Catch nine days of all-ages screenings in the 35th Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival. This year’s theme is empowering kids and teens to “build a new world” by building cultural bridges with empathy-driven stories, like Tito and the Birds. [festival. facets.org]
Prepare for delicious digital worlds that will make you drool in Disney’s fantastical vfx feat The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, starring Mackenzie Foy. Head to Hokkaido, Japan to take in amazing shorts and music videos from around the world in a unique setting at the four-day New Chitose Airport Int’l Animation Festival. [airport-anifes.jp/en]
The O.G. green meanie hits the big screen in Illumination Ent./universal’s CG The Grinch, directed by Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the cantankerous Christmas-hater.
CINANIMA 2018 takes over Espinho, Portugal for a full week of international and local shorts, student and feature films. The 42nd edition received a record 1,508 submissions from 69 countries! [cinanima.pt/en]
The U.K. is buzzing this week with the three-day Manchester Animation Festival. In addition to films, meetings, Anijam and Industry Excellence Awards, this year MAF presents its first academic conference with The University of Salford. [manchesteranimationfestival.co.uk]
Burbank, CA hosts the CTN Animation expo once again, offering four days of presentations, talks, workshops, studio tours, signings, portfolio reviews and more for aspiring toonsters. [ctnanimationexpo.com]
Return to the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, starring Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.
The Academy presents the 2018 Governor’s Awards, bestowing the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award.
Ride the bandwidth in Disney’s hotly anticipated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2, which follows Ralph & Vanellope out into the world wide web! Read more about them in our next issue. Also out today, the new Robin Hood pits Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx against the corrupt English crown in this action-packed, PG-13 update.
Ash and co. journey to Fura City to celebrate a festival for the Legendary Lugia in Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, now in limited release thru Fathom Events.
If you love Japanese auteur anime, you cannot miss Mamoru Hosoda’s latest sci-fi/fantasy feature Mirai, produced by his Studio Chizu and in U.S. theaters thru GKIDS. The Los Angeles Animation Festival returns to North Hollywood for four days of fantastic films, industry panels, tech demos and networking opportunities. [blog.laafest.com]