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
The organizers of the Quirino Ibero-American Animation Awards have extended the entry deadline for finished works and as well as opened the call for submissions to the Co-production Forum. Both events will take place on the 6th and 7th of April, next year in the Auditorium of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The event will accept animation works from the 23 countries of the region which premiered between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2017 right up until December 14th 2017. The competition is divided into nine categories viz feature film, series, short film, school short films, innovative work, commissioned work, visual development, animation design and sound design. Parallelly to the awards, the organisers announced the forthcoming opening of submissions for the Ibero-American / World...
A grand meet of movers and shakers from over 100 countries was held as a part of the third edition of Indywood Film Carnival from 1-4 December at Hyderabad. It is a flagship event organized by 10 billion US dollar Project Indywood. The event was organized to accelerate foreign direct investment in entertainment sector in the country. UAE-based NRI industrialist Sohan Roy spearheads Project Indywood which is being promoted by 2000 Indian billionaires and corporates. Indywood Film Carnival positioned as one of the largest film-based events in the world has been started at Hyderabad-based Ramoji Film City, the largest film studio in the world. Telangana State Film Development Corporation Chairman P. Ram Mohan Rao, Telangana Information and Public Relations Department Commissioner Navin M
The 15th Animation Block Party (ABP) will run from 26 to 29 July, 2018 at Brooklyn. The ABP ’18 will bring an energetic and eclectic programme of films, premieres, filmmaker panels and awesome after parties. To mark the 15th anniversary of ABP, every jury award winner will receive a Toon Boom bonus prize of Harmony Essentials and Storyboard Pro licenses. Dedicated to exhibiting the world’s best independent, professional and student animation, Animation Block Party is the largest animation festival on the East Coast. Last summer’s festival highlights included the 40th anniversary of Raggedy Ann and Andy in 35mm, an Evening with the team behind BoJack Horseman, a Cartoon Network studio showcase and over one hundred animated shorts in competition. Films screening in the competition are
The Berlin International Film Festival will open its 68th edition on February 15, next year with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s stop motion feature Isle of Dogs. Isle of Dogs will mark the fourth time that Anderson has had a film in the Berlinale competition. Earlier he had presented films like The Royal Tenenbaums (2002), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2005) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), the latter of which also opened the festival and won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. It’s quite notable that Berlin is choosing an animated film to launch its festival. That’s because most non-animation film festivals continue to have a stigma against animated films, no matter how great the films may be. Take the Sundance Film Festival, which just announced its 110-film feature
The 16th edition of Montreal’s Sommets du cinéma d’animation wrapped up on 26th November. The grand prize was awarded to Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, Episode 2: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts, the follow-up to his Oscar-nominated 2015 short World of Tomorrow. The award for The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts which had its Canadian premiere at Sommets, was supplemented by a cash prize of C$2000. Frédérick Tremblay’s Dolls Don’t Cry won the Guy-L.-Coté Award for best animated Canadian film which came with a cash prize of C$1,500, while Samuel Patthey’s Travelogue Tel Aviv won the Framestore Award for the best film of the International Student Competition, with a cash prize of C$1,000. The jury comprised of Pierre-Luc Granjon, François Lévesque, Caroline Dhavernas, Janet
Singapore has made a strong showing at the 2017 Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) with 77 media companies showcasing their latest works at the Market’s Singapore Pavilion. ATF is part of the on-going Singapore Media Festival that will run from 29 November to 1 December 2017. Presented by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), the line-up includes over 800 hours of compelling Asian stories with 138 film, television, VR and game titles from a diverse range of genres. Ranging from animation and documentaries to dramas and reality programmes, they are produced and distributed by local companies like Robot Playground Media, BananaMana Films, XTREME Media, Monstrou Studio, Clover Films and more. Hit It: is an award-winning game show format that takes a spin off normal
In Western countries, we find every other kids entertainment channel coming up with animated serials for kids that are not only entertaining but educative too. Compared to that, India has just a handful number of studios that make animated serials only for international channels and OTT platforms. But there are only a few Indian channels that cater to such stuff in the country. In lieu of this, Dveo Media has organised a OTTv Kids & Animation summit, 2017 at Taj Lands End on 22nd November. The summit will bring together the major players and leading executives of Kids & Animation business in India on a single platform to share their views on the present and future strategies and on the new opportunities in Kids Entertainment arena. The keynote address will be delivered by Aka...
This is for those of you who somehow missed My Little Pony in the theatres, Lionsgate has scheduled a December 19 release of the movie on Blu-Ray and DVD followed by on demand on January 9.And to your joy, you will find extras galore. If the reason why you missed the movie in the theaters the first time around is because you didn’t know what it was all about, the movie focuses on Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Fluttershy and Rarity as they go on a journey beyond Equestria to save their beloved home from an ominous, dark force. The BD/DVD/Digital release will include a deleted scene, an exclusive Equestria Girls short, I’m the Friend You Need (Taye Diggs) music video, and featurettes on Baking with Pinkie Pie, Making Magic with the Mane 6 and Their New Friends,
The Women in Animation (WIA) ’s inaugural WIA Diversity Awards function was held from October 26 to 29 in Vancouver. The event was conducted in partnership with the Spark Computer Graphics Society. Walt Disney Animation Studios along with filmmakers Nora Twomey and John Kahrs were the first recipients of the WIA Diversity Awards. The award was voted on by select members of WIA’s board of directors. “Women in Animation’s mission is to affect change in the animation industry, and it is essential, in our view, to highlight and celebrate those organizations and artists who are making a difference,” commented Marge Dean, WIA’s co-president. Disney was honoured for its commitment to help WIA achieve its goal of bringing change to the animation industry. On the other hand, the WIA says