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News Bytes: Updates on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Vox Machina’ & More

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2019 Shanghai TV Festival & Shanghai Int’l Film Festival
Both events are seeking animation; submissions are free online to Shanghai TV Fest until March 20, 2019 and to SIFF until March 31, 2019.

Shanghai TV Festival (June 10-14), began in 1986, is the oldest and most important international TV festival in China. The core part, Magnolia Award Competition sees an annual participation of thousands of TV programs including animations from worldwide. Every year, dozens of international animation entries are selected and introduced into Chinese market and broadcast on Chinese television during the Festival, which is a highly appreciated and rare practice for foreign animations to be released on Chinese television channel.

Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15-24), founded in 1993, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by FIAPF with its great influence in Asia. Competition section for Golden Goblet Award brings together over 2,000 films from more than 100 countries and regions around the world every year. The Animation Competition section for the Golden Goblet Award has boosted the Chinese public release of its entries like Song of the Sea and Loving Vincent, while the Panorama section includes many animations which are the best-sold screenings in the Festival.

’Last Fiction’ Director Says Migration Affects Iran Animation Development
Ashkan Rahgozar, founder of Tehran-based Hooraksh Studio, has earned recognition for his ambitious feature film at prestigious animation events around the world. However it seems that, when it comes to the country’s next generation of talent, home is not where the heart of animation is.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Open May 31 at Disneyland, Aug. 29 at Hollywood Studios
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products revealed the beginning of the sci-fi epic’s latest chapter in a force-ful teaser video released on YouTube today. Check it out!

Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Show Timeline and Location Revealed
The place? Númenor. The time? The Second Age. The plot? Still super secret.

’Critical Role’ Animated Special Extended from 22 to 88 Minutes after Fans Pledge $4.5 Million in 24 Hours
The Kickstarter, which originally asked for $750,000, has surpassed all of its stretch goals and brought in $4.5 million from 33,000 backers in a little over a day. Read more about the project here.

WATCH: Curse of Mandala Collaborative MV ‘Children’s Thoughts’
A team of 40 artists around the world pulled together to create a unique animated music video, showcasing each contributor’s unique style in kaleidoscope of color and evocative imagery.

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