Toronto, ONÂ Â April 4, 2012 — Set to be Canada’s premier mainstreamÂ animation festival, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is launching their inaugural event July 6-8, 2012 at the TIFF BellÂ Lightbox.Â Â Today they unveiled the official TAAFI 2012 poster created byÂ Toronto’s own internationally celebrated designer, Mike Geiger.
Mike Geiger has worked in commercial animation for over a decade withÂ specialties ranging from animator to director. He has also produced variousÂ independent works, such as the short Transistor Sect with artist EdÂ Templeton; two films in conjunction with the National Film Board; the short Viewing Abstract; five episodes of the web series County Ghost; and Cuddle Sticks, which has been screened at more than 20 animation andÂ comedy festivals worldwide including a tour with the Spike and Mike’sÂ Festival of Animation.
“I’m really honored to be a part of TAAFI’s inaugural year and look forwardÂ to a weekend of great people and inspiring films!” said Geiger.
TAAFI Marketing Director Rich Duhaney is thrilled with the posterÂ design.Â “MikeÂ Geiger is a hilarious and talented illustrator, effectively bridging theÂ gap between the ‘indie’ and studio worlds of our industry,” said Duhaney.Â “The poster Mike created signals the high impact we wanted to arrive withÂ our the inaugural festival.”
In coordination with the unveiling of the poster comes the launch of theÂ brand new website,Â taafi.com.Â Designer Iris Wu andÂ web developer Nick Boos have created a site that gives TAAFI theÂ professionalism and personality that has substance.
“No one will believe this is the site of a first-year not-for-profitÂ festival,” said Duhaney.Â “Animation arts enthusiasts will want toÂ subscribe to the newsletter and blog to get the latest on what our partnersÂ in the city are up to as well.”