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#StopAsianHate Headline News

‘Awakening’ #StopAsianHate PSA Honors Asian Americans in Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:40am

Oscar-nominated producer Peilin Chou directs powerful short film with the help of artists and creators including Ronnie del Carmen, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jinko Gotoh, Sanjay Patel, Gennie Rim, John Aoshima, and Henry Yu, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Dude Headline News

GMUNK Creates Hypnotic Fluid Sims for ‘The Living System’ Short

The renowned digital artist, aka Bradley Munkowitz, uses a water and smoke system to simulate a swell of energy for the collaborative Z by HP project.

Return to the Psychedelic 60s! ANIMATIONWorld

Surreal and Psychedelic: The Foo Fighters ‘Chasing Birds’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:34pm

Inspired by ‘Yellow Submarine’ and dreamy 60s visuals, Emlyn Davies and Josh Hicks first take viewers to a vibrant euphoria, then a distorted hellscape, in the animated short supporting the ‘Medicine at Midnight’ album.

Festivals Headline News

LatinX in Animation Announces First-Ever Animation Day

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:00am

As part of LALIFF 2021, LXiA is presenting a day of premieres, panel discussions, an animated short contest, and master classes, featuring speakers like Jorge Gutierrez, Sherley Ibarra, Carlos López Estrada, Phil Lord, and Lindsey Olivares.

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.

Music Videos Headline News

Ella and Louis’ Famed ‘Cheek to Cheek’ Duet Gets Animated

To celebrate the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s 104th birthday, director Wendy Cong Zhao and Verve Records have produced a whimsical 2D music video that captures the magic of the singer and Louis Armstrong’s classic recording.

Submit Your Pitch! Headline News

Jamaican Animators Chosen to Produce Short for ‘Sesame Street’

KingstOOn Festival and Sesame Workshop announce winning pitch team; UWI animation students, Chevon Irving and Tajha Winkle chosen to animate their ‘11 Robot Reggae Band’ film for iconic show’s Season 52, with local animator George Hay set to mentor and advise.

New Voices in Animation Headline News

SVA Hosts MFA Thesis Project Screenings

The May 11-12 programs will feature over 30 graduate projects showcasing unique approaches to creative self-expression; first program includes 2D and motion graphics projects, while second features experimental art and 3D.

Sports Stars Tackling Adversity Headline News

‘VS’ Animated Series Shows Female Olympic Athletes Overcoming Adversity

Using a range of visual styles, SK-II STUDIO’s 6-part anthology highlights real-life stories of the challenges faced by athletes including Simon Biles, Liu Xiang, and Ishikawa Kasumi; now streaming at SK-II CITY.

Overturn the Ban! Headline News

Powerful Caster Semenya Short Explores Biology, Beauty, and Bans

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 3:51pm

Dynamic animated film for Lux’s ‘Born This Way’ campaign supports banned South African athlete’s bid to compete at the world’s leading track events.

call for entries Headline News

Anima2021 Submissions Deadline Coming May 30

Submissions now being accepted for the 2021 Córdoba International Animation Festival, running October 6-8; held every two years since 2001, the festival promotes and celebrates the artistic and technological aspects of the art form, and is the main animation event in Argentina.

Virtual Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Announces Virtual Art Gallery

The gallery features 14 virtual installations representing an international slate of artists; highlights include Academy Award-nominee ‘Opera,’ Best in Show ‘Cangjie’s Poetry,’ and interactive lighting installation ‘Isle of Reflections.’

animated shorts Headline News

Erick Oh and Baobab Studios’ ‘Namoo’ to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:21pm

The Oscar-nominated ‘Opera’ director teams with the Emmy-winning studio behind ‘Baba Yaga,’ ‘Bonfire,’ and ‘Crow: The Legend’ on new theatrical short, created with Quill, about the meaningful moments of one man’s life, symbolized by the positive and painful memories within the branches of a growing tree.

Virtual Events Headline News

10th Edition of Pixelatl Heading Online September 7-11

Festival unveils 2021 poster created by artists Sandra Equihua and Jorge Gutiérrez, the Annie and Emmy Award-winning creatives behind ‘Maya and the Three,’ ‘The Book of Life,’ ‘Son of Jaguar,’ and ‘El Tigre: Las Aventuras de Manny Rivera.’

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP101: Alexandre Siqueira Shares His Process for Creating ‘Purple Boy’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:29am

Director shares how he produced and financed his film, including writing narrative that made his story stand out.

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.

End Malaria in a Generation Headline News

LOBO Animates ‘Draw the Line Against Malaria’ PSA

Using ‘Muundo,’ a new universal visual language created by artist Láolú Senbanjo, animation studio creates promotional spot with eye-catching lines, symbols, and patterns to inspire African youth to call on their leaders to end malaria within a generation.

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Creating the Stylized, 2D-Inspired Fun of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:36pm

Director Enrico Casarosa used his cartoony sketches and storyboards to lead a ‘less is more’ move away from 3DCG realism in the studios’ upcoming tale about a life-changing summer for two teenage sea monsters living on the Italian Riviera.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Ottawa Animation Festival Going Online for 2021

With the pandemic still to be reckoned with, event will go virtual again this year, with an extended run set for September 22 – October 3; the best of the usual ‘in person’ activities will be featured and available from the safety and comfort of home; submissions still being accepted through May 31.

The Future is Real-Time Headline News

Spire Animation Receives ‘Unreal Shorts’ Program Grant

Epic Games’ new grant and fellowship program aims to fund filmmakers who utilize Unreal Engine for real-time projects.

Rebels in the House! ANIMATIONWorld

Pixar’s ’22 vs. Earth’: Rebellions Have Never Been So Cute

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:52pm

Fresh off Soul’s double Oscar-winning performance, the studio, along with Tina Fey and a gang of five heck-raisers, returns to the enchanting and mystical world of the Great Before, in a brand new short directed by Kevin Nolting.

Awards Headline News

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.

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