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call for entries Headline News

The Rookie Awards Launches 2021 Global Competition

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:14am

11th annual contest is now open for entries; all amateur creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics, and 3d visualization are welcome to submit their work. 

Supporting Women in Entertainment Headline News

Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

Events Headline News

SPARK FX 2021 – A Virtual Conference Coming March 4-14

Online platform for VFX industry to feature eight streams with programs on the creative teams behind popular productions such as ‘The Monster Hunter,’ ‘Bridgeton,’ ‘The Expanse,’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy;’ streams will also include VFX sessions on Reel-Time, AI, and the latest technologies for the visual effects community.

Artist Development Headline News

Nine Participants Chosen for Nickelodeon’s Annual Writing and Artist Programs

Programs provide an opportunity to develop and hone creative skills, focusing on cultivating talent through hands-on experience.

Events Headline News

Maxon Reveals 2021 Event Lineup – First ‘3D & Motion Design Show’ Set for March 17

This year’s first free showcase will include feature presentations from expert motion graphic and VFX artists; all events will be livestreamed on 3D & Motion Design Show website and the Maxon YouTube channel.

Learning from Masters Headline News

Netflix and WIT Studio Partner Up for Anime Scholarship

Aspiring anime artists may apply to the WIT Animator Academy, a six-month program at Sasayuri Video Training Institute in Tokyo developed and taught in part by Studio Ghibli vet Hitomi Tateno.

Events Headline News

Foundry Live Returns March 15-25

Virtual sessions will highlight key trends in the VFX industry while sharing the latest updates of the creative software company’s latest updates; registration is now open.

Training Headline News

Escape Studios, ScreenSkills, and Epic Games Team Up on ‘Pick and Mix’

The two-week program will help film and television professionals move into real-time visualization and virtual production; free for freelancers and furloughed workers, the program runs March 15-26.

Events Headline News

KingstOOn Animation and Film Festival Moves Online April 21-25

The virtual event plans an Expo, film festival, business forum, and Pitch Boot Camp and Competition; this year’s theme explores diversity in animation.

VIEW Conference 2021 Headline News

Next PreVIEW Event Set with Pixar Animation Studio’s SparkShorts

Join a free conversation with five directors from the studio’s in-house short film incubator: Madeline Sharafian, director of ‘Burrow;’ Bobby Alcid Rubio, director of ‘Float;’ Eric Milsom, director of ‘Loop;’ Stephen Clay Hunter, director of ‘Out;’ and Edwin Chang, director of ‘Wind.’

FMX 2021 Events

FMX 2021 Online May 4-6

Begins: May 4, 2021

The 2021 online platform's theme, ‘Reimagine Tomorrow,’ is all about connecting the FMX community virtually.

Festivals Events

Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2021

Begins: June 14, 2021

The festival's 60th edition is planned as a live and virtual event being held June 14-19, 2021.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

Escape Studios’ VFX Festival Returns in March

The all-virtual 9th edition’s theme is ‘Limitless Creativity;’ event features various talks, presentations, and career advice aimed at students, emerging talent, and industry professionals.

online events Headline News

Gratz College to Host Art Spiegelman March 7

Online event will feature the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, illustrator, and author of ‘Maus;’ the teach-in will a feature keynote presentation and breakout sessions with the author.

People Headline News

Level Ex Names Aharon Rabinowitz Creative Director

Medical gaming creator expands creative talent roster; industry veteran to work with recently hired design director, Jason VandenBerghe, to innovate and advance the practice of medicine through play.

PSAs Headline News

Aardman Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

The studio behind ‘Wallace and Gromit’ launches initiative with a series of short, animated films portraying the challenges most commonly faced by young adults, including loneliness, perfectionism, competitiveness, independence, and social media.

Black History Month Headline News

Join the Conversation on February 16: ‘Drawing Ourselves: Being Black in Animation’

In celebration of Black History Month, The Animation Guild and Black Artists Group will present a free online event exploring the contributions of Black animation pioneers.

PSAs Headline News

Nexus Studios and Neeraja Raj Create ‘The Girl Who Built A Rocket’

In looking to the heavens to engage the public in a conversation about the global water crisis, the thought-provoking 2D spot kicks off WaterAid’s new campaign.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Families and Kids are Invited to Attend ‘Camp Croods’

To celebrate the highly anticipated home release of ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ Universal teams up with natural history museums on a virtual interactive exploration of the Ice Age, human origins, and more; the popular animated feature comes to Digital February 9 and to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD February 23.

Black History Month Headline News

Cartoon Network’s ‘Drawn to Making it Happen’ Premieres February 6

Celebrating Black History Month, new episode features 15-year-old Sidney Keys III, entrepreneur, and CEO of Books n Bros, who focuses on promoting literacy among Black boys; new monthly vignettes featuring inspirational stories from real-life kids to be released throughout the year.

People Headline News

Creative Director Dan Shefelman Launches Mud Pie Labs

Industry veteran launches New York-based animation studio to nurture entry-level talent from underrepresented communities by pairing them with seasoned industry professionals; company received Epic MegaGrant for its work with the nonprofit Musician Treatment Fund.

VIEW Conference 2021 Headline News

Next PreVIEW Session Set with ‘Bombay Rose’ Director Gitanjali Rao

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 10:40am

Join a conversation with the film’s director and Netflix’s Aram Yacoubian on February 12; registration for the free online event is now open.

Education Headline News

LAIKA Teams Up with Bowie State University on Stop-Motion Animation Studio

Partnership and donation will enhance BSU’s animation curriculum, building on award-winning studio’s existing career/internship pipeline for the university’s students.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Announces Initial Line-Up of Confirmed Speakers

Program includes sessions with director Glen Keane on the making of ‘Over the Moon;’ RISE’s Florian Gellinger and their first in-house productions, ‘Dragon Rider’ and ‘Stowaway;’ and MR. X’s creative team discussing the film adaption of ‘Monster Hunter’ video game; project submissions being accepted until February 22 for Animation Product Days.

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