CALL FOR ENTRIES: Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival
North America’s leading dedicated toon fest OIAF returns to Canada’s capital September 26-30. Entries are now open for Animated Feature, Narrative Animated Short, Non-Narrative Animated Short, Student Animation, Commissioned Animation (series, commercials, music videos), Young Audiences – Preschool / Ages 6-12, and the brand-new VR Animation competition. All submissions are also considered for the Oscar-qualifying Grand Prize. (Submission deadline: May 25, 2018)
“Well, it’s that time again when Ottawa is pleasantly bombarded with a feast of animation wonders from around the globe,” commented Chris Robinson, OIAF Artistic Director. “This is always an exciting time for us as we watch all the new submissions and slowly start to see the festival’s identity for the year being formed. We’re particularly excited about the brand new VR animation competition. It’s a testament to the quality of work being done in this new medium that we’ve decided it warranted a competition. Viewing and judging the VR entries will also require us to engage these projects in a whole new manner (goggles and interactivity!).”
CALL FOR ENTRIES: Festival TOFUZI
The 10th International Festival of Animated Films TOFUZI, set to take place in Batumi, Georgia from Oct. 1-6, is now accepting submissions. This year’s prizes are: Grand Prix, Best Film for Adults, Best Film for Children, Best Debut, Best Experimental Film, Best Student Film, Best TV Series, Best Director, Best Script, Best Music, Best Technique, Best Film Created by Children; and national competition categories Best Georgian Film, Best Video Clip Created On “Echo TOFUZI” and Best Animated Gif.
REGISTRATION OPEN: TAAFI Animation Job Fair
The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International is once again teaming up with Computer Animation Studios Ontario (CASO) to present a unique recruiting event for connecting studios across the region with animation, VFX and gaming job seekers. The fair will take place Saturday, May 5 at the George Brown College Waterfront Campus in Toronto. Registration is free!
CLIPS: ‘Voltron’ Season 5 Debuts, Season 6 Dated
Good news, paladins! On the heels of the Netflix launch of the six-episode Voltron Legendary Defender season 5, the streaming giant has confirmed that seven new adventures from DreamWorks Animation Television are on their way: Season 6 is set to premiere June 15! In the meantime, check out the cool clips ”Lance’s Upgrade” and ”Fun Sentry.”
WATCH: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Teaser Trailer
“This Christmas, a new story begins…” Emily Blunt picks up the iconic umbrella to bring magic and music and practically-perfect nanny skills to a new generation. Directed by Rob Marshall, the film also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as an optimistic lamplighter named Jack, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books, and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank.