Annual film festival features heightened emphasis on animation

Animation's the thing.

The former Columbus International Film Festival is now the Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, indicating an amplified emphasis on the form that mirrors the profile of the animation program at CCAD, which presents the annual film festival.

Animation will be the focus of the festival's opening day (Thursday, March 22), and will recur throughout, including the returning Saturday Morning Cartoons from Around the World.

“It might just be a word [added to the event's title], but to change the entire name of the festival, it's an acknowledgment of my art form,” said recent CCAD graduate Allie Vanaman, whose “The Finvestigations of Sharklock Foams” will be featured during Thursday's Animated Shorts screening.

While Vanaman is pursuing work as a storyboard artist, she is submitting “Sharklock” to festivals and is considering making additional “Sharklock” installments.

“It's exactly what it sounds like. A land shark and a sidekick otter solve a mystery,” Vanaman said, adding, “It certainly helps your resume to show that you're creating and putting work out into the world.”

The festival's opening day will also include an installment of Malt Adult, a series of animation screenings curated by CCAD alum Sarah Schmidt.