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THE LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DATES, LINE-UP,
AND THIS YEAR’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SEAN LENNON


 

Festival Will Screen West Coast Premiere of “A Monster in Paris” as well as Revivals of “Team America: World Police,” “The Iron Giant,” “Fantastic Planet,” “Akira,” and First Animation Oscar® Winner “Shrek”

The 3rd Annual Event will Honor Celebrated Animator and Academy Award® Nominee, Bill Plympton, For His Contribution To The World Of Animation

LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 – The beloved Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) returns for its 3rd annual event with new screenings of animated feature films & shorts from around the world, exclusive panels, and parties celebrating the animation community. The Festival will run from Wednesday, March 7th through Sunday, March 11th at the historic Regent Showcase in Hollywood. LAAF announced they have enlisted longtime LAAF supporter, Sean Lennon, as Artistic Director and will honor Bill Plympton at this year’s festival.

This year’s Artistic Director, Sean Lennon, has been a supporter of LAAF from its inception. Lennon is an admirer and connoisseur of great animation, even working as an animator on his music video Would I Be The One, inspired by Fantastic Planet which was screened at the first LAAF for Lennon, as it’s a film that resonates through much of his art and music. This year, LAAF will screen the film again, with an entirely live score featuring six musicians and five actors on stage. Lennon has also hand selected several films this year which have not been screened in quite some time. Lennon will personally introduce these unique films which have impacted him and his career.

Events honoring Bill Plympton will include the West Coast premiere of Adventures in Plymptoons, a documentary on Plympton’s career by Alexia Anastasio, and a special screening of Plympton’s first animated feature film, The Tune, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Additional events include a cast and crew screening of The Iron Giant; a revival of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police; a screening of Shrek honoring its 10th Anniversary and it’s win of the first Oscar® for Animated Feature; a behind the scenes look at the making of web sensation Dick Figures which currently has 85 million views and counting; and MTV’s Liquid Television-sponsored event featuring classic and new material from this iconic brand.

“Beyond celebrating the world of animation, LAAF provides up and coming animators the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and showcase their work,” said John Andrews, LAAF Founder & Co-Director. “This year we’re excited to honor one of the greats of animation, Bill Plympton, whose work and independent career have inspired so many of us in the field of animation.”

“We’re so proud LAAF is celebrating its 3rd year and has developed into the biggest international Animation Festival in California,” said Miles Flanagan, LAAF Founder & Co-Director. “This has been a labor of love for us, and we’re so thrilled to have such an amazing line-up at the festival, and the vision of this year’s Artistic Director, Sean Lennon.”

 

FESTIVAL COMPETITION

MTV’s Liquid Television is sponsoring a competition offering a $5,000 development deal. This year’s complete contest categories include Best Short (20 minutes or less), Best Feature, Best TV episode (11-30 minutes), Best Animated Music Video and the special category, Best “Animation on the Edge”. This category is sponsored by MTV's Liquid Television and looks to recognize an animator’s work that is on the cutting edge of humor, story-telling or technique aimed at a teen or adult audience. Selected entries will play before each of the festival programs. All category winners will receive Toonboom software packages. Details on entering can be found at www.laafest.com. All entries must be postmarked by February 14, 2012.

 

NOTABLE PROGRAMMING & LINE-UP:

Wednesday March 7th:

Opening Night Party: Hosted by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) featuring celebrities on stage, and live band Nylon Pink.

Teaser reels of LAAF and cartoon contributions from Jerry Beck.

Thursday March 8th

Akira: presented by Sean Lennon.

Friday March 9th

The Iron Giant: Special Charity Screening with cast and crew.

MTV and Titmouse present Liquid Television past and present.

Saturday March 10th

Dick Figures: Six Point Harness presents the web sensation—with cast & crew LIVE recording.

Cal Arts: Special current and historical screening.

World Premiere of Adventures in Plymptoons: with honoree Bill Plympton and director, Alexia Anastasio.

Shrek 10th Anniversary and Oscar® Celebration Event: Gala, special event and feature screening.

A Monster in Paris: West Coast premiere with cast.

Team America: World Police with special guests from the film.

Sunday March 11th

Asifa-Hollywood presents the screening of a classic animated feature.

LAAF Awards Ceremony and 20th Anniversary Screening of Honoree Bill Plympton’s The Tune: Plympton will accept award in person.

Fantastic Planet: Presented by Sean Lennon with live score by Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound.

Passes to attend the festival will be available shortly to the general public. Festival passes provide access to all screenings, events, panels and receptions. For details, visit www.laafest.com. Festival passes and tickets to all individual events can also be purchased in person at the Regent Showcase beginning on Wed 7th March.

 

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL
The Los Angeles Animation Festival was founded in 2007 by John Andrews and Miles Flanagan. Frustrated by the lack of a cohesive animation festival in Los Angeles, the founders sought to create a festival experience that allowed unknown animators to meet and mingle with industry professionals. LAAF is now the largest International Animation Festival in Los Angeles and offers a unique social and business experience to those attending, celebrating both mainstream and independent animation with special screenings, events, panels, awards and contests. More information regarding the festival can be found at www.LAAFest.com

Miles Flanagan, LAAF Founder & Co-Director
LAAF co-founder Miles Flanagan has been producing and directing commercials and station IDs in the U.S. since the mid 1990's. Originally from the UK and a graduate of both St. Martin's School of Art and Middlesex University, he directed music videos for The Pogues, Dave Stewart and Paul McCartney before coming to the States. His first job in the U.S. was to create and direct the opening theatrical logo for Lakeshore Entertainment. His award-winning animated spots include work for Microsoft, Pringles, Visa, and CBS. He recently opened his own studio, Parallax Studioworks, Inc. to develop features and another film festival in LA.

John Andrews, LAAF Founder & Co-Director
LAAF co-founder John Andrews served as MTV's VP of Animation in the mid 1990's. He was hired to produce the series Beavis & Butt-Head in 1992 and produced most of MTV’s animated shows in the 90’s as well as the feature Beavis & Butt-head Do America. In 1997, he became Executive Producer of Commercials and Special Projects for Klasky Csupo where he remained for 12 years. Currently John serves as Executive Producer and Creative Director of 6 Point Media and EP of Development at Six Point Harness.

Ross Otterman, Festival Director
LAAF Festival Director Ross Otterman is a Los Angeles based Producer with a number of recent feature film producing credits. In 2010, Ross Otterman produced Death and Cremation, overseeing the project’s development, casting and production. In 2011, he produced the thriller The Employer and followed up the project with the horror-psychological drama Excision, a 2012 Sundance selection. Most recently he produced the action comedy In Security.