10 Advance in Shorts Race Qualifying Features
Academy narrows field for animated short from 60 to 10 contenders.
he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Nov. 19 that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 88th Academy Awards. Sixty pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)
Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada) Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)
Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)
As many as five of the 16 qualifying movies may be nominated for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar.
ixteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 88th Academy Awards. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:
The World Animation and VFX Summit lived up to its billing as an assemblage of the best and brightest participating in a thought-provoking, intimate and intense exploration of the state of the art.
The fourth edition of the annual summit, held Nov. 2-4 at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif., kicked off with an array of engaging panels.
Executive producer of Tricon Kids Frank Saperstein moderated a panel of hybrid studio executives and focused on the ways their studios are not only helping to craft content for other studios, but also working to create their own original intellectual properties.
Reel FX, based in Dallas and Santa Monica, Calif., leveraged 20 years of experience creating visual effects and animated commercials for other studios and organizations as a testing ground toward creating its own properties. “The hybrid chose us, we didn’t choose the hybrid. We saw a lot of studios abandon the commercial work,” says Chuck Peil, head of business development and strategic partnerships. “We saw that as a mistake.”
Cort Lane, VP of animation development and partnership for Marvel, moderated a panel that tackled the brave new world of reaching millions of viewers across multiple platforms, and the advantages and challenges that this new age presents.
“I think that Netflix and other streaming services have busted open traditional advertising networks of who sees a show,” said DreamWorks Animation Television’s Peter Gal. “On Netflix, we don’t have to worry about a place for it. Kids will find it.”
Capping the first night was an awards gala hosted by voice actress Candi Milo. The event presented the Trailblazer of the Year Award to Margie Cohn, head of DreamWorks Animation Television; the Lifetime Achievement Award to Folivari presi- dent Didier Brunner; the Creative Visionary Award to Charles M. Schulz, the late creator of the Peanuts comic strip; and the Breakout Studio Award to ZAG Entertainment, founded by Jeremy Zag.
The final day of the summit presented a trio of master classes. Animation veteran Chuck Williams, president of Marza Animation Planet USA and former Disney animation producer, offered his expertise on how to create a compelling animated feature film on par with Disney and Pixar, but on a smaller budget.
“Our big advantage over live action is that we get to rehearse in the medium,” said Williams. “Putting up an animated film in reels is like putting up a play for the first time rather than like putting up a live-action film.”
Michael Hirsh, co-founder of Nelvana and Cookie Jar, vice chairman of DHX Media and chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group, said embracing technology, such as creating deals with YouTube and Netflix, enables companies and individual creators to thrive in the digital age.
“I love where TV is going on demand. I love the fact that it’s all digital. I think the challenge of how to make those digital hits and finance those shows for the digital world is exciting,” said Hirsh in his master class . “I’m driven by the need to do things differently each time. If you don’t innovate you’re not going to be successful.”
And now, before we start looking forward to next year’s summit, we’d like to thank this year’s sponsors: DreamWorks Animation Television, Blue Sky Studios, Ilion Animation Studios, Atomic Cartoons, CelAction, Sony Pictures Animation, Wizart, The Gotham Group, Mattel Playground Productions, The Third Floor, Natural Talent, COP Communications, Shark 3D, Marza Animation Planet and Oasis Animation.
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