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.
Back in 2004, ASIFA-Hollywood attended the 2004 San Diego Comic Con and presented many panels. Jerry Beck was there and presented his ever popular Worst Cartoons Ever screening. It was hard to believe that so many people knew the words to “Mighty Mr. Titan,” which has become a perennial favorite for conventioneers. Bob Miller presented the State of the Animation Industry panel, which included many industry leaders who discussed the future of animation. Margaret Kerry-Willcox was also there with her Voice Actors Try-Out. It was a...read more
CTN will be hosting the following workshops at Center Stage Gallery later this month: The 5 Keystones to Great Screenwriting: As a follow up to the standing room only “Writing for Animation” workshop at the CTN Expo in November 2013, award-winning writer Rob Edwards (Disney’s Academy Award nominated THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TREASURE PLANET) will be taking this class through the next steps to building dynamic and entertaining screenplays that will stand toe to toe with the pros. More information and registration can be found at:...read more
All nominees of the 41st Annie Awards are eligible to receive a nomination certificate. If you were nominated, either as an individual or as part of a team, and would like to receive your nomination certificate, please go to http://annieawards.org/index.php?cID=183 and fill out a nomination certificate. Certificates will be printed after the close of deadline on March 31. Your certificate will be mailed to you within two weeks after printing has been completed. Deadline to submit a certificate order form is Monday, March 31, 2014....read more
On Sunday, March 9, please join Women in Animation and Animation Breakdown for a very special evening celebrating the work of female animation directors. First up, an amazing WIA-assembled panel with esteemed directors, and then it’s time for an Animation Breakdown-curated selection of shorts past and present! Prestigious panelists include Lauren Faust (My Little Pony, The Powerpuff Girls, Wander Over Yonder), Emily Hubley (The Toe Tactic, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Pigeon Within), Yvette Kaplan (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill,...read more
Copyright law can seem arcane, confusing, overly restrictive, and frustrating for educators, particularly in the fields of art and design. To be sure, there are a number of “gray areas” in copyright, but the law actually allows much more than you may think. This session will focus on the many things that educators can do without infringing copyright or risking liability, both in the classroom and online. We’ll cover an entire semester’s worth of copyright law in just a couple of hours, and you’ll leave...read more
DreamWorks Animation invites ASIFA-Hollywood members and their families (maximum of four guests, please) to a special screening of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Sunday, March 9th at 11:00 a.m. The Zanuck Theatre on the Twentieth Century Fox lot West Pico Gate 10201 West Pico Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90064 Information on how to RSVP will be sent to members via email. Members must RSVP by Sunday, March 7 at 12pm and will be asked to show their ASIFA membership card at the door the day of the event. Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the...read more
The Annie Awards is animation’s highest honor and back in 1995, many legends were on hand to celebrate the best and brightest of that year. Presenters like Lou Scheimer, Maurice Noble, Eric Goldberg, Jim Cummings and Don Bluth were on hand to give animation’s big night a great celebration. Pin...read more
February 22nd has been declared a local holiday by the animation legend’s hometown of Taylor, Texas. Celebrating the creator of Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters, Tex was born in Taylor in 1908. Last week, the city honored him with a Texas State Historical Marker, screened some of his cartoons and unveiled a portrait. The special event took place at the Howard Theater that was built in 1914. Frederick Bean Avery, called “Tex”, “Fred” or “Texas”, was an American animator, cartoonist, voice actor...read more
Acme Filmworks and AWN presented the 2014 #Oscar® Showcase of 86th Academy Award® Nominated Best Animated Short Films, proudly sponsored by ASIFA-Hollywood and was presented in the Ray Harryhausen Theater at Sony Pictures Animation. The screening included the following shorts: Feral, Get a Horse!, Mr Hublot, Possessions, and Room on the Broom. After the screening, a Q&A, moderated by Ron Diamond, included the filmmakers who discussed technique, their journeys to creating their films and the creative process. The filmmakers in attendance...read more
On the red carpet at the Annie Awards, you’ll find more characters there than on the screen. From directors to voice actors, it seemed like everyone from toon town was in the house. Walt Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen’ took top honors as Best Animated Feature at the 41st Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to ‘Chipotle Scarecrow’ (Chipotle Creative Department, Moonbot Studios); Best Animated Short Subject ‘Get A Horse!’ (Walt Disney Animation...read more