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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

OCT 9th: Members Only Persepolis Screening


Sony Pictures Classics presents
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 PM
Mann's Chinese Theatre
Hollywood, CA
RSVP Required: Members, see your email box for details

Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, presented at the 2007 Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, and the Closing Night Film at this year's upcoming New York Film Festival, "Persepolis" is the poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. We meet nine-year-old Marjane when the fundamentalists first take power- forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands; follow her as she cleverly outsmarts the "social guardians" and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden, while living with the terror of government persecution and the Iran/Iraq war; then on to Austria as a teenager, where h er parents send her to school in fear for her safety and, she has to combat being equated with the religious fundamentalism and extremism she fled her country to escape.

Marjane eventually gains acceptance in Europe but finds herself alone and horribly homesick, and returns to Iran to be with her family, though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society. After a difficult period of adjustment, she enters art school and marries, continuing to speak out against the hypocrisy she witnesses. At age twenty-four, she realizes that while she is deeply Iranian, she cannot live in Iran. She then makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland for France, optimistic about her future, shaped indelibly by her past.

Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed the film, which is produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault of 2.4.7. Films, and executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy of The Kennedy/Marshall Company in co-production with France 3 Cinema, Franche Connection Animations and Diaphana Distribution; in association with Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Classics, Sofica Soficinema and Sofica Europacorp. Rated PG -13. 95 minutes.

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Event Oct 21: Archive Treasures Screening in Hollywood

Silent Movie Theatre Event
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood is embarked on an ambitious project-- building a library, museum and digital archive dedicated to the art of animation. On Sunday October 21st at 2.00 pm, ASIFA-Hollywood will be presenting a screening at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax as part of LAAF 2007, the Los Angeles Animation Festival. The program is titled "Treasures of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive", and it will include rarely seen cartoons covering a wide spectrum of animation's rich history.

Silent Movie Theatre Event
"Hollywood was the place animation reached its absolute peak" says ASIFA-Hollywood President, Antran Manoogian, "and it's still the place to be for an artist looking to break into the business. Technological advances and an upsurge in interest in the medium indicate that cartoons will be even be even more a part of our lives as time goes on. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive is making that happen by providing much needed resources to students and artists working in the field."

Silent Movie Theatre Event
"The goal of our project is to help artists build on the accomplishments of the past, rather than reinventing the wheel." says Stephen Worth, Director of the ASIFA-Hollywood Archive. "There's no better resource for doing that than our archive." Located on Burbank Bl. in Burbank, ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Archive is open to the public four days a week, with thousands of animated cartoons and images available for viewing in an interactive computer database. "Something like this has never been attempted before." says Worth. "Our archive is like the Library of Alexandria or the Louvre- just for cartoons!"

Silent Movie Theatre
The program of animated films will include classic cartoons by many of the most famous names in animation. It will also put the spotlight on artists you might not have ever heard of, but who were responsible for creating the cartoon characters you know and love. After the program, there will be a reception in the Silent Movie Theater's beautiful Spanish Patio with special guests. Proceeds from this event will be going to support the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive project.

Silent Movie Theatre
Because of the limited number of seats available, it is suggested that you purchase admission in advance. Any remaining tickets will go on sale one hour prior to showtime. Advance tickets are exclusively available online. (Click on Program 5.)

Treasures of the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive
Sunday October 21st at 2.00 pm
Tickets $10 (includes after party)
Silent Movie Theatre
611 N Fairfax Av
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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For the full schedule of the Los Angeles Animation Festival 2007, visit...

For more information on the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive, contact...
Stephen Worth,

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Annie Awards Call For Entries

Annie Awards

Annie Awards Call for Entries

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 35th Annual Annie Awards. Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the Annie Awards are presented annually by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood.

The deadline to receive entry forms is 5pm on Friday, October 5, 2007.

Annie Awards Key Dates
  • October 5, 2007: Deadline to receive entry forms

  • October 26, 2007: Deadline to receive materials for nomination judging

  • November 30, 2007: Deadline to renew or join ASIFA-Hollywood in order to participate in Annie Award voting

  • December 3, 2007: Annie Award nominations announced

  • December 14, 2007: Deadline for ASIFA-Hollywood to receive materials for Annie Award ballot and nomination materials for program book

  • January 11, 2008: Deadline for ASIFA-Hollywood to receive clips for Annie Award ceremony

  • January 15, 2008: Online balloting begins

  • February 1, 2008: Deadline for members to cast ballots

  • February 8, 2008: Annie Award ceremony
For more information, see...

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Archive: Over One Million Served

Yesterday, our hit logs registered our one millionth unique visit to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. By next week, our page view count will reach 2.5 million articles served. We started counting traffic on November 11th, 2005, and our traffic more than doubled in our second year. It's poised to do so again this coming year.


I'm going to be working on preparing our upcoming exhibit on Grim Natwick, and that will keep me away from the computer for the next week. In the meantime, please email me at and...

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests
  • Post a link to your work and/or website
  • Pick your favorite Animation Archive post from the past two years
  • Tell us how the Animation Archive has helped or inspired you
  • Let us know if you have any suggestions

    ...I'll post some of your comments on the Archive Blog so everyone can see them.

    Stephen Worth
    Animation Archive

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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Event Oct 20-21: The Los Angeles Animation Festival

    The Los Angeles Animation Festival 2007 Oct. 20th-21st 2007
    A festival run by animators for animators.

    For 2 days in October 2007 Hollywood gets its first animation festival in over 5 years- The Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) at the beautifully renovated art deco "Silent Movie Theatre" (611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles).

    With world premiere screenings (FANTASTIC LALOUX), gala tributes (FANTASTIC PLANET) and guest speakers including Sean Lennon and director Michele Civetta, LAAF promises to be a fabulous weekend. Every screening is followed by a catered networking party in the theatre's Spanish patio. Volunteers will formally introduce everyone, so bring your business cards.

    LAAF's unique competitions (GHOST STORY/ROCKIN' ANIMATION), network parties and career workshops are designed to give budding talent its first major step on the ladder of success. Its tribute screenings help promote the continuing art and craft of animation.

    For full details, ticket sales and a complete schedule of events/competitions, please visit:

    TICKETS on sale now:


    LAAF 2007 and KA-CHEW! Present the "Rockin Animation Contest"- putting animation back in Music Videos.

    Add your animation to a video by Atlantic recording Artist TALLY HALL and/or British upstarts LEATHER HANDS. Any style and any technique. We'll cut animated music videos out of the best segments.

    Sponsored by the Los Angeles Animation Festival and ka-chew! Hollywood. The results will be featured in a special screening at the festival on October 21 at the Silent Movie Theatre in L.A. You'll have a chance to win a cash prize and loads of great software.

    For full details and downloads, go to:
    Deadline October 10.


    Titmouse Inc., S4 Studios, Z-Animation, Parallax Studioworks Inc., Toon Boom, Sprecher Brewing Co., Stop Motion Pro, Animator DV, Ka-Chew!, ASIFA-Hollywood

    If you wish to be a sponsor, email

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