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Animation Festivals Headline News

‘Bad Seeds’ and ‘Affairs of the Art’ Lead LAAF 2021 Winners

Claude Cloutier takes home awards for Best of the Fest and Best Comedy Short, while Best Director and Best Character-Based Short honors go to Joanna Quinn; live awards ceremony honored both 2020 and 2021 winners.

Free Virtual Events Headline News

Nelvana and AWN Present ‘A Cosmic Christmas Special’ Screening and Q&A

Celebrate Nelvana’s 50th anniversary with a free virtual screening of its classic, 1977 award-winning animated film, followed by a discussion with industry legends Clive Smith, John Celestri, Lenora Hume and Bill Speers; this not to be missed event is coming December 9 – register now.

Awards Headline News

Cartoons On the Bay Announces 2021 Pulcinella Award Winners

Top winners at festival’s 25th edition include ‘The Game Catchers’ for Best Preschool TV Series; ‘Mila’ for Best Short Film; and Cartoon Saloon’s ‘The Wolfwalkers’ for Best Feature.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Hybrid Conference to Continue as Planned

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:27am

With a comprehensive range of onsite safety and hygiene measures in place, event will welcome attendees in-person at the Tokyo International Forum from December 14-17; international attendees will join virtually from all over the world.

Awards Headline News

GIRAF 2021 Winners Announced

The Quickdraw Animation Society’s annual event showcases Canadian and International animation; winners include ‘My Head Aches When I Look Too Long’ named Best Canadian Short Film and ‘Boxballet’ honored as Best International Short Film.

The Best in CG Animation Headline News

‘Twenty Something’ Takes Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

‘Le Retour des Vagues’ and ‘Les larmes de la Seine’ each awarded Best Student Project in first-ever tie; ‘Only a Child,’ a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors, wins Jury Special award.

Awards Headline News

‘Flee’ Named Best Animated Feature at Manchester Animation Festival

Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s film takes top honors alongside Best Short ‘Navozande, The Musician’ and Best Student Film ‘BusLine35A;’ Industry Excellence Awards also announced.

Enter Your Project Pitch Now Headline News

Call for Submissions: Mifa Pitches 2022

Selected pitch projects receive unique opportunities including meeting with and access to key players in the animation sector; submission deadline set for February 8, 2022; Annecy Festival runs June 13-18, with Mifa running June 14-17.

Hand-Crafted Animation Headline News

Baobab Studios Releases Trailer and Images for Erick Oh’s ‘NAMOO’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 9:13am

The Oscar-nominated director’s new animated short, a narrative poem inspired by the passing of his grandfather, follows the beautiful and heartbreaking moments of a man’s life; special presentations and screenings, with Baobab founders and Oh, are set for November 18-20 at the CTN Animation eXpo, in-person and online.

At the Movies! Headline News

LAIKA Studios’ ‘ParaNorman’ in Theaters November 16

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the highly acclaimed stop-motion animated film returns to theaters tomorrow, for one night only; presented in select cinemas nationwide, tickets are now on sale.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Now Available Through PNY

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 8:00am

PNY is partnering with NVIDIA to bring their revolutionary real-time 3D collaboration and simulation platform to reinvent workflows for dispersed creative teams across the animation and VFX space. Join the free ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise,’ webinar set for November 17.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Creates ‘Tiptoe & The Flying Machine’ Holiday Tale

Studio and director Conor Finnegan teamed up with BBDO NYC to create Macy’s new holiday campaign starring a little blue reindeer who discovers she can fly; the 60-second stop-motion commercial will air across television and online video during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It’s Simply Anime-zing! Headline News

Netflix Announces Expanded Anime Slate

Streamer plans to produce even more episodic and feature content, tapping Japanese talent and studios to expand its content library; announcements made at first ever Netflix Festival Japan 2021 include new anime titles ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure STONE OCEAN,’ ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh,’ and ‘Kakegurui Twin.’

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Replicator Synthetic AI Data Generation Engine

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:17am

Powerful system produces physically simulated data for training neural networks; first implementations shown are NVIDIA DRIVE Sim and NVIDIA Isaac Sim apps.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA CEO Shares Vision for AI, Robotics, Omniverse Avatars and Digital Twins

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:45am

In his virtual GTC keynote, company founder and CEO Jensen Huang introduced a host of new technologies, including his Toy Jensen miniature avatar, to demonstrate transformative uses of the tech giant’s latest offerings in accelerated computing and the Omniverse Enterprise virtual world simulation and collaboration platform.

PSAs Headline News

Nomint Creates 'Chilling' Spot for WWF’s Arctic Programme

Taking a year to produce, the emotionally and technically challenging stop-motion commercial uses nothing but ice as a visual metaphor of global warming’s devastation; advert launch coincides with the start of the global COP26 summit.

Awards Headline News

‘Lift While We Climb’ Themed 'Black in Animation Awards Show' Coming November 14

Black Women Animate’s initiative honors Black people in animation who are blazing a trail to the future; honorees include Disney TVA’s Jay Francis, Mounia Aram Company’s Mounia Aram, ‘Craig of the Creek’ storyboard artist Tiffany Ford, and veteran animator Dan Hasket.

Real-time Animation in Unreal Engine Headline News

Don’t Miss Epic’s ‘Animation Workflows Using Unreal Engine and Maya’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:56pm

Coming Wednesday, November 10, virtual event will show how to create stylized character-based animation using UE and Autodesk Maya, exploring open standards like Alembic and USD to quickly move work between the two platforms.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

Join PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:00am

This free presentation on November 17 will showcase how companies can address remote and hybrid work challenges with NVIDIA’s new real-time collaboration and simulation platform, Omniverse Enterprise; PNY is also hosting a series of Omniverse Enterprise sessions at GTC 2021, NVIDIA’s free digital conference running November 8-11. 

Now On-Demand Headline News

It’s a Wrap - VIEW 2021 Concludes its Most Successful Year Ever

The conference’s 1st hybrid edition hosted some 210,000 visitors online and 300+ attending in-person with a total of 297 speakers delivering 160 talks, panels, workshops, masterclasses, and keynote speeches; over 140 sessions are now available to stream on-demand.

Awards Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Announces 2021 Winners

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 29, 2021 at 12:11pm

‘The Mechanical Dancer,’ ‘A Tiny Tale,’ and ‘The Ocean Duck’ take top animated short honors at the 24th annual event; 29 films were awarded from 104 chosen to compete across a host of categories.  

Awards Headline News

5th Annual WIA Diversity Awards Announced at SPARK Animation 2021

The organization’s ongoing initiative recognizes individuals, films, and organizations working to expand diversity; Rebecca Sugar, ‘All Those Sensations in My Belly’ by Marko Dješka, and the University of Southern California  Annenberg Inclusion Initiative all honored; taped ceremony with WIA president Marge Dean now available online at the festival website.

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