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About Us

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is a California non profit organization established over thirty five years ago to promote and encourage the art and craft of animation. To achieve this purpose, ASIFA-Hollywood is dedicated to striving for the following goals:

  • Support and encourage animation education
  • Support the preservation and critical evaluation of animation industry
  • Recognize achievement of excellence in the art and field of animation
  • Increase the public awareness about animation
  • Act as a liaison to encourage the free exchange of ideas within the animation community
  • Encourage journalism documenting current trends and activities in animation
  • Encourage the social interaction of professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts
  • Encourage the development and expression of all forms of animation

To meet these objectives, ASIFA-Hollywood sponsors the following programs and projects:

ANNIE AWARDS
Since 1972, ASIFA-Hollywood has hosted an annual awards ceremony to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the art of animation. Originally designed to honor the lifetime achievements of legendary veterans of the field, the Annie Awards now recognizes the year’s best animated productions and outstanding individual achievements in the field of animation. Qualified members participate in the nomination process and final voting. The Annie Awards are regarded as animation’s highest honor, and the ceremony is one of ASIFA-Hollywood’s most prestigious and elegant events.

ANIMATION ARCHIVES
At its facility in Burbank, California, ASIFA-Hollywood is building an archive, museum, and library devoted to the art of animation. Volunteers are hard at work digitizing artwork, cartoons and other educational material for inclusion into a digital animation database for the use of artists, scholars and students. Plans are underway to syndicate the collection to universities, libraries and museums around the world.

ANIMATION PRESERVATION PROJECT
Prior to 1950, motion pictures were printed on unstable, flammable nitrate film stock that decomposed over time, placing many early animated films in danger of being lost forever. Through the Animation Preservation Project, ASIFA-Hollywood seeks out and rescues endangered cartoons, and raises funds to preserve them on safety film stock.

ANIMATION EDUCATOR’S FORUM
The Animation Educator’s Forum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of animation through education. Our members, with their diverse backgrounds in both the animation and educational fields, are focused on extending their knowledge and experience to others within the burgeoning animation community, worldwide.

MEMBERS’ EVENTS
Throughout the year members are invited to special screenings of the latest animated features often with an informative Q & A with the filmmakers. There are also frequent panel discussions and screenings celebrating past animation classics as well as educational symposiums aimed at both the student and the professional.

Irish Film Board’s Presentation of Short Films from Ireland 2014

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Irish Film Board’s Presentation of Short Films from Ireland 2014

ASIFA-Hollywood and Woodbury University Welcomes You and a Guest to The Irish Film Board’s Presentation of Short Films from Ireland 2014. 7pm, Oct 3rd, 2014 Kirby Hall Screening Room E100 Woodbury University 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd Burbank, CA 91504 These award-winning shorts include thee animated and five live-action films. Some material may not be suitable for children. Program lasts 1 hr 33 min Information of how to RSVP for this event will be sent to members of ASIFA via email. Pin...

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Members Screening of The Tale of the Princess Kayuga

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

Members Screening of The Tale of the Princess Kayuga

GKIDS invites ASIFA-Hollywood members to an exclusive advance screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kayuga Directed by Isao Takahata Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30pm LAEMMLE NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this hand-drawn masterwork. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess...

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Members Screening of The Hero of Color City

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

Members Screening of The Hero of Color City

Magnolia Pictures and The Exodus Film Group Invite You and Your Family (ASIFA member +3) to a Special Screening of The Hero of Color City Saturday, October 4th, 10:00 a.m. Laemmle Music Hall 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 When six year old Ben falls asleep each night, his Crayons return home to Color City, but this time a speechless Giant and his fast talking sidekick follow them, in their own search for color. It is up to a Blue, Red, Green, White, Black and most especially Yellow, to save Color City from “King Scrawl” and,...

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One More Week to Apply for Annie Nominating Committees

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

One More Week to Apply for Annie Nominating Committees

October 5th is the deadline for this year’s ASIFA-Hollywood 42nd Annual Annie Award Call for Nominating Committee Judges. To be considered for a nominating committee, judges must have an established career in animation and exemplary professional credentials in at least one of the Annie Award categories. Filling out the application will put you on our list of nomination judge candidates, but will not guarantee you a committee position. However, if you are chosen, you must be prepared to spend a few hours in early November looking at your...

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Membership Drive Continues

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Membership Drive Continues

You may have recently received an email notice explaining that your membership has expired or is about to, and that it is time to renew. (If you are a corporate sponsored member, your studio is probably compiling its roster of new and returning enrollees right now.) Even if you have not received a renewal notice, please check your membership status, email and postal addresses (log in and check your account). If you are not on the list as a current pro-level member or your address is not correct, when we send the membership roster to the “For...

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Animation Educators, the 24 HOUR Animation Contest is Back!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Animation Educators, the 24 HOUR Animation Contest is Back!

This year the contest will take place on Friday, September 26th at 4pm PST to Saturday September 27th at 5pm. This is the contest’s 7th year. We are almost doubling our participants every year. Last year we had 50 teams (250 students) from 11 schools participating, the largest year yet! This contest will teach students much about working together, meeting deadlines and making creative decisions under pressure. Although it is quite a bit to do in such a short time, every year we always have completely finished films…and everyone has...

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ASIFA-Hollywood Commences The 2014 Membership Drive

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

ASIFA-Hollywood Commences The 2014 Membership Drive

This week, in anticipation of the Annie Award season, our annual membership drive commences. In fact, you may have received a note from us during the last week or two, explaining that your membership has expired or is about to, and that it is time to renew. If you are a corporate sponsored member, your studio is probably compiling its roster of new and returning enrollees right now. Even if you have not received a renewal notice, please check your membership status, e-mail and postal addresses (go...

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The Boxtrolls Screening in LA and SF!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

The Boxtrolls Screening in LA and SF!

BOXTROLLS screens for ASIFA-Hollywood Members in LA and San Francisco! FOCUS FEATURES and ASIFA-HOLLYWOOD INVITE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (limit 4) TO A SPECIAL LOS ANGELES RECEPTION AND ADVANCE SCREENING OF LAIKA’s THE BOXTROLLS The LA screening will be immediately followed by a Q&A with Lead Animator and Laika CEO Travis Knight, Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, Character Fabrication Supervisor Georgina Hayns, Costume Designer Deborah Cook, Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Emerson and Replacement Animation & Engineering...

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Join a Crazy Quest for Sanity! “Rocks In My Pockets”… A Funny Film about Depression

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Special Events | 0 comments

Join a Crazy Quest for Sanity! “Rocks In My Pockets”… A Funny Film about Depression

Signe Baumane’s new feature film,”Rocks In My Pockets” will screen in LA at Laemmle Royal September 12th through the 18th, with a free (no reservations: first come, first served) sneak preview at the Cinefamily on September 10th. This much lauded independent animated feature employs a very rare animation technique, using stop motion backgrounds with 2D hand drawn animation to tell a family’s history of depression and suicide. Using humor and visual metaphors, animation allows a much lighter touch to the storytelling...

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16th Annual Animation Show Of Shows to Screen for ASIFA on September 18th

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

16th Annual Animation Show Of Shows to Screen for ASIFA on September 18th

Acme Filmworks producer Ron Diamond has put together another fantastic SHOW OF SHOWS program. The 16th Annual edition features both studio and independent films from the US, Canada, Norway, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia. Included in the program is Disney’s Feast and Pixar’s Lava, and also includes 365, 365 one-second films chronicling a year of day by day filmmaking, Oscar® winner Torill Kove’s Me and My Moulton, Glen Keane’s new short, Duet, Mikey Please’s Marilyn Myller, Konstantin Bronzit’s We...

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