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5 Animation Projects Supported by Film Fund Luxembourg

The Summit of the Gods (Le sommet des dieux), Allah is Not Obliged among the feature film projects to get funding. The Film Fund Luxembourg revealed its committee selections for...

Superbia by Luca Tóth

Here's a bittersweet surrealistic story of the man and the woman in gender-bending colors. Watch (the mature-themed) Superbia by Hungarian director Luca Tóth. The 15 minutes film...

There's a Tiny Border Between Utopia and Dystopia: Interview...

Two talented people talk about their politically-conscious animation work. Our interview with Serbian animation directors Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak Jr. They were first...

Painting and Other Delights: Q&A With Juan Ibañez

Spanish animation artist Juan Ibañez works and invents on El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch works. How to combine painting, animation and pedagogy? Seville-based Spanish animation...

Ruben Brandt, Collector: Ηungarian Feature on Art and Heist

A new Hungarian animated feature from the awarded animator Milorad Krstic premieres at the 2018 Locarno Festival. An animated feature that combines psychotherapy, the art world...

News

2018 International Animation Day Poster by René...

René Castillo of ASIFA Mexico and his studio of animators create the poster for the 2018 IAD...

5 Animation Projects Supported by Film Fund...

The Summit of the Gods (Le sommet des dieux), Allah is Not Obliged among the feature film projects...

Steven Woloshen Premieres The Dead Sea Scrolls...

Woloshen: I am incorporating every aspect of handmade manipulation into one film. For experimental...

Ruben Brandt, Collector: Ηungarian Feature on...

A new Hungarian animated feature from the awarded animator Milorad Krstic premieres at the 2018...

Book: The Computer-Animated Film by Christopher...

KCL University professor Christopher Holliday argues computer animated films constitute a genre in...

New EAA Board Members, Two More Categories Added...

European Animation Awards also extends the number of nominated films from 3 to 5 in its second...

10 Recipients of the Animation Educators Forum...

ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) announced the scholarship winners for...

Regina Pessoa, Joanna Quinn, Špela Čadež,...

Ann Marie Fleming, Lei Lei, Michèle Cournoyer, also invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures...

Ülo Pikkov Gets Animation Doctorate With...

Estonian animator and scholar Ülo Pikkov successfully defended his PhD thesis on Eastern European...

Festivals

Anibar Goes 50/50 in its 9th Edition

The Peja festival will also feature both Belgium animators Lora D’Addazio and Britt Raes for this...

2018 Fest Anča Festival Report: Time To Talk On...

Uri and Michelle Kranot, Milos Tomić, Ivana Sebestova, Sanni Lahtinen win at the 11th Slovakian...

17th Countryside Animafest Cyprus: Selection...

Max Andersson, Vladimir Leschiov, Riho Unt, Veljko Popovic, in this year's Countryside Animafest...

Koji Yamamura, Ushev, Propaganda Focus at the...

The 11th summer celebration of animation in Žilina, Slovakia is ready to begin, between 28 June...

Animafest 2018 Feature Competition Or Why...

Olga Bobrowska reports on the latest 2018 edition of Animafest Zagreb and the feature films...

Theodore Ushev Comes to 2018 Fest Anča

The Oscar-nominated director will attend the Slovakian Žilina festival, 28 June-1 July 2018....

Bloeistraat 11, Funan Get 2018 Annecy Prizes

All the winners of the 42nd Annecy Festival. The juries awarded 19 prizes on Saturday 16th June at...

13 Special Prizes for Annecy 2018

Lucia Bulgheroni, Nienke Deutz, Vincent Paronnaud, Boris Labbé, This Magnificent Cake! get special...

Graduation Competition 2 @ Annecy: Two Estonians...

The French film Stockholm and Swiss/Israeli film Travelogue were also standouts of the second...

Academic CFP

14
Aug
Sonoma County, CA
Visual Music Symposium (14-16/8/18, Sonoma County, California) invites call for papers.

04
Oct
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
The Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association seeks proposals for papers and panels both on Western animation and on anime.

06
Oct
University of Southern California
Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future Los Angeles Symposium takes place 6-7 Oct 2018 at the University of Southern California.

10
Nov
University of Warwick, UK
Call for paper for an interdisciplinary symposium on Animals, Adaptation and Animation at University of Warwick, 10/11/2018.

17
Jun
Lisbon, Portugal
The 31st SAS Annual Conference will take place in Lisbon, 17-21 June 2019.

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REVIEWS

Mirai by Mamoru Hosoda: Lessons To Be Learned

The latest feature film by Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda is a gentle family comedy of manners, which really takes off at the film's final reels. This may not be one of Hosoda's more...

Seder-Masochism Review: Let's Dance

US independent animation director Nina Paley makes the story of Exodus an overwhelming musical extravaganza, which still finds time to register its gender-based raison d' être. In the beginning,...

Dilili In Paris (Dilili à Paris) Review: Defending Modernism

The new feature film by Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur and Asmar) has the art and science aligned to save the world from gender-based catastrophe. It would be easy to tell that...

This Magnificent Cake! Review: To Have Your Cake and Let It Go

Personal journeys of lost cause mingle with vestiges of colonial power in the stand-out stop-motion animation feature by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels. This is a feature animation film that has...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Review: A Sea Journey Back Home

A film easy to like and harder to cherish. Review for the stop-motion Estonian feature film, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen. They don't make films like this anymore -at least, in the US studio...

Pixar – Ιmagination Κidnapped

Mr. Kropka delves critically into Pixar’s narrative and aesthetic strategies. Animation is quite commonly seen as nothing more than mere entertainment. On top of that, the idea that animation is...

Will Anderson, Ben Steer, Paloma Beeza and Ser en Low compete in the British Short Animation Category. Find all the nominees for the EEBAFTAs.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2018.

A US film (Pixar's Coco), a Polish/UK film (Loving Vincent)  and a Swiss-French animated feature (My life as a courgette/zucchini) have been nominated for Best Animated Film. After a complete absence of European and independent features in last year's EEBAFTA nominees, it is more than welcome to see two films with low-budget but a big heart moving on to the nominee seat. (BAFTA rules allow no more than three films to be nominated for Best Animated Feature award.)

Best animated film

  • COCO Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
  • LOVING VINCENT (Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart)
  • MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE (Claude Barras, Max Karli)

 

In the British Short Animation category, there is Will Anderson (already BAFTA-awarded with The Making Of Longbird, shared with Ainslie Henderson) with his new, 12-minute short, Have Heart.

Have Heart narrates the story of a looping GIF has an existential crisis.

Ben Steer of Blue Zoo uses Maya character design to project onto real, polystyrene film sets. Mamoon follows the story of a mother and child, whose lives descend into darkness when the moon, and then their entire city, are engulfed by shadows. Fleeing the calamity, they discover a strange red light that may prove to be their salvation (More about the production process).

Poles Apart by Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low is the third film being nominated. A 12-minute, stop-motion film (Mackinnon and Saunders armature) by NFTS , it tells the story of a hungry and solitary polar bear, which has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend. Watch the trailer

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

  • HAVE HEART Will Anderson
  • MAMOON Ben Steer
  • POLES APART Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low

Last year's winner for British Short Animation was A Love Story by Khaled Gad, Anushka Kashani Naanayakkara and  Elena Ruscombe-King.

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 18 February at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Joanna Lumley and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD. The ceremony is also broadcast in all major territories around the world.

 

Training - Pitching

The King and the Thief by Albert 't Hooft & Paco...

Twelve projects originated from countries across Europe were selected for the fifth edition of...

86 Projects for Cartoon Forum, Spotlight on...

The 29th edition of Cartoon Forum presents projects from 21 countries in Toulouse. Check some of...

Animation Development Course: Cuba

Paul Bush, Joanna Quinn and Gerd Jockell teach animation in an 8-week training programme....

Co-Production and Networking Opportunities in...

A new network of Nordic countries animation is born, to help with info and structure of...

Christopher At Sea, Archipelago Win 2018 Annecy...

All the winners of the Short, TV and feature film pitches of the 2018 Annecy Festival. SHORT FILMS...

11 Animation Projects for the 2018 Bridging The...

The 4th Bridging the Gap Animation Lab announces its selection. Nicolas Schmerkin, Manuel...

Registration: CARTOON Forum 2018

The premiere European pitching forum for TV projects is open for registration till 29 June....

Animation Goes Transmedia: 5th CARTOON 360

The fifth edition of transmedia pitching event CARTOON 360 moves to Lille, with 24 participating...

Floating, Of Unwanted Things and People, Rabbit...

View all winners of the 6th Visegrad Animation Forum. The sixth edition of Visegrad Animation...

Production

5 Animation Projects Supported by Film Fund...

The Summit of the Gods (Le sommet des dieux), Allah is Not Obliged among the feature film projects...

Steven Woloshen Premieres The Dead Sea Scrolls...

Woloshen: I am incorporating every aspect of handmade manipulation into one film. For experimental...

Ruben Brandt, Collector: Ηungarian Feature on...

A new Hungarian animated feature from the awarded animator Milorad Krstic premieres at the 2018...

Preview: Agouro (Augure) by David Doutel and...

Another family in trouble. Here's the trailer for the upcoming short animation Agouro (Augure) by...

Preview: This Magnificent Cake! by Emma De Swaef...

5 stories, one stop-motion vision. The new mid-length effort by the Belgian directors of Oh, Willy...

Sylvain Chomet to Adapt Korean Novel Familiar...

The Illusionist director is in mid-negotiations to adapt and animate renowned Korean novelist...

Buñuel In the Labyrinth of the Turtles: Trailer

Coming in 2018, the new 2D animation story on one of the greatest film directors, Luis Buñuel....

Another Day of Life by Damian Nenow and Raúl de...

After the critically acclaimed (and Oscar-shortlisted) Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow prepares the...

Captain Morten and the Spider Queen Gets a Trailer

A lot of anticipation surrounds the upcoming stop-motion Estonian feature film, Captain Morten and...

INTERVIEWS

There's a Tiny Border Between Utopia and Dystopia: Interview with Ana Nedelković and Nikola Majdak Jr.

Two talented people talk about their politically-conscious animation work. Our interview with Serbian animation directors Ana Nedeljković and Nikola Majdak Jr. They were first heard internationally...

Painting and Other Delights: Q&A With Juan Ibañez

Spanish animation artist Juan Ibañez works and invents on El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch works. How to combine painting, animation and pedagogy? Seville-based Spanish animation artist Juan Ibañez works...

I Am Always Committed To Things Important In Life: Interview with Mats Grorud

Mr. Kropka, director of ReAnima festival, interviews Norwegian director Mats Grorud. The day was going to be sunny and without large banks of clouds in the sky; the thermal sensation of a hot summer...

Animation Is Our Subsconscious Language: Interview with Lucia Bulgheroni

A puppet with a soul to lose. Cannes-awarded Italian director Lucia Bulgheroni talks to Zippy Frames about her stop-motion short, Inanimate . Having been awarded at the recent Cinefondation Cannes...

Project to Watch: Floating by Jelena Milunovic

it recently won the Best Short Animation project at the Visegrad Animation Forum. Serbian director Jelena Milunovic and producer Milos Ivanovic talk about their Floating film. It's hard to invest...

Each Family Is a Planet: Interview with Alberto Vázquez

Spanish animation director and artist Alberto Vázquez talks about his feature film Birdboy:The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas), and his artistic style and mandate at Zippy Frames. He seems to be...

Building a new Jordan animation from University of Petra: Interview with Tariq Rimawi

Peter Schavemaker interviews Jordan animator and filmmaker Tariq Rimawi. On October 15, the second year of the four year bachelor’s degree program Animation and Multimedia Design - held within the...

The animation in Norway is made in the attic: Interview with Ove Heiborg

Mr. Kropka, an animation afficionado, interviews Ove Heiborg, film producer at Qvisten Animation Studios, Norway. This story might have begun on Monday 4th September at 10 in the morning. It was at...

Women rule at Norwegian Animation Volda Festival

The Norwegian animation festival Animation Volda is being held between September 14-17. This year's theme is Women in Animation. Zippy Frames interviewed Karoline Sundet , one of the four women...