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.
ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced plans to provide more scholarships to animation students and to allocate more funds for artists and film preservation. “While you may know ASIFA-Hollywood for its annual Annie Award ceremony, honoring the best in the animation industry, we want to spread the word about the other areas of our industry that we support,“ says ASIFA-Hollywood Executive Director, Frank Gladstone. “In the coming year, we plan to allocate considerably more funds to our Animation Aid Foundation, supporting artists who have...read more
On Wednesday, November 5, members of ASIFA-Hollywood are invited to a special event at the Disney Studios celebrating 30 years of Disney Television Animation! Guests will include Bill Farmer (Disney legend, voice of Goofy), Jymn Mogon (Writer, Duck Tales and Darkwing Duck), Rob LaDuca (Executive Producer, Jake and the Never Land Pirates), Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle (Co-creators, Writers, Executive Producers, Kim Possible), and Paul Rudish (Executive Producer, Mickey Mouse cartoon short). Information on how to RSVP will be sent to members...read more
Warner Bros Pictures invites members of ASIFA and their families (member +3) to a special screening of The Lego Movie Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:00 AM AMC Burbank 16 125 E. Palm Ave. Burbank, CA 91502 The LEGO® Movie follows the adventures of Emmet, a perfectly ordinary citizen who is mistakenly identified as “The Special,” the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. Drafted into a fellowship of strangers, Emmet embarks on an epic quest to stop the evil tyrant, Lord Business. This journey of self-discovery will...read more
This year, over 260 students participated in the 24 Hours Animation Contest for Students, having just 24 hours to produce a 30 second film from concept to completion. The five-person teams from 13 schools in the US, Canada and Australia produced a total of 53 projects. Sponsors included CTN, Disney, DreamWorks, FlipBook, Stuart Ng Books, ToonBoom, Wacom, and, of course, ASIFA-Hollywood. 1st place: Deflated SCHOOL: California State University, San Jose 2nd place: The Mane Suspect SCHOOL: QUT, Australia 3rd place: Mathemanimals SCHOOL:...read more
The 2014 World Animation and VFX Summits begins on November 2nd. Keynote speakers will include Director Rob Minkoff, David Steinberg, Senior Vice President of Production at World Animation Summit News Nickelodeon, and Paul Babb, CEO of Maxon. November 3rd panels will include “Feature Film Case Studies,” “Film and Legal Issues,” “Oscar Contenders” and “International Film and US Exposure” while the November 4th line up includes “Innovators of the Great White North,” “Everyday Production Challenges, Victories and...read more
This will be our third year offering an Annie for Best Student Film. To be eligible to receive this award, the film must be entirely the work of an individual student or team of students from an accredited post-secondary, degree granting program anywhere in the world, and must have been produced between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Faculty may advise on the production, but all work, from concept through finished film, must be the work of a student or students. The awards does not allow for hands-on involvement by professionals in...read more
Attention Pro-level Members: Please check your ASIFA membership profile to make sure that your current postal address is correct and complete, including zip code. If incorrect, you may not receive the screeners and other premiums sent to you. Pin...read more
Reel FX and Twentieth Century Fox Invite you and your family (ASIFA member +3) to a Special Screening of The Book if Life Saturday, October 18th at 2:30 p.m. The Zanuck Theatre (on the Fox lot) 10201 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles 90064 Information on how to RSVP will be sent to members via email. Members must present a photo ID at the Pico entrance gate. Members must also check in with their party at the theatre and will be asked to present their ASIFA membership card at the door. Book of Life is a fantasy-adventure that tells the legend of...read more
ASIFA-Hollywood and Woodbury University Welcomes You and a Guest to The Irish Film Board’s Presentation of Short Films from Ireland 2014. 7pm, Oct 3rd, 2014 Kirby Hall Screening Room E100 Woodbury University 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd Burbank, CA 91504 These award-winning shorts include thee animated and five live-action films. Some material may not be suitable for children. Program lasts 1 hr 33 min Information of how to RSVP for this event will be sent to members of ASIFA via email. Pin...read more
GKIDS invites ASIFA-Hollywood members to an exclusive advance screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kayuga Directed by Isao Takahata Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30pm LAEMMLE NoHo 7 5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 Studio Ghibli cofounder Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko) revisits Japan’s most famous folktale in this hand-drawn masterwork. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess...read more