President’s Message

Posted by on Jan 16, 2024 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Hi. My name’s Doug Vitarelli and I’m the new president of ASIFA-East.

I’m succeeding Tristian who, for the past 5 years, has led us through the global pandemic, arguably the most difficult time in our history. We are lucky he is still active as the co-chair of the festival.

I first learned of, and joined, ASIFA-East when I was a student at RISD back in the 80’s. My first animation job was with one of NYC’s greatest animators, Michael Sporn. Not surprisingly, after I met many people with the same interests and passions as mine, I was hooked to both NYC and animation.

Since then I received my master’s degree from CalArts and have worked as a 3D animator for 25+ years at over 40 studios for many different formats. I’v had a film shown at MoMA, won an Emmy, won at Annecy, won a few awards at our festival and finished a few personal films. I’ve also taught at NYU, Pratt, SVA and SUNY Fredonia.

And now I’m here and am excited about what we have planned this year: hosting more events, bringing back the aNYmator, talking to schools and, of course, presenting the oldest only animation festival in the country.

I’m looking forward to meeting you very soon.


Latest Animation Moment That I’ve Watched More Times Than I’m Proud Of:
Minutes 1:17 – 2:53 of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Oskar Fischinger abstract musical graphics, bold + muted + pastel color palette, catharsis, pathos, silhouettes, really, really good compositing but most of all, great timing.