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  • UK Animation Industry Celebrated at 10 Downing Street

    UK Animation Industry Celebrated at 10 Downing Street

    Animation UK and the newly formed UK Screen Alliance, joined Aardman to celebrate their 40 years of excellence and success as part of a wider Animation success story, at a reception hosted by the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP at …

  • The 44th Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The 44th Annie Awards – Nominees Announced

    The nominations for the 2017 Annie Awards, “ASIFA-Hollywood’s most glamorous event”, have this week been announced. Described as “animation’s highest honour” and now entering its 44th edition, the awards focus on the best that mainstream animation has offered up in …

  • 10 animated shorts advance in 2017 Oscar® race

    10 animated shorts advance in 2017 Oscar® race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the ten animated shorts (out of seventy qualifiers) that will go forward for consideration of an 89th Academy Awards® nomination.

    Click on the films listed below to learn more about …

  • Annecy Festival creates two new sections for 2017 edition

    Annecy Festival creates two new sections for 2017 edition

    The world-renowned Annecy International Animated Film Festival has announced the addition of two new screening/award categories to its upcoming 2017 edition. In an announcement from the festival’s Artistic Director Marcel Jean, it was revealed that the approach to the short …

  • Details revealed for second ‘Shaun the Sheep’ movie

    Details revealed for second ‘Shaun the Sheep’ movie

    Arguably the world’s favorite sheep and his flock are to come back for a second feature length film! Following their announcement last year that the strong box office performance of the original would allow the franchise would continue, Aardman and …

  • ‘My Life as a Courgette’ acquired by GKIDS

    ‘My Life as a Courgette’ acquired by GKIDS

    Fantastic news for animation fans – independent animation distributor GKIDS have snapped up the North American distribution rights to Swiss director Claude Barras’s highly acclaimed and multi-award-winning My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette).

    The news of the …

  • Encounters 2016 presents their Animation Competition

    Encounters 2016 presents their Animation Competition

    Taking place this September, Bristol’s Encounters Festival presents a prestigious annual International Competition, featuring the best new short and animated films from around the world. Filmmakers in competition are eligible for some of the world’s most prestigious short film and …

  • Pitch THIS! OIAF opens international call for TV series pitches

    Pitch THIS! OIAF opens international call for TV series pitches

    The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary, has teamed up with longtime partners Corus Entertainment and Toon Boom to offer a development deal and animation software (licenses for Toon Boom Harmony and Storybook Pro, …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    Annecy 2016: Special Events (Part 2)

    In the week since Annecy 2016 wrapped up we’ve been positively spoiled by the wealth of new animation talent, upcoming projects and recent industry successes in its wake. Today we bring you a second round of special event highlights from …

  • Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Annecy 2016: Award Winners

    Following Friday’s Special Prizes ceremony, last night saw the announcement of the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival award winners. Presented by Artistic Director Marcel Jean along with the festival jury members and several guests, the evening kicked off with …

  • Annecy 2016: Special Prize Winners

    Annecy 2016: Special Prize Winners

    Ten special Annecy International Animated Film Festival prizes have been awarded tonight at the Annecy Town Hall. These awards were distributed in the presence of Annecy Mayor Jean-Luc Rigaut at a ceremony that took place earlier this evening. You can …

  • Annecy 2016 VR events announced

    Annecy 2016 VR events announced

    Annecy have this week announced three major VR-centric events as part of their 2016 line-up, showcasing the medium’s growing relationship with animation as a means of telling bold, envelope-pushing stories.

    Google Spotlight Stories: Once upon a time in 360 (13/06/2016)…

  • Locksmith Animation locks down deal with Paramount Pictures

    Locksmith Animation locks down deal with Paramount Pictures

    Locksmith Animation and Paramount Pictures have sealed the deal to release multiple films, the first being released in 2020. This marks the first news of distribution to come out of Locksmith Animation, a new division by Oscar winning VFX company …

  • Comcast buys Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion

    Comcast buys Dreamworks Animation for $3.8 billion

    It seems that Comcast is about to get a lot more animated with their latest acquisition of Dreamworks Animation. The animation company has seen Katzenberg at the forefront of the company’s operations since its inception, however now with this latest …

  • Disney talent to present ‘Moana’ and new short ‘Inner Workings’ at Annecy 2016

    Disney talent to present ‘Moana’ and new short ‘Inner Workings’ at Annecy 2016

    Highly respected filmmakers Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Princess and the Frog) will be representing Walt Disney Animation Studios at this year’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival in a presentation an exclusive and previously-unseen preview …

  • British Animation Awards – 2016 winners announced!

    British Animation Awards – 2016 winners announced!

    Last night saw the 2016 British Animation Awards take place, twenty years after the prestigious event began. The biennial ceremony took place at London’s BFI Southbank presented by voiceover artists Duncan Wisbey and Jess Robinson, awarding the best of this …

  • Oscar wins for ‘Inside Out’, ‘Bear Story’ and ‘Ex Machina’

    Oscar wins for ‘Inside Out’, ‘Bear Story’ and ‘Ex Machina’

    The 2016 Oscar winners have been announced, and while the world at large can finally rest now that Leo has had his day, we at Skwigly are as ever more focused on the animation-centric categories, the results of which proved …

  • Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    Public Vote open for BBC TV Licensing Animation Competition

    TV Licensing and the BBC recently teamed up to launch a creative competition for animation students in the UK to visualise a number of less-than-plausible real-life excuses the public have given for not having a TV Licence.

    All areas of …

  • Nancy Beiman: “The Academy are robbing Paula to pay Paul”

    Nancy Beiman: “The Academy are robbing Paula to pay Paul”

    The decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to change their voting regulations in order to “commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020” in light of a series…

  • 2016 Oscar® nominations announced

    2016 Oscar® nominations announced

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have today announced their nominations for the 88th Academy Awards®! As regards animation, the selected projects have been whittled down from sixteen shortlisted feature films and ten animated shorts. Announced by directors …

  • Theodore Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ (NFB/ARTE) to premiere at The Berlinale

    Theodore Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ (NFB/ARTE) to premiere at The Berlinale

    Continuing an astonishingly prolific streak of new film work following his 20th Century Trilogy as well as last year’s Blood Manifesto and Sonámbulo, Bulgaria-born experimental animator and artist Theodore Ushev‘s latest film Blind Vaysha will have its premiere at this …

  • LAIKA celebrate tenth anniversary

    LAIKA celebrate tenth anniversary

    This month marks ten years of LAIKA, the Oregon-based, award-winning animation studio behind such films as Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. To mark the occasion, the studio have put together a special tenth anniversary video reel presented by CEO Travis …

  • 10 animated shorts advance in 2016 Oscar® race

    10 animated shorts advance in 2016 Oscar® race

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced the ten animated shorts (out of sixty qualifiers) that will go forward for consideration of an 88th Academy Awards® nomination. The films span a number of international production territories including …

  • GMUNK joins Nexus and Nexus Interactive Arts

    GMUNK joins Nexus and Nexus Interactive Arts

    Designer/director GMUNK is the latest addition to the Nexus/Nexus Interactive Arts talent roster for exclusive UK and European representation. has joined their impressive roster of talent for exclusive representation in the UK and the rest of Europe.

    GMUNK is a …

  • Owen Davey’s “Mad About Monkeys” – Book Review & Interview

    Owen Davey’s “Mad About Monkeys” – Book Review & Interview

    Here we are with yet another book from publishing powerhouse Flying Eye Books. This time they have brought us the simply divine artwork of Owen Davey with a book about his love for all things monkey. Mad About Monkeys is …