LOS ANGELES – The second L.A. Animation Festival International will take place December 3-7, 2010 at The Cinefamily (www.cinefamily.org), located at 611 N. Fairfax Avenue. This year’s event will include a 25th anniversary screening of The Adventures of Mark Twain, the 1986 Claymation feature by Oscar-winning animator Will Vinton. The feature will be presented on a new 35mm print and Vinton will attend a Q&A session after the Saturday, December 4 showing.
Vinton is the animator behind the California Raisins, the 3D M&Ms, and television’s The PJs. His career includes five Academy Awards nominations, and he took home the Oscar for his work on Closed Mondays. He has also received eight Primetime Emmys for animated specials.
On Sunday, December 5, a special program of Vinton’s work, dubbed “Will Vinton Shorts,” will also be presented.
Additional festival highlights will include the US premiere of Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's Surviving Life (Theory and Practice), a screening and interview with Pixar's Teddy Newton about his film Day and Night, and an advance screening of Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist.