2013 Call for Entries is Now Open! Regular Deadline to submit is July 15!
Download the 2013 SoDak Submission Form and submit directly to the festival.
2013 Special Guests
Eric Say is a lead motion graphics artist at NBC Universal in New York City. He is also a 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University’s own Department of Visual Arts. Eric began work as a digital artist and animator at Daktronics in Brookings, SD and currently creates content for NBC Universal in New York City. Some of his first assignments at NBC were creating animation and motion graphics for the Super Bowl XLVI (2012) and the 2012 London Summer Olympics. We are especially proud to have Eric back with us as our special guest this year! Click here to learn more about Eric Say and his work.
Bob H. Miller
Bob H. Miller, one of South Dakota’s most progressive artists and staunch animation enthusiasts, has worked with the students of South Dakota for over thirty years through the Artists In Schools & Communities program. He is a highly respected and widely exhibited, diverse and prolific artist. His work brings together science and technology and their application in image making. The office copy machine, the instant Polaroid camera, photograms, holograms and the pinhole camera have all played a part in his development as an artist. Miller tries to incorporate the theories and tools of science into his residencies, using fundamental drawing and painting instruction, basic animation, collage and batik. His work has been included in the “American Perspectives” exhibit, which debuted at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. His collages have toured regionally in a solo exhibit, “Sleeping Sickness,” a solo exhibit of his Polaroid images, Fiction/Non Fiction, and his alternative photograms were featured in Black & White magazine. His current exhibition “Glow Pop Art” explores the use of fluorescent black light paintings and reflective tape collage.
Corrie Francis Parks
Corrie Francis Parks is a freelance animator and photographer based in Montana. An alumna of Dartmouth College and University of Southern California, her award-winning films have been exhibited at over 100 national and international film festivals on every continent except Antarctica. She has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Fundación Valparaíso, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a recipient of a Sierra Foundation Grant for her work in experimental photography. Corrie’s animation and photography emphasizes the integration of digital and traditional mediums and a dialogue between technique and mediums. She has worked with sand, paint on glass, cut-outs and hand-drawn mediums. When not in her studio, you can find Corrie wandering in and out of the closest mountain range. Learn more about Corrie and her work here.
Patrick Smith is an installation artist, animator and filmmaker now based in Tribeca, New York City. His directorial debut was for the Emmy-nominated series Down-Town continuing on to direct the popular animated series Daria. Since then he has directed a handful of short films which earned him much reputation at film festivals worldwide as well as numerous awards. Smith’s bizarre, morphing style tells symbolic stories of identity and emotion, and has extended beyond film. His Public Installations, featuring numerous unclothed figures, piled on top of one another creating large shapes, have earned the artist a multitude of accolades outside the world of animation.
Smith is also a Professor at the Graduate Animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore, a fellow with the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a curator for multiple international film and animation festivals. Patrick was one of the first animators to visit Brookings, South Dakota as a guest of the Department of Visual Arts in 2008. SoDak Animation Festival welcomes him back as a juror. Smith also owns and operates his animation studio, Blend Films.
Ryan Woodward is a storyboard artist, animator, and designer for major motion pictures. He has worked on films such as Space Jam, The Iron Giant, Spider-man 2&3, Where the Wild Things Are, Ironman 2, Cowboys and Aliens(2011), and The Avengers(2012). Ryan has also directed and animated several critically acclaimed independent short films such as “Thought of You” and “The Turtle and the Shark”. Ryan has also developed the first installment of his innovative interactive animated graphic novel “Bottom of the Ninth”. He has also worked as professor of animation at Brigham Young University and head of story at Laika Studios. In 2012, he visited the SoDak Animation Festival as a special guest artist and treated the audience to an exhilarating examination of his work and attitudes. More on Woodward at www.ryanwoodwardart.com
The Golden Cowbell Awards
This year’s Golden Cowbell Awards include a custom crafted creation from local potter Dave Huebner. Huebner is a resident artist of the village of Bushnell, South Dakota and owns and operates Dakota Stoneware Pottery. His creations have been sought after, from the Smithsonian museum shops to local, art museums. His charming and whimsical figurines, mugs and other stoneware are a staple of regional pottery. A unique award and a coveted festival-favorite, the Golden Cowbell Awards will be presented on Friday, October 18 at 8PM at the Performing Arts Center.