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Game Headline News

Spike TV’s Video Game Awards Announces Nominees

Spike TV has announced the nominees for the Video Game Awards 2005 (VGA), hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, who was a winner at last year's show for GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Xzibit and Ozzy Osbourne are also set to appear at the third annual awards event.

The Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" takes place on Nov. 18 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with the two-hour "games vs. games" extravaganza premiering on Spike TV Saturday, Dec. 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

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ASIFA-San Fran Announces ASIFA-East Screening Winners

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 12:00am

During a recent screening of the ASIFA-East Festival films, ASIFA-San Francisco hosted an audience award and has now announced the winners. Bill Plymptons THE FAN AND THE FLOWERS received the grand prize. More than 50% of all voters voted for Plymptons film and a third of the first prize votes were cast for THE FAN.

Film Headline News

Nominations Announced For BAFTA Children’s Film & TV Awards

The 10th British Academy Childrens Film And Television Awards, hosted by the British Academy in association with Time Warner, has announced its nominations. The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Awards presenters of this ceremony will include some of the best known faces from television, music, sports and film.

Films Headline News

Savannah Film Fest To Give Bluth & Goldman Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Savannah Film Festival, presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will honor animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman with Lifetime Achievement Awards in Animation, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the closing ceremonies of the 2005 festival. The duo have collaborated on such films as TITAN A.E., ANASTASIA, AN AMERICAN TAIL and THE SECRETS OF NIMH.

Film Headline News

Revenge of the Sith Takes Hollywood Film Festival Movie of the Year Honors

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 12:00am

STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH is the winner of the 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festivals "Hollywood Movie of the Year Award." Director George Lucas will be presented with the award at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 24.

"Mr. Lucas is a creative genius, a visionary at its best," said festival founder/exec director Carolos de Abreu.

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9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival to Honor Miyazaki and Muren

The 9th Annual Hollywood Film Festival will honor Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki with the "Hollywood Animation Award" and ILMs Oscar-winning senior visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren with the "Hollywood Visual Effects of the Year Award" at the awards gala Oct. 24, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Oscar-winning production designer Grant Major (KING KONG and THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) will also be honored with the Hollywood Production Design of the Year Award.

Film Headline News

Milch & The District! Win Ottawa

The 2005 Ottawa International Animation Festival announced the winners of the official competition during its closing ceremonies held this evening at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Following the award presentations, attendees enjoyed the Best of the Festival film screening that showcased the award winning films.

MERCURY FILMWORKS GRAND PRIZE FOR ANIMATED FEATURE THE DISTRICT! (NYOCKER!)/ Aron Gauder/ Hungary"for its visual innovation, energetic style, and fearless satire of contemporary culture and politics."

Cartoon Headline News

JoJo in the Stars Wins 2005 Cartoon D'Or

The 2005 Cartoon d'Or has been awarded to Marc CRASTE of the U.K. for his short, JOJO IN THE STARS.

The Cartoon d'Or winner receives 15,000 euros from MEDIA as a pre-production aid to begin a more ambitious project like a feature film or a TV special. The prize was awarded on Sept. 24, 2005, at the closing night of the 16th Cartoon Forum held in Kolding, Denmark.

Short Headline News

Prey Alone Takes Digital Excellence in Action/Cut Short Competition

The Irish live-action short, PREY ALONE, comprised almost entirely of virtual environments (co-directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger), won the Jury Added Award for Excellence in Digital Filmmaking at The Action/Cut 2005 Short Film Competition earlier this month in Los Angeles.

Disney Headline News

Disneyland Cast Members Dominate 2005 Disney Legends Awards

In celebration of 50 years of Disneyland magic, The Walt Disney Co. inducted the 2005 "class" of Disney Legends for their roles in creating the company's treasure trove of entertainment, particularly their part in creating "The Happiest Place on Earth." Tuesdays 10:00 am ceremony was presented in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland. Following the awards presentation, the honorees participated in a hand-print ceremony.

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MPC Wins Emmy for ‘Virtual History’

Moving Picture Co. (MPC) was victorious at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards Monday night for its work on VIRTUAL HISTORY: THE SECRET PLOT TO KILL HITLER in the category for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic and Artistic Design.

Jim Radford, MPC's creative head of 3D, Commercials and TV, picked up the award in New York.

The acclaimed Tiger Aspect doc for the Discovery Channel transformed the faces of actors into exact replicas of Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Wins VFX Emmy for Lost

Digital Dimension described the crash sequence from ABCs LOST (Part 2 of the pilot), which recently earned the 2004-2005 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series. Digital Dimensions work on LOST previously garnered a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program last February.

Festival Headline News

Animation Block Party Awards Prizes

On Sept. 15, 2005, Animation Block Party ended the sweltering NYC summer with a festival that featured more than 60 short films in three September screenings at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Animations from Canada, Australia and Europe meshed well with the top festival films from the U.S. The genres featured were diverse, ranging from stop-motion to experimental films, personal narrative work, music videos and gross-out humor.

Awards Headline News

Key Dates Set for 4th Annual VES Awards

The 4th Annual VES Awards presented by the Visual Effects Society (VES) will be held on Feb. 15, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Hollywood Palladium.

Submissions for the 4th Annual awards competition began being accepted online at the VES Awards website ( on Sept. 1. The deadline for all submissions is Dec. 2, 2005.

Games Headline News

King Kong, Zelda & NintenDogs Win at GC

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 12:00am

GC, a leading gaming event in Leipzig, Germany, wrapped up with its Best of GC awards. The jury of experts reviewed 102 nominated games and chose the best brand-new game of the fair in nine categories (eight platforms plus the most innovative product). The following games were awarded the Best of GC seal, which they can use from now on for their own publicity:

PC - F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games Deutschland GmbH)GameBoy - FIRE EMBLEM SACRED STONES (Nintendo)Nintendo DS - NINTENDOGS (Nintendo)

Effects Headline News

South Park, Clone Wars and Lost Win Animation and VFX Primetime Emmy Awards

SOUTH PARK and STAR WARS: CLONE WARS VOLUME 2 won the Animated Programming categories in the 57th Annual Emmy Awards race during the 2004-2005 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys presentation Sept. 11, 2005, for programs and individual achievements at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS and LOST won in the Visual Effects categories.

HBOs animated CLASSICAL BABY tied with the live action NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE: NEVER AGAIN? -- FROM THE HOLOCAUST TO THE SUDAN from Nickelodeon for Outstanding Childrens Program.

Awards Headline News

17 Scientific Achievements in Competition for 78th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee will review 17 scientific and technical achievements for 78th Academy Awards consideration, according to committee chair Richard Edlund, but its not too late to submit entries. Pixar Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic are being considered for two achievements each.

"This list of achievements is announced to allow individuals and companies with similar technology or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their technology for review," said Richard Edlund.

Awards Headline News

George Lopez to Host Creative Arts Emmy Awards Show Sept. 11

George Lopez will host the 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 11, 2005, at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Sean Hayes (WILL & GRACE) will present Jerry Lewis with the prestigious Governors Award at the 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which is not part of the Emmy awards network broadcast on September 18.

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Alias Celebrates Six New Maya Masters

The 2005 Maya Masters, announced and honored at the Alias Global Users Assn. (AGUA) annual event last month during SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, include:

* Drew Berry works for The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Australia and creates scientific visualizations for science documentaries, museum exhibits and gallery installations around the world. His most recent project involved creating animations of the very nasty bugs Smallpox, Ebola and Anthrax for a National Geographic documentary on Bioterrorism.

Home Headline News

The Incredibles Soar at VSDA Awards

THE INCREDIBLES was the big winner at 2005 Home Entertainment Awards, garnering three awards the 2005 Home Entertainment Awards, presented by the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) in recognition of outstanding achievement in home video. The awards were announced at VSDA's Home Entertainment 2005, which took place at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. VSDA's Home Entertainment 2005 is the annual convention of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA).

Kids Headline News

CCTV & Nickelodeon To Stage The First Kids' Choice Honors in China

China's national broadcaster, CCTV and Nickelodeon are co-producing the first kids' show in China, THE CCTV-NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE HONORS. The event will be held at Tian Qiao Theatre in Beijing on Sept. 10, 2005, at 7:30 pm and will be televised on CCTV14 on September 23 at 8:00 pm and, additionally, on CCTV1 and CCTV4, reaching 300 million households throughout China.

Home Headline News

Extended Return of the King Tops 8th Annual DVD Awards

The Special Extended DVD edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was the top winner with six trophies at the 8th Annual DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin. The New Line Home Ent. DVD set led all entries in the Viewers Choice Award (tied with two others), Best of Show (tied), Blockbuster Theatrical (tie), Authoring Design, Video Presentation and Audio Presentation.

Film Headline News

Sawney Beane Eats Up Competition at Edinburgh Fest

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 12:00am

THE TRUE STORY OF SAWNEY BEANE about a cave-dwelling Scottish cannibal family won the McLaren Award for New British Animation at the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The six-minute film written and directed by Elizabeth Hobbs and co-produced by Katja Anderson for Red Kite Animations and Michael Fukashima for the National Film Board of Canada in association with Scottish Screen.

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Gorillaz Feel Good With Special Effects VMA Win

"Feel Good Inc.," the still blazing first single from Gorillaz' already platinum-certified DEMON DAYS, won Breakthrough Video and Best Special Effects In a Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Aug. 28 in Miami. The hypnotic clip, which features flying windmills and landmasses as well as a cameo from De La Soul, was directed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and Passion Pictures' Pete Candeland, and produced by Cara Speller and Emilie Walmsley. Production company Passion Pictures also handled vfx.

Winners of the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: