1. Nefertine on the Nile won “Best Pilot” Pulcinella Awards at Cartoons on the Bay
Nefertine on the Nile (52 x 11’ – 2D&3D – HD) received the Pulcinella Awards for “Best Pilot” at Cartoons on the Bay. Cartoons on the Bay is an international television and cross-media animation festival taking place every year in Italy. Nefertine on the Nile is co-produced by Graphilm in Italy and Cyber Group Studios in France. It is based on the book series titled All’ombra delle piramidi (English title is In the Shade of the Pyramids) by Janna Carioli and Luisa Mattia. This animation project is currently in development and aims at children from 5 to 7 years old. The story centers around a special little girl named Nefertine who wants to become the first female scribe in the history of Egypt. She writes down her adventures with her friend Piramses.
2. Google’s Spotlight Stories project releases a trailer Pearl
Google’s Spotlight Stories project released a trailer of Pearl before the premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Pearl is a 360-degree interactive short film directed by Patrick Osborne who won the 2015 Oscar for Best Animated Short with Feast.
3. Ánima Estudios and Chatrone announce a new partnership with CalArts
Ánima Estudios, a Mexican animation studio, together with L.A. based management and production company Chatrone announced a new partnership with California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The Office of Global Initiatives at CalArts has been running a continuing education pilot program training professional artists and animators in Latin America. This brought CalArts’ expertise and distinct approach in teaching art history, storytelling, storyboard and performance animation to Ánima Estudios production staff. As the program develops, it hopes to expand to other organizations in Mexico and across Latin America.
4. Red Turtle will premiere at Cannes Film Festival
Red Turtle, a co-production film between Studio Ghibli (Japan) and Wild Bunch (France), will screen in competition as part of the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category at Cannes Film Festival. Red Turtle is directed by Michael Dudok de Wit who won the Oscar with his short film Father and Daughter and is his first feature film. It is a dialogue-free film. Nikkan Sports, a Japanese newspaper, reported that the project started 10 years ago and the director stayed at Studio Ghibli to develop his story and concept with support by Isao Takahata (the director known for Grave of the Fireflies) and Toshio Suzuki who has been a producer of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Theatrical release is scheduled in September in Japan.