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.
ASIFA-Hollywood has put out a call for volunteers interested in serving on the nomination committees for the 2003 Annie Awards. The categories include home entertainment, short subject, television commercial, television production, television production produced for children, character animation, character design (feature and TV), directing (feature and TV), effects animation, music (feature and TV), production design (feature and TV), storyboarding (feature and TV), voice acting (feature and TV) and writing (feature and TV).
The inaugural HypeFest, a new festival launched July 26 - July 27, 2003 at CineSpace in Hollywood to unite and showcase independent filmmakers with commercial communities, concluded its weekend-long screenings and festivities with an awards show and live performance by the band Camper Van Beethoven. More than 80 original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world were screened amongst the many mixers and networking opportunities.
Animation studio Film Roman, Inc. has received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Music Video category for FRIJOLERO, the gritty, urban anger song from Surco/Universal Music Latin artist Molotov that explores issues of Mexican/American racism and intolerance. The video was created using software created by Texas-based computer artist Bob Sabiston (WAKING LIFE), which allows artists to paint over digital footage using interpolated rotoscoping.
OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM (For Programming Less Than One Hour)
AS TOLD BY GINGER "And She Was Gone"
Nickelodeon and Klasky Csupo ProductionsArlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, Executive ProducerEryk Casemiro, Co-Executive ProducerEmily Kapnek, Co-Executive Producer/WriterCella Nichols Harris, Supervising ProducerJim Duffy, Supervising ProducerMaureen Iser, Produced byMark Risley, DirectorJeffrey Perlmutter, Supervising Assistant Director
Nominations for the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 17, 2003 and Nickelodeon won the most primetime Emmy nominations for animated shows with four, narrowly edging out FOX with three. THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA were again nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) along with Nick's AS TOLD BY GINGER and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, while DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE on the Disney Channel rounded out the category.
Writers of the "Jimmy" episode of STATIC SHOCK won the $10,000 HUMANITAS Prize for Children's Animation on July 10, 2003 during a luncheon ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel, in Universal City, California. Eleven winning writers, representing a diverse slate of work, won these prestigious prizes and $105,000 were awarded in eight categories for film and television writers whose work "entertains and enriches the viewing public."
Five animation writers are among the 41 scribes named finalists in seven categories for the 2003 HUMANITAS Prize. The writers, selected from a pool of 353 entries, will be competing for $105,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon on July 10, 2003 at the Hilton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. Competing for the $10,000 prize in the Children's Animation Category are:"Jimmy" episode of STATIC SHOCK- Teleplay by Dwayne McDuffie, story by Alan Burnett and Dwayne McDuffie (Warner Bros. Animation for Kids' WB!)
Kimberly Miner from Rochester Institute of Technology won the Gold Medal for her film, PERPETUAL MOTION, in the animation category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 30th Annual Student Academy Awards competition June 8, 2003. She was among 11 winning film students from nine U.S. universities participated in several days of industry-related activities and social events prior to the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
With thousands of fans and nominees tuning in from more than 90 countries and 185 parties worldwide, The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences honored the world's best Websites June 5, 2003 in the first Webby Awards announcement to take place completely online. Nick.Com, www.nick.com, won a Webby for best TV site. 2003 People's Voice Winners included CartoonNetwork.com, www.cartoonnetwork.com for Television and Disney's Toontown Online, www.toontown.com, for Youth.
At the 24th Banff Rockie Awards (June 8-13, 2003), ABOUT A FISHERMAN AND A FISH, produced by Soyuzmultfilm Film Studio in Russia, won the Animation Program Award. The Banff student jury screened programs in the Animation and Children's and Youth categories and decided the International Student Jury Prize. The Animation prize was won by MONKEY DUST, produced by Talkback for the BBC, which depicts a nightmarish, nocturnal world, inhabited by the sad, the lonely and the emotionally crippled.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 27th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Koji Yamamura's ATAMA YAMA, while Serge Elissalde's VERTE was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Production. 295 films were screened in the "Annecy 2003" official selection. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 7, 2003. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Short and Feature Fiction Films jury, made up of Susie Campbell, Mikhail Aldashin, Giannalberto Bendazzi, Gabor Csupo and Bill Plympton, has awarded:
Three animated shorts were among the winners at MOONDANCE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2003. The record number festival attendees reported opportunities were offered to them during the four-day festival (May 15-18, 2003 in Boulder, Colorado) to sell their screenplays, films, stageplays, short stories, film scores, libretti and TV pilots, while forging new alliances within the U.S. and the international film and entertainment industry. The event featured workshops and panels, networking parties, an awards ceremony and reception plus the annual Moondance labyrinth. Speakers and participants came from the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Slovakia, UK, Austria, Belgium, Lithuania, Finland, Mexico and other countries. The animation winners were:
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