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And the Winner Is! Headline News

Finalists Announced for British Animation Awards 2022

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong,’ ‘Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas,’ and ‘Robin Robin’ among the animated shows chosen; winners to be announced at the awards ceremony on March 10.

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The VFX Festival 2022 Goes Hybrid

Escape Studio will hold the event’s 10th edition both online and in person, featuring talks, presentations, and career advice aimed at students, emerging talent, and industry professionals; the festival runs March 8-10.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2022 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 10:00am

‘Encanto,’ ‘Flee,’ ‘Luca,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs The Machines’ get nods in the Animated Film category; ‘Dune,’ ‘Free Guy,’ ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ and ‘No Time To Die’ nominated for Special Visual Effects.

Animated Features Headline News

Wizart Animation Releases ‘The Snow Queen & The Princess’ Teaser

The next chapter of the hugely popular franchise follows the Snow Queen’s daughter, Ila, who, after she accidently unleashes evil forces must embark on an exciting adventure to save the world; the film hits theatres in Russia and CIS on May 26.

Business Headline News

ScreenSkills Responds to BFI Closure of Young Audiences Content Fund

Popular program supporting creation of high-quality content for young audiences concludes its 3-year run on February 25; concerns include impact on training as well as industry wide talent shortages and workforce development.

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‘Only a Child’: Powerful Reflections on Three Decades of Environmental Inaction

Director Simone Giampaolo discusses how 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s 1992 UN Summit speech, almost 3 decades later, led to the creation of a compelling animated short film involving more than 20 artists employing a dozen techniques, which has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Shares Official Event Trailer

Conference confirms presentations on the VFX behind ‘Reminiscence,’ ‘The Witcher,’ ‘Lost in Space,’ and ‘Stowaway;’ Animation Production Days is now accepting projects for the ‘Producer Programme.’

People Headline News

Woodblock Names Luiza Cruz-Flade and Crystal Campbell Executive Producers

Based in London and Berlin, respectively, new hires will bolster the studio’s growth in direct-to brand offerings, build the studio’s reputation in the UK and Europe, and develop and secure new projects.

What’s Cooking? Headline News

‘Chefclub’ Cooks Up Kids’ Edutainment Series

Popular online cooking brand expands into the world of animation with ‘Chefclub Friends;’ currently in development, the show is set to be presented at Kidscreen and MIPTV.

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New Year, New Look – Aardman Announces New Visual Identity

The renowned independent animation studio launches new website and new logo to reflect its legacy and growth while paying tribute to its clay animation roots.

Teaching History with Animation Headline News

Why Producers of ‘The Joan of Arc Case’ are Betting Big on Animated Docudrama

French studio Program33, which just released the hugely popular ‘Building Notre Dame,’ believes that animating history is the best way to reach younger viewers.

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‘My Sunny Maad’ Explores Life and Love in Afghanistan

Award-winning Czech director Michaela Pavlátová discusses her first animated feature, about a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan, which won the Jury Award at Annecy and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

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Jonas Poher Rasmussen Talks ‘Flee’

The director discusses his intimate, award-winning animated documentary about the boyhood experiences of his long-time friend, an Afghan academic who lived as a gay Muslim in Afghanistan before escaping to Denmark through Russia.

Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Announces First Program Confirmations

The hybrid onsite/online event, running May 3-6, includes presentations from Apple TV+ on their space saga ‘Foundation,’ the story behind Steven Appleby’s first graphic novel ‘Dragman,’ and a keynote by program chair Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull.

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Submissions Now Open: Animation Production Days 2022

A joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX, ADP takes place May 4-6; projects in the fields of film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross- and transmedia will be accepted until February 21.

Professional training Headline News

EPI Launching ‘Virtual Production Lab’ Workshop

In association with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the online training program for professional filmmakers offers practical training in virtual production; applications are now open – deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

Commercials Headline News

Photorealistic CG Hamsters Take Center Stage in Albert Heijn Holiday Campaign

TBWA\NEBOKO tapped creative studio Ambassadors to bring human emotion to the family pet in the Dutch supermarket chain’s annual seasonal short; Harry, the hamster, feels displaced by the arrival of a new baby – not truly forgotten, he finds love and meaning.

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Magic Light Pictures’ ‘Superworm’ Coming for Christmas

Check out the trailer for the delightful new animated family special about a long, strong worm with amazing skills and a big heart; featuring the voices of Oscar winner Olivia Colman and Emmy nominee Matt Smith, and based on the popular picture book of the same name, the show airs on BBC One December 25.

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.

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.

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