Conscious Cartoons Animation Festival seeks volunteers


For the past year, islander Bill Jarcho has been prepping to launch a new international animation festival devoted to themes that promote social justice, peace, equity and humanistic values.

The festival, called Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival, will take place Sept. 14 to 16 at Vashon Theatre, offering multiple programs for audiences of all ages, as well as the chance for participating filmmakers to win cash prizes totaling $20,000 in several categories.

“The time seems ripe for this kind of festival and Vashon is the right place for it”, according to Jarcho.

“Animation has the ability to tackle difficult stories and at the same time move people in ways that many mediums cannot,” Jarcho said. “This is a unique opportunity for people to see a group of award-winning films with a conscience that can’t easily be seen anywhere else.”

Right now, Jarcho and his collaborators are looking for islanders who would like to become involved in meaningful ways to help make the festival run.

Volunteers are needed throughout the festival to take tickets, sell merchandise, hang posters, greet and transport visiting animators and help with myriad other tasks behind the scenes.

Jarcho has also already invited a number of international animators to attend the festival and is looking for Vashon hosts to open their homes to them.

Finally, Jarcho said, donations of airline mileage/ or cash of any amount are also needed to help pay for international flights for filmmakers who would otherwise not be able to attend.
“These independent animators are making films on a shoe-string budget that have meaning for themselves and the greater world on a variety of important topics,” said Jarcho. “This is a chance for these talented filmmakers to visit our island, share their process and tell stories of why they made their films.”

Trine Habjorg’s award-winning film, “When I Hear the Birds Sing,” tells the story of how war has affected children from the Ivory Coast. The film will be shown in the first edition of the “Conscious Cartoons,” and organizer Bill Jarcho wants to bring the Norwegian filmmaker, along with others, to Vashon. (Courtesy Photo)

Tickets and passes for the festival will are available on Brown Paper Tickets. To find out more about the festival and get involved or make tax-deductible donations, visit or email or call Bill directly @ 206 9400821