About the GIRAF Animation Festival

GIRAF, or the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (est 2005), is an annual animation festival that runs each November at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary. GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe.

We’ve showcased the award winning independent work of artists including Don Hertzfeldt, David O’Reilly, The Brothers Quay, Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, Malcolm Sutherland, Koji Yamamura, Bruce Bickford, Brandon Bloomaert, Barry Doupe, Cordell Barker, Richard Reeves, Chad Van Gaalan, Mati Kutt, Jan Svankmajer, Priit Parn, Nick Fox-Gieg, Amy Lockhart, Stu Hughes, Madi Piller, and Cam Christiansen, among many others.

GIRAF is committed to gaining greater awareness for animation as an art form, through 5 days of interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, visiting artists, and animation screenings. We focus on presenting works that push boundaries through the development of new techniques, hybrid forms of creation, and challenging subject matter, and thus animation that is rarely seen at other festivals.

Visit our official festival website here! (http://www.giraffest.ca)

If you think that poster is great then you should check out our Giraf Animation Posters Archive page! 

Also, check out our Giraf Signal Film Archive page!

Call for Submissions

Our annual call for short and feature-length animation submissions runs April 1- August 1, each year. For up-to-date calls for submission and animation news, subscribe to our weekly newsletter (see the left sidebar)


If you would like to be involved with GIRAF as a supporter, please contact us at programming@quickdrawanimation.ca. Sponsorship package available here.

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