THE JOURNAL RECORD, a leading business publication in the Midwest, named Digital-Tutors among its 2005 Innovator of the Year award winners. The eighth annual competition celebrates business innovation.
The Shaw Rocket Fund announced the 2005 finalists for the $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize. The four finalists were selected by an international jury of leaders in childrens TV from the U.K., U.S., Australia, Germany and Canada. The finalists are:
* DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION Produced by Epitome Pictures Inc., Toronto A topical live-action youth drama airing on CTV, the characters deal with real life challenges of becoming an adult.
* FRANNYS FEET Produced by DECODE Ent. Inc., Toronto
Cartoons on the Bays festival director Alfio Bastiancich has announced the 40 short listed titles, which have been chosen to compete for the Pulcinella Awards this year.
On April 2, Nickelodeon hosted its 18th annual Kids Choice Awards, which was hosted by Ben Stiller. For favorite cartoon, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS took home the prize. Winning favorite movie was Brad Birds superhero send-up THE INCREDIBLES. Will Smiths performance in DreamWorks SHARK TALE earned him the favorite voice from an animated movie. Though SHREK 2 lost out in the favorite movie category, the game SHREK 2 took home favorite game.
PlanetOut Inc., a global online media company serving the gay and lesbian market, announced the winners of the 6th Annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, presented by Scion and hosted by the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Susan Justins LISTEN took home the first prize for animation.
In 2004 students in the Media Arts & Animation program at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, participated in an eight month production to create a series of 3D animations for the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). The "You Be the Chemist" (YBTC) series included six 5-minute modules on a variety of chemistry topics aimed at students in both elementary and middle schools.
The Shaw Rocket Fund, founder of the $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize, has announced the 2005 Shaw Rocket Prize Jury, which includes: Deirdre Brennan, ABC Kids programmer, Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC TV), Australia; Frank Dietz, head of acquisitions and co-productions, Super RTL, Germany; Michelle Henderson, president, The Childrens Group, Canada; Bob Higgins, svp programming & development, Cartoon Network, U.S.; and Theresa Plummer-Andrews, managing director, Plum Trees TV Ltd., U.K.
Oscar-nominee THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE won the Best Film prize at the 25th Genie Awards, Canada's top film award, which was held on March 21, 2005, in Toronto.
Seamless visual effects drama HEAD IN THE CLOUDS, starring Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend, directed by John Duigan, took home the most awards for the categories of editing, costume, score and cinematography.
In the animation front, Chris Landreths Oscar winner RYAN won for animated short.
Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for the 18th Annual Kids Choice Awards, which will take place April 2 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) and will be hosted by Ben Stiller.
Were thrilled to welcome Ben Stiller as a first-time host of Nickelodeons Kids Choice this year, said Marjorie Cohn, evp, Nickelodeon development and original programming. Hes hilarious, beloved by kids and a movie veteran of the kind of irreverent mayhem that is the hallmark of our slime-meets-stars Awards.
The Grand Prix at Tampere 35th International Short Film Festival has been awarded to the Norwegian Pjotr Sapegin for his film GJENNOM MINE TYKKE BRILLER (THROUGH MY THINK GLASSES) (2004). The jury characterized the clay animation as skillful and imaginative, a work of art and humanity and remarked that it portrays the human nature in a poetic and loving way.
GISH and WIK AND THE FABLE SOULS were the grand prizewinners at the 7th Annual Independent Games Festival, which has come to be known as the Sundance Festival of the videogame world. GISH won in the Open category while WIK captured the Web/Downloadable grandprize, netting each of the game development teams $15,000, at a ceremony March 10, 2005, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco,
Students from UCLA Graduate School of Film & TV and Brigham Young University took first place in the animation categories of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundations 26th Annual College Television Award. The winners were announced March 13, 2005, at a gala ceremony at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.
Alias announced that nominations for its 2005 Maya Masters will be accepted until March 18 at 11:59 pm (EST). Now in its fifth year, the Maya Masters program recognizes talented members of the computer graphics community whose spirit and imagination reshape and redefine the boundaries of technology, art and visualization. No more than six Maya artists are chosen from the dozens of nominations received each year for this coveted award. The 2005 Maya Masters will be announced and honored on the Alias Global Users Assn. (AGUA) mainstage during SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles on July 31.
Rai Trade is taking Cartoons on the Bay, the worlds leading TV animation Festival, back to Positano, which will again be the international cartoon capital from April 27 to May 1, 2005. The best productions will again be fighting it out for the prestigious Pulcinella Awards, the international contest dedicated to television programs animated series, specials and shorts produced over the previous year.
The award winners of the 4th Tehran International Animation Festival were announced at the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) on March 10, 2005, reports MEHR NEWS.
In the Iranian competition section, first prize went to Moin Samadis STOP, I AM TAKING OFF, second prize to Vahid Nasirians THE HOLE and third prize to Mahbod Bazr-Afshans ESCAPE. The special jury award went to IRANIAN CHAT, directed by Amir Saharkhiz.
William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, creators of some of television's most memorable cartoon characters and animated series, will have a wall sculpture of them dedicated during a ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood on at 11:00 am on March 16, 2005.
FUNimation Prods. properties DRAGON BALL GT, DRAGON BALL Z, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, CASE CLOSED AND YU YU HAKUSHO ruled the "Best of Anime" awards in the inaugural 2005 Anime Awards at About.com.
HALF-LIFE 2 and Eugene Jarvis took top honors in the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards given by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) at a ceremony the evening of March 9, during the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
The big guns at the show were 3: HALO 2 (from Bungie/Microsoft), HALF-LIFE 2 (Valve/Vivendi) and WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Blizzard) all of them huge budget productions with great visuals and sound, but a surprising audience favorite was KATAMARI DAMACY (Namco), which was simple, but very creative.
Bryan Cranston, star of the FOX series MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, will emcee the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundations 26th Annual College Television Awards at 7:00 pm on March 13, 2005, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. The winning entries will be showcased at the annual College Television Awards Festival, hosted by Martin Bruestle, producer, THE SOPRANOS, on Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at the Television Academys Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, which is open to the public.
Walk of Game, the first physical landmark honoring the icons and pioneers of the videogame industry, today announced its list of 2004 inductees: Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of MARIO BROTHERS and DONKEY KONG) and Nolan Bushnell (creator of PONG and founder of Atari) were selected in the Lifetime Achievement category, and HALO, Link (THE LEGEND OF ZELDA), Mario and Sonic The Hedgehog received top votes for favorite Game/Character.
Today the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 32rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Disneys KIM Possible garnered five nominations, leading all other animated fare, including a nod for Outstanding Children's Animated Program. THE BATMAN and BLUES CLUES came in a close second with four nominations apiece. DORA THE EXPLORER and JAKERS! took home three noms with DUCK DODGERS and POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER receiving two nods.
THE AVIATOR and THE INCREDIBLES took the top feature and animated film sound editing award categories at the 52nd Annual Golden Reel Awards, doled out by the Motion Picture Sound Editors on Feb. 26, 2005, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing.
Pixar earned its second animated feature Oscar for THE INCREDIBLES at the 77th Annual Academy Awards, Feb. 27, 2005, while Skywalker Sound won the Best Sound Editing Award. Animated feature was the award up for the night, collected by a jubilant Brad Bird. He thanked the holy trinity at Pixar referring to Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter for creating the greatest studio on the face of the Earth, Bird said.