Whistling Woods International is a film, communication and creative institute located in Mumbai, India. The institute has been founded by Indian Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts and Film City Mumbai. No wonder in July 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named Whistling Woods on its list of The best film schools in the world. This is the first time that the school was ranked among the top 10 film schools by the named newspaper in 2010. Some of the affiliations are with Deakin University and Griffith University in Australia, Syracuse University in the United States and New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. The Institute has affiliations with several film schools, including international student co-productions and credits transfer. Animation Digital Digest talks to Yusuf Mehta...
The finalists for this year’s British Animation Awards have been announced with a good number of licensed favourites making the cut. Held every two years, the British Animation Awards reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories. This year’s event will take place on March 15 at London’s BFI Southbank. Hey Duggee, Twirlywoos and Sarah and Duck have all been shortlisted in the Best Pre-school category while The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed will contest the Best Children’s Series category. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been named alongside Revolting Rhymes and Ethel & Ernest in Best Long Form, while The Great British Bake Off’s singing cakes have received a nod for Best Animation in a Commercial. Lupus Films’ Ethe
Furthering Nick’s move into eSports programming for kids, a new 60 x one-hour scripted gaming series from Barcelona, Spain-based multimedia communications group Mediapro entitled NOOBees has been asked for by Nickelodeon LatAm. The order was announced at this year’s National Association of Television Executives (NATPE) conference in Miami Beach Created by Enrique Pérez of Mediapro’s production company 100Balas, the series follows a young basketball-obsessed girl named Silvia who forms an eSports team (the NOOBees) with her friends and becomes a professional gamer. The series is expected to go into production in April at Mediapro’s Bogota, Colombia-based studio, Televideo, which has worked on teen hits Chica Vampiro and Nickelodeon LatAm’s Yo Soy Franky. It will be produce
The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards has announced its nominated works in the nine categories of its first edition that will take place on April 7th in the island of Tenerife (Spain). The announcement was made last morning at Ochoymedio and during Andean Call, event of andean animation projects’ development that takes place in the city of Quito between the 15th and the 19th of this month. The presentation has been carried out by Dª Eliana Champutiz, Technical Director of the Film and Audiovisual Creation Institute (ICCA); José Luis Farias, promoter of the initiative; Paul Vaca, head of international relations; and Paco Rodríguez, ambassador of the awards in Spain and member of the selection committee.
For enthusiasts of VR and followers of horror games, indie studio Bloompix Studios has launched a new update for its terror shocker The Devil Awaits VR. The Devil Awaits VR is a thriller in which you play as Rick H. Johanson, a thief who tries to escape from the police after committing a robbery in a bank. The main action takes place in an abandoned cabin where he will soon find himself fighting against evil creatures and solving many puzzles to get back home. “Since the birth of VR, we’ve been wanting to feel real fear and despair in a virtual reality experience, and now we have made it happen,” says Sergio Gardella, CEO at Bloompix Studios. “Samsung Gear VR is the optimal home for The Devil Awaits VR, and I am certain that after playing it, a sense of disheartenment won’t vanish f
Kids media specialists Bejuba! Entertainment and Koko Rose Media have entered into a partnership with Canadian studio YETI FARM and multi-Emmy award-winning writer Scott Cameron for its pre-school series Flora Of The Forest. The new CG animated series will be presented by Bejuba! at Kidscreen Summit 2018, with a full bible, trailer and script by multi-Emmy-winning duo Karen Fowler and Scott Cameron. Yeti Farm is a Canadian 2D and 3D CG animation studio founded by Ashley Ramsay, Todd Ramsay and Jason Surridge with the advisory participation of industry veteran Blair Peters. Earlier shows they’ve produced include top shows Nickelodeon’s Little Charmers, Camp Lakebottom, Beat Bugs, and Max & Ruby among others. Tatiana Kober, President of Bejuba! commented, “Yeti Farm's creative
London-based distributor Meta Media Entertainment has secured a number of broadcasting and platform sales for Studio Film Bilder’s new 2D-animated comedy Animanimals. Created by animator/director Julia Ocker, each episode of the life lesson-themed series features a different animal that must find a solution to an absurd situation. The 26 x four-minute, non-dialogue show from Stuttgart-based producer has been picked up by the toon’s broadcast co-producers KiKA and SWR in Germany as well as SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), TATA Sky (India) and Jim Jam (pan Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia). A MENA deal has also been signed by Discovery Kids, while Télé-Québec and Knowledge Network will air the series in Canada, and TVNZ for New Zealand. As for platform sales, Chinese
Xilam Animation has appointed Céline Carenco as its SVP Media Distribution - Asia Pacific. In this role, the lady will sell Xilam’s growing library of outstanding kids’ and family content to this key market. Bringing more than two decades of experience to the role, Carenco is a veteran of the global content distribution business. She was most recently International Sales & Acquisitions Director at Paris-based Awol Animation. Prior to Awol Animation, she worked at Gaumont Animation (formerly Alphanim) for 15 years where she was responsible for developing the company’s international distribution activity in Asia, EMEA and Canada. An excited Carenco said, “Xilam is in a unique position in the kids’ space. I am excited about what the company has to offer and am thrilled to be joining
When it was first released last summer, the CG animated ode to emoticons, The Emoji Movie, did not exactly set the box office on fire. But recently it managed to cement its place in history as it was shown in a theatre in Saudi Arabia making it one of the first movies to have been screened in the region after the lifting of the ban on cinemas. According to news agency Reuters, The Emoji Movie was screened in a makeshift theatre in Jeddah in a week-long screening campaign organised by the Cinema 70 brand owned by Mamdouh Salim. The Emoji Movie did not screen in its original form, though. The version shown in Saudi has been appropriately censored in certain places in order to avoid conflicting with beliefs held by Saudi conservatives. The cinema ban has been in place since the early 1...
After its release across half of Latin America last October, the Peruvian production Condorito: The Movie opened in limited American release on 12th January. The film, produced by Hugo Rose and Abraham Umbrand, has been distributed by Lionsgate and Pantelion Films in the country. With a production cost of over $8 million, the film is a high-budget movie by Latin American standards. The movie is also the latest example of how Latin American studious are becoming increasingly confident at producing and selling quality animation on an international level. Condorito is the first movie adaptation of one of the most enduring comic strips from South America with long-lasting success that reaches contemporary readers. The character, created in 1949 by the Chilean cartoonist Pepo was in r