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GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2019 (March 21-24, 2019)

GLAS Animation Festival takes place March 21-24, 2019 in the historic city of Berkeley, California, just a quick ride away from San Francisco.

In March 2016 we launched the first annual GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, California. GLAS takes place over four days across Downtown Berkeley at various prestigious cultural institutions including theaters, galleries, media centers, and educational institutions.

GLAS exhibits films from local and international artists and filmmakers across the animation spectrum, creating a community and space for industry veterans, historians, animation enthusiasts, and emerging talent from diverse backgrounds to come together, share, learn, and appreciate the animated art form in a critical context. We started GLAS to showcase the most exciting animation being made around the world and expand the scope of how animation is understood as an artistic medium in the United States.

At the heart of the festival is the international competition, which showcases five curated programs of the most exceptional contemporary animated short films. These programs are the highlight of the festival as they demonstrate most fully the expressive abilities of animation as a medium. Created oftentimes by an individual artist or small team, these films push the boundaries of film itself through a singular vision not possible in any other medium.  

We also host retrospectives, special-curated programs, workshops, panel discussions, performances, and installations. We invite a diverse range of national and international guest speakers and presenters from various sections of the filmmaking community to come share their works, their knowledge, their expertise, and to facilitate discussion. The speakers and presenters we invite represent a multitude of aspects of the animation community including industry veterans, notable independent animators, curators, performance artists, and installation artists.  

Film festivals do not simply show films, but create communities, bringing filmmakers to the festival, sharing knowledge, uniting the international filmmaking community, inspiring aspiring filmmakers, and sharing works with the general public. It’s our belief that this work should be accessible to as many people as possible, and that cultivating and promoting independent animation in the United States will expand the culture of American animation, film, and art, for many generations to come. We also just think if more people are given the opportunity to see these films, they’ll really love them!

For more information, check out their website here.

2019 Rookie Awards

As of March 7th, submissions are now open for the 2019 Rookie Awards.

Student applicants will have the chance to showcase their work before a prestigious panel comprised of over 60 influential industry experts and compete for prizes, scholarships, internships, and jobs.

Founded in 2009, the Rookies is an international annual awards and mentorship platform sponsored by the multinational software company, Autodesk. The Rookies has grown into one of the most recognized school rankings with almost 3,000 entrants worldwide last year.

The Academy of Art University had 14 students up for 20 individual awards in 2018, including Scholarship Finalists and Internship Finalists, from the Schools of Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Illustration, Game Development, and Visual Development, according to the Rookies website. A current Game Development student at the Academy of Art University, LiGang Zheng, also won the prestigious “Rookie of the Year” award in the Digital Illustration bracket, topping 25 category finalists from other schools around the world.

Moreover, the Academy of Art University topped the 2018 Rookies rankings in two categories:
• 1st in America and 2nd in the world for the Best Digital Illustration School
• 4th in the world for the Best 3D Motion Graphics School

They are accepting submissions now through May 31, 2019.
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