Nominations are now being accepted for the 6th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in game development. Entries can be submitted through www.igda.org/awards up until Jan. 13, 2006. The awards ceremony, produced by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and presented by the International Game Developers Assoc. (IGDA), will take place Wednesday, March 22, 2006 during the GDC. The gala, held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival, will be hosted at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry. This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 425. This year the only animated title to make the list was Pixars TOY STORY.
The Jim Henson Co. has selected the honorees of the newly established Jim Henson Honors, an annual program that acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded in 1955.
When the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced last month that it will award a new category of the Emmy Awards for original programming created specifically for non-traditional viewing platforms, it was overwhelmed by response from the creative community.
The Edinburgh College of Art has swept the RTS Scotland Student Awards, reports Scotsman.com. Hosted by the Royal Television Society Scotland, the event awarded the animation prize to Asaf Agranat for the film A BUS RIDE AND FLOWERS IN HER HAIR. Gunhild Enger won both the factual and non-factual categories with the films BARGAIN and WAITING FOR HAPPINESS, respectively.
The ION Festival is now over. The winners of the second ION International Animation, Games & Short Film Festival include:
ION International Animation Of The Year AwardTHE MANTIS PARABLE, Josh Staub (USA)
ION International Short Film Of The Year Award ANTEBODY, James P. Gleason (USA)
ION International Music Video Of The Year Award CON TODA PALABRA, Brigitte Henry, Ralph Dfouni (Canada)
ION International Game Of The Year Award CALL OF DUTY 2, Activision (USA)
Special-effects veteran Stan Winston was awarded the Tesla Award for visionary achievement in filmmaking technology from the International Press Academy on Dec. 17, 2005, reports SCI FI WIRE.
Winston responded by saying, "This award is for technical innovation, and it's interesting that I'm getting this award, because I really don't know much about technology, and, in fact, I'm techno-ignorant. I am an artist... Any technology I created for special effects I was forced to develop in order to do the things I love... I created it for the characters in the movies."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 78th Academy Awards.
The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order:
* BATMAN BEGINS (Double Negative, MPC, Rising Sun, Buf, Jim Hensons Creature Shop, The Senate and Cutting Edge)* CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (MPC, Framestore CFC, Digital Domain, Cinesite and Asylum)* THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Rhythm & Hues, Sony Pictures Imageworks and ILM)
THE SIMPSONS sweep the animation writing category for nominations from the Writers Guild of America, East & West, which jointly announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television writing during the 2005 season.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 42 original songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are being considered for the 78th Academy Awards.
The original songs from animated or visual effects related films include:* "Can't Take It In" from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE* "Do the Hippogriff" from HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE* "Great Big World" from HOOKWINKED* "If I Apologize" from MIRRORMASK* "It Ain't Over Yet from RACING STRIPES
The winner of Miss Digital World 2005 is the Asian model Mi, designed by Shinichi Yoshimoto. Miss Digital World is a virtual beauty competition, open to only exceptionally beautiful models designed in 3D graphic.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. announced the nominees for the 2005 Golden Globe awards. To interest for the visual effects community, Peter Jackson earned himself a Best Director nomination for KING KONG, which also received a Best Score nod for James Newton Howard.
Its the end of the year and film critic organizations in cities across the U.S. have begun naming their favorites of the year.
The Los Angeles Film Critics went with the best-reviewed animated film of the year, WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT as their choice for top toon feature. Moreover, they honored Hayao Miyazakis HOWLS MOVING CASTLE with an award to Joe Hisaishi for his musical score.
The renowned Wiesbaden Film Evaluation Board (FBW) honored the new TV-Loonland feature film HEIDI and others this week with the distinction of "valuable." The co-production of TV-Loonland, Telemagination and Nelvana directed by Alan Simpson marks its premiere in German cinemas on Dec. 22, 2005.
"We are very pleased at FBW's recognition and are convinced that HEIDI will be a very special movie experience for moviegoers, young and old alike," said Selma Käppel, ceo of TV-Loonland.
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 33rd annual Annie Awards, which will take place Feb. 4, 2006, in Glendale. WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT led the list of nominees with 16, including Best Animated Feature. The film also swept the Feature Voice Acting category with nods for Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Sallis and Nicholas Smith. DreamWorks MADAGASCAR came in second with nine nominations.
Animation house Brain Zoo Studios and videogame developer High Moon Studios announced their promotional trailer for the DARKWATCH videogame won two platinum Aurora Awards as well as five wins at the Davey Awards.
Former Marvel Ent. brand manager John Taddeos animated short film ZOOM SUIT has been awarded Best Animation at the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival and Best Animated Film at the Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival.
The Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival was held Sept. 16-18, 2005, in Nassau Bay, Texas. The Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival was held Nov. 11-13, 2005, in Santa Clarita, California. Both festivals aim to encourage the work of the independent filmmaker and expand the awareness of independent films.
GEICO, the nation's fourth largest private passenger auto insurer, has unveiled the winners of its Golden Gecko Competition. The competition opened in September as a national contest for budding filmmakers to create 15-second movie trailers starring the GEICO Gecko, recently voted America's Favorite Icon.
The 10th British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with Time Warner were held on November 27, 2005 at the London Hilton.
The Animation Award went to THE LITTLE REINDEER from Millimages UK and CiTV. The Pre-School Animation Prize went to Nickelodeon UKs PEPPA PIG.
Annecy award-winner and leading Oscar contender THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO has won director Anthony Lucas the Digital Pictures AFI Award for Best Short Animation at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards. The event handed out its honors at a star-studded event on Nov. 26, 2005 in Melbourne.
Malin Erixon's seven-minute DEATH BY HEART took home the "Made in Stockholm" award on Nov. 26, 2005, at the Stockholm International Film Festival. The film produced by Ganzanderes Animation was recognized by the jury "for odd but gifted animation which, by a surrealistic touch, mixes expressions and narratives in a free manner." The festival, which featured 160 films from nearly 40 countries, can be visited online at www.filmfestivalen.se/sitelliteroot/index/festival2005.
The Korea Culture & Content Agency (KOCCA) has set Dec. 9, 2005, to launch the organizations annual DARI Awards ceremony, honoring entertainment executives and companies for outstanding contributions in advancing the culture of Korea within the U.S. market. Created by KOCCA and the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles (KCCLA), the annual DARI Awards (DARI is Korean for bridge) will also showcase work produced by events recipients.
The 2005 DARI Awards recipients are:
The Producers Guild of America has expanded the annual PGA Awards to include a seventh competitive category Producer of the Year in Animated Film. The PGA defines an animated feature film is defined as a motion picture created using a frame-by-frame technique of at least 70 minutes in running time with a significant number of the major characters animated, and in which animation figures in no less than 75% of the picture's running time.