About the Poster

Animation festivals are all about inspiration, conversation and catching up with new and old friendships. They’re an opportunity for our bodies to finally detach from the nest we call our “work stations” where we can dance and come together in celebration of everyone’s films. We revel in the creativity of our animation community. It’s our support system and creative lifeline always, but especially in these bizarre times. 

For both of us, OIAF was the first festival where we experienced that international community, back in 2009, over a decade ago! It was just magic. (Pardon our nostalgic lenses of whimsy, we’ve been trapped in our rooms for days and are almost certainly dehydrated). Our poster is a literal reflection of that joy, and the creative loop of collaboration that comes from it. To design it, we each brought our characters and our worlds to the page, drawing and sharing our work back and forth until it was finished. This poster was created as an ode to friendship and community.

Amanda + Angela 

Angela Stempel is a Venezuelan-American artist, animator and film director, born in California and raised in Caracas. Her work is inspired by obsessive people watching, adventurous color palettes and the tantalizing possibilities of abstraction. Her narrative and experimental animated films have been presented at several international film festivals including Animafest Zagreb, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Pictoplasma Berlin, among others. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her pet fruit trees.

Amanda Bonaiuto is a freelance animation director, artist, and educator currently living and working in New York. She is best known for her short films and commissioned pieces which have screened at film festivals and galleries worldwide. She’s inspired by humor, tilted realities, and observing the natural world. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2012 and an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in 2018. She is currently part time faculty at The New School and makes films and commissions in her studio.