On October 20, the LA International Short Film Festival honored Sony Pictures Imageworks CG short THE CHUBBCHUBBS as Best Animated Short Film. The comedy, directed by Eric Armstrong (animation supervisor for STUART LITTLE 2 and HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE), features an alien hero named Meeper who valiantly tries to warn the patrons of the Ale-E-Inn of impending intergalactic danger. THE CHUBBCHUBBS is the first digitally animated short film produced by Imageworks, and it also recently took Best Short Film honors at Digital Media World's LEAF Awards.
The LEAF Awards were presented on October 9th during the Digital Media World Conference, October 9-11, 2002. The LEAF Awards showcases and promotes the best new work, skills and services of companies and individuals involved in creative development of visual effects and animation. The nominees were comprised of some of the top visual effects and animation houses today, such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, ILM, The Mill, Passion Pictures, Framestore CFC and many others. Sony Pictures Imageworks took best short film for The ChubbChubbs, the companys first CGI short.
In a truly international showing, the jury of the 2002 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) chose five films from five different countries as the top prize winners in the Independent Short Films Competition. The festival concluded on October 6, 2002 with a gala awards presentation and Robert Bradbrook's HOME ROAD MOVIES (UK) scored the Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Film or Video. The film, which recently won the coveted 2002 Cartoon d'Or, is a true account of a shy father and his wish to bring his family closer together by taking them on automobile outings.
The 17th Annual Gemini Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian English-language television, announced their nominations on September 24, 2002. The nominees for Best Animated Program or Series are: AAAGH! IT'S THE MR. HELL SHOW!, ANGELA ANACONDA, ECKHART SERIES III, THE SANTA CLAUS BROTHERS and YVON OF THE YUKON. IN THE Best Pre-School Program or Series animated shows
The 2002 Cartoon dOr has been awarded to Robert Bradbrook for his short film HOME ROAD MOVIES. Also the winner of the Spcial Jury Prize at Annecy 2002, HOME ROAD MOVIES is the real-life story of a shy and awkward father who uses road trips in the family car to help him be a better parent. The film is a mix of 3D animation and live-action. The Cartoon d'Or winner receives 25,000 Euro from MEDIA as a pre-production aid to begin a more ambitious project like a feature film or a TV special. The prize was awarded on September 21, 2002, the closing night of the 13th Cartoon Forum.
DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg will be the first recipient of the newly established "Tex Avery Animation Award" at the 2002 Hollywood Film Festival, to be held in October in Hollywood, California. The award is named for legendary animator Tex Avery, who began his animation career in 1932 at Walter Lantz and went on to work at Warner Bros., MGM and Hanna Barbera. The award will be presented annually to honor an individual or group who have nurtured and advanced the art form of animation through outstanding contributions in the creative and/or technical arenas.
Winners of the 54th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards were announced at the Shrine Auditorium on September 14, 2002. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Darrell Hammond hosted the evening, which honors television's top talent behind the camera. In the animation-related categories, FUTURAMA, which recently found a new home on Cartoon Network, picked up its first Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program Less Than One Hour, beating out fellow Fox nominees THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL, as well as Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK and Nickelodeon's AS TOLD BY GINGER.
Michael Dudok De Wit's short film FATHER AND DAUGHTER continued its winning streak at the 2002 edition of the Hiroshima Animation Festival. Winning both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize, Dudok De Wit can now add Hiroshima to the slew of honors he has received for his film, including the 2001 Annecy Grand Prix, the 2000 Academy Award for Best Animated Short, Grand Prize at Zagreb 2002, the 2001 Cartoon D'or and many others. Below you will find a full list of winners:
FATHER AND DAUGHTER by Michael Dudok De Wit (The Netherlands)
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that 2d3's automated motion tracker boujou has been awarded a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. Cited for its revolutionary impact on the creation of complex visual effects, boujou has made a major contribution to high-profile television productions, music videos and commercials by facilitating the creation of visual effects combining live-action and 3D. DINOTOPIA, BAND OF BROTHERS, Jim Henson's JACK & THE BEANSTALK: THE REAL STORY and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER are among the productions to use boujou's matchmoving technology.
The Emmy Award winners in the Outstanding Voice Over Performance as well as Individual Achievement in Animation have been announced for the 54th Annual Emmy Awards. These juried award categories, which have no nominations, will be presented at the 2002 Primetime Creative Arts Awards on Saturday, September 14, 2002 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Anima Mundi has announced the winners for its 2002 festival, which took place from July 12 - 21, 2002 in Rio de Janeiro then moved to São Paulo, Brazil from July 24 - July 28, 2002. The festival is the major animation festival in South America and includes a wide range of open activities, including workshops, lectures and exhibitions. A full list of winners is below.
ANIMA MUNDI 2002
AWARDS BY THE PUBLIC JURY in RIO DE JANEIRO
Animation and interactive entertainment company Unbound Studiosrecently took home the gold. The Gold Broadcast Design Award forEducational Websites, that is. Unbound won for Sesame Street's MUSICZONE Website, which combines animation, interactivity and structuredlearning of music for a pre-school audience. Using the charm andhumor of the Muppets, Unbound designed and worked closely witheducators to fashion an engaging site that combined Macromedia'sFlash and Director programs with Beatnik audio to create operas and
Nominations for the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 18, 2002 and the Fox network ruled the Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) category with all three of its popular prime-time sitcoms FUTURAMA, THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THE HILL nabbing noms. They were joined by Comedy Central's SOUTH PARK and Nickelodeon's AS TOLD BY GINGER.
The Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College will award an honorary degree to Michael Dudok de Wit during the Institute's convocation ceremony at Guildford Cathedral on July 19, 2002. De Wit, an Oscar-winning animator and graduate of the Institute, will be presented the degree in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the animation industry. Michael Dudok de Wit studied animation at the West Surrey College of Art and Design (now The Surrey Institute), where he made his first film, THE INTERVIEW.
Five European short films, selected from a list of awarded films screened at leading European animation festivals, will be competing for the 2002 Cartoon d'Or. The Cartoon d'Or will be given during Cartoon Forum's closing evening, Saturday, September 21, 2002. The nominees are:
HOME ROAD MOVIES - Robert Bradbrook (UK) 2001
3D Animation - 11 minutes 40 seconds
Production : Finetake (UK)
Annecy Festival 2002: Jury Special Prize
Animated Encounters 2002, Bristol Festival: Audience Awards (2nd prize)
Michael Dudok de Wit's multiple award-winning short FATHER AND DAUGHTER has claimed yet another honor, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb 2002, the 15th World Festival of Animated Films. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 26th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Adriaan Lokman's CG short BARCODE, while Barry Purves' animated comedy drama HAMILTON MATTRESS was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Program. 245 films were screened in the "Annecy 2002" official selection, coming from 33 countries, with more than 200 films premiering at the festival. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Congratulations to all the winners!
Jerry Scott, co-creator of the ZITS and BABY BLUES comic strips, has won the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) 2001 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. The "Oscar of cartooning" was presented at a black tie gala during the 56th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. The Reuben Award, given by the NCS each year for exemplary cartoon work created in the previous year, was designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. In addition, cartoonists in various professional divisions were also honored with special plaques for excellence.
Beginning May 13, 2002 the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City hosted its 13th Annual Dusty Film Festival and Awards, a three-day event featuring short films, videos and animation where graduating students from SVA were recognized for their outstanding achievements. The festival ended on May 16th with an evening awards ceremony and gala reception at New York's Beekman Theater. Jae Young Lee won Outstanding Achievement in Stop-Motion Animation for THE LETTER FROM HEAVEN while Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Animation went to Ryan Smith for STITCH.
ACM SIGGRAPH has announced the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Award winners for SIGGRAPH 2002. The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival showcases films documenting significant advances in technology, interactive techniques and the creative potential of computer graphics. The two award winners were selected from 640 entries. Poland's Tomek Baginski won the Best Animated Short award for THE CATHEDRAL, based on Jacek Dukaj's novel of the same name.
The winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 29th Annual Student Academy Awards competition have been announced. The nominated films were voted upon by Academy members and the winning students will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate June 9, 2002 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
May 17-19, 2002, Kalamazoo, Michigan hosted the first Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI). $15,000 in cash prizes was handed out to winners in 24 competition levels. Honorees included a Gold for Zach Schlappi's PASTA FOR WAR in the Student Graduate Films category, and TONGUES AND TAXIS by Michael Overbeck won the Independent Short Film Gold Award, and tied with ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' for Best In Show. ROCKIN' & ROLLIN' also won filmmakers Mark Waring and Gordon Allen a Gold in the First Film category. For a full list of winners please visit the KAFI Website at:
The Leo Awards 2002 ceremony took place at the Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina in Vancouver, BC on May 11, 2002. Honoring the best in British Columbia's film and television industry, the big winner in the animation and children's category was Studio B's YVON OF THE YUKON (Producer: Kathy Antonson Rocchio, Executive Producers: Blair Peters and Chris Bartleman), which took home Leo's for Best Youth or Children's Program or Series, Best Animation Program or Series and Best Director, Youth or Children's Program or Series (Greg Sullivan for the episode "Chariots of Fire").
On May 11, 2002 the 29th Annual Daytime Emmy's were presented in 44 categories for the creative arts including the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy Award. This Emmy is a juried award for a single episode of a series or a special.
Thanks to the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, being an obsessed and rabid fan may get you on TV one day, and not just on the evening news! On May 12, 2002, the SCI FI Channel will present the first-ever Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, in recognition of the best short films made by STAR WARS enthusiasts. Hosted by Kevin Smith, the one-hour special, presented in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms, will premiere Sunday, May 12 at 8pm ET/PT, exclusively on SCI FI Channel.