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

And the ‘Best Animated Short’ at Spark goes to ‘The Dam Keeper’!
12:30 pm PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Made up of over 8,000 paintings, The Dam Keeper, produced by Tonko House Studio, won the inaugural Best Animated Short Award, at the Spark Animation Conference, Film Festival and Job Fair. The award was announced at the final shorts program on 26 October at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver, BC. The film has been directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo (known for their art direction in Ice Age, Ratatouille, Monsters University and Toy Story 3). This short-feature blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi’s celebrated painting-style to life like … Read More

Ubisoft Montreal bags ‘Video Game Studio of the Year’ at Golden Joystick Awards
11:30 am PDT 29/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Ubisoft Montreal was named Studio of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards presented in London, UK. This is the first time Ubisoft Montreal has won in this category. “I am extremely happy to accept this award on behalf of all our teams at Ubisoft Montreal. To be chosen Studio of the Year by players from around the world is a great honour and proof that we are moving in the right direction. We are fully dedicated to creating touching … Read More

Sticky Pictures’ 2D animation series ‘Dennis the Menace and Gnasher’ eyes the BAFTA
5:00 pm PDT 24/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Sticky Pictures’ series Dennis the Menace and Gnasher has been nominated for a prestigious BAFTA Award. The series will be vying for the Animation Award at the upcoming British Academy Children’s Awards. Donna Andrews, Sticky Pictures CEO and executive producer said: “Sticky Pictures is thrilled to see our production receive this recognition. We share this nomination with our talented team and our fantastic partners including the Nine Network, Red Kite Animation and CBBC.” Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, co-heads of … Read More

MAAC 24 FPS 2014, bigger and better!
5:30 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By Niyati Handa

MAAC 24 FPS, one of the biggest Animation Awards function is back yet again in its 11th edition this year. The 24 FPS International Animation Awards recognizes animation talent from across the Indian-subcontinent and beyond. Initiated by MAAC in 2003, this event has grown over the years by leaps and bounds. “It is with great pride and confidence we can say that MAAC 24 FPS is now the most revered awards  festival , in the category of Animation & Visual … Read More

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Oscar Awards
1:45 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the US has announced that Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th edition of the Oscar Awards. This will be Harris’ debut in hosting the ceremony. The show will air live in India on Star Movies on 23 February 2015. In the US it will air on ABC. Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said, “We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire … Read More

MAAC enters 11th edition of 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards
1:30 pm PDT 18/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC), India’s leading educator in 3D Animation and Visual Effects has begun its call for entries to its 11th 24 FPS Annual International Animation Awards 2014 to be held in Mumbai. The Awards are open to students, professionals and studios from across the world. The categories for 2014 awards at the national level are: Best VFX Short Film 2014 – Student (OPEN) Best Animated Short Film 2014 – Student (OPEN) Best Game Design 2014 – … Read More

Growl Media’s Children’s Edutainment App Wins App Idol Award at the 2014 Global App Summit
12:20 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Growl Media, a content company headquartered in Dubai, took home the App Idol Award in the Gaming category at the 2014 Global App Summit for their bilingual Arabic edutainment app, Zee’s Alphabet, produced under their brand name AppyKids. Zee’s Alphabet debuted on the Samsung and Apple app stores in June and was featured on both stores before becoming available on the Google Play store. At the time of the award ceremony and 4 months after it debuted, Zee’s Alphabet boasted more than 110,000 downloads and has one … Read More

Green Gold wins “Licensor of the year” third time in a row!
6:00 pm PDT 14/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Green Gold Animation, India’s leading animation company has won the prestigious “Licensor of the Year” Award for the third year in row at the 9th Star Retailer Awards function held in New Delhi on Sunday October 12, 2014. This is a huge achievement for the licensing and merchandising business of Green Gold which is growing rapidly over the last 4 years. With 150 plus brand associations and original animated series’ based on characters like Chhota Bheem, Mighty Raju and Arjun … Read More

‘Liar’s Dice’ is India’s official entry for the Oscars
12:20 am PDT 14/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s Oscar fever once again… and this time around India’s official entry for the golden statuette is a rather odd entry with the Geetu Mohandas helmed road drama ‘Liar’s Dice’. The film follows Kamala, a young woman from Chitkul village, and her girl child Manya, who embarks on a journey leaving her native land in search of her missing husband. Along the way, she meets Nawazudin, a free-spirited army deserter who helps them to get to their destination with his … Read More

Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA announces winners of the2014 Golden Bunny awards
9:15 am PDT 09/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA (WBCP EMEA) has announced the winners of its Golden Bunny Awards, which were introduced last year to celebrate the hero partners of the WBCP EMEA licensing business and their outstanding contribution to product, retail and commercial excellence in the last 12 months. From classic animation to DC Comics Super Heroes, it’s been another record-breaking year for WBCP EMEA as it begins its celebrations for the 75thanniversary of Batman and looks ahead to exciting new content … Read More