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Blogs 5th Edition of the Anibar International Festival of Animation 5 - 10 August, 2014 in Peja, Kosovo

Anibar Animation Festival is truly unique.  No one involved with the running of the festival is over 26 years old, they have a strong ecological bent, and the festival is primarily organized for the 60,000 residents of Peja rather than for foreign guests.  The quality of the programing is good and included something to please everyone. I always find their Balkan Competition to be interesting, with many films that I don’t get to see at other festivals.

Blogs ANIMATOR INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL IS THE PERFECT MIX OF FILM AND MUSIC 11 – 17 July, 2014 Poznan, Poland

ANIMATOR International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland is a festival with a strong focus on live performance as well as the normal fare of short and feature length animation as well as workshops and panel discussions.

Blogs CALL FOR ENTRIES - ANIFILM, International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon

ANIFILM, International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon 2015 is announcing  CALL FOR ENTRIES!

6th Anifilm, which will take place in T?ebo?, Czech Republic 5th - 10th May 2015 opens submissions for your films!

Your creations made after January 1st 2014 you can submit now to following categories:

a/ Films for Grown-Ups

b/ Films for Children

Application deadline is set to 15th January 2015.
Please register your film by filling in at online form at vp.eventival.eu/anifilm/2015 .

Blogs KROK Festival 2014 Seeking Crowd Funding

Hi everyone,
I hope you are having a great summer.  I returned this afternoon from three weeks at animation festivals in Kosovo and China and an e-mail was waiting for me from my friends at the KROK festival.  We are all aware of the political situation between Russia and the Ukraine and KROK is caught in the middle with their usual government funding sources cut off. They have started crowd funding on two sites to make the festival happen.
I know that animators don't have much money and I don't normally send out pleas for money but for so many years the KROK INTERNATIONAL Animation Festival has given so much to so many of us so if you can give anything to their crowd funding campaign to help the KROK boat sail this year, please do.
The final fund raising date is September 5, so please visit the sites listed below and help if you can
Even if you can only give a few dollars, every little bit will help.
Here are the links to get to the KROK funding sites:

Blogs SIGGRAPH 2014 Report: Days 4 & 5

The conference in Vancouver continues with talks from ILM on ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and LAIKA Studios on ‘The Boxtrolls’, along with tips and tricks from Sony Picture Imageworks, Double Negative and Framestore on the latest ray-tracing render techniques.

Blogs SIGGRAPH 2014 Report: Days 2 & 3

The second day of the convention kicks off with "Advances in Real Time Games," and in-depth talks on ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

Blogs 15 VITAL WRITING TOOLS FOR THE SCREENWRITER

Other than screenwriting software, all of the writing tools you need are available for free online. Here are the tools I use almost every day while I write or do the business of writing...

Blogs MOMI Salutes a Master: ‘What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones’

AWN’s The Miscweant attends the opening reception for ‘What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones’ at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image.

Blogs ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL - 9 TO 14 JUNE 2014

When I saw French animator and illustrator Franck Dion’s beautiful 2014 Annecy poster I felt it was going to be a good festival this year and it was.   For the first time in its history the festival team choose an animator to design the poster and let’s hope it won’t be the last time. It was also the first time in many years that the sun shone brightly down on the entire six days of the festival. There was no rain, just hot and hotter weather.

The festival got off to a splendid start with the presentation of a Honorary Award to Isao Takahata at the opening night ceremony.  The seventy-seven year old Japanese animator was honoured for his outstanding career and life-long contribution to animation.  His films include Grave of the Fireflies, Pompoko, and My Neighbors Yamadas.  Along with Hayao Miyazaki and the Tokuma Shotem Company he also founded Studio Ghibli.

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