The 36th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival has released its results. The festival is dedicated to independent features and short films, with more than 25,000 in attendance this year. Highlights of the 10-day event included indie panels, a sailing regatta and Texas BBQ at the Houston Yacht Club. HFF "Kronrad Wolf" Productions took home three separate prizes on April 12, 2003 for their films ROCKS, MOUSE and GROSSENWAHN. Georg Gruber's ROCKS and Martina Liebritz's GROSSENWAHN took home the only Platinum awards given for animation. However, the prestigious Vancouver Film School took home the most awards with six, including one gold, two silver and three bronze. Three of those prizes went to Harmony Rowand alone for the films HEARTBEAT, DR. VOODOO and SAVAGE SUPERMARKET. In animation related wins, Ray Pointer and his Inkwell Studios also took home three awards: a platinum prize for MAX FLEISCHER'S KO-KO SONG CAR-TUNES as well as gold awards for MAX FLEISCHER'S FAMOUS OUT OF THE INKWELL and FIRST SOUND OF MOVIES documentaries. Below is a list of the animated winners.
Not only did THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS nab best movie at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, held May 31, 2003 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, but Peter Jackson's second installment of the blockbuster Tolkien trilogy took three more prestigious awards, including best virtual performance by Gollum. TWO TOWERS also earned best action sequence for the Battle of Helms Deep, deepening WETA Digital's enormous stature among leading VFX studios, as well as best on-screen team (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Gollum.
THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening took home the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year award at the 2003 Reuben Awards. The Reubens are presented by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) in San Francisco over the Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2003. Glenn McCoy, who lead the nominees this year with three nods, took home awards in the Greeting Card and Magazine Gag Cartoon divisions. McCoy lost out in the Book division to BB Sams, who had also received a nod in the Advertising and Illustration division, which was subsequently awarded to Jim Hummel.
The 44th Annual Clio Awards were announced on May 21, 2003 in Miami, Florida. Anonymous Content and Digital Domain took home two Gold Awards for their Adidas "Mechanical Legs" spot. Clio is the world's largest and most famous advertising awards competition in the international advertising and business communities. This year's TV jury was chaired by Bob Scarpelli, U.S. cco for DDB.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 11 students from 9 colleges and universities around the country in the 30th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The winning students, chosen from three regional competitions will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate June 8, 2003 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Animation CategoryA WORK IN PROGRESS, Wes Ball, Florida State University, Tallahassee
The National Cartoonists Society (NCS) will be holding its Reuben Awards, Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2003, in San Francisco. This year Glenn McCoy leads the nominees with three nods in the Greeting Card, Magazine Gag Cartoon and Book divisions. The only other artists with more than one nomination were B.B. Sams (Advertising and Illustration, Book) and Jerry King (Greeting Card, Magazine Gag Cartoon). Several animation names appeared among the nominees, most notably Matt Groening for Cartoonist of the Year.
ASIFA-East has announced the recipients of their 34th annual Animation Festival. Unlike other festivals, all entries are screened and are voted on by the members who attend the screenings. ASIFA-east is the Eastern U.S. chapter of ASIFA international, which was founded in 1960 by a group of animators to increase the visibility of animated films worldwide. Awards were handed out at 6:00 pm May 4, 2003 at the Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street in Manhattan, New York.
RUGRATS and DISNEY'S TEACHER'S PET were the big animation winners at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' 30th Annual Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, presented during simultaneous ceremonies held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York and the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles, May 10, 2003. RUGRATS from Klasky Csupo won for Outstanding Children's Animated Program while DISNEY'S TEACHER'S PET from Disney TV Animation won for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. Gregory Hines won the Emmy as the voice of Big Bill in LITTLE BILL.
ETERNAL GAZE by Sam Chen was chosen Best Animated Short by the Computer Animation Festival amongst 76 pieces selected for presentation at SIGGRAPH 2003, the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, being held July 27-31, 2003 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Twenty-five of the selected entries will be shown in the Electronic Theater and 52 in the Animation Theaters. The Electronic Theater lineup includes 13 studio/production pieces, 13 non-U.S. entries and five student submissions from a total of 635 entries.
Winners for the 1st Annual International 3D Awards were announced at the evening ceremony May 9, 2003 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, running in conjunction with the 3D Festival 2003. The winners each picked up a Digital Hero trophy, hand sculpted by Dan Platt, at the ceremony The winners are:
Feature Film VFX
Gary Baseman and Peter Sluszka are the only recipients this year for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation in the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be presented May 10, 2003 at the non-televised Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony held simultaneously in New York City and Los Angeles. This is a juried category voted upon by the Animation Peer group of the Academy, which determines how many, if any, are deserving of recognition.
Nominees for the 1st Annual International 3D Awards have been announced and Jason Schleifer, animation lead at Weta Digital (LORD OF THE RINGS), will host the Short Films category at the ceremony to be held in the evening, May 9, 2003 at the 3D Festival 2003 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Schleifer also chaired and oversaw the judging process for the Short Films category with an international panel of jury members from the 3D industry. The short film nominees are: - SHOW & TELL, Kapow Pictures, Australia- THE CHUBBCHUBBS, Sony Pictures Imageworks, USA
Animator David Russo won the $1,500 Golden Gate Award for best animated short for his film, PAN WITH US, in the 46th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival awarded April 30, 2003 at the Castro Theatre. The festival drew a record 94,500-plus attendants up 5% from last year to its 200 films from 46 countries. To check out all the results and winners go to www.sffs.org.
Vancouver-based Studio B Productions hit a triple treat of industry honors from the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Leo Awards and the Alliance for Children and Television's (ACT) Awards for Excellence.
Studio B received an award from the WGC for its original series YVON OF THE YUKON on April 14, 2003. The second season episode, "The Trouble with Mammoths," written by Dennis Heaton, won a Top Ten Award from the WGC, which honors the 10 best Canadian screenplays in the country.
Winners of the 2003 Editors' Choice Awards, an extension of the annual NAB Awards for Innovation in Media (AIM) program, are Laird Telemedia's capdiv in the Content Creation category, Leitch Inc.'s CCS Navigator in the Content Management category and Triveni Digital's Skyscraper within the Content Delivery category. The winners were selected April 17, 2003 by a judging panel composed of editors from 18 industry trade publications.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and SPIDER-MAN got five nominations apiece to lead the list of contenders for MTV's 2003 MOVIE AWARDS. The 12th edition of the awards will honor a new generation of performers in a new category: best virtual performance. Nominees include Yoda in STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Gollum in THE TWO TOWERS, Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Kangaroo Jack in KANGAROO JACK and Scooby-Doo in SCOOBY-DOO.THE TWO TOWERS is nominated for Best Movie along with SPIDER-MAN, 8 MILE, BARBERSHOP and THE RING.
Attendees at the NAB2003 exhibition in Las Vegas voted for the first NAB Awards for Innovation in Media (AIMs), given to 15 products for technological innovations that best address current and upcoming issues in the electronic media industry. The top five products within each category were handed out during NAB's Technology Luncheon on April 9, 2003. Key industry editors are reviewing these selections to select an overall winner in each category for 2003 "Editors' Choice" awards be announced on April 17, 2003.
The United States won half of the 10 main Pulcinella Award statuettes, including those for the Best Program and the Best Character of the Year, at the 2003 edition of Cartoons On The Bay in Positano, Italy, on April 12, 2003. KIM POSSIBLE, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, has won the Pulcinella for the Best Program as well as for the Best TV Series for Children. HOME MOVIES, by Soup2Nuts won for Best Character as well as the award for the Best TV Series for Adolescents & Adults.
Turner Broadcasting's European channels received 14 PROMAX awards while the BBC channels took 20 at the PROMAX&BDA Europe: COLOGNE 03 competition in Germany April 3-4 2003.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced its nominations for the 2002 British Academy Television Craft Awards. Framestore CFC is competing against itself for the Visual Effects Award for its work on DINOTOPIA with Beechmoon Prods. for Sky One and THE GIANT CLAW A WALKING WITH DINOSAURS SPECIAL, with Impossible Pictures for BBC1. Mike McGee, Michael Eames, Alec Knox are the nominated team for DINOTOPIA while Max Tyrie, Tim Greenwood, Jez Gibson Harris have been singled out for THE GIANT CLAW.
Disney Feature Animation and Nickelodeon's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS earned two Golden Reel Awards each at the Motion Picture Sound Editors 50th annual awards banquet March 22, 2003 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. SPONGEBOB won for both Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated Music and Best Sound Editing in Television: Animated Sound. Music editor Nicholas Carr won his second Golden Reel for SPONGEBOB music, while the Hacienda Post sound team of supervising sound editors Timonthy Borquez and Jeffrey Hutchins, in addition to dialogue editors Tony Ostyn and Daisuke Sawa won for their sound work on the series. Music editor Ken Karman was the recipient for Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Animated Music for his work on LILO AND STITCH. It was Karman's first experience on an animated film. Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Animated Sound went to the crew on Disney's TREASURE PLANET. The crew, which had done the sound editing on THE MATRIX, and had never worked together on an animated feature before, said they were completely astounded to win against the competition. The recipients included supervising sound editor Dane Davis, supervising sound /dialogue/ ADR editor Julia Evershade, foley editor Andrew Lackey and sound editor Richard Adrian. Evershade did have some previous animation experience on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and SPACE JAM. Supervising sound editor Tom Syslo, a multiple Golden Reel winner, was on hand to pick up his award for Best Sound Editing: Direct to Video, awarded for THE ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB AND THUMBELINA, along with supervising dialogue editor Eric Freeman. Fellow Hacienda Post editors Borquez and supervising ADR editor Eileen Horta were also part of the winning direct to video team. The Verna Fields Award in Sound Editing for Student Filmmakers went to sound editor Antonia Bates for her work on the animated film LAST RUMBA IN ROCHDALE, produced at The National Film And Television School in London. This year the Special Venue award also went to an animated project, SANTA VS. THE SNOWMAN 3D, for Imax. The winning team for Best Sound Editing: Special Venue went to supervising sound editors Tim Archer and Brian Eimer, music editor Carl Lenox and sound editors Dan Shattuch, Grant McAlpine, Regan Ramos and Julian Daboll. The surprise win of the evening was when Best Sound Editing In Domestic Features: Sound Effects/Foley was awarded to the team on ROAD TO PERDITION, who thanked the MPSE for appreciating the subtle sound work involved. For a complete list of winners go to ww.mpse.org.
It seems the tastes of active Animation World Network viewers do not jive with the Academy voters according to the results now in for AWN's Oscar Reivew reader poll. For once AWN voters selected a different short film winner, picking THE CATHEDRAL over the Oscar-winning THE CHUBBCHUBBS, which just won the Oscar. An overwhelming 46% of all AWN voters predicted THE CATHEDRAL would take home the Oscar, while 18% voted for MIKE'S NEW CAR, followed by 14% for DAS RAD, 15% for MT. HEAD. THE CHUBBCHUBBBS finished last with 10%.
On March 23, 2003 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of this year's Oscars. Hayao Miyazakis SPIRITED AWAY (Walt Disney) was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, while visual effects stunner THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (New Line) took home the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Eric Armstrong's THE CHUBBCHUBBS (Sony Pictures Imageworks) won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
Students from New York University and Pasadena's Art Center School of Design took first place for animation in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 24th Annual College Television Awards Competition. The winners, along with students in live-action categories, were flown in from all across the country to be honored at a special awards gala on March 16, 2003 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, during which they had the opportunity to meet with industry leaders at the invitation-only ceremony.
Animation writer Ken Keeler picked up the first ever Animation Award at the 55th Annual Writers Guild Awards bi-coastal ceremonies March 8, 2003 for his FUTURAMA teleplay "Godfellas." It was the first time all animated programs (long form original, long form adaptation, specials and episodic) competed in the new television animation category. Animation programming scripted by WGA members had previously been submitted under the appropriate category (i.e. 30-minute comedy, hour-long drama).