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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.

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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Call for Entries’ for 42nd Annie Awards Begin Today!

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

Call for Entries’ for 42nd Annie Awards Begin Today!

The “Call for Entries” begins today for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards. There are 36 categories this year, which include Production, Achievement and Special Juried awards. Please use this link for the online submissions portal. Step-by-step instructions are available at the Annie Awards Website, and so are the Categories and Rules.  If you need help, please contact us via email. The submissions deadline is midnight, Monday, November 5, 2014. “A new category – Best Character Animation in a Video Game – has been added this...

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One Plus Hub September Event

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

One Plus Hub September Event

Join One Plus Hub on the campus of Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks for an evening of meeting up, eating & drinking, and celebrating the studio’s movies. No need to RSVP – just show up! When: Wednesday, September 10, 7pm-10pm Where: Sony Pictures Animation & Sony Pictures Imageworks, 9050 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 Pin...

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John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney at the Academy

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney at the Academy

Oscar and Annie winning animator, John Canemaker, will be at the Motion Picture Academy on September 13th hosting a not-to-be-missed presentation, that examines some of the art form’s most remarkable early achievements. “Animation Masters: John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney” will feature rare footage and art. The presentation will be in three parts: “Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation,” at 6 p.m. “The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie...

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Have you registered for the Creative Talent Network’s Animation eXpo?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Festivals, Special Events | 0 comments

Have you registered for the Creative Talent Network’s Animation eXpo?

Early bird pricing for this terrific annual event ends August 31st. The greatest gathering of animation talent on the planet comes to the City of Burbank from Friday, November 21st through Sunday, November 23rd. There is no other event where you can meet so many animation industry icons under one roof. Make contacts, learn new techniques and meet with recruiters. Register online or call today (818) 827-7138. The Annie Award winning CTN eXpo takes place at the Burbank Marriott Convention Center with ample discounted parking and is conveniently...

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Women in Animation Event At Walt Disney Family Museum

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Women in Animation Event At Walt Disney Family Museum

You are invited to a private event at the Walt Disney Family Museum on THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th hosted by Women in Animation San Francisco. Schedule for the evening: - 5:00pm – 8:00pm: Mary Blair and other WDFM galleries open, mix and mingle with other professional Bay Area women in animation while sipping wine and enjoying music - 8:00pm – 9:00pm: Talk by guest speaker Lynwen Brennan – The President of ILM - 9:00pm – 10:00pm: Enjoy some more mingling, more music, and more wine! Tickets are only $15 for WIA members, $20...

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Chuck Jones 102Gether: A Celebration of Collaborative Creativity

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

Chuck Jones 102Gether: A Celebration of Collaborative Creativity

Chuck 102-Gether is a film festival tribute to the teams that created the Golden Age of Warner Bros. cartoons. For the first time ever, the families of many of the great directors, producers, writers and more of the era will come together, including the families of Tex Avery,  Robert Clampett,  Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Robert McKimson, as well as Leon Schlesinger, Mel Blanc, Michael Maltese.  Also expected to appear are living members of the Warner Bros. team, June Foray, Auril Thompson, and Martha Segal. Tickets just $10 to $50. Order...

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