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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.



November 9, 2022 in ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenVDB

OpenVDB Releases Version 10.0 with new OpenVDB Link

OpenVDB Version 10 is now available and introduces OpenVDB Link, a Mathematica interface to OpenVDB.
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August 29, 2022 in Blog, Open Source Days

Open Source Days 2022 – That’s a Wrap!

Highlights from the Academy Software Foundation's Open Source Days event at SIGGRAPH 2022.
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August 8, 2022 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, Members, Review & Approval WG

Academy Software Foundation’s New Open Review Initiative Forms with Initial Code Contributions from Autodesk, DNEG, and Sony Pictures Imageworks

The Academy Software Foundation today announces the Open Review Initiative, a new project led by contributions from member companies Autodesk, DNEG, and Sony Pictures Imageworks, with the mission to build a unified open source toolset for playback, review and approval of motion picture and related professional media. The Academy Software…
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August 8, 2022 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, Members

Academy Software Foundation Launches Digital Production Example Library as Newest Project to House Production-Grade Content

Still from 'The Mission' - courtesy of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) The Academy Software Foundation – the motion picture industry’s premier organization for advancing open source software development across image creation, visual effects, animation, and sound technologies – today announces the Digital Production Example Library (DPEL) as its…
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August 5, 2022 in Announcements, Blog, Members, Open Source Days

Canonical and Khronos Group Join the Academy Software Foundation

Ahead of its annual Open Source Days conference dedicated to highlighting the latest in open source projects used for visual effects, animation, and image creation, the Academy Software Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members: Canonical and The Khronos Group. Launched in August 2018 by the Academy of Motion…
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August 3, 2022 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog

OpenAssetIO Forms as Sandbox Project at Academy Software Foundation

The Academy Software Foundation is pleased to announce that it has accepted OpenAssetIO as its newest hosted project, and the first project to enter the Foundation in the sandbox stage. The sandbox stage is the earliest entry point into the Foundation for young projects, to provide a framework and resources…
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