Los Angeles Animation Festival starts Friday

I’m happy to report that my friends at Cinefamily – along with festival organizers, animation producer John Andrews and animator Miles Flanagan – have assembled a world-class program of new animated features, shorts and retrospectives (not to mention, parties) for this week’s 2nd Los Angeles Animation Festival at the Silent Movie Theater. From Friday December 3rd through Tuesday December 7th the theatre will host an amazing array of hard-to-see recent international animated works – from the U.S. premiere of the new Jan Å vankmajer feature, to the debut of the Chinese independent feature Piercing 1, the anime mindblower Redline, and Sylvain Chomet’s new masterpiece The Illusionist (I’ll be introducing it on December 7th).

Fest guest of honor Will Vinton is presenting his short films, specials, commercials and a 25th anniversary screening of his 1985 Claymation feature The Adventures of Mark Twain. I’ll also be introducing Pixar’s Teddy Newton (on Saturday morning 12/4 @ 11:30am) who will discuss his acclaimed hand drawn/3D/CG short Day & Night, and there is a lot more.

A special Festival Pass is available – it allows you free guaranteed entry into every show, early admittance to any show and admission into all festival parties. Its priced at $125 ($85 to students) and must be purchased no later than Wednesday at 6pm (only 75 passes will be sold). Individual show tickets are $10 ($6 to Cinefamily members). Programs will sell out (theatre only holds 150 seats) so I urge you to reserve tickets now. For more info go to the CineFamily website.