The Fifth Annual Animation Block Party (ABP) is taking place July 25-27 in Brooklyn, New York. Festival favorites Hot Dog from Bill Plympton, Lapsus from Juan Pablo Zaramella and The Pearce Sisters from Luis Cook will be among the more than 100 short films scheduled to screen during the three-day summer festival. A complete list of films can be found at www.animationblock.com/summerfest08.
ABP opens on Friday, July 25 at Rooftop Films, featuring live music from Plushgun, followed by a screening of the festival’s most fun and fan-friendly cartoons. A party at Bar Matchless will follow with free beer from Radeberger. The fun will continue on Saturday, July 26th at Bam Cinematek, with experimental works and music videos in Program One, and a storytelling focus in Program Two. Screenings will be followed by an after-party at Cherry Tree with free Newcastle courtesy of America’s favorite fake news source, The Onion Inc. The fest will conclude on Sunday at Bam Cinematek with top professional-independent works in Program Three and narrative local and international shorts in Program Four. The after-party will be held at Habana Outpost, featuring streaming cartoons, food specials and free beer courtesy of Autodesk.
Winners in ten award categories, ranging from Best in Show to Original Design. will receive juried prizes. Software sponsors include Adobe, Toon Boom, Boinx and Autodesk. Crumpler Bags and Animation Magazine will also offer prizes for filmmakers. The winner of the student film competition will receive a production grant to create a PSA for the 2009 Animation Block Party. Other fest sponsors include L-Magazine, Without A Box, AWN and Pair.