I always love attending the juror screening for the Independent Category of the annual ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival. Here’s a night when you can come and enjoy watching all sorts of new and exciting independent films unencumbered by the rules of the advertising and television world. A night devoted solely to the artist’s creativity. We had a great turnout for our last evening of judging, and I’ll just highlight a few trends of the evening’s films. Can we say animals? Lots and lots of animals. Talking ones. Silent Ones. Furry ones. Cute ones. Oh and deer – animators love deer. Lots and lots of non-linear narratives, as well as films in a series, and a few compilations of a number of animated shorts by different animators. Social issues were vividly portrayed and loved ones remembered. All in all, a fun night indeed. The winners in this category and others will be announced at our awards ceremony on April 29th. Stay tuned for details.