Events

This year’s Animayo Festival dedicated to women

This year’s Animayo Festival dedicated to women

Animation, Events
This year, the 12th summit, conferences and International Film Festival Animayo, that will be held on the  paradisiacal island of Gran Canaria from May 2 to 6 this year, is to be dedicated to the women folk. The organisers of the said awards have announced a programme entirely dedicated to women working in animation, visual effects and video games. The week’s activities will pay tribute to great talents of these industries, focus on work by women, and foster the growth of opportunities for and representation of women in these fields. While events across the world are increasingly spotlighting women’s contributions and challenges with special programming, Animayo has decided to go full-bore to demonstrate that work by women in the audiovisual sector is important and remarkable enough t
NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival chooses Swallows and Amazons for Grand Prize Award

NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival chooses Swallows and Amazons for Grand Prize Award

Events
  The 20th anniversary edition of the New York International Children’s Film Festival was held in New York City from February 24 to March 19. Before the festival culminated last week, there was the  presentation of the 2017 Festival Awards along with a best-of-the-fest short film screening on March 18. Determined by votes from audience members aged 18 and younger, this year’s Grand Prize Awards went to the UK live-action feature Swallows and Amazons by Philippa Lowthorpe (adapted from the novels by Arthur Ransome) and animated short film Heads Together from Netherlands-based creative team Job, Joris and Marieke. The three juried award winners were selected by NYICFF’s board of jurors namely John Canemaker, Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Lynne McVeigh, Matthew Modine, Richard Peña,

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword to debut at FMX International Conference at Stuttgart

Events
Organisers of the FMX International Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia that will run between May 2 and 5 in Stuttgart, Germany have announced that Anne Kolbe, senior vice president of visual effects of Warner Bros. Pictures would release Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at the FMX event ahead of its release. Other highlights include director Saschka Unseld’s VR experience Dear Angelica, Framestore’s work on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Filmakademie alumnus Volker Engel, who will spotlight his sequel Independence Day: Resurgence. Anne will accompany VFX Supervisor Nick Davis who will talk extensively on the creation of King Arthur… that will release in theatres a week after the FMX event wraps up. Besides Anne, those who will also sp
Nickelodeon comes out with the names of winners of Kids’ Choice awards

Nickelodeon comes out with the names of winners of Kids’ Choice awards

Animation, Events
Nickelodeon has come out with the names of winners of this year’s Kids’ Choice awards. The event, that was hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, highlighted the most popular television series, movies, actors, actresses and more in kids’ entertainment. Additionally, the event featured a host of interactive digital experiences that included allowing kids to choose what happened during the show by voting to determine the outcome of multiple stunts at the show. In addition to live votes, the digital platforms also offered real-time play-alongs, interactive polls and more. Here goes the full list of winners: Favourite Kids’ TV show– Henry Danger Favourite Family TV show– Fuller House Favorite Reality show– America’s Got Talent Favourite Cartoon–SpongeBob SquarePants Favourite Male TV star
Australian Toy Association awards presented

Australian Toy Association awards presented

Events, Toys and Games
The Australian Toy Association gave away awards to its 2017 Product of the Year award winners at this week’s Australian Toy Fair being held in Melbourne from March 5 to 8. The Association handed out 19 awards including the coveted Toy of the Year prize that was taken away by collectible LOL Surprise Tots Dolls by Headstart International. As a matter of fact, Headstart picked up most of the awards of the night with four trophies. Shopkins maker Moose Toys took away two awards including collectible range of the Year for its Cutie Cars Shopkins and Craft & Activity Toy of the Year with the Oonies Starter Pack. Here goes this year’s winners: Toy of the Year – LOL Surprise Tots Doll (Headstart International) Australian Development Award – Baby Secrets (Headstart International) Actio
Toy Fair ends on an upbeat atmosphere

Toy Fair ends on an upbeat atmosphere

Events, Toys and Games
  The Toy Industry Association's (TIA) 114th North American International Toy Fair,that ran from February 18 to 21 brought 31,133 global play lovers to New York City to preview hundreds of thousands of ground-breaking toys and games. The largest toy market place ever held in the Western Hemisphere, Toy Fair 2017 was spread across 444,309 net square feet of exhibit space – the equivalent of nearly eight football fields filled with toys. Toy Fair's upbeat atmosphere matched an increasing U.S. toy market, which grew 5 per cent in sales last year. Eager to see the latest trends in toys, games, and youth entertainment products, 14,176 retailers, wholesalers, entertainment executives, importers, buying groups, and trade guests from 96 countries were there on the venue. The show drew n
Cartoon Network partners with Mumbai Juniorthon

Cartoon Network partners with Mumbai Juniorthon

Animation, Events
The second edition of Mumbai Juniorthon aimed to encourage kids of Mumbai to have outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle. Cartoon Network partnered with the Mumbai Juniorthon  to encourage kids of Mumbai to run towards a healthier future and enabled the Cartoon Network brand to reach out to over 3000 children and more than 10,000 parents. The marathon was held on December 04th, 2016. Excitement, enthusiasm and fun was what made up this event a memorable one, while supporting a good cause. Joining the kids on Sunday were our toons – Ben10 and Kris from Roll No. 21, who flagged off the marathon with celebrity mom and popular TV host, Tara Sharma, much to the delight of the participants. A special Ben10 themed stall with a photo-booth and ‘Score a Goal’ game was specially created in
Academy shortlists 10 animated shorts which races forward for award

Academy shortlists 10 animated shorts which races forward for award

Animation, Events
The Academy has been giving out awards for the animation category for 14 years now and Pixar animation have bagged most of them all. In the upcoming year too, the race is going tough with total of 69 animation shorts, 137 live-actions in the category. The nominations have been shortlisted to just 10 animated shorts. Each entry was viewed by members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch before the preliminary round of voting. In each category, five nominees will be chosen after branch screenings take place throughout December in Los Angeles, London, New York, and San Francisco. The 10 animated short films along with the name of their producers are mentioned below: 1.Blind Vaysha - Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada) 2. Borrowed Time,  Andrew Coats and L
Toy of The Year (TOTY) Awards finalists unveiled

Toy of The Year (TOTY) Awards finalists unveiled

Animation, Events
The Toy Industry Association has named its 100 finalists for the 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The finalists were selected from 700 nominees submitted by more than 250 companies. Twenty-five judges—including toy experts, retailers, academics and journalists—made the selections across 14 categories. (New genres this year include Action Figure of the Year, Doll of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Vehicle of the Year.) Mattel and Spin Master lead the nominations with eight and seven nods, respectively. Mattel is a finalist in the Action Figure of the Year, Active/Outdoor Toy of the Year, Game of the Year, Innovative Toy of the Year, Specialty of the Year and Vehicle of the Year categories. Mattel also received two nominations in the Doll of the Year category for its Barbie Fashionista

Tech-fest kick starts today with a view of a Digital Future

Events, Licensing
Asia’s leading infocomm technology and broadcasting industry event gathers leading innovators to showcase and discuss the latest in Smart Technology for a digital future Robots, Virtual Reality, Drones, and Smart Devices – these are the innovations fuelled by digital transformation that will pave the way of Asia Pacific’s future. With digitisation and smart technologies enhancing productivity, these innovations form the heart of CommunicAsia2016, EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016 which opens today, from 31 May to 3 June 2016, at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. (more…)