48 Hour Challenge!! Beyond the Comfort Zone

May 15th – 18th = Animation Lockdown!
May 22nd = Lockdown Screening!

This May long weekend, teams of 1 – 3 are invited to gather at Quickdraw to eat food, think wildly, get sloppy, and make animations. You will have 48 hours, studio space, equipment, access to a darkroom, a technician on hand to help, and yes, unlimited foodstuffs and caffeine. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is necessary. The animations are screened 4 days later at a sweet party that includes more food, more sloppiness, and RAD PRIZES!

As a loving nod to the late great David Ratzlaff, the theme of this year’s Animation Lockdown is “Beyond the Comfort Zone”. Six years ago, longtime Quickdraw member David Ratzlaff started the Animation Lockdown to share his passion and excitement for experimental animation with Calgary’s artistic community. We love him and we miss him, and so in his honour, with this year’s Animation Lockdown we encourage you to try something that’s totally new to you—whether it’s a cutting edge program or a tried and true technique, we want this year’s Lockdowners to do something you’ve never done before!

We realize this could get complicated, but hey, that probably means it’s going to be more fun. You could try a novel technique, like sand animation, or a new digital platform. Maybe it’s a new process, like starting with the soundtrack first if you usually start with visuals, or maybe it’s a format you’ve never tried, like Super8. And if you’re brand new to animation — hey, anything you do is new! Great to have you! And as always, our lovely staff will be around to help you, this year also joined by Carl Spencer for any of you who want to make use of the darkroom. 

Sign up fee: $50 for members (includes food, caffeine, studio space, equipment, and technical assistance for the long weekend event) OR $100 for non members (includes year-long production membership as well as everything above). Fee is per person, maximum number of teammates is 3.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW! This event fills up fast!

 You can also sign up in person by dropping by our offices. Please contact Laura (, (403) 261 5767) if you have any questions!




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