LOS ANGELES, CA — 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.Â 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.Â 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 OscarÂ® 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.