Animation Is Film returns to L.A.

5 must-see movies to check out at L.A.’s Animation Is Film festival this weekend

Animation Is Film will host its 2018 L.A. Animation is Film festival on Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Westin Bonaventure at 800 Wilshire Blvd.

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L.A. Animation Is Film was co-founded in 2009 by producer J.W. Roberts, who has produced more than 20 animated films, and cartoonist/animator Kevin Kolde, who started his career writing and animating the feature “The Adventures of Pete and Pete.”

The festival, which was first held in the early ’90s, features more than two dozen shorts and features three days of seminars and programming, including panel discussions and workshops.

The festival, with its diverse mix of international and U.S. animation, is set to close with a celebration of the animated legacy of Walt Disney. Animating Disney films in the ’50s and ’60s, including the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and such recent favorites as “The Nut Job” remake and “The Secret Life of Pets,” is part of the celebration.

L.A. Animation Is Film also features an ongoing project to commemorate and recognize the “creators” who have contributed to animation over the past 90 years who’ve died. A documentary called “Death of an Animator” will be screened on Friday.

“We’re very excited. We’ve had a successful five-year run with the festival,” said Roberts, who produced the festival’s first few years. “We’re excited to come back.

“I’ve always had the vision of bringing in local, national, and international creators and artists, and the reality is coming together in one place in L.A. is really unprecedented,” he said. “We’ve been able to bring in a lot of talent and creators to the festival, and it’s really going to be fun.”

The festival features workshops and classes on various aspects of animation. The “Death of an Animator” screening will start

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