Animation Block Party Starts July 27 Animation Block Party Starts July 27

The 9th annual Animation Block Party is July 27-­‐29 only in Brooklyn, NY. ABP received just over 500 entries in 2012 and will be screening 94 films at the three-­‐ day summerfest.

ABP 2012 opens Friday, July 27th at Rooftop Films. Doors open at 8pm. The evening will feature live music, followed by an outdoor simulcast screening of world premieres, international cartoons, exceptional student films and fan friendly shorts.

ABP Opening Night at Rooftop Films is at Automotive High School / 50 Bedford Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Screening will be followed by a party at Matchless / 557 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, with free beer courtesy of Radeberger.

Animation Block Party 2012 continues on July 28th and 29th at BAMcinématek, located at the Peter Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

Individual tickets for BAMcinématek events can be purchased at the BAM box-­‐office or online. Attendees can also purchase an ABP Weekend Pass for unlimited access to all ABP events at BAM, including admission to an exclusive Saturday night party.

On Saturday, July 28th — there will be an ABP Animation and Art Trade Show at BAMcinématek. Festival movie tickets must be purchased, but the Saturday ABP Trade Show is 100% free, open to the public and will run from 12pm-­‐8pm.

Trade show attendees will include Sakura color products, Lush Comics, Greenlight Bookstore, By Brooklyn, Maorinette, Green Mountain Energy, Stop Motion in New York (SMNY), Baked In Brooklyn, T33ZE, plus numerous craft-­‐makers and independent vendors.

ABP 2012 at BAMcinématek will feature five individual programs, each screening twice. A special Animation for Kids Program will screen on Saturday and Sunday at noon. The Animation for Kids Program will highlight animated shorts for children.

Saturday, July 28th: Program One / Animation Block Eclectic Mix (2pm & 6:50pm) will feature award-­‐winning independent works, global films, comedic shorts and more. Program Two /Animation Block International Shorts (4:30pm & 9:15pm) will showcase a taste of intercontinental animated shorts of all genres and styles.

The ABP Saturday Night party will take place in the BAMcafé at 30 Lafayette Avenue from 10pm-­‐2am. It will feature comedy, art, food, ping-­‐pong, free Brooklyn Brewery beer, a photo-­‐booth and music from AHS followed by a headline appearance from Making Friendz.

Sunday, July 29th: Program Three / Animation Block Narrative Works (2pm and 6:50pm)will  feature exceptional student films and professional content with a storytelling focus. Program Four / Animation Block Fresh Visions (4:30pm and 9:15pm) will mix global films with New York premieres and local animations.

The closing evening after party will start around 9:30pm at Habana Outpost at 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn and features free Six Point Ale and delicious Habana corn.

Please bring your movie ticket to Matchless and Habana parties for proof of festival attendance or get a wristband from ABP staff members  before leaving the screening venues. Must have proof of movie ticket purchase to access free beer on Friday and Sunday night.

The festival jury includes Dan Meth, Maija Burnett and Matt Lee. Award categories are Student Film, Best in Show,  Audience Award, Narrative Short, Computer Animation, Minute Movie, Original Design, Music Video, Experimental Animation and Animation for Kids.

ABP 2012 prizes include software from Toon Boom, DigiCel FlipBook, Dragon Stop Motion, art supplies from Sakura, designer bags from Crumpler, T-­‐Shirts and DVDs. The winner of Best Student Films will also receive a copy of Boinx iStopMotion Pro.

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