Group's first project is animated series, ‘The Adventures of Skelly;’ strategic partnership includes former Cartoon Network Studios SVP Brian Miller, and will emphasize shows that feature and target underrepresented BIPOC audiences.
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For the VFX supervisor and Alpha Studios founder, the need to ‘be so good they can’t ignore you’ has fueled her drive to succeed as a woman, Chinese immigrant, and wheelchair user, and advocate for others in an industry short on representation of those with visible, or non-visible, disabilities.
With its progressive hiring practices and corporate culture, the growing studio offers women artists and executives new opportunities that include business and creative decision-making.
Sponsored by Netflix, the program will award two emerging independent Latinx animation filmmakers with money, mentorship, and support for production on an animated short film; submissions now being accepted through December 10.
‘Invisible in Visual Effects’ asks the question - how many women are responsible for the imagery on screen? The answer – very few.
The organization’s ongoing initiative recognizes individuals, films, and organizations working to expand diversity; Rebecca Sugar, ‘All Those Sensations in My Belly’ by Marko Dješka, and the University of Southern California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative all honored; taped ceremony with WIA president Marge Dean now available online at the festival website.
A series of projects will soon arrive based on the celebrated, award-winning 2D short about the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.
Animation Focus, Foundry, LAIKA and Wacom join returning partners Animation Mentor, Autodesk, and Toon Boom to expand opportunities for students with additional workshops, tutoring, software, and cash awards.
Studio’s minority acquisition and first-look deal with London-based publishing company aims to develop new stories from diverse voices.
Government-sponsored group identifies educational programs that promote diversity while producing ‘industry ready’ talent; Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth University have been designated as having strong industry ties while featuring high-quality course content.
New mentorship and training program seeks to discover artists in underrepresented communities whose style and voice push boundaries in storytelling and animation; up to 7 artists will be selected to participate; applications due by October 24.
The new 2D animated series, created by Sonia Manzano, features a 6-year-old proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx; launching October 4, the show is part of a revamped daytime PBS KIDS SoCal schedule that allows fans more viewing options for series including ‘Arthur,’ ‘Molly of Denali,’ and ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.’
The initiative, developed in partnership with Kids Can Press, is designed to discover, support, and mentor emerging Black storytellers and illustrators in Canada; selected creatives interested in kids’ TV animation with receive support in pitch development and an introduction to industry professionals.
Program provides production placements for candidates who have up to 12 months paid work experience in animation; program aims to increase the pool of qualified talent by providing a range of training opportunities – application deadline is September 27.
Sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England, the program aims to support black-identifying animators living in the UK; selected artists will receive £2,500 each along with mentoring opportunities, development support, and advice, to create 1–3-minute animations that will premiere on the Film London website in Winter 2021.
Kicking off next month, the program will broaden opportunities for underrepresented talent and bring new voices and stories to the animation space; creatives in both the Latinx and neurodiverse communities have been selected by program partners to participate in the inaugural Fall 2021 group.
Beam me up, Scotty! to the virtual event, hosted by Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton, celebrating 55 years of ‘Star Trek’ featuring ‘legacy moments’ with iconic cast members, surprise appearances, and a tribute to Gene Roddenberry, streaming live on September 8.
The short features an animated Jessica from ‘Craig of the Creek’ talking to Ruby Bridges, civil rights icon and activist, about her experience as the first Black child integrated into an all-white school, and asking what kids can do to be peace makers.
5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.
Netflix’s new animated musical preschool series from the prolific Peabody, Humanitas, NAACP, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Doc McStuffins’ creator brings diversity, inclusivity, and representation to the adventures of a courageous and curious kid living inside a natural history museum.
Company continues to expand its teams across creative, support, and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; Kevin Mah joins as head of FX, Wassila Lmouaci and Marie-Ève Authier as VFX producers, and Sandra Najem as head of HR.
Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.
Three new installments mark the end of slavery in the U.S.; episodes feature activist Ms. Opal Lee, Saniya, the first national Miss Juneteenth winner, and the ancestor of Major General Granger, who read the proclamation in Texas that declared all slaves were free.
During an online panel, industry agencies, including Film London, Animation UK, BFI, and Screen Scotland, renewed their sector commitment while sharing business development, investment, and government support insights and strategies in the wake of COVID-19.