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Code. Collaboration. Creativity.

Supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


The mission of the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is to increase the quality and quantity of contributions to the content creation industry’s open source software base; to provide a neutral forum to coordinate cross-project efforts; to provide a common build and test infrastructure; and to provide individuals and organizations a clear path to participation in advancing our open source ecosystem.

Learn more about how your organization can help support these efforts.


We are always looking for developers, engineers, end users, and others who may be interested in participating in our projects. There are many levels of contribution –  both technical and non-technical. If you are interested in helping support the industry’s open source community, and want to join a diverse and inclusive community, we encourage you to get involved.



How the Academy Software Foundation Creates Shared Value

The Academy Software Foundation was created four years ago by a group of like-minded technology executives and software developers who saw a need for a neutral place, a common ground, where studios and vendors could come together to write open source software that would benefit everyone.

A lot has happened in this short period of time. This document tells the story of the Foundation: where it came from, what it has achieved so far, and where it aims to go next.



February 15, 2024 in Announcements, Blog, Members

Academy Software Foundation to Host Annual Open Source Forum in Los Angeles and Virtually on February 22

The Academy Software Foundation has announced the keynote speaker and full schedule details for its Open Source Forum, taking place in Los Angeles and virtually on Thursday, February 22. This annual one-day event brings together business and technical leaders to collaboratively drive the future of open source software development across…
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November 14, 2023 in ASWF Projects, Blog

OpenAssetIO Beta Release Now Available

Image caption: An image sequence being loaded in to Foundry's Nuke using an entity reference from Ynput’s AYON, with no custom pipeline code involved The first beta release of OpenAssetIO is now publicly available! Adopted into the Foundation earlier this year in the sandbox stage, OpenAssetIO is an open-source interoperability…
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November 7, 2023 in Announcements, Blog, Members

Mod Tech Labs Joins the Academy Software Foundation

The Academy Software Foundation is excited to welcome Mod Tech Labs as its newest general member company. A software developer based in Buffalo, New York, Mod Tech Labs utilizes machine learning to optimize creative workflows and empower digital artists, particularly those working in virtual production.  “Virtual production has reshaped the…
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November 1, 2023 in ASWF Projects, Blog, MaterialX

OpenPBR v0.2 Now Publicly Available

The OpenPBR repository is now publicly available on GitHub! First announced in August as part of the Academy Software Foundation’s Open Source Days program, OpenPBR is a subproject of MaterialX, and provides an artist-friendly new open source shading model to bridge the gap from one software package to another.  Developed…
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October 24, 2023 in ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenColorIO

OpenColorIO Receives SMPTE Workflow Systems Medal

Last week at the annual SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) Media Technology Summit in Los Angeles, we were thrilled to see Carol Payne and Doug Walker accept the Workflow Systems Medal on behalf of OpenColorIO (OCIO). SMPTE’s Workflow Systems Medal recognizes outstanding contributions related to the development…
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October 4, 2023 in Blog, MaterialX, Open Review Initiative, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR

Academy Software Foundation Announces Dev Days, October 12-13

The Academy Software Foundation is excited to announce our newest event: Dev Days, a 48-hour global event encouraging developers of all experience levels to learn more about our open source projects, connect with mentors and project leads, and of course, write code! Dev Days will take place virtually on October…
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