Chevrolet Launch 'Find New Roads' Filmmakers' Competition

by Dave Allen | | Category: Opportunities | Permalink

Animators could win a trip to Cannes Film Festival and $8,000 (over £5,000) with a new filmmaking competition by carmaker Chevrolet.

Animation Forum WM is working with video crowd-sourcing agency MOFilm for a series of big-name, film and animation competitions.

"It's a huge opportunity to work with Jon Landau, producer of Titanic and Avatar, as we asked him to write what Find New Roads meant to him – based on his life, experiences, and successes," according to MOFilm, "We are looking for filmmakers (in this case animators) to capture his interpretation and create the visual storytelling that will bring his words to life in film."


Short Film Competition for National Transplant Week 2013

by Dave Allen | | Category: News | Permalink

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a short-film competition urging people to share their organ donation wishes with their family and friends. The competition, ‘Organ donation through A Lens’ will focus on the importance of having ‘The Donation Conversation’ and will culminate in the launch of National Transplant Week which runs 8 to 14 July. The winning film will encourage more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and more crucially highlight the importance of talking to family and friends about your wishes. [More]

Aardman's Oscar-nominee Peter Lord to Host Our Next Event!

by Dave Allen | | Category: Events | Permalink

Peter Lord CBE

Aardman co-founder and Director of their latest Oscar-nominated feature The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists, Peter Lord, takes you behind the scenes of Aardman’s latest film in this free, after-work event in Birmingham city centre this March from Animation Forum WM.


Get in an AnimationJam

by Dave Allen | | Category: Events | Permalink

What do you get when you shove* a dozen animators into a room for a weekend? Well, we don’t really know either, but we hope an animation short film or two comes out of it anyway, when Animation Forum WM’s free, three-day event, AnimationJam between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th February 2013 hits NTI Birmingham.


Strummerville Festival Needs Animators

by Megan Caulfield | | Category: Opportunities | Permalink

Strummerville Festival is inviting artists from all backgrounds to join them in an exciting project to create the visuals for some of their headlining acts.

The annual festival is set up by friends of The Clash’s Joe Strummer, to celebrate his contribution to music and is headlined this year by acts including Basement Jaxx, Luca C & Brigante, Guy Williams, Don Letts, Channel One, David Rodigan, Twinkle Brothers and Mr C.


Calling All Animators: CutOut Fest Needs You!

by Megan Caulfield | | Category: Opportunities | Permalink

Mexico’s International Animation Festival, CutOut, wants your animations to showcase at its annual event.

This year, the festival celebrates its fourth year and is hoping to include animations from across the world so that ideas, knowledge and artistic proposals can be exchanged.

Held in Queretaro, Mexico, animators are being asked to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes long, which have been made within the past year and a half.


Half Term Multimedia Mayhem: Hollywood Comes To Ludlow

by Megan Caulfield | | Category: Events | Permalink

Shropshire Media Network is working in collaboration with Salty's Animation and Appletree Theatre and Film Company to offer an exciting opportunity for future filmmakers and animators.

The 1-day film and animation workshops, for young people aged 11-16, aims to get teens involved behind and in front of the cameras, learn some new skills and get inspired to make short films.

Attendees will spend a fun packed day filled with creative activities that will allow them to pick up the Hollywood tricks of the trade.

You’ll have the option to be the new Steven Spielberg and learn a host of new skills including: film making skills, narrative and character development, using professional cameras, microphones and lighting equipment, shooting on location and the chance to watch their films on the big screen.


Flatpack Festival Has Arrived!

by Megan Caulfield | | Category: Events | General | Permalink

Flatpack Festival is back! Having just opened on the 14th March for its 6th festival, Flatpack brings you a jam-packed line-up with everything from cinematic delights, to live music, workshops and family friendly shorts and animations.

With the animation strand being one of the highlights on the Flatpack calendar, we’ve decided to give you a break down of what’s in store for you when you get there with five highlights that you won’t want to miss.