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FLEE (Status: in Production) Pitching sessions were held for feature films, short films, TV series, specials, and transmedia during The International Animation Film Market (MIFA) 2016 in Annecy. A team of an animated documentary, titled FLEE, gave a presentation at a pitching session for TV specials on 16th June as …
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1. We’re Going on A Bear Hunt sets off to France 2. SLR Productions announces option and development of Andy Roid 3. Makoto Shinkai’s Kimino na wa. (Your name) crossed 11 billion yen (10 million USD) sales at Japanese box office Kogyotsushinsha reported that Kimino na wa. (Your name) reached …
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Kubo and the Two Strings, now in the UK cinema, had its Swiss (German) premiere at the Fantoche International Animation Festival, held from 6th to 11th September in Baden, Switzerland. Kubo and the Two Strings is a Japanese mythology based action-adventure, which centers around a clever and kindhearted boy named …
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The 27th Cartoon Forum organised by CARTOON was successfully held from 13th to 16th September 2016 in Toulouse, France. It is the only pitching event dedicated to European animation series. Started in 1990, Cartoon Forum has contributed to the production of more than 680 animation series, which have found their …
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1. Crunchyroll and Funimation partner to expand access to Anime Crunchyroll and Funimation, the two global providers of Anime, have announced a partnership to improve the audience experience and grow the current reach of Anime by sharing titles across streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through (EST). Through this agreement, Crunchyroll …
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The 27th edition of Cartoon Forum, the co-production platform for European animation series, will be held from 13th to 16th September. During the Cartoon Forum 2016, the Cartoon d’Or and the Cartoon Tributes will be given along with the presentation of projects. Nominees of both awards were announced. The Award …

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FLEE (Status: in Production) Pitching sessions were held for feature films, short films, TV series, specials, and transmedia during The International Animation Film Market (MIFA) 2016 in Annecy. A team of an animated documentary, titled FLEE, gave a presentation at a pitching session for TV specials on 16th June as …
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Kubo and the Two Strings, now in the UK cinema, had its Swiss (German) premiere at the Fantoche International Animation Festival, held from 6th to 11th September in Baden, Switzerland. Kubo and the Two Strings is a Japanese mythology based action-adventure, which centers around a clever and kindhearted boy named …
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Baobab Studios exhibited its latest animated short film Invasion! in virtual reality (VR) during Annecy 2016 where you could experience being one of the characters in their story. Invasion! is influenced by the imaginative setting of the H.G. Wells classic, The War of Worlds. The story centres on two bunnies …
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Behind the story of Pokémon : Meeting the Challenge of 2D digital production with care, passion and a meticulous attention to detail <Part 1> A Challenging digital production with Toon Boom Harmony Animationweek (AW): How has OLM decided to pioneer 2D digital animation production in Japan? Hiroyuki Kato (HK): We …
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Richard the Stork (Status: in Post- Production) Animationweek had the chance to talk with screenwriter and co-director Reza Memari and producer Kristine Knudsen on a new CG-animated feature titled Richard the Stork at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016. It is a co-production between studios in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg …
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Tito and the Birds (Status: in production) Pitching sessions in MIFA The International Animation Film Market (MIFA) was held from 15th to 17th June 2016. For 2016, MIFA had 2,800 pass-holders (a 4.5% growth over 2015) and attracted 370 buyers, distributors and investors (a 1.5% increase, compared to 2015). During …
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The Badi Badi team: Dominika Osak (producer) Tomek Paziewski (managing director and producer) Tomek Niedźwiedź (creative producer) Arek Paziewski (financial director) The first success with Agi Bagi The journey of Badi Badi embarked in 2003, and in the early stage they focused on animation for TV commercials and VFX for …
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During Annecy 2016, there were demos where you could experience Google Spotlight Stories with a VR headset. Many visitors were in a line to enjoy demos of the Spotlight Story Pearl, directed by Patrick Osborne on 14th June and the Spotlight Story Rain or Shine, directed by Felix Massie on …
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London Comic Con was held in London, UK with over 133,000 visitors between 27th and 29th May 2016. On 28th May, the third episode of Gundam The Origin, “Dawn of Rebellion”, had a special premiere screening and panel session with Osamu Taniguchi (Producer) and Mika Akitaka (mechanical designer), followed by …
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(It will be releasing in cinemas THIS FRIDAY 15th July 2016) Since the first Ice Age hit the scenes in 2002, four films of the Ice Age series have been in theatres globally. Being one of the most loved animated film franchise in the world, the fourth title Ice Age: …
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Did you know that Vancouver could be your next destination for your animation studio and career? The VFX Vancouver Job Board has more than 800 listings, with more positions created every week. There are animation studios from big to small that cover various animation techniques, including VFX, 3D CGI, 2D, …
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Robot Chicken is an Emmy award-winning animated sketch comedy series. It now spans 8 seasons, 160 episodes and 6 specials, which have been broadcasted on Adult Swim, a programming block (from 8 pm to 6 am) of Cartoon Network, an American cable network. Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Matthew Senreich, Seth Green, …
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Another Day of Life (Status: in production) We talked to Damian Nenow, the director of the film, via an email interview. He shares his creative insights and how they carefully planned and designed the full film in production. Interview with Damian Nenow Story development Animationweek (AW): What drew you to …
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We had an interview with Pi San at his studio Hutoon, located in Beijing, China. He shares his view and creativity behind his influential and successful animation series. He also announces the exclusive news on Miss Puff. This interview was done by Zimeng Liu for Animationweek at his studio (Picture1-4). Animation …
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Waiting for the Butterflies (Status: in concept) We asked Cyril Le Pesant, the producer, about the journey of this collaboration project and his passion for the film. Interview with Cyril Le Pesant Meeting China Animationweek (AW): Why did you choose a Chinese story for your latest project? Cyril Le Pesant (CP): …
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Minna and the dream builders (Status: in development) They held a workshop with the creators to work on a strong storyline for two weeks and they presented that it was effective at Cartoon Movie. We asked Kim Hagen Jensen, the director, and Nynne Selin Eidnes, the producer, about the workshop …
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Heart of Darkness (Status: in development) We had an interview with Rogério Nunes, the director, and Sébastien Onomo, the producer, about the film in development. Interview with Sébastien Onomo and Rogério Nunes The start of the project Animationweek (AW): How did you meet and decide to work together? Sébastien Onomo …
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Animationweek editorial team had an interview with Chris Colman, the founder of China Animation & Game Network (CAGN).  Our interview was held at Central Saint Martins, the University of the Arts London.  This is the place where Chris Colman pursued his passion and studied MA “Character Animation” before starting his …
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Eddie Mehong shared his experience working in Japan and France as a 2D animator and starting his own studio in Tokyo Japan. We are pleased to present his inspiring story of what it’s like to bridge the animation industry internationally. This interview was done by Drifa Benseghir for Animationweek. Working …

Animationweek editorial team had an interview with Drifa Benseghir, a professional 3D character animator and lecturer at Gobelins, l’école de l’image, Supinfocom and The Animation Workshop. It is our great honour to be able to share her knowledge, expertise, and broad international experience with you. Starting as an animator Animationweek …
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