Sean Lennon to direct L.A. Animation Festival

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Los Ange­les Ani­ma­tion Festival

The Los Ange­les Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val announced Tues­day that it has enlisted long­time LAAF sup­porter Sean Lennon as artis­tic direc­tor and will honor Bill Plymp­ton at this year’s event.

The LAAF returns for its third annual event with new screen­ings of ani­mated fea­ture films and shorts from around the world, exclu­sive pan­els, and par­ties cel­e­brat­ing the ani­ma­tion com­mu­nity. The Fes­ti­val will run from Wednes­day, March 7 through Sun­day, March 11 at the his­toric Regent Show­case in Hollywood.

Lennon has been a sup­porter of LAAF from its incep­tion. He 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.

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 had an impact on him and his career.

Events hon­or­ing Plymp­ton will include the West Coast pre­miere of Adven­tures in Plymp­toons, a doc­u­men­tary on his 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 its win of the first Oscar 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.

Beyond cel­e­brat­ing the world of ani­ma­tion, LAAF pro­vides up-and-coming ani­ma­tors the oppor­tu­nity to con­nect with indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and show­case their work,” said LAAF founder and co-director John Andrews. “This year, we’re excited to honor one of the greats of ani­ma­tion, Bill Plymp­ton, whose work and inde­pen­dent career have inspired so many of us in the field of animation.”

We’re so proud LAAF is cel­e­brat­ing its third year and has devel­oped into the biggest inter­na­tional ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val in Cal­i­for­nia,”” said fel­low LAAF founder and co-director Miles Flana­gan. “This has been a labor of love for us, and we’re so thrilled to have such an amaz­ing lineup at the fes­ti­val, and the vision of this year’s artis­tic direc­tor, Sean Lennon.”

MTV’s Liq­uid Tele­vi­sion is spon­sor­ing a com­pe­ti­tion offer­ing a $5,000 devel­op­ment deal. This year’s com­plete con­test cat­e­gories include Best Short (20 min­utes or less), Best Fea­ture, Best TV Episode (11 to 30 min­utes), Best Ani­mated Music Video and the spe­cial cat­e­gory, Best “Ani­ma­tion on the Edge.” This cat­e­gory looks to rec­og­nize an animator’s work that is on the cut­ting edge of humor, sto­ry­telling or tech­nique aimed at a teen or adult audience.

Selected entries will play before each of the fes­ti­val pro­grams. All cat­e­gory win­ners will receive Toon­boom soft­ware packages.

Details on enter­ing can be found at www.laafest.com. All entries must be post­marked by Feb­ru­ary 14.

Here are some notable fea­tures of the pro­gram­ming and lineup:

Wednes­day, March 7
Open­ing night party: hosted by Tom Kenny (voice of Sponge­Bob SquarePants) fea­tur­ing celebri­ties on stage, and live band Nylon Pink.
Teaser reels of LAAF and car­toon con­tri­bu­tions from Jerry Beck.

Thurs­day, March 8
Akira: pre­sented by Sean Lennon.

Fri­day, March 9
The Iron Giant: Spe­cial Char­ity Screen­ing with cast and crew.
MTV and Tit­mouse present Liq­uid Tele­vi­sion past and present.

Sat­ur­day, March 10
Dick Fig­ures: Six Point Har­ness presents the Web sen­sa­tion — with cast and crew LIVE record­ing.
Cal Arts: Spe­cial cur­rent and his­tor­i­cal screen­ing.
World Pre­miere of Adven­tures in Plymp­toons: with hon­oree Bill Plymp­ton and direc­tor Alexia Anas­ta­sio.
Shrek 10th Anniver­sary and Oscar Cel­e­bra­tion Event: Gala, spe­cial event and fea­ture screen­ing.
A Mon­ster in Paris: West Coast pre­miere with cast.
Team Amer­ica: World Police with spe­cial guests from the film.

Sun­day, March 11
Asifa-Hollywood presents the screen­ing of a clas­sic ani­mated fea­ture.
LAAF Awards Cer­e­mony and 20th Anniver­sary Screen­ing of Hon­oree Bill Plympton’s The Tune: Plymp­ton will accept award in per­son.
Fan­tas­tic Planet: Pre­sented by Sean Lennon with live score by Jesus Makes the Shot­gun Sound.

Passes to attend the fes­ti­val will be avail­able shortly to the gen­eral pub­lic. Fes­ti­val passes pro­vide access to all screen­ings, events, pan­els and recep­tions. For details, visit www.laafest.com.

Fes­ti­val passes and tick­ets to all indi­vid­ual events can also be pur­chased in per­son at the Regent Show­case, begin­ning on Wednes­day, March 7.

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