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Daily News Bytes: Disney Originals Under Threat, HAFF’s Upheaval, Bot-Written Wizardry & More

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2018 Hiroshima International Animation Festival
The biennial, Oscar-qualifying Japanese fest is now accepting entries for the 17th edition (August 23-27). Submit your indie shorts, sponsored films, student work, commercials, etc. by April 1, 2018.

Experts Fear Disney’s Original Animations Could Soon Be Lost Forever
Conservators are fighting to save the studio’s historic archive as hand-painted cels begin to peel, flake and decay. Disney produced traditionally animated films through to 1989’s The Little Mermaid, and the Animation Research Library in Los Angeles contains more than 200,000 cels going back to the 1920s in its 65 million-piece art collection.

Holland Animation Film Festival Cancelled After Implementing State Funders’ Demands
Following January’s cancellation and the announcement of longtime fest director Gerben Schermer’s departure, more insight on the situation has emerged. While the festival foundation works with the municipality of Utrecht to meet funders’ demands, animation fans can look forward to the event’s return in March 2019.

’Art of Black Panther’ Panel & Book Signing Saturday
LA’s Gallery Nucleus presents a behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s game changing smash-hit (plus special items in the store) on Feb. 24 from 1-4 p.m. Featured guests include Ryan Meinerding (Head of Visual Development), Adam Ross (Digital Sculptor), Jackson Sze (Visual Development/Concept Artist), Rodney Fuentebella (Concept Artist/Illustrator), Vance Kovacs (Concept Artist/Illustrator), Wesley Burt (Concept Artist), Alexander Mandradjiev (Concept Artist) and moderator/author Eleni Roussos.

WATCH: Botnik Presents ‘Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash’
Animator Jamie Loftus brings to life a truly magical new chapter of the Harry Potter adventures, written using predictive text. Rachael Wright provides the narration for this wonderfully weird wizarding world.

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2018 Hiroshima International Animation Festival

2018 Hiroshima International Animation Festival

Art of Black Panther

Art of Black Panther

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