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AFA Is Five!

Five years ago today, on December 17, 2013 Animation For Adults officially launched. Back then we had a Blogspot address and no social media accounts. I say we but for the first year or so, it was just me, but over time the site's team began to grow- and the site wouldn't be anywhere near what it is without them.

And of course... we would be nothing without you, our dear readers who have shown us such great support. Of the large number of filmmakers, independent animators, PR folk, distributors and fans across the world who believe in what we're trying to do. We can't thank you all enough.

The animation world has only become more exciting and vibrant in the time we've been going- and the next five years is potentially going to be even more so. We've got some big plans for the coming year, and we hope you'll join us to see what they are.

If you would like to support us, please consider becoming a Patron, making a donation via Ko-Fi or checking out one of the many other ways to help us out. Even telling your animation loving friends, sharing via social media or leaving a nice review for the podcast will help us out more than you know!

Yours animatedly,

Chris Perkins
AFA editor/founder

I can tell you when I began working on this website, I never thought I would be where I am today. After a chance viewing on Twitter that Chris was starting an animation blog, I immediately asked if I could submit an article in order to get on board. Even after working together on a previous website (where he had edited my video game reviews) he told me it wasn't necessary and I was in.

I had thought, much like my previous online writing experiences, that I would write a few reviews to express my love for the medium in my spare time and that would be it. I certainly did not expect traveling to New York for the incredible ANNY Best of Fest to present an award, getting a chance to speak with film makers, experience new animated films that I wouldn't have had a chance to see, or hosting a Podcast with an amazing group of people.

This five year experience has taken me on an incredible journey to understand what makes animation such a universal medium and it has set a fire in me to do things that I never thought I would have the opportunity to do. And I have every one of our readers, guests and fellow AFA staff to thank for it.

Every single one of you, who work day after day to bring your dreams to life, whether on two dimensions, 3D models, puppets or somewhere in between, are my heroes. It doesn't matter your animation is a big Disney blockbuster or an independent passion project. I love and respect you all the same. Your dedication and unique vision has inspired me to find a way to express myself to the world. Ways that I had, for a long time, convinced myself that I was never good enough to do.

Thank you all for your support, and thank you AFA for giving me back my wings. I don't know where this journey will lead, but I'm super excited to find out.

Yours animatedly,

Rachael Ward
AFA US Editor/Co-Owner

To mark this very special occasion, we've made a short video to pay tribute to the last five years in the world of animated film. We think you'll enjoy it! Check it out, below.