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Category: Community Outreach

Call for Submissions Headline News

Submissions Now Open: 2023 LXiA Spark Animation Grant

Supported by Netflix, the community outreach program awards 3 emerging independent Latinx animation filmmakers with money, mentorship, and support for production of an animated short film; the submission deadline is February 3.

Supporting Animation Education for Neurodiverse Artists Headline News

Rock Autism Benefit Concert for Center for Learning Unlimited Set

An evening of live music with Max Muscato, David Nolf, and Telephone Tag will benefit the organization’s Brainstorm Productions’ animation school for autistic students; show coming February 5 to Hotel Café in Los Angeles.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Studio Launches Creative ‘5-9’ Resource Hub

To support artistic ‘side hustles,’ new initiative features key technology and resources, helping artists up their game; the platform lets artist share their creative journeys - such as CG Geek, who built an intricate 3D world with the help of NVIDIA Studio technologies.

Rise From the Flames Headline News

Fans Create Multiple Petitions to Save Just Cancelled ‘Inside Job’

More than 12 Change.org petitions have been created to save the series, axed at Netflix after one season despite a Season 2 renewal; 20,000+ signatures were collected in a single day.

Happy New Year! Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Transports ‘Nouns’ into the 134th Annual Rose Parade

The Emmy Award-winning animation studio teams up with the Nouns DAO digital art community to usher in 2023, designing and building a 65-foot-long float manned by greater than life-sized memes Cone, Pickle, and Shark – some of the digital figures sold in daily NFT auctions.

Education Headline News

Exclusive: LAIKA and Bowie State University Celebrate Stop-Motion Studio Opening

The award-winning ‘Coraline’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ studio’s head of animation, Brad Schiff, was on hand for the launch of the first stop-motion studio at a historically Black college and university (HBCU), as well as first at an institution of higher learning in the state of Maryland.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

6th Annual WIA Diversity Awards Honorees Announced

The award recognizes individuals, films, and organizations working to expand diversity; recipients include producer Chris Nee, Epic Games, and Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib's film, ‘It's a Gray, Gray World.’

Community Outreach Headline News

Access: VFX Launches European Chapter

Netflix joins The Foundry to support new chapter helmed by Glassworks’ Chris Kiser; studio coalition aims to promote diversity within the VFX industry.

Supporting the Animation Community Headline News

Applications Open: WIA Scholarship Program 2023

Program ups the bounty for prospective recipients with new industry supporters, including Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, and LAIKA, contributing workshops, tutoring sessions, software packages, hardware, and cash prizes for the 2023 cycle.

Close the Literary Gap Headline News

Nine PBS and Lion Forge Animation Team Up on ‘Drawn In’

The multi-media initiative aims to close the literary gap with educational games, digital comic books, resources for grownups, and an animated series that follows the epic comic adventures of 4 Midwest kids who LOVE comic books.

Animation Hall of Fame Headline News

Animation Educators Forum Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame Group

ASIFA-Hollywood’s non-profit association of teachers and scholars names first inductees into its new Hall of Fame, honoring the most influential artists and scholars in the history of animation.

Stop Bullying! Headline News

Cartoon Network Releases ‘Redraw Your World Without Bullying’

To support National Bullying Prevention Month, the network’s new ‘Stop Bullying: Speak Up’ campaign uses real life kids, original animation, and Cartoon Network characters to explain how to be an ally.

Submit Your Work Headline News

SPARK ANIMATION Returns to Vancouver In-Person and Online

British Columbia’s only Oscar-accredited festival is back as a hybrid event, with an expansive program of talks, presentations, screenings, and career networking events, running October 27 – November 30; submissions still being accepted through September 16.

Business Headline News

Fred Rogers Productions Secures ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Grant

The award-winning production company receives funding from the Bezos Family Foundation to develop resources surrounding the show for caregivers, organizations, and professionals in partnership with foundation program Vroom.

Kid Power! Headline News

DreamWorks and UNICEF USA Launch ‘Gabby’s Kid Power Challenge’

New program gives kids a chance to make a difference while learning important social-emotional lessons; by watching ‘Gabby’s’ challenge videos kids bank kitty hearts in support of UNICEF’s work and help target the animation studio’s $400K donation.

Community Outreach Headline News

Netflix Animation Foundation Program Launches Session 3

Initiative pairs students and young professionals with Netflix Animation mentors to build equity and access for underrepresented early creatives; latest edition partners with LA-based Black N' Animated.

career development Headline News

FLAMIN Fellowship Selects Six Artist-Filmmakers

The Film London initiative supports animators early in their careers with mentoring and development support, including £2,500 seed money to fund their work.

Ensuring Employee Wellbeing VFXWorld

DNEG: Championing Employee Diversity, Inclusion, and Mental Wellbeing

For the leading VFX and animation company, senior management is all in with a new set of EDI initiatives and resources to support their talented, diverse, and expanding staff across 9 international studios.

Creative Community Outreach Headline News

Nick Launches ‘Content Accelerator Program’

Initiative aims to reach BIPOC and underrepresented emerging professionals and provide an opportunity to develop original content, from pitch to production, with mentorship and support from Nickelodeon development teams; submission deadline is September 30.

It’s Not All Just Luck Headline News

Apple TV+ and Adobe Celebrate Women, Creativity, and ‘Luck’

The tech giant and streamer have launched a 3-part series about the talented women behind the new animated feature, the hurdles they have overcome, and how their journeys enabled them create and claim their own ‘luck.’

Technology Headline News

Foundry Reconnecting with Partners at SIGGRAPH 2022

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 8, 2022 at 4:39pm

The leading developer of creative software for M&E has a full slate of conference activities and talks planned, including in-booth demos of Modo, Katana, Nuke and Mari, plus meetings with the teams behind Nuke, Foundry Research, Look Development and Lighting, and Flix.

Increasing VFX Industry Diversity VFXWorld

Diversity in VFX: Removing Geographic Boundaries is a Game Changer

Creative professionals are thriving with flexible work-from-home models that provide more accessible career options for people of color while removing elements of unconscious bias and social barriers.

Business Headline News

ASIFA International Announces New Executive Board

New members appointed to 3-year terms, an international community of storied animation professionals, include Deanna Morse (U.S.) as president, Thomas Renoldner (Austria) as Secretary General, Anatasia Dimitra (Hellas) as vice president, Johnchill Lee (China) as vice president, and Stefan Stratil (Austria) as Treasurer.

Careers ANIMATIONWorld

SCAD Alumni Talk Animation Skills, Careers, and Opportunities

Recent graduates Jacey Robinson, John da Fonte, and Julianna Mercado discuss their efforts to secure challenging and enjoyable industry work, how they keep up on new tools and technology, and how their college prepared them for the rigors of professional production.

Expanding Diversity in Gaming ANIMATIONWorld

SCAD GamingFest: Building Shared Story Experiences with Diverse Character Design

At the college’s annual event, dedicated to spotlighting new trends in gaming and digital media design, game designer Seth Smith and Emmy Award-winning art director Lauren Brown discussed their love of video games and desire to foster greater storytelling diversity in their industry.  

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