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What We’ll Do for our First Crush ANIMATIONWorld

The Charming, Lyrical Sweetness of ‘The Day I Became a Bird’

Oscar-winning ‘The Lost Thing’ director Andrew Ruhemann and producer David Park talk about their soulful animated short, in which a young boy finds an unusual way to win the heart of his crush.

There’s No Accounting for Taste ANIMATIONWorld

Rotten Fruit? - Vimeo, Censorship and Creative Freedom

Canadian filmmaker Ivan Li’s animated short, ‘Fruit,’ was permanently removed from the streaming platform – that positions itself as a champion of bold cinema and art - despite endorsements from staff curators, a successful 2-year festival run, and ARTE broadcast in France; the artist hopes his case serves as a warning sign to independent filmmakers.

A Different Angle to a Traumatic Historical Event ANIMATIONWorld

‘Letter to a Pig’: Traumatic Memory Through the Eyes of Youthful Imagination

Filmmaker Tal Kantor’s first solo short film uses live-action and hand-drawn animation to tackle the heavy and complex subject of a Holocaust survivor addressing a classroom full of students, sharing a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life, and how reality, memory, and imagination blend together in one young schoolgirl’s reaction.  

Awards Headline News

‘Chicken for Linda’ Named Best Animated Feature at Manchester Animation Festival

Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach’s film takes top honors alongside Best Short ‘The Miracle’ and Best Student Film ‘Rising Above;’ Industry Excellence Awards also announced.

Tune into Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference 2023 On-Demand Now Live

Keynotes, panels, talks, workshops, and masterclasses from Italy’s premier event on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming, and VFX now streaming; All-Access and Light Pass tickets on sale now.

Celebrating The Best in Animation! Headline News

VIP Tickets for 51st Annie Awards Now on Sale

ASIFA-Hollywood’s annual celebration of excellence in animation is set for February 17, 2024 at UCLA’s Royce Hall; nomination announcements are coming January 11, 2024.

The Moon Will Never Be The Same Headline News

Illumination Reminds Us – Vector is Still Up There in ‘Mooned’ Short

Get your popcorn, find your seat early - the studio’s 3DCG animated feature Migration flies into theaters December 22, preceded by the all-new film starring everyone’s favorite ‘Despicable’ bad guy.

Reclaiming One’s History ANIMATIONWorld

Liam LoPinto's ‘The Old Young Crow’ Short and Sketchbooks for Refugees Initiative

The first-generation Iranian-American filmmaker, who for years denied his heritage, fell in love with his culture again while on an NYU exchange program in Japan as he spent time in Tokyo graveyards and began developing the story of a displaced Iranian boy. 

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 233: Will Anderson on Animating a Fluffy Cat Called Greg in Blender

The BAFTA-winning Scottish animator/filmmaker shares how he became an independent animator and what opportunities exist for other animators who boast a unique style.

Celebrating the Best in Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Behind the Line Work of Animation is Film 2023’s Grand Prize Winners

Both ‘Chicken for Linda!’ and ‘Letter to a Pig’ push the medium’s artistic boundaries with constant motion, unrefined lines, and imprecise shading and coloring, proving more experimental, auteur-driven animation can be every bit as compelling and entertaining as mainstream films. 

Festivals Headline News

Manchester Animation Festival 2023 Reveals Keynote and Program Updates

Event kicks off November 12, featuring hundreds of activities, with screenings, panels, workshops, masterclasses, and making of sessions; special events include ‘Magic Light Pictures at 20’ and ‘Festival Spotlight on Croatia.’

Business Headline News

Alkemy X’s Creative Studio Adds Eyepie to Commercial Roster

The Hudson Valley, New York-based creative agency, led by husband-wife duo Laney Coletti-Saracino and David Saracino, offers services blending artistic vision with technical expertise.

Some Dreams Do Come True Headline News

Dave Koz Drops ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ Music Video

The Grammy-nominated musician teams up with his pup, Buddy Boy Koz, in a modern rendition of the classic Disney song; the release is a prelude to his upcoming EP ‘Dave Koz Does Disney.’

The Story Continues Headline News

Puppetworks Shares ‘Apex Kill Code – Part 2’ Cinematic Trailer

Studio oversees conceptualization, asset creation, technical animation, and FX in collaboration with Psyop, Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts; the 4+ minute short scores 5M+ views since its release. 

It’s Flan-tastic! Headline News

Watch: ‘Detective Pikachu & the Mystery of the Missing Flan’ Short

The adorable 6-minute 3DCG film from The Pokémon Company and Polygon Pictures features Detective Pikachu on his newest case, helping friend Tim Goodman track down a delicious treat.

Independent Animation Headline News

Exclusive: Award-Winning ‘Starling’ Making Of Episode 1 Released

Helmed by director Mitra Shahidi and produced through Pixar’s co-op program, the Tribeca Film Fest Best Animated Short winner and 2024 Oscar contender, created by a global team of 70+ artists from 14 countries, tells the story of a mischievous star spirit that travels home to Istanbul to celebrate her birthday with family one last time.

Student Animation Headline News

Animation Mentor’s 17th Student Showcase Continues School’s Creative Evolution

For Disney’s Brendan Gottlieb, the showcase director and a program mentor, helping students push their artistic capabilities, especially since they’re focused on character performance typically without lighting, sound, or even clothes, means getting a team together to give each project the ‘feature treatment’ and bring its story to life.

Animated Music Videos Headline News

Sublime with Rome Drops ‘Tangerine Skies’ Music Video

For the ska alt rock group’s just-dropped EP, Intern Creatives ‘sublimely’ captures playful ‘90s surf vibes and ‘infectious grooves’ with vivid, colorful illustrations.

Indie Shorts Headline News

ACE Canada’s ‘Ostinato’ to Debut at Spark Animation 2023

The animated short’s creative team, part of the immersive career excel-erator program, along with Netflix and Women in Animation Vancouver, will present their film’s world premiere, including a Q&A and panel, at the festival, which runs November 13 – December 31. 

A Badly Needed Smile Has Crossed Our Faces Headline News

Skybound Entertainment Relaunches Iconic 'Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation'

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 2:03pm

Submissions now open for short films from creators in the U.S., Canada and U.K.; festival details still to be worked out, but awards will include project stipends, acquisitions, and development opportunities. 

Independent Animation Headline News

Claynosaurz Releases ‘Claynos’ Teaser Trailer

The 3DCG short tells the origin story of the colorful stylized dinosaurs inhabiting the studio’s IP; following 2 months of concept development, the team tapped Autodesk Maya and Arnold, using the Conductor cloud-based rendering service, to complete the film.

We Want Cute Eggs with Legs! Headline News

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Launches ‘The Von Dingles’ Kickstarter

Seth Green and John Harvatine have teamed up with Macroverse and artist Patrick Williams on a new Halloween project, bringing their graphic novel direct to fans, kicking off with a stop-motion short - and tons of images - to introduce audiences to the world of some cute, talking eggs. 

That Famous Aardman Charm Headline News

Aardman’s ‘Morph’ Spreads the Word in Stop-Motion ‘Big Switch-off’ Spot

Created over 40 years ago by studio founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton, the iconic clay character joined the campaign drawing attention to the U.K.’s upcoming telecommunications transformation. 

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