’s studios in Sunalta, COVID regulations permitting.

A not-for-profit artist-run centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Quickdraw Animation Society is a place for people who love animation. We encourage animation production, dissemination and appreciation through screenings, workshops, courses, camps, and other events designed to ignite the public’s passion for the medium, including our GIRAF animation festival held each November.

GIRAF is our celebration of independent animation, where we share our favourite shorts and features from around the world. While we don’t know for sure right now if the festival will be online, in-person, or a mix of both, we do know that it’ll be a must-see event for animation fans in Alberta and beyond.

The poster artist and animator will create an illustrated promo poster for the festival, and a short (20 second to one minute) animated “signal film” to promote our 17th annual GIRAF festival of independent animation, along with artwork and other illustrated assets to serve as the visual identity for this year’s festival. This will involve the generation of an original idea for the signal film, preparation of initial sketches, storyboarding, the creation of an animatic (a rough version of the finished animation to determine overall timing), and the delivery of a finished short animation.

We realize this is a lot to do in an eight-week contract, and we’re here to support you along the way with equipment, resources, inspiration, and feedback.


  • We’re a small team, so excellent communications skills, the ability to work independently, demonstrated good judgment and initiative are all essential.
  • We provide a welcoming environment for members from diverse backgrounds; must be open-minded, with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Organizational and time-management skills are a must.
  • Excellent design skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is essential.
  • Familiarity with the fundamentals of animation (in any medium) is required. Knowledge of animation software such as Toon Boom, Flash, AfterEffects, Dragonframe etc. is a major asset.
  • Creative and willing to learn—we want to give you access to our equipment and be blown away by what you do with it.
  • Candidates who are interested in animation as an art form and who are pursuing a career in animation or media arts will be given preference.

Applications must include a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability, and a current resume or CV, as well as a portfolio of your work. We strongly recommend that you include animation examples in your portfolio.

Please send your application including resume and cover letter before 5:00pm on Friday, June 4, 2021 to with the subject line QUICKDRAW ANIMATION GIRAF Trailer and Poster Artist 2021.

This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs. All applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, and must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.

We welcome applications from all qualified parties, and especially encourage applications from members of diverse communities, BIPOC artists, and artists from D/deaf and disability communities. If you have any concerns or hesitations about this posting, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the email address above.

We thank you for your interest. All applications will be confidential.

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