Ollies 'Animation Festival pays tribute to Phil Mendez


The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, an educational institution for career preparation in the visual and culinary arts, announces its inaugural animation event, the Ollies Animation Festival.  The event, which is named after animation great Ollie Johnson, will showcase work from aspiring filmmakers, industry professionals and animation legends.

The festival will also honor industry pioneer and marvel Phil Mendez for his contributions as an artist and animation filmmaker to the industry.  Mendez has been writing, drawing, designing, directing and entertaining millions of people for over 40 years in film, television, publishing and theme park design for companies like Walt Disney, CBS, NBC, MGM and Hanna-Barbera.  A discussion on his success and influence on the animation industry will follow. 
The Ollies Animation Festival is also thrilled to show works from seasoned professional Jorge Guttierez, creator of El Tigre.

Additionally, the festival will showcase student work from the Art Institute of Los Angeles media arts and animation program, including work from the institute’s student-run production studio, Red Giant.
The festival will be held on Thursday June 9th, 2011 at 7:30 PM at the Geothe Institute of Los Angeles, 5750 Wilshire Boulevard #100, Los Angeles, CA 90036, (323) 525-3388. 

Supporters of first Ollies Animation Festival are Animation Magazine (www.animationmagazine.net), Cinema Without Borders , and Toon Boom Animation (www.toonboom.com)
Toon Boom Animation will award a copy of Animate Pro for the Best Student Short Film. Animation Magazine will give away a one-year subscription to the second place Student Film and a Year Book to the third place student film. Cinema Without Borders’ Editors will act as jury to select the winning films among the student films.

For more information, please contact, Kat Oloy at ekoloy@yahoo.com. To RSVP please go to www.rsvpmenow.com, the event ID# is 22444.


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