Daily News Bytes: New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Spot, Funimation’s ‘Free!’ Makes a Splash, ‘The Glassworker’ Update & More!

Pakistan’s First Hand-Drawn Animation Looks at the Effects of War on Kids
Pioneering writer-director Usman Riaz and Mano Animation Studios have unveiled the first 8 minutes of their Kickstarter-funded feature project, The Glassworker — an emotional coming-of-age story which invites comparisons to the artistry and storytelling skill of Hayao Miyazaki. The film is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival
The 2018 event is seeking submissions less than 10 minutes in duration for the Oscar-qualifying Electronic Theater showcase — short films, student work, VFX, commercials, game cinematics, etc. accepted — and work under 6 minutes for the VR Theater (HTC Vive or Oculus Rift compatible). Entries must have been completed after March 21, 2017, and must be submited by April 3 (VR) or April 27 (Electronic Theater).

WIA Talk: Lotte Reiniger, Pioneer of Film Animation
Join animation historian and author Whitney Grace for a discussion on her groundbreaking research into the career and influence of the under-acknowledged German artist, who created the earliest surviving animated feature. The event is free for WIA members and $15 for non-members at the door; RSVP required. The talk will be held Tues., Feb 27 (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at The Animation Guild in Burbank, CA.

Advance Tickets on Sale Now for Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Snag your seats for Ava DuVernay’s visionary fantasy adventure (in theaters March 9) and check out the amazing new TV spot below. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s classic tale, the film follows one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides as she discovers that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality. Stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peňa, Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe with Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.

Read more about the film in the upcoming April issue of Animation Magazine.

Funimation Brings ‘Free! – Take Your Marks!’ to Theaters
Dive in to a fun-filled flick full of humor and amazing anime abs on March 14, as the studio presents a special one-day-only theatrical event for this adventure in friendship and competitive swimming. Tickets on sale now, screening in Japanese with English subtitles.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
The Glassworker
The Glassworker


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