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OIAF Pitch THIS! Goes Virtual, Now Accepting Entries from Canadian Creators

Festival and Mercury Filmworks announce first virtual competition, offering wider reach and accessibility to new creative voices.

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Applications Now Open for 2021 Universal’s Global Talent Composer Initiative

GDTI program alumni includes Amie Doherty, recently chosen to score DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature, ‘Spirit Riding Free.’ 

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CAA Hit with New Round of Layoffs and Furloughs

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 2:15pm

While animation production seems to be thriving, one of Hollywood’s premier agencies announces a significant staff reduction, another sign of COVID’s continued impact on many areas of the entertainment business.

Festivals Events

44th Ottawa International Animation Festival Goes Virtual

Begins: September 23, 2020

Scheduled for September 23 – October 4, the event will feature screenings, virtual artist talks, workshops, and meetings with schools and recruiters.

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ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum Pitching Competition Now Open

Submissions now being accepted for the event, which will be held October 6-10, offering awards, support, and professional access to finalists.

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Framestore Selects Winning Internship VFX Competition Teams

Remote program mentors recent VFX grads competing for prizes and job opportunities at VFX studio’s Montreal or London office. 

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‘Women in Animation Class of 2020 Showcase’ Call for Submissions

WIA launches special online program celebrating thesis and final films from Class of 2020 students who couldn’t screen works, attend career fairs or otherwise celebrate graduation due to COVID-19.

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EU Skills Report Sites Serious Lack of Gaming Talent

76% of responding game companies cite difficulties in finding skilled staff; finds that while 45% of EU gamers are women, increase in STEM studies and careers for women are essential in the training of the future workforce.  

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MPC Episodic Adds 7 New Key Senior Team Hires

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:07pm

Since its launch this past January, studio has expanded quickly, working on a number of series, and will soon begin VFX production with Sky Studios on HBO’s ‘The Third Day’ mini-series.

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Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

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Leading Animation Artists to Discuss Job Search Strategies at Animation Guild Online Panel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 11:23am

June 10 Q&A with industry veterans is designed to help recent graduates get work in animation during COVID-19 pandemic.

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NFB Names Julie Roy Director General, Creation and Innovation

Celebrated National Film Board French Animation Studio executive producer, with more than 50 productions to her credit, brings experience and risk-taking to new post.

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WIA Virtual Q+A - Creating Your Career in Production Design Coming May 15

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 4:01pm

‘Trolls World Tour’ production designer Kendal Cronkhite Shaindlin, joined by the film’s producer Gina Shay as moderator, will discuss her career path and share insights of a 25-year journey through the animation industry.

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Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Other Disney Units Hit with Furloughs

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 2:35pm

Previously announced Walt Disney Company move begins as employees whose jobs aren’t deemed necessary will be temporarily dismissed April 19.

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DreamWorks Animation Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus Pandemic

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 13, 2020 at 11:25am

DWA president Margie Cohn follows up Universal CEO’s memo with a note announcing phased move toward employees working from home, and immediate closure of studio offices to visitors. 

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Producers Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román Talk ‘Klaus’ Crew Diversity

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

New featurette highlights how the filmmakers prioritized inclusion in building one of the most diverse crews in animation history.

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Kristine Belson Adds TV and Streaming to Her Role as Sony Pictures Animation President

Studio head's contract renewal expands her responsibilities to include production of animation for series and streaming. 

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Trojan Horse is a Unicorn Announces Final 2019 Lineup

THU, one of Europe’s leading digital entertainment conferences, announces its complete program for upcoming September 23-28 event in Valletta, Malta.

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