INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION TO ANIMATION WORLD===>>>
WIDER VIEWING OPPORTUNITIES
For many years, animation festivals operating under the auspices of an international animation society, Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA), have screened short works from a wide variety of mostly independent (noncommercial) animators. During the mid-1980s, a number of American traveling animation festivals—such as the Spike 'n' Mike series and Expanded Entertainment's Tournee of Animation—brought prize-winning films to smaller communities and quickly developed a loyal following in the United States. The advent of home video, laser discs, and digital video discs (DVDs) made distribution of these works more viable and increased their marketability after the festival tours ended.
Traveling festivals and home entertainment have brought recognition to talented animators worldwide, and especially to independent artists who would otherwise have had little publicity. Some of their work also appears on television. In the United Kingdom, both Channel4 and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) have supported the production and broadcast of innovative animation. In the United States, cable channels Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon have developed original animated series. The Internet is another outlet that has made animation distribution even easier. Animators at all levels have created online animation that can be viewed anywhere in the world by accessing the World Wide Web.