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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.



August 7, 2023 in Blog, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Wraps up Open Source Days 2023

A recap of the Open Source Days 2023 Main Program featuring a keynote by Wenzel Jakob and a keynote panel on the Alliance for OpenUSD (AOUSD)
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August 4, 2023 in Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

Community Support Needed for New Accessibility Initiative

We’re excited to share a new community-led initiative to improve accessibility across our Foundation projects to better support people with disabilities.  “As an open source community it’s crucial for us to work together to ensure that our projects, tools, workflows, and data are truly accessible to all,” said Alexander Schwank,…
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August 2, 2023 in Blog, MaterialX, Members, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Announces OpenPBR, a New Subproject of MaterialX

Developed by Autodesk and Adobe, OpenPBR is a new shading model that provides creatives with a more artist-friendly bridge from one software to another The Academy Software Foundation today announces OpenPBR, a new subproject of MaterialX. Initially created by Autodesk and Adobe with guidance from the MaterialX Technical Steering Committee,…
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August 1, 2023 in Blog, Open Source Days

Getting Started with the USD Working Group

Copyright 2022 Animal Logic Pty Limited. All rights reserved. One of the Academy Software Foundation’s fastest-growing Working Groups has been the USD Working Group, co-chaired by Pixar’s Nick Porcino and Apple’s Alexander Schwank. OpenUSD, short for Universal Scene Description, was developed by Pixar to address common workflow challenges and reduce…
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July 31, 2023 in Blog, Members, Open Review Initiative, Open Source Days

Open Source xSTUDIO Port Now Available for Windows

Epic Games, creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, has teamed up with Ahead, innovation studio and creator of Cezanne Studio, to build the open source Windows port of xSTUDIO, available now on GitHub. Designed by visual entertainment services company DNEG, xSTUDIO is a modern, flexible and feature-rich playback and review…
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July 28, 2023 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Adopts OpenImageIO as Newest Hosted Project

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. Today the Academy Software Foundation – the motion picture industry’s premier organization for advancing open source software development across image creation, visual effects, animation,…
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