Animation Block Party (www.animationblock.com) has announced the official short film program for its outdoor alumni screening at Rooftop Films on Friday, June 21. The first day of summer screening will take place at Industry City, located at 51 35th St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Doors to the event open at 8 p.m., followed by live music at 8:30 p.m. and a screening at 9 p.m., followed a filmmaker Q&A and wrapping with an open-bar after-party.
Alumni of the Animation Block Party film festival include Academy Award nominees, Sundance winners, hit television show creators, independent filmmakers, commercial producers and animators from Cartoon Network, Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and more. The official Animation Block alumni showcase program includes the North American Premiere of the sci-fi epic Avarya from Turkey’s Gökalp Gönen, winner of the Best Computer Animation jury prize at Animation Block Party 2015. Other highlights include two comedy cartoon premieres from DreamWorks TV, plus Popcorn, an HD Terrytoons restoration from animation historian Jerry Beck’s archive.
2019 ABP Alumni Showcase (in alphabetical order):
Avarya (Gökalp Gönen / Turkey / 20 min) North American Premiere*
Trapped in a spaceship in the hope of finding a new habitable planet.
Charles Darwin, Family Man (Directed by Steven Kraus, Animated by Joy Buran & Noelle Melody / NY / 2 min)
Meet Mr. Darwin, his loving wife Emma and their darling yet accident-prone daughter Winnie.
Flex Calibur (Bob Fox, Chris Burns, Gary Doodles & Tommy Sica / NY / 7 min)
Flex Calibur lived like a rock star, and now he’s rocking in Hell!
Floreana (Lou Morton / Denmark & CA / 4 min)
On a remote island in the future, people are training for an important mission.
Grandma’s Cats (Danica Perry / CA / 2 min)
More fun with those sneaky cats courtesy of DreamWorks TV.
Octane (Jeron Braxton / NYC/ 6 min)
A man must race thru hell and back to get what he wants.
Phantom 52 (Geoff Marslett / TX, PA, CO / 8 min)
Calling out on his CB radio, a trucker waits for a reply that never comes.
Pine High (Created by Rob Bohn & Produced by Nate Milton / U.S. / 7 min)
A colorful portrayal of what suburban teenage life looks like from the other side of normal.
Popcorn (Frank Moser & Paul Terry / NY, Terrytoons / 5:40 min)
New restoration of 1931 county fair cartoon from animation historian Jerry Beck’s archive.
“Rose Quartz/Fulton Street” by La Dispute (Sarah Schmidt / Columbus, OH / 5:46 min)
Animated music video from the La Dispute album Panorama.
Too Loud (Nico Colaleo / California / 5 min)
DreamWorks TV exclusive premiere follows two loud kids to the library.
Under Covers (Michaela Olsen / Brooklyn / 7 min)
The night of a lunar eclipse, uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town.
The 16th annual Animation Block Party film festival will take place September 20-22, 2019. Late submissions are open until June 28.