1. Big Fish and Begonia will be released on 8th July
On 18th April, it was announced that Big Fish & Begonia directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun will be in theatres in China from 8th July. It has been in production for 12 years and based on their short animation produced in 2004. The project raised its budget by using a Chinese crowdfunding platform ‘Demohour’ in 2013. According to Animation World Network and Animation Magazine, B&T Studio in Beijing, China and South Korea’s Studio Mir (famous for The Legend of Korra) worked together to produce the film.
Sample movie (Chinese)
2. Wanhoo and Outlaws will come out in 2018
Contract signing event
A contract signing event was held at 6th Beijing International Film Festival (16th to 23rd April 2016). DeZerlin (China) and Zycon Media (UK) signed the agreement to co-produce 5 animated features including Wanhoo and Outlaws. DeZerlin also signed the contract to co-produce other 5 new animated films with Huhu Studios (New Zealand) at the event. The 10 films are aiming at the international film market. Animation World Network reported that DeZerlin’s in-house story team have been developed the stories of the two films and Wanhoo is a quirky comedy fantasy that sets in ancient China and Outlaws is a fast-paced comedy adventure that takes place in the Wild West.
3. Manchester Animation Festival 2016
Manchester Animation Festival 2016 revealed the dates for the festival. In this year, the festival will run from 15th to 17th November. They will welcome Aardman animations cofounders Peter Lord and David Sproxton to celebrate their 40th anniversary. They also launched a call for entries for the film competitions.