TICKETS FOR THE LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL
MARCH 7th - March 11th ARE NOW ON SALE
Admirer and Connoisseur of Great Animation, Sean Lennon, To Serve As Artistic Director
LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 – Tickets for the highly anticipated 3rd annual Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) are currently on sale and may be purchased online at http://blog.laafest.com/tickets/. The Festival will run from Wednesday, March 7th through Sunday, March 11th at the historic Regent Showcase in Hollywood. Festival passes and tickets to all individual events can also be purchased in person at the Regent Showcase beginning on March 7th.
Longtime LAAF supporter, Sean Lennon, is serving as this year’s Artistic Director and has hand selected four feature films which he will personally introduce. In addition, Lennon has also selected some animated shorts from famed Japanese pop artist Keiichi Tanaami which will screen before each of his
feature selections. Events honoring celebrated animator and Academy Award® nominee, Bill Plympton, will include the world theatrical 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 with a post-screening Q&A with director Brad Bird; a revival of Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police with Phil Hendrie & Puppeteers LIVE on-stage; a screening of Shrek honoring its 10th Anniversary and it’s win of the first Oscar® for Animated Feature; and a screening of this year’s current Oscar® Nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, A Cat in Paris.
LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT PARTY: Host TOM KENNY, stage show, special guests, festival previews/teaser reels, music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.
Plus JERRY BECK'S Cartoon-orama
Joint Event with ONE PLUS HUB Productions and LA Film School
7:15 PM SEAN LENNON Presents AKIRA
10:15 PM ANIMAYO Presents TWO DIAMONDS - Erotic Animation by Female Directors (Adults Only)
7.30 PM CHARITY SCREENING IRON GIANT - Cast & Crew Event with Director BRAD BIRD attending. Great 35mm print on the big screen.
10:00 PM MTV LIQUID TELEVISION Best of Historical and the New Series followed by an AFTER PARTY sponsored by LIQUID TELEVISION & TITMOUSE featuring music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.
12:00 NOON Family "ENCORE" Matinee IRON GIANT - reduced price admission
2:00 PM Web Sensation DICK FIGURES LIVE! - screening with cast & crew!
4:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents FANTASTIC PLANET
5:30 PM ASIFA presentation of GULLIVER’S TRAVEL (1939) & Superman short “Mechanical Monsters”
7:30 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON WORLD PREMIERE ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS (Bill Plympton & Dir. Alexia Anastasio in person)
9:30 PM WEST COAST PREMIERE A MONSTER IN PARIS
11:30 PM TEAM AMERICA - with PHIL HENDRIE and puppeteers on-stage
12:00PM THE CAL ARTS LEGACY- the program will feature the student works of JOHN LASSETER, HENRY SELICK, and the creators of TV hits SpongeBob SquarePants, Power Puff Girls, and Dexter’s Lab as well as the films of recent graduates
2:00 PM GALA EVENT DREAMWORKS and SHREK - celebrating its 10th Anniversary Oscar win & feature film screening
4:00 PM 2012 OSCAR Nominee - A CAT IN PARIS
6:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
8:00 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON 20th Anniversary Screening THE TUNE - Bill Plympton in person. And LAAF Awards Ceremony with host TOM KENNY
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.