GKIDS has announced the date for this year’s Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles. The second annual event will take place Oct. 19 thru 21st at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The popular event will showcase a top-notch collection of the latest feature films from around the globe, special presentations, retrospectives, and short film programs.
Animation Is Film launched last year to overwhelming success, selling out most screenings in advance and garnering wide industry and mainstream press exposure, with over 788 million media impressions. Last year’s opening night film, The Breadwinner, garnered nominations for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Other films premiering at the Festival went on to play Sundance, Berlin, AFI and other prestigious festivals.
Over 5,000 people attended the inaugural edition which featured special guests such as actress Angelina Jolie (The Breadwinner), producer John Walker (The Incredibles), director Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie); and Oscar-nominated directors Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Mary and the Witch’s Flower), Benjamin Renner (The Big Bad Fox), Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), and many others. The 2017 jury included producer and Warner Animation Group EVP Allison Abbate (The Iron Giant, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Lego Movie), producer and DreamWorks Animation President Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon), Oscar-winning director Brenda Chapman (Brave), director Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Book of Life), Landmark Cinemas Head Film Buyer Mabel Tam, and renowned film critic and historian Charles Solomon.
For more info about this year’s event, visit https://animationisfilm.com/