The 9th annual Asian Television Awards has announced its nominees. The 34 awards will be dolled out on Dec. 2, 2004, in Singapore. The Best Animation nods went to GOKUSEN from Nippon Television Network (Japan); JOURNEY TO THE WEST from Eastern Broadcasting and YOYO TV (Taiwan); LEGENDS OF THE RING OF FIREWHY THE SUN CHASES THE MOON from Walt Disney Television (Singapore); and THENALI RAMAN from MediaCorp TV 12 and Vasantham Central (Singapore).
In the American Film Institutes on-going AFI's 100 Years series, AFI will highlight the 100 best movie quotes. AFI'S 100 YEARS . . . 100 MOVIE QUOTES: AMERICA'S GREATEST QUIPS, COMEBACKS AND CATCHPHRASES will count down America's 100 greatest lines of dialogue spoken in the movies, as chosen by experts of the motion picture community, in a three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network in June 2005.
Below is a list of the four lines from animated films that made the 400 nominees.
The American Film Institute Film Festival honored The National Film Board of Canadas RYAN by Chris Landreth with a special honorable mention in the short film category. Additionally, RYAN was recognized at the Leeds International Film Festival earlier this month with the World Animation award.
Under the new leadership of exec director Eric Roth, The Visual Effects Society (VES) is looking to the film industry to beef up its star power in announcing the Honorary Committee for the 2005 VES Awards being held Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Palladium. Chaired by George Lucas, the committee includes Peter Jackson, John Lasseter, James Cameron, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Peter Ellenshaw, Roland Emmerich, Ken Ralston, Richard Taylor, Stan Winston, Dennis Muren, Ed Zwick, Doug Trumbull, John Swallow, Paula Wagner, Danny DeVito, Samuel Jackson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television has announced the winners of this years BAF Awards as part of the 11th Bradford Animation Festival, which took place on Nov. 13, 2004. The BAF Awards celebrate the best new animation from around the world. This years event received a record 1,065 film submissions from 52 countries -- a 78% rise on last years submissions.
The complete list of winners:
Grand Prix (overall winner)
The 2004 AFI Awards were held in Melbourne, at the Regent Theatre on Oct. 29, 2004. Sejong Parks BIRTHDAY BOY, which recently won the animation prize at the Chicago International Childrens Film Festival, received the AFI Award for Best Animation. The Moonlight Projects AFI Award for Best Foreign Film went to LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, announced today (Nov. 10, 2004) this years Winsor McCay award recipients, Don Bluth, Virginia Davis and Arnold Stang. These are juried awards recognizing lifetime achievement or exceptional contributions to the art of animation.
Famed Russian animator and director, Yuri Norstein, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government, reports the NewsRu.com. An official release said the animator received the award for remarkable services to Japan.
Norstein is best known for his films THE HEDGEHOG IN THE FOG and THE TALE OF TALES. Due to production and funding problems, the filmmakers adaptation of Gogols THE OVERCOAT has been in production for years.
Vancouver-based composers Ari Wise and Brian Carson garnered a Gemini nomination for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series for Bardel Ent.s SILVERWING series. Wise and Carson won the 2003 Leo Award and a 2003 Gemini nomination for Best Musical Score for an animated program for Bardels holiday special THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE.
Held on Nov. 1, 2004, the British Television Advertising Craft Awards, in association with AFM Lighting, hand out its honors at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The awards were dominated by Sony PlayStation MOUNTAIN commercial, which was shortlisted for 10 out of 20 categories. Produced by Gorgeous Enterprises for TBWA/London, the spot landed six awards, including one awarded in recognition of The Mill's post-production.
The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, recently wrapped-up its seventh year, Oct. 23-30, 2004. Award winning REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER from Alexander Woo garnered the Best Student Film-Animation prize and Siddharth Achrekars DIVYA won the Best SCAD Student Film and Runner-Up for Best Student Film-Animation.
REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER follows the adventures of Rex Steele, Nazi Smasher, as he attempts to dismantle another Nazi plan for world domination.
The Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west will present its seventh annual Animation Writing Award for lifetime achievement in the medium to Jack Mendelsohn at its annual reception at 7:00 pm, Nov. 4, 2004, at WGAw headquarters in Los Angeles.
Over the weekend of Oct. 29, 2004, ION International Animation, Games and Short Film Festival awarded its competition prizes. Adding to its impressive list of accolades, Chris Landreths RYAN took home the animation award. Previously announced awards went to DPS Film Roman for 20 years of excellence in animation and Fleischer Studios garnered the first Max Fleischer Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Chicago International Childrens Film Festivals closing night awards ceremony, sponsored by American Airlines, was held Oct. 31, 2004. FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR star James Avery hosted the gala as hundreds of movie lovers gathered to celebrate the most popular films of the festival.
The 5th Brisbane International Animation Festival committee has announced the winners in all of its competitions. Claudia Zollers DIE STRAFE GOTTES (GREAT IS THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS) took home the top jury prize. Zoller received 3ds max from Discreet Software, BodyPaint 3D R2 and 20 minutes of 35mm Kodak film stock. The competition was judged by a jury comprising of the Griffith University 5th Brisbane International Animation Festival international guests Frank and Caroline Mouris, Isaac Kerlow, Bill Plympton, Ken Bielenberg and Alonzo Ruvalcaba.
List of winners:
The nominations for the 2004 British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with the LEGO Co. have been announced. The winners will be announced on Nov. 28, 2004.
The Best Animation nominees include: THE BLUE DRAGON from Lambros Atteshlis, Malcolm Hartley, Fiona Shore, Glasshead Ltd/C4; BRUSH HEAD from Toon Disney/Dandy Productions/Disney Channel UK; GRIZZLY TALES FOR GRUESOME KIDS from Honeycomb Animation/Elephant Prods./Carlton/CiTV; and METALHEADS from Denise Green, Chris Hermans, Ben Townsend and TV Loonland/BBC.
NEON GENESIS EVANGELION topped the NEWTYPE USA readers list of top anime of all time. The publication ran a three-month open ballot to celebrate its second year of publication.
Coming in at No. 2 with more than 11,700 votes cast was COWBOY BEBOP, a perennial favorite that combines Western themes with sci-fi motifs and jazzy music. And the third favorite anime of all time: INUYASHA, the long-running adventure starring a modern schoolgirl and a feudal half-demon dog boy. Rounding out the top five are RUROUNI KENSHIN and TRIGUN.
PROMAX&BDA has announced the 2004 PROMAX&BDA Home Entertainment Award winners, honoring the best work and creative skills of marketing professionals in the home entertainment sector.
"PROMAX&BDA is pleased to honor these executives for their stellar efforts and creative vision in marketing Home Entertainment, one of the largest segments in the entertainment industry," said Jim Chabin, ceo of PROMAX&BDA. "Each year, we take great pride in recognizing the best marketing, promotion and creative experts that continue to steer Home Entertainment to new heights."
Animated film EGG, by Ramon del Prado, was named best film in the Indeo Awards organized by the University of the Philippines Film Institute Cineastes' Studio, reports the INQUIRER NEWS SERVICE. The story chronicles the trials and tribulations of a chicken egg misplaced in a "balut" factory a metaphor for the problem of discrimination.
The 8th Annual Hollywood Film Festival's "Hollywood Awards" ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held on Oct. 18, 2004, before a standing-room-only audience of more than 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. SHREK 2, directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon, was honored with a special award for animation.
George Lucas has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Lucas at a gala tribute in Los Angeles in June 2005.
"I've been very fortunate to have had a long career doing what I love to do, and being recognized by AFI for it is really an honor," Lucas said. "I'm proud to be counted among such an extraordinary group of people whose lives are dedicated to the art of making movies."
The Hollywood Film Festival's Board of Advisors has announced the nominees for the 2004 "Hollywood Film Awards" competition. The announcement was made today in Hollywood by Carlos de Abreu, founder/exec director of the Hollywood Film Festival.
"This year's Hollywood Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the very best talent within our community. It is a celebration of all aspects of Hollywood filmmaking and the artists who help to create its lasting legacy on our culture," festival co-chair Paula Wagner said.
Alexander Woos impressive student film REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER took home the Best of the Fest prize at the 2004 CINEME International Animation Film Festival, held September 24-26, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. REX STEELE follows a dashing hero as he battle Nazi scum during World War II.