The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee will review 17 scientific and technical achievements for 77th Academy Awards consideration, according to committee chair Richard Edlund, but its not too late to submit entries.
Now in its third year, the Visual Effects Societys (VES) awards season opened for submissions on Sept. 1. This years awards slate features new categories, an optional day of live in-person presentations and an online view and vote system.
On Aug. 29, 2004, MTV handed out its annual Video Music Awards, giving Filmtecknarna and Moneyshots big wins for visual effects. Moneyshots took home the top visual effects prize for its work on OutKasts HEY YA vid. Filmtecknarna celebrates for its work highlighted in the Breakthrough Video winner, Franz Ferdinands TAKE ME OUT.
The Special Extended DVD Edition of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, from New Line Home Ent., is the top contender in the 7th Annual DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin, leading all entries with six nominations. Maltin will preside for the fifth consecutive year at the DVD Awards Ceremony, the August 30 opening night event of the new Entertainment Media Expo (EMX), at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel here, Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, 2004.
Six new Maya Masters have been selected by Alias for 2004: Andrew Daffy, CGI supervisor formerly with Framestore CFC; Jeremy Gordon, president/ceo of San Francisco-based game development company Secret Level; Lee Griggs, product specialist at ART VPS; Derald Hunt, digital effects artist; Tom Kluyskens, CG supervisor; and Rene Morel, character modeler and texturer.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors has chosen to present its Career Achievement Award to sound designer Gary Rydstrom. The award will be presented at the 51st Annual Golden Reel Awards to be held Feb. 27, 2005 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Iranian animation film THE HOLE by Vahid Nasirian and produced by the Experimental and Documentary Film Center took home the second prize in the international competition section at the 19th Odense International Film Festival, which was held from August 4-9, 2004 in Denmark. The juvenile jury gave its prize to LOVE TRICYCLE by Andrew Goode (Australia).
The SecondCity.com have announced the winner of this year's ShortCuts Film Festival. Taking the prize were Lee Lanier and Jeffrey Dates of Boulder City, Nevada for their animated film DAY OFF THE DEAD. Lanier and Dates will receive a scholarship for one term of the Second City Writing Program, and the opportunity to officially present their project to executives at Sony Pictures Television and the William Morris Agency.
Dan Castellaneta will be awarded this year's Primetime Emmy Award for animation voice over performance for his work on THE SIMPSONS as the dysfunctional family patriarch, Homer, Homer, as well as Krusty the Clown, Grampa Simpson, Groundskeeper Willie, Barney Gumble and Mel.
Rushes Soho Shorts Festival has released the names of this year's winners. Aardman took home the top animation prize for CREATURE COMFORTS 'CATS & DOGS' by Richard Goleszowski. Runners up were KILLING TIME AT HOME from Neil Coslett of Blackwatch Prods. and OUT OF JOINT from Peter Peake of South West Screen. Animation winners in other categories include The Sound Music Video Award Runner Up Steriogram WALKIE TALKIE MAN and The Quantel Title Sequences & Idents Award Runner Up THE LIFE & DEATH OF PETER SELLERS.
Donald Duck, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year, will be honored with the 2,257th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be unveiled Aug. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at 6840 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Disney Store/El Capitan Theatre.
DC Comics ruled the 16th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, with projects and creators from DC titles involved in half of the award winners. The gala ceremony was held on July 23, 2004, in the Ballroom at the San Diego Convention Center. Dark Horse took home four Eisners. The only other publisher with multiple Eisners was Top Shelf.
Anima Mundi, the international animation festival of Brazil, wrapped up on July 25 with the announcements of the São Paulo winners. The event is like two festivals in one running in Rio de Janeiro (July 9 18) then moves to São Paulo (July 21 25). Taking the Rio short prize was Oscar winning film HARVIE KRUMPET.
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Nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 15, 2004 and FOX won the most primetime Emmy nominations for animated shows with five, narrowly edging out Cartoon Network, UPN and Sci Fi Channel with three each. SOUTH PARK is back in the running along with THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, which again nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) along with Cartoon Networks SAMURAI JACK and Nicks SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.
The 2004 Home Entertainment Award winners were announced on July 15, 2004 by Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA). The archival special edition release of T2 - EXTREME DVD and the direct-to-video release BARBIE OF SWAN LAKE led the field with three Home Entertainment Awards with LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS following close behind with two pries. The association also honored television and music product for the first time.
Director Mark Osborne and Karen Dufilho-Rosen, producer of several Academy Award-winning animated short films, are partnering in Los Angeles to make THE BETTER HALF, a stop-motion animated short film, with a 2004/2005 Guggenheim Fellowship Osborne received to partially fund the making of the new short.
Chris Nee, writer of the I Can Sign" - "The Sign for Friend" episode of LITTLE BILL that airs on Nickelodeon, won the $10,000 HUMANITAS Prize for Children's Animation today, July 8, 2004, during a luncheon ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel, in Universal City, California. Nine winning writers, representing a diverse slate of work, won these prestigious prizes and $115,000 were awarded in eight categories for film and television writers whose work "entertains and enriches the viewing public."
Medsn, a leading medical education company, was honored with a Gold IN-AWE award for Medical Education - Animation at the Medical Marketing Association's (MMA) national conference June 24, 2004.
Medsn received its award for "Protease Inhibitors: Targeting the HAART of HIV," a global learning program that featured 3D animation to demonstrate the complexity of a new HIV compound, its mechanism of action, and its unique clinical profile in comparison to a variety of other medications.
Five European short films have been selected to compete for the 14th Cartoon d'Or award to be handed out at the awards ceremony September 25 2004 at Cartoon Forum, which takes place Sept. 22-25 in Santiago de Compostella, Spain.
The films were chosen from prizewinners at Cartoon's partner European festivals: - Biennal of Animation - Bratislava (Slovakia)- Cinanima - Espinho (Portugal)- I Castelli Animati - Genzano di Roma (Italy)- Anima 2003 - Brussels (Belgium)- Internationales Trickfilm Festival - Stuttgart (Germany)
Linden Lab, creator of the acclaimed 3D online world SECOND LIFE, announced the winners of the first annual Game Developer's Competition. Harvey Smith, formerly of Ion Storm and the lead designer of the award winning DEUS EX, and project director of DEUS EX: INVISIBLE WAR, judged the competition and spent time with each team evaluating their design and game play choices.
The winning teams include:
On June 26, 2004, Jonathan Nix's 2D student film HELLO won the best animated short at the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film tells the story of a man with an old tape deck as a head who tries to woo the woman with a CD-player head.
Winners in the regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, have been announced. Mainframe Entertainments SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR pretty much swept the animation competition winning for Best Animation Program or Series, as well as Best Musical Score and Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series.
The International Festival of Cinema and Technology 2004 has announced its winners. The tour was launched this past February in Orlando and festival screenings took place in London, Toronto, New York, Sydney and Brisbane. Festival locations this year included Universal Studios in Orlando, The Fox Studios Screening Room in Sydney, The Canadian Broadcast Centre in Toronto, the Horse Hospital in London among others. In each city, extensive judging took place in each city to determine the award winners.
Wrapping up its run on June 19, 2004, Zagreb: 16th World Festival of Animated Films awarded its Grand Prix to Koji Yamamura's Oscar-nominated short, MT. HEAD. Virgil Widrich's FAST FILM was a three-time winner, taking home the Zagreb Award, Jury Of The Croatian Filmmakers Guild (Animation Section) Grand Competition and Jury Of The Croatian Film Critics prizes. The top audience award went to WARD 13 by Peter Cornwell.
Below is complete list of winners:Grand Prix ATAMA YAMA (MT. HEAD) by Koji Yamamura, Yamamura Animation