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VFXRIO Live Kicks Off March 21

Free digital event opens with ‘Digital Humans’ keynote by Pinscreen founder Hao Li, a leader in deepfake art and technology, who will discuss the evolution of virtual living triggered by the global pandemic.

Making a Splash Headline News

‘Aquaman 2’ Production to Begin This Summer

The highly anticipated DCEU sequel is expected to start production this coming June under the working title ‘Necrus,’ with returning cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, and Amber Heard as Mera.

Events Headline News

ITFS21 Online and Onsite Coming May 4-9

Highlights for this year’s Stuttgart Animation Festival include the international competition for short films; German premieres of ‘Wolfwalkers’ and ‘Josee, the Tiger and the Fish;’ ‘Creating*Diversity and Pandemic Animation’ film compilations hitting on current social and political topics; and ‘Wonderwomen – Women in Games & Animation.’

Virtual Events Headline News

CAF and CTIAF Hosting Joint Online Festival April 12-18

Cardiff Animation Festival and Cape Town International Animation Festival are collaborating on a virtual event that features a week of curated screenings, workshops, and Q+As; programs will feature Welsh and African animated shorts previously screened at the respective festivals over the past 5 years.

Animation Festivals Events

KingstOOn Virtual 2021 – April 21-25

Begins: April 21, 2021

The free virtual event will celebrate ‘Diversity in Animation;’ the conference will begin on April 21, with the film festival starting April 15 – films will be available on demand after they are aired.

He Can Fly! Headline News

Principal Photography Begins on ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The ‘Pete’s Dragon’ team of David Lowery and Jim Whitaker will direct and produce the star-studded live-action remake of Disney’s 1953 animated classic; film to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

Dancin to the Smoooth Groove! ANIMATIONWorld

‘TrollsTopia’ Season 2: Jazz Troll Tropes, Hairicanes, and Runaway Trains

Executive producer Matthew Beans builds on Season 1 themes of harmony and positivity to explore issues of vulnerability, perfectionism… and what a jazz troll’s lair looks like; a new season of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘hair-raising’ adventures premieres today on Hulu and Peacock.

FMX 2021 Conference Headline News

More Speakers Confirmed for FMX 2021 Open Source Track

The upcoming conference program, in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, highlights cross-industry efforts to develop shared technology for VFX, animation and sound; additional confirmed speakers include Pixar’s technical director Markus Kranzler and Inda Barnardo, director of ‘Cat and Moth.’

Arlo is in the House! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘Arlo the Alligator Boy’ Animated Musical

Coming to Netflix April 16, the 80-minute 2D film launches Arlo’s journey that lands him in New York City; soundtrack gets Capitol Records release the same day; ‘I Heart Arlo’ animated series will continue his adventures as he and his newfound crew setup shop and bring a neighborhood back to life.

Animated Features Headline News

DreamWorks’ ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Get Release Dates

Adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good debuts April 15, 2022; Antonio Banderas reprises his role as the suave feline outlaw in the new sequel premiering September 23, 2022.

Technology Headline News

Foundry Releases Nuke 13

New version introduces flexible machine learning toolset, Hydra 3D viewport renderer and extended monitor out functionality, enhanced workflows for collaborative review, and Python 3 support.

Dept. of Had to Happen Headline News

Mike and Sulley Return in ‘Monsters At Work’ Disney+ Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 12:03pm

Kid’s laughter, not screams, now fuels Monstropolis; Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Bonnie Hunt, and Mindy Kaling lend their voices to characters old and new in the highly anticipated show, which premieres July 2.

Cut it Out! Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ is Longer but Not Necessarily Better

Snyder’s niche directorial style may not be for everyone, but overall, his additions to the original film seem successful, if not a tad excessive, resulting in a longer-than-desirable runtime.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: The Ottawa International Animation Festival

Submissions are being accepted for the 2021 festival, which runs September 22-26; the competition’s entry deadline is May 31.

call for entries Headline News

Call for Entries: 36th Edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival

The event, which promotes Mexican and Ibero-American cinema, is accepting both feature and short film animations for its official competition; the event runs October 1-9 - submission deadline is May 28.

Anime Headline News

‘Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train’ Coming to Theatres

On April 23, Aniplex of America and Funimation will release the hit anime feature in North American cinemas, including 4DX and IMAX; available on digital June 22.

Awards Headline News

VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

You’re Invited! Headline News

‘Descendants: The Royal Wedding’ Animated Special Coming to Disney Channel

Auradon's epic social event of the season, Mal and King Ben's wedding, premieres this summer, with the original live-action cast back to handle voice acting duties.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Arrives on Digital April 2

Disney’s animated epic adventure features the voice talents of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina; the Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release, available May 18, includes never-before-seen bonus footage and deleted scenes.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Peter Ramsey Joins ‘Master’ as Executive Producer

Steamroller Studios and Pop Willy Production to co-produce new 3DCG animated feature about a once promising martial arts champion on a journey to guide her family to what she believes is a better life.

Awards Headline News

‘Josep,’ ‘The Bear Hour’ Win Honors at 2021 César Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 9:05am

Aurel and Agnès Patron take home France’s highest film awards for best animated feature and short film at Friday night’s live Olympia concert hall ceremony.  

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 93rd Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:26am

‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ receive Best Animated Feature nominations; ‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People are nominated for Best Animated Short.

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