Amid Amidi is an author, historian, and consultant, with numerous books to his credit. He is working on a coffeetable book celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar, and writing a biography that will be published by Chronicle Books in mid-2012. He is the youngest recipient of the prestigious Theatre Library Association Award which he received for his book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation (2006, Chronicle Books). He has also written The Art of Pixar Short Films, The Art of Robots for 20th Century Fox about the making of the Fox/Blue Sky computer animated feature Robots, and edited and designed the book Inside UPA, a compilation of unpublished photographs from the legendary UPA Animation Studios.
He launched one of the earliest daily animation news and commentary sites–Animation and Cartoon Heaven–in August 1996. In 1998, that site became Animation Blast. A print version of Animation Blast soon followed and nine issues have been published to date. In 1998, he joined Animation World Network as Associate Editor of Animation World Magazine, the first monthly electronic publication devoted to animation. He also wrote their weekly industry e-newsletter, The Animation Flash. In March 2004, he partnered with Jerry Beck and launched the site that you’re currently reading and in March 2007, they debuted the animation-on-demand download site Cartoon Brew Films. In September 2008, they launched Cartoon Brew TV, an exclusive on-line showcase for the world’s finest contemporary animated shorts.
He has curated retrospectives and presented lectures at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada), Elektra: International Digital Arts Festival (Canada), Anima Mundi (Brazil), Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway), Projector Festival (Scotland), Platform International Animation Festival (Portland), Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Comic-Con International:San Diego, and the 2D Animation Expo (Los Angeles).
He has served on award juries for the following festivals: Fredrikstad Animation Festival (2008), Ottawa International Animation Festival (2009), and Animation Block Party (2010). Additionally, he has worked in the animation industry in a number of capacities, and consulted for various media/entertainment companies.
He lives in New York City.
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