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 per summer. The 2016 festival passed 5,000 attendees for the third consecutive summer. Animation Block Party is an international four-day festival featuring panel discussions, exclusive showcases, amazing after-parties and over 100 of the world’s best new animated shorts in competition. Podcast with festival manager, Taylor Armstrong about ABP 2017.


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