Computer Animation Festival 2017

Our local screening of the Electronic Theater and Virtual Reality Theater will be using a new method this year: live streaming. Join us at the PCC Cascade Multimedia Theater for the leading annual festival of the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the Electronic Theater. For SIGGRAPH 2017, the festival is moving beyond the flat screen to present short films and experiences in a new space, the VR Theater, where attendants will experience the next generation of storytelling in virtual reality.


The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.

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The Almost Summer Social

with Election Candidates at Lucky Lab Hawthorne


  • Friday, June 167:00pm – 10:00pm

  • at Hawthorne Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

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Come have a bite to eat and a drink with the local SIGGRAPH Chapter, talk shop, find people to collaborate with, and have fun. Whether you are a hardened industry vet, an amateur, or just curious, come down, hang out, and have fun with your local SIGGRAPH chapter.

Want to put together an event this year? A screening, art show, talk, panel discussion, collaborative art experience, jam, portfolio review, etc — come and tell us your ideas.

This Friday is a good time to come and talk to us about joining our team or working with us: the board, the chapter, or a committee, and what it entails. Our SIGGRAPH chapter is looking for professionals and students that are interested. We are running elections this month. Open positions include officers and board members-at-large: Member Chair, Events Coordinator, Vice Chair, etc.

Are you an animator, game developer, video or film person, web designer or developer, drafter, Illustrator, or digital artist, motion graphics specialist or any type of artist that uses computer graphics? Are you looking to grow in your field? Joining our board provides a great opportunity for professional development, a way to network, create events, meet people in your field and gain leadership experience.

We meet once per month for a couple hours and work to provide excellent events and chapter membership in Portland Oregon and surrounding areas. Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH is a chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and serves the computer graphics community by working to promote all aspects and applications of computer graphics.

If you are interested, please contact the chair, Demetra Auel, at or by text or phone at area 503 local 367 and 1522. But the best is to meet up at the Social this Friday at Lucky Lab.
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Blender Workshop | Intro to 3D Modeling in Games

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • At Epicodus, 400 SW 6thAve #800 , Portland, OR 97204
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Blender is a free, open source 3D graphics and animation software. Join the Portland Indie Game Squad and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH in a workshop run by community members, where we’ll learn the basics of using Blender to make our own 3D model of a dinosaur!

Computers with Blender provided, though feel free to download Blender on your laptop and bring it with you. We may share computers pending RSVP/attendance numbers. Download the latest version of Blender.


This event is free and open to the public, by PIGSquad.


NW Animation Festival Northwest Animation Fest Hollywood Theater Sven Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

We recommend this locally produced, world-class animation festival, celebrating the best new animations from around the world. Advance tickets are now on sale for all screenings. Select your favorite topic, or treat yourself to an all-festival pass and experience the whole five-day extravaganza!


Special Networking Event | Meet the Animation Tribe

A professional networking party, presented as part of the 2017 Northwest Animation Festival

Schmooze with friends both old and new, talk shop, and trade business cards. Whether you’re an industry veteran, a freelancer looking for gigs, or just arrived in Portland yesterday — come celebrate NWAF’s opening night with the local animation tribe!

FREE and open to the public. Hosted by The Magnolia (a beer and wine bar) immediately across the street from the Hollywood at 4075 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon. 9:00 pm.

About the NWAF

The Northwest Animation Festival collects excellent short animated films from around the world for screening at an annual multi-day gathering in Portland, Oregon. Our goal: to create a large local community of impassioned enthusiasts and inspired artists, and an internationally recognized hub of animation culture. More>


Digital Dreams | Retrospective

with Kurtis Hough, local animator

Enjoy the art of Portland’s own Kurtis Hough, as he brings a collection of films spanning a dozen years in moving image manipulation. A recent Best Experimental Short winner at the International Animation Festival, Hough blends photographic and computer techniques, creating dreamlike worlds based in patterns found in nature and music. The special collection focuses on works made with digital technologies, including 3D animation, special effects, motion graphics and digital photography.

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Date: March 16, 2017 at PCC Cascade


  • 6:30p Registration and Meet and Greet
  • 7:00p Screening of Digital Dreams
  • 8:15p Q&A
  • 9:00p After party at Chapel Pub, down the street

Place: PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Auditorium (MAHB room 104), 705 N Killingsworth St., Portland OR

Tickets: Register at EventBrite

Digital Dreams Kurtis Hough, Retrospective, Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, PCC Cascade, ASIFA

About the Speaker

Kurtis Hough’s award-winning work has screened in numerous international film festivals, art galleries, television, and over a million viewers online. Locally his work has screened in the Northwest Animation Festival, Best of the Northwest Filmmakers Festival Tour, Portland International Film Festival, and grant recipient from the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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Screening Lineup

Water from the Same Source                                    

stumble then rise on some awkward morning   



Walking Through Mist: Part 1                                     

My Shelf                                                                             


les Chaussons Rouges                                                   

In Mirrors                                                                           

The Path                                                                             

Seven Daffodils                                                               

Transverse Plane Vertical                                            

Some Trees                                                                       

Painted Hills                                                                      

To See More Light                                                                                                                                                         

Run time: 75 min



Parking available on the street. Carpooling is advised or take Trimet Bus #4 Division/Fesseden and get off at Albina and Killingsworth.


Feb 25th Event

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Freelancer’s Toolbox III

Have you ever asked the internet how to do your taxes? Or how to sign up for health insurance? Much of freelancing is cobbling together resources and teaching yourself, but we wanted to cut some of those late night googling sessions by asking the experts. The Wacom Experience Center hosts as we answer questions about taxes, health insurance, finances, intellectual property, and any other business-related freelancing questions you may have. ’Tis the season, let’s talk business!

Featuring panel participants:

  • Jonathan Bebe of Collaborative Financial Group
  • Benjamin L. Petersen of the Nora Group
  • Dane Johnson of Inspiration Spaceship
  • Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor
  • Xilia Mairead Faye of Soul Proprietor


  • Wacom Experience Center

  • 1455 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209

  • Saturday, February 25th 1pm-3pm


Presented by Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, ARCs, ASIFA Portland and Scopic

Feb 20th Event

Game Night | Where CG and Games Meet

Film Screening and Game Play Mixer,

Come to a gathering of game enthusiasts and multimedia specialists, screening one of our favorite films, Us And The Games Industry, explorations in game design interactivity and inspiration.

“This new generation of game designers seeks to make gaming a cerebral, artistic, or emotional experience.”

– Stephanie Beth, Director

Us and the Games Industry is a feature documentary that investigates design principles with contemporary computer game developers. Featured are: Jenova Chen with lead programmer John Edwards and Producer Robin Hunicke and team members at work at thatgamecompany that was responsible for the game, JOURNEY for networked play on the PS3.

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Sign-up for Free Registration at EventBrite (

Come on February 20, 2017 at PCC Cascade (see map)


  • 5:45p Registration, food and drink, meet and greet
  • 6:00p Mixer / Game Play: (Gang Beast TBA)
  • 7:00p Screening of Us and the Game Industry
  • 8:45–9:00p put things back.

The movie is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes long.

Snacks and drinks supplied by PIGSquad.




Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Homebrew ARCs local animation

HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is an event long in the making. Celebrating recent works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators, so bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH. (3 hours).

Line-up includes works by Kurtis Hough, Beryl Allee, Curtis Randolph, and many more. Animation styles consist of Hand drawn 2D, 3D, Cut-out animation. Program is rated PG-13

Event Details:

  • Festival Date: Sunday, January 29th @ 3pm
  • Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
  • Tickets: General is $10; ASIFA/SIGGRAPH Members get in for $5.
  • Purchase tickets: or at the Door. We sold out last year, so get them early!

About ARCS

ARCS stands for Animation Community Resource Service and is a growing online resource community for animations and story-makers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind. See:


Global Game Jam 2017 | Portland

Seize this opportunity to develop games among friends and make new acquaintances in 48 hours with PIGSquad — hosting a GGJ site in Portland since 2012.

Global Game Jam 2017 Portland, Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH


  • Sign-up for Free Registration at EventBrite*
  • Show up Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Art Institute in Portland
  • Set aside time from Friday at 6:00 pm to Sunday at 8:00 pm.
  • More information


The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development.

Friday evening at the Art Institute of Portland starts with a keynote, icebreakers, idea generating activities, and team forming (approx. 1–2 hours). After jammers are satisfied with their ideas and teams, we work on games until we approach our deadline on Sunday afternoon, when we can share our games with each other in a showcase setting! To support a fun, inspiring environment, jammers are welcome to stay on site (48 hour access) at the Art Institute for the entire weekend.

Jammers are considered officially registered when they have a ticket via the Eventbrite site. Global Game Jam website registration will occur the weekend of the jam. We have room for 100 jammers. If more than 100 people come to the event and plan to participate for the entire weekend, Eventbrite site registrants will be accepted first, then PIGSquad Facebook group registrants, then it’s first-come-first-serve. Those who plan to jam remotely or only spend a small portion of their weekend on site at the jam are not required to claim an Eventbrite ticket. Observers are welcome, but should not sign up for a ticket (RSVP’ing on Facebook is fine.)

Global Game Jam 2017 Portland  Hosted by PIGSquad

The Portland Indie Game Squad is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the health and continued expansion of game developer and enthusiast communities in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and online. We provide events, resources, and networking activities for art and technology creatives. By investing in safe environments for student, hobbyist, and professional game developers, we serve the belief that community visibility and collaboration provides value to our education, relationships, and industry.

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Spirtis with Spirits

Screening and Studio Party Friday Night, Dec. 9th: Spirits with Spritis, at 107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214-2126, United States. You’re invited. It’s in the tower on the roof and here are the detailed directions and entry instructions: More>