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 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
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
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 key...read more
This year the contest will take place on Friday, September 26th at 4pm PST to Saturday September 27th at 5pm. This is the contest’s 7th year. We are almost doubling our participants every year. Last year we had 50 teams (250 students) from 11 schools participating, the largest year yet! This contest will teach students much about working together, meeting deadlines and making creative decisions under pressure. Although it is quite a bit to do in such a short time, every year we always have completely finished films…and everyone has a...read more
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