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This Week in Animation: June 9 to 16.

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This Week in Animation is a weekly series for the Toon Boom blog, rounding up the most buzzed about animation stories from the past seven days.

1. Toon Boom launches new branding and Producer at Mifa 2017!

This week was the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Mifa 2017. We were the ‘talk of the toon’ with two launches on June 13: our refreshed branding and latest product, Toon Boom Producer. Our new web-based production tracking and digital asset management tool will empower studios using Harmony and Storyboard Pro by dramatically improving workflow and communication throughout the entire animation pipeline.

Get the full story on the Toon Boom Producer launch on “Animation World Network”.

digital-media-city-seoul.jpgSource: Wiki Commons.

2. Annecy Asia International Animated Film Festival launches in 2019.
One of the biggest stories of Annecy 2017 is the announcement of a second Annecy! On June 13, CITIA, Image et industries créatives (France), the SBA Animation Center and SK Broadband (both South Korea) signed a partnership agreement at Mifa to launch Annecy Asia International Animated Film Festival in Seoul in September 2019. It will be held in the Digital Media City, the beating heart of Korea’s cultural industry, and speaks to the country’s rapidly growing animation influence.

Catch the full Annecy Asia story on “Animation World Network”.

3. TeamTO is opening a free animation school.
With a global shortage of skilled animators, animation education has never been more in need. French studio TeamTO is doing something about it and announced at Annecy this week that it would be launching a free animation school in Bourg-lès-Valence. The six-month course in 3D animation will be open to 25 students with no previous training or experience, and provide them with the skills necessary to start a professional TV or film career. The program will also be run in partnership with renowned animation institution La Poudrière.

Learn more about TeamTO’s free animation school on “Animation Magazine”.

4. Eric Beckman and Marc Bonny receive 2017 Animation Personality of the Year Award.
It was a star-studded supper in honour of Eric Beckman, founder of GKIDS, and Marc Bonny, founder of Gebeka Films, at the Imperial Palace in Annecy on Tuesday. Highlights of the guest list included Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Animation’s Chris DeFaria and Bonnie Arnold and Sony Pictures Animation’s Kristine Belson, all of whom came out to see Beckman and Bonny receive the Variety & Mifa 2017 Animation Personality of the Year Award.

Head over to “Variety” for more on the big night.

5. The first look at “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”.

Fans of “Frozen” certainly felt their hearts warm this week. Walt Disney Animation Studios released a sneak peek of “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”, a 21-minute short film following Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) as he hunts for a seasonal tradition befitting Anna and Elsa’s first holidays together as reunited sisters. The featurette will premiere ahead of Pixar’s “Coco” on November 22, 2017.

Watch the trailer above or go to “Entertainment Weekly” for more “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” details.

miss-hokusai-gkids.jpgSource: GKIDS.

6. Keiichi Hara to be honoured at Tokyo International Film Festival.
Anime director Keiichi Hara will take centre stage in the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Animation Focus section, running October 25 to November 3. His award-winning work includes television series “Doraemon” and “Crayon Shin-chan” as well as feature films “Summer Days With Coo, “Colorful" and 2015’s “Miss Hokusai”, which was a commercial and critical hit. For 2017, TIFF will also be celebrating 100 years of Japanese animation.

See more about Keiicha Hara at TIFF on “The Hollywood Reporter”.

7. Women win big at Animafest 2017.
Animafest Zagreb just wrapped its 27th edition and things have certainly changed since its inception, with the majority of winners at the world’s second-oldest animation festival being female filmmakers. It was a testament to the evolving nature of the industry to see women take home the Grand Prix for short film, best student film, best children’s film, best Croatian film and the audience award for short film 

Find out more about the women in animation at Animafest 2017 on “Cartoon Brew”.

Angelas-Christmas-brown-bag-films.jpgSource: Brown Bag Films.

8. “Angela’s Christmas” to get the animation treatment.
Brown Bag Films will be turning author Frank McCourt’s children book “Angela’s Christmas” into a 30-minute CGI holiday special. McCourt is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir “Angela’s Ashes”, with his widow Ellen executive producing the upcoming project and his brother Malachy attached as its narrator. The “Angela’s Christmas” story follows a child in the early 1900s hoping to give everyone truly happy holidays. It will be produced at Brown Bag Films’ studio in Dublin.

Read more about “Angela’s Christmas” on “Kidscreen”.

maps-animation-theme-park.jpgSource: MAPS.

9. Asia’s first animation theme park opens June 26.
Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) will open its doors to the public for the first time in less than two weeks. Built on a 20.8 hectare site in Bandar Meru Raya, Malaysia, it will feature  a selection of homegrown and international intellectual properties including some from DreamWorks Animation. MAPS will also have 40 attractions across six themed zones, featuring recognizable names like Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Megamind, The Croods, Casper the Friendly Ghost and the Smurfs.

Preview Asia’s first animation theme park on “The Sun Daily”.

10. Snapchat animation teaches kids not to send nude selfies.
Social media has opened adolescents to a new world of online threats, particularly as they explore their budding sexuality. The Sussex Police are using two animations to help teach youth aged 11 to 17 about the potential consequences of sending sensitive content like nude selfies, from blackmail to bullying. Launching on their Facebook, Snapchat, Youtube and Instagram accounts, the authorities worked with kids from across the United Kingdom to create the cartoons.

Check the Sussex Police’s cartoons out for yourself on “The Sun”.

What animation industry news were you most excited about this week? Was there something we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments below!

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