AniFest ’10 to showcase student works in computer animation
WestConn computer graphics center also plans animation summer camp

DANBURY, CONN. — A retrospective showing of noteworthy film shorts created through computer animation over the past decade will be featured during the weeklong AniFest ’10 program to be held at Western Connecticut State University from Monday, April 19, through Friday, April 23.

The AniFest ’10 Animation Theater will present short animated features designed and produced by student graphic artists, as well as professional animation shorts, over a four-day period from April 19 through 22. The films will be shown during continuous screenings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in the Student Center Theater on the WestConn Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Featured works will include both the retrospective of significant shorts spanning more than 10 years, and new films submitted for this year's festival by student producers at WestConn and other colleges nationwide. New student shorts will be reviewed and judged for prize awards in the festival’s Student Computer Animation Competition. A poster exhibition of recent animated film works and current developments in computer animation production will be displayed throughout the festival in the lobby of the Midtown campus Student Center.

The festival also will feature a special guest lecture on the theme of computer animation on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. Details on this lecture, as well as a second planned talk on computer gaming, will be available online at the AniFest '10 Web site,

Sponsored by the WCSU Center for Graphics Research (CGR), this year’s program will mark the ninth annual AniFest celebration showcasing the graphic design innovations and filmmaking art of student animators at WestConn and other institutions nationwide. Admission to the festival’s Animation Theater and Art of Animation exhibition will be free and the public is invited to attend.

CGR Director and Professor of Computer Science Dr. William Joel said the festival's success in attracting widespread student participation and showcasing the technical and artistic development of computer graphics applications parallels a steadily growing presence of the computer animation industry in the southwest Connecticut region. He noted Blue Sky Studios – creator of "Ice Age" and its sequels, "Robots" and "Horton Hears a Who" – moved its corporate headquarters from White Plains, N.Y., to Greenwich, Conn., in January 2009. Establishment of several smaller animation firms in the area and the popularity of animation shorts at the 2009 Connecticut Film Festival in Danbury also reflect the industry's growth locally.

"WestConn has been one of the first to recognize the importance of this industry and what it can do for the economy of this state," he observed.

The CGR will hold a Summer Computer Animation Camp from Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23, on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury. Middle school students in grades 6 through 8 will be invited to learn about the fundamentals of computer animation including storyboard development, modeling and music, keyframe animation and video editing. The registration fee is $650 for commuting students. The deadline for registration submissions is May 31; registration information may be obtained online at

The Center, now in its sixth year, also sponsors a diverse range of animation instruction and research activities in the field of computer-based imaging, and is a founding member of the Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH). "We foster the growth of our students in computer-based imaging skills by fully funding two students each year to attend a major graphics conference," Joel noted. "We are always looking for partnerships with other organizations, companies and schools in the area of computer graphics and arts education."

For more information, contact Joel at (203) 837-9350 or, or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.



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