The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) celebrates animation created by artists ages 13 through 19. TAFI invites entries from around the world and offers both educational and collaborative opportunities as well as a chance to win great prizes. Previous awards have included family memberships to The Walt Disney Family Museum, portfolio reviews with industry professionals, and Bay Area professional animation studio tours.
2018 marks the Walt Disney Family Museum’s fifth year as host to an animation festival specifically designed for teens. Beginning in 2014 with nine high schools, participation continues to increase from year to year. The 2017 festival included screenings of Official Festival Selections, portfolio reviews, a panel discussion on the television pipeline, a lecture by the 2016 Festival Winner, and a keynote address from animator Robb Denovan. At the close of the day, honors were presented for outstanding achievement, based on judging from a panel of industry professionals. Awards were presented to the Festival Grand Prize Winner, Festival Runner-Up Winner, Category First and Second Place Winners, and Special Award Winners. The 2017 Festival Grand Prize Winner was Kris Theorin from Emery University for his film The Gift of the Woods. Inspired by Henry Selick’s Coraline, Theorin’s film takes viewers on a suspenseful journey with a young girl as she explores the dangers of the forest surrounding her home.