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Global Event Updates: 50th Annies Set Date, PS ShortFest Selection, Award Winners & More

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Global Event Updates: 50th Annies Set Date, PS ShortFest Selection, Award Winners & More

The Board of Directors for ASIFA-Hollywood announced today that its 50th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. will return to a live ceremony on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at UCLA’s Royce Hall (Los Angeles, Calif.). A list of ceremony Deadlines, Rules & Categories, and the ‘Call for Entries’ will be announced and available on the Annies website ( on Monday, September 12, 2022.

The Annie Awards covers 37 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent, Special Productions, Sponsored Films, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements, as well as the honorary Juried Awards. See the winners of this year’s awards here!


Aline - "The French Dispatch"

Aline – “The French Dispatch”

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, announced this year’s winners, including a variety of top-tier brands and organizations as well as smaller media companies such as ViacomCBS, Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment, PBS Digital Studios, Nice Shoes, and Crunchyroll. This year’s edition received over 11,000 entries and saw an increase in global submissions from Australia, Mexico, across Europe (Germany, Spain, France) and Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan).

This year’s Gold animated winners include The Walt Disney Company, Europe & Africa, for the Disney Junior Xmas Multiproperty Spot, WeTransfor for Aline – “The French Dispatch, Ingenuity Studios for Dolly Parton – “Blue Bonnet Breeze”, Gladius Studios for Slimies ep. 1 “Bloo” and Aflac – “The Park Bench.” Find the complete database of winners at


Paper Owl Films accepts the RTS NI Programme Award for Animation

Paper Owl Films accepts the RTS NI Programme Award for Animation

The winners of the Royal Television Society Northern Ireland (RTS NI) 7th Programme Awards were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in City Hall, Belfast hosted by actress and TV presenter Denise Van Outen and sponsored by Ka-Boom. Paper Owl Films was awarded the Children’s and/or Animation prize (sponsored by Millar McCall Wylie) for its emotional TV movie Sol, for TG4, S4C and BBC Alba. Finalists in the category were Tyrone Productions’ My Life: Made to Measure and Zodiak Kids Studios’ Secret Life of Boys.


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If you missed the recent live-streamed Clubhouse watch-along for Love, Death + Robots Vol. 3 with directors David Fincher, Tim Miller, Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alberto Mielgo, don’t worry: A full replay of the virtual event is now available. Check it out at


The Cave

The Cave

The 28th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest returns to hold all of its screenings in-theater at the Camelot in Palm Springs Cultural Center from June 21-27. The festival will screen 51 curated programs showcasing 300 films including 38 World Premieres, 17 International Premieres, 35 North American Premieres and 18 U.S. Premieres. More than 5,800 short films from 134 countries were submitted. The festival has several Oscar-qualifying competitions, including Best Animated Short (selected films below). The complete line-up and schedule is available at


  • Anxious Body (France/Japan) by Yoriko Mizushiri
  • Bestia (Chile) by Hugo Covarrubias
  • Boobs (Canada) by Marie Valade
  • Cat and Moth (Canada/U.K.) by India Barnardo
  • The Cave (South Korea) by Kim Jinman, Chon Jiyoung (World Premiere)
  • Cradle (Romania) by Paul Mureşan
  • Do Not Feed the Pigeons (U.K.) by Antonin Niclass (U.S. Premiere)
  • The Fall (Canada) by Desirae Witte
  • Fall of the Ibis King (Ireland) by Mikai Geronimo, Josh O’Caoimh
  • Five Cents (U.S.) by Aaron Hughes
  • The Fourth Wall (Iran) by Mahboobeh Kalaee
  • Girl in the Water (Taiwan) by Shi-Rou Huang
  • Homebird (U.K.) by Ewa Smyk
  • In His Mercy (Germany) by Christoph Büttner (North American Premiere)
  • Laika & Nemo (Germany) by Jan Gadermann, Sebastian Gadow
  • Life Is a Particle Time Is a Wave (U.S.) by Daniel Zvereff
  • Lost Brain (Switzerland) by Isabelle Favez (U.S. Premiere)
Lost Brain

Lost Brain

  • Louis I. King of the Sheep (Germany/U.S.) by Markus Wulf (North American Premiere)
  • The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World (Germany) by Damaris Zielke (North American Premiere)
  • Night (Germany/Qatar/Palestine/Jordan) by Ahmad Saleh
  • Night of the Living Dread (U.K.) by Ida Melum
  • The Ocean Duck (U.S.) by Huda Razzak
  • On The Surface (Iceland/U.S.) by Fan Sissoko
  • Rest in Piece (Germany/France) by Antoine Antabi (North American Premiere)
  • The Seine’s Tears (France) by Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur
  • Sierra (Estonia) by Sander Joon
  • Somebody Take the Wheel (U.S.) by Kenzie Sutton
  • Something in the Garden (Chile) by Marcos Sánchez
  • Sprite Fright (Netherlands) by Matthew Luhn, Hjalti Hjalmarsson
  • The Spyglass (Sweden) by Malin Erixon (International Premiere)
  • Steakhouse (Slovenia/Germany/France) by Špela Čadež
  • Swallow the Universe (France) by Nieto
  • Sweet Nothing (Switzerland) by Joana Fischer, Marie-Christine Kenov
  • Theorie und Praxis (Germany) by Leonie Minor
  • What I Had to Leave Behind (U.S.) by Sean David Christensen
  • Wolf and Cub (U.S.) by Marvin Bynoe
  • Your Mountain Is Waiting (U.K.) by Hannah Jacobs (North American Premiere)
  • Zoon (Germany) by Jonatan Schwenk



More dates, updates and deadlines:

  • It’s the final week to register for Toon Boom‘s inaugural Animation Trends Event (ATE 2022), bringing together industry professionals, artists and animators from around the world who work with Harmony and Storyboard Pro. June 6-8. Register now (free).
  • NYICFF is presenting its third annual Industry Forum on June 14, 21 & 28. The online panels, presentations and conversations will focus on inclusive kids’ media, and are open to all industry pros (and hopefuls). Register here,
  • Max the Mutt College of Animation will be holding its 2022 Graduation Showcase both online (1-3 p.m. EST, June 22) and in-person in Toronto (6-8 p.m. EST, June 23) — a double opportunity to check out work by MTM’s Concept Art, Animation and Illustration grads and meet the next generation of toon talent. Registration by invitation, inquire with
  • OIAF confirms the return of an in-person Pitch THIS! competition for Canadian animated series creators, presented with Mercury Filmworks as part of The Animation Conference. Submission deadline: June 30, 2022.
Spark Animation

Spark Animation poster designed by Dio Ostuni

  • THU kicks off the 8th Golden Ticket challenge. 2D/3D artists will create submissions that capture the sustainability theme “Agents of Change” fo a chance to win a full-ride ticket to the THU Main Event (Sept. 19-24, Tróia, Portugal), become a speaker, and more. Deadline: July 17, 2022.
  • SIGGRAPH Asia has opened submissions for its 2022 Computer Animation Festival, which will be held as part of the conference in Daegu, South Korea (Dec. 6-9). The competition is open to computer-animated shorts, feature films, music videos, commercials, visualizations, simulations, VFX, real-time animation and more. Deadline: July 31, 2022.
  • Spark CG announced its hybrid Oscar-accredited festival SPARK ANIMATION 2022 will be held Oct. 27 to Nov. 30. The 14th edition will offer online programming available to stream worldwide for the duration (powered by Eventive) as well as in-person programming in Vancouver, Canada. Submission deadline: Sept. 16, 2022.




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