Giebelstadt & Berlin: Game „Through the Darkest of Times“ nominated at „The Games Awards 2020“

Christopher Kassulke, CEO von HandyGames schrieb:

„WOW – We are nominated for the Games Oscars „The Game Awards 2020“ in the category „Games for Impact“ with Through the Darkest of Times – which is available on all platforms including PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and even mobile on Android and iOS! Please vote for us and show why a game about resitance in Nazi Germany is so important even in the current times!“


The Game was developed by Paintbucket Games at Saftladen Berlin (

HANDYGAMES is the publisher of the Game.

Christopher Kassulke

Christopher Kassulke

The Game:

You are the leader of a small resistance group in 1933’s Berlin, of ordinary people, from Jews to Catholics and Communists to Patriots who simply can’t stand aside. Your goal is to deal with small blows to the regime – dropping leaflets to spread awareness about what the Nazis are really up to among the people, painting messages on walls, sabotaging, gathering information and recruiting more followers. And all of that while staying undercover – if the regime’s forces learn about your group, the life of each member is in grave danger.

Through the Darkest of Times is a historical resistance strategy game, focusing on conveying the somber mood of the period and the very real struggles of average people living in the 3rd Reich. Historical accuracy means that your small group of resistance fighters will not change the outcome of the war, nor will you prevent all of the Nazi’s atrocities, but you can certainly do everything in your power to save as many lives as you can and oppose the fascist system wherever possible.

The years between January 1933 and May 1945 were the darkest period in history for the people of Germany, of Europe maybe for all of mankind. With the rise of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist party, a regime of fear and terror gained power in Germany. Quickly, they started to harass, imprison and even m*rder anyone who stood against them or to gave minorities that did not fit into their disturbed view of the world.


Annecy 2021 – Film and project registrations are open!

In 2020, due to the health crisis, the Festival and its Market took on a new life online, uniting more than 15,500 badgeholders.

In 2021, we look forward to seeing you in Annecy and online for a huge animation party!
See you from 14th to 19th June for an even more exceptional edition as two celebrations are planned together: the Festival will celebrate its 60th anniversary and will also pay tribute to animation from the African continent, in the context of the Institut français’s Africa2020 Season.

The countdown has started: to submit your films to compete in the Official Selection or to have your project selected at the Mifa Pitches during the biggest event in the world dedicated to animation film, register now!

Registration ends on 15th February 2021 for the following categories:

  • Short Films
  • TV Films
  • Commissioned Films
  • Graduation Films

Registration ends on 15th March 2021 for the Feature Film category and on 6th April 2021 for VR Works.

Contact: Laurent Million, Head of Films & Programming

Do you have an animation film project?

Have a chance at being selected by taking part in the 2021 Mifa Pitches and find the partners and investors necessary to bring your project to fruition!

Registrations end on 7th February 2021 for all categories:

  • Short Films
  • Feature Films
  • TV Series & Specials
  • Digital Experiences
  • Animation du Monde (category is open to all formats but reserved to territories where the animation industry is just emerging – see the list of eligible countries in the Terms and Conditions)

Important: Webseries projects can compete in the TV Series & Specials.

Contact: Géraldine Baché, Head of Projects, Mifa


Dear Friends of WIA,

Kamala! How wonderful is it to see a woman reach the office of Vice President of the United States!  I saw so many photos of girls watching her on television with big eyes and glowing faces…young adult women proud and inspired to be ambitious and confident when they set their sights on high level goals…mothers happy to see the world open up for their daughters and softening for their sons. But for me, as an older woman, the joy was something different. She is not a role model for me, something that I aspire to be. She is a dream I never thought I’d live to see. After the disappointment of 2016, I became convinced that there was no chance that the US would catch up with the rest of the world where women are in key government leadership positions.

And then it happened, and I felt the earth shift under my feet. I stood a little more rooted in the ground, inhaled a little more of the air around me, and my presence solidified to be a little more pronounced. I think we’re going to be feeling the growing impact of this event for years to come as more and more women take positions of leadership in every aspect of our lives.

It’s time for the world to experience the full impact of female leadership. It won’t be perfect, but it will be different. With this election, I was also pleased to see more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LBGQTIA+ elected to office. This will change things, as they will approach leadership in ways we haven’t imagined before. The more diverse POVs that we have in the leadership pot, the wider the experience and understanding is, and the better things will get for everyone.

But diverse leadership only comes with commitment and hard work.

“The fabric of democracy is always fragile everywhere because it depends on the will of citizens to protect it, and when they become scared, when it becomes dangerous for them to defend it, it can go very quickly.”

-Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments)

2020 has been a year of revelations. This is partially because of Covid. We are not able to do the activities that have kept us distracted in the past from what was happening around us. Also, the life-threatening reality of Covid made it impossible to not see the dire state of our lives. We saw how vulnerable we are to a microscopic virus and how interconnected we are by both the spread of Covid, but also that our resistance depends on our cooperation with each other.

But we also got a good look at the dark underbelly of humanity, the life-threatening vitriol of racism and misogyny. It’s critical that we see it and remember that it is real. People are being murdered because of the color of their skin. Women are raped, abused and killed because of their gender. Queer folk are constantly in danger simply because they are who they are. Children are neglected. Disabled people are invisible and unrecognized as full human beings. The biases that we all know and practice, consciously or unconsciously, cost people their lives, their ability to support themselves and their families, and their opportunity to have a fully realized existence. This is the everyday reality for too many people. We must continue to see it, learn about it, confront it, and change it.

The single most powerful vaccine to all this is COMMUNITY. David & Goliath is a myth; it really doesn’t work that way. It takes a team or family or community of people to make change happen. Workplace abusers were taken down not when one woman spoke but when a group of women stood up. With natural disasters, neighbors and strangers step up to help those in peril. We donate money and volunteer hours to help because we feel the connection. The power of cooperation is almost unbeatable.

WIA has always been about strengthening and diversifying the animation community. To reach 50-50 by 2025, we know we have to make animation inclusive, not exclusive. From the beginning, WIA has been about bringing people together through our programs and networking events. Our mentoring program has not only given over 1,000 women a chance to learn and network in 2020, but also gave over 100 more people the opportunity to mentor and to give back to the community.

We recognize that building alliances with other advocacy groups will be the most powerful way for us to reach our goals of opening up the industry. Recently, WIA collaborated with Black N’ Animated to host a storyboard workshop through Six Point Harness. Hundreds of people applied and 250 (Zoom cap) were accepted into the full day event. It was a potent day of learning and an amazing community-building event.

We are looking to expand this practice of collaboration through other programs such as our Mentoring platform as well as the Talent Database. Speaking of that, if you are currently working or hope to work in the industry, please help yourself reach that goal by adding your profile to the WIA Talent Database. We have shared it with several of the major studios recently with great results, and everyone is excited to get their hands on it. In the next year, this will become a widely used tool of hiring managers at all the studios.

Please use this link to submit your information:

We continue to grow our virtual community with panels and other speaker events. For Halloween, we had our traditional HalloWIA party but in a pandemic-safe way as our first social virtual event. People showed off their costumes and had fun moving from Zoom breakout room to breakout room. Although talking about the industry or how to get a job is important, it’s also necessary that folks just get to hang out together and enjoy that sense of community.

It’s been a crazy and tumultuous time. No doubt it will continue to be that way.   It’s a fine line that we have to walk to keep ourselves hopeful but also see things for what they really are. If you’ve recently been politically active, then don’t stop!  And if you haven’t been, consider volunteering for something. It almost doesn’t matter what. Getting outside of yourself and helping others (even virtually) is the best remedy for that sense of lock down isolation. Reach out to WIA or any of the other advocacy groups–we need all the help we can get. Working toward building the community puts you in the heart of it.  And that’s the safest place to be when the going gets rough.

Marge Dean
President, Women In Animation

Täglich einen Kurzen: „Sundown“ Gobelins 2020

Subtitles available in French & Portuguese

A traditional dance troupe prepares for the opening of the Summer Solstice Festival. The group is scheduled to take the stage in a few minutes, but one member is missing.

Une troupe de danse traditionnelle se prépare pour l’ouverture du Festival du Solstice d’Été. Le groupe doit monter sur scène dans quelques minutes, mais un membre manque à l’appel.

Directors / Réalisateurs.trices : Juliette BROCAL, Camille LETOUZE, Ana MONIZ, Ruitao SHE, Shanshan ZOU
Team contact / Contact de l’équipe :

Soundtrack / Musique : Basile RENARD, Théodore VIBERT
Sound design / Montage son : Mathieu TIGER
Mix / Mixage : Mathieu TIGER

Production : GOBELINS, l’école de l’image – Moïra MARGUIN :
Distribution : Miyu Distribution – Luce GROSJEAN :

ARTFX offers you a virtual open house, on Saturday, November 28th, from 10:30 am to 11:50 am!

⌚ From 10:30 AM to 11:50 AM ⌚
☺ Discover one of the best creative schools in the world ☺
¿ Ask all your questions?

ARTFX, the private technical higher education institution, is inviting you to virtual open house to discover its training courses in Cinema, 2D / 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Video games and programming.
Presentation of the school’s campuses and methodology.

The information meeting will be presented by Joan Da Silva, Managing Director of ARTFX Schools and Carine Poussou, Education Director; with lots of testimonies and unprecedented screenings of student work.
A live Q & A will conclude the event.

ARTFX – Virtual Open House

Tom & Jerry – Official Trailer english & deutsch

Tom and Jerry take their cat and mouse game to the big screen. Watch the trailer for the new #TomAndJerryMovie now – coming to theaters 2021. One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner to hire Tom to get rid of him, in director Tim Story’s “Tom & Jerry.” The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them. An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action, Tom and Jerry’s new big-screen adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable… work together to save the day. “Tom & Jerry” stars Chloë Grace Moretz (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Addams Family”), Michael Peña (“Cesar Chavez,” “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2,” “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Colin Jost (“How to be Single,” “Saturday Night Live”), and Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”). The film is directed by Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” “Think Like a Man,” “Barbershop”) and produced by Chris DeFaria (“The LEGO Movie 2,” “Ready Player One,” “Gravity”). It is written by Kevin Costello, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Adam Goodman, Steven Harding, Sam Register, Jesse Ehrman, and Allison Abbate. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer James Hambidge, editor Peter S. Elliot, and costume designer Alison McCosh. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz. A Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group presentation, a Tim Story Film, “Tom & Jerry” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

TOM & JERRY – Offizieller Trailer #1 Deutsch

Eine der beliebtesten Rivalitäten der Geschichte wird in Regisseur Tim Story’s neuem „Tom&Jerry“ Film neu entfacht, als am Vorabend der „Hochzeit des Jahrhunderts“ Jerry in das feinste Hotel von New York City einzieht. Die neue Mitarbeiterin des Hotels Kayla, die die Hochzeit planen soll, wird gezwungen, Tom zu engagieren, das kleine Nagetier Jerry loszuwerden. Das anschließende Katz-und-Maus-Spiel droht Kaylas Karriere, die Hochzeit sowie das ganze Hotel zu zerstören. Doch schon bald taucht ein noch größeres Problem auf: ein teuflisch ehrgeiziger Mitarbeiter, der sich gegen alle drei verschworen hat. Tom und Jerry‘s neues Abenteuer auf der großen Leinwand ist eine atemberaubende Mischung aus klassischer Animation und Live-Action. Der Film eröffnet den ikonischen Charakteren Neuland und zwingt sie, das Undenkbare zu tun… zusammenarbeiten, um diesen Tag zu retten. Die Rolle von Kayla spielt Chloë Grace Moretz (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Addams Family”). In weiteren Rollen sind Michael Peña (“Cesar Chavez,” “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2,” “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Colin Jost (“How to be Single,” “Saturday Night Live”), und Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) zu sehen.

BAFTA, London: Breakthrough UK 2020 – Lea Schönfelder (Lead Game Designer)

Lea Schönfelder grew up in a household where games were not thought particularly well of so it wasn’t until she was studying illustration and animation at Kassel University that she first got a taste of a gaming lifestyle. Inspired by her brother’s work in Russia working with homeless children, Lea recalls making a hand drawn game about where pencilled images cut out and scanned in which was the beginning of her passion for games design.

BAFTA Breakthrough showcases and supports the next generation of creative talent in film, games and television in the UK, China, India and the US.

Breakthrough identifies the most exciting new talent coming up in the film, games and television industries and gives them access to unique career development and mentoring opportunities. BAFTA gives talented individuals bespoke support at their critical ‘breakthrough’ career moment, enabling them to build on their success and ensuring their continued development in their chosen field.

Escape Studios: Join us (virtually) for our November Open Evening on Wednesday 18th November at 6PM (LONDON Time)

Want to improve your creative skills or change your career path? Join us at our live online Open Evening on Wednesday 18th November at 6PM to find out more about our courses including Animation, Game Art, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects.

Book your place to attend a Q&A with one of our  Alumni,  Fabio Telles, a Director/Filmmaker who has  freelanced for high profile clients and agencies in London and abroad, and to find out more about our:

  • Industry partners
  • Successful alumni
  • Expert tutors
  • ​​Courses and studying with us

Date: Wednesday 18th November
Time: 18:00 – 19:00
Location: Online (via Zoom)

Our 18th November Open Evening will be held online. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the creative industries and find out what it’s like to study with us.

Meet our Admissions Team – our crew can answer any questions you may have about our courses, facilities and payment plans and talk you through the application process. We want to make it as easy as possible to kick-start your career.

Hear more about our courses – we offer a wide range of postgraduate and short courses across VFX, Animation, Games and Motion Graphics.

Find out about our industry partners – they help to design, develop and deliver our courses and they influence everything we do, so you’ll benefit from up-to-the-minute knowledge and experience.

Clash of Realities – Online Edition: November 18-19, 2020

For the eleventh time, the Clash of Realities international research conference is providing the opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. This year, we split the conference into two parts, the first one (November 18-19, 2020) being completely online.
We are looking forward to welcoming you online in November 2020 and in person next summer in Cologne.

Part I  | November 18-19, 2020 | all digital
Part II | June 2021 | in Cologne

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November 18, 2020 (via Zoom)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Young Academics Workshop – You will receive an invitation via email!

November 19, 2020 (Live Stream – Access via Eventbrite)
10:00 am – 10:10 am: Welcome and Introduction
10:10 am – 11:00 am: Games Tech Summit
11:00 am – 11:30 am: Media Education Summit
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Game Entrepreneurship Summit
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Game Studies Summit
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Game Development Summit

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm: Joost van Dreunen
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Julian Togelius
4:45 pm – 5:30 pm: Janet Murray

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm: Outlook Clash of Realities 2021
(all times in CET)

Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Obsidian | First Four Minutes | HBO Max

The dragon has returned. It’s up Marceline and Princess Bubblegum to journey to the Glass Kingdom–and into their past–to save the day. Premieres November 19 on HBO Max. 
About HBO Max: HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer offering with 10,000 hours of curated premium content. HBO Max offers powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, a robust slate of new original series, key third-party licensed programs and movies, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library including Warner Bros., New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more. #HBOMax #WarnerMedia

Watch the Shadowlands Launch Cinematic: “Beyond the Veil”

In the Shadowlands, every soul has its place—from the path of ascension among the spires of Bastion to an eternity of torment in the depths of the Maw. Choose where your destiny lies. Enter the Shadowlands on November 23 at 3:00pm PST.

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Life Is Full of Possibilities | Disney and Pixar’s Soul | Disney+

Disney and Pixar’s Soul is streaming this Christmas only on Disney+.
About Soul: What is it that makes you…YOU? This Christmas only on Disney+, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short “Lou”), Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” is streaming only on Disney+ beginning December 25.
Hashtag: #PixarSoul


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