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Though women hold just 23.2% of union jobs in the animation industry, over the years there has been a steady increase in the number of women employed in animation. According to the The Animation Guild, women held 20.6% of union jobs fewer than two years ago. Keep in mind that many animators work independently too. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the "Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers" industry has the second highest concentration of employment for animators and multimedia artists. This means figures for women working in animation could be higher. 

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New Zealand is one of the most beautiful island countries on earth. This small nation of less than 5 million people attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. This contributes billions of dollars to the economy. Another booming area that might surprise you is the film industry. According to Stats New Zealand, total revenue in 2015 from all screen industry businesses here was $3.22 billion. Collectively, these businesses employ an impressive 14,200 people.

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The animation world is extremely competitive, so it may feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to getting your work in front of the right people. If you’re a student, well let’s just say it can be even tougher to get noticed. The industry will always be competitive, so it’s up to you to find ways to compete.

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The global medical animation market is expected to be worth $301.3 million by 2021. Some estimates place the market at $514 million by 2024. Either way, the medical animation market is booming and the trend is expected to continue thanks to constant new discoveries, treatments, and technologies in science and medicine. Health and science organizations must keep pace with these advances so visualization specialists such as medical animators and illustrators are in high demand. 

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could earn an animation degree for less than $10,000 a year? What if you were an out-of-state student and the cost was less than $15,000 a year? In the past, we’ve compiled lists that consist of some of America’s most affordable animation schools, the most expensive to least expensive animation schools, and more.

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Africa might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about animation, but it soon might be. According to Eugene Ramirez of Zimbabwe-based YouNeek Studios, South Africa has seen the emergence of some of the largest animation studios on the continent. Among them are Luma, STRIKA Entertainment, and Triggerfish Studios—Africa’s answer to DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar, says Forbes.

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If you’re passionate about getting exposure for your animated film, chances are you’ve already submitted to major film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. While there’s nothing wrong with aiming high right out of the gate, narrowing your focus to film festivals dedicated exclusively to animation will increase your chances of acceptance. Fortunately, opportunities for today’s animated filmmakers to get their masterworks in front of a captive audience are endless. You see, there are hundreds, if not thousands of animation film festivals and competitions around the world that welcome first-timers and veterans with equal enthusiasm! 

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Perched 4,000 feet above sea level in Costa Rica’s capital city of San José sits Veritas University (aka Universidad Veritas), surrounded by a vibrant cosmopolitan cultural center that boasts temperate weather year round. Founded in 1976, Veritas is renowned throughout Central America for its distinguished studies of art, design and architecture as well as its unique global outlook and Christian foundation.

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Though established film festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca welcome animation submissions, chances are slim that you’ll get in. Each year, Sundance receives more than 12,000 submissions for 118-125 feature film slots, 60-80 short film slots, 5-10 episodic project slots, and 20-40 virtual reality project slots. Tribeca receives more than 3,000 submissions for around 90 slots. Fortunately, there are ways to increase your chances of getting into a film festival. One way is to target festivals that have a specific animation category or those dedicated entirely to animation. 

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