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Education Headline News

Applications Now Open: YAY UK 3Dami Summer Studio

2022 Summer slate of animation activities for teens includes a 10-day program in 3D-asset and animation creation – deadline to apply is July 11; YAY UK Competition and Studio Challenges accepting submissions through September 5.

Community Outreach Headline News

‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’ Brings Welcome Inclusion to the Deaf Community

In the new episode premiering May 13 on Disney Junior, the gang meets Fig, a gnome friend who is deaf; the show joins other series, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘DreamWorks Madagascar: A Little Wild,’ and Apple TV’s ‘El Deafo,’ breaking ground for deaf representation, expanding inclusivity and promoting awareness.

diversity and inclusion Headline News

FIAPF and WIA Announce ‘Stories x Women’ Program Participants

Initiative provides mentoring and coaching sessions from industry experts to prep women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America to pitch projects at Annecy 2022.

Community Outreach Headline News

Cartoon Network Studios Launches Initiative to Discover New Artists

Studio teams with Outlook Company’s animation projects incubator Neru Projects, selecting 6 individuals to learn how to collaborate with creative partners and develop original animated series ideas.

Talent development Headline News

Lucasfilm Launches ‘Get in the Door’ Employee Initiative

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:41am

Studio is joined by ILM, ILMxLAB and Skywalker Sound on new documentary series and website that showcase opportunities available within the entertainment industry, specifically visual effects, to help the next, more diverse generation of filmmakers get a foot in the door.

A Virtual Artistic Fellowship for Women Headline News

Call For Entries: ASIFA India and Epic Games' Women Creators Program 2022

Submissions now being accepted through April 18 for paid virtual fellowships for women creatives from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia; participants will be mentored and trained in virtual production.

Honest Design of Female Characters ANIMATIONWorld

‘Maya and the Three’: The Power of Representation in Animation Character Design

For creators Jorge Gutiérrez and Sandra Equihua, today’s stories need to resonate with a modern audience, and reinterpreting mythology must include honest design of female characters.

#StarTrekUnitedGives Headline News

Paramount+ Drops ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3 Teaser

Streamer unveils video and poster at this past Saturday’s ‘Star Trek: Mission Chicago’ fan event, joining with CBS to support ‘First Contact Day’ with $1 donation for every Tweet sent using hashtag #StarTrekUnitedGives through April 10.

Education and Training Headline News

Apply Now: Animated Women UK’s Helen North Achieve Program

The organization’s career development series that supports women in UK’s VFX and animation industries expands with two iterations this year; applications for Spring are due April 11 with application dates for Fall 2022 to be announced.

Sam I Am! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Green Eggs and Ham’ Serves Up a Tasty Second Season

Executive Producer Helen Kalafatic talks about the new season of the beloved Dr. Seuss-based series, debuting April 8 on Netflix, and encourages LatinX and other underrepresented groups to find their place in the animation industry.

call for entries Headline News

Only 2 Days Left to Apply for WIA and FIAPF ‘Stories x Women’

Women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America are invited to apply for the program that runs June 11-18 in Annecy; deadline for entries is April 8. 

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights ANIMATIONWorld

OPINION: Disney’s Betrayal of its LGBTQ+ Fans

By Will Craig | Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 10:34am

The company’s financial support of Governor Ron DeSantis and other backers of Florida’s just-signed ‘Parental Rights’ Bill has helped normalize continued distrust and hatred of gay and trans people.

Nothing Like What We Learned in School ANIMATIONWorld

Animation Helps ‘The Principles of Pleasure’ Demystify the Complex World of Sex

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 2:15pm

Women and queer-owned animation studio Mighty Oak deftly integrates stop-motion, collage, motion-graphics and different 2D styles on Netflix’s docuseries that tackles the myths of sex education and how pleasure occurs in the mind.

World Autism Acceptance Day Headline News

BBC Children Commissions New ‘Pablo’ Series Featuring 8-Year-Old Autistic Hero

Paper Owl’s new show sports quirky mixed-media design reminiscent of young boy’s surroundings and daily experiences; show uses humor to build a deeper understanding and empathy among older viewers of the neurodivergent perspective.

Celebrating World Autism Day ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Amazing Adventures of Awesome’ Bring Some Magic to World Autism Day

Allison Brownmoore’s charming 2D short shares how beautiful, exciting, and optimistic the world can be as seen through the eyes of a young girl with autism.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

Inaugural FLAMIN Animations Artists Debut Their Work

Group’s commissioned shorts premiered at the recent TNBFC’s event showcasing Black creatives; program’s second round confirmed, with its call for submissions running April 20-July 5, 2022.

People Headline News

Guru Studio Announces Key Hires Across Talent Acquisition and Recruiting

Babita Jassal has been promoted to VP of People and Culture, and Hetal Shah joins as senior talent acquisition specialist; staff additions come as the company seeks new creative talent to work across a range of 2D and 3D projects.

Jobs in Animation and VFX Headline News

Foundry Launches ‘Voices Behind the Tech’ Career Path Video Series

Series spotlights career paths in VFX, CGI, and Animation Technology, kicking off with an episode featuring interviews with women on the company’s R&D team.

There’s a whole lot going on! Headline News

GLAS Animation Festival Shares Signal Film and Program

The online event, running April 6-10, announces its initial line-up and official selections in competition; it’s still not too late to enter the 2022 GIF Competition sponsored by GIPHY Arts.

People Headline News

Lion Forge Promotes Saxton Moore to VP of Production

Animation studio behind the Oscar-winning animated short-winning ‘Hair Love’ also names Neely Shamam VP of development, as is adding creative talent to increase production and development capabilities.

Gotta love stealthy do-gooders! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Team Zenko Go’ Celebrates Inclusiveness and the Transforming Power of Altruism

Showrunner Jack Thomas and Supervising Producer Tanya Green discuss DreamWorks Animation’s new preschool series, about a secret squad of young do-gooders determined to make their town the happiest place to live, now streaming on Netflix.

Mentoring Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Vancouver Announces Animation Career EXCELelerator Shortlist

Sponsored by Netflix Canada, the ACE program supports animation professionals who identify as women and non-binary; 32 applicants were selected to participate in Phase 1, which includes workshops, pitch training and mentoring.

Business Headline News

Latoya Raveneau Inks Overall Deal at Disney Branded Television

Under the agreement, ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ director will develop animation and live-action content for Disney Television Animation and 20th Television Animation.

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