Our chapter was founded in 1990 by Joanna Priestley and Marilyn Zornado. Under its original name, ASIFA Northwest, the group encompassed both Portland and Seattle; later, it split in two to better serve each city. In 2007, ASIFA Portland incorporated as a non-profit under Oregon law. Now over 25 years old, the organization continues into a new era of of digital filmmaking and internet-based society, maintained by an ever-evolving volunteer board of directors.
The first quarter of 2018 has been very busy for Portland ASIFA. Already, we have sponsored several events including our annual Winter Meet and Greet and our annual screening of select films from the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
2018 Marked the 3rd year of Homebrew, a film festival that takes place during Portland's Fertile Ground Festival. Homebrew is a showcase of locally made independent animated films and is organized by the local group, Animation Resource Community Service (ARCS).
A major hightlight this year occured on March 10th when the local animation legend, Paul Harrod gave a presentation on his life's work to a packed crowd at Pacific Northwest College of Art. During his presentation, Paul Harrod gave insights and sneak peeks into his work as a Production Designer for Wes Anderson's recent film, Isle of Dogs.