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Sony Pictures Animation to Host The World Animation Celebration

Written by ACR StaffApril 10, 2017
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Sony Pictures Animation is set to host The World Animation Celebration for 2017. Presented by Animation Libation Studios and Animation Magazine, the international short film festival will feature two days of screenings that highlight the best traditional, CG, digital, stop-motion, experimental, and VR animation from filmmakers and students from around the world. A panel of professional judges, from Emmy-winning animators and to creative directors at major studios, will review the entries and choose the best of the best. 

According to Animation Magazine, in addition to the film program, attendees “will be able to take in industry panels, guest speakers and artist demos, meet with recruiters and school representatives, and participate in portfolio reviews.” Past guest speakers have included four-time Emmy-winning Director David Silverman, Supervising Animator and Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Eric Goldberg, and Tony Bancroft, Co-director of the Oscar-nominated animated film Mulan, to name a few. 

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The 2015 celebration received some 250 entries from over 45 countries. Judges narrowed the productions down to the top three in several categories. Winners hailed from CalArts, USA, School of Visual Arts, USA, University of Arts London, UK, Supinfocom, France, Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, Slovakia, Minshar for Art, Israel, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, University of Bogota, Colombia, the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), UK, and many others.   

This year’s event will take place September 30 and October 1 at Sony Pictures Animation in Culver City, California. Participating schools for include University of Southern California, UCLA, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Long Beach, California State University-Northridge, and East Los Angeles College. Sponsors include the WB, Arc Productions, Variety, ToonBox Entertainment, Google Cloud, and Graphaids. 

At the time this article was published, the official World Animation Celebration website said, “stay tuned” for submission information and how to get tickets. Please check the website frequently for updates if you wish to submit and/or attend. The official website is Worldanimationcelebration.com 

About Animation Libation Studios 

Animation Libation Studios L.L.C. is a global animation studio created by educators and artists to makes it possible for newly emerging artists to work hand-in-hand with seasoned industry professionals from around the world. As the gateway between higher education and the industry, working with the brightest, most innovative international artists and professionals to create original content for Film, Television, and the Web. –AnimationLibationStudios.com 

About Animation Magazine 

Animation Magazine delivers daily breaking news in the Animation, VFX, Digital Media, and Gaming Industries.