On Sunday, October 5, 2003, the Nordic animated feature THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A BEAR took home the top feature prize at this years New Nordic Children's Films, an annual meeting of childrens entertainment professionals, which runs along with the Buster Copenhagen Intl. Children's Film Festival. BEAR is directed by Jannik Hastrup, helmer of Stuttgart winner CIRCLEEN - MICE AND ROMANCE. The film follows mother and father polar bears that steal a human baby after their cub dies while the boys father searches to reclaim his son.
ShowEast, the conference for movie theater owners and operators, wrapped up its 19th year in Orlando on October 2, 2003. The big news for the animation community was the premiere of Disneys next 2D animated feature BROTHER BEAR, which hits theaters on November 1, 2003. As well, Warner Bros. started its major push to promote its upcoming LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, which arrives on November 14.
The 8th annual 2003 Angelus Awards Student Film Festival has selected 21 finalists from around the world for their achievements in filmmaking, animation and documentary. The students were chosen from more than 470 submissions, and were honored October 3, 2003 at an awards luncheon in Hollywood.
The 2003 DIY Book Festival has announced the winners of its annual contest honoring independent authors and publishers. The children's book I LOVE YOU MORE, written by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler, took home the grand prize of $1,000 as DIY Author of the Year and DIY Publisher of the Year.
In recognition of his enormous impact on the vfx industry, George Lucas will receive the first lifetime achievement award from the Visual Effects Society at the Second Annual VES Awards ceremony on Feb. 18, 2004, at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood.
NEMO is swimming up the stream of nominees for the 2003 Hollywood Movie of the Year Awards to be held Oct. 20, 2003 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Hollywood Film Festival's board of advisors announced the nominations in all categories, which are available at www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com.
Veteran animator Phil Roman will be honored by the Producers Guild of America at the 2nd Annual Celebration of Diversity to be held on October 1, 2003 at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event, presented in association with DAILY VARIETY and sponsored in part by the Oneida Indian Nation, is a tribute to those producers whose work has broadened the industrys cultural horizons, as well as productions that have stimulated national discussion on significant social issues.
The International Festival of Cinema and Technology announces its animation award winners from its IFCT 2002-2003 World Tour. Tim Finns LIMBOSCAPE took the best animation prize with AN APPLE A DAY, directed by Juan Duque, took the best computer animation award. The tour began December 2002 in Paris, France and concluded August 24 in New York City.
AMD has announced the grand prize winner in the AMD Athlon 64 processor High-Tech Treasure Hunt. Marty Rice of Cleveland, Ohio, won the grand prize of an AMD Athlon 64 processor-based desktop system and $6,400 cash. The virtual geocaching contest asked participants to find 64 global locations that have significance to 64-bit computing, AMD or technology. More than 10,000 people entered the contest between August 25 and September 15.
The 2003 Cartoon dOr has been awarded to Sandra Desmazières for her first short film, SANS QUEUE NI TÊTE. It had already received the Prize Gaston Roche at the Espinho Festival 2002. Produced in the framework of ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs), the film, made of animated painting, relates a nonsensical and absurd day where boredom and routine mingle.
The 41st Shark Awards at Kinsale took place on September 13, 2003. Framestore CFC landed both the Best Animation award for Audis DRINK LIKE A FISH and the Best Production/Special Effects award for Johnnie Walkers FISH. This follows up Framestores win last year for Best Post-Production on Levi's ODYSSEY spot.
The Web Marketing Association has announced the winners of its seventh annual WebAward Competition for Website development. More than 1,000 sites from 19 countries were judged in 80 industry categories. This year Disney Interactive took home the Best of Show WebAward for its outstanding work on Hot Shot Business (www.disney.go.com/hotshot/index2.html). The site was also awarded Best Education and Best Game WebAwards. Hot Shot Business is a fast-paced simulation game for budding entrepreneurs, allowing kids to open their own pet spa, skateboard factory or comic shop.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee will review 14 scientific and technical achievements for 76th Academy Awards consideration, according to committee chair Richard Edlund, but its not too late to submit entries.
THE SIMPSONS and FIREFLY were the big Emmy winners for animation and visual effects, respectively, at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2002-2003 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys for programs and individual achievements at the 55th Annual Emmy Awards presentation September 13, 2003, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Five European short films have been selected to compete for the 13th Cartoon d'Or award to be handed out at the awards ceremony September 20 2003 at Cartoon Forum, which takes place Sept. 17-20 in Varese, Italy.
The films were chosen by a jury from a field of 25 projects that won prizes at Cartoon's partner European festivals (Annecy, Bristol, Brussels, Espinho, Fredrikstad, Genzano di Roma and Utrecht). Jury members were Mark Baker, Jannik Hatrup, Corinne Jenart and Antonio Zurera.
Film Roman Inc. won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 4th Latin Grammy Awards, held September 3, 2003 in Miami. The award was for FRIJOLERO, from Surco /Universal Music Latin artist Molotov.
It is the first Grammy for the 19 year-old studio, which has already won 18 Emmys and produces the hit series THE SIMPSONS, KING OF THE HILL, FREE FOR ALL and X-MEN: EVOLUTION. IDT Medias Digital Production Solutions recently acquired a majority share of Film Roman.
Soho-based Clear has won the Best Special Effects Award at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards for their work on the Queens of the Stone Ages GO WITH THE FLOW. Directed by Shynola through the Director's Bureau LA, video is set in a desert with trucks playing chicken while a party of sex, drugs and rock n roll rages. This is the second time in three years that Clear has won this award, previously winning for Robbie William's ROCK DJ. The awards ceremony took place in New York City on August 25, 2003.
Disney's Toontown Online (www.toontown.com), the first massively multiplayer 3D online game created for kids and families, has received the official All Star Software Award and Seal of Approval for the year 2003 from CHILDREN'S SOFTWARE REVUE (CSR).
Hank Azaria will be awarded this year's Primetime Emmy Award for animation voice over performance for his work on THE SIMPSONS as the bartender character, Moe.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on August 18, 2003, the selected animation categories winners of the 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Juried awards do not have nominations and are selected by members of ATAS' animation peer group, which may choose more than one winner in a category or none.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wants its official screen credit forms now, before the Dec. 1, 2003 deadline.
"We're trying to encourage the studios and production companies to submit the forms as early as possible this year," said credits coordinator Torene Svitil. Forms must officially be submitted to the Academy no later than 60 days after the opening of the qualifying Los Angeles release, or Dec. 1, whichever comes first.
After winning the Grand Prize for Best Short Film at the 52nd Melbourne International Film Festival on Aug. 8, 2003, DESTINO repeated the honor two nights later at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. The recently completed Disney project, which picks up where Salvador Dali and Walt Disney left off 57 years ago, will now play at festivals in Venice (Aug. 27-Sept. 6), New York (Oct. 4-20), Chicago (Oct. 2-16) and Montreal (Oct. 9-19).
The recently completed DESTINO, which surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dali and Walt Disney aborted in 1946 leaving behind unfinished fragments, storyboards, sketches and an original score, won the Grand Prize for Best Short Film at the 52nd Melbourne International Film Festival, Aug. 8, 2003.
The 5th Annual Scriptapalooza Screenwriting contest announced its quarter and semi-finalists on August 7, 2003. Out of 2,947 entries, the panel of industry judges whittled down the list to 126 semi-finalists with 321 making the quarter finals list. Sponsors of the contest include Screenwriting Expo, Screenplay.com, Ink Tip and FILMMAKER MAGAZINE.
Mark Fleischer, grandson of the legendary cartoon mogul Max Fleischer and president of Fleischer Studios, will be presented with the key to Miami-Dade County in Florida at 10:00 am on August 14, 2003. The ceremony will take place at the historic Miami building Fleischer Studios occupied in the 1930s and 1940s. Fleischer was one of the first major businesses to move to the Miami area, producing some of the worlds most beloved animation series and features.
G4, the Comcast-owned TV network about video games and the gamer lifestyle, announced the winners of its first video game Glow Awards July 30, 2003 at G-Phoria, the network's location-based and televised mega-event held at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, celebrating the massive phenomenon of video games. Presented by EB Games and Jeep, the show was hosted by actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy, who announced awards in key categories. A 90-minute special taped at G-Phoria airs on G4 August 8 at 8:00 pm.