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Coco wins best animated feature award at Critics’ Choice Awards

Coco wins best animated feature award at Critics’ Choice Awards

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The 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards was held on January 11 in Santa Monica, California. Disney-Pixar’s Coco took away the animated feature and best song prizes at the awards function. The tune Remember Me from Coco edged out songs from four live-action movies to earn the film its second prize of the night. In other feature categories, Wr for the Planet of the Apes won the prize for best visual effects and Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman was named best action movie. On the television front, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty was named the best animated series. The full list of winners are: Best Visual Effects  War for the Planet of the Apes– Winner Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Thor: Ragnarok Wonder Woman  Best Animated Feature Coco– Winner The Breadwinner Despicable
Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards closes call for entries; gets 273 entries from 14 countries

Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards closes call for entries; gets 273 entries from 14 countries

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The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards recently closed the call for entries of its first-ever edition. The inaugural Quirinos received 273 entries from 14 countries. The countries that submitted the most pieces were Spain (38% of the entries), Brazil (15%), and Argentina (14%), Colombia (10%), and Mexico (8%). Submissions were also received from Chile, Ecuador, Portugal, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua. The work entered represents 60 hours of animation in total. The category that received the most entries was short films, with 120 works submitted followed by series (43 submissions), commissioned films (39 submissions), and feature films (21 submissions). Six nominees in each of the event’s nine categories will be announced on January 17. Those categories ar
Coco laps up 2018’s Golden Globe award

Coco laps up 2018’s Golden Globe award

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At the just concluded Golden Globe awards, Coco lapped up 2018’s Golden Globe for Best Animation Motion Picture award. The film was hailed as one of the most diverse films of 2017, thanks to its all-Latinx voice cast. The Pixar film won out over a number of other animated films that included Loving Vincent, The Boss Baby, Ferdinand and The Breadwinner. Coco’s victory was a major win for the Latinx community, as it’s the first Pixar film to be centered on a Mexican cultural celebration. It tells the story of an aspiring musician who has to face his family’s prejudices against music. On the Day of the Dead, he ventures into the Land of the Dead and encounters his ancestor, a legendary singer. It may be remembered that it took as many as six years to produce Coco as members of the crew h
Made in NY Animation Project to be unveiled on January 11

Made in NY Animation Project to be unveiled on January 11

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Next Thursday, January 11, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the NYC Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) will unveil the Made in NY Animation Project, a groundbreaking initiative that will reach 1,800 young New Yorkers in all five boroughs this year. Who all will participate: Julie Menin, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Ana M. Bermúdez, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation, Brian Austin, Founder and Executive Director of The Animation Project, Janice Burgess, Executive Producer The Polos, Co-Executive Producer Enchanting Leela, Creator The Backyardigans, Christina Miller, President & General Manager, Adult Swim & Boomerang, Cartoon Network and Dan Shefelman, Director, Dan Shefelman Studio & Assistant Professor, F
Women in Toys announces names of finalists of Wonder Women Awards

Women in Toys announces names of finalists of Wonder Women Awards

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Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment (WIT) has come out with the names of the finalists for its Wonder Women Awards. Winners across Licensing, Marketing, Retailer and Rising Star categories will be announced at the 14th annual Wonder Women Awards Gala on February 18’ Incidentally, the event would take place during the New York International Toy Fair. Additionally, WIT will induct Norma Rosenhain, Creata CEO, as a Lifetime Achievement Honoree and will present Nancy Zwiers, EVP and Global CMO at Spin Master, with the Elise Lachowyn Mentorship Award. Eleven-year-old Ariana Gentry, president of play at Toys “R” Us, will be honoured with a special Wonder Girl Award. The WIT Foundation Scholarship program will also present seven scholarships to student recipients in related toy, en
Annecy International Animation Film Festival calls for entries for Mifa pitches

Annecy International Animation Film Festival calls for entries for Mifa pitches

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  The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has started accepting entries for its Mifa Pitches, a showcase of original animation projects in the early stages of development. As the name of the program suggests, the pitches will take place at Mifa, the animated film market that runs parallel to the prestigious film festival. Entries will be accepted for projects in four categories: feature films, short films, television series and specials and finally interactive creations/transmedia. The MIFA organisers have made it clear that they would particularly welcome an increase in submissions from the United States. Only around 6% of the 342 projects submitted last year came from the States. The pitches have been designed to showcase new ideas and creators from around the globe....
Two European animated features nominated for Golden Globe award

Two European animated features nominated for Golden Globe award

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For the first time ever, two European animated features have made it the list of nominations for best animated feature in the Golden Globe nominations that were announced yesterday. The films are The Breadwinner and Loving Vincent. Further, since both of the films have a female director (Loving Vincent was co-directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman), it also marks the first time that two films in the category have had a woman at the helm.   Both the films have been joined by three mainstream American productions. They are: The Boss Baby (Dreamworks Animation) Coco (Disney-Pixar) Ferdinand (Fox-Blue Sky Studios) The Lego Batman Movie which received far better critical reviews than The Boss Baby and the upcoming Ferdinand will be the most noticeable snub this
Indywood Film Carnival 2017 awards achievers from India in VFX, animation and postproduction

Indywood Film Carnival 2017 awards achievers from India in VFX, animation and postproduction

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Indywood Film Carnival (IFC) recently awarded achievers from the AVGC industry at an event held at Ramoji Film City from 1-4 December 2017. Technology award was  conducted at IFC to honour top production, post production and animation studios in the country. Lensmen K K Senthil Kumar and Ravi Varman were honoured in the cinematography category while national award winner Sajith Koyeri was bestowed with award for best Sound design In the VFX section, Pete Draper was honored with award for best VFX person and NY VFXwaala was awarded with Best CGI VFX Service Provider. Renowned film production designer, Sabu Cyril and Action director, Peter Hein also conducted interesting workshop during the event. Indywood Film Carnival also honoured top trade achievers with International trade awards. T
MEAI and ESC will host a major B2B event for the M&E industry bringing International buyers in Jan 2018

MEAI and ESC will host a major B2B event for the M&E industry bringing International buyers in Jan 2018

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Media and Entertainment Association of India (MEAI), in association with ESC (Electronics & Computer Software Export Promotion Council), has announced a brand new focused and closed door B2B event for the media & entertainment industry. Branded as IMEC (Indian Media & Entertainment Conclave), the event will have  20+ international buyers at its venue, silicon city Bangalore on 24 and 25 January 2018. The event will be co-located with Indiasoft 2018 for the first time ever at Palace Grounds, Bangalore. Including AVGC, live action, TV series, movies and more, IMEC indeed will be a big boost for India’s media and entertainment industry. SMEs especially will benefit by having a chance to pitch and sell their content here in India without having to spend money to go abroad. Ind
European Animation Awards handed out at a glittering ceremony

European Animation Awards handed out at a glittering ceremony

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The European Animation Awards took place at Lille, France on 8th December. And taking part in the event were over a thousand people that included a who’s who of top European animation directors. The awards, called the Emiles, aspire to honor the diverse range of commercial and independent filmmaking currently being produced across Europe. Awards were handed out in 16 different categories, as well as a lifetime achievement award that was collected by Richard Williams (The Thief and the Cobbler, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). On the feature side, the winners were led by the Swiss/French feature My Life as a Zucchini which won the top prize for best feature film, in addition to honors for its script and soundtrack. Its three awards were the most for any project this evening. Michael Dudok de