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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.

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 Alex Theatre 216 North Brand Boulevard Glendale, CA 91203 Watching these cartoons as they were meant to be seen: on the BIG screen in the...

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Postman Pat Special Screening

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Events, Special Events | 0 comments

Postman Pat Special Screening

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation invites you to a special screening of Postman Pat: The Movie, starring the voice talents of Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Rupert Grint, Ronan Keating and David Tennant Saturday, December 13th, 11am SAG Foundation Actors Center 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Mezzanine Level Los Angeles, CA Members of ASIFA-Hollywood will receive information via email on how to RSVP for the screening. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Peter Woodward, Susan Duerden, Sandra Teles, Director Mike Dissa, Screenwriter Nicole...

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42nd Annie Award Nominations Announced!

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

42nd Annie Award Nominations Announced!

BURBANK, CA (December 1, 2014) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 42nd Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. For a complete list of nominations, please visit the Annie Awards website The Annie Awards cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015...

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Members Screening of Until Sbornia Do Us Part

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

Members Screening of Until Sbornia Do Us Part

DreamWorks Artistic Development Invites You  to a Special Screening of Until Sbornia Do Us Part Friday, December 5th, 6:30 PM DreamWorks Animation Campanile Theater 1000 Flower Street, Glendale, CA 91201 Followed by a Q&A with Ennio Torresan and Fabiano Pandolfi Members of ASIFA-Hollywood will receive information on how to RSVP for the screening via email. The film is based on a long-running Brazilian musical called Tangos & Tragédias. In a world were corporate dominance and environmental issues weave in and out through the story of...

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CTNx: Animation Educators Forum

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

CTNx: Animation Educators Forum

Join animation educators from around the globe as we discuss approaches to navigating the open seas of short film distribution: Birds of a Feather Discussion: Navigating the Film Festival Maelstrom 2015: What Your Students Should Know About Film Festival, Web Venues and Contests. November 22, 2014 from 10:30 ro 11:15 AM.. at CTNx 2014 in the Executive Boardroom. Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 For a student who just completed a short film, knowing how to make the next move can be daunting....

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The Penguins of Madagascar Members Screening

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

The Penguins of Madagascar Members Screening

DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox invite members of ASIFA-Hollywood and their families (member +3) to a special ASIFA-Hollywood 3D Screening of The Penguins of Madagascar SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd at 11:00 a.m. The Zanuck Theatre (on the Fox lot) 10201 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles 90064 Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, joining forces with a sleek undercover organization led by debonair “Agent Classified “ to stop the villainous...

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Song of the Sea Members Screening

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Screenings, Special Events | 0 comments

Song of the Sea Members Screening

GKIDS proudly invites ASIFA-Hollywood members (and a guest) to an exclusive pre-release screening of SONG OF THE SEA, the latest film from Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) and Cartoon Saloon. Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on...

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The CTN Animation eXpo Is Coming Up!

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

The CTN Animation eXpo Is Coming Up!

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 located across the street from the Burbank Airport and Amtrak...

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Actors for Autism’s AMVA Film Festival

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in News, Special Events | 0 comments

Actors for Autism’s AMVA Film Festival

Actors for Autism invites you to the AMVA Film Festival that will feature amazing live action and animated films created by their very own AMVA Film and Animation students. Don’t miss this event! Date: Wednesday, November 19th Time: 6:15-9:15pm Location: Los Feliz Vintage Theaters, 1822 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 Admission: FREE CELEBRITY GUESTS! Actors for Autism is a performing arts and digital film making organization that provides programs for individuals with disabilities ages six and up. Programs include acting, film...

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One Plus Hub Event for Six Point Harness

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

One Plus Hub Event for Six Point Harness

Join One Plus Hub at the animation studio Six Point Harness to celebrate their new location in Echo Park, Los Angeles! 6PH will provide free beer, wine and music. Lime Truck LA will be there for anyone who brings cash and an appetite. No need to RSVP – just show up! When: Wednesday, November 12, 7pm-10pm Where: 1759 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park) Valet parking will be available off of the Aaron St. entrance. Pin...

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