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AEAF announces this year’s winners

AEAF announces this year’s winners

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The 2017 Animation Effects Awards Festival (AEAF) was held on August 16 in Sydney with an entire day dedicated to speakers of top visual effects and the animation industry hailing from Animal Logic, MPC, Weta Digital, ILM, Iloura, The Sequence Group, Buck and Rotor Studios capped by the evening’s Awards Night networking event, screening and ceremony. Now in its 18th year, the AEAF received more feature films VFX category entries than ever before ultimately giving away the Gold Award to Weta for War for the Planet of the Apes, Silver to MPC and again Weta for The Jungle Book and Bronze to ILM for Kong: Skull Island. In another section of the animation/VFX artistic spectrum, this year, the TV Series children category was dominated by toon contenders with Sticky Pictures annexing the Go
First-ever Crunchyroll Expo to kick off on August 25

First-ever Crunchyroll Expo to kick off on August 25

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  The first-ever Crunchyroll Expo (CRX) is all set  to kick off on August 25. Here, the anime experts organising the event have announced an initial raft of talent appearances, programs and exclusive merchandise. The celebration of all things anime and Japanese pop culture, that will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California’s Bay Area will conclude on August 27. Among the special guests will be the writer-illustrator behind The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Kore Yamazaki who will participate in signing, panels and even create 10 original sketches for a few lucky attendees. Top names from the world of animation on the roster include Frederator! founder Fred Seibert (producer, Adventure Time, Bee and Puppycat), Butch Hartman (creator, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phan
Full programme of Los Angeles Anime Film Festival released

Full programme of Los Angeles Anime Film Festival released

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The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) has made open its opening and closing night films as well as the full lineup in between. To take place from September 15 to 17 in Downtown LA, the event will kick off with No Game No Life Zero- the highly anticipated prequel film to the popular series No Game No Life from Madhouse studio and director Ishizuka Atsuko. It will close with Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk masterpiece Akira which will mark its 30th anniversary next year. LA-AFF is this year toasting the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation. Presented by Sentai Filmworks, No Game No Life Zero takes place six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard. War consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to
SIGGRAPH 2017 concludes on a happy note

SIGGRAPH 2017 concludes on a happy note

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SIGGRAPH 2017, the world’s leading annual inter-disciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has concluded in Los Angeles with over 16,500 attendees from around the world. The event marked the 44th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques and was held from 30 July to 3 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Taking over downtown L.A., attendees came to see and interact with the latest innovations in computer graphics, including new applications in virtual and augmented reality and robotics. At the heart of SIGGRAPH 2017 were opportunities to gain hands-on experiences with new technologies to hear experts discuss the how-to behind their cutting-edge film, television, game o
Hasbro’s My Little Pony ideal for Intl. Friendship day

Hasbro’s My Little Pony ideal for Intl. Friendship day

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With more than 30 years of promoting kindness and acceptance under its belt, Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise is the perfect fit for the International Day of Friendship. The holiday was celebrated Sunday, July 30 that was marked by the release of special videos, on-the-ground events and digital extensions from the Pony-verse. “Friendship transcends age, gender, geography and background,” said Tyla Bucher, VP Franchise Lead for My Little Pony at Hasbro. “As we work to celebrate friendship across every aspect of the My Little Pony brand, we’re proud to continue to support and celebrate the International Day of Friendship. We hope this program brings people together as they are reminded of how special and important friendship is to everyone around the globe.” To celebrate the big day,
Academy organizes discussion on the role of women artists in animation on August 7

Academy organizes discussion on the role of women artists in animation on August 7

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present an evening’s discussion about the role of women artists in animation through its history and development on August 7 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening titled An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. From the earliest pioneers of hand-rendered animated films to the advent of digital technology, women have been at the forefront of the animation medium. Yet their extraordinary contributions have largely gone unrecognised. This aspect would be sincerely debated. Join Mindy Johnson, author of the landmark volume Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation along with a panel of trailblazing artists would throw more light on the remarkable history of women i
Disney made the most of it at D23 fan expo

Disney made the most of it at D23 fan expo

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The D23 fan expo that wrung down its curtains on 14th July saw Disney make a number of big reveals that included an exclusive teaser trailer of the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. The studio also released a new poster art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And to get the event to a grand conclusion there was a appearance from the cast of Avengers: Infinity War with the likes of Josh Brolin (who plays Thanos), Karen Gillan, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle and Elizabeth Olsen were all introduced, before Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland takig to the stage. Some of the Avengers themselves including Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth also made an appearance before the teaser trailer was aired. The trailer was formally released to the public at the San Diego Comic-Con last wee...
This year’s Cartoon Forum to take place from 11 to 14 September at Toulouse

This year’s Cartoon Forum to take place from 11 to 14 September at Toulouse

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This year’s Cartoon Forum 2017 will take place in Toulouse (southwestern of France) at the Centre de Congrès Pierre Baudis from 11 to 14 September. For these three days, producers will get an opportunity to pitch their projects before 900 broadcasters, investors and other potential partners from 30 countries. The pitching sessions are an important element of the Cartoon Forum with each project presented in around 30 minutes to all potential partners gathered in the same room. The format allows co-productions getting  finalised, pre-buys agreed, negotiation of distribution agreements, options discussed on every type of right and licensing of secondary rights. A new category has been created for this year namely short pitch session where several projects will be pitched in ten minutes
World Animation Celebration 2017 at Culver City, California on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

World Animation Celebration 2017 at Culver City, California on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

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The World Animation Celebration 2017 will be hosted on September 30 and October 1 at Culver City, California. In preparation for it, the WAC animated short film festival judges have just been announced and key creatives have been confirmed for a panel discussion of top-rated Nickelodeon toon The Loud House! The WAC is to be presented by Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine. The Loud House Panel will feature series creator and executive producer Chris Savino, art director Amanda Rynda, production manager Sean Santka, writer Kevin Sullivan and storyboard artist Jordan Koch. The time and location details will be announced soon. The Loud House, which is set to launch its third season this fall, is about 11-year-old Lincoln Loud’s struggles to survive the bedlam of his large
Comic-Con ends on a happy note; welcomes slew of new deals

Comic-Con ends on a happy note; welcomes slew of new deals

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The just concluded annual Comic-Con International: San Diego that took place last week at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California ended on a happy note having welcomed a slew of new deals, activations and exciting reveals. Highlights from the annual fan convention includes: Moose Toys and Coolhaus teamed up to create a new ice cream flavour celebrating the launch of the Comic-Con Exclusive Shoppie doll, Bubble Gum Pop Bubbleisha. Licensing agent Striker Entertainment tapped NECA to create a series of merchandise for Laika’s films Coraline, ParaNorman, The BoxTrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings. Bluefin revealed a new Blitzway Superb Scale Statue featuring Sharon Stone as she appeared in the classic film Basic Instinct. Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products hosted