Superprod Animation and Planeta Junior Form New Partnership

France’s Superprod Animation and Spain’s kids production company Planeta Junior have announced a new partnership to distribute, license and produce premium kids and family programs worldwide.

The allience kicks off with Helen’s Little School (52×11’). Superprod Animation (France) and Muse Entertainment (Canada) are producers of the show that currently airs on France Télévisions and TV5 Monde, Télé Québec, TFO, Knowledge Channel, MTVA in Hungary, C+ in Poland, Discovery Kids in Latin America. The series is also available in China on TENCENT and other digital platforms, through deals secured by UYoung, and in a growing number of territories in Asia.

The following project, That’s Joey! (52×11’), is an animated comedy series based on the comics created by Thierry Coppée and published by Delcourt, with over 3.7 million copies sold through the world. The series is produced by Superprod Animation (France) and coproduced by Planeta Junior, Digital Graphics (Belgium) and Atmosphere Media (Germany). That’s Joey! is in production for French free TV broadcaster M6.

Planeta Junior will become the master licensing agent of the series worldwide excluding French speaking territories and distribute the series in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Greece, Turkey, and jointly Latin America along Superprod. Atmosphere is handling sales in German speaking Europe. Superights is handling sales in all other territories worldwide. The first episodes of That’s Joey! will be presented at MIP Junior in October.

That's Joey

That’s Joey

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BLE Spotlights British Animation with Top Execs Keynote Panel

Brand Licensing Europe has announced the first of two keynotes that will take place at this year’s event. Storyboard: The Best of British Animation will spotlight the inspirational and aspirational creativity and success of some of the nation’s most prolific production studios with an eye-wateringly talented panel of experts.

“Britain’s animation studios produce world leading content and the people within them are some of the most talented across this country’s creative industries. British animation is a powerhouse of originality and its makers are masters of engaging viewers across the entire spectrum of emotions, from joyous belly laughter to uncontrollable sobbing, and everything in between,” said BLE event director Anna Knight. “We are over the moon to have such well-respected experts joining us for Wednesday’s keynote panel and will be hanging off every word they have to say.”

The keynote is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, October 2. BLE takes place Oct. 1-3 at ExCeL London. Visitors can register online for a free pass at www.brandlicensing.eu/register-now.

The panel includes:

Michael Rose, Joint Managing Director, Magic Light Pictures – Magic Light Pictures is an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA-winning creator of family entertainment and brands. Its filmmaking includes animated adaptations of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, Zog and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Mikael Shields, CEO, Acamar Films – Acamar Films’ award-winning hit preschool show, Bing, celebrates the joyful, messy reality of preschool life and finds the big stories in the little moments. Bing was the number one children’s program on BBC iPlayer in 2018, with 3.177 million requests for the episode “Show”. Bing is now broadcast in 117 territories and moves and delights Bingsters and their grown-ups through the series, consumer products, digital, live shows and experiences.

Sean Clarke, Executive Director Rights & Brand Development, Aardman Animations – The world famous Aardman Animations is a four-time Academy Award-winning animation studio creating film, broadcast, advertising and interactive entertainment. Aardman Animations is the creator of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts and Chicken Run, among others.

Oli Hyatt, Managing Director, Blue Zoo Animation – Blue Zoo Animation is one of the U.K.’s leading studios with an enviable client list and a shelf full of BAFTAs for its trademark CG character animation. The studio has produced some of the most well-loved kids shows on TV, including Numberblocks and Digby Dragon, captivating commercials, and acclaimed shorts.

Allison Watkins, Director, Global Consumer Products & TV distribution, Coolabi Group – Coolabi Group is a leading independent international media group and rights owner of some 360 half-hours of programming. Brands owned and/or represented by Coolabi include the multi-award-winning remake of Clangers, plus Beast Quest, Poppy Cat, Purple Ronnie and the Smallfilms properties Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine.

Acamar CEO Mikael Shields commented, “There has never been a better time to reach a global audience as a filmmaker. It’s a truly exciting moment.”

“The U.K. has a long history of creating amazing stories with wonderful characters that engage audiences worldwide. Story and character are the cornerstones of all successful brands that help develop rich evergreen opportunities across film, TV, stage and consumer products which can cross generations. It will be great to share learnings and experiences on how to make that work during BLE,” said Coolabi’s Allison Watkins.

This keynote is one of 25 sessions scheduled for BLE’s License Global Theatre. Other highlighted topics include sustainability, publishing, animation, gaming, eSports, food and beverage, heritage, fashion, influencers, digitalisation, retail, Brexit and more.

BLE 2019

BLE 2019

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Animation at LFF: ‘Abominable’ Set for Gala Screening

The 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF), in partnership with American Express, has announced its full program of 229 feature films from some of the world’s greatest filmmakers and emerging talent — seven of which are fully animated — as well as 116 shorts. For 12 days from October 2-13, the LFF will celebrate the diverse landscape of international cinema, showcasing films that entertain and inspire, provoke debate and tackle the urgent issues of our time.

The lineup includes 28 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres and 28 European Premieres. The program= presents stories from a broad range of voices, continuing to support both home-grown cinema and international productions. 78 countries are represented across short films and features, with 40% of all films directed or co-directed by women.

“In its 63rd year, BFI London Film Festival is one of the world’s great public film fests. And that greatness comes from the fact that we serve one of the most vibrant and international cities in the world and welcome voracious, adventurous and cineliterate audiences. While there are many talking points emerging from this year’s program, a few really leap out: the strong instinct from filmmakers to explore urgent social and political issues through narrative and often through the use of genre; the striking emergence of a new generation of filmmakers exploding onto the international stage with startlingly bold, original and ambitious debuts; the continuing and welcome trend of increased gender balance in directing talent behind short film, first and second features. And while we’re so delighted to see work from 78 countries in the Festival, we also love welcoming a particularly exceptional new wave of U.K.-based filmmakers with cracking first and second feature films in LFF.”

Animation highlights of the 2019 BFI LFF:

The Family Gala is the U.K. Premiere of Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman’s Abominable. This latest animated tale from DreamWorks is a fun, fast-paced action adventure about a little girl and her yeti companion in a race-against-time trip from China to the Himalayas. Boasting a compelling story and breathtaking visuals, Abominable is as beautiful as it is funny and exciting.

Among the 11 Special Presentations is Bombay Rose, a glorious love letter to life and love in Mumbai from feature debut director and screenwriter Gitanjali Rao. Both epic and personal, Rao’s exquisite animation allows characters to move seamlessly between real and imagined worlds, in this delicate and nuanced collection of stories.

Showcasing films for the young, as well as the young at heart, this year’s Family strand is, as always, an international affair.

  • Bears and humans just don’t get on! In this adaptation of Dino Buzzati’s classic story The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily we find out why; this children’s classic is joyously depicted by Lorenzo Mattotti, who presents a compelling story that works on different levels depending on the viewer’s age.
  • In Edmunds Jansons’ Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs, a sassy group of talking dogs give plenty of attitude to Jacob and his cousin Mimmi, but they also help out when a local park is threatened.
  • The latest film from Jean-François Laguionie, directed with Xavier Picard, The Prince’s Voyage is a feature-length follow-up to his short A Monkey’s Tale, centers on the friendship between a simian boy and an older simian man claiming to be a prince from across the sea, and the reaction of the insular society around them.
  • Fresh from its success in China, LFF will be presenting the visually ravishing animation White Snake at the BFI IMAX. Directors Amp Wong and Ji Zhao tells the story of a girl with magical gifts who embodies the Chinese legend of the White Snake in a jaw-dropping landscape of demons, serpents and delight!

The Family track also presents an eclectic collection of animated shorts from auteurs, students and major studios around the world: Rémi Durin’s Big Wolf & Little Wolf, Natalie Nourigat’s Exchange Student, Sonja Rohleder’s Nest, Evgeniya Jirkova’s Good Heart, Andy Erekson’s Marooned, Brian Benz’s Just a Thought, Sarah Andrews & Aaron Hopwood’s Jericho, Tom Rourke’s The Penguin Who Couldn’t Swim, Maria Robertson’s Home Sweet Home and Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Kanini & Kanino.

In-your-face, up-front and arresting films in the Dare strand take you out of your comfort zone. Included in this program is Jérémy Clapin’s I Lost My Body, winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics’ Week — a striking animation that follows a severed hand searching for its owner.

Learn more at https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff.

Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs

Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs

Good Heart

Good Heart

Bombay Rose

Bombay Rose

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Watch: Chris Nee Talks Creator-Driven Culture at Netflix Animation

In a new video released by the streaming mega-platform, award-winning children’s TV creator and writer Chris Nee (Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Little Bill) discusses her new role as executive producer at the rapidly growing Netflix Animation division.

“I’m really trying to write the world as I wish it would be, and I’m always writing about communities,” Nee begins. The Emmy Award winner explains that what appealed to her about joining the studio was its support of her work and vision — and those of all the talented creatives drawn into the Netflix Animation fold.

“One of the things that Netflix has allowed me to do is to go find up-and-coming talents, and make sure that we are bringing new perspectives into the animation landscape,” she adds.

Watch the one-minute clip below:

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Animation du Monde Crowns Accra Fest Pitch Winners

The first edition of the Accra Animation Film Festival has wrapped up in Ghana, featuring the third regional round of the Pan-African Animation du Monde pitch contest preliminaries. The three top contenders selected at AAFFia which will continue on to the Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg later this year are:

Meet the Igwes by Chekwube Okonkwo (Nigeria)

JujuCups by Selorm Dogoe (Ghana)

Message Beats by Natasha Nayo & Lizz Johnson (Ghana)

The inaugural AAFFia highlighted the importance of audience access to animated content, which is crucial for the industry’s growth and evolution. Animation du Monde is another big part of the equation, as it provides education, networking and a platform for creatives to market their ideas.

One of the core missions of Animation du Monde is to enable developing industries like Africa to grow. West Africa as a growth market is attracting the attention of the world. Stories coming from this region have the potential to live alongside well-known commercial properties. With the 60th Annecy International Animated Film Festival and MIFA market celebrating Africa as the region of honor next year, it’s the perfect time to construct a platform for creators across the continent to showcase their work and present it to the world in 2020.

The call for the fourth prelim of the Pan-African Animation du Monde, taking place at Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON), is currently open. Contestants have until August 11 to submit their project (submit here). Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at NAICCON, however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference. The competition regulations can be viewed here.

[Source: African Animation Network]

AAFFIA

AAFFIA

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Lion Forge Animation Debuts with ‘Hair Love’ Partnership

Announced in May as a new venture from Polarity to compliment its comics publishing business, Lion Forge Animation is introducing itself with the heartfelt new animated short Hair Love, set to hit the big screen on August 14 with Sony Pictures Animation/Rovio’s The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Directed by Matthew A. Cherry (executive producer, BlacKkKlansman), Everett Downing Jr. (animator, Up, WALL·E), and Bruce W. Smith (creator, The Proud Family; animator, The Princess and the Frog), Hair Love is a collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation that was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 which attracted strong support and became the platform’s most highly-funded short film project with $ 300,000 (over a $ 75k goal). The short centers on an African-American father attempting to tangle with his young daughter’s wonderfully wild hair for the first time.

“Lion Forge Animation’s mission to bring authentic and unique stories to the world perfectly aligns with our vision for Hair Love,” said Cherry. “We are really honored to have them as a partner in bringing Hair Love to the world.”

Hair Love features the voice of Issa Rae (Insecure) as the young girl’s mother. The short is produced by Karen Rupert Toliver, Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young, Matthew A. Cherry, and Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed. Peter Ramsey (director, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Frank Abney (animator, Toy Story 4) serve as executive producers.

“As a father of an eight-yea- old daughter with 3b hair, I can personally relate so directly to this project, and was therefore drawn to its themes immediately,” said Reed. “This film presents such a unique perspective on such a common part of our daily experience, providing a rare on-screen moment for African-American parents to connect with. Matthew A. Cherry has given us an uplifting, positive view of black families; and thanks to Sony Pictures Animation running this theatrically, one that we will have an opportunity to share with the world.”

The short’s co-executive producers include Jordan Peele, Andrew Hawkins, Harrison Barnes, Yara and Keri Shahidi. The short’s associate producers include N’Dambi Gillespie, Gabrielle Union-Wade & Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Stephanie Fredric and Claude Kelly.

The animation was produced at Los Angeles-based Six Point Harness (Guava Island)

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Disney Appoints Andrew Millstein Blue Sky Co-Prez, Clark Spencer Upped to Disney Animation Prez

With the recent addition of Blue Sky Studios to Disney’s portfolio of film studios, The Walt Disney Studios’ Chief Creative Officer and Co-Chairman Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman announced today that Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) President Andrew Millstein and Zootopia producer and longtime creative executive Clark Spencer are stepping into new leadership roles at Disney’s animation studios.

As Blue Sky prepares to build out its upcoming film slate, Millstein will join the studio as Co-President alongside Co-President Robert Baird. Baird will continue to drive the creative direction of the studio reporting to Horn and Bergman, and Millstein will oversee day-to-day operations. Millstein will report to Jim Morris, who will expand his duties with a supervisory role at Blue Sky outside of his role as President, Pixar Animation Studios.

Spencer has been named President, Walt Disney Animation Studios, reporting to Bergman and working alongside WDAS Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee, who continues to report to Horn and Bergman.

“We are incredibly proud of the strength and depth of leadership in our animation studios, and Andrew, Clark, and Jim are all exemplars of that. The remarkable success of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios over the past decade is due in large part to the respective leadership of Andrew and Jim and their ability to foster creativity, technology, and culture in equal parts, and we are thrilled that they will be lending their experience to the Blue Sky team along with Robert Baird’s creative guidance,” said Horn and Bergman. “Clark has been an invaluable leader and contributor at Disney Animation, combining exceptional creative and business instincts, and we’re so pleased he will be leading this historic studio in a key role alongside Jennifer Lee.”

A 22-year Disney veteran, Andrew Millstein has served as President of Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2014 and General Manager of WDAS since 2008. Under his leadership, the studio has produced such creative and commercial successes as the Academy Award-winning billion-dollar hits Frozen and Zootopia, as well as Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Big Hero 6 and Moana.

Clark Spencer has been with Disney for nearly 30 years, during which he has produced five Oscar-nominated feature films for Walt Disney Animation Studios. He received both an Academy Award and a Producers Guild Award for Zootopia, as well as a PGA Award for Wreck-It Ralph, and is also the producer of hit films Lilo & Stitch, Bolt and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Spencer began his career at Disney in strategic planning and finance, later overseeing all production and operations at Florida-based Disney Feature Animation as Senior Vice President and General Manager. He earned his MBA in 1990 at Harvard Business School.

Jim Morris has been with Pixar since 2005. As General Manager since 2008 and President since 2014, Morris has overseen a hugely successful and critically acclaimed slate of films that include Wall-E, which he produced, Up, Toy Story 3, Inside Out, Coco and, most recently, Toy Story 4. Prior to joining Pixar, he spent nearly 20 years in executive roles at Lucasfilm.

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BFI Launches Short Form Animation Fund Supporting UK Creatives

The British Film Institute has launched a new Short Form Animation Fund, offering support for higher-budgeted animated works from U.K.-based teams, Animation UK reports.

“Short animated films are the bedrock of our animation industry,” commented producer Phil Davies or Astley Baker Davies / The Elf Factory Ltd. / Gastons Cave Ltd. “Be it stunning visuals or challenging shorts of the avant-garde, all have a home in this wonderfully eclectic art form. They not only act as a driver for the animation film and TV industries, but have also established themselves as an essential art form in themselves. Some of the purest story telling you’ll ever see.”

Two years ago, Animation UK set out to support growth in the sector and a secure production base by lobbying for further investment in the nation’s globally respected animation industry. In addition to vigorous support for the Young Audience Content Fund, and increased commitments from broadcasters in response to the Children’s Content Review, Animation UK joined the BFI’s consultation on support of the sector, which was identified as a priority in their five-year strategy BFI2022. The organization gathered evidence on the impact of reduced dedicated support for animation over the last decade and made a case for a support for animated shorts.

The resulting BFI Short Form Animation Fund is a vital part of the investment program, which will fill the vacuum left by previous schemes for investment in our animation creative talent and provide the next step on from the BFI NETWORK, which funds smaller projects at entry-level across the U.K.

“This new Fund is a result of us listening to the industry, and filmmakers, and working with them to develop something which celebrates excellence and creativity at a point when talent need is most,” said Ben Roberts, Deputy Chief Executive of the BFI. “Huge thanks to everyone we consulted on this work for their time and expertise, particularly Animation UK, Animation Alliance UK, and Helen Brunsdon, Director of the British Animation Awards. Our animators have long led the way in driving forward this art form, and we are thrilled to be offering funding which aims to back U.K. animation talent from a host of backgrounds, and through a variety of traditional and innovative media.”

The fund is for high-budget, U.K.-based animation teams, providing funding of £30,000 to £120,000 per project, to help support these teams in creating work which can open-up new opportunities, and gain them better recognition. It can support narrative short form projects in any animated technique or genre and for any platform, from cinema to online to TV (not work intended focally for broadcast TV), and more. The fund is intended for work that is unlikely to be fully commercially financed and would therefore benefit from National Lottery support. The call for applications will take place once a year.

Ruth Fielding, Joint Managing Director of Lupus Films, observed, “Animated short films provide a valuable talent ladder for directors and writers to move from short form to longer form work be it series, one-off specials or features. Securing funding from the BFI, together with the support of existing established production companies, will help propel the talent of tomorrow towards the tipping point in their careers. We at Lupus Films as well as Animation UK welcome this initiative with open arms.”

The BFI Short Form Animation Fund will also offer the funded projects access to insight from a BFI Executive, and allocation of support from a dedicated animation specialist if required. Although the fund will not provide distribution support for projects, in some cases the BFI may take up a consultation role for funded teams in giving advice on distribution, exhibition, festival strategies, and methods of promotion.

“Huge credit should go to Animation UK and the BFI for creating this opportunity to access funding for short animated films, giving the next generation of filmmakers the opportunity to develop ideas, styles, techniques that all add to the ecosystem of our industry. Blue-Zoo already runs a successful in-house shorts program and hopes to support this initiative and the individuals who apply,” said Oli Hyatt, Managing Director and Co-Founder, BlueZoo.

Applications for projects for directors and writer-Director teams are open through November 5, 2019. Further details and guidelines for the BFI Short Form Animation Fund are available online.

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Hsiang Chin Moe Named Inaugural BFA Animation Chair at SVA

School of Visual Arts (SVA) President David Rhodes has announced the appointment of Hsiang Chin Moe as chair of the College’s BFA Animation program, effective August 1. She is the first chair of this program, which was formerly joined with SVA’s BFA Film department. Moe previously served as the director of operations for the New York City school’s MFA Computer Arts department and brings a decade of teaching experience to her new role.

Moe first joined the SVA community in 2006 as a student in the MFA Computer Arts program, where she simultaneously began her career in advertising, VFX and animation. She found her way back to SVA and joined the administrative staff of the department, eventually becoming director of operations. As a leader in this program, she oversaw curriculum development, recruitment of staff, faculty, visiting artists, guest lecturers and students, and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She also acts as an advisor on MFA thesis projects. Moe was selected as the 2017 recipient of SVA’s Distinguished Staff Award.

Moe is an active member of the global animation community, working with animation executives, recruiters and artists to foster talents all over the world. In addition to organizing and moderating an annual talent panel at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, she has made her own documentary, short and animated films that have screened in the United States and abroad, including Japan, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand.

“It is my extreme honor and privilege to continue the success of BFA Animation, that was built upon the great achievements of alumni of the SVA animation community. Being the connection between education and industry has been my true passion and I am grateful to be given this special opportunity to expand my role as an educator for the animation community,” said Moe.

Moe regularly represents SVA as a panelist, presenter and organizer at major international conferences and festivals, including FMX Conference, VIEW Conference, SIGGRAPH, Ottawa Animation Festival, New York Comic Con and New York Foundation of the Arts. She acted as associate director of the New York Digital Salon, working to create international dialogue and partnerships to celebrate digital animation, video, games and interactive installations. She now serves as co-lead of the New York City chapter of the Women in Animation organization, where she works alongside the industry’s leading artists, filmmakers and recruiters to create an equal and supportive platform for everyone in the creative industry.

The BFA Animation program at SVA comprises more than 300 students, more than 30 faculty, and 39 courses that cover everything from innovative drawing techniques, to methods of storytelling and storyboarding, and professional software in the College’s HD digital compositing lab. Graduates of the program have gone to work for Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Lucasfilm Animation, Sony Pictures Animation and independent animation studios around the world. SVA has 6,000 students across all programs at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries.

For information, visit sva.edu.

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Watch: The Must-See Animation & VFX Trailers Revealed at Comic-Con

OK everyone, take a breath — another Comic-Con International has whirled through San Diego in a frenzy of panels, activations and sneak-peeks at the most exciting film and TV projects heading to screens. Here’s a recap of all the newly released trailers/clips for exciting animation projects and VFX showpieces that will dazzle your eye, tickle your fancy, or just give you something to debate on Twitter for a few hours.

Animation & Puppetry:

Apple & Onion Season 2 First Look
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Sneak Peek
DuckTales Season 2 Sneak Peek
The Fungies First Look

Harley Quinn Season 1 Teaser

Marvel’s Spider-Man Sneak Peek “My Own Worst Enemy”
OK K.O.! Let’s Meet Sonic First Look
The Owl House Intro
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3 Trailer
Tig N’ Seek First Look

Rick and Morty Season 4: Glootie

Steven Universe: The Movie Official Trailer

Live Action:

21 Bridges Trailer 2
Batwoman “Tattoo” Trailer
Carnival Row Official Trailer

CATS Official Trailer

His Dark Materials Season 1 Trailer
IT Chapter Two Final Trailer
Pennyworth Official Trailer
Snowpiercer Series Official Trailer
Star Trek: Picard Trailer
Terminator: Dark Fate BTS Featurette
Top Gun: Maverick

Watchmen Trailer
Westworld Season 3 Trailer

The Witcher Teaser

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WB Animation, Brownstone Prod. Dig New ‘Flintstones’ Series

Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions are ready to rock with a new series starring Hanna-Barbera’s Stone Age cartoon sitcom, The Flintstones. Currently in early development, the project will be a primetime animated adult comedy based on an original idea, bringing back characters from the 1960s show, Variety reports.

No network is attached to the concept as yet.

Created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, The Flintstones premiered on ABC in 1960, running for six seasons (166 episodes) — making it the longest-running network animated franchise until The Simpsons took the crown. The centered on the titular “modern Stone Age family” — blue collar dad Fred, homemaker Wilma and baby daughter Pebbles — as well as their suburban Bedrock neighbors.

The original series spawned several reboots and spinoff series over the next decades, as well as an animated theatrical feature (the 1966 James Bond spoof The Man Called Flintstone), TV specials/movies and two live-action features directed by Brian Levant in 1994 and 2000. In 2011, FOX announced that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was working on a reboot, but let it go after a lukewarm pilot script reception.

Most recently, The Flintstones appeared in Warner Bros. Animation’s direct-to-video 2015 movie The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! A new kid-friendly series starring Pebbles Flintstone, Bamm-Bamm Rubble and Dino the dinosaur from WBA, Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!, is set to debut on Boomerang (U.S.) and Teletoon (Canada) this fall.

Brownstone Prod. was a producer on the Pitch Perfect films, Hulu series Shrill and this year’s Charlie’s Angels reboot. The shingle has multiple live-action projects in various stages of production.

[Source: Variety]

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‘Hors Piste’ Wins 2019 BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of the 2019 BAFTA Student Film Awards, presented by Global Student Accommodation (GSA) in a gala ceremony and presentation on July 9 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Following a record number of submissions for this year’s Awards, the finalists were selected from over 550 submissions by students at film schools in 38 countries across the world. The finalist filmmakers were from France, Norway, the Czech Republic, Lebanon, China, the U.K. and the U.S. Leading up to the awards ceremony, the finale week in L.A. also included a series of curated meetings, tours and industry experiences for the traveling filmmakers.

The BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation was awarded to Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert and Oscar Malet from École des Nouvelles Images, France for Hors Piste. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary was awarded to Ingrid Holmquist and Sana Malik from Columbia University for Guanajuato Norte. The BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action was awarded to Asher Jelinsky from American Film Institute for Miller & Son. The Special Jury Prize was presented to Rikke Gregersen from Kristiania University College, Norway for Dog Eat Dog.

“I was very surprised at how human every single story I saw was – everything from the documentaries to the live-action fiction to the animation, everything was so extremely human and personal. I cried with laughter and then I cried with tears of emotion just at how amazing they all were,” said Special Jury member Josh Cooley (director, Toy Story 4). “I’m not worried about the future of filmmaking at all. All I know is I’m gonna get stock in Kleenex because these films were so emotional in such great ways. I’m so honored to be here.”

“I think that across the board, the craftsmanship [of the films] was really high so that doesn’t surprise me, it excites me. It makes me feel hopeful for this new generation of filmmakers,” said Special Jury member Aurora Guerrero. “I think what sort of put me at ease and made me feel like ‘right on!’ was that a lot of the films tried to tell stories that have a social, cultural, political story to it, and I think that right now it’s something that is important to do with film.”

Additionally, the BAFTA-GSA Short Film Commissioning Grant was awarded to Drama Del Rosario from New York Film Academy for his documentary, I’m Okay (And Neither Are You), and Lola Blanche Higgins from AFI Conservatory for her short film project, Kissy and the Shark. Del Rosario and Higgins will share the $ 12,000 commissioning grant, which was launched this year to provide filmmakers with a platform to raise awareness and encourage change in how wellbeing is understood amongst 15- to 25-year olds.

“We’re immensely proud to have launched this initiative alongside BAFTA and could not have hoped for more deserving winners,” said GSA’s Global COO James Granger, who presented the Grant. “As global leaders in student living, we know how important positive mental health and student wellbeing are to a thriving society, and we fully believe that projects such as Lola’s and Drama’s can make a real difference. We’re certain BAFTA’s support will be invaluable to them both, and we can’t wait to see the final result of all their hard work.”

For the first time, Netflix sponsored the BAFTA Student Film Awards, as a continuation of their support of BAFTA’s worldwide initiatives, including the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits program, championing the next generation of creative talent across film, games and television in the U.K. and internationally.

Hors Piste (Off-Piste) is a six-minute, CG-animated comedy-adventure centered on two mountain rescue experts. Despite being the best at their job and ever-primed for action, their latest mission is doomed to go awry …

The film has made selection lists for numerous international film festivals. It was nominated for the student film Annie Award this year, and recently won the student film Genie Award from the Paris Images Digital Summit.

Hors piste – Trailer from École des Nouvelles Images on Vimeo.

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Special Jury

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

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Ottawa Int’l Animation Fest Winds Up for Pitch This!

North America’s premiere toon event, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), is returning to the Canadian capital this fall, with another edition of Pitch This! The contest has been held for over 15 years as a highlight of OIAF’s industry forum The Animation Conference, running September 25-27.

Pitch This! gives two finalists the rare opportunity to pitch their new, home-grown project to a room of influential industry decision-makers, and win a prize package courtesy of Pitch This! partners. Leading up to the show down, 10 semi-finalists will be partnered with a seasoned industry mentor to help perfect their concept for the big pitch, and give them invaluable feedback on their project.

“This is a solid opportunity to bring your magic to a room filled with industry professionals and creatives. Don’t stress out – this is not Shark Tank,” said Sylvie Rochon, a former mentor and jury member for Pitch This! and a Content Producer for the competition’s presenting partner, Digital Dimension. “Pitching in front of a crowd might sound daunting, so just focus on telling your story in your own unique way. This audience is longing for engaging storytelling. If your story resonates with them, you will make connections. Start here.”

The 10 selections go head to head on Wednesday, September 25 during TAC, where each contestant must impress a small committee of experts in under 10 minutes. The two strongest presentations will be selected for the official event on Thursday, September 26. Finalists pitch to a panel of platform executives, and the entire TAC audience – including more than 350 potential buyers and financiers.

“The OIAF can’t wait to see the fresh, Canadian ideas that come to this year’s Pitch This! We’ve partnered with Digital Dimension, a Montreal-based studio that is providing the successful pitch with a $ 5,000 cash prize – as well as software and legal services from returning partners,” said Azarin Sohrabkhani, Director of Industry Programming at the OIAF. “This package is designed to provide the successful pitch with all the ingredients to get their idea off the ground.”

Pitch This! 2019 is open to Canadian projects only, and pitched series should be aimed at children ages 2-11. Proposals should be emailed to presentations (at) animationfestival.ca by August 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.

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GLAS Brings ANIMATION NEXT Shorts Program to US Theaters

GLAS Animation continues its mission to showcase the newest groundbreaking independent animation, with the announcement of a new theatrical venture: ANIMATION NEXT. The program will present a collection of animated short films to theater-goers across the United States this fall.

The new initiative will smash together the best of the best from the annual GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, California. The first run will spotlight seven bold shorts from the newest generation of filmmakers redefining what is possible in animation. With this prismatic visual journey, GLAS hopes to create a context and language for a shared understanding and appreciation of animation.

ANIMATION NEXT 2019 line-up:

I’m Going out for Cigarettes by Osman Cerfon
Bloeistraat 11 by Nienke Deutz
Fest by Nikita Diakur
The Night of the Plastic Bags by Gabriel Harel
Slug Life by Sophie Koko Gate
Clemence’s Afternoon by Lénaig Le Moigne
Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul

Stay tuned for venue information, find out more or inquire about bookings at www.glasanimation.com/animation-next.

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KLIK x HAFF Combo Event Kaboom Bursts onto the Animation Calendar

After months of preparation, KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival and Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht are ready to reveal the new name of their collaborative efforts: Kaboom Animation Festival. The first edition will take place November 9-17 in Utrecht and Amsterdam. The program in Utrecht will focus exclusively on animation for kids and families, while the program in Amsterdam will showcase a wide variety of the latest and greatest animation for adults and a special focus on industry events.

Kaboom will explode onto the scene November 9 with five days of colourful, family oriented programming in various locations in Utrecht. Visitors young and old can come eye to eye with their favorite animated characters — like Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit and Ella, Oscar & Hoo — and watch exclusive films. Visitors can dive into the world of Korean feature Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (Hyeong-yoon Chang, 2014), build an animated world in three days, go on an expedition with the whole family to record the sounds of Utrecht, or delve into the Exploration Station and workshops for different age groups. Additionally, KLIK x HAFF are organizing the Netherlands’ first ever Young Industry Day in Utrecht to introduce new talent fresh from national art schools.

On November 13, the show moves to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The best animated shorts from around the world will screen in competition for awards, alongside a spotlight on new Amazon series Undone (Hisko Hulsing, 2019), an airing of tales of disastrous animation projects during the Night of Shame, a celebration of 100 years of Dutch animation and an exhilarating dive into Korean animation past and present. Plus plenty of premieres, industry events, international speakers, award shows, exhibitions, parties and much more.

The first confirmed features include Funan (Denis Do, 2018, 88?), a moving story of bravery and sacrifice in the face of unspeakable times, and Away (Gints Zilbalodis, 2019, 74?), which was made by a 25-year-old Latvian animator all by himself. This Annecy winner is a hypnotic story about a young man traveling through an unknown world. Kaboom has also confirmed a first speaker: Mike Hollingsworth, supervising director of BoJack Horseman.

Undone

Undone

Away

Away

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam

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