The new Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival, coming to Vashon Island September 14-16, 2018, is the first of its kind worldwide!
Conscious Cartoons will feature three days of outstanding animated shorts – many award-winning – from around the world with socially conscious, humanist themes. The festival will harness the power of animation to inspire compassion and provide insights into the human condition in ways that live action media often fails to do.
With the natural beauty of Vashon Island as its backdrop, Conscious Cartoons offers an unique weekend escape for cinephiles and adventurous tourists, alike. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet animators from around the world and see films from India, Egypt, France, and other far-flung locales while enjoying food and drink from Vashon Island businesses. The schedule also encourages visitors to get out and explore the island between screenings.
Along with promoting greater awareness of social issues, the festival will award independent animators cash prizes – over $20,000 total – in multiple categories, including a $5,000 award for Best Children’s Film, sponsored by Seattle’s Committee for Children.
The Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival will take place at the Vashon Theatre on Vashon Island, WA. A short ferry ride (10 to 20 minutes) from both Seattle and Tacoma, Vashon Island is a jewel in the Puget Sound known for its vibrant arts culture, progressive attitudes, and stunning vistas.
Conscious Cartoons is founded by animator Bill Jarcho. According to Jarcho, “Conscious Cartoons was born as an urgent call-to-action to help counter the racism, xenophobia, and moral decay evident in our society today. This festival aims to awaken insight, justice, and compassion through the uniquely transcendent medium of animation.”
September 14-16, 2018
17723 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070
A festival pass is $30 and can be purchased here.