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Local Sugar - Meet the characters from the award-winning animated feature screenplay!

LOCAL SUGAR-- MEET THE CHARACTERS This and the following images are a quick introduction to the citizens of Sugarville, who have banded together to stop an evil plot that threatens their town--not to mention a wedding!

Animation Day in Cannes: Wrap-up

  The second Animation Day in Cannes took place on May 18th at the Salon La Renaissance, the Palais des Festivals and the UAE pavilion at the Marche du film, putting for a second year animation on the map of Cannes screenings and events and generating audiences from the animation industry and beyond, along with animation cinephiles and festival professionals.    The two panel discussions, one on Virtual Reality and the impact that it has in the animation world of filmmaking a...

Review: "Bilal" by Ayman Jamal a promising start for UAE animation

Directors: Khurram H Alavi, Ayman Jamal Writer: Ayman Jamal Production company: Barajoun Entertainment United Arab Emirates, 109 mins Bilal is the debut of Dubai-based Barajoun Entertainment, and the first animated feature film to come out of the United Arab Emirates. In a mythical desert kingdom rendered in careful detail, a young slave strives for freedom. With spectacular set pieces and a sweeping scope, Bilal starts off on the right foot for a debut effort. In a mythical des...

Pixel-Perfect BILAL Takes Screen at Cannes 69th & Took a Few Years, 22 Countries to Create

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One of the most interesting aspects of movie reviewing is looking behind the screen at the provenance of a project, and with Dubai’s first ever CGI animation, BILAL, the story behind this 1400-year-old animation saga is truly gripping. Cannes 69th Film Festival is the perfect venue for this, where it will screen shortly. The cast includes excellent actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (who played the yacht assassination target for Matt Damon in...

Bilal: Animation Feature from the UAE at Cannes 2016 (Review)

  A seemingly conventional story for the eternal battle between good and bad transforms an ancient myth into an epic animation that can move both younger and older audiences.    Bilal is the story of a young slave who becomes the symbol of equality and freedom for his people, by turning against the tyrannic ruling of the wealthy and powerful and adopting a new faith. Originally inspired by one of the most widely known myths in Islam culture, this animation feature makes an at...

Bilal, Khubram H. Alavi, Dubai, 2015

BILAL is an extraordinary full length animation feature produced in Dubai and excels in first rate animation conveying a universal message.  Set in the 6th century landscape of the Arabian desert the feature depicts  Bilal and his sister Ghufaira  who were abducted  from their African home as children by slave traders who slayed their mother. As slaves they are growing up in a forlorn village dominated by merchants adhering to a belief in idols and terrorizin...

Animation is the Loneliest Genre You’ll Ever Do

2016 has been a great year for Hungarian animation: Sundance had ‘Limbo Limbo Travel’, Berlinale premiered Oscar-shortlisted Réka Bucsi’s brand new piece Love, and now Cannes has announced its choice: Nadja Andrasev and Luca Tóth. by Anita Libor Nadja Andrasev and Luca Tóth Ten years ago neither of them would have imagined they would be preparing for their Cannes premiere. Animation was not...

LOCAL SUGAR, a Louisiana animation screenplay - Teaser poster

Here's a teaser poster for multiple-award-winning animated feature screenplay LOCAL SUGAR. Story by Andrew R. Garrett Poster art by Ann Smith

9th Northern Wave International Short film festival Iceland

The Northern Wave International Film Festival will be celebrated from the 16th to the 18th of October 2015 in Grundarfjörður, Iceland. The philosophy of the festival, upon which its name is based, is Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave. Like Nouvelle Vague, Northern Wave attempts to revive the recognition of film making as an art form and the director as artist/author. An important goal of the festival is to develop relationships between experienced filmmakers and emerging filmmakers in Iceland and other countries. We are a  visionary festival that celebrates artistic and ground braking films by filmmakers who dare to take risks.

The festival consists of a short film (all genres) section and, for the first time ever in an Icelandic film festival, a music video section.  Bands will be encouraged to attend the festival and support their videos with a concert during the weekend. In this way, the musicians can make contacts with filmmakers and vice versa.

The Northern Wave weekend consist of a numerous screenings of a variety of international short films. The program also includes a lecture from a professional from the film industry, a fish soup competition at the local fish market and numerous concerts and events during the weekend.



Studio Ghibli offers free animation software used to make The Tale of The Princess - A Game changer

Wow! The deal, which could have a potentially profound impact on the animation industry, was made possible after Japanese publisher Dwango acquired the Toonz software from Italian tech company Digital Video, which has been producing the animation package since 1993.  Ghibli has been using Toonz since the production of Princess Mononoke, and the new OpenToonz is dubbed “Toonz Ghibli Edition” because of all the custom-features that Toonz has develo...

2016 brings Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality & 3D Content to New Media Film Festival

Another moment in the history of consciousness-the spawning of Machine Consciousness through ART-For the first time in the history of the man/machine interface-the Artificial Experience has been born.   In the Spotlight today are the 2016 early selects for the 7th Annual New Media Film Festival, named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the "Top 25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" - New Media year after year impresses international audiences with its diverse genres and cutting e...

The 2016 Moondance Film Festival wants YOU!

THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE 2016 MOONDANCE AND A WARM WELCOME! Lights, Camera, Action! The Moondance International Film Festival invites all talented US & International filmmakers, writers and music composers to submit their films, written works and film scores to its 17th annual season, planned to take place in September 2016, our fabulous & memorable festival event location venue to be announced shortly. Moondance is known as the “American Cannes” of film festiva...

Holland Animation Film Festival Line up

Competitions 2016    The Holland Animation Film Festival 2016 organizes the following competitions.  The competitions for features, shorts, student films and Dutch films are open for films that had their premiere after January 1, 2015. Subscription for these competitions starts at the beginning of September. Deadline for application is 1 December 2015 (when the film is not yet completed on December 1, the deadline for the preview copy is 1 Ja...

HAFF program announced

  The official opening program of the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF), the largest animation festival in the Netherlands, is announced. Out of the 450 films HAFF has selected nine short films for the opening night, including the surprising puppet animation and BAFTA winner Edmond from Dutch director Nina Gantz and the world premieres Before Love by Igor Kovalyov (RU) and Ticking Away by Michael Sewnarain (NL). The ope...

Fantoche - International Animation Film Festival

The international show of animation film has become one of the world’s most prominent animation festivals and is the largest cultural event in Switzerland that is devoted exclusively to the full array of animation techniques, content and media. Since making its debut back in 1995, Fantoche has shown thousands of short and long films from around the world. It offers the very best in entertainment for young and old alike, makes new discoveries for all animated film buffs and serves as a meeting place for animation specialists in Switzerland and abroad.

Theme(s): Animation Film & Game Design

Year established: 1995


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FMX 2016

FMX, Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia is Europe's most influential conference for digital entertainment where Art, Technology and Business meet. Every year, artists, specialists, scientists, producers and other key people come to FMX to network and to discuss production issues, exciting technologies and new ways of financing and distribution across the industries with an international audience. High quality experts deliver insightful presentations and Workshops as part of the Conference program, industry professionals introduce their hard - and software products as well as their latest R&D innovations at the Marketplace, top-notch companies scout talent at the Recruiting Hub and international schools present their best projects on the School Campus.

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts and the Ministry for Finance and Economic Affairs of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and the MFG Film Funding, taking place in cooperation with VES Visual Effects Society, ACM SIGGRAPH, World Building Institute and Eurographics. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, hosting the Animation Production Day (APD), a joint venture with the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS). FMX 2016 takes place April 26-29 in Stuttgart.

FMX shines a light on topics such as:

Realtime Storytelling | Visual Language | Concept Art | Cinematography | Disrupters | Layout & Set Design | Location-based Entertainment | Virtual Human Forum | VFX in Commercials | Hack Art | Machine Learning | Business Leaders | Virtual Storyboarding | Visual Communication | Animation Wild 'n Strange | Worldbuilding | VFX in TV | User-generated Content | Stop-Motion | The New Scene of Digital and Visual Arts

Award Winning Festival Film FOXED! now on Vimeo

FOXED! from James Stewart on Vimeo. My Letter to editor Hi Bruno, I hope you are well. It is a sad time for Paris but be brave and know that the word is praying for Paris. I just wanted to thank you again for your help with Foxed.  We had a great run on the festival circuit and are now making the FOXED feature film.   I have posted the short film on Vimeo and in the Foxed Blog.  Please pass it on.  It is a true film festivals.con succes...

Global Short Film Awards - New York and Cannes

Global Short Film Awards Global Short Film Awards recognize excellence in highly creative and imaginative films under 15 minutes long. These short films will be suitable to meet the increasing content demand for intelligent phones, digital and hand held devices as well as internet, commercial, art, science and educational applications. For this premier issue, finalists and a winner will be selected in 2-D and 3-D formats in each category.  Sponsors welcome. Filmmakers FRE...

Cult Films, atypical success from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Heavy Metal

Cult films are and  may be regarded as the enigmas of the film industry; the black sheep who may do good once they pass adolescence, a heap of trouble. You can't be sure that they don't fall into the crevice of anonymity. What can we say about the rebel without a cause who does 180 turn? A loser who eventually turns a prophet err do we mean profit? No film marketing plan, great director or big budget can ever guarantee the success of any film. What constitutes a successful film in...

Cardiff Independent Film Festival announces new animation category!

Cardiff Animation Nights has announced they will be bringing a brand new animation strand to the Cardiff Independent Film Festival (C.I.F.F.) in April 2016.   Established in October 2014, Cardiff Animation Nights runs bi-monthly screenings of award-winning independent animation from around the world at venues in Cardiff.     Managing the new animation program at C.I.F.F. will be Lauren Orme, who runs Cardiff Animation Nights, supported by local animation companies Cloth Cat A...

The Flying Animator - Documentary - 3x Oscar nominee Gerald Potterton! On Kickstarter!

Musivision Films has launched its Kickstarter campaign for the The Flying Animator documentary on 3x Oscar nominated animator Gerald Potterton. Director Laurie Gordon has been filming Gerald for nearly five years at his home in Quebec and in London, Toronto. Still scheduled for more shooting days Laurie is really excited about editing the film into shape. Oh so many surprises and gems to be discovered! Please visit the Kickstarter campaign page for followups news and updates. https://www.kick...

Submit for The 7th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival!

The NYC Independent Film Festival celebrates the true independent filmmaker and provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animated works. Whether a submission is comedic, dramatic, or something in between, The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. With panels, parties and a weekend long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers The NYC Indie Film Festival is the place to be Ap...

21. Caminhos · Open Calls!

Caminhos Film Festival is receiving films, up to 25 September, for selection in the competitive sections Caminhos Selection and Ensaios Selection. We hope to show again the best national cinematic productions, with a scope of all the Portuguese cinema. From film schools to professionals, everyone is entitled to display their works in a spirit of communion with the different audiences. ...

Caminhos film Festival

The Caminhos Film Festival was stated in the latest editions as the reference event in the Portuguese panorama, the only festival dedicated in its competition, to the Portuguese cinema in various aspects, from the final draft film school, through animation , documentary, short film to feature film. Since 1988 we were privileged as an organization to see and live within the best of Portuguese national productions over the past twenty editions, but also to follow the progress of all the Portuguese film industry. We opened the event from Juniors, to seniors, to Film Schools, publishers and booksellers, all Portuguese production turning it in true showcase of national cinema in Portugal. A showcase, which has focused on bringing the creators to the publics, focusing on interaction at all levels.
O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português afirmou-se nas últimas edições como o evento de referência do panorama português, sendo o único festival dedicado, na sua competição, ao cinema português em várias vertentes, desde os projectos finais de escola de cinema, passando pela animação, documentário, curta-metragem até à longa-metragem. Desde 1988 tivemos o privilégio, enquanto organização de ver e (con)viver com o melhor da produção nacional portuguesa ao longo das últimas XIX edições, mas igualmente de acompanhar a evolução de toda a indústria cinematográfica portuguesa. Abrimos o evento aos Juniores, aos Séniores, às Escolas de Cinema, às editoras e livreiros, a toda a produção portuguesa transformando-o na verdadeira montra do cinema nacional em Portugal. Uma montra, que tem apostado em aproximar os criadores dos seus públicos, apostando na interacção em todos os níveis.

Awards & Prizes

Prémios da Selecção Caminhos 
- Grande Prémio do Festival 
- Prémio para a Melhor Longa-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Curta-metragem 
- Prémio para a Melhor Animação 
- Prémio para o Melhor Documentário 
- Prémio Revelação 
- Melhor Actor 
- Melhor Actor Secundário 
- Melhor Actriz 
- Melhor Actriz Secundária 
- Melhor Direcção Artística 
- Melhor Fotografia 
- Melhor Guarda Roupa 
- Melhor Realizador 
- Melhor Caracterização 
- Melhor Montagem 
- Melhor Som 
- Melhor Argumento Original 
- Melhor Argumento Adaptado 
- Melhor Música Original
Prémio do Público 
- Melhor Filme
Prémio D. Quijote - Prémio da Federação Internacional de Cineclubes 
- Melhor Filme
Prémio Imprensa 
- Melhor Filme
Prémios da Selecção Ensaios 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
Caminhos Selection Awards 
- Grand Festival Award 
- Award for Best Feature Film 
- Award for Best Short Film 
- Award for Best Animation 
- Award for Best Documentary 
- Breakthrough Awards 
- Best Actor 
- Best Supporting Actor 
- Best Actress 
- Best Supporting Actress 
- Best Art Direction 
- Best Cinematography 
- Best Wardrobe 
- Best Director 
- Best Characterization 
- Best Film Editing 
- Best Sound 
- Best Original Screenplay 
- Best Adapted Screenplay 
- Best Original Music
Audience Award 
- Best movie
D. Quijote Award - Award of the International Federation of Film Societies 
- Best movie
Awards Press 
- Best movie
Essays Selection Award 
- Best National Essay 
- Best International Essay






Rules & Terms

1.- Finalidades do Evento 
1.1.- Caminhos Film Festival têm como finalidade geral do projecto reforçar o acesso à cultura cinematográfica Portuguesa, promovendo a sua divulgação, os elementos para à sua comparação e compreensão. 
1.2.- Para além disso em cada edição o projecto deverá reforçar os laços de comunidade e identidade local existentes, promovendo a integração numa identidade e comunidade nacional.
2.- Objectivos Gerais e Definição Conceptual 
2.1.- O festival é idealizado por amantes e profissionais do mundo cinematográfico e visa dar visibilidade às diferentes produções nacionais. Os Caminhos Film Festival são um festival singular em Portugal dedicado exclusivamente ao cinema nacional, nos seus distintos registos técnicos e temáticos na secção competitiva Selecção Caminhos.
2.2.- Ao nível conceptual os Caminhos do Cinema Português caracterizam-se por uma amplitude de registos que são o fidedigno registo do panorama da produção cinematográfica nacional anual. A inovação do projecto está no facto de se proceder ao acolhimento num único espaço.
2.3.- Os Caminhos do Cinema Português pretendem ser aquilo que o nome transmite, a súmula dos diferentes caminhos que a cinematografia nacional percorre. Não existe um só caminho, disso mesmo nos damos conta quando os podemos enumerar, a saber: cinema de autor, cinema comercial, cinema para crianças e o vídeo arte. O cinema português enquadra-se nos mais variados escalões etários e registos estilísticos de que a história do cinema nos pode dar conta.
2.4.- A Selecção Ensaios, ao aceitar obras realizados em contexto de formação académica, nacionais e internacionais, pretende promover os elementos para a comparação e compreensão da cinematografia portuguesa no contexto global.
3.- Secções Competitivas, Júris e Prémios Oficiais 
3.1.- O festival Caminhos do Cinema Português é constituído por duas secções competitivas, nomeadamente a Selecção Caminhos e a Selecção Ensaios.
3.2.- As obras a apresentar em cada uma das secções competitivas serão o resultado de uma pré-selecção da responsabilidade da organização e de um júri expressamente convocado para o efeito, nos termos dos Regulamentos Anexos próprios de cada secção.
4.- Selecção Caminhos 
4.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Caminhos serão avaliados por um conjunto de júris e concorrem cumulativamente, quando reunidas as condições expressas nos Anexos ao Regulamentos de cada júri/selecção, aos seguintes prémios: 
-Prémios do Júri Caminhos; 
-Prémio do Júri de Imprensa; 
-Prémio Don Quijote / Júri IFSS – Federação Internacional de Cineclubes
5.- Selecção Ensaios 
5.1.- Os filmes seleccionados para a Selecção Ensaios serão avaliados por um júri e concorrem quando reunidas as condições expressas no regulamento desta secção, ao seguinte prémio: 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Nacional; 
-Prémio do Júri Ensaios Internacional;
6.- Outros Prémios 
Para dos prémios elencados, os filmes a concurso na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios, concorrem igualmente ao Prémio do Público. Este prémio será entregue mediante o escrutínio e o cálculo da média aritmética ponderada expressa pelo espectadores, em boletim de voto próprio, no final de cada sessão na Selecção Caminhos e Selecção Ensaios.
6.- Casos Omissos 
6.1.- A Comissão Organizadora do festival reserva-se o direito de decidir sobre os casos não previstos nos diferentes Regulamentos, bem como proceder a necessárias alterações, dando conhecimento a todos os interessados.
7.- Disposição Final 
A inscrição para pré-selecção e participação nas diferentes secções competitivas (selecção Caminhos/ Selecção Ensaios) do festival Caminhos do Cinema Português XXI implica a leitura deste Regulamento OFicial bem como a aceitação dos Anexos específicos de cada secção.
Coimbra, 15 de Julho de 2015 
1.-Purpose of the event 
1.1.-Caminhos Film Festival have as general purpose of the project enhance access to Portuguese film culture, promoting their dissemination, the elements for the comparison and understanding.
1.2.-Plus in each issue the project should strengthen the bonds of community and local identity, promoting the integration in existing identity and national community.
2.-General objectives and Concept Definition 
2.1.-the festival is designed for lovers and professionals in the film world and seeks to give visibility to the different national productions. The paths are a unique festival Film Festival in Portugal devoted exclusively to national cinema, in its distinctive technical and thematic records in competitive Selection Paths section.
2.2.-Conceptual level the ways of the Portuguese Cinema is characterised by a range of records that are the trustworthy record of the annual national film production. The innovation of the project is that for the reception in a single space.
2.3.- Caminhos film Festival claims to be what the name conveys, summarising the different paths that the national cinematography traverses. There is no one way, that we realize when we can enumerate, namely: cinema, cinema, cinema commercial for children and video art. The Portuguese film fits in various age groups and stylistic records of the history of cinema in can handle.
2.4.-the selection Tests, by accepting works carried out in the context of academic, national and international training, aims to promote the elements for comparison and understanding of Portuguese cinematography in the global context.
3.-Competitive Sections, Juries and awards Officers 
3.1.-Caminhos Film Festival consists of two competitive sections, namely the selection Caminhos and the selection Essays.
3.2.-the works in each of the competitive sections will be the result of a pre-selection of the responsibility of the Organization and of a jury expressly convened for this purpose, in accordance with the regulations specific to each Attachments section.
4.-selecting Paths 
4.1.-The selected films for the selection paths will be evaluated by a set of judges and compete cumulatively when the conditions laid down in Annexes to the Regulations of each jury/selection, the following prizes: 
-Jury Awards paths; 
-Press jury prize; 
-Don Quijote Award/Jury IFSS-International Federation of film societies
5.-Selection Tests 
5.1.-The selected films for the selection tests will be evaluated by a jury and compete when the conditions expressed in the regulation of this section, the following prize: 
-Jury prize National Tests; 
-Jury prize International Trials;
For listed Awards, the films in competition Selection paths and Selection Tests, also compete for the prize of the audience. This prize will be delivered by the scrutiny and the calculation of the weighted arithmetic average expressed by viewers, in ballot itself, at the end of each session in selecting paths and Selection Tests.
6.- Missing cases 
6.1.-the Organizing Committee of the festival reserves the right to decide on the cases not provided for in the various regulations, as well as carry out necessary changes, giving knowledge to all interested parties.
7.-Final provisions 
Registration for pre-selection and participation in different competitive sections (path/selection Selection trials) of Caminhos do Cinema XXI Portuguese festival involves reading this official rules as well as the acceptance of the annexes specific to each section.



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