Happy Valley Animation Festival starts April 26

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The HUB-Robeson Galleries presents the second annual Happy Valley Animation Festival (HVAF), in partnership with the University’s Animation Club. The 2022 events are hosted by the Digital Arts and Media Design Program in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State and the Animation Club at Penn State.

The HVAF is a juried, international animation competition that seeks to showcase works in three primary categories — animated films, experimental animated works, and animated motion graphics and design. The festival takes place on the University Park campus of Penn State with open and student category award winners and official selections featured in HVAF Screenings and Gallery Exhibition at Penn State and online.

The HVAF will return for its second year from April 26 to 28. HVAF 2022 Official Selections will be screened at the Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium on April 27 and the HVAF 2022 Award Winner Showcase Screening will once again be held in the HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall Auditorium on April 28.

Events and exhibition

  • Tuesday, April 26 Penn State Animation Club Hullabaloo, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. The Penn State Animation Club (UPAC sponsored group) will host an evening of Penn State student animations and outtakes. This event will be held in the HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, April 27 HVAF 2022 Screening of Official Selections, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium. The public screening of HVAF 2022 Official Selections in the international open and international student animation categories will be held in the Palmer Museum of Art Auditorium at Penn State. This event runs throughout the day and is free and open to the public.
  • Thursday, April 28 HVAF 2022 Showcase of Award Winners, 6:30 to 9 p.m.,  Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center. The public screening of HVAF 2022Award-Winning Animations in the international open and international student animation categories will be held in the HUB-Robeson Center, Heritage Hall Auditorium at Penn State. This event is free and open to the public. Screening Events will be live-streamed for remote audiences. You may access the live stream link and additional programming information from the HVAF website.
  • May 10 – July 17 HVAF 2022 Exhibition, HUB Gallery. An exhibition of animation reels from the HVAF 2022 will be on view in HUB Robeson Gallery. HUB Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and admission is free.

This year’s festival was made possible with support from the Animation Club at Penn State, Penn State Digital Arts and Media Design Program, Penn State School of Visual Arts, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, the HUB-Robeson Center, FilmFreeway, Festhome, Emitto.net, and Project MAMA. For more information: visit: www.happyvalleyanimationfestival.org or email: admins@happyvalleyanimationfestival.org. 

The directing team includes Carlos Rosas, founding director; Leanna Rosas, founding associate director; and the following student showcase coordinators — Liliana Bauman, Isabella Del Signore, Aaron Garcia, Katherine Lorine, Jessica Snyder, and Jackson Zirrith.

2022 jurors include: Brian Alfred, Hannah Brewerton, James Cheetham, Dengke Chen, Michael Collins, Jian Cui, Kimberly Lyle, Leo Metcalf, Eduardo Navas, Eddie Rosas, Ruben Salinas, John Summerson, Micah Weber, Vertna West, Caleb Yoder, Qianhui Yu.

For more information on this and other exhibitions, contact HUB-Robeson Galleries at 814-865-2563, or visit the website. Keep up to date with HUB-Robeson Galleries by signing up for the Listserv or following on Instagram @hubrobesongalleries.


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