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Event: The 47th Annual DAFT Michigan Student Film Festival

The 47th Michigan Student Film Festival

The Michigan Student Film Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K-12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. DAFT is proud to present The Michigan Student Film Festival, now in its 47th year.

What: The 47th Michigan Student Film Festival
When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday April 25, 2015
Where: The Detroit Film Theatre @ The Detroit Institute of Arts
Eligible: Students Grades K-12
Entry Deadline: CLOSED- March 9, 2015

TechShop Detroit Hosts SEMAFX in March: “Makers Mixer!”

Come join the SEMAFX Network and TechShop Detroit, for a “Makers Mixer” and networking event.  March 18th from 6:30-9:30 pm.  This is our first visit to TechShop in Allen Park.  This is an amazing “maker space” with all the tools and goodies you need to make your vision a reality!

This event will cross-pollinate our SEMAFX skill sets with makers, crafters, inventors, freethinkers and people with crazy cool ideas! This seemed like a perfect match for our SEMAFX gang, with so many overlapping interests… 3D printing comes to mind!

There’s a lot to see here, so come join us to mix, mingle, build your network and get a glimpse of what TechShop is all about.  Please help spread the word, this event is free and open to everyone. See you there.

Please Register and RSVP at:

Jan 28: The Potential of the Unity Engine! with Jim O’Donnell

January 28 · 6:30 PM at Specs Howard School of Media Arts

Member and Guest Speaker Jim O’Donnell will talk about Unity and it’s growing popularity in digital media, visualization, gaming, augmented reality and other relevant uses for SEMAFX members! Jim is also going to show us Google “Cardboard” and it’s fun/cool uses!

We are meeting at Specs Howard on Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm. Park in the main lot and come in the main front doors.  You will see signage to guide you to our specific room.

Don’t forget to participate in the first DOUBLE DOG Dare Ya Challenge for the year!

For January, the DDDYa Challenge is “United”.  So bring anything- a short animation, rendered frame, sketch on a napkin or iPad… anything you want.

We will issue DDDYa’s every meeting, to keep you on your toes!


I am asking for your help. Please help spread the word on this first big event of 2015! Invite your friends, neighbors and anyone, of any age, who is interested in our topics, ranging from art, animation, visual effects, movie magic, augmented reality, game development, web design, film/TV, editing, motion graphics… where does it end!?

We are in a “Building Year!” Did you know SEMAFX has grown to over 185 followers? Yes, it’s true. And we have brought back our Premier membership, which is only $35 for the entire year. SEMAFX Premier Members receive “thousands of untold benefits!”  That includes freebies and discounted stuff, and exclusive raffles of high end software, training and other cool things from our many sponsors! So join today! You can join at meetings, or go here for a link to PayPal, if you’d like to pay online:

About our Guest Speaker:

Jim O’Donnell is a Unity Developer specializing in app development for both Android and iOS mobile devices, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Jim is a “guru” on technologies such as Oculus Rift, Dive VR, and Google Cardboard. After 17 years in production as a video editor, his interests led him to join the budding industry of mobile app development. While back in college, he became aware of the emergence of Augmented Reality, making it a primary focus for the remainder of his education. He received a BFA from the International Academy of Design & Technology and is currently Director of Emerging Technologies at Jackson Dawson Communications.

FE15 (of the New Era): History Lesson: Looking Back at our Moving Art form, with Steve Stanchfield

February 11th-  Come join us at CCS tonight, to network with a whole new generation of upcoming, talented artists.

And I hope you CCS students will spread the word today, and come join us in the Anderson auditorium (6:30pm).

You may not have heard of SEMAFX!  But we’ve been building our digital arts community for 17 YEARS now… yep, it’s true!  2015 is officially the start of our “New Era”!

We are eager to meet and welcome these remarkable young artists and introduce them to the people and resources in our creative community. (nudge, nudge… hey, these are the kids you’re going to hire someday…)

So tonight at 6:30pm, we will hear Professor Steve Stanchfield, a true authority in the animation field.  Steve will share some of the more interesting moments in animation!

“When going forward, it helps now and then to look behind.”

We are meeting at the Anderson Auditorium, (in the Wendell Ford Building), on the CCS campus. Look for street parking or try the CCS parking ramp. We will have snacks, a raffle and amazing NETWORKING opportunities with crazy talented people of all ages. See you there!

Click here for a Map to CCS

If you want to know more about Cartoon History, check out the Cartoon Research website, where Steve is a contributor:

Professor Steve Stanchfield is an animator, educator and film archivist. He runs Thunderbean Animation, in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has compiled over a dozen archival animation DVD collections devoted to such subjects at Private Snafu, The Little King and the infamous Cubby Bear.