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:
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.
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.
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.
We are sorry to report that Ray Harryhausen, who brought sword-fighting skeletons to the movie Jason and the Argonauts and was known as the master of stop-motion animation for his work on that and other films such as Clash of the Titans, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and 20 Million Miles to Earth, has died. Harryhausen, who was a producer and director as well as a model animator, was 92. All of us at ASIFA-Hollywood mourn his passing but will always celebrate his legendary contributions to animation in film. He will be missed. Pin...read more
Be sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming screenings, which include Blue Sky’s EPIC and Disney/Pixar MONSTERS UNIVERSITY! Pin Itread more
This Sunday April 7th, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum is proud to announce its second annual General Membership meeting! This is our chance to meet as a group, invite others to join and have an engaging discussion on ways to improve our animation education! This year we will be meeting on Sunday April 7, 1:00-5:00PM at USC Room SCB104 (The Animation Building of the School of Cinema). For more information on this event click here. Pin...read more
Dear ASIFA-Hollywood Members Due to a series of scheduling conflicts, as well as numerous requests from members, we are postponing the General Membership Meeting scheduled for this coming Thursday, April 4th. We sincerely apologize for the late notice and any inconvenience this might cause. We will reschedule the meeting very soon and guarantee that the newly scheduled meeting will occur on the date we announce. Please keep watching this space for more details. If you are one of our members who did RSVP for Thursday’s meeting, we will be...read more
The Animation Guild, ASIFA-Hollywood and Women In Animation present AN AFTERNOON OF REMEMBRANCE Saturday, March 2, 2013 Food and refreshments, noon Memoriams, 1 pm Hollywood Heritage Museum (The Lasky-DeMille Barn) 2100 N. Highland (across from Hollywood Bowl), Hollywood Enter on Odin St. A non-denominational celebration of departed friends from our animation community Frank Andrina Charlotte Armstrong Dick Beals Iris Beckerman Lucille Bliss Carmela Blitz Dave Borthwick Jack Bosson Grigor Boyadjiev Richard “Kip” Carpenter Ernie...read more
Animation World Network and ASIFA-Hollywood Proudly Present 2012 Oscar Animated Shorts Showcase. Members and up to four (4) guests are invited to watch the Oscar nominated animated shorts. A key fixture of the awards season, the Oscar Animated Shorts Showcase is the only opportunity for industry audiences outside of the Motion Picture Academy to watch the nominated shorts prior to the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on February 24. Monday, February 18th 6:30 PM (check in & light refreshments) 7:00 PM (Oscar...read more
Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40th Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. This year’s expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to “Paperman” (Walt Disney Animation Studios);...read more
Meet, connect, and network with the coolest people in animation! Wednesday, January 30th 7pm-10pm The Parlour Room 6423 Yucca Los Angeles, CA 90028 Valet and Street Parking Available Meet, connect, and network with the coolest people in animation. No need to register or RSVP – just show up! For more information please visit us at oneplushub.com Pin Itread more
ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE Best Animated Feature – Sam Fell and Chris Butler Los Angeles: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 7:30PM Landmark Theater 10850 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Followed by a Q&A with directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler, and producers Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner *The Q&A will be followed by a 9:30PM screening of CORALINE. RSVP: FocusGuilds2012.com New York: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 7:00PM Dolby 88 1350 Ave of the Americas, Ground Floor, New York Followed by a Q&A with directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler RSVP:...read more
Thank you for recognizing ParaNorman and its outstanding filmmaking team and making it one of the most honored animated films this year. Visit FocusGuilds2012.com/#/paranorman Pin Itread more