Fathom Events is sponsoring the second annual Animation is Film a major animation festival hosted at the historic Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood (TCL Chinese 6 Theater) October 19-21. The festival will kick off with the U.S. premiere of Mirai, from director Mamoru Hosoda, ahead of its nationwide theatrical release from Fathom Events and GKids on November 29, December 5 and December 8.
The producers of the Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival, which starts September 14-16 on Vashon Island, Washington, are calling it the first of its kind worldwide. Conscious Cartoons will feature three days of animated shorts – many of them award winning – from around the world with socially conscious, humanist themes. The festival includes something for everyone, from kids to adults. The goal is to harness the power of animation to inspire compassion and provide insights into the human condition in ways that live action media often fails to do.
Renegade Animation co-founder and executive producer Ashley Postlewaite will take part in the panel discussion Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Animation at Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego. Postlewaite will join other women leaders from the animation industry in discussing how they turned their talents into successful careers. The panel will also discuss new technologies that are making it easier for young people, and especially women, to enter the field of animation.
Award-winning animation studio Laika has announced that its fifth and most ambitious film to date, Missing Link, will be released in the U.S. next spring. The name, release date and complete cast details were revealed by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight prior to meetings with foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Annapurna Pictures will distribute Missing Link in the U.S.. AGC International, the sales and distribution division of AGC Studios, is handling international sales.
AGC International will handle foreign sales for animation studio Laika’s Film Five (working title), currently in production at the studio. The announcement was made today by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight and Stuart Ford, CEO of AGC Studios. Laika just announced Annapurna Pictures as its domestic distributor on the film.
Arri Media and Trixter have agreed on a strategic and operational collaboration in the fields of VFX and animation. In the future and across locations, both post-production companies will be offering all their visual effects and animation services together. In addition to the coordinated interfaces and optimal scalability, customers will now benefit from a much larger range of services.
What began as an indie mobile game in 2014, Five Nights At Freddy’s has grown into a multimedia franchise with multiple games, novel adaptations and a feature film currently in progress. The series is produced by Kiev, Ukraine-based GoldenLane Studio. One particularly challenging scene for GoldenLane co-founder Roman Maltsev was playing two characters named Zoe and Ellis that kiss.
Continuing to grow its original programming unit, Renegade Animation has promoted Brittney Jorgensen to the newly created post of head of marketing and development. Jorgensen will work with creators, writers and animators in developing concepts for animated television series and features, and serve as the studio’s chief liaison with studios, broadcasters and streaming services.
Back for their seventh year, from November 29 through December 3, the Irish Film Festival London will present Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films over five days across London with exclusive previews, panel discussions and director’s Q&As. This year’s festival opens with The Drummer and the Keeper, directed by Nick Kelly, telling the touching story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome.
The Portland Art Museum and its Northwest Film Center are celebrating Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of Laika, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio.