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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.

Disney and ASIFA-Hollywood Screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

Disney and ASIFA-Hollywood Screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue

Disney and ASIFA-Hollywood cordially invite you and your family (up to three guests) to a 3-D screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue Saturday, July 19, 11:00 am The Pacific Design Center (PDC) SilverScreen Theater 8687 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069 Running time: 83 minutes. Screened in 3-D. Rating: PG Members of ASIFA-Hollywood will receive information via email on how to RSVP for this event. Complimentary parking is available in the PDC parking structure, enter off Melrose. Members will be asked to present their membership card at...

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ASIFA-Hollywood’s Sneak Peek of Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Festivals, Special Events | 0 comments

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Sneak Peek of Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea

Cartoon Saloon is an award winning Irish studio whose 2014 upcoming release Song of the Sea is director Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated follow-up to the Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells. Cartoon Saloon co-founders Tomm Moore and Paul Young will be at Woodbury University’s Fletcher Auditorium to give a sneak peek presentation of their upcoming film Song of the Sea and sign copies of their newly-launched art book Designing The Secret of Kells. Members of ASIFA-Hollywood will be sent information via email on how to RSVP for this...

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ASIFA-Hollywood at San Diego Comic Con

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

ASIFA-Hollywood at San Diego Comic Con

ASIFA-Hollywood is accelerating our participation at San Diego Comic Con this year, we are producing four panels and boosting our booth activities too. THAT AGAIN? AVOIDING REPETITION IN ANIMATED FEATURES – MODERATED BY CHARLES SOLOMON In recent years, animated features have enjoyed an enormous financial success: The three top-grossing animated films of 2013 accounted for 10% of the total US box office. Despite this unprecedented success, critics and filmmakers have complained of a sameness creeping into the design and story of many...

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One Plus Hub Beer Bust at San Diego Comic Con

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

One Plus Hub Beer Bust at San Diego Comic Con

The One Plus Hub is an animation networking group and is comprised of over 900 members from the animation and related media communities at large. Animation producers, directors, writers, executives, agents, composers and managers in all media (films, television series, web, and mobile entertainment) come together to network, and the next event will be at the San Diego Comic Con! Hang out with Nickelodeon, Starburns Industries, Technicolor, Summit Talent & Literary Agency, and the One Plus Hub at our Beer Bust. Meet up and connect with the...

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From ASIFA-Hollywood’s YouTube Channel: A Tribute to Daws Butler

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Festivals, Special Events | 0 comments

From ASIFA-Hollywood’s YouTube Channel: A Tribute to Daws Butler

Back in July of 2003, ASIFA-Hollywood invited members to discover the many talents of a person who became an icon in animation and inspired an entire generation of voice actors: Daws Butler. Hosted by Joe Bevilacqua, the event included special guests June Foray (Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Witch Hazel and Granny), Corey Burton (Justice League, Captain Hook, etc) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Rugrats). The entire panel shared their stories of Daws, and performed one of Daws’ workshop scripts live. Also at the event was the rare sound...

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Job Hunting Workshop Planned by Conduit Seminars

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Job Hunting Workshop Planned by Conduit Seminars

Today’s fast paced technology and global marketplace have changed the rules of job-hunting. Where do you start? How do you keep from being overwhelmed? With a total of over 40 years of creative team-building experience, Debra Blanchard Knight and Pam Hogarth, with their proven collection of modern tactics, job-search tools and key insights would like to help you: · Put together the items that you need to market yourself, · Gain tools for building your network, and · Know how to ace interviews. Designed as a practical guide to the...

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Workshop at the Center Stage Gallery: Storyboarding and Film Analysis with Steve Hickner

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Festivals, Special Events | 0 comments

Workshop at the Center Stage Gallery: Storyboarding and Film Analysis with Steve Hickner

The construction of a motion picture uses filmmaking “grammar” in the same way that a book relies on written grammar. In this intensive, fast-track talk, Steve Hickner covers basic and advanced filmmaking principles and techniques that will help any artist improve their work. From step one fundamentals like aspect ratios to more complex techniques to help focus the audience’s eye, the student will learn how to storyboard their films better, and translate those boards into storyreels. He will also touch on the subject of creating...

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Members Are Invited To Vote For Their Favorite Films Of All Time

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Members Are Invited To Vote For Their Favorite Films Of All Time

The Hollywood Reporter invites ASIFA Hollywood members to vote on its first list of the best movies of all time, which will be published in the June 25 triple summer issue. Each voter may choose up to 25 movies. Just click on the link below to the easy-to-use ballot: http://app.snapapp.com/hollywood-reporter-100 Pin It

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New Officers for ASIFA-Hollywood

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

New Officers for ASIFA-Hollywood

Last week the year’s slate of ASIFA-Hollywood officers was chosen by our chapter’s executive board. Officers are President, Jerry Beck, Vice President, David Derks, Secretary, Bill Turner and Treasurer, Jeff Wike. Frank Gladstone, having been appointed to the position of Executive Director, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations. Congratulations to all! For a complete list of the board of directors, click here. Pin...

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Workshop at the Center Stage Gallery: Eric Goldberg

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Festivals, Special Events | 0 comments

Workshop at the Center Stage Gallery: Eric Goldberg

Join Eric Goldberg as he discusses tried-and-true traditional methods from the hand-drawn world, and how they can be applied to today’s high-tech, whiz-bang 3D computer animation. Gain exposure to 90 years of animation tips and techniques in this one day conversation with this amazing creator. Topics include designing and animating shapes, timing scenes with exposure sheets, layout workbooks, animating to music, and more. Live demonstrations with lively a Q+A. Lunch will be served. To sign up for this event click here. Limited seating....

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