EMCA First French-based Toon Boom Animation Centre of Excellence

Montreal, Canada - January 04, 2016

EMCA First French-based Toon Boom Animation Centre of Excellence

Toon Boom Animation Inc. announced today that France's Ecole des Métiers du Cinema d'Animation (EMCA) is its first French-based Centre of Excellence (COE). Toon Boom COEs are accredited post-secondary schools, colleges and universities, recognized for offering programs that prepare graduates for the animation marketplace. An accredited COE gives students direct access to animation experts and industry-leading animation software within a real-world, production-based environment. "We are very proud to count EMCA as one of the Toon Boom Centres of Excellence. France is a pillar in animation and EMCA is molding its future artists and animators by providing them with top of the line education and tools." said Marie-Eve Chartrand, Director of Customer Success.

Founded in 1999, EMCA provides top-level technical training with a foundation in theoretical teaching. They approach their teachings with a contemporary lesson plan and an emphasis on visual aesthetics. Their goal is to provide the highest educational knowledge to future animation professionals throughout France and Europe. EMCA continues to evolve with the ever-changing technical requirements of the animation industry, ensuring job security and encouraging the achievement and creative potential of each student.

Full-time students training at EMCA require a three-year educational training in animation. Each year, EMCA receives 40 students who must have an A level grade point average and be under the age of 26. EMCA also offers high-level professional training. The curriculum offers training sessions tailored for studios that require specialized training. A unique program offered by EMCA involves teaching students introductory animation workshops in primary schools in Charente, France.

EMCA teaches their students every possible element of animation, covering subjects from script writing to storyboarding to special effects. EMCA values industry participation along with collaboration and teamwork to ensure their students become successful professional animators who are adequately prepared for the workforce.

About Toon Boom Centres of Excellence
The Toon Boom Centre of Excellence program recognizes key academic institutions that are contributing, at an exceptional level, to the teaching of the latest industry techniques and technology in storyboarding and animation. Through the joint efforts of Toon Boom and COE educational institutions, the goal is to increase the value of students' educational experience while also building a career bridge to the animation industry. For a list of Centres of Excellence, visit: toonboom.com/education/centre-of-excellence.

About Toon Boom Animation
Toon Boom Animation Inc.'s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Bento Box Entertainment, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Mercury Filmworks, Nelvana and Toon City. For more information, visit: toonboom.com.

About Angoulême
The school of Angoulême's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EMCA) was created in 1999. It benefits from financial assistance from the European Social Fund and of Magelis, syndicate of the pôle image of Angoulême. EMCA is one of the French reference schools of animation, providing special education with both initial training and continuing education. Visit: angouleme-emca.fr

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