I just got back from a CTN workshop hosted by Woodbury. "Animation Master Class and Filmmakers Conversation"
Animator, Director, Filmmaker Reno Armanet. It was pretty interesting! The French process of getting animations made into film is government funded! They said "The French get money to make art and the Americans make art to get money!"
I met some cool animators and exchange info-Networking is the BEST! I found out about two websites to check out: AnimationBuzz.com- it's a blog for animators and Vimeo.com- host your short films like YouTube.