The festival presents numerous hands-on workshops, panels, lectures and consultation sessions scheduled to help prepare newcomers for the jump into the professional animation industry. The aim of these sessions is to provide information on the creative, technical and legal aspects of the animation industry. Workshops take place in the National Archives of Canada and are free for AnimaPass and Weekend Pass holders. Individual tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at the door.

 Storytelling In Animation: Stop The Music

Thursday, October 18th, 10:00 am
All too often musical numbers in animated features mean just one thing: not enough story to fill 90 minutes. But in the hands of the master storytellers at Disney, musical numbers become an integrated part of the story. Come see how as Ellen Besen (Sheridan College) rips into such classics as Lady and the Tramp and reveals hidden musical treasures.

 School Spotlight: Seneca College and Max The Mutt Animation School

Thursday, October 18th, 12:00 pm
Learn more about the partnership between one of Canada's leading computer animation schools, and Canada's newest and most progressive classical animation school.

 Pitching Animation - sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation

Thursday, October 18th, 2:00 pm
A panel of broadcasters and production companies will discuss what they do and do not want to hear, how you should present yourself, and what their particular companies are looking for.

 School Spotlight: Pratt Institute

Thursday, October 18th, 4:00 pm
Meet New York's Pratt Institute and see what their animation programme has to offer.

 How To Prepare A Portfolio

Thursday, October 18th, 6:00 pm
This workshop will offer advice on how best to assemble an impressive portfolio of your work.

 Teacher's Symposium

Friday, October 19th
SAFO 01 is proud to present the first ever Animation Teacher's Symposium. Animation teachers from around the globe will attend the day long conference to discuss teaching strategies, the state of animation education and training and what's in store for the future. This event is free for AnimaPass holders. Day Passes for the symposium are $35.

 Keynote Address

Dr. Maureen Furniss (Savannah College of Art and Design, Author of Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics, Founding Editor of Animation Journal)

 Teaching Philosophy

9:30 am
This problem solving session will include a panel of educators who will discuss the biggest barriers to creativity that they experience and how they get students around them.

 Meeting The Industry Needs

11:00 am
Recruiters from a variety of studios will discuss ways in which schools can better prepare their students for a career in animation.

 Art Vs Commerce In Animation Education

3:00 pm
A panel of animation teachers and professionals explore the questions of Art vs Commerce in animation education.

 The "End Of Animation History"

5:00 pm
This panel will discuss the blurring of animation and live action as discrete practices.

 Children's Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am & 2:00 pm (pre-registration required)
Participants ages nine to fourteen will discover the magic of animation and see their own drawings come to life in this hands-on introduction. Children will be guided through the process of animation, experience drawing on cels and have their work projected at the end of the day.

 Puppet Seminar

Saturday, October 20, 11:00 am
Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am

Walt Disney animator extraordinaire, Mike Belzer (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dinosaur, James and The Giant Peach) will be on hand to discuss some key principles for stop motion animation, from making a basic wire armature to animating. Mike will also discuss the crossover into computer animation.

 School Spotlight: Sheridan College

Saturday, October 20, 4:00 pm
Learn more about Canada's Sheridan College, the most acclaimed animation training school in the world.

 Closing The Gap: The Acme Virtual Apprenticeship Program

Saturday, October 20, 6:00 pm
Dave Master, animator, teacher and founder of Acme Virtual Training Network presents a special workshop on the ACME Virtual Apprenticeship Program - the newest development in animation education. The ACME program is a live interactive telecast from Warner Brothers and Disney studios that instructs students and teachers alike on the principles of animation. The workshop will also cover portfolio requirements and include examples of a 'simulated portfolio'.

 How To Be An Independent Animator

Saturday, October 20, 6:00 pm
Leading independant animators will demonstrate how to animate by stretching the few resources at their disposal in order to create distinctly personal works.

 The Animation Pitch Session - sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm (pre-registration required)
Do you fancy having a prized idea of yours turned into a series television show? This is your opportunity. Participating broadcasters, distributors and large production companies want to listen to your ideas.

 Animated Abstract Expressionism: A Digital Jam Session

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm
Live animation, music composition, and editing. One animator, one composer, one editor, three networked computers. The emphasis will be on spontaneity, improvisation, play and discovery.

 School Spotlight: Vancouver Film School

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 pm
An overview of VFS's wide array of programs; from classical and 3D animation to new media and live action film. Student works from all programs will be screened and a question/answer period will follow.