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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.

FleischerFest This Saturday at The Steve Allen Theater!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

FleischerFest This Saturday at The Steve Allen Theater!

This Saturday, January 24, Jerry Beck will be curating FleischerFest, a celebration of the cartoons of Dave and Max Fleischer. It’s also a tribute to the animators responsible for Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Popeye, the original Superman cartoons, the sing-along Bouncing Ball cartoons, and much more! Cartoons will be primarily projected on 16mm film (but there will be some digital surprises too). The festivities begin at 2pm with a marathon of Fleischer Talkartoons. Special guests, like Max Fleischer’s grandson Mark Fleischer, will...

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Annie Awards Will Be Streamed Live

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

Annie Awards Will Be Streamed Live

But What If I Can’t Go to the Annies? What? We won’t see you at the awards this year? We’ll, you can still see us! Watch the ceremony on our live stream. The broadcast begins at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday, January 31st. Animation Scoop, Jerry Beck’s Indiewire blog will also link to the ceremony, so you can catch the stream there as well. Make sure to tune in for all of the fun! Pin...

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Annie Awards VIP Tickets Almost Sold Out!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Annie Awards VIP Tickets Almost Sold Out!

There are just a few VIP tickets left for this year’s Annie Awards, so if you are still thinking about attending this gala evening, don’t procrastinate any longer! This may be your last chance to buy the remaining passes that will get you into not only the ceremony, but also the pre-award cocktail party and the after party and dinner; always high points of the Animation year! For VIP tickets, please contact Gretchen Houser at Gretchen@annieawards.org. For reduced cost, ceremony only tickets, your best best will be to phone UCLA for General...

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From Our Friends at ASIFA-East

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

From Our Friends at ASIFA-East

ASIFA-EAST 2015 Animation Festival Call for Entires ASIFA-East is currently accepting entries for the 2015 ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival.  Awards will be given out across a variety of categories and craft from Student, Commissioned, and Independent entries to excellence in writing, design, and animation. All films are due February 27th, 2015. Please visit their website to learn more about submission requirements and screening information. Jury screenings will be held in March of 2015, with an Awards Ceremony on May 17th, 2015. All current...

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In Remembrance

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

In Remembrance

Many of us may have forgotten, or perhaps have never known that ASIFA began, at least in part as a political organization. During the 1960s, some cartoonists and animators, and especially those living in what was then called the Eastern Bloc, would run afoul of their repressive governments. The founding members of ASIFA organized to support them by sponsoring letter writing campaigns, sending material support and otherwise drawing the public’s attention to whatever situation was at hand. So, bound up with our art form’s own rich...

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Annie Award Voting Continues

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Annie Award Voting Continues

Pro-members who have qualified to vote now have this year’s Annie Award ballots and voting instructions. All qualified voters are able to vote in every category, though they will not have to vote in every category to complete their ballot. In most cases, members will be able to watch a video clip from each of the nominees. In some categories, the entire project will be posted. In others, a collection of stills will be available. Voters who have already seen the work are able to “scrub through” the clips or skip them entirely. Annie Award...

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Annie Award Ballots Are On The Way Today!

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

Annie Award Ballots Are On The Way Today!

If you are a pro-member who has qualified to vote for the Annies, this year’s online ballot is on it’s way to you today! Your vote is critical to a fair and balanced selection process. Voting instructions will be sent along with your ballot. Here is a preview: All qualified voters will be able to vote in every category, though you will not have to vote in every category to complete your ballot. In most cases, you will be able to watch a video clip from each of the nominees. In some categories, the entire project will be posted, In others,...

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

Happy Holidays!

Our Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy 2015!             Pin It

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The Annie Award Ballot is Coming Soon!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

The Annie Award Ballot is Coming Soon!

On January 2nd, this year’s ballots for the 42nd Annie Awards will be coming to all of ASIFA-Hollywood’s pro-level members who have qualified to vote. (Please note, associate level members do not have voting privileges.) If you are a pro-level member, you might want to check your voting status. It is likely that you have already been approved to vote, but if you haven’t yet applied or your status is marked as undecided, you’ll see an area where you can apply. Once you are there, you can upload in a description of your...

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Greatest Cartoons Ever! Big Screen Event at the Historic Alex Theatre

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

Greatest Cartoons Ever! Big Screen Event at the Historic Alex Theatre

Looking for something GREAT to do on Christmas weekend? Get in touch with your own animation roots or just have fun introducing your family to some of the “Greatest Cartoons Ever!” Jerry Beck and Frank Gladstone have programmed a wonderful line up of cartoons from Hollywood’s Golden Age, when every feature film was preceded by an animated short subject. Saturday, December 27, 2014, 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203 Watching these cartoons as they were meant to be seen: on the BIG...

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