For a year now a bug-eyed team of 62 film jurors have been watching – and re-watching – hundreds of animated films.  The best 174 short animated films from a field of 826 will be displayed May 12 through May 18 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.  Films for the 4th annual Northwest Animation Festival came from 54 countries.

The NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. We showcase the breadth of this art form, screening films that are in turn hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring.

Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including after-parties, thematic programs by guest organizations, animated installation art in the theatre’s lobby, the Oregon Animation Industry Showcase and a presentation by LAIKA about their upcoming stop-motion feature film, The Box Trolls.

For animation junkies who can’t wait until mid-May there is a preview event May 2 and May 3.  It is also at the Hollywood and is FREE.  Tickets for the Festival are inexpensive but most are not free.