The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the winners of the Game Developers Choice Awards at the 4th annual ceremony during the 2004 Game Developers Conference (GDC). Considered the Pulitzers of interactive entertainment, the Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in game development, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius.
The BBC, BskyB, Cartoon Network Europe and Discovery Networks Europe were the top winners during a special ceremony held at the Cavalieri Hilton Hotel in Rome on March 23, 2004 for the 2004 PROMAX&BDA Europe Awards.
Overall, BBC Broadcast picked up six Gold and four Silver PROMAX&BDA statuettes for a total of 10 awards. BskyB also picked up seven awards, three Gold and four Silver. Cartoon Network Europe took home five awards, three Gold and two silver; and Discovery Networks Europe took home three Gold awards.
NVIDIA Corp. has announced that it will sponsor the First Annual Best of Wireless Gaming Awards, also known as the "Mobies" at CTIA in Atlanta. NVIDIA will join the Wireless Gaming Review (www.wgamer.com) in recognition of wireless game designers, producers, artists and programmers.
The British Animation Awards announced its winners for 2004 at The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury in London on March 19, 2004.
The sixth annual Cartoon Movie in Potsdam, Germany, paid tribute March 13, 2004 to A. Film, Folimage and Pathé Europe for significantly contributing to the success of the European feature animation industry. The event, set up by Cartoon in partnership with the European Media programme as a movie version of its successful Cartoon Forum meeting for animated series, brought together some 420 participants to focus on the fast-growing sector for European animated feature films.
Anima 2004, the 23rd Animation Festival drew to a close on February 29, 2004 in Brussels with an Awards ceremony for Anima 2004's national and international competition. This was the first time Anima organized an international competition for both short and feature films. The award-winners were chosen by the public, via attendance and voting at the official competition screenings.
The award were:Anima 2004 Award -- Short Student FilmsDAHUCAPRA RAPIDAHU by Frédérique Gyuran, Vincent Gautier and Thibault Bérard (France)
ZOOLOOK Ent. (the creators of FlashTV) and (mt) Media Temple Inc. have announced the winners of The Greatest Story Never Told digital storytelling competition.
The winners are:
Grand Prize Mark Greene's STINKY IN BIGMARThttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie7.html
Runnerups:(1) Kirk Millett's SOUVENIRhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie2.html
(2) Adam Phillip's BITEY OF BRACKENWOODhttp://www.thegreateststorynevertold.com/movies/pca/movie1.html
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the winners for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which were held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004.
DUCK DODGERS led animated shows with three Daytime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program in the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition announced today (March 4, 2004) on the NBS TODAY SHOW. ARTHUR, STATIC SHOCK DISNEYS KIM POSSIBLE and CLIFFORDS PUPPY DAYS received two nods each from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The coronation of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was complete at the 76th annual Academy Awards, held Feb. 29, 2004 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. More complete, it turns out, than anyone expected: 11 wins in 11 categories for a record-tying clean sweep, in the words of Steven Spielberg, including best picture, best director (Peter Jackson) and visual effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke). In actuality a win for the trilogy, the 11 Oscars for KING puts it alongside BEN-HUR and TITANIC for most victories.
Nickelodeon shows earned two Golden Reel Awards at the Motion Picture Sound Editors 51st annual awards banquet Feb. 28, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles while MASTER & COMMANDER earned the Golden Reel and the Oscar the following night at the Oscars. The Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing.
Digital Days 2004, at the 19th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, has announced the winners for the Teen Filmmaker program.
The winners are:* Amanda Weiss, SOMEONE'S ROCKING MY DREAMBOAT, Cal Arts, Valencia, California* Cole Sanchez, FRIDGE, Rancho Marrieta, California* Carolyn Chrisman, ASCENSION RITES, Anacapa School, Santa Barbara, California * Austin Madison, BOY MEETS REX, Sacramento, California* Daniel Howard, JAI YEN-COOL HEART, Downtown Community TV, NYC, New York
The International Game Developers Assoc. (IGDA) announced the six gaming professionals receiving special honors at the 4th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards for contributions invaluable to the evolution of interactive entertainment. The founders of PopCap Games will receive the IGDA's newest honor, the Maverick award; game music pioneer Masaya Matsuura will receive the First Penguin award; and BioWare CEOs Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk will be acknowledged for Community Contribution.
The 18th Annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), has awarded FINDING NEMO, along with live-action LEGALLY BLONDE 2, its outstanding film prize. The awards will be presented on March 20, 2004 at a gala ceremony in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. The show will be taped and edited for a two-hour television special airing on Animal Planet on April 25, 2004.
FINDING NEMO writer/director Andrew Stanton has been named animation director of the year at ShoWest 2004, which runs March 22-25, 2004 in Las Vegas. The film screened at last year's event.
Working at Pixar for 14 years, Stanton has been credited as a screenwriter on all the company's features and made his directing debut with NEMO. For the fishy flick, he also provided the voice of Crush, the hip jet-stream surfing turtle.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING took home four honors, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Motion Picture, at the second annual VES Awards held last night at a black-tie gala at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker George Lucas by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron. SMALLVILLE had two big wins as did PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL and THE MATRIX RELOADED.
The British Animation Awards has announced the finalists for 2004. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will be held at The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury in London on March 19, 2004.
Technical wizards receiving honors in the first bout of Oscar awards were displaced from their usually PRETTY WOMAN hotel, the Beverly Wilshire, and had to spend their Valentines Day on Feb. 14, 2004, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena to receive their awards.
THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE took home the top French film award at the Lumiere Awards, France's equivalent to the Golden Globes. The event took place on Feb. 17, 2004. Next up for THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE is the Oscars where it is nominated for Best Animated Feature, alongside FINDING NEMO and BROTHER BEAR.
BAFTA presented the winners of the 2004 Orange British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 15, 2004 with THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING taking home the prize for Best Film. The fantasy epic beat out other nominees BIG FISH, COLD MOUNTAIN, LOST IN TRANSLATION and MASTER AND COMMANDER to take the top award.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the finalists for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which will be held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004. Leading the finalists was Electronic Arts with 29, followed closely by Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) with 23 and 21 finalists respectively. The Academy will present awards in 36 craft, console, computer and online categories, including an overall "Game of the Year" and Game of the Year honors in various genres, as well as the prestigious Hall of Fame Award.
CARTOON MOVIE, the only event dedicated to promoting European animated feature films, has announced the nominated companies for the Cartoon Movie Tributes 2004. These tributes highlight the initiatives that contribute to the recognition and the success of the European animation cinema. Three of them will be chosen by the professionals attending the event.
The nominated companies are:
* A. FILM (Denmark)For its wide European collaboration in the production of European feature films.
* MIKADO FILM (Italy)
Howard Anderson Jr., ASC received the American Society of Cinematographer's Presidents Award at the 18th annual Awards dinner, Feb. 8, 2004, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. This tribute is presented annually to an individual who has made unique contributions to the art form. Anderson is a visual effects pioneer who has earned several Oscar nominations, but is best known for his work on the classic television series I LOVE LUCY and STAR TREK. Anderson is a second-generation filmmaker. His father, Howard Anderson, began his career in Hollywood in 1919.
FINDING NEMO cast no doubt that Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures) continues to ride the biggest wave in animation as it won in nine out of the nine categories it was nominated in at the 2003 Annie Awards held Feb. 7, 2004 at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, culminating in the big kahuna, Best Feature. While it competed against 2D entries, including the beloved TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, animation professionals and fans, who comprise the voting membership of ASIFA-Hollywood that doles out the awards, favored the 3D production.
Winners of the 2004 Imagina Awards, held Feb. 2-5 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, have been announced, with the German short, ANNIE & BOO, snagging four, including the Grand Prix. The jury panel, chaired by Stan Winston, consisted of Ornella Barreca, independent producer (Italy), Tom Jacomb, producer (Vanguard Animation - U.K.), Thomas Langmann (producer and actor, BLUEBERRY - France), Marc du Pontavice (ceo of Xilam Animation -- France) and William Sargent, (ceo of Framestore-cfc - U.K.).