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A Couple Faces the Pain of Unspoken Grief in ‘If Anything Happens I Love You’

In Will McCormack and Michael Govier’s animated short, estranged parents of a child killed in a school shooting try to overcome their heartbreak and find each other again; now showing on Netflix.

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Call for Entries: Fest Anča International Animation Festival 2021

2021 edition, taking place July 1-4 in Slovakia, is now accepting submissions for animated short films, student films, music videos, and films for children.

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‘KKUM:’ How Kangmin Kim Created His Oscar-Qualified Short with an $80 Micro-Budget

Seoul-born, Los Angeles-based independent stop-motion filmmaker employs Styrofoam and cinematic lighting to create a moving and intimate tribute to his mother.

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A Brave Young Girl Fights to Save the Planet in ‘Astronaut Spaceman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00pm

Emmy Award-winning ‘Game of Thrones’ artist Patrick Gehlen crafts a charming, thought-provoking animated music video that rallies voters to fight against climate change.

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Cardiff Animation Festival Goes Virtual

Online offerings running October 24-November 1 to include full shorts program; a session with Welsh animator, Simon Chong, currently a director on Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers;’ and a behind the scenes look at, ‘Heart of Darkness,’ the world’s first sand-animated feature film.

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Choose Your Pass for OIAF 2020 Virtual Festival – Available NOW!

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.

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Famed ‘Kikoriki’ Creator and Producer Anatoly Prokhorov Passes at 72

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:49am

The influential co-founder of both Pilot and Petersburg Animation Studio and a guiding creative force in Russian independent animation died this past Sunday from Leukemia.

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The Mesmerizing and Surreal Animation of Erick Oh’s ‘OPERA’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 21, 2020 at 2:19pm

A stunning and provocative new short film by the Annecy Cristal-winning ‘PIG: The Dam Keeper Poems’ director examines diverse issues like racism, terrorism, religion, war, and class struggle within our society.

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WATCH: ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘SpongeBob’ Get Anime Treatment

Both ‘official’ and fan-made homage shorts, ‘Rick and Morty vs. Genocider’ and ‘Bubble Bass Arc,’ show that ‘niche’ anime audiences are a growing force to be reckoned with.

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Fresh Takes: COVID-19 Meets Mad Max in ‘Mad Mask – Fury Roll’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:19pm

Produced in France during the lockdown, Stéphane Berla’s funny animated short shows how nothing can stop a horde of frenzied shoppers, or post-apocalyptic raiders, in their quest for vital supplies.

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Netflix Acquires Gitanjali Rao’s ‘Bombay Rose’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 9:30pm

Award-winning, 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.

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Fresh Takes: New ‘Quarantoon’ Series ‘Gnat & Tina’ Episode 1

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4:17pm

Brandon Martin and Eric J. Trujillo’s 100% quarantine-produced 2D animated short, about two bored houseflies looking to experience the world, is the first of a bi-weekly animated series. 

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A Bit of Hope from a Superhero Fan in ‘Heroes in Lockdown’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5:09pm

French filmmaker Régis Raffin’s stylized film, made by a small team from their homes during lockdown, shares the notion that nothing, especially tough times of despair, lasts forever.

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Fresh Takes: Poignant Stories of Immigrant Struggles in ‘Coup d’état Math’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 13, 2020 at 4:03pm

Sai Selvarajan’s animated short weaves together four gripping vignettes that capture the contrasting emotions of despair and hope in different refugee communities. 

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Fresh Takes: Daniel Sterlin-Altman’s LGBTQ Love Letter, ‘Reach the Sky’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 11:41am

Director’s stop-motion music video, showcasing three queer friends and lots of yarn, delivers a message of support to those struggling to be themselves.

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Fresh Takes: The Disturbing and Heartbreaking Tale of ‘Girl in the Hallway’

In Valerie Barnhart’s hybrid 2D stop-motion short, her first animated film, Jamie is still haunted by the guilt of ignoring the girl in the hallway.

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Trippy, Edgy and Reptilian: The Wonderful Melancholia of ‘Acid Rain’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 3:07pm

Polish director Tomek Popakul’s Annie Award-nominated short film is a jagged, hypnotic Eastern European road trip viewed through a depressing but entrancing cartoon shaded daze. 

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The Life of a Sibling That Never Was: Siqi Song’s ‘Sister’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 1:49pm

An intimate, sober and thoughtful animated short that imagines what a Chinese man’s family life might have been had his mother not been forced to terminate her second pregnancy.

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WATCH: HEROmation's ‘The Wrong Rock’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Monday, December 16, 2019 at 4:46pm

Michael Cawood’s just released award-winning story of equality, told through the adventures of a mushroom, was an international collaboration of hundreds of artists using the Artella online virtual platform.

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‘Mind My Mind’: Exploring the Complex Inner World of Autism Through Animation

Dutch filmmaker Floor Adams talks about her award-winning short film filled with the heartbreak and humor of living with Asperger’s syndrome.

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‘Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days’ - An Award-Winning Tribute to a Beloved Uncle

Regina Pessoa talks about her moving short film, which won the Jury Award at Annecy and just received an Annie Award nomination.

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A Filmmaker’s Journey to Honor a Loved One in 'Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days'

The award-winning filmmaker shares the story behind her latest film, a mixed media, stop-motion and hand-drawn ode to a cherished uncle.

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