Daily News Bytes: Anime’s Industry Illness, Original Force Prods Depart, Best of NW Animation Fest & More

Japan’s Animation Industry Failing to Cultivate Next Generation of Talent
Nippon.com‘s culture section dissects the problems behind the country’s impending talent gap — namely, poor work conditions and low wages for young animators making the traditional training ladder unsupportable and insufferable.

Penney Finkleman Cox, Sandra Rabins Leave Original Force Animation
Experience animation production duo depart having helped guide the Chinese digital animation studio’s expansion into Hollywood. Original Force’s push into the global market, Duck Duck Goose is set to hit US theaters April 20, 2018.

Cagayan de Oro Animators to Release ‘Division of Existence’ Anime
Filipino animation collective Xygen CG Works prepare to unveil the 10-minute pilot for their sci-fi action-adventure passion project inspired by Japanese anime (maybe the “next generation of talent” is outside Nippon?).

Northwest Animation Festival’s Best of the Fest 2017
The Portland, Oregon-based festival has curated 13-film lineup of audience favorites for a one-night only show on Friday, September 15 at the historic Hollywood Theatre. The show will include some animated nudity and sexuality, so leave your Dora the Explorer fans with a sitter.

Nikozi Animation Fest Gearing Up in Ancient Georgian Village
The 7th international animation event in one of the country’s last surviving towns from antiquity runs Sept. 1-7. Contemporary and classic local works are on tap, as well as a strong educational focus and visits from producer Olivier Catherin (Kiki de Montparnasse) and enjoys of Annecy Festival, Filmfest Dresden and NFB Canada.

Birdlime by Evan DeRushie; Northwest Animation Festival 2017
Birdlime by Evan DeRushie; Northwest Animation Festival 2017
Bunny Drop from Production I.G
Bunny Drop from Production I.G
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