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Church Selected EXPOSÉ 2 Grand Master

Ryan Church, concept design supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (STAR WARS EPISODES I, II and III) is the Grand Master award winner for EXPOSÉ 2, the latest in the series of digital art books from Ballistic Publishing that will begin shipping in July. The Grand Master is awarded to an artist exhibiting outstanding skill and contribution to the advancement of digital art. A graduate of Art Center, Church began his career at Walt Disney Imagineering (blue-sky concepts for future theme parks) before freelancing at Universal and hiring on at ILM in digital feature production.

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Woo Gets the Gold at Student Academy Awards

Alexander Woo from New York University won the Gold Medal for his film, REX STEELE: NAZI SMASHER, in the animation category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 31st Annual Student Academy Awards competition June 13, 2004. He was among 13 winning film students that participated in several days of industry-related activities and social events prior to the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Film Headline News

Iranian Short Wins Russian Bronze Knight

Iranian animator Mohammad-Mahdi Khoda Karami has won the Bronze Knight Award of the 13th International Zolotoi Vityaz (Golden Knight) Film Festival for the film DIALOGUE. Produced by the Hamedan branch of IRIB, the seven-minute animation shows a yarn character searching for his ball who meets a wire character from another town. The film beat out 26 other contenders to win the award. The festival was held in the southern Russian city of Irkutsk from May 21 - 31, 2004.

Shorts Headline News

Lorenzo Director Stunned by Annecy Victory

LORENZO director Mike Gabriel was stunned at winning The Grand Prix at Annecy. How could we have won? he told AWN. There were 50 world class shorts we were competing against, shorts that were all imaginative, and it was completely intimidating. We felt like we were welcomed into the club.

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Disney's Lorenzo takes Grand Prix at Annecy

The coveted short film grand prize at the 28th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Mike Gabriel for LORENZO while Chris Landreth received the Special Jury Award for RYAN. The judges selected the 2D film over the 3D film for the top prize, wishing to recognize "true magic does not rely on technology and can start with the artist's hand-drawn art." The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Annecy, France. Congratulations to all the winners!

The Short and Feature Fiction Films Category winners are:

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Moondance Rises with List of Winners

The 2004 Moondance Film Festival has announced its winners. The event is an international film festival dedicated to enhancing the role of women in and on the silver screen as well as promoting, encouraging, educating and rewarding non-violent conflict resolution in the arts and film.

Below is a list of the animation winners.




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Kill Bill & Return of the King Slay MTV Movie Awards

Hosted by Lindsay Lohan of MEAN GIRLS, the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, held at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, have announced the winners. The awards will air on MTV June 10, 2004 at 9:00 pm.

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Scientific & Technical Awards Apps Out

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed entry forms on June 1, 2004 for the 2004 Scientific and Technical Awards to more than 850 companies and individuals, including past winners, within the sci-tech community both in the United States and abroad. All entry applications must be submitted to the Academy no later than Friday, July 30, 2004.

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Plympton & Ford Split ASIFA-East Fest's Best in Show

Now in it's 35th year, ASIFA-East Animation Festival has announced the winners of the 2004 event. For Best in Show this year Greg Ford's IT'S THE CAT and Bill Plympton's GUARD DOG shared the top prize. The Samu award, named in honor of the memory of animation historian Charles Samu, went to WILLIS SILLIM'S TALL TALE by Steffen Vala with a special honorable mention going to THE BIRDCAGE KING by Christopher Magee. Ottawa festival director and AWN's notorious Animation Pimp Chris Robinson received the President's Award.

Short Headline News

Flatlife Short Wins Jury Prize At Cannes

With the big feature animated films INNOCENCE and SHREK 2 being blacked out by the large shadow of Michael Moore and his Palme d'Or winning FAHRENHEIT 9/11, the animation world has one thing to cheer about out of Cannes and that is the Jury Prize for Short Film going to Jonas Geirnaert's FLATLIFE. The animated short by the young Flemish director follows a number of people living in an apartment building who rather unintentionally make each other's life difficult. For more information on the film, visit

Films Headline News

King Keeps Winning Awards: This Time for Promo CD-ROM

New Line Cinema and Blitz Digital Studios has been awarded the One Show Interactive Pencil award for their promotional CD-ROM, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING Dell Collector's Edition. The promotional advertising campaign was launched in December 2003 to tie in with the film's Holiday release.

Company Headline News

Grand Clio Goes to Honda Cog

Wieden & Kennedys Honda COG, a unique 120-second TV commercial, has walked off with this years Grand Clio for TV at this years International Clio Festival, held from May 15 - 18, 2004. In addition, DDB Chicago has, again, been named Clios Agency of the Year, and DDB Worldwide, Agency Network of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

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Academy Announces Winners for 2004 Student Academy Awards

Thirteen students from nine colleges and universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 31st annual Student Academy Awards competition.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):

AlternativeFOCUS, Bill Ridlehoover and Nilanjan Lahiri, Savannah College of Art and Design, GeorgiaS.P.I.C.: THE STORYBOARD OF MY LIFE, Robert Castillo, School of Visual Arts, New York

AnimationLEMMINGS, Craig Van Dyke, Brigham Young University

Design Headline News

BAFTA Hands Out Craft Awards

BAFTA announced the winners of its Craft Awards on May 16, 2004 at a ceremony hosted by Alistair McGowan at the Dorchester. The TV documentary RESTORATION won the BAFTA for Graphic Design while Framestore took home the Visual Effects BAFTA for its work on SEA MONSTERS A WALKING WITH DINOSAURS TRILOGY.

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NAB Announces AIM Editors' Choice Award Winners

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the winners of the 2004 Editors' Choice Awards, an extension of its annual NAB Awards for Innovation in Media (AIM) program. The winners are Apple's Motion in the Content Creation category, Fast Forward Video's Covert DVR in the Content Management grouping, and VBrick Systems, Inc.'s EtherneTV within the Content Delivery class.

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Tutenstein and Little Bill Win Daytime Emmy Awards

TUTENSTEIN and LITTLE BILL were the big animation winners at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 31st Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, presented during simultaneous ceremonies held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York and the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, May 15, 2004. LITTLE BILL from Nickelodeon won for Outstanding Children's Animated Program while TUTENSTEIN from PorchLight Ent., airing on the Discovery Kids slot on NBC, won for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program.

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Return of the King Cleans Up At Saturn Awards

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING was the big winner at the 30th annual Saturn Awards, garnering eight statuettes at the May 5, 2004 ceremonies held at the Universal Sheraton in Los Angeles. KING reigned in awards for best fantasy film, best actor (Elijah Wood), best supporting actor (Sean Astin), best director (Peter Jackson), best writing (Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) and best music (Howard Shore), among others.

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Academy Announces Finalists for 2004 Student Academy Awards

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 29 students from 17 colleges and universities as finalists in its 31st annual Student Academy Awards competition. A third of the finalists will compete in the Animation category. Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5000, $3000 and $2000, may be awarded in each of the four categories. Winning filmmakers will participate in a week of industry-related and social activities, culminating in the presentation ceremony on June 13, 2004.

The animation finalists are:

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Teaching Baby Animay Wins Simplistic Pictures Animation Award

Pete Koelsch has won the Simplistic Pictures Animation Award for his student film, TEACHING BABY ANIMAY. The Simplistic Pictures Animation Award is an annual award granted to the student who submits the most outstanding animated film to The Cleveland Institute of Art's annual E.M.I.T Film Festival.

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Birthday Boy, Ryan Earn SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Honors

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected BIRTHDAY BOY (by Sejong Park of the Australian Film Television and Radio School) as Best Animated Short and RYAN (by Chris Landreth) for Jury Honors. Chris Bregler, New York University, is the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Chair.

Film Headline News

da Vinci's Inaugural Master Colorist Awards Announced

da Vinci Systems named the winners of the inaugural Master Colorist Awards competition, comprised of four categories, including TV and long form, theatrical release, commercial and music video reels. The awards recognize colorists' innovative and skillful use of da Vinci's film enhancement and restoration tools.