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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.



June 24, 2024 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, Members, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Announces Schedule for Open Source Days 2024

The Academy Software Foundation has announced the schedule for its upcoming Open Source Days event, taking place both virtually and in-person in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, July 28.  This year’s keynote will be delivered by Darin Grant, CTO of Animal Logic, with additional speakers including executives from Adobe, Amazon Web…
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June 4, 2024 in Blog, MaterialX

Academy Software Foundation Releases OpenPBR 1.0

OpenPBR 1.0 is now available on GitHub! OpenPBR, a subproject of MaterialX, provides an artist-friendly new open source shading model to facilitate interchange from one software package to another. This subproject was first announced last year, and is being developed in collaboration with Autodesk and Adobe as the successor to…
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May 15, 2024 in ASWF Projects, Blog, Rez

Rez 3.0.0 Update Now Available

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) take on The Spot (Jason Schwartzman) in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN™: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE. Rez has released v3.0.0, a notable update that progresses Python support to version 3.7 and above. Check out the full release notes here. Rez…
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April 10, 2024 in Announcements, Blog, Open Review Initiative, Other

Academy Software Foundation Curates Open Source Track at FMX, April 23-26

FMX, the annual Film & Media Exchange Conference, is returning to Stuttgart, Germany from April 23-26. One of the world’s leading conferences dedicated to animation, visual effects, and interactive media, FMX brings together industry leaders to share the latest creative and technological developments impacting pipelines, business models, and the artistic…
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March 18, 2024 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, OpenColorIO

Introducing the ASWF Color Interop Forum

The ASWF Color Interop Forum, a fresh initiative set to launch on March 25th at 12:00pm Pacific, will provide a cross-project, open forum for discussions on the interoperability of color workflows and standards. In the entertainment industry, the accurate handling of color values to preserve artistic intent is crucial, making…
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March 13, 2024 in ASWF Projects, Blog, Members

Open Source Projects Help to Empower Artists for a Memorable Hollywood Awards Season

This year’s industry awards, from the Oscars to the Emmys to the BAFTAs and beyond, have recognized a range of eye-popping VFX-driven and animated stories. In film, some of the nominated projects include the futuristic sci-fi battles of The Creator, the multi-colored multiverses of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the death-defying…
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