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Animation Is Film Festival aims to expand the definition of an art form that's not just for kids

Animation Is Film Festival aims to expand the definition of an art form that's not just for kids

Animated features earned their own Oscar category in 2001 and three have been nominated for best picture. But even those storied titles (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3”) can fit into the “kids’ fare” box many still perceive for the format. A new, world-class festival launching in Hollywood aims to draw animation in a much-wider frame.

“The mission is about taking the blinders off what animation can be,” says GKids CEO Eric Beckman, founder and artistic director of the Animation Is Film Festival.

“In this country, animation has been most associated with Saturday-morning cartoons and the films of Disney … that type of content. But if you walk into an art gallery,...

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