This will be our third year offering an Annie for Best Student Film. To be eligible to receive this award, the film must be entirely the work of an individual student or team of students from an accredited post-secondary, degree granting program anywhere in the world, and must have been produced between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Faculty may advise on the production, but all work, from concept through finished film, must be the work of a student or students.
The awards does not allow for hands-on involvement by professionals in key positions, including but not limited to, animators, production designers, directors, producers, camera persons, editors, writers, etc. Exceptions to this rule allow professional actors for voice work, professional composers and musicians for orchestrations, and use of professionally recorded stock music or music in the public domain.
This year the contest will take place on Friday, September 26th at 4pm PST to Saturday September 27th at 5pm.
This is the contest’s 7th year. We are almost doubling our participants every year. Last year we had 50 teams (250 students) from 11 schools participating, the largest year yet!
This contest will teach students much about working together, meeting deadlines and making creative decisions under pressure. Although it is quite a bit to do in such a short time, every year we always have completely finished films…and everyone has a lot of fun, too!
Please contact Aubry Mintz at Aubry.Mintz@csulb.edu if you have any questions or to register your school to participate.
Norman McLaren is one of the most renowned animation filmmakers in the world. In 2014 the Quartier des Spectacles and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will partner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth by dedicating to him the ensemble of video-projection façades in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. This is an invitation to filmmakers and creators from the four corners of the Earth to celebrate his legacy by submitting original creations inspired by his work.
Creators from around the world are invited to submit an original linear work inspired by one of the five suggested McLaren films. The winning films will be projected on the designated façades from April 11th to June 1st, 2014, in Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles. Proposals from candidates will be evaluated by a jury subject to their compliance with the call for projects.
For more information on this festival and how to enter, click here.
The Animation Educators Forum (AEF)
Sponsored by ASIFA-Hollywood, AEF is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of animation through education. Their members, with their diverse backgrounds in both the animation and educational fields, are focused on extending their knowledge and experience to others within the burgeoning animation community, worldwide.
The AEF has begun a dialogue, communicating communicated with many instructors across the USA, and now is reaching out beyond our borders. Teachers from Toronto to Singapore have expressed interest. All who are engaged in this unique form of instruction need not toil alone. They are welcoming new ideas and new members and look forward to lively, inspired and valuable communication going forward!
NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. The 2014 festival will take place on May 15-18 in Portland, Oregon. The entire program of films repeats on May 23-25 in Eugene, Oregon. Selected audience favorites will receive one-day-only “Best of the Fest” screenings during September in both cities. Portland’s schedule will include many additional special events, including after-parties, animated installation art in the theatre’s lobby, and a presentation by LAIKA about the upcoming stop-motion feature film BoxTrolls.
Organizers expect to screen over 150 films, making this the largest animation show in the USA. You may submit films made at any time during your life. You are free to simultaneously show your work online or at other festivals. After Dec 1 there is a low entry fee ($10-$20) which can be paid online. The final deadline is December 31, 2013.
On November 16, 2013, AEF had a round table open discussion on the subject of teaching to the first job or the last job to animation students at the Creative Talent Network eXpo (CTNx)
With President Obama talking about ranking schools based on their ability to get students jobs quickly after graduation, AEF felt there was an opportunity to explore different schools of thoughts on how to develop a curriculum that would serve students best.
The welcome and introduction were given by Adriana Jaroszewicz (AEF Steering Committee Treasurer and Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University) and Aubry Mintz (AEF Steering Committee Co-Chair & Professor at California State University, Long Beach). Also included in the discussion were Dave Master (Education Consultant & Founder of ACME Virtual Training), Brooke Keesling (Manager of Animation Talent Development at Cartoon Network & Adjunct Professor, CalArts), and Sheila M. Soan (Associate Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California).
For more information on the Animation Educators Forum click here. To listen to the discussion in its entirety, click on the video below.
This past weekend, the Animation Educators Forum (AEF) had a round table open discussion on the subject of teaching to the first job or the last job to animation students at the Creative Talent Network eXpo (CTNx). With President Obama talking about ranking schools based on their ability to get students jobs quickly after graduation, AEF felt there was an opportunity to explore different schools of thoughts on how to develop a curriculum that would serve students best.
The welcome and introduction were given by Adriana Jaroszewicz (AEF Steering Committee Treasurer & Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University) and Aubry Mintz (AEF Steering Committee Co-Chair & Professor at California State University, Long Beach). Also included in the discussion were Dave Master (Education Consultant & Founder of ACME Virtual Training), Brooke Keesling (Manager of Animation Talent Development at Cartoon Network & Adjunct Professor, CalArts), and Sheila M. Soan (Associate Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California).
The spirited discussion covered many topics on different styles of teaching and programs.
Dave Master discussed his thoughts on the business of educating people and bringing the collective wisdom of animation professionals to a broad cross-section of young artists.”It’s important to find out where the industry is going and aim for that,” said Master. “This is very helpful for students to find out where they need to be to be successful in the industry.”
Due to animation students having strengths in different areas, treating them equally may not be the best course of action. “You have to consider each person as an individual,” said Keesling. “Some are leaders and would do well in management, but others have strengths in different areas and may want to learn artistic processes.”
Keesling also addressed the topic of making a portfolio specific to the studio they are applying for. “For instance, Cartoon Network may be looking for something completely different than Walt Disney Feature Animation or Sony Animation,” said Keesling. Students may get a broad education at their university and want to show everything, which may not serve them well and can be a little frustrating for the studios.
Dori Littel-Herrick stated that during the first years in college, students may not know where they fit into the industry and the importance to explore their options. “Being a generalist during the first few years in college is a good thing,” said Littel-Herrick. “People will figure out what they want to do later on.”
For anyone who is interested in listening to the discussion, the session was recorded in its entirety and will be posted shortly to the AEF’s website. Members of ASIFA will receive notification of it’s availability via email.
This Sunday April 7th, ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum is proud to announce its second annual General Membership meeting! This is our chance to meet as a group, invite others to join and have an engaging discussion on ways to improve our animation education!
This year we will be meeting on Sunday April 7, 1:00-5:00PM at USC Room SCB104 (The Animation Building of the School of Cinema).
Honoring excellence in the field of animation, Annie Awards will be presented in 30 categories including best animated feature, television productions, television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards.
There are only so many weekends in award season and our Annie Awards have become ever more popular over the past several years. This year will be no exception, so in order to ensure as many people as possible will be able to attend, we have moved the date of the ceremony to February 2, 2013, one week later than originally announced. All other Annie key dates will remain the same. The 40th Annual Annie Awards will take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.
To download the Rules and Categories for Entrants, which includes a list of key dates, click here. Please note: This is not a call for submissions. The call for Annie Award submissions will begin on Monday, September 3rd.