GIRAF Animation Festival

Quickdraw Animation Society showcases the best of independent animation

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Back for its 14th year, join Quickdraw Animation Society for its annual festival showcasing the best of independent animation from around the globe.

The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation. The festival offers a great chance to explore the work of featured visiting artist, award-winning Indigenous filmmaker, media artist, and stop motion director Amanda Strong, alongside a retrospective screening of the works of internationally acclaimed artist and animator Suzan Pitt.

This year’s GIRAF poster and signal film were created by Calgary artist, animator, and musician Arielle McCuaig, a fixture in Calgary thanks to her work in bands like Janitor Scum and her years co-hosting Radio Party on CJSW 90.9FM.

The festival also includes a workshop with Strong as well as an incredible shorts lineup.

GIRAF Animation Festival runs November 22 to 25, 2018 and the full schedule can be found at