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MD Debbie Crosscup Selected as Shots Award Judge


Passion MD Debbie Crosscup will be joining the 2017 Shots Awards judging panel, amongst the likes of PrettyBird VP Ali Brown, Director Kibwe Tavares, and ECD of BBH London Anthony Austin. To see the full list of judges, visit here.

New Series of Rollin’ Travels to France

‘Rollin’ Wild’ is a personal project by Kyra and Constantin, where they devised a series of bloated wild animals in their natural environments. In their much-anticipated latest series, Kyra and Constantin feature animals in France from a cat and mouse chase to a French Bulldog in a local park.

Simon Landrein Speaks at It’s Nice That’s #NicerTuesdays May series

Last night Simon Landrein, one half of Passion’s directing-duo, McBess & Simon, spoke at It’s Nice That’s #NicerTuesdays event in East London. Talking about his early career and experience directing the most recent ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ spot, a showcase of Simon’s comical work spurred a ripple of laughter throughout the crowd. Speaking alongside a series of talented speakers, Frances Corner, Yukai Du, Akinola Davies, Simon was the final speaker for the night saving best till last.

‘The Greatest Gift’ Wins Big at the British Arrows

Passion Animation Studios walked away with two British Arrows Awards for Sainsbury’s ‘The Greatest Gift’ following the awards ceremony last week. Amongst the likes of Waitrose’s ‘Coming Home’ and John Lewis’ ‘Buster the Boxer’, our festive spot for Sainsbury’s won for 3D Animation (Gold) and Production Design (Silver). Pictured is Debbie Crosscup (Passion EP/MD), Sam Fell (Director), Andy Farago (Art Director), and Steven Riley (Passion Producer).

Passion Signs ROYGBIV

The Los Angeles based animation studio, ROYGBIV has joined Passion Animation Studios. Founders Evan Viera and Tommy Wooh formed ROYGBIV, a collective creating narrative-driven projects, drawing on their individual expertise, knowledge and talent. Their collective experience and creativity is united under ROYGBIV, with their first project together, the animated series ‘Aiko’, garnering industry attention and anticipation for its expected 2018 release.


Annecy Festival Selections Announced


Having received over 2,800 films from 95 different countries, the organisers of the Annecy Film Festival 2017 have announced their selections to be screened this year. We’re pleased to have two PASSION ANIMATION STUDIOS films selected and one STRANGE BEAST film selected. See the selected films:


BBC Olympics 

Sainsbury’s ‘The Greatest Gift’

Selfridges ‘Material World’



Five Came Back

Spielberg, Coppola, Del Toro, Kadsan & Greengrass. Our new Netflix docuseries, FIVE CAME BACK, about Hollywood and WWII lands on March 31st!

The series tells the story about how Hollywood impacted World War II and vice versa. It examines the actions of five filmmakers who left their careers to serve during the war — John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens — and then came back to inform the world of what was happening through their craft.

With narration by Meryl Streep and interviews with some of the best directors of our generation — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan — this is Netflix Originals three-part docu-series adapted from Mark Harris’ best-selling book, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War.

Read more about it on Screen Crush here.

And watch the trailer on the Passion Pictures Films Site.

Strange Beast Support Trekstock


Strange Beast directors Andy Martin, Parallel Teeth and Kyle Platts have all contributed designs for the 50-50 project by Everpress. 50 exclusive t-shirts were created by 50 of the world’s most influential designers & illustrators. 50% of the proceeds goes to UK charity Trekstock, to support young adults with cancer. The tshirts are available for a limited time only, click here buy one