4 Day Animation Challenge!!


Friday May 17th – Monday May 20th 2019: Animation Lockdown @ QAS Studios, 2011 10 Ave SW Calgary AB Canada

Screening: Saturday May 25 6pm @ CSpace King Edward Theatre, 1721 29 Ave SW

**This event has already happened. Check our current Lockdown page for info about how to participate in the next one!***


This May long weekend, intrepid teams of animators take over the Quickdraw studios to hang out, get sloppy, eat food, watch cartoons, and make their own brand-new animations! Form a team or come by yourself, work with pals or find a new friend! You’ve got four days to make a cool new film. QAS provides work space, animation equipment, software, computers, on-site technical assistance, emotional support—and enough FOOD, CAFFEINE and SUGAR to keep you thriving over the weekend! Finished films are screened the following Saturday at a sweet party that includes RAD PRIZES for the winners!

Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary (though highly beneficial – this isn’t an intro to animation class). Youth are welcome but must have an adult chaperone, and cannot stay after-hours unless supervised. Production equipment is claimed by participants on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you want that Cintiq you better register quick!

We encourage teams to join forces and make a group film, but going solo is totally cool! You still have to make a team name though if you’re striking out alone. 🙂


$70 for current producing members (includes food, caffeine, studio space, equipment, and technical assistance for the long weekend event) OR

$120 for non-members or for returning members who need to renew (includes year-long production membership + all of the above). Fee is per person.


The Lockdown officially begins at 7:00pm on Friday, May 17 2019 at QAS. Join us there to go over rules and housekeeping, get your animation stations set up, and meet the other participants. You can start animating right away! You have the whole weekend to work. Your finished and rendered film is due to QAS Staff at noon on Monday, May 20 2019.

Participants are welcome to stay up all night animating! However please note that technical support and studio access will only be available during the following scheduled work times:

Friday, May 17: 7pm – 9pm (Introduction, setup, begin animating)
Saturday, May 18: 10am – 10pm (Work day #1)
Sunday, May 19: 10am – 10pm (Work day #2)
Monday, May 20: 10am – noon (Work day #3, films due)

If you wish to stay at QAS outside of these times, please arrange key access with QAS Staff.

Again, films are due at noon on Monday. If they’re not in our hands by then, your film will not be eligible for prizes and may not be screened.

We screen the finished films on Saturday, May 25 2019 at 7pm at CSpace King Edward Theatre, 1721 29 Ave SW. Free! Show up, bring your friends and family! The audience votes on the winners, so bring as many supporters as possible. 😉

Preceding the screening will be a selection of films made over the last year thru QAS’ classes and programs, followed by a short intermission, then onto the Lockdown screening!


This year’s theme is EXTREME EMOTION. We figured peeps will have some fun getting dramatic, sappy, insane… embrace your inner actor, channel your rage, get sentimental, and share your innermost feelings with us! More examples to come…

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