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SDCC 2015 Blogs

SDCC 2015: The Future Arrives at San Diego Comic-Con International

Comic-Con 2015 delivers the year of the future, complete with robots, haute couture, and Virtual Reality experiences galore.

crowd funding Blogs

Willem Thijssen launches crowd funding campaign for his new film Ticking Away

The renowned Dutch producer/director Willem Thijssen has launched a crowd funding campaign for his new film called Ticking Away.  Willem won an Academy Award in 1987 for the animated short Een Griekse Tragedie and a Dutch newspaper has already written "Give a hand to a new Oscar candidate film".

See Willem's message, and follow the link to watch a teaser and find out how to become part of this exciting new project.

student animation festival Blogs

FESA – Festival of European Student Animation in Belgrade, Serbia

FESA – Festival of European Student Animation, was established in 2012
under the auspices of Serbian Ministry for Culture.
The main goal of the festival is to promote the art of animation
from the European countries and to create conditions that will enable
the younger generation to conquer new concepts and new technologies.
The Festival of European Student Animation is going to be held
in the period of August 29th to 30th 2015.
The Festival comprises of Students Competition programme
(film schools and single student authors)
This year’s competition theme is SYMBOLS
in the widest sense of the terms.

Film Blogs


     When ANIFILM International Festival of Films comes to town for one week each year the historic spa town of Trebon becomes the animation capitol of the Czech Republic. The festival combines the best of the new animation with screenings of historic Czech films.  The festival is a puppet animator’s dream, with screenings of films by such masters of the art as Jiri Trnka and Vlasta Pospisilova.  There were even live puppet shows in the park which surrounds the castle in the center of town.

Short Films Blogs

Creating a New Legacy for The Animation Show of Shows

The Animation Show of Shows -- dedicated to restoring, preserving and promoting exemplary animated short films with the world -- will be brought to the public for the first time with a new non-profit initiative.

Film Blogs

FETE DE L’ANIM - 27 through 29 March, Tourcoing, France

 Each year the Fete De l’Anim brings students from all over Europe together with a small group of international professionals for three days of master classes, screenings, and hands on projects.  It is a marvellous opportunity for students to hear some of the top professionals from the world of independent animation as well as people from such studios as Pixar and Disney talk about the processes they use to create their work.  The students also have the opportunity to ask questions and show their portfolios to the masters to get feedback.

Screenwriting Blogs


The three most important elements of a screenplay are theme, character and plot. If you get these three elements working smoothly with one another then you will get a good story.

AWN Professional Spotlight Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Blue Sky’s Chip Lotierzo & Tom Cardone

Senior animator Chip Lotierzo and art director Tom Cardone discuss their respective roles on Blue Sky’s animated features, including ‘Rio 2,’ as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.