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Earlier this year, students from Sheldon High’s K9 Studios, led by instructor Shawn Sullivan, walked away as award winners from the 2016 Walt Disney Family Museum 2016 Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI).  Part of the ARTSwork Academy, the Sheldon animators submitted animated pieces in two of the six categories.

Taking first place in the 2D digital film category was Sheldon’s “Shoe Wars.” And topping the rankings in the Animation Reel category was Sheldon High School senior, Don Nguyen.

As stated on the TAFI website:

“The Walt Disney Family Museum Teen Animation Festival International (TAFI) showcases animation created by artists ages 13 through 19. This unique and lively animation festival specifically designed for teens celebrates its fourth year in 2017.

Welcoming entries from around the world, the festival provides all participating animators with educational and collaborative opportunities, as well as a chance to win awards including trophies, film and animation studio tours, and museum memberships.

The 2016 festival offered all participants opportunities for one-on-one portfolio reviews, a panel discussion with industry recruiters, and a keynote presentation by Academy Award®-winning Pixar director, screenwriter, and animator Mark Andrews.”

The Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education recognized Sheldon’s K9 Studio’s team and Mr. Sullivan for their accomplishments at the June 14, 2016, Board of Education Meeting.

No doubt, Mr. Sullivan will be gearing up a new group of skilled and dedicated young animators to make submissions to the 2017 Festival — in hopes of bringing home even more awards for the students in this outstanding program.

The Walt Disney Family Museum says TAFI 2017 “will highlight excellence in school and independent animation programs as well as outstanding achievement by individual students. The seven submission categories—School Show Reel, Individual Student Show Reel, Special Effects Reel, 2D Short Film, 3D Short Film, Experimental Short Film, and PSA (Public Service Announcement or Informational Film)—reflect the breadth and creative variety of student productions. Additional awards will be given for the Best Film by a Student 14 and Under, Museum Staff Pick Award, Best of Festival, and Second in Festival,” according to its website.