1. Annie Awards Nominations Announced
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 44th Annual Annie AwardsTM recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. The executive director of ASIFA, Frank Gladstone, stated about the increased amount of submissions this year for the ASIFA, as well as a broadened interest extending to the film industry in general. ASIFA-Hollywood president, Jerry Beck, said that it was an ‘especially successful’ year for animation on movie screens, broadcast and cable TV, for new streaming networks, in games, and VR.
Nominations of this year’s Best Animated Feature
Finding Dory (Pixar Animation Studios)
Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika)
Kung Fu Panda 3 (DreamWorks Animation)
Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Zootopia (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Long Way North (Sacrebleu Productions, Maybe Movies, Norlum Studios, France 3 Cinéma and 2 Minutes)
Miss Hokusai (Production I.G.)
My Life As A Zucchini (Rita Productions, Blue Spirit Productions, Gebeka Films, KNM)
The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions)
Your Name (CoMix Wave Films)
The Juried Awards
Three Winsor McCay recipients (selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors)
– Legendary animator: Dale Baer
– Independent animation champion: Caroline Leaf
– Influential anime director: Mamoru Oshii
The Ub Iwerks Award: Google Spotlight’s Virtual Reality Platform
Technical Special Achievement Award; Life, Animated
The June Foray Award: Bill & Sue Kroyer
Certificate of Merit: Leslie Ezeh (ASIFA-Hollywood volunteer coordinator) and Gary Perkovac (ASIFA-Hollywood’s office manager)
For tickets and additional information on the Annie Awards, you can find from the link below.
2. The origin of Quill and what it can do
Quill is a tool created by Oculus VR, announced at Oculus Connect 3, which enables illustrative storytelling in Virtual Reality. It was initially created as an in-house tool for the VR film Dear Angelica. It was born out of the requirements of the writer/director of this film, Saschka Unseld, and the art director, Wesley Allsbrook, who desired to create the film entirely in VR. The software is designed to be “unopiniated”, meaning that it can adopt any style the artist uses in Quill. The Quill beta will be released for free on December 6th, when the Oculus Touch motion controllers launch.
3. The launch of a CAKE and Diagonal View’s joint venture
CAKE and Diagonal View announce the launch of a joint venture in producing and distributing kids’ content on online media platforms such as YouTube, with a new company called Popcorn Digital, with the intention that certain IP’s created for digital AVOD platforms internationally, will crossover into the linear space. As part of the deal, CAKE will provide the development experience and expertise in the kids’ arena, while Diagonal View will handle channel management, maximizing traffic, and growing revenue and audiences. Digital expert Paul Nunn, best-known for global phenomenon Talking Tom, joins as advisor/investor, bringing his experiences of growing a brand from its digital roots into a global franchise.
4. Virtual reality industry creates new association
Acer Starbreeze, Google, HTC VIVE, Facebook’s Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment announce the creation of a non-profit organization of international headset manufacturers, in order to promote the growth of the global VR industry.
The association’s members will develop and share best practices, conduct research, and bring the international VR community together as the technology progresses. The group will also serve as a resource for consumers, policymakers, and industry interested in VR.