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1. Crunchyroll and Funimation partner to expand access to Anime

Crunchyroll and Funimation, the two global providers of Anime, have announced a partnership to improve the audience experience and grow the current reach of Anime by sharing titles across streaming, home video, and electronic sell-through (EST). Through this agreement, Crunchyroll will continue creating the best subtitled streaming experience for audience, while Funimation will focus on delivering the best in English-language dubbed streaming. They aim to improve accessibility to Anime titles through this collaboration.

Press release: http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-press-release/2016/09/08-1/crunchyroll-and-funimation-partner-to-significantly-expand-access-to-anime

2. 24nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film calls for submissions

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The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) will be held between 2nd and 7th May 2017. The Festival offers directors, production and distribution companies a platform to present their films to an interested and large audience as well as countless members of the industry. In 2016, more than 80,000 visitors visited Stuttgart and watched more than 1,000 films. The various competition categories award cash prizes, which will be a total of more than 70,000 euros.

Submission deadline: December 1, 2016

Animated films produced after October 1, 2015 can be submitted to the following competition categories:

– International Competition (Short film competition)

– Young Animation (Student film competition)

– Tricks for Kids (Competition for short films and TV series for children)

– AniMovie (Feature-length film competition)

Call for submission will be made in the mid October separately:

– Spotlight Animated Com Award (Award for applied animation in the field of advertising together with Spotlight)

– Festival for Moving Image Communication

Further information: http://www.itfs.de/en/ and http://www.itfs.de/en/festival/competitions/

3. Pokémon Generations to premier on YouTube

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The Pokémon Company International announced Pokémon Generations, an all-new Pokémon animated series of shorts, launching on the official Pokémon YouTube channel. Pokémon Generations looks back at each generation of the Pokémon video game series, diving into the stories of the games more deeply and getting to know characters and Pokémon better. Pokémon Generations consists of 18 episodes, each running between three and five minutes in length, with the first two episodes launching on 16th September 2016.

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