Einzigartig: Ein Animationsfilm, der neben der Nominierung für den besten Animationsfilm auch für die besten VFX nominiert ist!

Oscar statuettes are displayed at Times Square Studios 23 January 2006 in New York. The statuettes will be presented to winners of the 78th Academy Awards 05 March 2006 in Hollywood.

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Und hier sind die Oscar Nominierungen 2017 im Bereich Animation & VFX:

Animated Feature Film – Nominees

Kubo and the Two Strings
Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner

John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer

My Life as a Zucchini
Claude Barras and Max Karli


The Red Turtle
Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki


Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer


Visual Effects – Nominees

Deepwater Horizon
Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton

Doctor Strange
Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould

The Jungle Book
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon

Kubo and the Two Strings
Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould


Short Film (Animated) – Nominees

Blind Vaysha
Theodore Ushev

Borrowed Time
Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Robert Valley and Cara Speller

Patrick Osborne

Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Documentary (Feature)

Life, Animated
Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman


Music (Original Song)


How Far I’ll Go
from Moana; Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Die komplette Liste aller Nominierten findet sich hier!


Have a Look: Pokey Pokey von Jake Zhang

A father attempts to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of the crime-ridden city…

Director & Animator – Jake Zhang  |  Producer – Zhen Zeng  |  2015
Music Composer – Pantawit Kiangsiri  |  Sound Designer – Katie Gately |
Story – Jake Zhang, Xu Zhou, Shangning Wang  |  Graphic  Designer – Shangning Wang

Facebook Page: facebook.com/pokeypokeypokeypokey/
Behance project: behance.net/portfolio/editor?project_id=26390093

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Neuer deutscher Trailer zu „A Cure for Wellness“ von Gore Verbinski mit VFX von RISE FX aus Berlin

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | Offizieller Trailer 2 | AB 23. FEBRUAR 2017 NUR IM KINO!

Ein junger, ehrgeiziger Manager wird beauftragt, den Vorstandsvorsitzenden der Firma von einem idyllischen aber mysteriösen ‚Wellness-Center‘ zurückzuholen, das sich an einem abgelegenen Ort in den Schweizer Alpen befindet. Schon bald vermutet er, dass die wundersamen Anwendungen des Spas nicht das sind, was sie zu sein scheinen. Als er beginnt, die erschreckenden Geheimnisse aufzudecken, wird sein Verstand auf eine harte Probe gestellt: bei ihm wird die gleiche seltsame Krankheit diagnostiziert, die alle anderen nach Heilung verlangenden Gäste dort festhält…

A CURE FOR WELLNESS ist der neue Psycho-Thriller von Gore Verbinski, dem visionären Regisseur von THE RING.

Ab Donnerstag, 23. Februar 2017 nur im Kino.

Have a Look: Alike von Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

„Alike“ is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

In a busy life,Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son,Paste. But… what is the correct path?

En una vida ajetreada, Copi es un padre que intenta enseñar el camino correcto a su hijo Paste. Pero… ¿Qué es lo correcto?


Directed by: Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez
Produced by: Daniel Martínez Lara & Nicolás Matji
Music by: Oscar Araujo
Production Manager: Eva Márquez Matías
Sound by: Aleix Vila

More information about „Alike“ in alikeshort.com

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Have a look: Boles von Špela Čadež

based on the short story “Her Lover” by Maksim Gorky | screenwriters: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež | main animator: Oliver Throm | puppets, set, props: Žiga Lebar | director of photography: Michael Jörg | editor: Thomas Schmidl | postproduction: Markus Bledowski | voices: Katja Levstik, Gregor Zorc | music: Tomaž Grom | sound: Johanna Herr | producers: Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež| production: Finta | co-production: Hupefilm | co-funding: SFC – Slovenian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW

Filip lives in a poor neighbourhood. He dreams of writer’s glory and luxurious lifestyle in a more prosperous part of town. One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbour Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep again, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.


Neuer Trailer zu DIE HÄSCHENSCHULE – JAGD NACH DEM GOLDENEN EI – Weltpremiere auf der Berlinale

In der Reihe „KPlus“ der kommenden Berlinale feiert Ute von Münchow-Pohls Animationsfilm „Die Häschenschule – Jagd nach dem Goldenen Ei“ Weltpremiere.

Regie: Ute von Münchow-Pohl
Mit: Noah Levi, Senta Berger, Friedrich von Thun, Jule Böwe
Genre: Animation Inhalt: Hasenjunge Max lebt allein auf einer Verkehrsinsel inmitten der Stadt und schlägt sich so durch. Sein größter Traum ist, Gang-Mitglied bei den „Wahnsinns-Hasen“ zu werden. Um seinen Kumpels zu beweisen, dass er auch wirklich das Zeug dazu hat, schwingt sich Max auf einem ferngesteuerten Flugzeug in die Lüfte und wird von einer Böe erfasst, die ihn weit aus der Stadt und hinein in den Wald treibt. Max landet inmitten der Häschenschule, in der die Zeit stehengeblieben zu sein scheint. Read more

Annecy Animation Film Festival and MIFA 2017 – Guest Country: CHINA

China is set to be guest country for Annecy 2017.

The tribute to Chinese animation will be developed around a big exhibition presented at the Château d’Annecy, musée lacs et montagnes, where material from classic films from the Shanghai studio will pave the way for a number of installations by artists/filmmakers working at the frontiers of contemporary art and animation such as Sun Xun, Haiyang Wang, Wu Chao and Weilun Xia.

In addition to this exhibition, there will be a retrospective of a dozen programmes, including Princess Iron Fan (1941), the feature by brothers Laiming and Guchan Wan, three programmes of historical short films, a retrospective of Sun Xun, a programme of short films from contemporary artists, a retrospective of the work of Xu An and Xi Chen and the best shorts from Chinese schools.

This exceptional collaboration between the Château d’Annecy and the Festival will give a unique and original vision of Chinese animation“ explained Festival Artistic Director, Marcel Jean.Our project is to offer the biggest overview of the past as well as the present of Chinese animation, by presenting as many historical works as films made by the new generation of independent filmmakers. We would like to talk about the industry and its rapid development, and also make more singular voices heard.

The Artistic Director adds that „China is a great country, almost a continent and its animation is rich and varied.
In order to offer the Annecy public the best from this cinema, we have been working with European experts like Marie-Claire Kuo Quiquemelle and the director of the Holland Animation Film Festival, Gerben Schermer, not to mention the expertise of Lucie Cabanes and Maurice Corbet, from the Château d’Annecy.“

We are delighted to announce that the young Chinese filmmaker Chao Wu will be coming to Annecy to be a jury member and will have the tough task of choosing winners for some of the 18 official prizes!
Chao Wu was born in 1977. After graduating from the Fine Arts College in Sichaun in 2000, with a Bachelor’s in visual art, she continued her Master’s degree studies at École Nationale Supérieure d’art in Nancy, France in 2007.
She is now back living in China and working as a teacher at the Art College in Guangzhou while also pursuing her career in digital art animation and video art.

A Chinese delegation, led by the SARFT (The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China) will be visiting Mifa in a pavilion space of over 150 m².

Mifa: from 13th and 16th June 2017

Festival: from 12th to 17th June 2017

Nominiert für den VES Award Hier der Teaser zu „SHINE“ von Alexander Dietrich und Johannes Flick (Animationsinstitut)

„Shine“ is nominated for an VES Award in the Category: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Have a look at the Website of Alexander Dietrich!

„Shine“ is the diploma movie of Johannes Flick and me. We partnered up on directing this short, wich is probably going to be around 3-4 minutes long, and is supposed to be done later this year. The story is about monkey-like creatures that are able to absorb the energy from lightbulbs to fire up their own bioluminescent light show. In our case two males try to impress the same female, wich of course, leads to some trouble. My part on this Project was half of the directing part, character design, storyboarding, Modeling, Rigging and most of the animation.“I want to thank all of the amazing people who helped us during the process. We couldn’t have done it without them, and its been a great time!

Alexander Dietrich

Shine, an animated short.

Direction & Animation: Alexander Dietrich, Johannes Flick
Music: Juri de Marco
Producer: Mareike Keller
Production Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Wird der Superhelden-Film erwachsen? Hier der neue Trailer zu „LOGAN“ von James Mangold

Mit der Weltpremiere von LOGAN – THE WOLVERINE erweisen die 67. Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin eine außergewöhnliche Hommage an den einzigartigen und unverwechselbaren Hugh Jackman in seiner letzten Rolle als ‚Logan’.

Kein anderer Schauspieler prägte einen Charakter so, wie es Hugh Jackman über die Jahre hinweg mit ‚Logan/ Wolverine’ gelang. In James Mangolds epischem Drama bringt Hugh Jackman in seinem ‚Logan’ eine neue, bisher unbekannte Seite zum Vorschein, die das beliebteste Mitglied des weltweit erfolgreichen X-Men-Universums aus dem Hause Marvel Comics in vollkommen neuem Licht erscheinen lässt. Mit Patrick Stewart als Professor X steht Jackman einer der ganz großen Kino- und Bühnencharakterdarsteller zur Seite. Auf dem innigen, im Laufe von nunmehr 17 Jahren gewachsenen Zusammenspiel der beiden und James Mangolds wuchtiger Bildsprache beruht die besondere Intensität von LOGAN – THE WOLVERINE. Darüber hinaus führt Mangold einen neuen Charakter ein, dargestellt von Nachwuchstalent Dafne Keen, der es dem Zuschauer ermöglicht, an Jackmans ‚Logan’ völlig neue Seiten zu entdecken.

Zu James Mangolds beeindruckendem Œuvre gehört der denkwürdige 3:10 TO YUMA („Todeszug nach Yuma“, 2007) ebenso wie THE WOLVERINE („Wolverine: Weg des Kriegers“, 2013) und WALK THE LINE („Walk the Line“, 2005). Mangold legt stets großen Wert darauf, mit seinen Filmen einzigartige Geschichten mit eindrucksvollem Cast zu erzählen, die er in außergewöhnlichen Bildern einfängt.

Regisseur James Mangold („Walk The Line“) wird zusammen mit den Hauptdarstellern Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart und Dafne Keen über den Roten Teppich schreiten und LOGAN – THE WOLVERINE präsentieren (Wettbewerb – außer Konkurrenz).

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

In Theaters – March 3, 2017

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Dafne Keen

Directed by James Mangold

24th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (May 2 – 7, 2017) ARAB ANIMATION FORUM

Pressemitteilung vom Internationalen Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart:

Dear filmmakers, producers and distributors,
dear friends of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film,

the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film and the Robert Bosch Stiftung bring together upcoming Arab and German film makers in order to launch young and strong international co-productions. Take the chance and be part of the 24th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film. Within this framework, the Arab Animation Forum will take place on four days between May 2 and May 7, 2017. The winning project is automatically nominated for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

The Arab Animation Forum connects young animation directors and artists from the Arab World (member states of the “League of Arab States”) with upcoming producers from Germany in order to support joint animated film projects. The aim of the Arab Animation Forum is to identify interesting projects and to connect potential co-production partners directed towards a possible application for the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation.

Eligible to attend the Arab Animation Forum are animation filmmakers from the Arab World looking for a producer or coproducer as well as German producers interested in producing or coproducing an animated film project.

Application deadline: February 19, 2017
Find more information on the detailed proposals as well as the application form on our homepage.

The Arab Animation Forum offers filmmakers the unique chance to create German-Arab co-productions. Additionally there will be several meetings, workshops, consultations and matching sessions with experienced animation producers and directors on the agenda.

We are looking forward to your submissions!


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