95% of this year’s Oscar-nominated movies are available online: TorrentFreak
2:00 am PDT 26/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s just another abysmal occurrence of online piracy; only a week ago the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced and nearly 95 per cent of the movies nominated for an Oscar, many of which are still in theaters, are available to download illegally on rogue sites. TorrentFreak is describing the level of leaking as “unprecedented”, and most of the rips seem to come from screener copies of these films handed out to judges for the Academy Awards. TorrentFreak … Read More

Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘Lego Movie’ finally has an ‘awesome’ outing
12:30 pm PDT 16/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 20th Critics’ Choice Movie Awards took place last night at the Hollywood Palladium, ironically even the Academy Awards nominations were revealed last night. The big winners were Birdman and Boyhood from the live action category; picking up seven and four awards respectively. While ‘Birdman’ picked up the trophies for Best Actor, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor in a Comedy, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. ‘Boyhood’ took home top honours for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting … Read More

The 87th Academy Awards reveals nominations
7:30 pm PDT 15/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s that time of the year again when everyone is glued to their television sets to see if their favourite film – of the year gone by – has made the cut at the most respected and spoken about in the world of cinema, the Academy Awards (also called the Oscars). The nominees for the ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ include: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The … Read More

‘Happy New Year’ wins best VFX at Star Guild Awards
12:30 pm PDT 12/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The cast of Happy New Year is in celebration. The movie has won the first ‘Best VFX award’ category for 2015 at the Star Film Producers Guild Awards. However, the other nominations in the category were not revealed at the ceremony that took place on 11 January and will be telecast on 18 January on general entertainment channel Star Plus. Last year, the category saw a tie between Red Chillies’ Krrish 3 and YRF’s Dhoom 3. Red Chillies VFX COO … Read More

‘How to train your Dragon 2′ bags Best Animated Feature Film at the 72nd Golden Globes
8:30 am PDT 12/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Golden Globe awards ceremony got underway in Beverly Hills on 11 January 2015. It is also the first major ceremony in the awards calendar. How to Train Your Dragon 2 took home the top honour for ‘Best Animated Feature Film’ among competitors Big Hero Six, The Book of Life, Boxtrolls and The Lego Movie. The win for the Fox produced feature was a rare win, considering it wasn’t just a very commercial film but also a sequel, neither of which … Read More

Five movies in the race for best VFX at the Screen Awards 2015
12:30 pm PDT 10/01/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 21st annual Screen Awards is all set to take place on 14 January. This year’s awards have five movies that made the cut from 2014 in the visual effects category. PK, Singham Returns, Kick, Bang Bang and Bhoothnath Returns are in the race for bagging the title trophy. Prana Studios’ P Mohanan and Ashwin Agarwal have been nominated for Bhoothnath Returns, Prime Focus chief creative director Merzin Tavaria has two movies to his name- Kick and Bang Bang, Riva … Read More

Green Gold Animation heads to the Asian Television Awards in Singapore
3:30 pm PDT 03/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

From the temples of Bali to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Green Gold Animation has been globetrotting for the past few years, and brought back the essence of these places and entertained kids all across India and sometimes, even across the globe. Now, once again the travel bug has hit the team at Green Gold Animation, as they venture out to Singapore, where Chhota Bheem and The Throne of Bali and Mighty Raju 3 Villians have been nominated … Read More

MAAC felicitates talented animators with festive celebration of ‘24 FPS 2014’
3:00 pm PDT 03/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – leader in 3D Animation and VFX training hosted the 11th 24 FPS Awards 2014 in association with United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on November 28th, 2014, at the Lalit Intercontinental in Mumbai. Kubra Sait conducted the fun-filled event, which witnessed prominent faces.  Anurag Basu, director of  films like Murder, Life in a metro, and the widely acclaimed  Barfi, graced the event through his presence at the morning event-‘MAAC’s got Talent’ and also felicitated the … Read More

‘Boxtrolls’ Leads Annie Nominations Pack at the 42nd Annual Annie Awards
11:00 am PDT 03/12/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The International Animated Film Society has unveiled the nominees for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards, which will be celebrated at a ceremony held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, 31 January, 2015. LAIKA’s stop-motion family adventure The Boxtrolls has the largest tally of nods with 13, followed by DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 with 10 and Disney’s Big Hero 6 and Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea each tied with seven. ASIFA-Hollywood’s Board of Directors has also selected three recipients for the Winsor McCay award for … Read More

MAAC Vashi Won UNIC- 24FPS International Animation Award 2014
12:30 pm PDT 30/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In the 11th celebratory year of 24FPS International Animation Awards, MAAC sustained its association with UNIC to bring to the fore, some of the world’s biggest priorities like save water, AIDS awareness, girl education etc through creative minds and a platform that the world could witness. For the First time MAAC introduced an exclusive award category ‘UNIC- 24FPS International Animation Award 2014’ wherein MAAC students got an opportunity to work on ten  important issues and displayed their talent on the 24FPS stage to a global audience.  MAAC Vashi … Read More

Ten Animation shorts make their way to this year’s Oscars
2:00 pm PDT 06/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.  Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category. Ten short films, including the new Disney short and work from past Oscar winners Torill Kove, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenberg, and two-time nominee Bill Plympton, have been shortlisted in the 2014 competition for the Oscars Best Animated Short category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members … Read More

20 nominees announced for the ‘Best Animation Movie’ category for upcoming Oscars
3:00 pm PDT 05/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that 20 films have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category for the upcoming 87th Annual Academy Awards. The number of nominations in the category is tied to the number of eligible films, with a field of at least 16 required for five nominees. In addition, films must receive an average grade of 7.5 on a scale of 6 to 10 to be eligible for nomination. However, … Read More