Local Sightings 2020 – Improvisational Animated Loops with Neely Goniodsky

This event took place on Sep 20, 2020


  • Register through Brown Paper Tickets and download the app FlipaClip.
  • 1 hour before the workshop, NWFF will send a link to your registered e-mail address. (Don’t see it? Check your spam folder.)
  • If by 30 minutes prior to the workshop, you have not received an e-mail with details, please contact jonah@nwfilmforum.org for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
  • This workshop will be conducted via video chat over Zoom. You’ll need a computer or smartphone to attend, and we recommend headphones. You can create a free account ahead of time. We’ll send a follow-up email with a guide once you register.


Duration: 1h
Instructor: Neely Goniodsky


**Registration for this workshop includes the Artist Talk with Neely Goniodsky at 2pm. We highly encourage you to attend both!

We will be experimenting with weaving loops. There will be a brief introduction on how you can use digital drawing apps to create a weaving loop. We will get started with something very basic, like a circle appearing and disappearing, and then built onto that, creating a dense composition of animated line drawings, and colorful shapes.

The focus of the workshop will be on experimenting with and creating weaving loops. You will be invited to share your loops during the workshop via device screenshare, and on a shared Padlet page (no account needed). Detailed instructions will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.

To participate, you will need:

  • A tablet or mobile device for animating in the workshop, with the free app FlipaClip (iOS / Android). FlipaClip is an easy to use and learn animating app that uses layers. A stylus can be helpful, but drawing with a finger also works great. Please familiarize yourself with the basic operation of the app prior to the workshop by viewing this tutorial.
  • A cable to connect the device to your computer.
  • Zoom and a stable internet connection to participate in the workshop.
  • Note that this is an introductory workshop. No prior animating experience needed. 

Neely Goniodsky

Neely Goniodsky

Neely Goniodsky has directed and animated over twenty-five short films including productions at the National Film Board of Canada, The New York Times, and Seattle University. She holds a master’s degree in Animation from Royal College of Arts, London, and a bachelor’s degree in Animation from Concordia University, Montreal.

Neely has been animating for over 15 years with her works reflecting an ever-ongoing search for new styles and expressions. Neely is interested in interpreting the human condition through abstract narrative and visual experimentation attempting to translate reality into visual poetry. She explores a combination of traditional animation techniques including ink and paint on paper, cut-out collage, under the camera animation, computer drawing, and 2D computer animation. Beyond animation, Neely’s works include video installations, paintings, drawings, and collage.

Neely had received several awards and nominations, most recently including Best Animated Short Award at Local Sightings Film Festival, Seattle and the GAP grant from Artist Trust. Other awards include being selected to be the first Artist in Residence at the Northwest Film Forum, 4Culture Award, a finalist of the Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, and numerous Canada Council and CALQ grants. Neely’s films have been screened at many US and international film festival including Animasivo, the NW Animation Festival, Portland, Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Anifilm Czech Republic, Animafest Zagreb, and Encounters Bristol, UK. Neely’s noteworthy productions include Conception Series Season 2 for The New York Times, The Smiths, a Seattle University production, and Pearl, a National Film Board of Canada production.

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Local Sightings Film Festival 2020

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.


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