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Winners of the 2005 BAF Awards Announced

The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television announced the winners of this year's BAF Awards as part of the 12th Bradford Animation Festival, which took place on Nov. 19, 2005 in Bradford, U.K. The BAF Awards celebrate the very best new animation from around the world, with more than 750 submissions whittled down to 30 films for the official selection.

Below is a complete list of winners.

Grand Prix (overall winner)TREE ROBO Dir, Moon-Saeng Kim

Films Headline News

Academy Releases Best Animated Feature Contenders

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 12:00am

Ten films will compete in the Best Animated Feature Film category in the 2005 Academy Awards competition. Disney leads the pack with three eligible films CHICKEN LITTLE, HOWLS MOVING CASTLE and VALIANT. The only other company with more than one contender is DreamWorks with WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT and MADAGASCAR. Foxs ROBOTS and Warner Bros.' CORPSE BRIDE are the only other wide released films to make the list. Triumph Films has entered STEAMBOY and Pentamedia and the Weinstein Co.

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Academy of Machinima Announces Machinima Awards Winners

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 16, 2005 at 12:00am

The Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences (AMAS), an organization that provides advocacy, education and community for Machinima, announced the winners of the 2005 Machinima Awards (The Mackies), which were unveiled in an awards presentation during the Machinima Film Festival on Nov. 11, 2005.

Television Headline News

TV Academy Creates Emmy Category For New Delivery Platforms

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will award a new category of the Emmy for original programming created specifically for non-traditional viewing platforms, including computers, mobile phones, PDAs and similar devices.

The Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery Platforms, to be judged by a blue ribbon panel of media professionals selected by the NATAS, will be given in recognition of creativity in editorial content and video production.

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Animal Logic Penicilled in at AWARD Awards

Animal Logic was recognized with two Silver Pencils and a Bronze Pencil at the AWARD Awards (Australasian Writers and Art Directors Assn.) on Nov. 11 at Wharf 8 in Sydneys Pyrmont. Meanwhile, Cutting Edge, won a Bronze for computer-generated work on BUTTERFLIES (Australian Rugy Union).

Animation Headline News

Fire Ball & Kung Fu Hustle Win Chinese-Lingo “Oscars”

Taiwan's 42nd Golden Horse Awards considered the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars awarded this years prizes on Nov. 13, 2005. THE FIRE BALL, produced by Wang Film Prod. Co. Ltd., was awarded the Best Animation prize. KUNG FU HUSTLE was named Best Movie with the films helmer Stephen Chou named Best Director. The other films nominated for Best Animation were DRAGONBLADE, released by DCDC (HK) Ltd., and VEN. YIN SHUN, from Da-Ai Television. The ceremony was held in Keelung.

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Taiwanese Film Wins China’s National Film Awards

At the 25th Golden Rooster Awards, the national film awards in China, Taiwans THE BUTTERFLY LOVERS won the Best Animation award. The surprise winner was released last year by Central Motion Pictures Corp. of Taiwan. The other animation nominees included GELANTE CHUANZHANG DE NURE (CAPTAIN GRAND'S DAUGHTER), HE (LOTUS) and MOBISI HUAN (THRU THE MOEBIUS STRIP). The awards were held on Nov. 12, 2005, in Sanya on the southern island of Hainan. For the first time, the Golden Rooster Awards were open to ethnic Chinese cast and crew members in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Effects Headline News

Pixar’s Jim Morris to Receive VES Board of Directors Award

Pixar producer and former ILM senior exec Jim Morris, currently overseeing an Andrew Stanton (FINDING NEMO) feature to be released in summer 08, will receive the Board of Directors Award from the Visual Effects Society. This award will be presented at the 4th Annual VES Awards on Feb.15, 2005, at the Hollywood Palladium, and follows last weeks VES announcement that Pixar founder John Lasseter will receive the 2005 Georges Melies Award for artistic excellence and lifetime achievement.

Animation Headline News

Simpson Writing Vets Feted for WGAw Animation Writers Caucus Honors

The Animation Writers Caucus (AWC) of the Writers Guild of America, west will presented its eighth annual Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement in the medium to veteran animation writers Al Jean and Michael Reiss at its annual reception held Nov. 9, 2005, at WGAw headquarters in Los Angeles.

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Brad Bird Awarded First Texas Avery Animation Award

Oscar-winner Brad Bird will be honored with the first Texas Avery Animation Award at the Deep Ellum Film Festival (DE/F2) on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. Taking place at the North Dallas High School where famed animator Tex Avery attended, the event will be hosted by popular childrens author William Joyce (GEORGE SHRINKS, ROLIE POLIE OLIE) and film critic Gary Cogill. Tex Averys daughter, Nancy Avery Arkley, will also make an appearance.

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Ollie Johnston Gets the Medal of Arts

Legendary Disney animator Ollie Johnston the last of the fabled Nine Old Men will be the first animator to receive the prestigious National Medal of Arts in an Oval Office ceremony at the White House on Thursday. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will present Johnston, who turned 93 on Halloween, and nine other recipients, with their medals.

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts selects the National Medal of Arts recipients; it is the nations highest honor for artistic excellence.

Film Headline News

Flyaway Wins Animation Award At Bethel Film Festival

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Juried prizewinners were announced for the 2005 Bethel Film Festival. Taking the Best Animation award was FLYAWAY from director Danny Oakley. The short film was produced by Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Out Of Our Minds Animation Studio, which landed nearly $2 million in funding from private investors for the production of its first feature-length animated film, MAGISTICAL, earlier this summer.

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VES To Award Lifetime Achievement Honor to Lasseter

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Visual Effects Society has chosen Pixar founder John Lasseter as its recipient of the 2005 Georges Melies Award for Artistic Excellence, reports the trades.

"The VES is thrilled to have John Lasseter as its lifetime achievement honoree at the fourth annual Visual Effects Awards," said VES exec director Eric Roth. "His genius at creating films that captivate both children and adults alike with their humor, whimsy and intelligence is what makes him a true original. His influence in the field of visual effects is incalculable."

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.