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News Bytes: ‘Bao’ Director Devs Feature, ‘Aquaman’ Fan-Made Teaser, ‘Kitty Is Not a Cat’ Wins at SPAs & More

Aquaman and Mera - Stop Motion Adventure
Aquaman and Mera - Stop Motion Adventure

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News Bytes: ‘Bao’ Director Devs Feature, ‘Aquaman’ Fan-Made Teaser, ‘Kitty Is Not a Cat’ Wins at SPAs & More

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Animation Production Days Stuttgart
Running May 1-3 as part of the 26th Stuttgart Int’l Festival of Animated Film and FMX Conference, APD 2019 is seeking film, TV series, mobile, games, crossmedia and transmedia projects seeking production and financing partners. There are 45 slots available; the deadline is February 21, 2019.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Florida Animation Festival
The four-day festival is seeking short films (under 10 min.) created in CGI, 2D/Vector-based, Traditional Animation, Stop-Motion, Mixed Media/Experimental and VFX. The fest’s fourth edition will be held in June, 2019 at Tallahassee’s historic Amtrak station. Deadline: February 10, 2019.

Sony Debuts VR Storybook
The studio’s consumer products division has teamed up with Quantum Storey to create a standalone title based on Hotel Transylvania 3, available now at Walmart in stores and online.

Australia Screen Producers Awards 2018 Winners
BES Animation’s Kitty Is Not a Cat took the Animated Series prize (also nominated: Jar Dwellers SOS). The series has been picked up around the world and was re-upped for a second season in September.

The First Woman to Direct a Pixar Short, ‘Bao’s Domee Shi Is on Her Way to First Feature Project
“We’re just developing the story for it right now. It’s super early on, but I’m really excited to play in this new 90-minute film format,” Shi revealed in an interview with Deadline. Her groundbreaking short — qualified for the 91st Oscar race — screens in front of Incredibles 2 and has been lauded for its unique portrayal of maternal devotion and the culture clash sometimes experienced by Chinese immigrant families.

WATCH: ‘Aquaman and Mera – Stop Motion Adventure’

The underwater heroes face off with Orm, Black Manta and the Trench Creatures in this fanimated mini-epic! Written and created by stop-motion animator Kevin Ulrich (Star Wars: Go Rogue), the short form Warner Bros. and Tongal features a selection of cool new toys from the upcoming feature film’s product lines out of LEGO, Mattel, Funko and Hallmark. Aquaman dives into theaters December 21.

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