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Announcing Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter as the 2023 VAF Keynote Speakers!

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Max Porter (USA) and Ru Kuwahata (Japan) are Oscar nominated animation directors. Specializing in mixed-media narratives, they are particularly interested in marrying analogue and digital animation techniques, often combining handcrafted art, CG animation, drawn animation, stop-motion and photographic effects.


Since 2008, Max & Ru have been working together as “Tiny Inventions”. They have directed and produced TV commercials, music videos, PSAs and independent films. They currently live and work in Providence, Rhode Island.

Their Oscar nominated film,”Negative Space” has won 128 awards at 320 film festivals world-wide. You can see this brilliant film along with other examples of their work at

VT Animation Festival 2023

The Vermont Animation Festival is proud to celebrate our eighth year! We will kick off this years’ screenings, workshops, and artist talks on Friday, March 24th. 2023 events include workshops for both beginner and experienced animators, a screening of student films, and an Artist Talk by our Keynote Speakers, Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter. 


The Vermont Animation Festival is hosted by Northern Vermont University in partnership with Catamount Arts.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions of animated films, especially from students and emerging animators. Prizes are awarded in the following categories: Best Student Film, Best Supershort, Best Film from a Vermont Animator, Best Use of Traditional Media, and Best Overall.


- Films must be at least 10 seconds long

(repeated loops will be considered).

- Credits should not exceed the length of the film.

- All content that is created by artists other than the submitter must be credited appropriately.


Please send a Vimeo or Youtube link to Kate Renner at ker06200@nvu.vsc.eduSubmissions will open on January 1st, 2023, and close at 11:59PM on March 10th, 2023.


Get in Touch!

For questions regarding the Vermont Animation Festival please contact

Kate Renner, Assistant Professor of Visual Art

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