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If you’re a writer you are familiar with the word. You just wrote an Academy Award-quality screenplay or an Emmy-quality series development, put together a solid pitch, gave it to the producer or exec with passion, and he or she responded with the most painful one-word epithet in the English language—Pass.

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SATIRE: Mistakenly Released Compositor Recaptured and Returned to Studio

Following a massive manhunt, Bangalore authorities apprehend CG compositor mistakenly allowed to leave VFX production studio to take ailing grandmother to doctor.

VIEW Conference Headline News

Italy's VIEW Conference Announces 2014 Dates

The 2014 edition of Italy’s VIEW Conference will be held October 14-17; submissions for the 2014 VIEW Award and VIEW Social contest for short films employing animation or visual effects are now being accepted.


Animatricks Festival's Call for Entries


Animatricks Festival is launching its 2014 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit their animated short films. International competition is arranged now for the first time alongside with the traditional competition for the best Finnish animated shorts. The prize for the international winner is 3000 euros. The festival takes place 25–27 April 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Submission is open until 31 January 2014.

Animatricks is a cozy three-day festival and a meeting point for animation professionals and fans, held in the heart of Helsinki. Animatricks has been presenting new Finnish animation and selections of international tops since the year 2000 and has awarded Finnish animation since 2005. In 2014 Animatricks extends and opens an international competition. The competition is sponsored by Rovio Entertainment, media company and creator of the globally successful Angry Birds.

Qualifications and prizes

Animatricks wants to share the wonders of animation and show stories that cannot be told in any other art form. We are looking for films with unique storytelling, style and technique.



In the six Cartoon Modern programs I had the opportunity to see many old favorites.  I also learned about the Cartoon Modern movement in the Netherlands in the 1950’s and ‘60’s   and the Contemporary Cartoon Modern program showed us that the legacy of the 1950’s is still very much alive.

Far too often when I see a film that I saw and loved years ago it turns out to be a big disappointment, but the UPA feature Gay Pur-ee” was as wonderful as the first time I saw it on the big screen when it was released in 1962.  Judy Garland in her only animated film role was the perfect voice for the lovely, pampered house cat Mewsette, and Robert Goulet in his first film role brought the champion mouser Jaune Tom, who is in love with Mewsette, to life.  The sequence of paintings of Mewsette in the styles of various famous artists such as Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, and Picasso is a delight for anyone who knows art history.  Gay Pur-ee was 85 minutes of purr-fect pleasure for me.


FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL du COURT METRAGE Lille, France – 9 to 13 October 2013

I was delighted when the Festival International du Court Metrage in Lille, France invited me to be on their jury this year.  Nik and I had been to the festival last year to present a program on the history of animation and I had enjoyed the opportunity to see the live action short films in competition as well as the animation competitions which were in separate programs.

This year the festival made the jury’s job interesting and challenging by dividing the competition screenings into 3 International and 2 National (French) programs with live action and animation screened together in both categories.  I thought that it was going to be difficult to judge both types of films in one program, like comparing apples and oranges, but good film is good film no matter what format it immediately stands out.