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ASIFA East is the Eastern U.S. chapter of ASIFA, based in New York City. ASIFA East hosts monthly screenings, drawing class, workshops, and panel discussions on all things animation, and annually hosts the ASIFA East Animated Film Festival.



ASIFA was founded in 1960 in Annecy, France by a group of international animators to increase world-wide visibility of animated film. ASIFA’s membership includes animation professionals and fans from more than 50 countries. ASIFA sponsors animation festivals in Annecy, Ottawa, and Hiroshima.

Why should I join ASIFA-East?

ASIFA-East is a vibrant community made up of animation professionals and enthusiasts, in the New York Tri-State area and beyond.  We encourage and promote a supportive environment for feedback and collaboration on the development of independent and commissioned animation projects.  We hold monthly workshops, panel discussions, and screenings dealing with important animation issues and topics.  Many members socialize at a local pub after events.  Every year, ASIFA-East holds an Animation Festival and Awards Ceremony.  It is one of our most popular events of the year, where much of the local animation industry comes out of the woodwork to take part in the celebration of animation.

What does ASIFA-East do with the money it receives through membership dues, festival submissions, etc.?

100% of the proceeds go directly to the organization. The majority of our budget is our Festival Awards Ceremony.  Your fees pay for website upkeep, events promotions through mailing of postcards, event hosting space, food and drink at the reception, insurance on event space, etc.

Membership Benefits

  • Voting privileges in our annual Animated Film Festival, a unique showcase for the most groundbreaking independent and commercial animation being produced in the industry today.
  • Special discounts to festivals and screenings such as the Ottawa International Animation FestivalNew York International Children’s Film FestivalRooftop Films, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Special invitations to exclusive theatrical screenings of animated features, usually followed by Q and A’s with directors and creators of the films.
  • Email newsletter sent to all paying members – featuring member news and area events.
  • Promotion on blog of member artwork and animation.
  • All members are encouraged to submit story ideas and articles to our online newsletter – everything from film reviews to feature articles on animation.
  • Free life drawing classes
  • Funds permitting, we throw a wonderful post-holiday party.

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