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Blogs Anima Brussels Festival Turns 30!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 1:05pm

This year Anima Brussels (4 through 13 March 20) pulled out all the stops to celebrate the festival’s 30th Anniversary. In addition to the seven programs of World Shorts in competition and numerous feature films in and out of competition, there was an outstanding roster of who’s who from the world of animation. Read all about this great event!

Blogs Annecy appetizer: what you can expect from this year's Annecy animation festival

By Tal Lotan | Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6:22pm

Two months from now I'll be on my way to France for the annual Annecy animation festival - one of the biggest and most important animation festivals in the world. I'm waiting for it for a few months now. Why is it such a big deal, you ask? Well, I guess I have a couple of months to convince you to come along. In the meantime, here's a small glimpse of this year's festival.

Blogs Review: 2011 The New York International Children’s Film Festival

The 2011 edition of the New York International Children’s Film Festival began early in March and wrapped on the 27th with its Awards ceremony, classy post-ceremony reception and traditional goodie-bag giveaway. If the fifteen-years and counting Big Apple fixture needed any more legitimacy, its newly won status as an Oscar-qualifying festival (NYCIFF prize winners now have a shot at the Academy’s golden statue) surely kicked it up a notch.

Headline News Rainmaker To Launch New YouTube Channel with Zapped! Short

Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada’ largest producers of CG animation, will launch a new channel on YouTube beginning today.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 22

Special Guests: Michael Markman / Sheila Sofian & David Fain

The sounds of chewing, the sounds of music, the sounds of talking. Episode 22 of the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum. Featuring: Joel, Alan, Sam Olschan, Computer, Guests, Alan's Cat, Beef Jerky, Sinatra, Elvis, Plucky Duck, Animated Documentaries, and Ricky Gervais. Enjoy.

Headline News Toon Goggles Website Gives Kids Cartoons And Animators Feedback

Toon Goggles, a new cartoon website by ADC Licensing, lets kids stream endless parent friendly cartoons and boasts a special benefit for animators, rights holders, and network executives —a chance to see how these cartoons fare with millions of kid viewers.

Blogs Is Speed Painting a Sport? Learning Digital Content Creation by Watching

Okay, so maybe it isn't really a full-blown sport, but if the proliferation of these videos of digital artwork screen-captured during the creation process is any indication, it's fast becoming a popular spectator event in any case.

Blogs The Annual AWN - Acme Filmworks Oscar Party

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:38pm

No Oscar Tour would be complete without the famous Nominee Cake! As the 2011 Tour winds down, so do the nominees and assorted guests, at least for one evening. Held again this year at Ron's house, the party was fun, intimate and warm, despite the rainy weather outside. And of course, we all got sugared-up feasting on the nominated films - literally!

Blogs Oscar Tour LA Day 4: We’re Going to Disney

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:22pm

The final day of the 2011 Oscar tour was the busiest of all – morning at the Disney ARL, lunch, 2 screenings and several tours throughout the afternoon, followed by the AWN-Acme Oscar party Friday evening. You could sense the animators were getting a bit antsy, greeting the same questions with the same answers for the umpteenth time, their smiling faces showing traces of exhaustion and anxiety as they silently counted down to the Oscars on Sunday. No rest for the weary however as things really were just getting started.

Headline News SIGGRAPH Asia Calls Contributors, Student Volunteers and Exhibitors

SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 sees the return of the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies programs. Also calling for submissions are: Computer Animation Festival, Courses, Technical Papers, Technical Sketches & Posters.

Blogs Immersed in Norway's Fredrikstad Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 12:23pm

Nancy Denney-Phelps travels to Norway to take part in the Fredrikstad Animation Festival. The event has an emphasis on screening Nordic animation but offers so much more. Along with Nordic short film and student competitions and screenings of animation aimed at the family audience, two days were devoted to seminars with international guest speakers from all branches of the animation world.

Headline News Slap Happy Showcases Canucks Mascot Fin

Vancouver-based animation studio Slap Happy Cartoons Inc., in partnership with Canucks Sports & Entertainment, have worked together to find engaging ways to enhance in-arena messaging using Canucks mascot Fin.

Headline News Backstage at the Oscars

TOY STORY 3 director Lee Unkrich talked about his grandmother and taking a well-deserved vacation before starting a new feature with producer Darla Anderson; THE LOST THING co-director Shaun Tan admitted they went a little crazy on his short about going unnoticed; INCEPTION visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin said he considers the folding Paris as recognizable a character as any of the most recent character-centric Oscar winners; and ALICE IN WONDERLAND production designer Rob Stromberg conceded that his vfx background was indispensible on the Tim Burton blockbuster.

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