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GLAS Animation Festival showcases a wide array of exciting animation from all over the world. Help us make our 5th edition take off!
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 WHAT IS GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL?

The GLAS Animation Festival is a four day event that takes place annually in Berkeley, California. We showcase a wide array of the most innovative and exciting animation being made in the world today. We bring in speakers and guest artists from all over the world, ranging from new and exciting talent to animation legends. We are entering our fifth year and we want to make GLAS 2020 BIGGER and BETTER than ever!

Eating food is one way to get big, but money is much better. (From 'The Ogre' by Laurène Braibant)
Eating food is one way to get big, but money is much better. (From 'The Ogre' by Laurène Braibant)

We (the small team that puts the festival together) are all independent animators ourselves and we understand the madness and passion that goes into making each and every frame of an animated film. We started GLAS after touring with our own films on the international festival scene, and wanted to bring not only the amazing films we saw there, but also that tight sense of community back with us to the U.S. 

Actual real-life footage of Polish animators tearing it up at GLAS 2019  (from Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul)
Actual real-life footage of Polish animators tearing it up at GLAS 2019 (from Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul)

 What started as a blood oath between the creators to bring independent animation to the United States, quickly blossomed into something special, and over our last four years of running it, the festival has grown faster than we could have ever dreamed of.  We feel lucky,  as well as extremely grateful.  We’re also just getting started.

 A French family still recovering from GLAS 2017. (From 'Grandpa Walrus' by  Lucrèce Andreae)
A French family still recovering from GLAS 2017. (From 'Grandpa Walrus' by Lucrèce Andreae)

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

GLAS has always been a grassroots, DIY effort. We have been able to pull off what we do because of the support of a passionate, and dedicated volunteer team, as well as tremendous support from our community.  This festival is made out of pure love.

The purest of all things is love. (From 'Love' by Reca Bucsi)
The purest of all things is love. (From 'Love' by Reca Bucsi)

Every year we have grown, and finally, last year we reached a critical point - sold out shows, significant price hikes from venues and vendors, and a straining infrastructure to match. We know our 5th edition will only be bigger!

This is where YOU come in. We want to make GLAS 2020 not just our biggest event yet, but also the smoothest, and the most delightful for everyone. We want nothing to stop The GLAS 2020 train, but we need you to lubricate the tracks with your hard-earned cash.  

 WHAT WILL THE MONEY GO TOWARDS?

  • New and larger venues.
If you build it, they will come. (From Opal Waltz by Vincent Tsui)
If you build it, they will come. (From Opal Waltz by Vincent Tsui)
  • Flights and hotels for visiting artists and filmmakers.
No one will have to arrive in a cardboard car this time. (From 'Deer Flower' by Kangmin Kim)
No one will have to arrive in a cardboard car this time. (From 'Deer Flower' by Kangmin Kim)
  • Installations.  


  •  Parties. 
No! No! Don't drink the money! Give it to this campaign! (From 'Roughhouse by Jonathan Hodgson)
No! No! Don't drink the money! Give it to this campaign! (From 'Roughhouse by Jonathan Hodgson)
  • Streamlining of our behind-the-scenes production.
Our film traffic manager will be much happier! (From 'Enough' by Anna Mantzaris)
Our film traffic manager will be much happier! (From 'Enough' by Anna Mantzaris)

HELP US HELP YOU! LET'S MAKE GLAS 2020 THE BIGGEST AND BADDEST OF THEM ALL!

REWARDS

Did you really think you’d be leaving this campaign empty-handed? Think again! As a thank you for your support, we’ve assembled a cornucopia of goodies and one-of-a-kind items; perfect for animation fans, art lovers, as well as regular folks from the neighborhood.


With these awards you will be partying in style in no time! (From 'Fest' by Nikita Diakur)
With these awards you will be partying in style in no time! (From 'Fest' by Nikita Diakur)

Risks and challenges

Festivals are as fragile as any other thing and The Big One (California slang for a massive earthquake that will ravage the state soon) might hit at any moment. But this isn’t our first rodeo, we've successfully run the festival for four years and are extremely resilient people from years of practicing the masochistic art of independent animation. We will bring the goods!

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    GLAS Postcard

    Postcard from previous editions featuring beautiful commissioned art from our signal film artists. This reward also includes a Charles Huettner Digital Illustration for your desktop.

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    KIDS Download + Poster + Tote

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    GLAS T-Shirt

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    Prints or Signed Book by Jisoo Kim

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    Clówn Makeup

    Get drawn digitally as a clówn by award-winning animation artist Simón Wilches-Castro (or send a picture of someone who needs to be turned into one). One lucky pledger will be drawn out in a raffle at the end of the campaign to receive an actual acrylic painting by Simón.

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    Day Pass + GLAS 2020 Poster

    An all-access pass to a full day of screenings talks and parties at GLAS 2020 plus your very own copy of the upcoming GLAS 2020 poster when you pick up your pass.

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    10x7 in Oil Painting from LUPUS

    A rare treat. Get your very own oil painting from Carlos Gomez Salamanca's film LUPUS. There are only four available so claim yours while they last!

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    Animation Frame by Sean Buckelew

    Own a one of a kind hand-drawn frame from Sean Buckelew. The selected frame will be from 'Another,' or 'The American Dream.'

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    Animation Frame by Einar Baldvin

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    Animation Frame by Jeanette Bonds

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    Animation Frame by Danny Madden

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    Custom Smiley Face Portrait

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    An Unflattering Portrait

    Get yourself drawn hideously by award-winning animator Einar Baldvin. You will regret it if you do. (Hand-drawn).

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    A Flattering Portrait by Tom C J Brown

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    Custom T-Shirt by Sophie Koko Gate

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    Festival 2020 Pass + Poster

    Are you or someone you know planning on going to GLAS 2020? Pre-register for your pass + be listed as a Friend of the festival on the GLAS website and catalog. Plus get an 11x17 print of the GLAS 2020 poster when picking up your pass. Perfect for a birthday or holiday gift!

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    A Balanced Life

    Settle for neither beauty nor hideousness. Completely balance your life by ordering two images in your likeness - a flattering portrait by Tom C J Brown, and a hideous one by Einar Baldvin. Regret will not touch you, but neither will joy.

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    Pass + Sweatshirt + Poster +

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    Artists Delight

    Want a piece of art from one of the animators listed here but can't decide which one? Want all of them? You're in luck. This package will get you a frame from films by Sean Buckelew, Jeanette Bonds, Einar Baldvin, as well as a custom flipbook by Danny Madden, and a one-of-a-kind t-shirt from Sophie Koko Gate. Plus you'll get a full access pass to GLAS 2020, the official GLAS sweatshirt, tote bag, and an 11x17 poster for the upcoming edition. Plus you'll have the option to see your name listed as a Supporter of GLAS in the festival catalog and on our website.

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    Artists Delight

    Want a piece of art from one of the animators listed here but can't decide which one? Want all of them? You're in luck. This package will get you a frame from films by Sean Buckelew, Jeanette Bonds, Einar Baldvin, as well as a custom flipbook by Danny Madden, and a one-of-a-kind t-shirt from Sophie Koko Gate. Plus you'll get a full access pass to GLAS 2020, the official GLAS sweatshirt, tote bag, and an 11x17 poster for the upcoming edition. Plus you'll have the option to see your name listed as a Supporter of GLAS in the festival catalog and on our website.

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    Become a Patron!

    Get 5 Passes GLAS 2020, your own Sweatshirt, t-shirt, tote bag, an 11x17 Poster, and listed as a Patron of GLAS Animation on the website and festival catalog.

    This package will also get you a frame from films by Sean Buckelew, Jeanette Bonds, Einar Baldvin, as well as a custom flipbook by Danny Madden, and a one-of-a-kind t-shirt from Sophie Koko Gate.

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    Platinum Supporter

    The ultimate GLAS Animation Getaway! Get 5 Passes GLAS 2020 + 1 Deluxe King Bedroom or Deluxe Double Room at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza during GLAS 2020! In addition, you’ll get 2 animation frames from available artwork listed above, sweatshirt, tote bag, poster, and listed as a Platinum Supporter of GLAS Animation on the website and festival catalog.

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    A Lovestream

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    GLAS Sweatshirt + Tote Bag

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    Friday The 13th

    For the next 13 hours, Einar Baldvin is offering original ink drawings, overflowing with the worst of luck. Get yours before the day is over, to ward off the evil spirits with something far worse. The clock is ticking!

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    One-of-a-Kind Flip Book by Danny Madden

    Danny Madden is making one-of-a-kind flip hand-drawn flip books just for you. Get your very own today!

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    Custom Sculpture by Réka Bucsi

    A one-of-a-kind sculpture by Réka Bucs, award-winning animator and GLAS Special Guest.

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