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OIAF 2021 Announces Retrospectives and Screenings

The upcoming festival reveals special retrospectives on animators Mariusz Wilczyński and Jodie Mack; the 2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival runs online September 22 - October 3.

UK Funding for Animated Shorts Headline News

BFI Short Form Animation Fund Now Open for Project Submissions

Applications now being accepted through August 16 for short form animation project financing; new partnership with The StoryFutures Academy supports two additional immersive projects in AR or VR.

Are We Dreaming or Awake? ANIMATIONWorld

Visualizing a New Mother’s Eerie Sleeplessness in ‘Six to Six’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:26pm

For Israeli artist Neta Cohen, childhood memories that her home had a life of its own fueled her 2D/3D animated short about the long, sometimes sinister hours between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination.

What it Means to be Human ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Love, Death, Robots + Revelation

Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots’ animated anthology challenges us to see reality through new eyes, encouraging us to be curious and reflect on the intimate connection between beauty and death, and what it means to be human.

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Cast Announced for Netflix’s ‘The House’ Stop-Motion Dark Comedy

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:00am

Helena Bonham-Carter and Miranda Richardson among the stars boarding Nexus Studios’ anthology series about a house and the surreal tales surrounding three generations of families who lived there.   

indie animation Headline News

Bill Plympton and Rock Farm Launch Kickstarter for ‘Demi’s Panic’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:44am

Indie animation legend teams with Danny Leonard and Lorena Hernandez Leonard on animated short about a young Latina professional living in NYC whose nightmares foreshadow the coming storm.

Taking out Tyranny Headline News

Lebanese Animated Thriller ‘Alephia 2053’ Imagines A World Without Tyranny

Pulling from events surrounding the Arab Spring uprisings, powerful new 60-minute film envisions what the Middle East could look like in 30 years.

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.

And the Oscar Goes to…? ANIMATIONWorld

On the Road to the 93rd Oscars: The Animated Short Film Nominees

‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People’ vie for this year’s Best Animated Short Oscar.

The Healing Power of Hope ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’

Two parents’ sudden, heartbreaking loss becomes ours in Michael Govier and Will McCormack’s animated short that ultimately fulfills us with the healing power of hope.

Bakshi Would be Proud! ANIMATIONWorld

The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

Bringing Stories of Oceania to Life Headline News

‘Moana’ Director John Musker Talks Story with the ‘Kapaemahu’ Team

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:54pm

Watch Disney’s legendary Oscar-nominated director as he and the Oscar-shortlisted film’s producers discuss bringing Pacific stories alive through animation. 

Independent Animation Blogs

‘Bombay Rose’ – Viewpoint and Vision

VIEW Conference executive director Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez shares her thoughts on the complex vision of reality, and ultimate celebration of life, in Gitanjali Rao’s debut hand-painted animated feature film, premiering today on Netflix.

Independent Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Bombay Rose’ Paints an Intimate Portrait of India’s Past and Present

For writer and director Gitanjali Rao, the ‘love’ within a simple rose inspired her compelling and beautifully hand-painted animated film about people in India living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive.

Virtual Events Blogs

ANNY’s ‘Monsters and Me’ VR Event

By Joe Strike | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:26pm

AWN’s resident Miscweant, adorned in an Oculus Quest 2 headset, shares his report on Animation Nights New York’s cutting-edge webXR virtual animated shorts screening.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of the Oscar Shortlisted ‘Kapaemahu’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:48pm

Watch how Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson produced their beautifully animated short that celebrates 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.

Wendigo Terror! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Little Wolf: The Night Trail’: A Coming-of-Age Battle Against the Undead

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:41am

Director Jesse Cowan takes a dark journey into Native American mythology with his tale of a young boy, his wolf totem, and their fight with monsters of the forest.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Sets March 8 Release for Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:45pm

Premiering on International Women’s Day, the hand-painted animated feature, based on true events, is the Indian director’s riveting ode to people living unfulfilled lives as they struggle to survive in the big city.

indie animation ANIMATIONWorld

Man’s Best Friend Has Demons Too in ‘Ghost Dogs’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:27pm

Joe Cappa and J.W. Hallford’s film pays homage to rare childhood moments of self-discovery, like flipping through channels, stumbling upon ‘The Shining,’ which you weren’t supposed to watch, but did anyway.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ishan Shukla’s ‘Schirkoa’ Set to Begin Production

Animated feature, based on the director’s award-winning short, will blend 2D and 3D cinema, animation, and video game development techniques; production begins Spring 2021 with the premiere planned for 2023.  

Business Headline News

Animated Documentary ‘Flee’ Sells for $1 Million at Sundance

The moving film, revealing a painful 20-year-old secret from a gay academic’s journey to Denmark as an Afghan child refugee, sold to Oscar award-winning studio Neon for seven figures as the film festival got underway.

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