History Of the Society
Quickdraw Animation Society was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1984. In 1992, by obtaining space in downtown Calgary and production equipment, membership significantly increased. The society further-enhanced its facilities and regular programming was solidified, with monthly film nights, animation courses and a workshop series. Quickdraw films began screening and winning awards at international film and animation festivals.
2005 marked 1st Annual GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation, as well as substantial increases to equipment and production facilities. In 2006, the organization initiated the Youth Animation Project – an animation development initiative for “at-risk” youth.
By 2007, with youth initiatives flourishing; a second project was birthed: The Aboriginal Youth Animation Project - in partnership with the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth. In January of 2007, the Governor General of Canada visited Quickdraw to view the Youth Animation Project and discuss Youth empowerment through the arts.
Now Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Quickdraw is committed to presenting a high calibre of artistic presentation, education and outreach programmes, whilst expanding the supports to maintaining organizational momentum.