If you asked me whether the Annies had become irrelevant a few years ago, I, and many in and around the animation industry, would have quickly said, yes. But see what a few years have done. The Disney boycott really forced the hand of ASIFA and put them into a position to fix the problems many had been complaining about for years. Moves such as keeping Annie voting to professionals and forming the member's favorite category for the larger membership have gone a long way in bringing a sense of legitimacy back to the long running awards show.
Category: Short Films
Wednesday afternoon found the Oscar shorts nominees at 20th Century Fox's sprawling backlot, located in the heart of Century City. After checking in at the Little Theater, used by the studio for on-site screenings, it was off for some behind-the-scenes looks at one of television's biggest studios.
Next stop on our whirlwind Oscar-nominee tour was Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Imageworks, which share a campus not five minutes from the main Sony lot.
Bright and early on Wednesday morning, the directors and producers from three of this year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts joined AWN and tour organizer Ron Diamond on the Sony Pictures studio lot.
Special Guest: OIAF Animators' Picnic 2011 - Part 1
Joel and Alan bother legends of international animation as they try to eat, drink, and be wary at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011.
Dolby Digital in San Francisco and Karl Cohen hosted the last Bay Area Oscar Tour screening for ASIFA San Francisco members. The filmmakers greeted ASIFA members in the lobby and talk about their films before the screening began. Marcy Page, producer of Wild Life, joined us for the evening.
William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” won the award for Best Animated Short at the 84th Academy Awards.
ShortsHD, the world's leading network devoted exclusively to short movies, hosts its second annual Shorts Awards at Soho House in West Hollywood, California.
Friday is here and we continue at Pixar with the third and last day of our Bay Area tour. It is another gorgeous day as we drive onto the Emeryville campus.
My review and filmmaker interviews for the 5 nominees are in the order from my least favorite to my favorite, with a prediction of Oscar winner at the end.
The NFB’s latest nominated short proves once again that there’s more to like about the Great White North than maple syrup pie and Molson’s.
On Wednesday 28 March 2012 the fifteenth edition of the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) takes off.
RareForm Pictures recently completed “Wallenda,” a VFX heavy short film that is currently making its way through the 2012 film festival circuit.
The British Animation Awards (BAAs) finalists have been announced for both the juried categories and the Children’s Choice awards, determined by kid voters in the UK.
The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) announced an evening with cult animator and Academy Award nominee, Don Hertzfeldt, including a screening of his latest film, It’s Such a Beautiful Day on March 5th at The Royal Cinema.
Live-action production company th2ng has been commissioned by BMW and WCRS to direct and produce an inspirational short film, “Man and Machine,” to celebrate the sporting achievements of the BMW London 2012 Performance Team.
Sound editing teams from Hugo, The Muppets, Super 8, The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse were honored Sunday during the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 59th Golden Reel Awards at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
As we made our way from PDI/DreamWorks up to George Lucas' Big Rock Ranch, we took a short pause to take in the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
PDI/DreamWorks was a major stop on the NoCal leg of the 2012 Oscar Showcase tour and it did not disappoint.
Digital artists worldwide used Autodesk digital entertainment creation software to create 2011's most celebrated movies.
This year's Northern California tour includes Pixar, PDI/Dreamworks, Lucas Animation, The Walt Disney Family Museum and an evening with ASIFA San Francisco. Nominees on hand are Patrick Doyon and Marc Bertrand, the director and producer of Sunday/Dimanche; directors William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and producer Lampton Enochs of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore; and Bonnie Thompson, the producer of Wild Life, a film by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. They have traveled from Shreveport, Louisiana, Montreal and Ontario Canada.