ASIFA Central Retreat 2020 Information

We are so excited about our online retreat this year, amazing guest speakers, cool innovative online events, talks and opportunity to work collaboratively! This is where we will post information about how to virtually meet along with our schedule and various other important pieces of information.

The first step is to register your interest in attending by filling in the RSVP form below. This helps us plan our break-out sessions and workshops which are all free!

For safety this year, we are moving our annual animators retreat to online. We see this as an opportunity rather than a problem. In that regard, all events this year are free and include some amazing guest speakers and workshops!  

Guest speakers include Disney Storyboard artist James Suhr, Independent feature film director Nina Paley, and Independent feature film director Chris Sullivan!

Workshops include a stop-motion animation project that will be sent to you through the U.S. Postal System (until supplies run out) to animate during the workshops! We also will be doing a Zoom pixilation animation for the first time in history!! 

For educators, animation producers, and curious peeps we have added a round table discussion on remote production pipelines and a workshop on using and finding public domain music. More stuff to be announced! 


7:00 PM EST Welcome! From President R. Brad Yarhouse (zoom event)

Let’s order Pizza together and enjoy an evening of exploring the world of storyboards with Disney Storyboard artist James Suhr* (zoom event)


  • 10:00-12:00 EST Saturday morning cartoons with Chuck (OBS Youtube Stream)
  • 1:00-2:30 EST (7) Saturday Lighting Rounds 5 minutes + 5 QA (zoom) 
    • Deanna Morse: ASIFA, Celebrating 60th Anniversary in Lockdown
    • Christine Veras: Reanimating the History of the Zoetrope
      In this lightning talk, I will expand on the zoetrope’s obscure history and some of its forgotten characteristics, based on my current historical and archival research.
    • Steve Leeper: Laser Cutter Animation
    • Brad Yarhouse: A look at International Animation Day
    • Jim Middleton: Public Domain Sound Resources
    • Josh Harrell: Multiplane Cameras: A Royal Pane in the Glass
  • 2:30-3:00 EST Coffee and Guest animation (zoom)
  • 3:00-4:30 EST  Breakout Schedule (zoom breakout rooms)
    • Ani-Mail Papercut stop-motion session with Chris Sagovac
    • Zoom pixilation! with Steve Leeper
    • Technical how-to Demo (TBD)
  • Dinner
  • 6:30-7:30 EST Show & Tell from breakout sessions and this year’s ASIFA Central 2 minute short debut, part of the 60th anniversary of ASIFA international! (OBS with stream)
  • 7:30 EST Guest Filmmaker Nina Paley** showing her most recent feature, “Seder Masochism” with Q&A to follow. (OBS with stream)


  • 12:00 EST Open discussion regarding Officer Elections and extending terms to 3 years (zoom)
  • 1:00 EST Round Table discussion on Remote Production Pipelines with:  Gary Schwartz, Josh Harrell (zoom)
  • 2:00 -2:30 EST Public Domain Music by Jim Middleton (zoom)
  • 3:00 – 4:00 EST Guest Filmmaker Chris Sullivan*** showing the making of his most recent feature “Orbit of Minor Satellites”. (zoom with stream)


Inorder so we can plan supplies and amount of break-out rooms for our workshops, please RSVP below and include your mailing address if you are participating in the Ani-Mail papercut stop-motion session. We are so excited that you are planning on being a part of this years ASIFA Central Retreat! We will also be sending people who RSVP information on how to connect online with our streaming retreat. This will be on July 13th.

About our Guest Speakers:

*James Suhr is a Los Angeles based artist, currently working as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney Television Animation. In addition, he has also worked for DreamWorks TV Animation, Nickelodeon, Illumination, and many others. His credits include (but are not limited to) Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Despicable Me, TrollHunters, 3-Below, and Monsters At Work. Good Sir James is a BFA graduate in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design and has also attended the Animation Workshop at UCLA.

**Nina Paley is an American cartoonist, animator and free culture activist. She was the artist and often the writer of the comic strips Nina’s Adventures and Fluff, but most of her recent work has been in animation.[1] She is perhaps best known for creating the animated feature film Sita Sings the Blues, based on the Ramayana, with parallels to her personal life. In 2018, she completed her second animated feature, Seder-Masochism, a retelling of the Book of Exodus as patriarchy emerging from goddess worship.(Wikipedia)

***Chris Sullivan is a creator, writer, director, lead animator, and sound designer. His previous animated films include Master of Ceremonies, Landscape with The Fall of Icarus, and Consuming Spirits. His latest feature is The Orbit of Minor Satellites.