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HypeFest Extends Late Submission Deadline To May 9

April showers have brought May extensions for HypeFest, which has moved its late submission deadline to May 9, 2003. HypeFest, a new film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity, is accepting short films (50 minutes or less), commercials, music videos and promos for its premiere event, which will take place July 25-27, 2003 at Cinespace in Hollywood, California.

Festival Headline News

Madcat Calls For Submissions

The MadCat Women's International Film Festival is accepting submissions for its 7th annual festival, which will take place in San Francisco, September 5-30, 2003. MadCat exhibits cutting-edge independent and experimental films directed or co-directed by women. MadCat accepts films and videos about any topic and do not give specific preference to work about women. Festival director Ariella Ben-Dov said MadCat accepts all genres of film and videos produced at any time. Deadline is June 4, 2003.

Film Headline News

AEAF Short Film Festival Deadline Extended

The deadline for submissions to the AEAF Short Film Festival has been extended to April 22, 2003. The AEAF Short Film Festival will showcase a selection of films from Australia and around the world that show a high degree of innovation and mastery of digital film making techniques or computer-animation. To submit a film for consideration, please send a VHS tape (PAL) by end of business April 22 to The Festival Director, AEAF, PO Box 369, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012. The AEAF Short Film Festival will take place from 6:00pm on Monday, May 12 at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne May 12-13, 2003. For more information and regulations, visit the Website at www.dmw.com.au or phone 61 2 9319 4277.

Awards Headline News

Animex Student Awards Needs Entries

The University of Teesside and the Animex Animation Festival have issued a second call for entries to the Animex Student Animation Awards, which are due August 1, 2003. The awards are dedicated to promoting the art of animation and recognizing student excellence in computer animation and other techniques. Winners will be chosen in nine categories, and an Audience Award will also be presented. Any frame-by-frame or computer-assisted animated film or video produced as a student work from January 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003, is eligible for entry. The competition is free to enter and open to all international applicants. Winners of the awards will be announced at the Animex festival in January 2004. For more information and to download an application visit www.animex.net/student_awards.cfm or email info@animex.net.

Animation Headline News

Speakers/Papers Needed For College Art Assoc. Conference

The College Art Association's Annual Conference is looking for speakers to present papers on a panel/session "Fine Art and Experimental Animation: Creative and Theoretical Affinities" during the conference Februrary18-21, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. Deadline to submit papers in English from proposed speakers is May 12, 2003. Submissions must be mailed by the deadline to session chair, Janeann Dill, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinare, Studien, 1217 Greycourt Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227, USA or they may be emailed to jdill4ffc@aol.com. for the official rules and to receive a proposal form contact CAA at (212) 691-1051 or email nyoffice@collegeart.org. This session will focus on those in-between spaces exciting fine arts and animation in their creative, theoretical and historical affinities. Animation for this purpose is defined as the art of single-frame filmmaking. All points of view are welcome: critical theory; art and film history; the studio practice of narrative and non-narrative genres of animation/fine art; media art, interactive art, sculpture, painting, printmaking; 2D, 3D, stereoscopic animation, cameraless animation; installation, performance, video; and philosophical research instigated by each.

Digital Headline News

LEAF 2003 Needs Papers

Papers are now be accepting on both artistic and scientific themes relating to 3D Animation, Computer Graphics and Digital Art for the LEAF 2003 (London Effects and Animation Festival), to be held in conjunction with Digital Arts World 2003 at London's Earls Court Oct. 28-30, 2003. The event caters to anyone involved in special effects, games, web design, digital video, graphic design and computer music. The deadline is May 16, 2003. For presentation submittal information email strainor@advanstar.com.

April Headline News

Humanitas Deadline April 1

Time is running out to submit scripts from TV and film productions for The Humanitas Prize, which affirms human values in entertainment. Animation writers may compete for $10,000 in the children's teleplay category. TV programs must have been broadcast between April 2002 and April 2003 to qualify. Applications are due April 1, 2003, the winners will be announced in July 10, 2003 in Los Angeles. For submission forms visit www.humanitasprize.org.

Animation Headline News

New Animation Festival In Windy City

Cineme 2003, the first Chicago International Animation Film Festival invites local, national and international animation professionals in the genres of Film, Television, Media, VFX, Gaming, Web, Music and Experimental; Storyboard Artists and Artisans; TV and Screenwriters, as well as directors, producers, distributors and investors to participate in this groundbreaking competition to be held in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 6-9, 2003. The entrance fees and deadlines vary per category. Entry form, release form, rules and regulations are available online at www.Cineme.org.

Festival Headline News

VFX & Animation Shorts Welcome In Australian Fest

Based upon the reception of the AEAF Awards in Sydney last December, organizers of the Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) have introduced a Short Film Festival May 12-13, 2003 in Melbourne at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square. The shorts festival will showcase some of the best digital and animated material submitted to the AEAF Awards 2002, as well as some new material. Jim Rygiel/VFX supervisor on the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is one of the featured speakers. Entries on Pal VHS are due no later than Friday, April 18, 2003.

Award Headline News

Rush Your Entries to Soho Short Film Festival

The Rushes Soho Short Film Festival, to be held in London July 26-August 1, 2003, is accepting submissions for the following categories: The Short Film Award, The Newcomer Award, The Title Sequences & Idents Award, The Animated Short Award and The Music Video Award. The film should be no longer than 12 minutes in duration and produced in the last 12 months, up until May 6, 2003. The six-day festival screens the shortlisted films for free throughout Soho's cafes, bars and cinemas, culminating with the awards ceremony on July 31, 2003.

Festival Headline News

Moondance Festival Final Call for Entries

Moondance International Film Festival 2003 invites international screenwriters, filmmakers, playwrights, short story writers, TV writers, librettists, film music composers, as well as directors, producers, distributors and investors to participate in the annual film festival and competition held in Boulder, Colorado at the historic Chautauqua Park, May 15-18, 2003. Entry form, release form, rules & regs are available online at www.moondancefilmfestival.com.

Animation Headline News

Bay Area Siggraph Chapter Calls For Animation

The San Francisco ACM SIGGRAPH Professional Chapter is calling for participants to submit animation of up to 3 minutes for a screening during the March meeting, to be held in San Jose, California on March 7, 2003, in conjunction with the Game Developer's Conference. This screening is open to both students and those just entering the industry. Submission content can be any of the following: 3D models, concept art, lighting, texturing, level design, effects animation, compositing and character animation.

Game Headline News

3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards: Call For Nominations

As there is no higher tribute than to be recognized by one's peers, nominations for the 3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards are submitted and voted on exclusively by game developers. The nominations are now open, and will be accepted through January 23, 2003. All those directly involved in the development and design of video games are eligible to nominate.

Awards Headline News

First Boards Awards Extends Entry Deadline

Animation supervisors and or directors take note! The deadline for entries for the First Boards Awards has been extended to Thursday, January 16, 2003. Every year, thousands of freshman around the world are forced to do unspeakable things in order to get a break in advertising. That's why each year 'BOARDS magazine puts on the First Boards Awards, a showcase for emerging international talent that aims to encourage up and comers and help them get on in the business, without having to suck up to their bosses and generally debase themselves.

Festival Headline News

Tough Eye Wants You!

TOUGH EYE: International Turku Animated Film Festival

Turku, Finland

Wednesday, May 14 - Sunday, May 18, 2003

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2003

The second annual TOUGH EYE International Turku Animated Film Festival is calling for submissions. The festival will take place in Turku, Finland and is the largest animation festival in Scandinavia. Tough Eye offers prizes totaling over 8,000 Euros and there are no entry fees. Regulations and entry forms can be found on the Website at www.tough-eye.com.e

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