Act3animation’s Pi’ata Bound for Annecy, SIGGRAPH

Australian 3D animation studio Act3animation informed us that its original short film, Piñata‚ will be among the privileged toons to screen at this year’s Annecy Int’l Fesitval of Animation in France and the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in the U.S.

Piñata, the slapstick story of a paper-maché donkey who discovers the meaning of life, was written by Melbourne-based scribes Mark Angeli and Alex Hammond for producer Thomas Schober and director by Mike Hollands. The music was arranged and produced by Niko Schauble, while sound effects and surround sound mixing were arranged by Rowlands Prods.

Australian comedian/actor Mark Mitchell provided the voice for the title character in Piñata, which is one of 42 films selected for competition in the short animated film category at Annecy ( The film was chosen from a field of more than 1,600 entries from around the world.

SIGGRAPH ( has a history of showcasing the best, cutting-edge computer animation work. The annual conference hosts packed screenings that have helped launch the careers of industry pioneers such as John Lassiter, whose pioneering Pixar shorts were first shown at the event.

Piñat was created entirely with Autodesk Media and Entertainment (formerly Discreet) software and was produced with the assistance of the Australian Film commission.

Act3animation has been creating computer-generated character animation and vfx for high-end broadcast since 1992. The company also produces CG cinematics for major video games publishers. For more information, go to