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On the Road to Seattle Headline News

Seattle’s Bumbershoot Returns with New Animation District

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 24, 2024 at 10:06am

Now in its 51st year, the iconic arts and music festival adds a stellar lineup of animated fare for 2024 that includes in-person presentations by ‘Nimona’ director Troy Quane, ‘Ultraman: Rising’ director Shannon Tindle, ‘Across the Spider-Verse’ VFX supervisor Mike Lasker and production designer Patrick O’Keefe, a Big Fake Deep Foot competition, and a host of installations and screenings as part of a robust Visual Arts program happening around the Seattle Center Campus.  

Business Headline News

Alkemy X Launches New Independent Film Services Division

The Philadelphia-based production company expands its focused support of independent feature film production; new effort to be led by Andrew Greenblatt, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Society.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba In Concert’ to Debut This Fall

Check out the trailer for the groundbreaking concert series, based on one of the most popular anime and Japanese manga franchises, debuting this Fall in San Francisco and New York City, featuring an 18-piece live band playing while scenes are projected onto a full-size cinema screen.

Calling All Canadian Creators Headline News

Submissions Open: OIAF TAC Pitch THIS! 2024

Annual competition offers Canadian creators a unique opportunity to refine their craft and reach an audience of peers, studio executives, and potential buyers; semi-finals and finals take place during TAC, which run September 25-27.

Connecting Employers and Talented Neurodivergent Individuals ANIMATIONWorld

Jorge Gutierrez Speaks About ‘Love (of Animation) on The Spectrum’

The Emmy and Annie Award winning writer/director/artist (‘Maya and the Three,’ ‘The Book of Life’) shared his thoughts on neurodivergence, how ‘thinking different is a strength,’ and big leaps in history happened when ‘someone thought differently,’ after delivering the keynote at last month’s first-ever Autism in Entertainment Conference.

Heading to the Red Planet Headline News

‘Mars’ Animated Feature Sets Tribeca World Premiere

Written by and starring American sketch comedy series ‘The Whitest Kids U' Know’ members, the film follows the misadventures of Kyle, who ditches his wedding day to head off to the red planet; film debuts June 6 in Trebeca Midnight.

Conferences Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Registration Now Open

The 51st annual conference, focusing on computer graphics, interactive techniques and technical innovation, returns to its origins in Denver, Colorado, running July 28 – August 1.

It’s Anime-zing Headline News

Crunchyroll’s ‘Spy x Family Code: White’ Hitting Theaters April 19

The anime destination also revealed theatrical release dates for ‘Haikyu!! The Dumpster Battle’ and ‘Blue Lock the Movie -Episode Nagi-.’

stop-motion shorts Headline News

Animated Short ‘Las Nogas’ Gets NY Premiere

Catya Plate’s award-winning stop-motion short screens as part of the ‘Environmentally Speaking Bloc’ at the Queens World Film Festival, running April 17-27; tickets are now available.

Career Training Headline News

Exceptional Minds Announces Summer 2024 Workshops

The academy prepares young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects and 3D gaming; summer registration deadline is April 19.

All Eyes Turn to Ottawa Headline News

OIAF Reveals 2024 Edition Poster by Lei Lei

The experimental artist creates an ‘ode to the wild creative process of an animator’ for the upcoming animation festival, returning to Ottawa September 25-29 

Equity in the Arts Headline News

LAIKA Pledges $60K to PCC to Promote Equity in the Arts

The award-winning animation studio’s transformative partnership with Portland Community College establishes scholarship and program funds supporting the creation of an ‘Animation & Motion Graphics’ associate degree.

Preserving Film and TV History Headline News

UCLA Festival of Preservation Runs April 5-7

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s free biannual event showcases the latest restoration projects, featuring a line-up of films reflecting the breadth of moving image history; April 6 screening of restored animated classics includes ‘French Fried,’ ‘Musical Memories,’ ‘Japanese Lanterns,’ and ‘Red Riding Hood.’

Innovations in Immersive Storytelling Headline News

USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Ganek Immersive Studio Inaugural Showcase Set

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 29, 2024 at 4:32pm

The program review, featuring projects in production and development at the state-of-the-art studio, will be held on the SCA campus this coming Thursday, April 4.  

exhibitions Headline News

Joanna Priestley’s ‘The Art of Burning Man’ Returns to Oregon

The encore presentation at the Museum of Science and Industry features sculptures, architecture, installations, mutant vehicles, and screenings of the animated shorts ‘Fleeting Marvels’ and ‘Jung & Restless,’ followed by a Q&A; tickets are now on sale for the April 20 event.

Fan Events Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Heads to WonderCon

The event runs March 29-31 and features 900+ exhibitors and movie and TV programming exclusives; ASIFA panels include ‘Animation Superstars: Movers and Shakers,’ ‘The Greatest Cartoons Ever!’ and ‘Monsters of Adult Animation.’

Business Headline News

GKIDS Acquires Distribution Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s Films

The distributor gains North American rights for the Oscar-nominated director’s entire catalog including ‘Belle,’ ‘Mirai,’ ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,’ and ‘Wolf Children;’ new theatrical and home entertainment releases will highlight Hosoda’s unique artistry.

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA Unveils Omniverse Framework That Streams OpenUSD Scenes to Apple Vision Pro

At NVIDIA GTC, an interactive demo of the new Omniverse Cloud APIs featured a physically accurate digital twin of a car streamed in full fidelity to Apple Vision Pro’s high-resolution displays, leveraging powerful spatial computing and blending 3D photorealistic environments with the physical world. 

It’s Anime-zing! Theatrical Releases Headline News

GKIDS Sets ‘The End of Evangelion’ North American Theatrical Release

The follow-up to Hideaki Anno’s acclaimed animated series ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion,’ the film provides an alternative conclusion to the series; coming to cinemas March 17 and 20 - tickets are now on sale. 

Business Headline News

Max Nabs 2024 Oscar Winner ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Streaming Rights

Streamer and GKDS ink multiyear deal extending U.S. streaming rights of award-winning Studio Ghibli’s catalog, including Oscar-winning and -nominated films ‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Howl's Moving Castle,’ ‘The Wind Rises,’ ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,’ and ‘When Marnie Was There.’

XR as SXSW Headline News

Taiwan Creative Content Agency Showcases 15 Animation, VR Projects at SXSW

Among these productions, ‘Madame Pirate: Code of Conduct’ was selected for the 2024 SXSW XR Competition, while ‘Sister Lin-Tou’ was part of the XR Spotlight section; SXSW runs in Austin, Texas from March 8-16.

Business Headline News

Ionart Studio Ltd. Rebrands as Ionart Studios as it Eyes Expansion

Budapest-based full-service animation and VFX company set sights on expanded global identity; LA-based VFX professional Mark Nazal will lead the studio’s North American efforts.

The Future of AI Headline News

Register Now for NVIDIA GTC 2024

Offering 900 sessions and over 300 exhibitors, the annual conference focuses on how NVIDIA platforms are being tapped to achieve remarkable breakthroughs across industries that are placing Generative AI center stage; attend in person or online March 18-21.

Super Bowl Magic Headline News

CBS VFX Transports ‘Super Bowl LVIII’ Fans Back to 1980s ‘NFL Today’ Studio

VFX reel highlights work that takes viewers back in time ‘digitally’ to the iconic 1980s with anchor Brent Musburger at his desk; VFX extends off-screen to ‘Paramount Expedition Vegas: Journey to the Peak’ a 4-minute gondola and cinematic experience up the Paramount Mountain.

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