Animation is Film Festival

October 2017 Animation News Round-up!

Another end of the month, another Animation news round-up! We're highlighting a few of the happenings that went on in October, and looking forward to all the November festivities!

1. My Little Pony 

The My Little Pony toy was first developed by Hasbro in 1981! The first TV Series debuted September 15, 1986 and the first movie release was a year later on September 23, 1987. More then 20 years later the My Little Pony series was relaunched by Hasbro in 2010 and the movie released on this past October 6th!

Watch the trailer here



2. MIPCOM & MIPJunior


MIPCOM and MIPJunior took place this month in Cannes, France.  So what is MIPCOM?  It stands for "Marché International des Programmes de Communication", or "International Market of Communications Programmes".   The simplest explanation, it is a marketplace for producers, creators, and filmmakers(the sellers) to pitch and hopefully sell their story ideas to development executives, networks,  broadcasters, and distributors(the buyers).  MIPCOM is for all entertainment, and MIPJunior is specifically for kids content.  We are obviously most interested in MIPJunior, and hope to be able to attend one year.

To check out some shows that came out of MIPJunior, click here!



3. Animation Is Film Festival


Animation Is Film Festival is a new animation film festival(surprise) in Los Angeles which took place this month. There was a great line-up of animated features from all over the world. "The Breadwinner" by Nora Twomey from the Ireland Animation Studio, Cartoon Saloon, won the grand prize and audience award, and will be released into theaters around the United States on November 17th! The only other award, the special jury prize, went to the French feature "Big Bad Fox & Other Tales"! 


4. International Animation Day


The 28th October in 1892 was first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris. In 2002 The International Film Association started to honor that day and deemed it as International Animation Day! Countries all over the world celebrate it with animated feature screenings, exhibitions, workshops and anything else you can think of that pertains to animation.

Look here to see what we found is happening in Los Angeles to celebrate International Animation Day!


5. Eric Miller Animation Studios at CTNX


We are getting ready for CTNX next month, and while we have attended this animation expo several times, this will be our first time with a table on the exhibit floor.  We are very excited to meet all the creative and talented artists who will be attending, and please come visit us!  We will be at table 117 which is right next to Blizzard Entertainment, and across the aisle from DreamWorks Animation.  Hope to see you all there!


Animation is Film Festival Highlights!

The Animation is Film Festival is this weekened, October 20-22, 2017, for it's very first time in LA! It is produced by GKIDS in collaboration with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood to showcase animated features from all around the world. We are highlighting only a small portion of what will be playing this weekend at the festival, but glad to have the opportunity to have tickets to many of the features!


1. The Breadwinner


Based off a book by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is about a young girl, named Parvana, from Afghanistan. When her father is unfairly put in prison, she had to appear as a boy in order to take care of her family. She experiences life in a new light and realizes what it meant to be a girl in Taliban-controlled Kabul. This becomes a journey of strength for her and those around her. 


The Breadwinner will be showing on October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm, watch the trailer here!  


2. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children


Based of a graphic novel that is set in a post-apocalyptic world, a teenager named Dinky and her friends try to escape an island in hopes to find a better life. She sets off her search not knowing that her old friend, Birdboy, is in hiding because of a deep secret he cannot let out that can change the world. 

Birdboy will be showing on October 21, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, watch the trailer here!


3. Lu Over the Wall


"A genre-mixing-mystery" about your basic mermaid who falls in love with mankind. Her adventure differs in that she joins a middle school rock band when she arrives ashore! Lu Over the Wall is one of the two animations Masaaki Yuasa has on the program, Night is Short, Walk on Girl being the second. 

Lu Over the Wall shows on October 22, 2017 @ 2:15 pm, watch the trailer here!


4. Mary and the Witch's Flower


Mary and the Witch's Flower is an animation based on a children's story called The Little Broomstick! Mary lives a normal life until she decides to follow two mysterious cats who lead her into the forest. She lifts off into the night on a broom that comes to life soon after she finds it stuck in a rare tree, and there her adventure begins. 

Mary and the Witch's Flower shows on October 22, 2017 @ 5:15 pm, watch the trailer here!


5. Songs of Love and Death

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With love and death being the themes, Women in Animation and Animation is Film co-present eleven adult oriented short films. Their mash up include both a thoughtful and funny outtake on these two subjects. 

Songs of Love and Death shows on October 22, 2017 @ 8 pm!


Check out the full list of what will be showing at the Animation is Film Festival here!