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Community Outreach and Support Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces New AEF Grants

Nine educators from the UK, US, India, Ireland, Brazil and the Netherlands receive faculty grants, awarded annually to individuals or groups, providing support for research, scholarly activity, or creative projects in the field of animation.

PSAs Headline News

Wonder Media Addresses Teen Suicide in ‘My Life is Worth Living’ Animated Series

Produced in partnership with the Cook Center for Human Connections, project provides a safe, nonjudgmental platform using relatable teen stories to teach suicide prevention strategies; episodes available on show’s YouTube channel.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

FLAMIN Animations Announces Four Artist Commissions

Sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England, the program aims to support black-identifying animators living in the UK; selected artists will receive £2,500 each along with mentoring opportunities, development support, and advice, to create 1–3-minute animations that will premiere on the Film London website in Winter 2021.

Move Your Content to Connected TV Headline News

Register for VlogBox’s ‘Get-Together’ Webinar on CTV Apps and Channel Monetization

First live virtual event in series is devoted to video content creators looking to maximize earning potential through their own connected TV / OTT channels.

Community Outreach Headline News

Netflix Launching Animation Foundations Mentorship Program

Kicking off next month, the program will broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space; creatives in both the Latinx and neurodiverse communities have been selected by program partners to participate in the inaugural Fall 2021 group.

Dept. of Can’t Wait Headline News

VFXRIO Live Presents Industrial Light & Magic's Hal Hickel

Renown animation and VFX specialist whose career includes work on iconic movie franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ will share insights from the visual effects on ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2; free live online event coming September 4.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD AnimationFest Returns Virtually September 23-25

The acclaimed event will offer online access to a global audience of creatives and enthusiasts; program includes panels with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

#filmfestival Events

NYC's 10th Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival Returns September 23 - October 2

Begins: September 23, 2021

Winter Film Awards showcases the best in indie films from emerging filmmakers from around the world in all genres, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers.

The CG World Gathers in Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals New Speakers

Kirk DeMicco, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Tim Miller, and Everett Downing Jr. join growing list of industry leaders and experts who will lead a variety of sessions at Italy’s premiere animation, VFX and CG conference, taking place online and in-person October 17-22; early bird tickets are now on sale.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Will Be Held in Tokyo and Online

Announcement confirms the hybrid event will take place December 14-17 at the Tokyo International Forum – selected events will also be available virtually; Sony Group Corporation’s executive deputy president and CTO Toru Katsumoto to give keynote.

Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges Headline News

Cartoon Network Debuts ‘Circle Time with Miss Ruby & Jessica’ Interstitial

The short features an animated Jessica from ‘Craig of the Creek’ talking to Ruby Bridges, civil rights icon and activist, about her experience as the first Black child integrated into an all-white school, and asking what kids can do to be peace makers.

African animation Headline News

New ‘Bridges’ Initiative Introduces African Talent to Global Animation Markets

Creative initiative mentors immerging African talent in the production of original animated shorts; ‘Red Ants,’ the first of 10 shorts to be produced within the program, premiered at the 2021 Annecy International Animation Festival.

New Vision Series Talks to Watch Headline News

Autodesk Explores the Future of VFX at SIGGRAPH 2021

Taking place August 10, Autodesk’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Vision Series includes six sessions with industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries to create new possibilities for film and TV digital artistry; programs include ‘Reimagining VFX Production in the Cloud,’ and ‘Marvel Studios: Adapting to Our New (Virtual) Normal.’ 

AVGC Summit Headline News

CII SummitFX 2021 Coming August 25-29

The animation, VFX, gaming, and comics virtual event will focus on ‘The Reset - Growth & Opportunity in New Era’ with multiple tracks including interactive meetings and sessions with industry leader, keynotes, and masterclasses; full program coming soon.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

ASWF Adds Maxon and Tangent Animation, Reveals Open Source Days Event Lineup

Academy Software Foundation adds two new general members as it heads into annual conference, a free virtual event running August 4-5 featuring the latest in open source tools and standards.

Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

Annecy Festival Residency Headline News

Call for Entries: Annecy Festival Residence

Writers/directors get development time, support, and mentorship to work on graphic development of feature-length animated films, living and working in Annecy April 4 - June 30, 2022; the submission deadline is September 10, 2021.

VFX Research Headline News

Framestore and Bournemouth University Launch VFX Research Fellowships

2-year research programs setup to help solve problems facing the visual effects industry; areas of focus include the application of machine learning to solve VFX light transport simulation problems, and learned resolution - independent rendering for feature films.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Brooke Keesling, Gary Schwartz Among Presenters at Anibar Animation Festival

Lori Malépart-Traversy also set to present at upcoming event, running July 23-30 in Peja, Kosovo; festival will feature over 300 film screenings, talks, workshops, and presentations by a number of special guests. 

Promoting Resources for Those in Need Headline News

‘Guiding Light’ PSA Raises Awareness for 211.org Community Support Network

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

Bent Image Lab and Chel White, working with the Ad Council and United Way, produce 2D spot that highlights resources available for people in at-risk situations.

Kids’ TV Channel Headline News

Sandbox Kids Launches Hopster English Learning Channel

The on-demand kids entertainment channel is now available on Amazon Prime Video in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands; service helps teach children English using popular animated characters.

Webinars Headline News

Celsys and Wacom Set Free ‘Manga & Anime Days’ Digital Event

The all-digital 3-day global event will feature webinars covering creative themes including manga-making and illustration; webinars will be hosted by creatives from a range of industries.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP120: What 26 Years at Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm

The creative director of animation and story at Spire Studios talks about his experience as an animator and animation supervisor at the legendary home of ‘Toy Story.’

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Returns In-Person and Online

Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival, set for October 23-30, will feature film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops.

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