News | Round-up February 14

Animex Screen 2020 presents…

International Festival of Animation and Computer Games, Animex, is showcasing the British Animation Awards Public Choice programmes and the Animex Awards Animated Shorts at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

The showcase started on February 4 and will run to March 31 and the screenings bring fantastic international animation talent right here to Teesside.

The three BAA Public Choice programmes consist of a selection of outstanding short films and music videos from the entries to the British Animation Awards 2020.

The programmes are screened at a number of venues throughout the UK. Audiences will be able to vote and rank their favourites in each screening. The short film and music video with the highest overall rating receives the coveted ‘Public Choice Award’ at the BAA ceremony on March 12th 2020 at the BFI South Bank, London.

The international student animations will be judged during these screenings and winners will be announced on 10 May 2020.

Check out more details for all screenings here.


Ofcom’s new powers to regulate social media content

This week the Government handed social media regulatory powers to Ofcom, opting not to create a new regulatory body that would deal solely with social media.

Previously, social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat were mostly allowed to self-regulate their user content.

The rules seek to protect children and vulnerable members of society without stifling business. So, what will this mean for companies?

Ofcom hopes to safeguard free speech whilst promoting new technology and ensuring businesses are not unduly impacted. Critically the regulation would only apply to companies who permit sharing user-generated content.

Businesses that may be affected by these new regulations will be offered guidance from Ofcom.

The Government has stressed that having a social media presence does not indicate responsibility.


It’s Refresh time

We’re pleased to announce that despite Refresh Teesside‘s sell out yesterday they have released another 20 tickets for this month’s big digital bash.

On 27 February Refresh will be hosting not one, not two but three speakers at Base Camp Boro.

Jim Taylor from Code4000 will be giving a talk on the work they do to teach coding in prisons to rehabilitate offenders and enable them to get a job in coding once released.

Alyson Agar, Lecturer in History of Art & Visual Culture and Scholarly Research Champion at The Northern School of Art will be discussing how they’re integrating digital and tech in modern day art.

And Dave Allen, Director at Resolution Publishing, will be giving you a whistle-stop guide to the inaugural Tees Tech Awards.

Be quick! Click here to get your tickets.


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