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People Headline News

The VFX & Post Talent Agency Expands its Roster

Agency that represents visual effects and post-production HoDs and crews welcomes six new professionals as demand for VFX and post work continues to increase.

Women of Marvel Headline News

Chinaka Hodge Joins Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ as Head Writer

The ‘Snowpiercer’ scribe, an accomplished author, poet, and playwright, joins a growing roster of women in creative leadership positions at the studio.

Virtual Events Headline News

10th Edition of Pixelatl Heading Online September 7-11

Festival unveils 2021 poster created by artists Sandra Equihua and Jorge Gutiérrez, the Annie and Emmy Award-winning creatives behind ‘Maya and the Three,’ ‘The Book of Life,’ ‘Son of Jaguar,’ and ‘El Tigre: Las Aventuras de Manny Rivera.’

End Malaria in a Generation Headline News

LOBO Animates ‘Draw the Line Against Malaria’ PSA

Using ‘Muundo,’ a new universal visual language created by artist Láolú Senbanjo, animation studio creates promotional spot with eye-catching lines, symbols, and patterns to inspire African youth to call on their leaders to end malaria within a generation.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Shares New Program Highlights

Running May 4-6, the online even has announced additional talks and highlights, including ‘From 2D to 3D: The Craft of Tom & Jerry,’ more ‘Concept Art Track’ speakers, and a panel by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.

Awards Headline News

Winners Announced for KingstOOn 2021

Martinique’s ‘TOL’ named Best Caribbean Short Film, South African ‘The Sugarcane Man’ named Best International Student Film, and Malaysian ‘Biji’ named Best International Short Film, as Jamaica’s premier animation conference and festival came to a close Sunday night.

Finding Strength in Simplicity Headline News

New Animated Short Challenges Misconceptions About Down Syndrome

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:00pm

Intellectual disability charity L’Arche, animation studio Tonic DNA, and musician Jordan Hart’s powerful new 2D film, ‘Freebird,’ asks the important question, “Why does the world assume that a disabled life is not profoundly beautiful?”

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animatricks 2021 Announces Competition Nominees

In addition to the competition and screenings, the virtual event will explore women and animation, freedom of speech, social criticism, and satire; the conference will run online from May 20-23.

Justice for George Floyd Headline News

Ray Fisher Slams Warner Bros. Over George Floyd Tweet

The ‘Justice League’ actor, who has a long history battling the studio and its executives with accusations of racism and on-set mistreatment, has criticized their supposed ‘performative gesture’ in response to the verdict.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON is Coming! Festival and Conference Run April 21-25

The free online event starts tomorrow, using the latest technology to deliver a world class event to a global audience; attendees can participate in masterclasses, the perfect pitch boot camp, and discussions on industry trends – the event kicks off with a keynote by Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Don’t Spread the Truth About Me Headline News

Morrissey Takes Offense at ‘The Simpsons’ Parody

The eternally gloomy former The Smiths’ frontman has spoken out against the ‘harshly hateful tactics’ of a recent ‘The Simpsons’ episode, which pokes fun at his elitist and bigoted opinions.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON Animation and Film Festival Focusing on Diversity in Animation

Programs organized around the event’s theme include panels ‘Diversity in The Media Industry,’ ‘Black Women in the World of Animation,’ and ‘The Creation of ‘Hair Love’ – From Script to Screen;’ Free online programs kick off on April 21.

New Animated Shorts Initiative Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Cartoon Cartoons’ Animated Shorts Program

Studio’s latest effort to nurture animation talent will give voices to a new and diverse generation of artists with mentorship and support; program’s creative council will include veteran producers Pete Browngardt, Manny Hernandez, Katie Rice, and Aminder Dhaliwal.

A Step in the Right Direction Headline News

Hank Azaria Apologizes for Portrayal of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

The actor is reaching out to make amends for his inherently racist and insulting voice work as the show’s Kwik-E-Mart owner, which for three decades he portrayed with an outrageously exaggerated Indian accent.

Screenwriting Headline News

Final Draft 12 Now Available

Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Animation Festivals Headline News

KingstOON 2021 Announces Matthew Luhn to Keynote Festival Kick-off

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will also join the event opening; free virtual event runs April 21-25; Luhn is an industry veteran storyteller, writer, and animator whose credits include the ‘Toy Story’ films, ‘Monsters Inc.,’ ‘Finding Nemo,’ and ‘Cars.’

Fighting Against Racism Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Be An Ally’ PSA

Final anti-racism campaign spot developed by ‘Steven Universe’ creator Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey discusses the importance of changing the racist system by standing up and speaking up when seeing what’s unfair. 

Game Development Education ANIMATIONWorld

A Healthy Cycle: SuAnne Fu on SCAD GamingFest and the Creation of ‘Zoelie’

The interactive design and game development chair discusses the school’s remote collaboration on innovative game project, including interactive design, animation, visual effects, and sound design; virtual event’s ‘Making of Zoelie’ panel set for April 10.

Autism awareness Headline News

Autism Acceptance Month on PBS KIDS Starts April 2

‘Hero Elementary’ kicks off on World Autism Awareness Day with a half-hour special; other special series episodes highlight autism acceptance including ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ and ‘Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.’

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Official Short Form Selections Unveiled for Annecy 2021 Festival

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:29am

44 shorts, 47 graduate films, 26 TV films and 32 commissioned films will compete; the hybrid virtual/physical event is set for June 14-19, as festival organizers continue to weigh options for how best to provide a safe and enjoyable on-site experience.

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

Mentoring Headline News

‘Togather’ Named Grand Winner of ‘Sony Talent League by THU’

Winning project is a platform that allows sharing of custom digital brushes inspired by real-life objects; finalists include a fantasy role-playing game ‘Kawia's Adventure’ and ‘Icebreakers,’ a VR comic that invites individuals to step into the panels of a pirate adventure.

We’re all in this together! Headline News

Bono’s One Campaign Launches Animated ‘Pandemica’ Vaccine Awareness Series

Co-founded by U2's star frontman, the global health and anti-poverty organization reveals new campaign to raise awareness of worldwide inequities in vaccine access; series animated by Emmy-winning indie studio Titmouse.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Launches 2021 Spring Mentorship Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:54am

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual program by partnering with Black N’Animated, LatinX in Animation, and Rise Up Animation for special focus on mentoring women of color; mentee application submissions begin March 31.  

Workers’ rights Headline News

BFI and BAFTA Issue Action List to Fight Workplace Bullying, Harassment, and Racism

Guidance outlines employers legal and ethical responsibilities; new suite of The Film and TV Charity services provides immediate support for victims.

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