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Virtual Events Headline News

Fest Anča International Animation Festival Moves Online

Slovakia’s only animation festival targeted to mature audiences, running July 1-4, will feature online streaming of animated films via the Festhome.com streaming platform; film viewing will be available for one week after the program’s conclusion.

The Best in Ibero-American Animation Headline News

‘A Costume for Nicholas,’ ‘Homeless Home,’ and ‘Petit’ Lead 4th Quirino Awards

Works from Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, and Portugal are honored across nine categories at May 29 in-person gala event and closing ceremony recognizing achievements in Ibero-American animation.

Make a World of Difference Headline News

‘Cartoon Network Climate Champions’ Initiative Launches Across EMEA

New 18 language campaign looks to educate kids about climate change, empowering them to join a community of young people to take on small changes that can ‘Make a World of Difference.’

Education Headline News

Teen Animators Get an Online Club with YAY UK

AccessVFX and ScreenSkills launch Young Animator of the Year club and award program for aspiring young animators ages 13-18; teens will complete hands-on challenges set by UK animation studios with chance to compete for prizes.

Let’s Talk Luca! Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Conversation with ‘Luca’ Director Enrico Casarosa

Join a conversation with the director and creative team behind Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated feature; the free June 21 event is offered in partnership with OGR and Pixar Animation Studios.

In Space No One Hears You Render Headline News

Milk VFX Goes ‘Intergalactic’ for Sky

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 3:51pm

Visual effects studio delivers 850 shots across eight episodes of the sci-fi prison break drama, spanning complex planet and city environments, a spaceship crash, hyperspace travel, creatures, and character enhancements.

Commercials Headline News

Framestore Uses Deep Fake Tech for Kiyan Prince Anti-Knife Campaign

Leading VFX studio provides cutting-edge AI and art support that brings back to life a young football prodigy tragically killed in a 2006 stabbing, showing him 15 years later at age 30.

People Headline News

Freefolk Reveals New Division Name, Hires, and Promotions

Soho VFX studio renames longform team Freefolk Film & Episodic, promoting Steve Murgatroyd and Meg Guidon to lead the new group.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Special Events Set for Annecy Festival’s 60th Celebration

At Annecy 2021, first time screenings, masterclasses, and keynotes include a look back with ‘Mémoire d’une minute,’ a shorts collection for Annecy award-winning directors; a masterclass presented by Walt Disney and Kugali animation studios; and a keynote by Terrence Malick about VR ‘Evolver – Prologue.’

markets Headline News

Hybrid Mifa 2021 Revealed: Connect Online or In-Person

Industry leading market’s new, flexible format encourages attendee participation from anywhere; extensive program line-up includes pitches, on-line targeted meetings, and career recruitment; Annecy 2021 runs June 14-19.

animated short films Headline News

World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Far From the Tree’ Set for Annecy

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:21am

Studio’s latest animated theatrical short, about a raccoon whose frustrated parent tries to keep them both safe, will run alongside upcoming musical comedy, ‘Encanto,’ later in 2021.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

Open Call: FLAMIN Animations UK Project Commissions

Program sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England aims to support four black-identifying animators living in the UK by providing project development help, mentorship, and financing; applications deadline is June 22.

Awards Headline News

ITFS 2021 Announces Trickstar Awards

The awards honor the best in German animation and screenplay, animated games, and innovation in business; awardees included ‘Butterfly Tale’ by Heidi Foss and Lienne Sawatsky,Endzone – A World Apart’ developed by Gentlymad Studios, and Mitmalfilm UG with Uli Seis.

VFX Magic Headline News

Realtime Conjures VFX Magic for ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:10pm

UK animation and VFX house provides previs, ‘scrying magic,’ a fire drake, and host of supernatural elements in Sky TV’s hit series.

Awards Headline News

‘Precious,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Prizes at ITFS 2021

International Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film concludes six-day virtual event that provided a global audience with live streaming access to more than 400 shorts and features; entire ITFS media library will stay available to accredited users until May 16, 2021.

Animated Works to Watch For Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces Work in Progress Selections

16 WIP projects will be featured at the upcoming hybrid festival edition, with all selections accessible on the festival’s online platform; feature selections include ‘The Siren’ by Sepideh Farsi, ‘Unicorn Wars’ by Alberto Vázquez Rico, and ‘Princess Dragon’ by Anthony Roux and Jean-Jacques Denis.

From Russia With Love Headline News

Exclusive: Phil Gerus’ ‘Shake Off the Jinx with Your Kiss’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:51am

Animated by JJ the Icon and debuting today along with the DJ/jazz pianist’s new ‘Too Close to Love’ EP, 2D short envisions a tender dialogue between a woman and nature as they eventually become one.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Shares New Program Highlights

Running May 4-6, the online even has announced additional talks and highlights, including ‘From 2D to 3D: The Craft of Tom & Jerry,’ more ‘Concept Art Track’ speakers, and a panel by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.

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