Animation Block Party 2017: Complete Schedule and Festival Line-up – Animation Scoop

Animation Block Party 2017: Complete Schedule and Festival Line-up

The fourteenth annual Animation Block Party is July 27th – July 30th, 2017 at Rooftop Films and BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY, has just posted its complete schedule for this year’s event.

Animation Block Party Opening Night at Rooftop Films begins on Thursday, July 27th – a diverse compilation of extraordinary animated shorts from all over the world. This will be held at Coutyard 5-6 at Industry City.

Animation Block Party continues on Friday, July 29th at BAMcinématek located at the Peter Sharp Building. The 2pm slot offers a screening of Student Films and Independent Animators. At 4:30pm, there will be a screening of Narrative Works, Studio Shorts and Local Films.

7pm on Friday will feature the NYC premiere of Late Night Work Club – Strangers, their second anthology, including new films from Loup Blaster, Jeanette Bonds, Sean Buckelew, Alex Grigg, Kirsten Lepore, Nicolas Ménard & Caleb Wood with interstitial animation by Charles Huettner and original music by Skillbard, David Kamp, SCNTFC & more. Late Night Work Club is a loose, rotating collective of indie animators. Q&A with Sean Buckelew and Joe Bennett will follow the screening.

At 9pm on Friday, there will be a special showcase of the Netflix hit series BoJack Horseman with highlights and classic clips. Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the 90’s hit TV show “Horsin’ Around.” Twenty years later, he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and wearing colorful sweaters. Q&A after the screening with production designer and producer, Lisa Hanawalt and supervising director, Mike Hollingsworth.

Saturday morning and early afternoon will feature round one of the ABP 2017 panel discussion series at the Brooklyn Downtown Holiday Inn from 10:30am-1:30pm, just two blocks from BAMcinématek:

• 10:45am – Q&A with filmmakers from Friday 2pm and 430pm ABP screenings.
• 11:15am – software demo with Jamie Caliri from Dragonframe.
• 12pm – Cartoons on Film talks NYC animation history with Tommy Stathes and friends.
•12:30pm – NYC Commercial Studios with Joe Burrascano from Aardman Nathan Love, Tom Brown from Psyop and animators from Hornet.

Animation Block Party continues Saturday at BAMcinématek with four animation programs. At 2pm, A fresh collection of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts gathered from festivals and the major studios.

At 4:30pm, a 40th year anniversary screening of Richard Williams Raggedy Ann and Andy (1977) in 35mm CinemaScope. Animation historian Jerry Beck will host a post-screening Q&A with animators Dan Haskett and Doug Crane. Film print restored by Steve Stanchfield.

At 7pm, the first of two entirely unique programs of acclaimed international animated films.

At 9pm, the New York premiere of Birdboy: The Forgotten Children. Directed by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero. It’s the story of an ecological event that has devastated an island. Birdboy hides himself, his inner turmoil gnawing at him while he avoids the island’s scavenging inhabitants and the local police, who suspect he is dealing drugs. This Gkids feature film stems from an amazing Birdboy short animation that screened at Animation Block Party 2011. Based on the graphic novel “Psiconautas” by Alberto Vázquez.

Animation Block Party concludes on Sunday, July 30th at BAMcinématek, first off at 2pm there will be a screening of Dreamworks’ Bee Movie, the 10th Anniversary of what is now a Seinfled cult film. The 4:30pm program features Cartoon Network Shorts. The 7pm show is a second original program of International Shorts. And at 9pm, there will be a screening of Experimental Films, Graphic Design and Music Videos.

Tickets are on sale at doors to each event, but you can also buy in advance. Weekend Passes can be picked up at ABP merchandise tables at all venues. More info – here.

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
Jerry Beck
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