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.
On October 16, 1923, Walt and Roy Disney set up a small animation studio in Los Angeles, California where they began creating a series of shorts where a live action little girl named Alice and an animated cat named Julius have adventures in an animated known as the Alice Comedies. Flash forward ninety years later to the studio in Burbank, California that has produced some of the biggest animated features, which include titles like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Beauty and the Beast, to its recent feature Frozen. This past Tuesday evening,...read more
For those of you educators who were fans of Tom Sito’s history blogs on the Animation Educators Website, rejoice! After a long hiatus, Tom is back on the job listing animation related events. From movie trivia to animation and world history, Tom’s blog is sure to entertain and educate! To view the blog, you can visit it by going here: http://animationeducatorsforum.blogspot.com/ The Animation Educators Forum (AEF) Sponsored by ASIFA-Hollywood, AEF is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of animation through education....read more
The 2013 annual Animators Afternoon of Remembrance is currently scheduled for February 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm at the Animation Guild in North Hollywood. This is a traditional event where the whole animation community comes together to say goodbye to their friends who departed this past year. We honor everyone in animation from legends to beginners, producers to trainees and all ranks in between. In 2013 our oldest honoree was 101 and the youngest 23. If you’d like to attend, we’ll keep posting notices on our website as we get closer...read more
If you’re looking for more than one way to connect with us on your mobile device, you can follow us on Twitter. Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, text messages limited to 140 characters. If you’re a registered user (and even if you’re not), you’ll have access to all the latest updates from ASIFA-Hollywood, which includes upcoming symposiums, gatherings and international film festivals! If you use the search feature and type in the word ASIFA, you’ll...read more
On Tuesday, December 3, Triggerfish Animation Studios screened their latest film Khumba for ASIFA-Hollywood and the cast and crew of the film, which included a Q&A session with Ned Lott, the U.S. Voice Director and Associate Producer, Loretta Devine, the voice of Mama V, and Jonathan Roberts, the U.S. Writing Consultant. Moderated by Jerry Beck, the crew discussed some of the aspects to making an animated film in both South Africa and the U.S. Set against the backdrop of the Karoo, Khumba (which means skin) tells the story of a...read more
At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, you can check out the latest animated gems, find out about current and future trends, meet your favorite film directors and up-and-coming talents, and connect with new associates and partners in the fun and friendly atmosphere. If you want to participate in the festival, you can submit your film to compete in the official selection. If your film is still in the development stage, why not submit it to the Mifa 2014 Call for Projects? To submit a film or project online click here to visit the...read more
ASIFA-Hollywood announced nominations today for its 41st Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year include: A Letter to Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation...read more
With awards season almost in full swing, the nominees for the 41st Annie Awards will be announced bright and early tomorrow morning! Be sure to check our website and www.annieawards.org for all the nominees. About the Annie Awards The Annie Awards black-tie ceremony will feature a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent to celebrate the animation industry’s best of the best. A pre-reception and press line begins at 5:00 pm with the awards ceremony following at 7:00 pm. A post-show celebration...read more
Did you know ASIFA-Hollywood is on Google+? If you haven’t been to Google+, it’s the social network that has become a hotbed for early adopters, tech luminaries, marketers and businesses around the world. Google+ is the search giant’s latest attempt to create a social network that rivals Facebook. The social network is a collection of different social products, which includes features include Stream (a newsfeed), Sparks (a recommendation engine), Hangouts (a video chat service), Circles (a friend management service), Games...read more
by Tom Sito Since the earliest recorded times societies had harvest festivals to give thanks to the appropriate deities that they’re not going to starve come winter. Whether or not you believe in 1626 Pilgrim Gov. Winthrop invited Massacoit and his Wampanoag Indians to dinner, the custom of Thanksgiving was a New England holiday for decades thereafter. A few years later the New Englanders exterminated these same Indians and stuck the head of Massacoits son King Phillip on a post. In 1789 George Washington had called for a thanksgiving...read more