ASIFA-Hollywood was founded in 1957, by Bill Scott, Stephen Bosustow, Ward Kimball, William T. Hurtz, Les Goldman, June Foray, and Bill Littlejohn, and later chartered by UNESCO in 1960.
Many branches of ASIFA exist throughout the world; in the US there are chapters in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, the Detroit area, and others, while internationally, organizations exist in Annecy, France, in Italy, and Japan. ASIFA also sponsors several animation film festivals throughout the world, including the ASIFA-Hollywood Student Animation Festival. ASIFA-Hollywood has the largest membership internationally of all other chapters, largely because the most popular cartoons ever produced were by studios and animation professionals located in the city of Burbank, which is also the location of ASIFA-Hollywood’s headquarters.
The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Center in Burbank includes a virtual archive, museum, library and research facility, containing the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project.
ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum at SIGGRAPH asks: Should we teach to the first job or the last job? A “Birds of A Feather” discussion on Tuesday, 12 August at 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building, Room 2 Are the pressures of employment affecting how we teach? Some animation programs focus first on software and current skills while others stress lifelong learning. What is the best balance? President Obama has created a score card that “grades” American universities for cost, graduation...read more
All of us at the Animation Educators Forum wish each and everyone one of the graduating class of 2014 much success!read more
For anyone interested in participating in a film festival, the Los Angeles International Short Film Fest is currently taking submissions. Deadline: May 23, 2014 The 18th LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL July 24-31, 2014 is accepting film & scripts submissions. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The only film festival with 7 award categories recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Best of...read more
For all you fans of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, they’re back again offering stop-motion character animation classes for aspiring animators! Last year’s class was such a huge success, and they are expanding to multiple classes this term! For more information click here.read more
The Center Stage Gallery is home to top talent creators in our industry. Saturday, May 10th from 1-5pm will be a special triple whammy! Networking, portfolio reviews, closing reception of the exhibition of celebrated Walt Disney painter Sunny Apinchapong-Yang and his exhibit “Through the Eyes of Sunny Apinchapong” plus a book signing opportunity featuring industry artists: Sunny Apinchapong, Chris Ayers, Brett Bean, Stephan Franck, Mike Hernandez, John Loter, Gary Montalbano, and Victoria Ying & Michael Yamada! (Artist...read more
In the latest blog post from animator Andreas Deja, the character designs of the Goons from Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is examined in full detail. To view the blog entry click here.read more
Animators/pre-production artists…we have some very exciting news!!! Next Wednesday April 16, CTN (http://www.ctnanimationexpo.com/) will be holding a contest for best animation reel and best animation pre-production portfolio. The contest will last ONE WEEK ONLY and 2 winners will receive an incredible $2000 SCHOLARSHIP towards one CSU Summer Arts class (one winner per class). Submissions will open from April 16th 6:00am PST-April 23rd 11:59pm PST. Start getting your portfolios/reels ready! More details to follow. For information about...read more
Be sure to see Ryman Arts at Arts Day LA! ArtsDay LA Friday, April 11 12 pm – 1 pm Location: LA Mall in Downtown Los Angeles As part of this Friday’s ArtsDay LA, join us for a free drawing activity across the street from City Hall East at the LA Mall in downtown Los Angeles. ArtsDay LA is an annual opportunity for Angelenos to celebrate the contributions of arts and culture to the community, and to talk with their elected officials about why the arts are important to us. Ryman Arts will be there showing our support for the...read more
Nickelodeon and California State University, Fullerton’s Art Department present “Butt What Is Art? A Sanjay and Craig Fine Art Retrospective,” a rich, comprehensive collection of production art that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of television animation. Curated by renowned art historians Sanjay and Craig, the exhibit is the first to focus exclusively on art created for, and inspired by, Nickelodeon’s hit animated series “Sanjay and Craig.” The opening reception is 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Atrium...read more
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) 2014 is now open for entries, offering both emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to engage with new, international audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. In addition to screenings throughout the ASFF weekend, prizes include £750 for the Festival Winner, £250 for the People’s Choice Winner, screenings at a number of other UK festivals and editorial coverage of the festival in Aesthetica Magazine and on the ASFF blog. The time limit is...read more