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Free VIEW Conference 2021 Registration Now Open

Renown animation, VFX, virtual production, and games conference reveals massive program of free events featuring master filmmakers and top industry professionals, including Sir Roger Deakins and the Badass Women Production Designers; event runs in person and online October 17-22 in Torino, Italy.

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Pixotope Adds 3 Key Hires to Global Leadership Team

Mixed reality software company taps broadcast and media industry veterans Ben Davenport, David Cheng and Travis Sims as VP for global marketing, VP sales & marketing EMEA, and strategic account manager for North America, respectively.

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‘Honekami,’ ‘Bob Spit-We Do Not Like People’ Take Top OIAF 2021 Honors

Honami Yano awarded the Grand Prize for animated short; Cesar Cabral awarded Grand Prize for animated feature as the 45th annual Ottawa International Animation Festival concludes.

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We Are Royale Creates Epic Pentakill Campaign with Riot Games

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4:10pm

The creative production company designed new art, logos and typography, illustrated assets, and animated videos for both the alternate reality game and virtual, heavy metal concert watched live by hundreds of thousands of fans that launched the band’s new album, ‘III: Lost Chapter.’  

Animation Festivals Headline News

Call for Entries: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2022

Films are now being accepted for competition in five categories – International Competition, Young Animation, Tricks for Kids, Trickstar Nature Award, and AniMovie; submission deadline is December 1.

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Dome Fest West Coming to Costa Mesa October 8-10

Inaugural 360-degree film festival and conference will feature 32 immersive films screened in a ‘fulldome’ venue; event features new technology presentations, industry panels, and interactive workshops.

The Best in Immersive VR Headline News

Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Wins Daytime Emmy for Interactive Media

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 4:13pm

Leading independent interactive studio takes home its ninth Emmy; latest award, for immersive VR portrayal of Eastern European legend, adds to project’s previous Emmy wins for directing and character design.   

City-scale AR experience Headline News

‘Wallace & Gromit’s ‘Fix Up the City’ AR App Launches Today

Aardman and Fictioneers’ new city-scale augmented reality experience transforms Bristol and Cardiff in the UK, and San Francisco in the US, into virtual stages; for a limited time, the app is free on iOS and Android devices in the UK.

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Will Be Held in Tokyo and Online

Announcement confirms the hybrid event will take place December 14-17 at the Tokyo International Forum – selected events will also be available virtually; Sony Group Corporation’s executive deputy president and CTO Toru Katsumoto to give keynote.

The Dark Knight… in AR! AR Headline News

‘DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition’ AR App Now Available

Free augmented reality mobile app offers kids an immersive narrative driven adventure into Batman’s crime fighting team the Knightwatch; also features mini games, AR face filters, sticker packs and exclusive video content connecting to DCKids’ YouTube channel.

Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

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.

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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.

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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.

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