Toronto Animated Image Society

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Founded 1984
Toronto, Canada


Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) As a non-profit charitable organization and artist-run production support centre TAIS is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent (non-commercial) animation. Founded in 1984, TAIS supports animation art making, with a focus on skills development and providing affordable access to studios and equipment for artists. TAIS facilitates regular community-based and educational workshop programs for first-timers through to experienced creators. Our studios offer specialized equipment and resources to support all forms of animation production, including classical and digital hand-drawn, stop motion, 3D, VFX, and VR animation, as well as analog and broadly experimental forms. TAIS maintains a growing membership of 150-200 animators and enthusiasts from Toronto, across Canada and around the world. TAIS receives funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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The TAIS Artist in Residency Program supports the production of new animated work by artists in TAIS Studios through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. Located in Toronto, Canada, annually, this program invites one Canadian artist and one International artist to engage in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios.

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