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Education Headline News

ScreenSkills Select Endorses 18 UK Animation and VFX Courses

Government-sponsored group identifies educational programs that promote diversity while producing ‘industry ready’ talent; Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth University have been designated as having strong industry ties while featuring high-quality course content.

Community Outreach Headline News

Triggerfish Teams with E4D on African Animation Industry Job Development

The three-year partnership with German government-funded program aims to foster local job growth through initiatives including free online courses on editing for animation and the launch of a 10-second animation competition for aspiring creators ages 18-35; entry deadline set for November 14.

Community Outreach Headline News

Sesame Workshop Expands Autism Initiative, Releases ‘Backyard Camping’ Video with Exceptional Minds

‘See Amazing in All Children’ effort helps families build new routines, increase flexibility, and cope with the challenges of change during turbulent times; new animated short features Julia, Sesame Street’s 4-year-old Muppet with autism, written, produced and animated by artists on the spectrum.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2021 Schedule Announced

Phil Lord and Chris Miller to be honored for Outstanding Achievement in Animation for ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines;’ hybrid event runs in-person and virtually October 23-30

Unlocking the Future Headline News

Autodesk Shares Vision of Cloud-Based M&E Workflows

Announcements made today, as Autodesk University 2021 begins, outline an industry forward look at Cloud production, open standards, and machine learning; shift to the cloud in response to global pandemic means opportunities to build a more resilient future, unlocking new levels of creator collaboration and efficiency to meet growing content demand.

Community Outreach Headline News

HBO Max and WarnerMedia Launch Animated Shorts Program

New mentorship and training program seeks to discover artists in underrepresented communities whose style and voice push boundaries in storytelling and animation; up to 7 artists will be selected to participate; applications due by October 24.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Alma’s Way’ Debuts on PBS Kids

The new 2D animated series, created by Sonia Manzano, features a 6-year-old proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx; launching October 4, the show is part of a revamped daytime PBS KIDS SoCal schedule that allows fans more viewing options for series including ‘Arthur,’ ‘Molly of Denali,’ and ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.’

Do You Feel Lucky? Headline News

Exclusive Clips: ‘Killers of The Cosmos - The Case of the Death Ray’

“Game of Thrones' star Aidan Gillen takes the audience through the awe-inspiring and sometimes frightening mysteries of space; in the new episode viewers are asked ‘do you feel lucky?’ as the show explores an ominous threat from above – the death of a star likened to a blindfolded sniper with Earth as its target.

Fun New Shows for Kids Headline News

Netflix Renews ‘Ridley Jones’ and ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’

Both new shows get Season 2 pickup: streamer also adds 4 new fun and educational animated shows to its 2022 preschool line-up.

Make a World of Difference Headline News

Cartoon Network Teams Up with Climate Action Project to Combat Climate Change

The annual student-focused initiative encourages students and educators to participate in a six-week climate change program; it sets out to inspire kids with daily challenges that can collectively make a difference in the health of our planet.

Community Outreach Headline News

Cabblow Studios Wraps First Virtual Animator Residency

The Johannesburg-based, mother-daughter animation and illustration studio will showcase the new animated shorts produced by up-and-coming artists in a virtual ‘Mini-Festival’ starting October 15.

Take the challenge Headline News

Take the Challenge - 2nd Edition of Sony Talent League by THU Begins

Sony and THU have once again teamed to find and empower the next generation of creative minds; individuals and/or teams are invited to accept the challenge - submissions will be accepted October 8 - November 14.

Festivals ANIMATIONWorld

Virtually Sensational: Previewing SCAD AnimationFest 2021

This year’s festival showcases the animation industry’s explosive growth with a program of special screenings and talks with the makers of ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,’ ‘The Harper House,’ and ‘ Star Wars: Visions,’ as well as with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios; event runs now through September 25.

Innovations in Real-Time Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Talking Real-Time Animation with DNEG, BRON, and Chromosphere

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

AWN’s Dan Sarto hosts Epic Games’ latest episode of ‘The Pulse,’ revealing innovative new paradigms for real-time animation production that far surpass the mere benefit of faster turnaround times.

Hispanic Heritage Month Headline News

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn To’ Series

New installment features talented kids discussing the connection and importance their heritage plays in their lives; all ‘Drawn To’ episodes are available on CN, the CN App, and across the network’s social platforms.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Prime Video’s ‘Do, Re & Mi’ Hits All the Right Notes

Premiering today, the innovative, beautifully CG animated preschool series created by Jackie Tohn and Michael Scharf brings music education to kids through a fun world of melodies, harmonies, and musical friends.

Innovations in Real-Time Animation Headline News

Don’t Miss Unreal Engine’s ‘The Pulse’ Ep 7: Real-Time Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 17, 2021 at 9:47am

All-new ‘Unlocking Story and Style’ episode of innovative series on interactive technology features DNEG’s David Prescott, BRON Digital’s Jason Chen, Chromosphere’s Kevin Dart, and Epic Games’ Karen Dufilho, hosted by AWN publisher Dan Sarto, coming Wednesday, September 29.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD AnimationFest Announces Full Program Lineup

Talks on ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,’ ‘The Harper House,’ and ‘Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.’ are just a few of the highlights from the upcoming September 23-25 virtual festival, which also includes exclusive screenings and panels with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

Listen to the Experts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Creative Director Jon Gorman

Veteran Buck NY designer shares advice for mid-level creatives, including early career building; pitching, briefing & idea development; moodboards, storyboards, style frames & concept art; and reflection on the future.

Events Headline News

Foundry Live Returns September 21-29

Celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary, the online sessions will feature a peek at future product releases and innovations, including Nuke, Kitana, and Flix, as well as a look back at defining moments from the last quarter-century; registration is now open.

Jobs Headline News

ScreenSkills Animation Skills Council Launches Animation Trainee Finder

Program provides production placements for candidates who have up to 12 months paid work experience in animation; program aims to increase the pool of qualified talent by providing a range of training opportunities – application deadline is September 27.

Animation Instruction Headline News

‘Animator’s Survival Kit’ Now Available as Mini-Guides

The most essential chapters of legendary Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams' seminal 2009 book - a must-have for every animator – have been published as a series of four easy-to-carry, easy-to-study books.

Animation Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Drops Official Trailer and New Program Highlights

Get a glimpse of what’s in store at the upcoming virtual event set for September 22 – October 3; in addition to a host of screenings, sessions will include a discussion about WIA Vancouver’s ACE Program, an introduction to the Black Write Talent Incubator, and a conversation with storyboard artists José Pou and Bradley Cayford.

online education Headline News

IBM and Adobe Team up on ‘SkillsBuild for Students’

Free online design courses equip teens with valuable skills to bolster future academic and professional success; coursework includes ‘Adobe Photoshop for Beginners,’ ‘Basic Principles of Design,’ as well as self-assessments to help students discover their creative strengths.

online events Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montréal Returns with Spotlight on Indigenous Artists

The 13th edition runs September 10-19, and features the panel discussion, ‘Indigenous Stop-Motion Productions—Voices and Images,’ and a stop-motion character workshop by Jean-François Lévesque.

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