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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.



October 13, 2021 in Announcements, Blog

Academy Software Foundation Announces Formation of Rust Working Group, Initial Release of OpenEXR Rust Binding

The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) is pleased to announce the formation of the Rust Working Group, dedicated to creating a foundation for C and Rust bindings for C++ libraries used by the media and entertainment industry. Rust is a fast and flexible open source programming language designed specifically for safe…
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August 13, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Diversity & Inclusion

Lessons from ASWF’s Careers in Film & Technology Webinar Series

Our recent Careers in Film + Technology webinar series gathered developers and engineers from top Hollywood studios to give students an inside look at different career paths in visual effects and animation. Curated by ASWF’s Diversity and Inclusion working group, the 6-part series fostered informative discussions about how the speakers…
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August 3, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Members, Open Source Days

Academy Software Foundation Welcomes Maxon as a General Member

ASWF Now Counts 32 Members, Strengthening Open Source Tools Development and Industry Standards Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2021) – Today the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), the preeminent organization for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, announced the addition of new general member: Maxon. The…
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July 29, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog, OpenEXR

Project Update: OpenEXR v3.1 Available Now

OpenEXR,  the professional-grade, high-dynamic-range image storage format of the motion picture industry and a project at the Academy Software Foundation, has officially released version 3.1. This new version can be downloaded from https://github.com/AcademySoftwareFoundation/openexr/releases. OpenEXR v3.1 includes significant new features, including a new library, OpenEXRCore.This is the result of a significant…
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July 23, 2021 in Announcements, Blog, Open Source Days

Open Source Days Schedule Highlights

Los Angeles, CA (July 21, 2021) – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF) has announced an exciting slate of speakers for Open Source Days, its annual free virtual conference, taking place August 4-5. Attendees will hear from top executives from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, ILM, NBCUniversal, Netflix,…
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July 14, 2021 in Announcements, ASWF Projects, Blog

MaterialX Joins the Academy Software Foundation as a Hosted Project

 Developed by Lucasfilm, MaterialX is the open standard for the transfer of rich material and look-development content between applications and renderers.  Los Angeles, CA (July 14, 2021) – The Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), the preeminent foundation for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, today announced…
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