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Events

Film screenings, artist talks, and other celebrations of the art of animation.

All events

Jun 28, 2024Jul 01, 2024

Gallery show, Panels, Screenings, and a workshop to celebrate Quickdraw!

QAS 40th ANNIVERSARY REUNION

Various, check schedule for more details!

Join us a for a weekend of screenings, exhibitions, panels and parties as we celebrate 40 years of animation in Southern Alberta. We're reflecting on our past, and dreaming about the future - and you're invited!

illustration of various members of the Quickdraw Animation Society - promotional poster image for the 40th anniversary reunion

May 16, 2024May 20, 2024

Long-Weekend Animation Challenge!!

Animation Lockdown 2024 FLASHBACKS EDITION

2011 10th ave SW, Calgary AB T3C 0K4

Come join us for the May long weekend for an animation making challenge!

satirical show of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover but with Hamishes. Erin Saunders, 2024

Jun 26, 2024

6:30pm MST

Quickdraw's AGM 2024

Held online on Zoom. ASL Interpreter provided, RSVP for Zoom link

Please join us on Zoom to discuss Quickdraw's past year and future operations

Sep 16, 2023

Free event, 1:30pm-4pm, youth and family screening

Fresh Frames / GIRAF 4 Youth 2023

Calgary Central Library (800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7)

A free celebration of our young filmmakers, and a screening of family-friendly selections from last year's GIRAF festival

poster for 2023 Fresh Frames + GIRAF4Youth
construction paper sky and grass. 

Text reads: 
Ssaturday Sept 16
Doors 1:30pm
FRESH FRAMES 2:00pm
GIRAF4YOUTH 3:00pm

Patricia A. Wlan
Performance Hall
@ the Central Library

YOUTH ANIMATION SHOWCASE

Sponsor logos at the bottom of Calgary Public Library, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, Calgary Council for the Arts

Nov 16, 2023Nov 19, 2023

In-person at Globe Cinema and QAS HQ

GIRAF19

Globe Cinema 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1

GIRAF is a celebration of independent animation, a showcase of the best of what's being made here in Canada and around the world, in-person at the Globe Cinema and online for select dates

GIRAF19 poster with the words "GIRAF19 festival of independent animation" 
"In-person Nov 16 - 19
"online Nov 20 - 27
giraffest.ca"

Jun 30, 2023

6:30pm - 9:30pm

Motion Capture Workshop for Animators

3640 15a St SE 3640 15A Street Southeast Calgary, AB T2G 3N5

will be giving a 3 hour crash course on everything you need to know to get your 3D characters dancing without making a single keyframe.

image of a person jumping while wearin gmotion capture trackers. Text reads "Quickdraw Animation Society Free Workshop!" "Old Trout" "Motion Capture for Animators" 
Logos of various government funders at the bottom: Calgary foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Calgary Arts Development.

May 06, 2023

11am-1pm MEMBERS ONLY, 1pm - 5pm open to the public!

Quickdraw's Garage Sale 2023!

Quickdraw Animation Society, 2011 10 ave SW, Calgary AB T3C 0K4

Come down to our studios to help us with some Spring Cleaning!

Image of Hamish the Rate selling his wares outside of a garage. Text reads "SPRING CLEANING 
GARAGE SALE"

May 19, 2023May 22, 2023

Long-Weekend Animation Challenge!!

Animation Lockdown 2023 WHIPLASH EDITION

2011 10th ave SW, Calgary AB T3C 0K4

Come join us for the May long weekend for an animation making challenge!

instagram size of the 2023 Lockdown poster. Image of a bubble-hamish, with circles and patterns. 

Text reads "WHIPLASH the 16th QAS Animation Lockdown, $50 membership fee + additional costs for equipment and food" "visit quickdrawanimation.ca for more info and to register". "May 18 -22, screening June 17th @cspace"

Nov 05, 2022Nov 05, 2022

FREE Open house, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

QAS OPEN HOUSE AT THE STUDIOS!

2011 10ave SW, Calgary AB T3C 0K4

The QAS Board invites you to an OPEN HOUSE at the QAS Studios on November 5 2022, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Text reads "OPEN HOUSE at the quickdraw animation society studios" 
At the bottom reads, 'Saturday November 5, 2022, 2:00pm - 5:00pm @ QAS studios: 2011 10 ave SW Calgary AB T7 Territory".
Bottom line reads "come hang out! Members, friends, and curious folk welcome. Meet our new staff, check out our facilities, plus get a sneak peek of the GIRAF18 festival!
"SNACKS PROVIDED - FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT"

In between the blocks of text is an image of several rats having a party, wearing party hats, and eating cake and drinking wine.

Nov 17, 2022Nov 20, 2022

In-person at Globe Cinema and QAS HQ

GIRAF18

Globe Cinema 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1H1

GIRAF is a celebration of independent animation, a showcase of the best of what's being made here in Canada and around the world, back in-person at the Globe Cinema

giraf 18 poster. Different creatures on the prairie look up towards a towering pile of giant bugs that spell out "GIRAF 18"

Sep 25, 2022Sep 25, 2022

FREE installation event, Sept 25 6-9pm

COSMIC TRIP: Projection Mapped Installation

Historic Firehall No. 1, 144 6 Ave SE

An immersive installation featuring abstract cosmic shapes and colours by local artist Mackenzie Bedford as a part of AlbertaCultureDays 2022

swirling vortex background. Text reads: 
Top Left: AlbertaCultureDays.ca September 2022. Discover - experience - celebrate
Top Right: Quickdraw Animation Society
Middle: Cosmic Trip by Mackenzie Bedford
Bottom: Sept 25
6-9pm
Historic Firehall No.1

Jun 04, 2022Jun 04, 2022

7pm - 9pm. Tickets by donation at the door.

Animation Lockdown + Member Screening

Contemporary Calgary (701 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2C4)

Celebrating Calgary's animation community in the Contemporary Calgary dome

An "impossible geometry" version of Quickdraw's pencil logo, on a blue background

Mar 25, 2022Mar 25, 2022

Free outdoor projection at EMMEDIA's Particle + Wave festival; 8pm

Pencil Tests

QAS Studios: 2011 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 0K4

A Quickdraw logo anijam, presented as part of the Particle + Wave festival's opening night celebration

Mar 25, 2022Mar 25, 2022

Free outdoor projection at EMMEDIA's Particle + Wave festival; 8pm

Time Well Wasted : Sketches on Hypnosis

The Bows: 2001b 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T3C 0K4

15 short abstract motion sketches from local artist Lyndon Navalta

A photo of Lyndon Navalta with short, stylishly mussed hair, gold-rim glasses, and a fancy moustache, surrounded by abstract shapes. Text reads "Lyndon Navalta; Time Well Wasted: Sketches on Hypnosis; March 25, 2022 @ 8pm; 2011 10 Ave SW, Calgary, Free Event!

Apr 30, 2022Apr 30, 2022

Free event, 1:30pm-4pm, youth and family screening

Fresh Frames / GIRAF 4 Youth

Calgary Central Library (800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7)

A free celebration of our young filmmakers, and a screening of family-friendly selections from last year's GIRAF festival

Nov 19, 2021Nov 28, 2021

GIRAF17

Online Event

GIRAF is a celebration of independent animation, a showcase of the best of what's being made here in Canada and around the world, streaming this November at watch.ffyyc.ca

GIRAF 17 festival poster: a frog eats a fly, its tongue twists to spell out the word GIRAF

Oct 26, 2021Oct 26, 2021

7pm - 11pm

Catch Nick DiLiberto's latest solo-animated adventure, along with one of Tim Burton's finest films, in partnership with Twinbat Sticker Co. at the CJSW funding drive.

Stills from Nick DiLiberto's Empress of Darkness and Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Nov 13, 2021Nov 13, 2021

Best of GIRAF16

RPL Library Theatre, Regina, SK

Missed last year's festival, and live in Regina? Here's your chance to catch up on some festival favourites

The GIRAF16 logo with text reading Best of GIRAF 16, November 13th, 2021 at 7pm CST, hosted at RPL Film Theatre Regina Public Library, 2311 12 Ave

Apr 01, 2019Nov 30, 2019

In 2019, we were privileged to host four free screenings at local libraries, universities, and at our annual festival, GIRAF, showcasing the work of LGBTQ2S+ animators.

A banner for Quickdraw Animation Society's 'On LGBTQ2S Animation.