ASIFA Portland is the Portland, Oregon chapter of the International Animated Film Society: Association International du Film d'Animation. Our mission is to celebrate the art of animation, and to foster a local community for professionals, students, and enthusiasts. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we organize events, resources, and networking activities for both members and the public. We believe we all grow as a community by promoting a free exchange of ideas both locally and internationally.
You can learn more by going to our website at http://www.asifaportland.org
2020 has been an unprecedented year, with multiple simultaneous crises including COVID-19 and protests against racial inequality and police brutality rattling the country.
Although the pandemic has prevented us from having in-person gatherings during most of the year, ASIFA Portland and Animation Resource Community Service (ARCS), an online community for local animators, have successfully co-sponsored two screenings in 2020, Homebrew 2020 and Homebrew Northwest. Homebrew is Portland’s premiere showcase of local indie animations. Homebrew 2020 was screened in-person in February at Portland’s Wacom Experience Center and showcased only Portland animated shorts. However, Homebrew Northwest was an online only screening and featured animated shorts from both Oregon and Washington.
We have also taken advantage of this time of quarantine to revitalize our brand, resulting in a brand new website and Discord server that debuted in August.
ASIFA Portland intends to continue hosting events and utilizing the new website in order to foster community and resilience in Portland during these complicated times.