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Awards Headline News

‘Soul’ Wins Best Animated Feature and Original Score at 78th Golden Globes

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 1, 2021 at 7:28am

Pixar took home its ninth feature film golden globe for their latest gem, featuring their first Black leading character, that skillfully embraces complex issues of religion, culture, and the struggle to answer the question, ‘What makes you…YOU?’

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.

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.

Virtual Events Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: ‘Animated Features Oscar Contenders – A Directors’ Discussion’

Join the free March 5 online conversation with leading animated feature film directors sharing insights into this year’s possible Oscar nomination line-up.

The Year’s Best Anime! Headline News

‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Named Anime of the Year at Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:15am

Horror action series the top vote getter at 5th annual celebration, as 15 million global votes are cast in 18 award categories; ‘Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!’ named best animation.

Wear a Mask! Headline News

See ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run’ at the Drive-in on Feb 27 and 28

Paramount+ invites LA-based fans to an immersive drive-through experience; see the first episode of the original series ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’ followed by a screening of the brand-new feature film featuring the whole Bikini Bottom gang.

Virtual Events Blogs

ANNY’s ‘Monsters and Me’ VR Event

By Joe Strike | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:26pm

AWN’s resident Miscweant, adorned in an Oculus Quest 2 headset, shares his report on Animation Nights New York’s cutting-edge webXR virtual animated shorts screening.

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.

TV Animation Headline News

WATCH: ‘DuckTales’ Cast’s Overly Dramatic Final Recording Session

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:56pm

David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Beck Bennett, Toks Olagundoye, and Paget Brewster meet for last time as Disney Series wraps production after 75 episodes and 15 shorts; 90 minute finale airs March 15 on Disney XD and DisneyNOW.

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.’

Business Headline News

Flying Ship Studio and Cloth Cat Animation Team on ‘Chiruta’ Preschool Series

The Japanese and UK studios partner on CG animated show, with characters based on woodcut dolls, about a young mischievous woodland gnome who, with the help of her friends, overcomes life’s unexpected challenges.

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.

Business Headline News

TeamTO Inks Rights Deal for Trio of Popular Kids’ Books

Studio acquires TV, film, and licensing rights to ‘Snowman,’ ‘Fox’s Garden,’ and ‘Something’s Fishy;’ each book to be adapted into a 2022/2023 holiday special.

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.

Oscar Shortlists Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 9 Categories for 93rd Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:58pm

VFX and animated short categories narrowed down to 10 films each; voting for nominations runs March 5-10.

Commercials Headline News

JAMM Scores a Touchdown with ‘The Neighborhood’ Spot

DoorDash’s first SuperBowl campaign featured rapper Daveed Diggs and the Sesame Street Muppets; creative studio incorporated elements including a CG train and added a bit of animation magic to make Grover fly.

Awards Headline News

‘Mulan,’ ‘Tenet,’ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Grab Critics Choice Award Noms

'Greyhound,' 'Mank,' ‘The Invisible Man,’ and ‘The Midnight Sky’ round out the Critics Choice Association nominations in the Best Visual Effects category for the upcoming 26th annual awards.

Events Headline News

VFXRIO Presents Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith February 7

To celebrate the special free upcoming online presentation VFX Rio launched an original video created by director Matteo Moriconi and XCave Studios founder Rodrigo Hurtado.

Awards Headline News

BAFTA Releases Longlists for British Academy Film Awards 2021

New 2021 rules promote diversity in membership and voting; Pixar’s animated feature ‘Soul’ longlisted in five categories including Best Film, Animated Film, Special Visual Effects, Original Score, and Sound.

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