Animation News | #2

Part 2 of my latest animation finds from around the web. You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more Workshop Journal news.

  1. Annecy Animation Festival

One of the biggest animation highlights of the year. Annecy Animation Festival takes place next week with a spectacular line up of films, documentaries and masterclasses. This year the festival pays tribute to French animation with a special programme dedicated to homegrown talent.

When: 13th – 18th June

Where: Annecy, France

Highlights: Guillermo del Toro to deliver a masterclass on his latest creation Trollhunters. Ren and Stimpy creator John K. to premiere his Kickstarter funded short “Cans Without Labels”. Screening of Michael Dudok de Wit’s debut feature The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge).

Find out more:

2. DepicT!

Can you do it in 90 seconds? DepicT! challenges filmmakers on any budget, from anywhere in the world to show off their skills in just a minute and a half. Entry is free and open to all genres and production techniques.

Deadline: Monday 4th July 2016

Prize: £2500 and a host of other exclusive prizes.

Find out more:

3. Cartwright Gantz

Directors Simon Cartwright and Nina Gantz have teamed up to form a mighty collaboration under the new name Cartwright Gantz.

I met Nina and Simon during a teaching workshop when they were both students studying on the MA Directing Animation course at the National Film & Television School. Both Nina and Simon’s graduate films ‘Edmond’ & ‘MANOMAN’ went onto to take the festival circuit by storm, including an impressive BAFTA for Edmond.

The mighty duo have recently been signed to production company Blink Ink. Expect great things to come!

4. Blue Zoo Animation Lunch Club

Blue Zoo invites you to join them for lunch, yum! The London based animation studio is hosting a series of live discussions on animation craft and working within the industry.

Check out their Facebook page for more talks and masterclasses…


5. Animade Party Pooper

If the idea of coming home to house party full of oddly shaped, colourful gatecrashers is your worst nightmare then this is the game for you!

Party Pooper is a web experiment created by studio Animade. Help Clap get rid of his unwanted guests by clicking on the various tools around the house and shut the party down.

Play the game here:

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