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Kansas City, Mo. – CinemaKC and the Midwest Association of Professional Animators present the Kansas City Animation Celebration – the first local film festival featuring the work of animators from Kansas City and around the world – on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1501 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan. Admission is $20 a carload.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with art vendors and a Mentor Center for student, amateur and professional animators to network and get questions answered. The Boulevard’s ground camera will give attending animators their own silver-screen debuts to explain their eye-popping creations to a live audience.

Submission screenings begin at 8:30 p.m. Films projected on the Boulevard’s screen (the largest movie screen in Kansas) will be limited to Midwest entries. Submissions from outside the Midwest will be screened on monitors in the Mentor Center.

The Kansas City Animation Celebration is accepting submissions through Aug. 21. For more information, go to kcanimators.net/2012/06/submissions-open-for-mapa-animation.html.

Stay tuned for animated details!

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About CinemaKC (cinemakc.com)
CinemaKC is a Missouri-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an actual and virtual space for members of the film community in Missouri and Kansas. The group’s mission is to recognize talent and build audiences while growing the reputation for quality studio and independent motion pictures by the professional film community in Kansas and Missouri.

About the Midwest Association of Professional Animators (kcanimators.net)
MAPA is a Missouri-based organization that promotes the history, development and production of animation throughout the Midwest. The group is made up of working and retired animators and illustrators who mentor to the animators of the future through exhibitions and workshops.

About the Boulevard Drive-In (boulevarddrivein.com)
The Boulevard is the first 4K digital cinema drive-in theater in the nation. Its projector delivers four times the resolution of Blu-ray/HD and the sound is DTS – all digital.

CinemaKC’s Strategic Partners include ArtsKC, Film Commission of Greater Kansas City, Blackberry Castle Productions, Film Society of Greater Kansas City, Independent Filmmaker’s Coalition, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Kansas City FilmFest, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Screenwriters, Kansas City Urban Film Festival, Kansas City Women in Film and TV, Kansas Film Commission, Kansas International Film Festival, Missouri Film Commission, Missouri Motion Media Association, Reel Spirit, Tallgrass Film Festival, Thank You Walt Disney, UMKC Film Department, University of Kansas Film and Media Studies, Variety the Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City and Women of the Motion Picture Industry.

CinemaKC’s Business Alliance includes Allied Integrated Marketing, Allied Theatre Craft, American Heartland Theatre, Bazillion Animation, BicMedia, Haywood Marketing Communications, Kansas City Area Development Council, KC Stage Magazine, KC Studio, Mile Deep Films, Print Tekk, Prizm Productions, Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads, Screenland Crown Center, StagePort KC, Substream Music & Sound Design and T2.

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