ANIMATION IS FILM is a major animation festival taking place October 20-22, 2017 at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater). The Festival will present a highly selective showcase of some of the best animated films from around the world, plus red carpet, filmmaker Q&As, special events, receptions, and both juried and audience awards.

ANIMATION IS FILM fills a gap in the market by creating the first and only world class animation festival in the US, with its home in the world capital of animated filmmaking. The Festival embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form on par with live action filmmaking, and will be vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression that the medium is capable of. By combining unparalleled film programming with relentless promotion and outreach, the Festival will attract a sold-out-in-advance audience of influential LA film industry, general film enthusiasts, animation fans, and LA families and schools.

Visit to view the complete line-up and to purchase tickets! All tickets are expected to sell out!

Because USC Hench-DADA is a festival sponsor, ANIMATION IS FILM is offering discounted tickets to the SCA community! To receive your 40% discount, please visit  and use the code: USC

Volunteer positions are now open for the first ever Animation is Film Festival, October 20 – 22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. We’re looking for hardworking, dedicated volunteers interested in film and able to work 1-2 shifts throughout the weekend.
Benefits include:

• Film credits to view select screenings throughout the weekend for free
• Meals covered by festival
• Branded t-shirts to take home
• The chance to be part of the inaugural AIF film festival with exciting special events, filmmaker q&as and premieres of films from around the world

If interested in volunteering, please email: with your name, email, and general availability October 20 – October 22, 2017.