1. The Ottawa International Animation Festival announces the official selection for the animated feature competition
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced the official selection for the animated feature competition listed below. This year’s OIAF is going to be held from 21-25 September. You can find more about the festival from “https://www.animationfestival.ca”.
La Guerre des Tuques by Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson
Psiconautas, the forgotten children by Pedro Rivero and Alberto
Window Horses by Anne Marie Fleming
Nerdland by Chris Prynoski
Cafard by Jan Bultheel
2.Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) artist in residence – call for proposals
“TAIS artist in residence” supports the production of a new animated work by artists through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. This call for proposals for Year Three of the Research and Production in Animation Residency Program follows the success of the first two years of it.
The third year of the program is seeking one Canadian artist and one international artist to both engage in self-directed work, towards the completion of a new independent animated film or video. This residency comes with a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios and/or PIX Film Gallery in downtown Toronto, Canada.
3. The Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) forms VR Society
The Advanced Imaging Society (based in Los Angels, USA) announced the formation of the VR Society, a new division within the parent association. The new group will provide research, hands-on seminars, and best practice recommendations to help facilitate the creation of high quality VR content. Society member companies include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Warner Bros., AMD, The Virtual Reality Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Entertainment, Sony Music, Nokia, Barco, Dolby, Stereo D, Intel, Prime Focus World, Phillips, ONSIGHT Ltd, Fraunhofer, Loot Interactive, and others.
4. Hasbro acquires Boulder Media Animation Studio
Hasbro in the USA announced that it has acquired Boulder Media, an Irish animation company based in Dublin. Boulder has produced a variety of series for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney and BBC. As a wholly-owned subsidiary, Boulder will continue to produce animated series on behalf of third-party clients, in addition to producing animation projects for Hasbro’s best-known brands.
5. Grom Holdings Inc. acquires Philippines-based animation studio Top Draw Animation
Grom Holdings Inc., headquartered in NYC, announced that it has acquired Philippines-based Top Draw Animation (TDA). This acquisition is the latest step as part of a growth strategy for Grom Social, the safe social network created “by kids for kids”. TDA currently provides services to many properties, including My Little Pony, Tom and Jerry, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.