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  • 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 …

  • WIN Double Pass for LIAF Opening Gala 2016

    WIN Double Pass for LIAF Opening Gala 2016

    The London International Animation Festival (LIAF16) is the UK’s largest and most eclectic animation festival and it returns for a 13th year to 4 venues across London from this Friday December 2-11 – with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of …

  • 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 …

  • ‘Independent Animation’ new podcast series launched

    ‘Independent Animation’ new podcast series launched

    To tie-in with the recently released Skwigly book Independent Animation: Developing, Producing and Distributing Your Animated Films we will be bringing you a variety of exclusive new content over the coming months devoted to independent animation in all its forms, …

  • WATCH: Late Night Work Club launch second anthology ‘Strangers’

    WATCH: Late Night Work Club launch second anthology ‘Strangers’

    Late Night Work Club, the ‘rotating collective’ originally set up by Pittsburgh-based animator/illustrator Scott Benson in 2012, has this morning launched their second anthology film Strangers, following on from 2013’s Ghost Stories. The films can be watched in their entirety …

  • 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 …

  • BAFTA Children’s Awards 2016: Winners

    BAFTA Children’s Awards 2016: Winners

    The British Academy of Film and Television Arts last night announced the winners of this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The ceremony was hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown …

  • WATCH: ‘My Home’ (Dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen)

    WATCH: ‘My Home’ (Dir. Phuong Mai Nguyen)

    This week sees the public launch of Phuong Mai Nguyen‘s wonderful short film My Home. Written by Nguyen and Patricia Valeix, the film is produced by Richard and Sarah Van Den Boom‘s Papy3D Productions, the studio also responsible for such …

  • Sainsbury’s Christmas Avert: Mackinnon and Saunders

    Sainsbury’s Christmas Avert: Mackinnon and Saunders

    Mackinnon and Saunders’ latest work The Greatest Gift for Sainsbury’s is arguably the best Christmas advert around this year. It has an upbeat jingle performed by James Corden to accompany the amazing story that takes a modern twist on events …

  • Manchester Animation Festival Presents Nominees for New Industry Excellence Awards Designed by Mackinnon And Saunders

    Manchester Animation Festival Presents Nominees for New Industry Excellence Awards Designed by Mackinnon And Saunders

    Mackinnon and Saunders, the puppet making and animation studio behind Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride and Fantastic Mr Fox has today revealed their latest creations for the Manchester Animation Festival. The festival will this year present the Industry Excellence Awards with awards …

  • WATCH: Karni and Saul direct ‘Perfect World’ for Katie Melua

    WATCH: Karni and Saul direct ‘Perfect World’ for Katie Melua

    This week sees the launch of directorial duo Karni and Saul‘s animated music video for Katie Melua‘s Perfect World, taken from the singer/songwriter’s seventh studio album In Winter, released last month.

    The pair have been producing work since 2002, with …

  • The Foundry launch Student Championship

    The Foundry launch Student Championship

    Today sees the launch of The Foundry Student Championship, a new contest from leading creative software developer The Foundry with an aim to “provide an opportunity for young creatives across the world to showcase their best design and VFX work …

  • BAFTA Scotland Wins for Isabella and No Place Like Home

    BAFTA Scotland Wins for Isabella and No Place Like Home

    BAFTA Scotland, the contingent of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts based north of the border last night revealed it’s 2016 winners at a glamorous red carpet event in Glasgow.

    Whilst there is usually a singular award for …

  • 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 …