Friday Roundup: Summer Animation Festivals

Shawn Forno 06.02.2017

Summer fun and animation just seem to go hand in hand. New animated movies storm the box office, summer animation festivals take over lawns across the world, and lazy days are perfect for celebrating the best new animators in the world of online video.

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This week’s animation roundup looks at new summer animation festivals, a few great animators, and the interesting history of whiteboard animation.

Idea Blog Recap

Monday: 6 Ways to Optimize B2B Video for the Long Tail

Tuesday: What Goes in a Video Creative Brief?

Wednesday: How Whiteboard Animation Changed Online Video

ICYMI: Interview with VICE Animator, Mieka Jewett

Animation Culture

Annecy Summer Animation Festival Survival Guide


We love the Annecy Festival (heck we’ve even had an animation in the Annecy Festival), but your first experience at a massive international animation festival can be daunting. Thankfully, Tunde Vollebrook put together this essential survival guide for Annecy first-timers.

Cartoon Brew Announces “CB Fest” for Short Animated Films

Speaking of summer animation festivals, Cartoon Brew has announced their own animation festival exclusively for animated shorts from around the globe. According to Cartoon Brew, “The first season of CB Fest will run for eight weeks in June and July, featuring the online debut of eight shorts from seven different countries — United States, Canada, Netherlands, Iran, France, Australia, and United Kingdom.”

The trailer is absolute fire. We can’t wait to see what CB puts together this summer (and hopefully more summers to come). Seriously, watch the trailer. It’s epic.

Animation News

Variety Announces their “10 Animators to Watch” for 2017

Variety’s list of prominent and up and coming animators includes notables like:

Dorota Kobiela – “Loving Vincent”

Kirsten Lepore – “Hi Stranger”

Dana Terrace – “DuckTales”

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Shawn Forno

Shawn Forno is a massive Studio Ghibli fan who does content marketing. In that order. Find his other writing and extensive travel blogging here.

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