Amid Amidi first worked in an animation studio at the ripe old age of fifteen. Time flies. Today he's more than twice that age. What hasn't changed is his passion for the animation art form, and his unwavering belief in the importance of animation as a 21st century medium at the crossroads of art and technology.
As an author, historian and consultant, he has collaborated on book projects with studios like Pixar and Blue Sky, and artists ranging from Peter de Sève to John Kricfalusi. He was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Theatre Library Association Award which he received for his book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation (2006, Chronicle Books). He is currently working on his first biography about the life of Disney director and animator Ward Kimball, a true original. It will be published in 2012.
Amid's experience in the animation industry and art background gives him the unique ability to write about animation with a knowledge of production processes and historical/artistic context. And he has written extensively. In 1998, he launched a commentary website called Animation Blast. A print version of Animation Blast followed and nine issues were published. He also served as Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine, the first monthly electronic publication devoted to animation, and wrote their weekly industry e-newsletter, The Animation Flash. In March 2004, he partnered with Jerry Beck and launched Cartoon Brew, which is currently the most widely read animation industry resource. In September 2008, they launched Cartoon Brew TV, an on-line showcase for the world's finest contemporary animated shorts, and the home of the Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival.
Amid gets around. He has curated retrospectives and lectured at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Elektra: International Digital Arts Festival (Canada), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway), Projector Festival (Scotland), Platform International Animation Festival (Portland), Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Comic-Con International:San Diego, and the 2D Animation Expo (Los Angeles). He has spoken at numerous animation schools including NYU, SVA and RISD, and served on award juries for the following festivals: Fredrikstad Animation Festival (2008), Ottawa International Animation Festival (2009), and Animation Block Party (2010).
He lives in New York City.
For interviews, consulting opportunities, festival curation, speaking engagements, and other inquiries, please contact him.