We are happy to announce that TraditionalAnimation.com is now an official sponsor of the Jacksonville Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival!!!! Please show your support in funding the festival! Hope you all can make it out! The event is April 4-6, 2013 with all films and speaker programming to be held at the The Florida Theatre.

Donate to the Citrus Cel Festival through Kickstarter.

The Citrus Cel Animation Festival was created by Shane Douberly (left) and Bill Waller (right) in 2009. This is the third year of the festival.

From the Citrus Cel website, “The Citrus Cel Animation Film Festival (Citrus Cel) celebrates animation as a cultural and commercial medium with three days of screenings, parties and panels in Jacksonville, Florida. Citrus Cel will act as a hub for students and professionals from the fields of animation, design, illustration, and film, as well as add to the growing cultural landscape of festivals and events in northeast Florida.

Why an animation film festival?
Showcases animation’s amazing diversity as a creative vehicle, from features to advertising to music videos to title sequences Provides an annual forum for Northeast Florida design professionals, filmmakers and students who use animation in their work Allows local and regional design-related businesses and colleges to recruit and network Builds Jacksonville’s identity as a regional cultural tourism destination, exposing audiences to a different kind of film festival. Offers unique sponsorship opportunities for area and regional businesses and corporations.”

Festival Overview

Film Programming: The following categories will provide audiences with a broad array of animated projects to enjoy:

Three features
Student short films (software prize to winner)
Movie and TV title sequences Broadcast Advertisements
Animated music videos
Visual effects
Classic animation
Experimental and mixed media
2D animation
3D animation
Stop motion
Gaming animation
Shorts for kids

Guest Speakers

Vincent Di Nguyen has illustrated children’s books “Louis and the Dodo”, “Not Another Tea party”,”Jungle bullies”, “Whoosh Went the Wind!”,”Stella the Star, “The Crabfish” before joining the art department at Blue Sky Studios where he worked on movies such “Robots”, “Ice Age 2″ and”Hortons hears a who”. His work can also be seen in “The Art of Robots” and the “comic anthology Out of Picture, 1 and 2”.
Ty Primosch, Layout Artist, Camera & Staging Artist and Workbook Artist at Blue Sky


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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website flashcartoons.org. Many cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators in Orlando, FL.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the TraditionalAnimation.com website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. TraditionalAnimation.com has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, voice actor and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. In 2017, Lavalle brought the idea of creating a school to Don Bluth, and Don Bluth University was born. After a decade of learning from Don Bluth and working together on multiple pitches and business ventures, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.

1 Comment

  1. January 24, 2013 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    I’ll probably be entering again this year! It was a whole lot of fun to do the first time, their 48 hour competition.

    Congrats on sponsoring it!

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