ION Fest Opening Gala Tonight

The ION Int’l Animation, Gaming and Shorts Film Festival kicks off tonight, Oct. 28, with an opening night gala honoring the Emmy Award winning studio DPS Film Roman and legendary toon house Fleischer Studios. The award presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Pacific Theatres in Culver City, followed by a red-carpet after party at the Culver Hotel at 9 p.m.

Culver City Mayor Steven Rose and ION Festival founder and president Chris Davies will be among the evening’s hosts. Presenting the special award to DPS Film Roman is voice actor Maurice LaMarche (Inspector Gadget, The Critic, Tripping the Rift, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain King of The Hill, The Incredible Hulk, Looney Tunes).

The event will also feature the first-ever Max Fleischer Lifetime Achievement Award, presented this year to Fleischer Studios. Stan Handman, a former employee and established historian of Max Fleischer, will present the award.

At the after party, attendees will be able to try out Senet Ent.’s GameHex, live gaming stations that allows players to recline in immersive sound chairs with built-in surround audio.


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Animation Magazine is also giving away 150 tickets to the ION Festival screenings, which will include the multi-award-winning short, Ryan, by Canadian filmmaker Chris Landreth, as well as the Los Angeles premiere of Bill Plympton’s eagerly awaited new feature film, Hair High. The first 150 Animation Magazine members to email

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Sponsors of the fest include Animation Magazine, CG Networks, Senet Ent. Gaming Stations, Pearl Vodka, Rutherford Hill Chardonnay, Alice White Cabernet, Virgin Cola, Coldstone Creamery and Noahs Bagels. Information on all screenings can be found at


The Ion Festival organizers have informed us that there have been a few schedule changes for the ION Summit panels. Please call (310)360-8333 to confirm times and possible cancellations.