There are only 3 days left for Canadian creators to submit original animated series content to Mercury Filmworks’ annual pitching competition returning in-person to the festival’s TAC business conference, running September 21 – 23; entries must be received by June 30.
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The festival and Mercury Filmworks announce the annual competition’s in-person return as part of TAC, offering Canadian creators a unique opportunity to refine their craft and reach an audience of peers, studio executives, and potential buyers; entry deadline is June 30.
Festival and Mercury Filmworks announce the second ever virtual competition, offering wider reach and accessibility to new creative voices; entry deadline is June 15.
Watch this year’s retrospectives featuring a celebration of Estonian animator, Elbert Tuganov; unique perspectives from Norwegian animation studio, Mikrofilm; and the work of Métis filmmaker, Terril Calder.
Festival and Mercury Filmworks announce first virtual competition, offering wider reach and accessibility to new creative voices.
3rd edition, previously set for April 16-18 in Tenerife, Spain, will not be held; plans for online edition will soon be released.
Winners from the upcoming 3rd Edition will be announced at a special awards ceremony on April 18 in Tenerife, Spain.
Finalists will be announced on February 18 at Casa de América de Madrid; winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on April 18 in Tenerife.
A Bunch of Short Guys presents
INDUSTRY GIANTS 2015 CONFERENCE: NAVIGATING THE FUTURE
DALLAS: Step behind the scenes and into the world of visual effects, animation design and game creation at the Industry Giants 2015 Conference. The annual event for animators, special effects designers, students and professionals takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Addison Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, located at 14315 Midway Road in Addison, Texas, 70001, Conference tickets are $150. Tickets to the Life Drawing Master Class are $30. Both can be purchased online at www.industrygiants.org or at the door the day of the event.
Industry Giants 2015 includes a Concept Artist Panel featuring Lorin Wood, Senior Concept Designer/Gearbox Software; Eliott Lilly, Freelance Concept Artist and Illustrator; Elise Hatheway, Visual Development Artist/Reel FX Studios and Samantha Youssef, Artistic Director/Studio Technique. The Life Drawing Master Class will be lead by Samantha Youssef and Stephen Silver. Confirmed speakers to date include:
Armand Serrano - Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios
James Gentile – Senior Motion Capture Technician at Monolith Productions Game Studio
Jorge Gutierrez - Writer, Director and Creator at Reel FX Creative Studios
Katy Heckey – Visual Development Artist at Brazen Animation
Rachelle Lewis - Animation and FX Talent Recruiter
Samantha Youssef – Artistic Director at Studio Technique
Stephen Silver -Character Designer with Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation
ABOUT A BUNCH OF SHORT GUYS
A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG) is a Dallas-based nonprofit animation guild established to foster a community of artists and storytellers. The group serves as educational resource to the local community of entertainment educators and students. Industry Giants is the organization’s annual professional development seminar that brings industry professionals to Dallas for workshops, presentations and panel discussions. Additional information is available at http://www.industrygiants.org.
ABOSG gets its name from a group of 10 animators who came together over 15 years ago to create an animated short for the Siggraph Electronic Theater competition. The name refers to the group of "short film" makers. The original Short Guys silhouetted in the logo feature (from left to right): Vince Sidwell, Brandon Bruce, T.G. Weems, Will Nicholson, Eric Craft, Chad Briggs, Tom Ottinger, J. Marshall Pittman and J. Schuh. The members have changed over the years, evolving from a "bunch of guys" to a community of like-minded individuals working to improve the Texas animation economy. For more information visit http://www.abosg.org
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