ABP 2013 official festival screenings commenced on Friday, July 26th at
Rooftop Films and continued at the BAMcinématek (Brooklyn Academy of
Music) on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Over 90 short films
screened in festival competition. The prize jury included Jerry Beck,
Scout Raskin, Devin Clark and Carrie Miller.
Special ABP programs included 35mm feature films, Beavis and Butt-head Do
America and Secret of NIMH, a showcase of Tom Stathes' Cartoons On Film
and a screening of Jerry Beck Presents 1960’s Oscar Shorts.
Animation Block Party held it's first ever Saturday Night Party at the BAM
Fisher, a brand new space at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The evening
featured carnival and arcade style games from NY Party Works, streaming
videos, ping pong, Sakura Art drawing station, photo booth, deejay plus
live music, Brooklyn Brewery beer, Brooklyn Gin, food, wine a roof deck -
and much more.
ABP 2012 opened on Friday, July 27th at Rooftop Films, featuring live music followed by an outdoor screening at the Automotive High School, 50 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. The evening showcased international cartoons, exceptional student films, world premieres and visually stunning shorts. An after-party at Matchless, 557 Manhattan Ave in Brooklyn, followed screening with free beer courtesy of Radeberger.
Saturday, July 28th at BAMcinématek featured three different animation programs. A special Animation for Kids screening at noon (also at 12pm on Sunday). Program One / Animation Block Eclectic Mix (2pm & 6:50pm) with award-winning independent works, global films and comedic shorts. Program Two / Animation Block International Shorts (4:30pm & 9:15pm) showcased a taste of intercontinental animated shorts of all genres and styles.
Animation Block Party 2012 closed on Sunday, July 29th at BAMcinématek. Program Three / Animation Block Narrative Works (2pm and 6:50pm) featured exceptional student films and professional content with a storytelling focus. Program Four / Animation Block Fresh Visions (4:30pm and 9:15pm) mixed global films with NY premieres and local animations. Closing evening after party was at Habana Outpost, 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn with free Six Point Ale and delicious Habana corn.
The eighth annual Animation Block Party was July 29-31, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. Just over 100 films from 654 entries were screened at the festival. The festival jury included Mike Hollingsworth, Emily Carmichael, Lisa Crafts and Max Winston.
ABP 2011 opened Friday, July 29th at Rooftop Films with live music from Lips, followed by a screening of world premieres, international cartoons and exceptional student films. The screening was followed by an after party at Matchless, located at 557 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn.
ABP 2011 at BAMcinématek featured five individual programs. A special Animation for Kids Program screened on Saturday and Sunday, highlighting animated shorts for children from across the globe.
On Saturday, July 30th - Program One featured experimental animation, fresh music videos and subversive design works, while Program Two showcased signature student films, professional content and narrative shorts. The ABP evening two after party was at the Fourth Avenue Pub located at 76 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.
On Sunday, July 31st - Program Three featured award winning independent shorts, studio animation and fan friendly shorts, while Program Four mixed global films with New York premieres. The closing evening after party was at Habana Outpost at 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
The 2011 winners are:
Best in Show:
The Eagleman Stag - Mikey Please / United Kingdom
The Wonder Hospital - Beomsik Shimbe Shim / Los Angeles
Animation Block Party 2010 opened on Friday, July 30 at Rooftop Films, located at the Automotive High School on 50 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The evening featured live music from The Big Sleep, followed by an outdoor simulcast screening on both lawns at Automotive High, full of diverse world premieres, international cartoons and fan friendly blips. The opening night after party was at Matchless, located at 557 Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg and featured free beer courtesy of Radeberger and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.
Animation Block Party 2010 continued on Saturday, July 31st at BAMcinématek located at the Peter Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. Program One featured experimental animation, fresh music videos and subversive design works, while Program Two showcased exceptional student films, professional content and narrative shorts. The Saturday night after party was at the Fourth Avenue Pub located at 76 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, featuring free Bluepoint Ale.
Animation Block Party 2010 closed on Sunday, August 1st at BAMcinématek. Program Three featured award winning independent shorts, studio animation and other standout works, while Program Four mixed global films with New York premieres and local animations. The closing evening after party was at Habana Outpost at 757 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, featuring streaming videos, free Six Point Ale and delicious Habana corn.
The 2010 winners are:
Best in Show:
Old Fangs - Adrien Merigeau, Ireland
Paper Daydream - Jun Iwakawa, United Kingdom
Urs - Moritz Mayerhofer, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Pink Spray Paint - Carly White, ENSAD, France
Spacious Thoughts - Fluorescent Hill, Montreal, Canada
Bygone Behemoth - Harry Chaskin, California
Always Only Ever - Barbara Benas, CCAD
Minute or Under:
How to Lose Weight in 60 Seconds - Dave Carter, Australia
ABP continued on Saturday July 25th at Bam Cinematek, with experimental works and music videos in Program One and a storytelling focus in Program Two. Screenings were followed by an after party at Fourth Avenue Pub with free Budweiser.
ABP closed on Sunday July 26th at Bam Cinematek, with top professional and independent works in Program Three and the strongest narrative local and international shorts in Program Four. The closing evening party was at Habana Outpost, featuring streaming videos, free Six Point Ale and delicious Habana corn.
ABP continued on Saturday July 26th at Bam Cinematek, with experimental works and music videos in Program One and a storytelling focus in Program Two. Screenings were followed by an after party at Cherry Tree with free Newcastle from America's News Source, The Onion.
ABP closed on Sunday July 27th at Bam Cinematek, with top professional and independent works in Program Three and the strongest narrative local and international shorts in Program Four. The closing evening party was at Habana Outpost, featuring streaming videos, delicious food specials and free draft beer courtesy of Autodesk.
On September 15th, 2005 - Animation Block Party ended the NYC summer with a festival that
featured over 60 short films in three screenings at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Almost 500
animation fans and festival participants attended the exciting event that featured various
genre works from all over the world.
International submissions were received from Brazil, Greece, Australia, Israel, Holland,
France and the United Kingdom. Films were also submitted from all ends of the United States,
including Ohio, California, Boston, Texas and, of course, New York.
The ABP jury decided on numerous festival honors, including a student film prize that was
augmented with an opportunity for the student winner to direct an animation spot for Block
Party sponsor, Crumpler Bags. This prize was awarded to Rhode Island School of Design's Lizzi Akana for her film, Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin.
Other awards were given out to Kyle Baker's The Hour for Minute Movie, Greg Condon's Body Splash for Original Design,
Nylon Motion's IROC-Z Song for Music Video, Andy and Carolyn London's The Backbrace for Best in Show and Ben Meinhardt's
Binge and Purge won the Audience Award.
Turner Lange, John Schnall, Stephen Neary, Robert Rutan, Yusuke Murakami, Candy Kugel, Vincent Cafarelli, Yokasta Boyer,
Kyle Baker, Leo Weiss, David Schlafman, Holly Anger, Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer, Greg Condon, Rachel Maguire, Andy and Carolyn
London and many more.
The after party rocked until 4am at Moe's on 80 Lafayette Avenue.
Animation Block Party Valentine's Day 2005
Members of Animation Block Party Valentine jury included:
Animation Block Party opened submissions for a Valentine festival
in November of 2004. All festival entries were asked to have a "LOVE" theme.
With the aid of withoutabox.com and the hard work of the Animation
Block staff, over 400 submissions were processed and considered
for the February 14th 2005 screening(s) at the BAM
Rose Cinemas and Frank's
Cocktail Lounge, both in Brooklyn, NY.
Nearly 650 animation fans attended Animation Block Party's Valentine edition. The Valentine
evening activities began at 5pm with the first of three screenings at the BAM Rose Cinemas
and ended around 3am as Frank's Cocktail Lounge closed for the evening.
The cold and rainy weather seemed to follow us from the end of summer 2004 Animation Block
Party, but goodies from our sponsors eased the winter chill. Party perks included door
prizes from Crumpler bags, giveaways from Animation
Magazine, lots of Pabst Blue Ribbon,
hundreds of Krispy Kreme of doughnuts and much more.
On the second floor of Frank's Cocktail Lounge, the Animation Block after-party featured the
talents of DJ Harry Ballz and Dynamic Damien, hosting their New York famous version of Hip-Hop
Karaoke. The DJ crew completed their set with a perfect rendition of Notorious B.I.G's classic cut, Juicy.
A week after the official event, the festival jury was able to get together at Les Sans Culottes
on 57th and 2nd to review all the participating films. The jury included Jeff
Scher, Howard Beckerman,
Emily Hubley, Doug
Crane and Machi
Tantillo. For more than three hours, the jury debated all the
animations over wine and dinner, eventually making some difficult choices, as all the films were first-rate.
Lovers Supplant - Norma V. Toraya - 2004 - California
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me - Marina Gioti (Dir), Dimitris Ladopoulos (anim), Raining Pleasure (music)- 2004 - Greece
In The Loins of Spring - Avid Cyclist Crew - 2005 - NYC
BAM ROSE CINEMAS PROGRAM
Animation Block Valentine Intro
Bobby Houlihan - 2005
Odd Todd Valentine Specia
Odd Todd - 2004
Marcelo Goreman - 2004
Daisy Church - 2002
Pat Smith - 2004
Fin Film - 2004
Chris Mullins - 2004
George and Ted
Ian Jones-Quartey - 2004
Return I Will To Old Brazil
Alex Budovsky - 2004
Melissa MacAlpin - 2005
Zoya Baker - 2005
Norma V. Toraya - 2004
Super Mouse Valentine Special
Scott Dodson - 2005
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me
Marina Gioti - 2004
Willis Sillim's Tall Tale
Steffen Vala - 2004
In The Loins of Spring
Avid Cyclist Crew - 2005
The Fan And The Flower
Bill Plympton - 2005
When Bump Met Grind
Big Machine Design - 2005
Casey Safron - 2005
Stieg Retlin - 2005
Jayce White - 2004
Jim Mortensen - 2004
Goodnight Norma, Goodnight Milton
John Schnall - 1988
Don Duga - 2005
Animation Block Credits and Directions to Frank's
Dan Forgione - 2005
FRANK'S LOUNGE 'AFTER-PARTY' PROGRAM
Irra Verbitsky's Intro to Animation - 2005
What I Want
Candy Kugel - 2005
Daughter of Eve
Christen M. Smith - 2004
Benny Lo - 2004
Sybil Cubilette - 2005
Oil and Vinegar
Mike Blum - 1999
Christine Victoria Dunn - 2003
Signe Baumane - 1998
Arlington Cruz - 2004
Lori Samsel - 2003
Irra Verbitsky - 1972
Lasse Persson - 2004
Float (Electric Star Girl)
Joel Trussell - 2004
Joshua Jularbal - 2005
Nye Warburton - 2004
Attending filmmakers for Valentine festival included:
Odd Todd, Bobby Houlihan, Steffen Vala, Zoya Baker, Bill Plympton, Melissa
MacAlpin, Pat Smith, Olivia Janik, Jim Mortensen, Scott Dodson, Ian
Jones-Quartey, Chris Mullins, Marcelo Goreman and many more.
Early in 2004, a group of New York based animators began hosting small
screenings at bars and restaurants. As these events grew in size, it became
obvious that an end of summer film festival was needed to capitalize on this
mounting demand for a New York based Animation festival.
The first official Animation Block Party premiered
in Brooklyn on Sept 9th, 2004. The festival was
curated by Casey
exhibited professional and independent shorts, as
well as the best recent animations from the top
colleges in Manhattan (SVA, NYU, Parsons, etc). Even
though the festival was not officially open for submissions,
word of mouth resulted in over 150 entries from NYC and beyond.
This introductory edition of Animation Block Party featured a rooftop screening,
overlooking a beautiful cityscape. Just moments before the event began, the skies
opened up and torrential rain plagued the outdoor venue. But within minutes, the
sky cleared, seats were dried and nearly 300 fans magically appeared to watch almost
two hours of award-winning animation. An after-party that roared all night long
followed the screening.
Some of the world's top independent and professional animators participated
in and attended the festival, leading the obvious questions of what next... that
question was answered soon after with the announcement of a Valentine's Day Animation Festival.
Animation legends that contributed to the September 9th screening included
Howard Beckerman, Bill Plympton,
Irra Verbitsky, Emily Hubley and
Don Duga. Other celebrated animators such as
Jeff Scher, Matt Sheridan,
Candy Kugel, Richard Gorey and
Peter Sluskza also screened their personal shorts at the Block Party.
The Animation Block Party film festival has a production wing called Animation Block that creates and develops content for broadcast in affiliation with festival alumni. Recent productions from the Animation Block include: MTV's ecological-mutant series, "Perfectland," Sundance Channel's diner slacker series, "Breakfast" and a variety series on My Damn Channel.