About the Guild

The Animation Guild is Local 839 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE).

  • How do I file for unemployment insurance?
  • What is “honorable withdrawal” and how do I apply for it?
  • How can I adjust to “layoff mode”?

For these and many other questions, read our booklet, Help! I’m Laid Off!



What is the American Animation Institute?

The American Animation Institute was founded in 1980 by the Animation Guild and Affiliated Optical Electronic and Graphic Arts, Local 839 IATSE, to further the art of the animated cartoon in the United States through educational and other activities. Cartoon animation in the United States is at a crisis point. The classic animators of the “golden age of animation” have almost all retired, and too many of the greats have passed away. Few attempts have been made to pass the wealth of these artists’ knowledge to a new generation.

This web page gives general information about the American Animation Institute and its curriculum. To register for AAI classes, you will have to have a catalogue for the next AAI semester, in order to know the dates and times for phone registration.

Latest Catalogues

Spring 2015 (February 17 – May 16)
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Winter “Mini-Semester” 2015 (January – February 2015)
[ Download PDF ]

The next fastest way to get the most recent AAI catalog is to call (818) 845-7000, Mondays-Fridays 8:30 am-5 pm Pacific time.

You can also send an email, or a fax to (818) 843-0300, to request that a catalog be sent by U. S. Mail. Due to its size we cannot fax the catalogue.

Location & Hours

1105 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505-2523
(818) 845-7000

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm PST

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