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3rd annual Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) begins March 7 - March 11

The 3rd annual Los Angeles Animation Festival (LAAF) will run from Wednesday, March 7th through Sunday, March 11th at the historic Regent Showcase in Hollywood. Festival passes and tickets to all individual events can also be purchased in person at the Regent Showcase beginning on March 7th.

Longtime LAAF supporter, Sean Lennon serves as this year’s Artistic Director. Lennon hand selected four feature films which he will personally introduce. In addition, he has also selected some animated shorts from famed Japanese pop artist Keiichi Tanaami which will screen before each of his feature selections.

The Los Angeles Animation Festival was founded in 2007 by John Andrews and Miles Flanagan. Frustrated by the lack of a cohesive animation festival in Los Angeles, the founders sought to create a festival experience that allowed unknown animators to meet and mingle with industry professionals. LAAF is now the largest International Animation Festival in Los Angeles and offers a unique social and business experience to those attending, celebrating both mainstream and independent animation with special screenings, events, panels, awards and contests. More information regarding the festival can be found at www.LAAFest.com

For more info and tickets, visit: http://blog.laafest.com/tickets/

LOS ANGELES ANIMATION FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:

Wednesday 3/7/12

7:30 PM OPENING NIGHT PARTY: Host TOM KENNY, stage show, special guests, festival previews/teaser reels, music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.
Plus JERRY BECK'S Cartoon-orama
Joint Event with ONE PLUS HUB Productions and LA Film School

Thursday 3/8/12
7:15 PM SEAN LENNON Presents AKIRA
10:15 PM ANIMAYO Presents TWO DIAMONDS - Erotic Animation by Female Directors (Adults Only)

Friday 3/9/12
7.30 PM CHARITY SCREENING IRON GIANT - Cast & Crew Event with Director BRAD BIRD attending. Great 35mm print on the big screen.
10:00 PM MTV LIQUID TELEVISION Best of Historical and the New Series followed by an AFTER PARTY sponsored by LIQUID TELEVISION & TITMOUSE featuring music from live band NYLON PINK (www.nylonpink.tv) and DJ TUNA.

Saturday 3/10/12
12:00 NOON Family "ENCORE" Matinee IRON GIANT - reduced price admission
2:00 PM Web Sensation DICK FIGURES LIVE! - screening with cast & crew!
4:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents FANTASTIC PLANET
5:30 PM ASIFA presentation of GULLIVER’S TRAVEL (1939) & Superman short “Mechanical Monsters”
7:30 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON WORLD PREMIERE ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS (Bill Plympton & Dir. Alexia Anastasio in person)
9:30 PM WEST COAST PREMIERE A MONSTER IN PARIS
11:30 PM TEAM AMERICA - with PHIL HENDRIE and puppeteers on-stage

Sunday 3/11/12
12:00PM THE CAL ARTS LEGACY- the program will feature the student works of JOHN LASSETER, HENRY SELICK, and the creators of TV hits SpongeBob SquarePants, Power Puff Girls, and Dexter’s Lab as well as the films of recent graduates
2:00 PM GALA EVENT DREAMWORKS and SHREK - celebrating its 10th Anniversary Oscar win & feature film screening
4:00 PM 2012 OSCAR Nominee - A CAT IN PARIS
6:00 PM SEAN LENNON Presents GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES
8:00 PM HONOREE BILL PLYMPTON 20th Anniversary Screening THE TUNE - Bill Plympton in person. And LAAF Awards Ceremony with host TOM KENNY

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