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The Academy Software Foundation values diversity and inclusion, and we are committed to driving change.
Find out more about our new Diversity & Inclusion Working Group and how you can get involved. >>


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.



May 7, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

ASWF Diversity and Inclusion Summer Learning Program

The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is excited to offer a new program of learning, community, and mentorship during the Summer of 2021.  The ASWF Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Summer Learning Program will enable participants to learn more about the Visual Effects (VFX) and Animation film industry through self-guided online lessons,…
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May 6, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog

Rodeo FX: Streamlining with OpenTimelineIO

Rodeo FX is an award-winning visual effects studio headquartered in Montreal, with additional offices in Toronto, Munich, and Los Angeles. Employing over 600 artists globally, Rodeo FX is responsible for the stunning content in some of today’s biggest TV shows and films, including Stranger Things, WandaVision, Lovecraft Country, Jingle Jangle,…
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April 21, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

ASWF Deep Dive: OpenEXR Origin Story: Part 3

Part 3: OpenEXR Today OpenEXR became an ASWF project in 2019. Today, Cary chairs OpenEXR’s Technical Steering Committee (TSC), which also includes Rod, Peter, and several other industry leaders. The TSC meets fortnightly on Zoom and is dedicated to maintaining OpenEXR as an open standard image format for entertainment content…
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April 19, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

ASWF Deep Dive: OpenEXR Origin Story: Part 2

Part 2: The Evolution of OpenEXR ILM continued to oversee OpenEXR for the next several years, with major contributions later added from Weta Digital and DreamWorks. Florian was the recipient of a Technical Achievement Award for the development of OpenEXR at the 2007 AMPAS Scientific and Technical Awards. OpenEXR became…
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April 15, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

ASWF Deep Dive: OpenEXR Origin Story: Part 1

OpenEXR, a project at the ASWF, is an HDR image file format for high-quality image processing and storage, originally developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1999 to fill a demand for higher color fidelity in VFX. Released to the public in 2003, it is one of the earliest…
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April 1, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

OpenEXR Debuts New Version 3.0 with Improved Imath

The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), a collaborative effort to advance open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, has announced the release of OpenEXR and Imath version 3, now available for developers to start integrating into their applications.  OpenEXR project provides the specification and reference implementation of…
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