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Working to Reduce Gun Violence ANIMATIONWorld

‘Blossom’ Depicts Young Girl’s Struggle to Cope with Gun Violence

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:39pm

Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ production house Lion Forge Animation teams with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund on poignant animated short in support of the 7th annual Wear Orange campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Medical Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘When It’s Risky’ Immortalizes a Beloved Aunt and Educates About COVID-19

As a follow-up to ‘3 Teaspoons of Sugar,’ their animated short about diabetes, South Africa’s Cabblow Studios releases new film about staying safe during the pandemic, starring the filmmaker’s aunt, who lost her life in the second wave.

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Fest Anča International Animation Festival Moves Online

Slovakia’s only animation festival targeted to mature audiences, running July 1-4, will feature online streaming of animated films via the Festhome.com streaming platform; film viewing will be available for one week after the program’s conclusion.

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Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:04am

Created by Chris Nee and executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, animated shorts cover basic U.S. civics in an anything-but-basic way; Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Jorge Gutierrez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Digs and Amanda Gorman are just some of the artists participating.

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40 Animated Shorts to Compete at Palm Springs International ShortFest

295 films across animation, live-action, and documentary were selected from over 5,500 entries; in-theatre screenings of 49 curated programs run June 22-28.

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Expanded GLAS Animation Grants Program Open for Applications

New sponsorships have enabled larger awards for 2021; applications being accepted from U.S.-based individual filmmakers/artists through August 1.

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LALIFF Animation Day Short Film Slate Revealed

8 shorts will be featured at the LA Latino International Film Festival’s debut day-long animation event, set for June 4, which includes premieres, panel discussions, an animated shorts contest, and masterclasses; festival runs June 2-6.

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‘To The Letter’ Highlights Challenges Unhoused Kids Face Learning to Read

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:43am

Non-profit School on Wheels releases new animated short, created by the CBS Leadership Pipeline Challenge, to support ABC Literacy Program that helps unhoused K-3 students catch up in literacy and develop a love of reading.

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Academy Announces Date Change for 94th Oscars

Ceremony moves to March 27, 2022; film eligibility window returns to standard December 31 deadline, though requirements remain unchanged from 2021 awards.

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Festival Stop Motion Montréal 2021 Issues Call for Entries

The event, running September 10-19, is accepting short film projects using puppet animation, object animation and/or pixilation; deadline for submissions is July 2.  

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Framestore Uses Deep Fake Tech for Kiyan Prince Anti-Knife Campaign

Leading VFX studio provides cutting-edge AI and art support that brings back to life a young football prodigy tragically killed in a 2006 stabbing, showing him 15 years later at age 30.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Special Events Set for Annecy Festival’s 60th Celebration

At Annecy 2021, first time screenings, masterclasses, and keynotes include a look back with ‘Mémoire d’une minute,’ a shorts collection for Annecy award-winning directors; a masterclass presented by Walt Disney and Kugali animation studios; and a keynote by Terrence Malick about VR ‘Evolver – Prologue.’

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‘Migrants,’ ‘Meerkat,’ and ‘I am a Pebble’ Take SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Honors

Short films from Pôle 3D, Weta Digital, and ESMA are the big winners among 37 works, including two world premieres, selected for this year’s virtual Electronic Theater, coming August 9.

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Hybrid Mifa 2021 Revealed: Connect Online or In-Person

Industry leading market’s new, flexible format encourages attendee participation from anywhere; extensive program line-up includes pitches, on-line targeted meetings, and career recruitment; Annecy 2021 runs June 14-19.

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World Premiere of Disney’s ‘Far From the Tree’ Set for Annecy

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:21am

Studio’s latest animated theatrical short, about a raccoon whose frustrated parent tries to keep them both safe, will run alongside upcoming musical comedy, ‘Encanto,’ later in 2021.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Animating the Punchy Electro Beats of 1788-L’s ‘Automaton’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1:08pm

The acclaimed producer’s new music video, animated by FISE and GASOLINE, captures the experimental bass and exciting, Daft Punk-like melody from the track off his new ‘Parallel:S’ EP.

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Join ‘The Man in the Mangroves’ Animated Short Launch Party

May 22 virtual event will celebrate start of production on 12-minute film, based on a Donna Decker poem, from Pixar co-founder Ralph Guggenheim, Oscar and Emmy winner James ‘Andy’ Moorer, and Caitlin Hargarten and Sam Blake Thompson of Squawk Productions.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

Open Call: FLAMIN Animations UK Project Commissions

Program sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England aims to support four black-identifying animators living in the UK by providing project development help, mentorship, and financing; applications deadline is June 22.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Young Artists Pivot into Animation for Universal Music Group’s °1824 Division

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 3:28pm

Moving away from videography during the pandemic, members of the company’s inhouse creative group embraced new digital tools, including After Effects, to produce captivating video content that often provided fans their first visual representation of a new song.

3D Surrealism ANIMATIONWorld

Sci-Fi Ambient Minimalism: ‘Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Spring Mix]’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:43am

Debuting today, the latest collaboration from noise-electro/classical composer Elizabeth Joan Kelly and avant-garde slide-guitarist Geiger von Müller gets surreal with public domain NASA images, Cinema 4D, and After Effects.

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Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation Gets Underway

The event kicked off May 10 with a full slate of online and onsite events including meetings, conferences, workshops, and presentations; the Best Shorts finalists will be available for home viewing through May 23 via the Retiana Latina and Filmin platforms.

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‘Awakening’ #StopAsianHate PSA Honors Asian Americans in Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:40am

Oscar-nominated producer Peilin Chou directs powerful short film with the help of artists and creators including Ronnie del Carmen, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jinko Gotoh, Sanjay Patel, Gennie Rim, John Aoshima, and Henry Yu, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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GMUNK Creates Hypnotic Fluid Sims for ‘The Living System’ Short

The renowned digital artist, aka Bradley Munkowitz, uses a water and smoke system to simulate a swell of energy for the collaborative Z by HP project.

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LatinX in Animation Announces First-Ever Animation Day

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:00am

As part of LALIFF 2021, LXiA is presenting a day of premieres, panel discussions, an animated short contest, and master classes, featuring speakers like Jorge Gutierrez, Sherley Ibarra, Carlos López Estrada, Phil Lord, and Lindsey Olivares.

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