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.
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.
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.
TBWA network agencies created the biggest impact at the 42nd Sharks Advertising Festival in Galway. Dublin Agency Cawley Nea TBWA won the Irish Grand Prix and a host of other Awards for its Today FM campaign. Its sister agency TBWA London won the Cinema Grand Prix, 3 Craft and two Gold Sharks for the Playstation 2 Mountain ad. The Festival Grand Prix was won by BBHs Getting Dressed commercial for Lynx.
The 2004 Cartoon dOr has been awarded to Virgil Widrick of Austria for his short, FAST FILM. An homage to movie history, it combines elements from live-action films with printed and folded objects in a fast-moving and highly original production.
The four other nominees were CONCERT FOR A CARROT PIE by Heiki Ernits and Janno Poldma (Estonia), LE RÉVOLUTION DES CRABES by Arthur de Pins (France), LINVENTAIRE FANTOME by Franck Dion (France) and THROUGH MY THICK GLASSES by Pjotr Sapegin (Norway).
The 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival announced the winners of the official competition during its closing ceremonies held Sept. 26, 2004 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Taking the top prize was Chris Landreths groundbreaking short RYAN, an animated documentary about the famed NFB animator Ryan Larkin.
European visual effects society eDIT | VES, whose upcoming festival runs in Frankfurt, Germany from Sept. 26 28, 2004, will award the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick the Festival Honors. Kubrick pushed the boundaries of special effects with his masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODDESSY. The award will be handed out on Sept. 26 at the opening gala of eDIT | VES 2004. The posthumous award will be accepted by Kubricks wife Christiane. More information can be found at www.edit-ves.com.
Raven Animation provided animation on the 2004 Gold Aurora Award winning PSA, MR. BICYCLE MAN. The PSA was produced to benefit the Children's Rights Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization (see www.crfi.org). It is the first animated project to be completed by former Disney animators who now make up the Raven Animation team under the direction of director Mike Gibilisco.
For the first time, the Visual Effects Society (VES) will be offering online voting in preparation of its third annual VES Awards ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles at the Palladium on Feb. 16, 2005.
Meanwhile, the VES has offered several tips and reminders:
The Walt Disney Co. today named the 2004 Disney Legends, recognizing individuals who have contributed creativity, innovation and imagination to Disney's rich heritage. Walt Disney Co. ceo Michael Eisner presided over the ceremony, which takes place each year at the Disney Legends Plaza at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA.
The following are the 2004 Disney Legends:
European visual effects society eDIT | VES, whose upcoming festival runs in Frankfurt, Germany from Sept. 26 28, 2004, will award Academy Award winner Vilmos Zsigmond (THE DEER HUNTER, HEAVEN'S GATE, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND), aka Master of Light, the Festival Honors. The award will be handed out on Sept. 26 at the opening gala of eDIT | VES 2004. Zsigmond will discuss "The Art of Cinematography" during the festival on Sept. 27 at 7:00 pm. More information can be found at www.edit-ves.com.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, is taking nominations for animation within the gaming industry in the category of Outstanding Achievement in a Short Subject. This addition to the 32nd Annual Annie Awards honoring the years best animation across film, television, commercials and short subjects, speaks to the growing influence and importance of animation in the gaming industry.