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Animation Block Party 2018: Opening Night (26 July)

The 15th annual NY Brooklyn festival presents its opening night lineup. Animation Block Party will be celebrating its 15th annual animation festival with an opening night...

Inanimate by Lucia Bulgheroni Wins at 2018 Cinefondation Cannes

The puppet film won the third prize at the Cannes festival Cinéfondation competition. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Bertrand Bonello and including Khalil...

Flip Book: The Revolutionary Animations of the 21th Century...

Big flipbook exhibition in Seoul (18 May-12 August 2018) at Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul, organized by Bucheon International Animation Festival (BIAF). Flip Book: The...

When Zlatko Bourek's Storyboard Was Exhibited at MOMA

The Croatian animator who died 14 May 2018, and one of the members of the Zagreb School, was part of a storyboard exhibition at MOMA New York in 1968. Giannalberto Bendazzi...

Keynote Speakers of the 3rd Ecstatic Truth Symposium Announced

Susana de Sousa Dias, Joan Fontcuberta, José Miguel Ribeiro will lead the one-day Lisbon symposium (27 June) will explore provocative approaches to the factual through animated...

News

Under The Radar Vienna Symposium, 24-28/5/18

Tomm Moore, Olivier Cotte, József Fülöp, Nikita Diakur, József Fülöp and Olga Bobrowska among the...

Animation Block Party 2018: Opening Night (26...

The 15th annual NY Brooklyn festival presents its opening night lineup. Animation Block Party will...

Flip Book: The Revolutionary Animations of the...

Big flipbook exhibition in Seoul (18 May-12 August 2018) at Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul,...

When Zlatko Bourek's Storyboard Was Exhibited at...

The Croatian animator who died 14 May 2018, and one of the members of the Zagreb School, was part...

Keynote Speakers of the 3rd Ecstatic Truth...

Susana de Sousa Dias, Joan Fontcuberta, José Miguel Ribeiro will lead the one-day Lisbon symposium...

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....

Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai to Premiere at Cannes

The new film by the director of Summer Wars will screen at the French festival, with a fall 2018...

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...

Festivals

Inanimate by Lucia Bulgheroni Wins at 2018...

The puppet film won the third prize at the Cannes festival Cinéfondation competition. The...

Sunao Katabuchi to Head 2018 BIAF Jury

The director of In this Corner of the World will lead the jury of the 2018 Bucheon International...

Manivald, The Breadinner, Lei Lei Win at 2018...

All the awards of the 11th Anifilm Festival in Trebon. The Oscar-nominated The Breadwinner (Nora...

Animafest Zagreb Celebrates Horror

7 programmes of short films, features and exhibitions on horror and animation in the 2018 Croatian...

Bruce Bickford Signs 2018 OIAF Poster

Legendary animator Bruce Bickford prepares this year's Ottawa International Animation festival...

Cat Days, On Happiness Road Win 25th ITFS Awards

Full winners' list for the 25th Stuttgart ITFS festival. The Anniversary Edition of the 25th...

8 Animated Features for Animafest Zagreb 2018

Wes Anderson, Emma De Swaef, Captain Morten and the Spider Queen in the 2018 Zagreb Festival...

ITFS Stuttgart Celebrates Music and Animation

Α spectrum of musical activities during the 25th International Festival of Animated Film...

Anifilm 2018 Celebrates 3D Animation, Czech...

All the highlights of the 11th Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, 1-6 May Trebon....

Academic CFP

05
Jun
Zagreb, Croatia
Animafest Zagreb invites all interested professionals and scholars to join the Animafest Scanner V 2018 international symposium.

27
Jun
Lisboa, Portugal
Ecstatic Truth is a one-day symposium (27/6/18) that will explore provocative approaches to the factual in Lisbon.

30
Jun
University of Warwick, UK
Call for paper for an interdisciplinary symposium on Animals, Adaptation and Animation at University of Warwick, 10/11/2018.

13
Jul
Esposende, Portugal
The 6th edition of CONFIA, after previous editions in Ofir, Porto, Braga, Barcelos and Guimarães, calls for papers.

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.

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REVIEWS

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...

The Oddsockeaters Review: We Need to Have A Gang Talk

Film review for the Czech animation feature The Oddsockeaters by Galina Miklínová. Based on the Czech writer Pavel Srut ’s bestselling book, Oddsockeaters (Lichožrouti), the book's illustrator and...

Apocalypsis by Eric Leiser: Revelation Is More Serene Than It Sounds

Review for the new experimental animation feature Apocalypsis by US director Eric Leiser. The new independent experimental feature film by CalArts graduate filmmaker Eric Leiser (Glitch in the Grid)...

Farewell to the Rooster: Chinese Animation in the 2017 Season

Olga Bobrowska reviews the most recent achievements of the Chinese animation independent and industry scene. The year 2017 (a year of the Rooster) was symbolic for the Chinese animation. Exactly 50...

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas) Review: Beware of Children in Distress

When Kronenberg met The Fantastic Planet. Film review for the Spanish animation feature Birdboy:The Forgotten Children . It would be easy to categorize Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero 's...

Ethel and Ernest Review: A Love Shelter Below The Rooftops of London

Ethel and Ernest feels unashamedly nostalgic, carefully researched and with a heart. The whole project started as an idea from The Snowman and When the Wind Blows producer John Coates (1927-2012),...

The first publication focusing on student scholarship in experimental animation studies has been launched, and invites call for papers.

The Research Unit in Experimental Animation Society (RUEAS) is a new,  scholarly peer-reviewed publication created to provide a platform for undergraduate and master’s level research and scholarship in the field of experimental animation, a mode of fine art.

The History of RUEAS starts from Emerson College affiliate scholar and experimental artist Dr. Janeann Dill,  who founded the Institute for Interdisciplinary Art and Creative Intelligence (2007-2017), a platform for creative intelligence to students and practicing artist-scholars for decades. RUEAS is an outgrowth of the IIACI Intelligence, and aims to promote innovative thinking, creativity and authorship that provides a platform for expanding research and scholarship in experimental animation,

For its inaugural issue, RUEAS invites  undergraduate and graduate level students to submit 15-30 page papers. Submissions may cover a plethora of topics in Experimental Animation Studies. The Journal encourage students to expand their horizons of thinking about this mode of art through extensive research and to engage in what at times might seem to be nascent research.


Experimental Animation is rooted in art history.  It privileges the art of timing, rhythm, and pacing above-all-else. Experimental animation is conceptually and philosophically a mode of fine art that is research-based and driven by experimentation, exploration, and personal expression as the means to itself.  Experimental animation points to nothing outside its own thought and manifestation, first and foremost  -Janeann Dill, 2017 “Philosophy of Experimental Animation: Drawing the Art Historical Line.” Keynote Address, Society for Animation Studies Conference.  University of Padua, Padua, Italy.

Linguistically, the word “experiment” is rooted in the Latin word experimentum, meaning a “trial” or “test” defined as discovery through experience. The Old French term esperment means “practical knowledge;” also, esperer means “to hope for.” The word “animation” is derived from the Latin root animationem, the “action of imparting life.” For the purpose of submissions to The Research Unit, topics for research should showcase a process of discovery through the experience of critical writing.

Suggested topics (not exclusive):

  • The discipline of experimental animation studies in praxis and its relationship to concept, research and bibliography for its various forms:  Visual Music, Installation, Projection, Dome, Performance, Direct Experimental Animation: Painting on film and Painting on glass, Sand, Collage, Silhouette, Puppetry, Claymation, Virtuality and the Digital Arts.
  • Auteur Animation in relationship to Experimental Animation
  • Animated Documentary in relationship to Experimental Animation
  • Interdisciplinarity in Experimental Animation
  • Contemporary Art History and the Fine Art of Experimental Animation
  • Abstraction In Experimental Animation
  • Diversity in Experimental Animation
  • Gender Studies and Identity in Experimental Animation
  • Children’s Experimental Animation and Educational Media
  • Pedagogical Philosophies and Critical Methodologies in Experimental Animation

There is a distinction between a paper that analyzes the conventions and innovations in an experimental animation versus a paper that simply praises or criticizes it, for this reason, film reviews and synopses are not accepted. The Research Unit does consider historical papers and critiques of screenings, as long as the writing is based in research and criticality.

Important Dates:

  • Opening Call for Papers: November 19, 2017
  • Deadline for Submission of Papers: February 20, 2018. Submissions close at 11:59 P.M EST
  • Publication of Inaugural Issue: April 2018

The journal accepts submissions twice a year.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief: Dr. Janeann Dill
Associate Editor: Melissa Ferrari
Assistant Editor: Judith Alba

Call for interns:
The Research Unit is seeking a new Production Assistance Intern to join the team. Duties include writing e-blasts, maintaining our social media pages, and helping to monitor and streamline the publication pipeline. You will be working directly with the Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor in a close-knit, professional setting. We are based in Boston, Massachusetts and remotely in Los Angeles.

The Production Assistance Intern may also work remotely if needed, so we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to apply by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Simply email us and tell us about yourself and why you want to be an active part of the publishing team. This is a great experiential opportunity for students (Junior/Senior undergrad and/or an M.A. or M.F.A. grad student) who are looking to gain internship experience in publishing, academia, writing, copy editing, and/or graphics, journal/book online design, social media. If you are interested in applying for an Internship, please write a cover letter telling us about yourself and why you want to intern at The Research Unit.

Attach a resume and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject Line: Internship Opportunity 



About RUEAS

The Research Unit in Experimental Animation Society is a peer-reviewed academic journal that focuses on research in Experimental Animation, a field of study that is nearly invisible to fine art and cinema scholarship. It is one of the few academic journals in the cinematic arts that publishes undergraduate and master’s level work.  Our mission fills the void of critical research in this subject, and supports the understanding that the art of experimental animation is an art history.  The two fields of study are intrinsically connected.  Our publication serves as a platform for undergraduate students and master’s level students to expand their knowledge of research in experimental animation, and to provide additional resources for those who want to research, write about, and serve on such forums of discourse as scholarly, conference, and festival panels on behalf of experimental animation. We aim to foster an international community of experimental animation artists and future scholars who study experimental animation through the lens of fine art.

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Training - Pitching

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INTERVIEWS

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Editor's Picks: Awards

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