Alphanims CREEPSCHOOL ended up on top of the busy MIPCOM Junior Screenings October 8-9, 2003 in Cannes. The animated series, which the French studio produced with German EM.TV and Happy Life Animation (Sweden), was the most screened show by broadcasters from around the world. The screenings themselves broke all viewing records since Juniors launch in 1996. Program buyers made a total of 13,815 screenings, a 15% increase over the previous year and broke the old record of 12,572 viewings set in 2000.
Westwood, California-based MagicDreams has signed a distribution deal with Mar Vista Ent. for its 3D childrens series KIDDO THE SUPER-TRUCK. Mar Vista will take the property direct-to-video, but no release date has been set. Co-produced with Indias MUV Studios, the show follows a little truck that can transform into anything he wishes to be.
With growing numbers of buyers, sellers and programs, MIPCOM Jr 2003s screenings (October 8 9) broke all viewing records since the shows launch in 1996. A total of 13,815 individual screenings were carried out by program buyers, a 15% increase compared with 12,052 last year. Previously, the highest number of screenings took place at MIPCOM Jr 2000 with 12,572 viewings.
Toonz Animation India announced the first five Animation Masters appearing at the fourth "Week with the Masters" Animation Celebration (MAC) in Trivandrum, India, from Nov. 4 -7, 2003. This year's Animation Masters include: Joel Slayton (internationally renowned artist, writer, theoretician and pioneer in digital media and director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media); Sanjit Ghosh (creator of the esteemed puppet animation POTLI BABAKI); Paul Driessen (the Oscar-nominated 3 MISSES); Jimmy T.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council has announced that three of Chinas major entertainment industry events will merge starting in March 2005. The three events include the Trade Development Council's (TDC) trade expo -- Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (Filmart), the Government's Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Hong Kong Film Awards organized by the industry.
Rhythm & Hues, the famed 15-year-old vfx house, will take part in The Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF), scheduled for Dec. 7-10, 2003 at the Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbor.
Some of the forthcoming titles Rhythm & Hues is contributing vfx include AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS and THE CAT IN THE HAT, for which it will produce 270 shots of CG animation and vfx.
3D Festival 2004, Europe's largest convention and exhibition for the creative 3D industry, will happen May 3-6, 2004 at Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. The festival encompasses animation, post-production, digital visual effects, games, architectural visualization and design. Leonard Teo, md, Ballistic Media Pty Ltd., will chair the conferences, with organizer Jimmy Hassel taking an advisory role.
Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy - The Exhibition London, U.K.September 16, 2003 - January 11, 2004
Participation in the Cartoon Forum continues to swell with 800 professionals attending the four-day event Sept. 17-21, 2003 in Varese, Italy from 14 European countries, including two new UE member countries, Poland and Slovakia. Some 315 producers will be looking for the best financing while 108 broadcasters and 154 investors are looking for the best programs, with 285 million euros to be negotiated. They will see presentations for 82 animated series or TV specials, comprising 503 hours of animation.
Considered one of the most difficult festivals to get into, the 30th edition of the Telluride Film Festival took place on August 29 September 1, 2003. Unlike the redheaded stepchild treatment that animated films get at other live-action focused festivals, the non-competitive Telluride gave three lucky animated entrees the same worthy reception that other more high profile live-action films received.
Brisbane filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig will join a stellar international lineup of international speakers at the Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF) being held at the Sydney Convention Center, Darling Harbor from Dec. 7-10, 2003. Their homegrown horror movie, UNDEAD, is due for release in Australian cinemas on Sept. 4 and destined for global release in 2004.
Self-financed and costing fewer than one million dollars to produce, UNDEAD has already garnered prizes and praise at the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.
The demanding and multi-faceted role of the visual effects producer took center stage as the Producers Guild of America hosted its third mixer of the year, Aug. 21, 2003, at Sony Imageworks.
The Student Animation Festival Ottawa (SAFO) has announced the films in and out of competition for its 2003 event. California Institute of the Arts led the pack with seven film selected, followed by Royal College of Art with three films getting spots. The categories in the official competition are High School/Secondary Student Film (11 films), Post-Secondary Student Films (11 films), Post-Secondary Graduate Films (24 films), First Film (9 films), Childrens Animation (15 films) and Best School Showreel (6 schools).
Advanstar Communications, the producers of the London Effects and Animation Festival and Digital Arts World, have release its official statement regarding the suspension and cancellation of the events respectively. Both events were scheduled to run simultaneously from October 28-30, 2003 at Earls Court London.
AWN has learned from sources at the London Effects & Animation Festival (LEAF) that Advanstar, the producers of the event, have cancelled the 2003 edition of the festival along with Digital Arts World. LEAF is one of Europes biggest visual effects and animation events. The reason for the move hinged on the producers inability to garner enough funding from exhibitors to go forth with the events. As well, LEAF festival manager Sophie Trainor has left her post to take on a role in the public relations and marketing department at Soho visual effects house The Moving Picture Company.
Along with six Disney filmmakers, Walt Disney ceo Michael Eisner will be hosting 100 children for lunch and a hands-on demonstration of how films like LILO & STITCH, THE LION KING and TARZAN were made. The event will take place in the Disney Animation attraction at Disney's California Adventure park in Anaheim on September 6, 2003 starting at 11:30 am.
6th Annual DVD AwardsUniversal City, California, USAAugust 20, 2003
The 6th Annual DVD Awards is the premiere awards ceremony for the DVD industry. Hosted by famed film critic Leonard Maltin, the event celebrates the art of making DVDs. This year the event will feature a Viewer's Choice Award. DVD publishers, film studios, production companies, mastering facilities and individual producers are invited to participate in the awards program honoring the best in DVD. For more information visit http://www.recordingmedia.org/dvd-awards.html.
UCLA Extension's Computer Graphics & Graphic Design Program Open HouseLos Angeles, California, USAAugust 18, 2003
ASIFA-Hollywood presents a tribute to voice-acting legend Daws Butler. The event will be hosted by Joe Bevilacqua and will include panelists June Foray, Corey Burton and Nancy Cartwright. The panelists will perform one of Butler's workshop scripts live as well as play rare recordings of Butler's performances. The event will also include a Q&A session. The Walter Lantz Foundation will be sponsoring the event, which will begin at 7:30 pm on July 31, 2003 at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard Ave., Glendale, California.