The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 21-24, 2002. Highlighting the best in interactive entertainment, E3 plays host to over 62,000 retailers, distributors, developers and investors in the interactive entertainment business. New releases in the gaming world are the order of the day at E3, along with some great game demonstrations, two days of conferences and panels and even an appearance by Lara Croft.
Artist Syd Mead, the concept designer of the original 1982 cult-classic TRON, will make a special guest appearance at E3 on Wednesday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm to promote Disney Interactive's TRON 2.0 game, slated for release in spring 2003. Mead is working as an artistic consultant for the game. E3 attendees can meet Mead first-hand and receive a limited edition print of original TRON art designed and autographed by the artist. (E3 Booth No. 846, South Hall)
Free Comic Book Day - May 4, 2002. The comic book industry's leading publishers have united with over 2,000 comic book shops to present Free Comic Book Day, to help celebrate and raise awareness of this American-born art form. A free copy of any one of the industrys most popular titles, from publishers such as Dark Horse, DC Comics, Image and Marvel, will be available in participating comic book specialty shops on May 4, 2002.
A four-part seminar examining the art of visual effects will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences beginning April 30, 2002, at 7:00 pm. The series will continue for three additional Tuesday evenings - May 7, 14 and 21 - and will feature participants who have garnered 25 Academy Award nominations among them. Each session of "The State of the Visual Effects Arts" will focus on a specific area of the visual effects field and will be moderated by Jamie Price, who created the visual effects for THE TIME MACHINE and BICENTENNIAL MAN.
Don't Miss Bristol's Animated Encounters April 25- 28, 2002. The 3rd Animated Encounters Festival runs April 25-28, 2002 at the Watershed Media Center in Bristol, England. Showcasing dozens of British and international cartoons, this year's event also includes IMAX screenings and discussions with representatives from DreamWorks, Cinesite and Varga. Among the highlights will be an appearance by THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening, who will talk about his ten favorite cartoons.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, Women In Animation NY will host a special evening with award-winning filmmaker Emily Hubley at the Gene Stavis Theater at School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd Street, Room 502. Hubley will talk about her experience working on the feature film HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and will screen several of her short films, including PIGEON WITHIN, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Animation Award at the USA Film Festival. The event is free, but you must RSVP by April 10th by calling Missy Chimovitz at 718-599-5423.
Spend an afternoon with Academy Award-nominated women filmmakers and learn about the different crafts and career opportunities the film industry offers. Many of the women profiled in the recently released book GREAT WOMEN OF FILM will be on hand to give advice to women interested in a career in the film industry.
Cartoon Creativity, a Cartoon Master organized with the support of the MEDIA Plus Programme of the European Union, will be held in Halle, Germany on April 25-27, 2002. The seminar will take a hard look at the process of creation, from the very first spark of the original idea to the production of a film or a TV series. TV channel representatives Theresa Plummer-Andrews, Suzanne Müller and Sebastian Debertin, producers Stephan Schesch, Dominique Boischot, Guillaume Hellouin and Robin Lyons and legal expert Stéphane Lieser, will also consider the link between economy and creativity.
The 4th edition of Cartoon Movie takes place March 14 - 16, 2002 in Potsdam, Germany. Organized with the support of Media Plus and the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board, Cartoon Movie offers attending investors and distributors a complete overview of European animation feature films at different stages of production. Along with original concepts, projects in development and films in production, Cartoon Movie will screen recently completed animated features including Jimmy Murakamis CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MOVIE and Spains Goya Award-winning feature THE LIVING FOREST.
"Small Shop, Big Punch" is the theme of the February 12 meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of SIGGRAPH. Featuring artists from several southern California-based boutique effects houses, the meeting aims to explore the rise of boutique CGI houses and how they manage to work alongside industry giants on blockbuster feature film and commercial effects projects. The event is co-sponsored by Side Effects Software and the Art Institute of Los Angeles and will take place on February 12, 2002 at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the Leonard H.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) kicks off its celebration of 100 years of Disney on Friday, February 1, 2002 with a screening of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, the one that started it all. On Saturday, February 3, 2002 at 5 pm, noted animation historian John Canemaker will be at LACMA presenting "The Nine Old Men," highlights of the work created by the now-legendary group of artists that joined the Disney studio in the 1930s and remained there over many decades. Mr. Canemaker will also be available to sign copies of his new book WALT DISNEY'S NINE OLD MEN.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios on Thursday, January 10 beginning at 7:30 pm. Pixar founder John Lasseter will participate in a retrospective of the studio's feature and short films, as well as a Q&A hosted by ABC-TV film critic Joel Siegel. Clips from the studio's four feature films and five animated short films will be presented. Also scheduled to attend the event are Pete Docter, director of MONSTERS, INC., Ed Catmull, president of Pixar Animation Studios, and other Pixar filmmakers.
In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, comics creators shared their talents by lauding the firemen, policemen, medical technicians and everyday citizens that were the real-life heroes of September 11. Numerous anthologies of artwork commemorating September 11 have been created including Marvel Comics HEROES and A MOMENT OF SILENCE, Alternative Comics 9-11: EMERGENCY RELIEF trade paperback anthology, and Dark Horse and DC Comics SEPTEMBER 11 two-volume set. Now some of this artwork will be on display beginning January 22, 2002 in New York City.
MPSC Local 839 IATSE, ASIFA-Hollywood and Women in Animation present a non-denominational celebration of departed friends from the animation community, Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the Hollywood Heritage Museum (Lasky-DeMille Barn) 2100 N. Highland (across from Hollywood Bowl), Hollywood, California. Food and refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm. Memorials begin at 7:00 pm. This evening is free of charge and open to all. No RSVP is necessary. For more information visit the MPSC Website at http://www.mpsc839.org.
WinFemme Film, Video & Screenplay Festival: Monday, January 01, 2001 - Wednesday, January 01, 2003, Los Angeles, California USA
California SUN International Animation Festival: Thursday, April 04 - Saturday, April 06, 2002, Northridge, California USAEntry Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2002
Vampire Hunter D Now Showing in Los Angeles: Friday, December 21 - Thursday, December 27, 2001, Los Angeles, California USA, 5:30 pm; 7:30 pm; 9:30 pm, Set in a supernatural world that's equal parts Sergio Leone and BLADE, this astonishing, adrenaline-stoked animated film follows the enigmatic "D" as he slices and dices his way through snake-headed bloodsuckers, shadow creatures, bigoted humans and more, while attempting to stop the Romeo and Juliet romance of a beautiful young woman and a dashing vampire count. English language. (Spielberg Theatre inside the Egyptian Theatre).
Huge Private Collection! Animation Art Auction, December 29, 2001.
On December 29, 2001, American Estate Services and Tracy Luther Auctions will sell, by live auction, the largest single-owner collection of Animation Art ever to be sold at auction in the upper Midwest! 650 total pieces all sell with no minimums and no reserves! Absentee bids are welcome from those unable to attend call 651-770-6175 for details.
Canadian Tales for Children: Saturday, December 29, 2001, Richmond, Virginia USA. The best in animated films for children created by our northern neighbors in Canada, including Oscar winning shorts from The National Film Board. The Children's Museum of Richmond 2626 West Broad St., Richmond, Virginia at 11:00 am. For more information, contact: Janet Scagnelli at The Richmond Moving Image Co-op, PO Box 7469, Richmond, VA 23221, USA; Tel.: 804-355-1383; Email: email@example.com; Web: http://www.rmicweb.org.
The Knitting Independent Film Series: Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - Monday, December 31, 2525, Los Angeles, California USA. The Knitting Factory in Hollywood presents The Knitting Independent Film Series. The Knitting Factory -- home of great jazz, alternative and world music -- presents a bi-weekly film series to showcase independent filmmakers from around the world. Located on Hollywood Blvd., the Knitting Factory is one block from the red carpet of the Kodak Theater and the Academy Awards ceremony.
Flashbang 4: Thursday, February 21, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia USA. Entry Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2002. Attention all designers, animators and digital film enthusiasts! An installation and screening of cinematic and interactive Flash films. This is the largest event of its kind held in the southeast and will feature cinematic Flash films on the big screen and also feature kiosks allowing attendees to explore interactive Flash media up close and personal. Submissions are now being taken for cinematic Flash films and interactive Flash works.
Animation 2002: Thursday, January 31 - Friday, February 01, 2002, Middlesbrough, Teesside UK. Animation 2002 will take place at the University of Teesside on January 31 and February 1 2002. Following on from last years hugely successful events which brought together past-masters such as Ray Harryhausen and future stars like Michael Dudok De Wit, the 2002 event has a hard act to follow. However, it seems that organisers Chris Williams and Siobhan Fenton have managed to achieve the impossible. The line up of speakers and workshops is, to say the very least, impressive.
Tropfest: Sunday, February 24, 2002, Sydney + world-wide web, NSW Australia. Entry Deadline: Thursday, January 17, 2002. Tropfest aims to support emerging filmmakers and gives them the opportunity to showcase their work to a broad audience in a festive environment. Tropfest also enourages production - films entered must include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) to show that the film was specifically made for Tropfest. Sixteen films in total are chosen for screening at Tropfest and prizes are announced in the lead up to the event.