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'Life Without Gabriella Ferri' takes the Grand Prize

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 30, 2009 at 10:29am

The grand prize went to "Life Without Gabriella Ferri" by Priit and Olga Parn. This is a complex, sensual, poetic film. "Wallace & Gromit: A Matter Of Loaf And Death" by Nick Park took the special jury prize. Even though they are masters of the art, these filmmakers were pleased and genuinely touched by the recognition.


Genzano, near Rome. What better setting for an animation festival?

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 27, 2009 at 9:34am

I Castelli Animati takes place about an hours drive from Rome, in the large and bustling ancient Roman town of Genzano on Lake Nemi. Narrow cobbled streets, ancient stucco buildings with red tile roofs, black iron gates, shuttered windows...this area has been a busy center since before the birth of Jesus.


CTN Animation Expo: The Saturday Experience

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 23, 2009 at 2:35pm

The CTN Animation Expo is a new animation event based at the Burbank Convention Center in California. The Expo is mixed with traditional artist, computer artists, schools, software companies, book publishers, Women in Animation and ASIFA, recruiters from well established companies, and several other animation related companies.


CTN-X: A Real Animation Conference in the U.S.

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 23, 2009 at 12:14pm

CTN-X kicked off its first edition on Friday. Nov. 20th, bringing a new animation conference to Los Angeles. In it's first year, the event had quickly outgrown its home at the Burbank Convention Center with attendees lined up to attend various standing-room only panels.


The First International Zhengzhou Animation Forum and Trade Fair kicks off with huge animation facility visit

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:30am

The First International Zhengzhou Animation Forum and Trade Fair in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, brought together provincial officials and 50 foreign visitors from the US, Europe and Asia.


Ottawa International Animation Festival 2009: Day 4: Animation Hustle

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8:32pm

Exhibitors including Walt Disney, Rainmaker, Nelvana, Pipeline Studios, Starz and Studio B, as well as such schools as Algonquin College, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Sheridan College, Carleton University Interactive Media and Design, Vancouver Film School and Durham College made the AniMarket a huge part of Day 4.


Cartoon Forum Celebrates 20th Anniversary

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 16, 2009 at 12:21pm

The 20th annual Cartoon Forum took place September 22-25 in the beautiful town of Stavanger, Norway. Always marked by a convivial atmosphere, the event in this milestone year had an especially positive and cohesive vibe, with attendees seemingly enjoying simply being together to share their common enthusiasm.


Fjorg! SIGGRAPH 2009 Competition – Day 2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 12:02pm

Day 2 of the animation competition kicked off at 9am with a loud drumbeat and Afro Brazilian performers. The sound drew a large crowd in to watch the performances. The animation teams had worked through the night on their films so the very lively dancers lent some much needed energy to the competitors.


Evening Theater Awards Ceremony and Real-Time Live Demos

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 2:05am

Monday nights' Evening Theater began with the introduction of host Miles Perkins, senior staff at Industrial Light and Magic. He kicked off the award ceremony by paving the way for Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic.


Fjorg Begins!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 12:09pm

SIGGRAPH's Fjorg! competition, created by Patricia Beckmann as an Iron Animator event challenges the competitors to create a short film (15-45 seconds) from concept to finish in the short time span of thirty-two hours. To make the task more demanding, distractions are scheduled throughout the day to entice them away from the film making process.