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Cannes Festival’s Animation Connection

It was only a few years ago when the Cannes Film Festival would host star-studded galas to premiere DreamWorks movies such as Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3 and How to Train Your Dragon 2. ... Continue Reading →
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The Stolen Princess: A Fantastic Fairy Tale from Ukraine

The director of Animagrad’s The Stolen Princess discusses the creative process behind the popular animated ... Continue Reading →
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My Friend Finnick: The Right Spirit

Led by Denis Chernov, Riki Group’s new animated feature My Friend Finnick has all the makings of a big international family crowd-pleaser. Hot on the trail of its much-anticipated ... Continue Reading →
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Reel FX Plans Montreal Expansion, Promises 400 Jobs in 3 Years

Dallas- and Santa Monica, CA-based Reel FX is expanding operations with a new studio in Canadian flagship studio in Montreal, which is expected to create 400 jobs by late 2020. The ... Continue Reading →
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Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o Voicing Live Animation ‘Jack’ for Baobab

Immersive animation powerhouse Baobab Studios (INVASION!) announced Friday that Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Black ... Continue Reading →
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Ottawa Int’l Animation Fest ‘18 Bruce Bickford Poster Revealed

The 2018 Ottawa International Animation Festival has revealed the official poster, created by Washington state-based artist Bruce Bickford. The self-taught, enigmatic  animation pioneer ... Continue Reading →
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Foundry Builds on Google Cloud for Athera VFX Workflow Tech

Timed to FMX in Germany, Foundry announces Google Cloud Platform as the underlying cloud service provider for Athera. Known in beta as “Project Elara,” Athera is cloud-based ... Continue Reading →
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RSP Student Short ‘Lucy and DiC’ Wins South Aus Screen Award

A live-action short film co-starring a sass-mouthed CG robot which has become quite the online sensation has now added a South Australian Screen Award to its accomplishments. Lucy and ... Continue Reading →
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Funimation Snags ‘Attack on Titan’ Season 3

Funimation has acquired season 3 of the globally popular anime franchise Attack on Titan. The deal with Kodansha grants the Texas-based company international rights to home video, VOD ... Continue Reading →
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Daily News Bytes: Lasseter’s Return Unlikely, Outsourcing in Anime, ‘Stolen Princess’ Hits $2.5M, & More

”He Who Must Not Be Named”: Can John Lasseter Ever Return to Disney? As the end of his post-allegations “sabbatical” looms, THR examines the rise of the Hawaiian-shirt wearing ... Continue Reading →
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Aardman Incubating ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

Nearly two decades after it first flew the coop, Aardman Animations is reportedly working on a sequel to the most successful ever stop-motion feature, Chicken Run (2000), according ... Continue Reading →
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Animation UK, UK Screen Alliance Name Council Reps

Key audiovisual industry policy-making bodies UK Screen Alliance and Animation UK, which united in 2016, have elected new council representatives. The UK Screen Facilities Council election ... Continue Reading →
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Tatiana Maslany, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch Join ‘Trollhunters’ Pt. 3

Celebrated actors Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Emile Hirsch (Milk) will be lending their voices to the third and final season of Emmy-winning ... Continue Reading →
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Meg Guidon to Lead nineteentwenty’s New Longform VFX Dept.

VFX post-production vet Meg Guidon has joined London-based nineteentwenty to lead the company’s new longform visual effects department. Guidon will apply her two decades of career ... Continue Reading →
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‘Ugly Americans’ Creator, Irony Point Producers Ink Comedy Central Pact

Comedy Central has formed an exclusive partnership with production banner Irony Point, which will bring in founder Daniel Powell (co-creator, Inside Amy Schumer), head of production ... Continue Reading →
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CinemaCon: Paramount Animation Brings in ‘Monster on the Hill,’ ‘Luck’

Paramount Animation took the CinemaCon 2018 stage in Las Vegas on Wednesday, revealing two new additions to its feature slate: Monster on the Hill, which is being produced in partnership ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Channels Orders Anime-Inspired ‘Star Wars Resistance’

Production has begun on another exciting animated extension of the Lucasfilm universe, Star Wars Resistance. Exploring the uncharted timeframe prior to The Force Awakens, the new anime-inspired ... Continue Reading →
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‘At the Ark at 8’ Harbors with SC Films

London-based sales company SC Films (White Fang) has revealed its latest family animated feature At the Ark at 8 (3D), a French-German-Belgian CG co-pro inspired by the Old Testament ... Continue Reading →
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YTINIFNI Opens ‘Pinocchio’ Pre-Sales at Cannes

International sales agency YTINIFNI PICTURES will be bringing a new CG twist on a classic story world to the Cannes Film Festival and market (May 8-17) with The Adventures of Pinocchio. ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS and Fathom Events Date ‘Fireworks’ US Release

GKIDS and Fathom Events are continuing their partnership to present five new animated titles to US moviegoers this year. First up will be Akiyuki Shinbo’s Fireworks, to be released ... Continue Reading →