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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.

ShortsHD Stars in Shorts: A Woman’s Perspective

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

ShortsHD Stars in Shorts: A Woman’s Perspective

Get your animated short film seen on the big screen! ShortsHD’s Stars in Shorts: A Woman’s Perspective theatrical release desires an animated film to compliment its celebrity live action films. Animated films must have a strong woman’s theme. This limited release is scheduled for summer 2015 and will comprise 5-6 short live action films, but will open with a featured animated short. Please contact Marshall Nord of ShortsHD with your short films. A note from ShortsHD: We must receive your film within 30 days for consideration and we hope...

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Animation Educators Forum Call for Proposals

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Animation Educators Forum Call for Proposals

Have you created an initiative in your animation program that you find really unique and effective in and/or out of the classroom? We are looking for 6 teachers to “Show and Tell” in a 10-minute presentation at our next Animation Educators Forum (AEF) General Membership meeting. The topic for this year’s meeting is: Animation Education: 6 Effective Strategies. Submit your ideas for a presentation in one (or more) of these topics: Assignments/projects – both in-class and outside of class Outside the classroom...

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How Are Your Acting (and Drawing) Chops?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

How Are Your Acting (and Drawing) Chops?

The  Sacred Fools Theater Company’s upcoming production is Astro Boy and the God of Comics by Natsu Onoda Power. It’s a nontraditional performance piece about Anime legend Osamu Tezuka and has a strong real time drawing component. Because of this, the Fools are wondering if some of our members might be interested in auditioning. (You do not have to be a trained actor, just be comfortable appearing in front of people…and be able to draw!), Seamus Sullivan, the show’s casting director says, “It would be great to see some cartoonists...

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The Cinefamily’s “Animation Breakdown” Series Presents a ROCK & RULE Reunion!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

The Cinefamily’s “Animation Breakdown” Series Presents a ROCK & RULE Reunion!

Imagine a post-apocalyptic America where flying cars roam Nuke York, citizens have cross-pollinated with vermin to create rodent folks, and immortality is ensured by stealing someone’s voice. Set in a freaky landscape, with a blazing soundtrack by Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and basically every other rock star of the early-’80s, ROCK & RULE is a far-out animated roller coaster ride through mutant discotheques and spooky back alleys that follows Mok, an aging rock star trying to secure his place in history by any diabolical...

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Special ASIFA-Hollywood Membership Discount at the American Cinematheque

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Screenings, Special Events | Comments Off

Special ASIFA-Hollywood Membership Discount at the American Cinematheque

ASIFA-Hollywood members can receive a special discounted ticket price of $8 (general admission is $11) for the Titmouse, Oscar Shorts, and all four nights of anime! Just show proof of ASIFA membership  - your membership card, temporary card or QR coded card on your smart phone – at the box office and you’ll receive the discount! (Don’t have your Membership Card? Please see the article below.) Egyptian Theatre • Friday, February 20, 2015 • 7:30pm Short Film Programs 2015 Titmouse Founder Chris Prynoski In Person! Titmouse...

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ASIFA-Hollywood Archive Progress

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

ASIFA-Hollywood Archive Progress

ASIFA-Hollywood has long been in a position to learn of endangered animation collections and for years amassed a storeroom and warehouse full of materials. By 2011 we recognized that our good intentions had created an untenable situation. Through introductions arranged by Tony Angellotti, Frank Gladstone and Jerry Beck approached the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to partner with them in order to give their collection the curatorial attention it deserved. Initially, two things had to happen simultaneously: sorting the collection...

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An Afternoon of Remembrance

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

An Afternoon of Remembrance

On Saturday, February 7, the Animation Community will come together for An Afternoon of Remembrance, which is being presented by The Animation Guild, ASIFA-Hollywood and Women in Animation. The event begins at 12:00pm in the Guild’s meeting hall. The Animation Guild 1105 N. Hollywood Way in Burbank Saturday, February 7, 12pm. It’s our annual non-denominational celebration of all our friends who passed away the previous year. Refreshments will be served. Red Augustson, Lauren Bacall. Bill Barry, Sara Bleick, Lefty Callahan,...

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Special Screenings for Members of ASIFA-Hollywood

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Special Events | 0 comments

Special Screenings for Members of ASIFA-Hollywood

SONG OF THE SEA, ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATED BEST ANIMATED FEATURE DIRECTOR/WRITER TOMM MOORE  & PRODUCER PAUL YOUNG will be appearing at 2 LOS ANGELES SCREENINGS Tuesday, February 3rd 7:00pm at Real D Screening Room, 100 N. Crescent Dr., Beverly Hills RSVP: SongoftheSeaLA23@gmail.com  Featuring Q&A with director/writer Tomm Moore and actress Fionnula Flanagan Wednesday, February 11th 7:00pm at Aidikoff Screening Room, 150 S. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills RSVP: SongoftheSeaLA211@gmail.com  Featuring Q&A with director/writer Tomm Moore...

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Dragon 2 Wins Best Animated Feature at 42nd Annie Awards

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Dragon 2 Wins Best Animated Feature at 42nd Annie Awards

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ took Best Animated Feature top honors at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, January 31 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ (Voyager Pictures LLC); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Feast’ (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial ‘Flight of the Stories’ (Aardman Animations); Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children ‘Tumble Leaf’...

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Annie Awards on LiveStream

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

Annie Awards on LiveStream

Watch us live at 7Pm Pacific Standard Time to see who goes home with an Annie Award. Tonight marks the 42nd Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in animation. The black tie event will kick-off at 5 p.m. with Red Carpet arrivals and a VIP champagne reception, followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and after-party immediately following the show. All events will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Scheduled to present the coveted Annie trophies this year are the comedy-folk duo Garfunkel  & Oates – actress-songwriters Riki...

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