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Virtual Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Official Selections Announced

A diverse group of 114 animated shorts, feature films, and series will compete at upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival, running online September 22 – October 3; 48 films additionally chosen for Panorama screenings, with the VR selections coming in August.

Awards Headline News

‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Go! Go! Cory Carson’ Big Winners at Daytime Emmy Awards

‘Hilda,’ ‘The Adventures of Paddington,’ ‘Elena of Avalor,’ and ‘Baba Yaga’ also take home multiple awards at the 48th annual awards ceremony.

Virtual Reality Headline News

‘Madrid Noir’ VR Adventure Now on Oculus Quest 1 & 2

The 45-minute interactive virtual reality caper invites viewers to solve puzzles in a city lost to time, blending animation with classic noir in an immersive environment driven by Unreal Engine.

call for entries Headline News

Submit Your XR Masterpiece to SIGGRAPH Asia 2021

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:08am

Selected innovative immersive projects in XR will be showcased at the conference, taking place in Tokyo from December 14-17; the submission deadline is July 15.

VR technology Headline News

Soundscape VR Launches Magic Mirror ‘Digital Drive-in’ Platform

Launching with special performances including The Desert Dwellers, Desert Hearts Mikey Lion, Porky, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, RYBO, and Carlo, the new, scalable VR technology brings 2D content into virtual reality with no limit to the number of music lovers who can share the experience.

Events Headline News

THU Returns to Portugal for Upcoming 8th Edition

After canceling last year because of COVID-19, Trojan Horse was a Unicorn will be back as an onsite event this year, running September 20-25 in Tróia.

Awards Headline News

‘Flee’ and ‘Peel’ Take Top Cristal Awards at Annecy 2021

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 12:15pm

Films by Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Samuel Patthey & Silvain Monney among 20 winners at the 45th festival edition, held both on-site and virtually, finally able to celebrate its 60th anniversary postponed from 2020 when the event was forced online due to the pandemic.

Annecy 2021 Headline News

The NFB Showcases Dedication to Auteur Animation at Annecy 2021 Studio Focus

Famed Canadian animation studio forges a path for unique voices; also bringing 5 projects and a special program to the festival, including Joanna Quinn's ‘Affairs of the Art’ and Claude Cloutier's ‘Bad Seeds.’

Immersive xR Worlds Headline News

disguise xR Powers the Virtual Worlds of Bryson Tiller’s Live-Streamed Concert

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00pm

The leading extended reality tech firm and Xite Labs create a myriad of immersive worlds in Unreal Engine for the rappers’ ‘Trapsoul World Series’ performance.

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‘Un(re)solved’ AR Experience Shares Stories of Lives Taken in Hateful Racial Crimes

Filmmaker Tamara Shogaolu and PBS’ ‘FRONTLINE’ collaborate on an animated, immersive web and interactive installation that shares the lives and histories of 151 victims from unsolved civil rights-era murder cases; premieres June 9 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Epic MegaGrant Recipient Conical Launches ‘The Green Fairy’ VR Short

Available for download June 24, the interactive studio’s fantasy adventure will be supported on Valve’s Steam VR, Oculus Rift, and Quest by Facebook; 9-part Vlog series will also be released.

People Headline News

Pixotope Adds to Global Staff

Mixed reality software company taps industry veterans Juan Rubio, Brad Rochon, and David Dowling as new project specialist, VP of sales and marketing, and chief revenue officer, respectively.

Awards Headline News

‘Precious,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Take Top Prizes at ITFS 2021

International Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film concludes six-day virtual event that provided a global audience with live streaming access to more than 400 shorts and features; entire ITFS media library will stay available to accredited users until May 16, 2021.

animated shorts Headline News

Erick Oh and Baobab Studios’ ‘Namoo’ to Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 3, 2021 at 12:21pm

The Oscar-nominated ‘Opera’ director teams with the Emmy-winning studio behind ‘Baba Yaga,’ ‘Bonfire,’ and ‘Crow: The Legend’ on new theatrical short, created with Quill, about the meaningful moments of one man’s life, symbolized by the positive and painful memories within the branches of a growing tree.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Shares New Program Highlights

Running May 4-6, the online even has announced additional talks and highlights, including ‘From 2D to 3D: The Craft of Tom & Jerry,’ more ‘Concept Art Track’ speakers, and a panel by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.

Annecy 2021 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces VR Works Selections

Nine projects selected out of 75 submissions include a diverse group of films with varied themes; festival runs from June 14-19.

No Time Like Real-Time Headline News

RealTime Conference Announces Full Spring Lineup

The free virtual event, running April 26-28, brings together over 150 speakers from a diverse set of industries; featured topics include Cloud/Pixel streaming in Real-Time; digital humans/virtual agents; virtual production; and how real-time is transforming animation.

Technology Headline News

The Future Group Releases Pixotope Version 1.5

With full access to Unreal Engine 4.26.1 and comprehensive integration and support for third-party plug-ins, the new release offers users endless opportunities for experimental XR graphics functionality.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Cinema 4D S24

New subscription-only version lets users easily browse and intuitively place assets within scenes; includes key animation workflow enhancements and sneak peek at new scene nodes and manager interface.

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