The British Television Advertising Awards were announced on Nov. 3, 2003 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The event attracted more than 400 entries for its 21 categories.
The Angelus Awards Student Film Festival announced the winners of its 8th annual student film competition. Winning films screened at the awards ceremony on October 25 at the Directors Guild of America. A special tribute and SPIRIT OF ANGELUS award were given posthumously to Academy-Award winner Gregory Peck, which was presented to his wife, Vèronique Peck. Twenty-one college and graduate level film students were selected as finalists from a record 472 entries worldwide.
Caligari, award-winning producer of 3D modeling and animation software, released the winners of its Big Break 2003 animation contest. The contest was designed to showcase the talents of artists and animators using Caligari's trueSpace 3D modeling and animation software package and illustrate what's possible using inexpensive software, an ordinary desktop PC and a healthy dose of talent and imagination.
The nominations for the 2003 British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with the LEGO Company have been announced. The winners will be announced on November 30, 2003.
The Best Animation nominees include ALBIE from Cosgrove Hall Films, Granada International and CiTV; BOB THE BUILDER SPECIAL - A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER from HOT Animation for HIT Entertainment and BBC; BOUNTY HAMSTER from Silver Fox Films, Peafur Productions and CiTV; and PONGWIFFY from Telemagination and CiTV.
The Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) will present its sixth annual Animation Writing Award to Mark Evanier at its annual reception, October 23, 2003, at 7:00 pm at 7000 West Third St. in Los Angeles.
There have been significant advancements in the two-plus decades since Mark first made his entrance into the field of animation, said Victoria Riskin, WGAw. His contributions as a writer and advocate for the medium are immeasurable. This award recognizes those achievements.
On October 19, 2003, the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO 03) announced its winners. An international jury selected winners in seven categories from 72 films. CalArts student Jean-Jacques Villard took home the top honors with the Nelvana Grand Prize for his film SON OF SATAN. Turku Arts Academy of Finland garnered the Grand Prize - Best School for exhibiting a high level of consistency and diversity in its show reel.
The Walt Disney Co. recognized 11 honorees as 2003 Disney Legends for their "creativity and imagination" in a ceremony held Oct. 16 at Disney Legends Plaza on the studio lot in Burbank. Disney vice chairman Roy Disney presided over the induction ceremony, which has honored 163 individual talents since 1987, beginning with actor Fred MacMurray.
The 2003 Disney Legends honorees are as follows:
The Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2003 Machinima Awards, which showcases the best in films created in a realtime virtual 3D environment, known as 3D game engines. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 25, 2003 at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York as part of the Machinima Film Festival.
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 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 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 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.