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.
The regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, announced their nominees on April 11, 2002. Winners in 74 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies on May 10 and May 11, 2002. Vancouver-based studios Mainframe and Studio B dominated the animation noms, with Mainframe picking up nominations for series' ACTION MAN and REBOOT as well as four nominations for the direct-to-video BARBIE IN THE NUTCRACKER including Best Animation Program and Best Children or Youth Series.
The 6th Pulcinella Awards were presented in Positano, Italy, April 22, 2002 at Cartoons on the Bay, the international festival and conference on television animation. 38 programs were in competition for this year's awards. The international jury was made up of Bob Balser (president of Cartoon, Belgium), Eve Baron (head of the childrens department, France 3, France), Bill Kroyer (senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues, USA), Phillippe Jacot (director of children's programming UBE, Switzerland) and Gianfranco Noferi (director of RAI, Italy).
The 11th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film was celebrated March 22-27, 2002. The biannual festival presented a wide-ranging program. 425 films were shown over six days and in four competitions. Prizes amounting to 54,500 Euro were handed out. In the International Competition, the Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg (7,500 Euro) went to STROJENIE INSTRUMENTÓW (TUNING INSTRUMENTS) by Jerzy Kucia, while the Prize of the City of Stuttgart, also 7,500 Euro, went to Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) organization held their 49th MPSE Golden Reel Awards banquet on Saturday, March 23, 2002 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. The Golden Reel Awards acknowledge the year's best work in the various areas of sound editing. Winning the award for Best Sound Editing - Music, Television Animated Series was Michael Geisler and BadaBing BadaBoom Productions, Inc. for their work on THE CRAMP TWINS, a Sunbow Entertainment/TV-Loonland and Cartoon Network UK co-production.
AnimAction, Inc. will be presenting their 12th Annual TEAM (Tobacco Education Awareness Message) Awards on April 10, 2002, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. at the Wadsworth Theatre located in Brentwood, California. AnimAction is a production company dedicated to utilizing the art of animation as a way to educate children about issues of global concern. The company teaches kids to produce animated Public Service Announcements as part of their educational program.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the recipients of the 2nd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, game development's highest honors. The awards were presented Thursday, March 21, 2002 during a ceremony at the San Jose Civic Auditorium as part of this year's annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). The celebration honored innovation as well as technical and artistic achievement in interactive entertainment.
The Cartoon Movie Tributes were awarded during the closing evening of Cartoon Movie, the forum dedicated to European animation feature films, that took place in the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany from March 14-16, 2002. Three European companies were selected from seven nominees who have made a significant mark on the animation feature film industry. The Cartoon Movie Tributes reward European strategies, outstanding facts, companies or personalities that have had a positive and dynamic influence on the European animation feature film industry.And the winners are
Voting members of the Academy, your ballots are almost due! Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed final Oscar ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Ballots received after the 5:00 pm deadline are ineligible. If you havent had a chance to see all the nominated animated films, check out clips from the animated short films and find out information on all the animated feature nominees at AWNs Oscar Showcase.
The British Animation Awards (BAA) were presented Friday, March 15, 2002 at a gala ceremony at the National Film Theater in London. Created in 1996, BAA is a bi-annual event, and since its inception has covered all aspects of the UK animation scene, from student work to commercials, children's entertainment, short and experimental art films, and new technologies, scenario and craft.
The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Award nominees were announced on March 13, 2002 and Scholastic Productions CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG walked away with five nominations, topping all other animated shows. Close behind was another PBS series, ARTHUR, which tied with The WBs JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES at three nominations each. Nicks DORA THE EXPLORER nabbed two noms including one for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.
Imagina 2.0 the International Festival for Digital Images, was held in Monaco on February 12 - 14 , 2002 and THE TALE OF THE FLOATING WORLD, directed by Alain Escalle, won the Grand Prix Imagina over such prestigious nominees as AMÉLIE, SHREK and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Grand Prix Imagina rewards a unique production that reflects current trends in animation, both technical and artistic. The 24 minute short film, co-produced by Mistral Films and TEVA, combines animation and live-action with modern digital techniques and special effects.
The 16th Annual Goya Awards, the Spanish Film Academys equivalent to the U.S. Academy Awards, were presented February 2, 2002. The awards honor Spanish produced films. Independent animated feature EL BOSQUE ANIMADO (THE LIVING FOREST) directed by Manolo Gómez & Angel de la Cruz won two awards, Best Original Song and Best Animated Film. The Best Animated Short Film was POLLO, directed by Manuel Sirgo.
The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced the nominees for the annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The winners will be presented at the ceremony on March 21, during the Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 19 - 23 in San Jose, California. The Game Developers Choice Awards are peer-based, and game developers worldwide nominate those games and developers they feel are most deserving of recognition.
Hayao Miyazaki's SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI (SPIRITED AWAY) was awarded The Golden Bear, the top prize at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival. SPIRITED AWAY shared the award with Paul Greengrass's live-action film BLOODY SUNDAY. Winning the coveted award, and acceptance of the film by Western audiences, may mean the film will finally be seen in the U.S. SPIRITED AWAY broke box office records in Japan, where it was the number one film of all time, earning 29.4 billion yen (US $221.5M). But as recently as summer 2001, Disney (who released Miyazakis PRINCESS MONONOKE in the U.S.
The nominees are:
Game of the Year
BLACK & WHITE (Lionhead Studios)
GRAND THEFT AUTO III (DMA Design/Rockstar Games)
HALO: COMBAT EVOLVED (Bungie Studios)
ICO (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.)
MAX PAYNE (Remedy Entertainment)
Rookie Studio of the Year
Adrenium Games for AZURIK: RISE OF PERATHIA
Bohemia Interactive Studio for OPERATION FLASHPOINT
Croteam for SERIOUS SAM
Pseudo Interactive for CEL DAMAGE
With categories like Best Animation on the Cutting-Edge, Best Music Video and Best Student Film, the British Animation Awards (BAA) honor all aspects of the U.K. animation scene, from student work to commercials, children's entertainment to short and experimental films. This year the BAA introduced two new award categories: International Award for Best Short, and an award for Best European Animated Feature.
Here is the full list of the nominees for the British Animation Awards (BAA).
Best Pre-School Childrens Series
BOB THE BUILDER: MUCKY MUCK Directed by Sarah Ball
BILL AND BEN:THE RAINBOW Directed by Tim Collings
64 ZOO LANE: KEVIN THE CROCODILE Directed by An Vrombaut
Best Childrens Series
THE CRAMP TWINS Directed by Becky Bristow, Produced by Cartoon Network
ALBIE Directed by Francis Vose,
Pixar Animation Studios will be honored with the Producers Guild of Americas (PGA) inaugural Vanguard Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in new media and technology. The PGA cited Pixars significant contributions in the field of computer graphic imaging (CGI) technology since its inception 15 years ago. Pixar created the first full-length computer animated feature film, 1995s TOY STORY and their RenderMan software propelled computer graphics into mainstream movie-making by allowing computer generated images to blend in seamlessly with live-action scenes.
DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg was on hand January 22, 2002 to pick up SHREKs Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) award for best animated feature, besting runner up MONSTERS, INC. The winners had been previously announced. SHREK has garnered virtually every critics award in the animated feature category so far this year, with the exception of the New York Film Critics Circle, who gave the nod to WAKING LIFE. LAFCA also presented a Career Achievement Award to Disney animation pioneer Joe Grant, who said, "I hope Mr.