our History


In 2003-04, Casey Safron was hosting animation screenings in downtown Manhattan. These pre-YouTube era events quickly grew in popularity. Safron’s college roommate owned a coffee shop in East Williamsburg called The Archive that had access to a screen down the block. The first official Animation Block Party took place on Sept. 9, 2004.

In 2005, Animation Block Party (ABP) received corporate sponsorship and began working with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. ABP partnered with Rooftop Films in 2006 and evolved into a four day festival as attendance grew by thousands each July. Over the past 15 years, ABP has presented holiday events for Valentine’s, Halloween, etc., and hosted showcases in cities ranging from Stockholm to London, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Animation Block Party's 15th annual summerfest was July 26-29, 2018.


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2005 Animation Block Press


Dec. 2005 issue of Animation Magazine: A Toon Festival Grows in Brooklyn

Animation Block Party 2005 received notice in AWN: (1) - (2) - (3)

The ABP 2005 Valentines Event was chosen by the NY Daily News as a NYC favorite - see Holiday news blurb...

2004 Animation Block Press


The first Animation Block Party in New York Magazine

Animation Block Party featured on Animation World Network