1. Bit Films launches The New Pioneers
Bit Films, an independent animation studio based in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA, released a teaser online for their action/adventure series The New Pioneers. The show is set on the future Earth where the natural world has retaliated against humanity, forcing orphan teen Mynn and the few remaining humans to take shelter behind a massive electric dome. Chris Perry, the writer and director of the show, explains that they used flexible rigs, an animation style rooted in drawn animation, a cel-inspired approach to lighting, and painted environments in its 3DCGI production. And Raf Anzovin served as animation director on the teaser. Bit Films is currently seeking investors, distributors, and other production partners interested in bringing The New Pioneers to audiences. The show is targeted to children (9+) and families.
2. New partnerships for Cloudbabies and Abadas
Hoho Rights, the commercial arm of kids production company Hoho Entertainment, has announced new partnerships for its pre-school series Cloudbabies (52×10’) and Abadas (52 x 11’) with major SVoD platforms Hopster and Playkids. The programmes will be available in multiple territories including the USA and UK. The company has also joined forces with X-Media Digital, Russia’s YouTube partner to launch Cloudbabies in the Russian language.
3. DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls to debut in China
DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film Trolls has officially been given a release date of 28th October 2016 in China. The film will be distributed locally in China by DreamWorks Animation’s joint venture Oriental DreamWorks.
4. animago AWARD winners
The winners of the animago AWARD – an international competition for 3D animation & still, visual effects, visualization and design – were announced. The show was attended by 550 guests and took place at the Gasteig Centre, in Munich. A total of 1,076 projects from 58 different countries were submitted to the 2016 animago competition. The winners of “Best Still” and “20th Anniversary” categories were chosen by public vote.
Best Short Film
“Uncanny Valley” (3DAR, Argentina)
“Alike” (Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez, La Fiesta Producciones Cinematograficas, Spain)
You can find the nominees for 2016 from the link of the weekly news below.