I dream strange scenarios and make animations about them.


Cassie Shao >> 

Email: karasucassie@gmail.com

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Cassie is an Animation + Visual Artist currently based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and School of Cinematic Arts at USC. She works across the field of independent films, music videos, projection mapping, advertising as well as animated television series. 

Cassie chooses to explore and reflect contradictions in herself upon the dream realm. Despite being left often in isolated and growing surreality, her characters are forever unmoved by the situation. She blends together both digital and analogue materials to evoke the otherworldly perspective. She will always praise bathtubs, the spine, and ever insoluble questions. 

Selected Awards:​

  • “There Were Four of Us” Winner Experimental Animated Short at China Independent Animation Film Forum 2019 China

  • “There Were Four of Us” Silver Student Experimental Short at Los Angeles Animation Festival 2019 USA

  • “There Were Four of Us” Silver Visual Arts & Animation at Unknown Film Festival 2019 Russia

  • “Synched” Bronze Visual Arts & Animation at Unknown Film Festival 2018  Russia 

  • “Synched” 1st Place Mixed Media/Experimental at Florida Animation Festival 2018  USA

  • “Black Bird” Best Animation at Ibiza Music Video Festival  2017  Spain

Selected Screenings:​

  • 2020 Slamdance Film Festival “There Were Four of Us”   USA

  • 2019 Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   Germany

  • 2019 PÖFF Shorts, the Black Nights Film Festival's short film and animation festival  “There Were Four of Us”   Estonia 

  • 2019 Ani’mest  “There Were Four of Us”   Romania

  • 2019 Encounters Film Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   UK

  • 2019 Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   Switzerland

  • 2019 Kuandu International Animation Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   Taiwan

  • 2019 Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   Ukraine

  • 2019 Mill Valley Film Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   USA

  • 2019 TAIS Animation Showcase  “There Were Four of Us”   Canada

  • 2019 San Diego Underground Film Festival  “There Were Four of Us”   USA

  • 2019 Melbourne International Animation Festival  “Synched”   Australia

  • 2019 ATHENS ANIMFEST  “Synched”   Greece

  • 2018 London International Animation Festival  “Synched”   UK

  • 2018 Retransmisión   “Synched”    Mexico

  • 2018 PSIAF Palm Springs Intl. Animation Festival & Expo  “Synched”   USA

  • 2018 AnimaSyros International Animation Festival + Agora “Synched”  Greece

  • 2018 ANNY: Animation Nights New York  “Synched”   USA

  • 2018 Anim!Arte - International Student Animation Festival  “Synched”   Brazil

  • 2018 Ars Independent Festival “Black Bird”   Poland

  • 2017 Ibiza Music Video Festival “Black Bird”   Spain

  • 2017 Austin Music Video Festival “Black Bird”   USA

  • 2017 Cucalorus Film Festival “Black Bird”   USA

  • 2017 KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival (MV Cafe) “Black Bird”   the Netherlands

  • 2016 Supernova Digital Motion Festival “Again!”   USA

  • 2015 NewFilmmakers Los Angeles “Where Is the Silent Majority?!”   USA

Artist Residencies:​

  • 2020 at NES Artist Residency (11/02/2020 - 12/30/2020) in Skagaströnd, Iceland

  • 2020 at Kulturfactory International Art Residency (10/07/2020 - 10/13/2020) in Domicella, Italy

  • 2020 at Residencia Corazón (09/01/2020 - 10/01/2020) in La Plata, Argentina

  • 2020 at The MacDowell Colony (02/05/2020 - 02/26/2020) in Peterborough, NH

  • 2019 at The Corporation of Yaddo (11/01/2019 - 12/01/2019) in Saratoga Springs, NY

 © 2020 Cassie Shao  |   karasucassie@gmail.com

Cassie ShaoAnimation Artist