Animation Block Party Goes Online, Expands to Boston

Animation Block Party is building up to its annual summer festival in Brooklyn with a new series on new media platform MyDamnChannel.com and a show planned for the Boston area March 27-29.

Submissions are now open for the 2009 festival, which will be held July 24-26 at Rooftop Films and Bam Cinematek in Brooklyn. Early submissions are due March 6, standard submissions on April 17, and late entries on May 29.

The festival is now showing shorts Lotion’s Eleven, Chef Barry: Crunchy Toast Sushi and Taste of Animation Block Party on My Damn Channel. The series will run for 16 consecutive Mondays, showcasing projects from festival alumni such as Chelsea Manifold, Steve Stark, Chet Knebel, Will White and Hubert Chan. Other animated projects from Animation Block’s production arm include MTV’s Perfectland and Sundance Channel’s Breakfast. ABP’s founder and creator, Casey Safron, leads the production wing, overseeing all cartoons produced under the Animation Block banner.

The Boston-area event is a pair of midnight screenings of Animation Block Party shorts at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. For more info, visit www.animationblock.com