Ton Roosendaal and Blender to receive ASIFA-Hollywood Ub Iwerks Award

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, will grant Ton Roosendaal and the Blender Open Source Software the Ub Iwerks Award at the upcoming 46th Annual Annie Awards™. As part of the juried awards category, the Ub Iwerks Award recognizes the technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

It will be an incredible honour for Ton and for the Blender project to accept this award in February 2019! This is the first time this industry award was granted to a free/open source software project.

About the Award

Named after the man who is credited for giving shape, movement, and personality to Mickey Mouse, the Ub Iwerks Award was created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.

Past recipients of this award include Dr. Ed Catmull for his breakthrough technologies at Pixar, Scott Johnston for his innovative work in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Digital Domain, Inc. for their groundbreaking innovations in Titanic, and Eric Daniels for the development of the ‘Deep Canvas’ process for Walt Disney’s Tarzan.

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