The Quickdraw Animation Society is incredibly excited to announce the addition of Jolie Bird as the new Festival Coordinator for the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF). A fixture of the Calgary film and visual arts community through her work as an artist and her volunteer contributions to the Calgary Underground Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival and Calgary Cinematheque Society, among others, Bird is probably best known as the co-owner of Bird Dog Video, a much-loved independent DVD rental shop that catered to Calgary’s vibrant arts community and cinema lovers. Between her vast knowledge of film and her tremendous skills as an artist and administrator, Quickdraw is thrilled to have Bird guiding GIRAF.

After seven years with Bird Dog, Bird moved to Halifax to complete a Masters of Fine Art in Craft from NSCAD University, and Quickdraw is happy to announce that she will return to Calgary to take charge of the GIRAF festival. As Bird says, “I felt particularly connected to GIRAF’s mandate to highlight animation as an art form. I think with my years of experience as an artist, my connections within Calgary’s art community as well as my appreciation for all types of animation, I can make a significant and positive contribution to the festival.”

Celebrating its ninth anniversary this November, GIRAF is Quickdraw’s annual celebration of all things animated. For the past three years, the festival was helmed by Karilynn Thompson, whose tenure with the festival led to such remarkable events as the Animated City projection series and the popular Log Driver’s Waltz parties at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. All of us here at Quickdraw would like to thank Thompson for her time with us, and wish her the best of luck in all her future projects.

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