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News Bytes: ShaqToons Ups Animator Compensation, ‘Bombay Rose’ Trailer, Anime Against Climate Crisis & More

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News Bytes: ShaqToons Ups Animator Compensation, ‘Bombay Rose’ Trailer, Anime Against Climate Crisis & More

‘Oxenfree’ Now Available for $9.99
Just in time for Halloween, Night School Studio’s acclaimed game gets a permanent price drop across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam and the Epic Games Store.

Oxenfree is a single player game that’s equal parts coming-of-age tale and supernatural thriller. You play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenage girl who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on a decommissioned military island. The festivities are framed by a dangerous sneak to a forbidden beach, celebrating with friends and navigating prickly situations with enemies. But the night takes a horrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly rift spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.

Night School is also gearing up to release its next title, Afterparty, on Xbox One, PC and Mac (via Epic Games Store), PS4 and Switch this year. In the new title, players will take on the role of Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant re-entry to Earth.

Funko Gets Wicked with Disney Villains Cosmetics Line
Inspired by Ursula, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen, the collection includes bronzers, lip glosses, highlighters, eye shadows, eyeliners, blushes and makeup brushes in cute packaging with Funko flair, manufactured by Taste Beauty — which boasts across-the-board gluten free products never tested on animals — and set to retail exclusively at Ulta.

CALL FOR PROJECTS: Luxembourg-Ireland Co-Development Fund for Female Filmmakers
Film Fund Luxembourg and Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland are seeking new co-development feature-length (min. 70’) fiction, documentary, animation or TV projects (dramatic series, animated series or animated movie) which are written and/or directed by women. Deadline: September 10, 2019.

Artist Jahan Loh Addresses Global Warming Crisis with Japanese Animation
The National Museum of Singapore has launched a new series of works by local contemporary artist Loh, titled “Intergalactic Dreams.” The three-part presentation combines a large-scale installation with anime to encourage conversations about global warming, as it envisions a possible future for mankind in a world of rising temperatures and sea levels.

WATCH: Bombay Rose Official Trailer
Official selection of the Venice Int’l Film Critics’ Week and Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2019, Bombay Rose is an animated romance hanging precariously between living on the streets and loving on the screen, Bollywood style. Amidst the struggle for survival in a big city, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. The film is the long-awaited feature debut of India’s leading animator Gitanjali Rao (Printed Rainbow). Produced by Cinestaan Film Co. (India), Les Films d’Ici (France) and Goldfinch (U.K.) Full review from Variety.

Shaq Offers to Pay $500 for Original Animations, Updates to $10,000 After Backlash
Shaquille O’Neal ruffled creatives’ feathers with the launch of his ShaqToons contest, seeking original animations set to stories from his life for his TNT docuseries Shaq Life. After artists balked at the $500 reward (which, admittedly, is better than work “for exposure”), the basketball legend cranked up the compensation, Tweeting: “To all my animators out there, I heart you. I love your work and want you to feel the love.”

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