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Anima Headline News

Anima 2005/Brussels Announces Winners

Anima 2005, the 24th Animation Festival drew to a close on February 13, 2005, in Brussels with an awards ceremony for Anima 2005's national and international competition. The award winners were chosen by the public, via attendance and voting at the official competition screenings and there were juried categories.

With 13 feature films in competition, Anima reflected Europes important role the boom in animated films.

Anima 2005 Feature Film Grand PrixRENART, THE FOX by Thierry Schiel (Luxembourg)

Prix Be TV Feature Film Prize

Film Headline News

BAFTA Winners Announced

THE AVIATOR has won four BAFTAs at the Feb. 12, 2005, Orange British Academy Film Awards. Martin Scorseses Howard Hughes biopic received awards in the categories Film, Actress in a Supporting Role for Cate Blanchett, Make-Up & Hair and Production Design. The effects on the film were done by Camera e-Motion, New Deal Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Software Headline News

Nominees Announced For 5th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced nominees for the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the game industry. Recipients will be awarded on March 9, 2005, at a ceremony during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

"Thousands of developers voiced their picks during the Choice Awards' open nominations process," said Jason Della Rocca, executive director, IGDA. "The high prestige of these honors comes from the fact that fellow developers recognize each other's best work."

Festival Headline News

SCI-FI-LONDON Announces 4th Festival Awards

The SCI-FI-LONDON film festival (London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film) announced the winners of this years awards, doled out Feb. 6, 2005. Cube Zero one for Best Visual Effects while Sky Blue took the prize for Best Anime.

Animation Headline News

Incredibles Grabs Top Prizes at Imagina Awards 2005

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES took home the Grand Prix and Best Feature Film prizes at the Imagina Awards 2005, held Feb. 4, 2005, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The jury panel included RYAN director Chris Landreth, PINOCCHIO 3000 producer Paco Rodriguez, WALLACE & GROMIT producer Michael Rose and SHARK TALE director Vicky Jenson.

The winners were:

Grand Prix Imagina:THE INCREDIBLES (USA)Director: Brad BirdProducer: John Walker (Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures)Feature (9)

Animation Headline News

Birthday Boy Shorts Winner at Animex Student Animation Awards

BIRTHDAY BOY won for Best Short Animation in the Animex Student Animation Awards announced Feb. 4, 2005, at Animex Talk! during the Animex International Festival of Animation, located in Middlesex, England. The festival, in its sixth year, is organized by the University of Teesside, attracting animators and experts from some of the biggest houses in the industry.

Film Headline News

The Incredibles Earns Golden Tomato

Rotten Tomatoes (, the online source for gauging the critical reaction for movies, has given THE INCREDIBLES its Golden Tomato Award for 2004 in the Wide Release category. SIDEWAYS was awarded a Golden Tomato for a Limited Release.

The Golden Tomato Award is handed out annually by Rotten Tomatoes in recognition of the year's best-reviewed films; this year the film site split the award to recognize films in the Wide Release and Limited Release categories.

Animated Headline News

The Incredibles & Brad Bird Soar at Annie Awards

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES soared to victory for Best Animated Feature as well as taking the nine other categories it was nominated in, including three personal achievements trophies to Brad Bird for Writing, Directing and Voice Acting for the 2004 Annie Awards, held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California. The Nickelodeon series, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, won the top TV category, Best Animated Television Production at ASIFA-Hollywoods formal fete.

Sound Headline News

The Incredibles Power Up Four Oscar Noms

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES is up for four Oscars in the list of nominees just released by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 77th Annual Academy Awards, starting with Best Animated Feature, where it is pitted against DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE. Festival favorites in the Animated Shorts category are Chris Landreths RYAN (CFB), Sejong Parks BIRTHDAY BOY, Mike Gabriels LORENZO (Disney), Bill Plymptons GUARD DOG and Paul Jeff Fowlers GOPHER BROKE (Blur Studios).

Awards Headline News

Scarlett Johansson to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards

Portions of the Oscar presentations will be taped for inclusion in the Feb. 29 Academy Awards broadcast. Johansson will appear live on the Oscar telecast to introduce the Sci-Tech segment.

Actress Scarlett Johansson will present the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 12, 2005 at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Sound Headline News

The Aviator and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 Lead Golden Reel Noms

THE AVIATOR and KILL BILL, VOL. 2 both took nominations in all three major feature film categories Dialogue/ADR, Music and Sound Effects/Foley in the top sound editing nominations in the 2004 GOLDEN REEL awards doled out by the Motion Picture Sound Editors. The awards will be presented at the 52nd Annual "Golden Reel" Awards to be held Feb. 26, 2005, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Visual Headline News

VES Selects SynCast to Deliver Nominated Material

SyncCast has been selected by the Visual Effects Society (VES) to host and stream the nominated content for voting by its members of the material from many of the box office hits of 2004.

For the first time in the VES Awards' history, final viewing and voting will take place online via the VES Website from Jan. 31 to Feb. 12. This groundbreaking method will allow VES members worldwide to view encrypted clips of the nominees' work and vote in a safe and secure online environment. Only VES members may vote and a special password is required to view and vote online.

Festival Headline News

Grand-Prize Winners Selected in First-Ever Nicktoons Film Festival

Filmmakers Mark Simon and Travis Blaise from Orlando were the grand-prize winners in the Nicktoons Film Festival for their short film, TIMMY'S LESSONS IN NATURE. The 2D animated, comedic look at what not to do in the wild outdoors garnered them the $10,000 prize money, selected by festival sponsors Nicktoons, Frederator Studios and ANIMATION MAGAZINE.

Film Headline News

BAFTA Film Nods Announced

The Orange British Academy Film Awards nominees were announced on Jan. 17, 2005 with Martin Scorseses THE AVIATOR leading the pack with 14 nods. Three visual effects filled dramas topped the list for Best Film, including THE AVIATOR, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and FINDING NEVERLAND. Those pics will compete with THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and VERA DRAKE.

Production Headline News

The Incredibles Up For Production Design Honor

In an unusual move, The Art Directors Guild (ADG) included THE INCREDIBLES in its nominees for Excellence In Production Design for a Period or Fantasy Film, making it one of the few animated films to ever be considered against live-action films in the history of the awards.

INCREDIBLES production designer Lou Romano is competing for the honor against fellow production designers Dante Ferretti for THE AVIATOR, Gemma Jackson for FINDING NEVERLAND, Rick Heinrichs for LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS and Anthony Pratt for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Festival Headline News

Condom-Use PSAs Win CINE Golden Eagle

THE THREE AMIGOS, a series of 20 animated Public Service Announcements (PSAs) designed to entrench the use of condoms to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the world, have been awarded a CINE Golden Eagle. THE THREE AMIGOS, along with 800 other PSA, are part of the worlds largest integrated behavior modification program that launched at the United Nations on Jan. 11, 2005. This public awareness program has a potential reach of approximately 80% of the worlds population.

Film Headline News

Critics Toast The Incredibles and Spider-Man 2

THE INCREDIBLES won the top prize for animated feature while SPIDER-MAN 2 was named best popular movie of the year at 10th annual Critics' Choice Awards broadcast Jan. 10, 2005 on The WB from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

FINDING NEVERLAND was named best family film.

Awards Headline News

People Choose Shrek 2 for Top Animation Movie, Film Comedy & Sequel

SHREK 2 was a triple favorite at the People's Choice Awards, picking up honors for best animated motion picture, top film comedy and best sequel during the telecast Jan. 9, 2004, on CBS, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Donkey, voiced by Edie Murphy in SHREK 2, also won for favorite animated movie star while the Fairy Godmother, voiced by Jennifer Saunders, also in SHREK 2 was named best movie villain.

DreamWorks SHREK 2 was the only animated winner in THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS, which gauge fan appeal.

Visual Headline News

VES Doles Out Awards Nods

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced its nominees for the 3rd Annual VES Awards recognizing outstanding visual effects in 19 categories of film, television, commercials, music videos and games. Nominees were chosen by a panel of more than 60 visual effects professionals (all VES members) that viewed hundreds of entry submissions during an all-day event at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center over the weekend.

Awards Headline News

Academy Announces Scientific and Technical Achievements

The creators of two camera crane systems have been voted Oscars by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will be handed out along with special Academy commendations among the 15 achievements to be honored at the Academy's annual Scientific and Technical Awards dinner on Feb. 12, 2005, at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

Horst Burbulla will receive an Oscar for the creation and development of the Technocrane telescoping camera crane, which has redefined camera crane technology.

Awards Headline News

Academy to Commend Arthur Widmer; Changes Sci-Technical Awards Venue

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special Award of Commendation to Arthur Widmer at the Scientific and Technical Awards dinner on Feb. 12, 2005, at its new location, the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.

The AMPAS moved the event from the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel one of nine hotels targeted for a hotel workers union boycott because many of the people attending would not want to cross a picket line.

Films Headline News

Two Animated Films in the Running for Sound Editing Oscar

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES and Sonys THE POLAR EXPRESS are among the seven films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 77th Academy Awards.

The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order: