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  • DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT! 2017 submissions now open

    DepicT!, the ultra-short competition strand of Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has today opened its call for submission. As with prior editions, the contest is open to films of any nationality, genre, budget and level of professionalism, so …

  • WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    WATCH: ‘Fulfilament’ by Rhiannon Evans now online!

    Following a festival run that includes 80 international screenings and 20+ awards, Rhiannon Evans’s NFTS short Fulfilament is now online to watch in full.

    The stop-motion film, produced in 2015, follows the journey of a lost, wandering thought manifested as …

  • BAFTA Wins for Kubo and the Two Strings, A Love Story and The Jungle Book

    BAFTA Wins for Kubo and the Two Strings, A Love Story and The Jungle Book

    The British Academy Film and Television Award winners have been announced in London.

    Winning the award for Animated Film (Feature) Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings have beaten a Disney led triumvirate of Moana, Zootropolis from Disney Feature Animation and …

  • Encounters opens its 2017 Call for Entries

    Encounters opens its 2017 Call for Entries

    Encounters, the UK’s leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, has this week opened the call for entries to its 2017 edition. Films completed from 2016 onward and less than 30 minutes (including credits) are eligible for this …

  • Cartoon Saloon and Mercury Filmworks join to create Lighthouse Studios

    Cartoon Saloon and Mercury Filmworks join to create Lighthouse Studios

    Kilkenny, Ireland-Based Studio to Create 140 Jobs and develop Animated Children’s and Family Television Entertainment, for Multiplatform Global Distribution

    Significantly bolstering animation production in Ireland, Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada’s most prolific independent animation studios, has joined forces with acclaimed …

  • WATCH: ‘The Inverted Peak’ by The Brothers McLeod now online

    WATCH: ‘The Inverted Peak’ by The Brothers McLeod now online

    This week sees the online release of The Inverted Peak, a largely-improvised film collaboration between award winning animators The Brothers McLeod and sound designer and composer Tom Angell.

    The film earned itself an Honorable Mention at last year’s Manchester Animation …

  • GREAT and Karma Sutra Rides Again Released online!

    GREAT and Karma Sutra Rides Again Released online!

    Bob Godfrey’s GREAT – the first UK made animated short film to win the academy award has been officially released online for the first time on Vimeo on Demand.

    Great from The Bob Godfrey Collection on Vimeo.

    The short scooped …

  • Signe Baumane unveils new indie feature ‘My Love Affair With Marriage’

    Signe Baumane unveils new indie feature ‘My Love Affair With Marriage’

    Signe Baumane, acclaimed director of the 2014 independent animated feature Rocks in My Pockets, has this week unveiled her plans to animate and produce a follow up film My Love Affair With Marriage. As with Rocks, funding is being sought …

  • Filmmakers respond to Best Animated Short 2017 Oscar nominations

    Filmmakers respond to Best Animated Short 2017 Oscar nominations

    With today’s 2017 Oscar nomination announcements still very much a fresh affair, several of the filmmakers nominated for Best Animated Short Film have this afternoon shared their responses to the news.

    Patrick Osborne’s Pearl stands out as being the first …

  • ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director and VFX team respond to double Oscar nomination

    ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ director and VFX team respond to double Oscar nomination

    Today’s announcement of the 2017 Oscar nominations bore a double-dose of good news for the team behind LAIKA’s latest masterwork Kubo and the Two Strings. In response to being nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, director/producer and LAIKA CEO Travis …

  • 89th Oscar Nominations Announced

    89th Oscar Nominations Announced

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have today unveiled the official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. The award will celebrate the last year or so of filming and award, according to academy voters, the more meritus …

  • NFB presents ‘Naked Island’: Public Service Alerts for a new era

    NFB presents ‘Naked Island’: Public Service Alerts for a new era

    This weekend has seen the release of fourteen brand new microshorts from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Framed as ‘Public Service Alerts’, Naked Island presents a variety of satirical and sociopolitically astute takes on the modern world through …

  • Watch: ‘Mr Madila’ Released Online

    Watch: ‘Mr Madila’ Released Online

    Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing is the Royal College of Art graduation film by Tusk director Rory Waudby-Tolley that has been delighting festival circuit, scooping awards internationally.

    Synopsis:

    Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing documents a series …

  • Maisie Williams joins the cast of Aardman’s Early Man

    Maisie Williams joins the cast of Aardman’s Early Man

    Studio Canal have today announced via twitter that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be joining Eddie Redmayne in the cast of Nick Park’s upcoming feature Early Man.

    We’re excited to share that @Maisie_Williams has joined the cast of …

  • 2017 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    2017 BAFTA Nominations Announced

    Awards season is back with a bang, and in terms of animation we’ve already seen Zootropolis (Zootopia for our friends in America) scoop the Golden Globe.

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) have unveiled the contenders for …

  • “Ivan’s Need” available now via Vimeo On Demand

    “Ivan’s Need” available now via Vimeo On Demand

    Ivan’s Need, one of the most enjoyable festival hits of recent years, has been released online to rent or buy through Vimeo On Demand via Groupement Suisse du Film d’Animation, the association of Swiss animation professionals. Following the lusty adventures …

  • Wes Anderson presents Isle of Dogs footage

    Wes Anderson presents Isle of Dogs footage

    A fleeting few seconds of Wes Anderson’s upcoming movie Isle of Dogs has been revealed in a video by the director.

    The reveal was ably assisted by cast member Edward Norton who plays Rex in the film. The director of …

  • The Emoji Movie – Why so :(

    The Emoji Movie – Why so :(

    Sony pictures animation have released the first trailer for their upcoming Emoji Movie which you can see here.

    Admittedly, this is by no means a trailer I would have usually covered here on Skwigly, and regardless of wether it would …

  • Animated Festive TV Viewing for Christmas 2016

    Animated Festive TV Viewing for Christmas 2016

    Whether you are looking forward to some of 2016’s newest animated specials, or prefer to cosy down to some classic, nostalgic, Christmas films of years gone by, Skwigly is here to make it a little easier for you to schedule …

  • Jorge Gutierrez to direct new Google Spotlight Story ‘Son of Jaguar’

    Jorge Gutierrez to direct new Google Spotlight Story ‘Son of Jaguar’

    It has been announced today that acclaimed director Jorge Gutierrez, whose work includes the award-winning Nickelodeon series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera and the 2014 Reel FX feature film The Book of Life, is the latest director set …

  • London International Animation Festival 2016 award winners announced

    London International Animation Festival 2016 award winners announced

    The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) returned to the Barbican last week for ten days of animation screenings, special events, talks and forums, screen talks. Having presented over 200 of the best new, archive and retrospective animated shorts and features …

  • 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 …

  • Bob Godfrey’s GREAT to be remastered and released

    Bob Godfrey’s GREAT to be remastered and released

    The Bob Godfrey Collection has today announced the forthcoming release of Bob Godfrey’s Oscar-winning animated short GREAT which will be made available on Blu- Ray/DVD and Digital HD download. This marks the first time that the film has been released …

  • Kidscreen Awards Shortlist Revealed

    Kidscreen Awards Shortlist Revealed

    Kidscreen, host of the global kids television industry’s leading awards for excellence, is delighted to announce the shortlisted entries that will be continuing in the competition through a final round of judging.

    The nominees in the Programming Categories are:

    PRESCHOOL…

  • Animated Women UK Launch ‘The Achieve Programme’

    Animated Women UK Launch ‘The Achieve Programme’

    Animated Women UK [AWUK] have launched their first ever programme focussed on helping women in animation and VFX achieve their potential.

    55% of females working in animation and vfx in the UK feel that they have or will experience career …