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ANIMATIONWorld Fresh from the Festivals: February 2008’s Reviews

Andrew Farago makes his debut as the new Fresh from the Festivals reviewer with five short films: Isabelle au bois dormant (Sleeping Betty) by Claude Cloutier, Jeu by Georges Schwizgebel, Madame Tutli-Putli directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, Me les pigeons vont au paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven) by Samuel Tourneux and The Pearce Sisters by Luis Cook.

ANIMATIONWorld NATPE: The 'T' is Expanding

By Jan Nagel | Monday, February 11, 2008 at 12:00am

NATPE (National Association of Television Programming Executives) has been the marketplace for the trading of television shows to domestic and international outlets since May of 1962. The evolution of NATPE has been put into high speed in the last several years in order to establish a new direction.

The Financial Syndication Act of 1994 deflated the syndication market, which was NATPE's prime function. NATPE brought television stations, station groups, networks and producers together to fill those local access times with unique and popular programming. Oprah, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy and Judge Judy can thank today's version of syndication for their success. But prior to 1994, animation was a huge seller and reigned equally next to live action at NATPE. Stations bought up anything new and unique for their kid audience, knowing Mattel, Hasbro and General Foods would follow with lucrative ad dollars for the local market.

ANIMATIONWorld Slamdance -- Best Animated Short: 'Blood Will Tell'

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

Director Andrew McPhillips took home the Slamdance Grand Jury Award and a $2,500 Credit at Filmworks/FX for his animated short film Blood Will Tell (2007, 6 min, Canada), which incorporates 3D computer animation, 2D matte painting and live action with music written and performed by Sigur Ros, to tell the story set in 16th-century Holland of a mysterious visitor who attempts to hide from death in a dark, mosquito-infested well.

McPhillips started working on Blood Will Tell when he was at PDI. "I started doing some painting, because I paint a lot," McPhillips says. "I ended up telling what...

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