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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.



May 2, 2023 in Blog, Members, Other

Member Interview: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

In July of 2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) joined the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) as a premier level member and has been an active participant ever since, helping execute on the Foundation's mission to promote open source projects across the motion picture industry, improving the quality and quantity of those…
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April 25, 2023 in Blog, MaterialX

Academy Software Foundation Deep Dive: MaterialX Origin Story

An open standard for representing rich material and look development content in computer graphics, MaterialX enables artists to describe materials in a common, networked form, providing assets with a consistent look across renderers and platforms. Originally developed at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), it was first deployed in production on…
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April 21, 2023 in ASWF Projects, Blog, MaterialX

Latest MaterialX Release now Available; New USD Release Enables MaterialX Support by Default

New MaterialX release adds Graph Editor and Support for the Metal Shading Language; latest USD release enables MaterialX support by default.
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April 5, 2023 in Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

Reflections on the Summer Learning Program from Irina Wang

One of the Academy Software Foundation’s fastest-growing initiatives has been the annual Summer Learning Program. Spearheaded by the Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, the program aims to provide practical skills and mentorship to underrepresented students and young people looking to explore technical careers in the animation and VFX industries. In…
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March 8, 2023 in Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

Announcing the 2023 ASWF Summer Learning Program!

Applications for the 2023 Summer Learning Program are now open. Apply by April 14, 2023!
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February 2, 2023 in Announcements, Members

Framestore and HP Join the Academy Software Foundation

Framestore and HP Join the Academy Software Foundation as new members
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