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Winners Announced for KingstOOn 2021

Martinique’s ‘TOL’ named Best Caribbean Short Film, South African ‘The Sugarcane Man’ named Best International Student Film, and Malaysian ‘Biji’ named Best International Short Film, as Jamaica’s premier animation conference and festival came to a close Sunday night.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces VR Works Selections

Nine projects selected out of 75 submissions include a diverse group of films with varied themes; festival runs from June 14-19.

Business Headline News

Juice Merges with PixelBox, Opens VFX Studio in Shanghai

The visual effects and sound studio’s new branch makes previously remote services more hands-on for its China-based clients; PixelBox deal increases the studio’s resources and capabilities.

Khaleesi Returns Headline News

Emilia Clarke to Join Marvel’s ‘Secret Invasion’

The GoT star will join Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, along with newcomers Kingsley Ben-Adir and Olivia Colman, on the upcoming Disney+ series.

Events Headline News

ITFS’ AniMovie 2021 Competition Running Online May 4-9

Program highlights include feature film animation competition, screenings, film talks, and free live-streams; notable speakers include Oscar-nominated ‘Wolfwalkers’ director Tomm Moore and David Silverman, director of ‘Extinct.’

And the Oscar Goes to…? Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘If Anything Happens I love You,’ and 'Tenet' Take Home Oscar Gold

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 8:19am

‘Soul’ also wins for Best Musical Score, while ‘Mank’ wins for Best Cinematography, in the final ceremony of the 2021 awards season.

Finding Strength in Simplicity Headline News

New Animated Short Challenges Misconceptions About Down Syndrome

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 4:00pm

Intellectual disability charity L’Arche, animation studio Tonic DNA, and musician Jordan Hart’s powerful new 2D film, ‘Freebird,’ asks the important question, “Why does the world assume that a disabled life is not profoundly beautiful?”

The Oscar goes to… Headline News

Nvidia Powers 13 Years of Oscar-Winning VFX

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:18pm

Once again, the technology company’s professional GPUs are behind all five VFX Oscar nominees; the 93rd annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, April 25.

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band at 50! Headline News

Sean Ono Lennon’s Animated ‘I Am the Egbert’ Loops Launch on Spotify

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:04pm

Inspired by his father’s illustrations and produced by the team behind the Oscar-nominated ‘I Met the Walrus’ short, the artist’s Canvas animation shorts celebrate today’s release of the 50th anniversary edition of ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.’

Animation Festivals Headline News

Animatricks 2021 Announces Competition Nominees

In addition to the competition and screenings, the virtual event will explore women and animation, freedom of speech, social criticism, and satire; the conference will run online from May 20-23.

Felt-Ality Headline News

Adult Swim Releases Hilarious ‘Felt Band’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ Trailer

Enjoy a puppet Sonya Blade, Sub-Zero, and Scorpion pop some threads in a safe-for-work trailer for the upcoming theatrical blood bath that releases in theaters and on HBO Max today.

Justice for George Floyd Headline News

Ray Fisher Slams Warner Bros. Over George Floyd Tweet

The ‘Justice League’ actor, who has a long history battling the studio and its executives with accusations of racism and on-set mistreatment, has criticized their supposed ‘performative gesture’ in response to the verdict.

online events Headline News

Cartoon Digital Online Edition Set for May 26-28

The event features three days of panels and keynotes with topics including ‘Branded Content in Digital Space - Now & Tomorrow,’ ‘Can Digital Content Change the World?,’ and ‘Digital Distribution & Co-production.’

No Time Like Real-Time Headline News

RealTime Conference Announces Full Spring Lineup

The free virtual event, running April 26-28, brings together over 150 speakers from a diverse set of industries; featured topics include Cloud/Pixel streaming in Real-Time; digital humans/virtual agents; virtual production; and how real-time is transforming animation.

Rah Rah Riverdale! Headline News

Adult Swim Teases ‘The Bleepin’ Robot Chicken Archie Comics Special’

Josie and the Pussycats return from space, as ‘Robot Chicken’ gives Riverdale High its own stop-motion special; parody premieres May 23.

Virtual Events Headline News

Autodesk Talking Retopology, Bifrost, USD, and Shotgun at FMX 2021

Tech giant’s conference program will examine the future and boundaries of animation and VFX: the latest developments in USD; retopology tools for 3ds Max; Bifrost for Maya for visual programming; and remote studio collaboration with Shotgun.

Life finds a way Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 3 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:09am

Our six campers remain stranded on Isla Nublar, where they uncover a lethal threat the imperils their escape; new episodes hit Netflix on May 21.

Vampires in the Stream! Headline News

Sypha, Trevor, Alucard and ‘Castlevania’ Return to Netflix May 13

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:01am

Let the vampire hunting begin! Frederator Studios’ hugely popular anime series, based on the Konami video game, is back for Season 4.

People Headline News

Hornet Adds Andrea Love to Director Roster

Creator of animated series ‘Cooking with Wool’ uses wool and patience to develop characters for stop-motion animated films; projects include ‘Elder,’ a commercial piece that explores live-in care, and her award-winning short ‘Tulip.’  

Business Headline News

Disney and Sony Ink Unprecedented Licensing Deal

Multi-year agreement covers theatrical releases from 2022-2026 following each films Pay 1 TV window; deal grants Disney rights to iconic library titles, including the ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Hotel Transylvania’ franchises.

What’s up Doc? Headline News

MeTV Network’s ‘The Best of Bugs Bunny Week’ Airs May 3 – 7

‘Toon in With Me’ morning cartoon show pays homage to ‘Bugs Bunny’ featuring special themed programs, classic episodes, stories, and insights into one of the world’s most popular rabbit; week will culminate with #1 Viewers’ Choice.

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