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Animation Block Party Starts This Thursday In Brooklyn

Animation Block Party returns this week to Brooklyn. The long-running East Coast animation festival, now in its fifteenth year, takes place from Thursday, July 26th, through Sunday, July 29th.

The core of the event is seven programs of recent animated short films, broken down into themes and categories like female animators, animation for kids, experimental films/graphic design/music videos, and multiple programs of international shorts. A synopsis of each film screening can be found here.

Additionally, the festival offers retrospective screenings of three animated features: Mad Monster Party (1967), Akira (1988), and Pokémon Heroes (2002), in addition to the the New York premiere of the French/Japanese co-pro Mutafukaz, which appears to be renamed MFKZ (pictured above).

The opening night party, which is free, takes place on Thursday at Littlefield (635 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY), and will include a performance of Picture This!, in which animation artists draw live as comedians tell jokes on stage. The rest of the screenings will take place at the BAMcinématek in downtown Brooklyn.

To see the entire line-up of films and purchase tickets, visit animationblock.com.

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