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The 5th Xiamen Cyber Sousa Animation Festival, 26 through 29 October, 2012 - Xiamen, China

My visit to the 5thXiamen Cyber Sousa Animation Festival in Xiamen, China was in marked contrast to my visit to Changchun, China six weeks before.  Changchun is located in the far North East of China near to the South Korean and Mongolian borders and although the weather had not turned cold yet the heavy coats and boots in the department stores foretold what was to come soon.

Xiamen is situated on the South-eastern coast of China on the Taiwan Strait which gives it a beautiful tropical climate with lush flowers and foliage.  The most marked difference between the two events was the much more relaxed pace of the Xiamen festival.  Although there was an array of events, there were very few that we were required to attend, so I could choose what was most interesting to me.



Dear filmmakers, producers, students and distributors,

Now is your chance to submit your animated films for the 4th GOLDEN KUKER – SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!

will be held from May 7 to 12, 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

You are kindly invited to participate in our festival’s competition this year with your animation films produced after 1st January 2011!



20th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

The award ceremony will take place on April 26, 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart.

again – aiming at the myth of the „Silver Arrow“. All interested national and international filmmakers – students from film and animation schools as well as young companies – are invited to animate the famous German Grand Prix racing cars of the 30s and 50s in a personal and innovative way.

Information on the terms and conditions, the competition categories and the awards you will find here:


12th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU COURT METRAGE 16-21 October, 2012 - Lille, France

There is nothing that I like better than sitting in a dark theatre watching film.  Usually it is animation but during my 2 days at the Festival International Du Court Metrage (International Short Film Festival) in Lille, France I got to catch up on some live action and documentary shorts as well as the 3 excellent programs of animation.  As the name implies, no film was over 30 minutes.  The majority of the works were 15 minutes or under, so even though I was only at the festival on Friday and Saturday, I got to watch a wide variety of work.

The high points of the animation programs for me were Oh Willy by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels, Tram from the extremely talented Michaela Pavlatova, and Hisko Hulsing’s Junkyard.  These 3 films have been garnering honors at festivals worldwide and it was no surprise that Hisko and Junkyard took the Best Animation award back to the Netherlands.  It was very impressive that Oh Willy walked away with the International Grand Prix, beating out hundreds of short films, documentaries, and animations.


Charles Solomon Reviews the new Animation Show of Shows on KPCC

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:41am

It’s nice to see our little neck of the woods get a bit of attention from mainstream media now and then, especially with meaningful and thoughtful commentary about films that while known to many in the industry, for the most part are unknown to most everyone else on the planet.


Playing the Long and Short Game with HTML5: Part 1

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:50pm

Emotions have been running high in the HTML5 application development space in recent months. With the current worldwide explosion of mobile and web app use currently underway, many feel HMTL5 is the bright future of cross-platform development.


Festival of European Student Animation - Belgrade, Serbia

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:04pm

Devoted solely to student work, the festival is the brainchild of well known animator, illustrator, and renaissance man Rastko Ćirić in conjunction with Vuk Maksimovic, master wood carver and furniture maker, who is the representative of the Fortress for this project.

Animation Blogs

Mel Blanc and How Animation Students Learn Character Development

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:34am

Strong character development is the foundation of any animation, of course, but contemporary animators might run into copyright infringement issues when they borrow heavily from existing characters in other creative properties.

Screenwriting Blogs

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