our History

 

In 2003-04, Casey Safron was hosting animation screenings in downtown Manhattan. The events grew in popularity. Animators needed a venue to showcase their films in a world before YouTube. Safron’s college roommate owned a coffee shop in East Williamsburg called The Archive that had access to a screen down the block. Safron courted sponsors and curated a festival program. Hundreds of people showed up to the first official Animation Block Party on Sept. 9, 2004.

In 2005, ABP received corporate sponsorship and began working with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. ABP partnered with Rooftop Films in 2006. The festival became a full weekend event and by 2009 was averaging 2,500-plus attendees. Last summer, ABP passed 5,000 attendees for the third consecutive July. Animation Block Party is an international four-day fest featuring panel discussions, exclusive showcases, amazing after-parties and the world’s best new animated shorts.


ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY - PAST AND PRESENT:

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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