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For the sixth annual Oregon Film History COnference, Ellen Thomas will lead a day of short talks and long discussions which focus on Oregon’s rich animation history as interpreted by artists, historians, and artists-as-historians.

Sixth Annual Oregon Film History Conference
Theme: The role of experimentation in Oregon animation history.
Guest curator: Ellen Thomas
Keynote speaker: Joan Gratz

Our 2020 keynote speaker is Oscar winner Joan Gratz.

Go here to read more about the conference in detail.

Go here to register


Q: Who goes to the conference?

A: Last year 70 professionals attended from across the state (and a few from across the country!) They were educators, historians, scholars, librarians, archivists, artists, writers, filmmakers and a fair number of “other”. To achieve this mixed audience, we divide the available seats evenly among those professional groups. We will do that again this year. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis for each of the categories. When a category is full, we move registrants coming into that category onto a waiting list. When registration closes (April 10, 2020), we move names from the waiting list/s into the categories which are undersubscribed.

Q: What’s the conference like?

A: Here’s the previous years:  2019,  2018, 20172016, 2015.  

Q: What’s the risk of waiting to register?

A: Seating is limited.

Q: May I walk in, without registering online?

A: No.

Q: Who is it for?

A This annual day long conversation is for people whose work engages with Oregon film, animation and print cartooning history in some way. A qualifying affiliation with a non profit (school, museum, historical society, non-profit movie theater, etc) is required in order to register. It is not open to the public.

Q: I volunteer at my local historical society (school, museum, etc). Does that affiliation qualify me to attend?

A: Yes.

Q: I wish to attend but have no qualifying affiliation. What should I do?

A: Contact anne at oregonfilmhistoryconference dot org, and I will see if I can match you up with a qualifying organization as a volunteer.

Q: How much does the conference cost?

A: Sliding scale, with three tiers: $30, $15, scholarship ($0). You determine your tier.

The 2020 Oregon Film History Conference steering committee: Libby Burke (BPA), Michele Kribs (OHS), Elizabeth Peterson (UO), and Anne Richardson (OCI).

Any questions can be directed to Anne Richardson, the director of the conference. anne at oregonfilmhistoryconference dot org.


Founded in 2007 by Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback, Oregon Cartoon Institute uses new media, archival film, research, networking, and cross disciplinary discussion to explore Oregon film, animation, and print cartooning history.  It has no brick and mortar presence, and always works in partnership with organizations which do.

I absolutely loved the range of speakers, topics and disciplines and so many connections everywhere.Donald Newlands, NC3D

Let’s build something together.