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Animation Headline News

German Animation Festival Opens in Iran

German avant-garde animator Albrecht Ade, attending the German Animation Festival, that opened June 6, 2004 at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, said that the festival organizers are determined to devote a special section to Iranian animations at the 2006 German Festival.

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MIFA Shut Down by Union Protest

The MIFA conference in Annecy, France, kicked off seemingly well on June 14, 2004. However, the Electricians Union shut down the electric to the market for an hour as a protest of the French government's plans to privatize the electric industry. The protest was timed to hit the festival because of the attendance of French Minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. Much like the protests that often accompany the Cannes Film Festival, the animation industry is no longer an outsider in this French tradition.

Effects Headline News

Speakers Announced for VES Festival

The Visual Effects Society (VES) unveiled a stellar lineup for VES 2004, its sixth annual Festival of Visual Effects, June 18-20 in San Rafael, California. The three-day event features presentations and panels headed by visual effects supervisors and their teams with a focus on how vfx enhance the storytelling process.

Speaker Schedule:

June 18, 20049:30AM - 11:30AM"Film Visual Effects Techniques in Games"

Film Headline News

New Southwest Arts, Film & TV Confab Focus on HD Production

Southwest Arts, Film & Television ConferenceDallas Texas, USAJune 4-6, 2004

The new Southwest Arts, Film & Television conference is offering a special section for HD production and has panels and exhibitors of interest to film & video professionals engaged in producing television programming for cable and broadcast, commercials for local and national audiences, feature films, corporate video production, documentaries, animation and special effects, infomercials and music videos. The conference runs June 4-6, 2004, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas.

Software Headline News

Alias Launches Maya 6 'Evolution of 3D' Tour

Alias announced the launch of its Maya 6 "Evolution of 3D" tour with sponsors HP and NVIDIA. The tour offers a chance for 3D artists and enthusiasts to see the Maya 6 software up close, network with their peers and hear from special industry guest speakers from Alias, PDI/DreamWorks, Amaze Ent. and The Orphanage. For more information and to register for these events or dozens of other Maya 6 events taking place around the world, please visit www.alias.com/events.

Evolution of 3D Tour Details

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Mo Willems At The Chicago BookExpo

BookExpo AmericaChicago, Illinois, USAJune 3 6, 2004

BookExpo America is the book industry's leading event where attendees can experience the entire scope of book publishing from the U.S. and the world. With more than 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors, more than 100 conference sessions as well as a special area for rights business, visitors see all the latest titles across genres, uncover hidden gems, network and meet industry contacts.

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SIGGRAPH's Emerging Technologies To Explore Enhancing Life

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the content of the Emerging Technologies exhibition for SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st International Conference on Computer Graphics and Techniques, being held Aug. 8 -12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The SIGGRAPH 2004 Emerging Technologies exhibition will feature 28 interactive installations from research labs, universities, independent artists and industry that explore the theme of enhancing life.

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Passion's Lighting Struck Assistant Director Unveils Artwork

Jan Michelini, an assistant director on THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, unveiled in the U.S. his artwork inspired by the filming of the movie at a celebrity studded reception on May 12, 2004 at Kolibri Gallery. The 24 year-old Italian-born Michelini was affectionately nicknamed "Lightning Boy" by Mel Gibson and producer Steve McEveety when he was struck by bolts of lightning on two separate occasions while filming the "The Crucifixion" and "Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount" scenes.

Digital Headline News

Van Helsing to Launch 2004 Digital Screening Series

VAN HELSING will screen digitally for free, followed by a Q&A with producer/editor Bob Duscay to launch the 2004 Digital Screening Series at the Hollywood Pacific Theater on May 24 at 7:00 pm.

VAN HELSING represents the first in what will be an expanded and improved summer digital screening series. This is the second year the series is being held.

Animation Headline News

WIA Prez To Moderate Business of Animation Panel

Jan Nagel, president of Women In Animation Intl, will be moderating BAFTA/LAs panel on The Business of Animation . . . Television and Film, on May 21, 2004 at 7:00 pm at Santa Monica College Academy of Television and Technology.

Panelists include:

Ed Adams senior counsel, Cartoon Network

Christy Hui - president/founder Action Fliks, creator/producer Kids WB! Networks XAOLIN SHOWDOWN

Julie Kane-Ritsch Agent, The Gotham Group; principal animation talent representatives

Pitch Headline News

Learn How to Sell Your Idea at WIA's Pitch Perfect Workshop

WIA/LA is hosting "Pitch Perfect," a two-part workshop for creative people who want to learn how to package, present and protect their concepts. The morning session will be a panel of artists and executives, people who pitch and who listen to pitches. They will discuss how to find the selling points in your material, how to reduce your story to its essence and tell attendees what the networks are looking for.

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WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula Rosenthal

WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula RosenthalNew York, New York, USAMay 11, 2004

WIA's next meeting will feature Paula Rosenthal, exec director, Playhouse Disney Original Programming, Current and Development. Rosenthal will give the low down on what is happening at Playhouse Disney. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Little Airplane Prods, 86 Franklin St., 5th Floor. RSVP to Lisa Goldman at LGOLDEE@aol.com.

Entertainment Headline News

Sony Vice-Chair to Deliver Executive Summit Keynote

The IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association), the trade organization representing the video and computer game industry's category-leading retail companies, announced that Yair Landau, the vice-chair of Sony Pictures Ent. and president of Sony Pictures Digital, will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 IEMA Executive Summit -- the association's annual conference.

Effects Headline News

Starship Troopers 2 Blasts into Melbourne Digital Media Festival

Melbourne Digital Media Festival has announced that it will screen STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION, the sequel to Paul Verhoevens 1997 cult hit STARSHIP TROOPERS. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett (who worked on VFX for the original). STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION will debut this month from Columbia TriStar Home Ent. on Special Edition DVD.

Animation Headline News

Batman Animation Art Signing at WonderCon May 1

Warner Bros. Animation BATMAN show producer/director/writers Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm will be on hand for an exclusive authorized signing event at the Wonderful World of Animation At Gallery booth # 508 at WonderCon, one of the largest collectors venues for comic book and animation related art in the world. The signing will be from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm May 1, 2004 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Screen Headline News

Tron to Screen at the El Cap

For 10 days, starting May 6, 2004, The El Capitan Theatre will screen an archival 70 mm print of Walt Disney Pictures' 1982 landmark computer animated feature, TRON, featuring six-track Dolby SR Stereo. As part of the salute, original costumes and memorabilia will be on display.

Film Headline News

SVA Holds Dusty Festival and Awards

Visitors to the 15th Annual Dusty Film Festival and Awards May 3-6, 2004 will have the opportunity to attend the screenings of over 100 films by graduating seniors in the Film, Video and Animation Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. In addition to numerous lighthearted animations and comedies, some of the films this year carry emotional weight, including the painful loss of a parent, the unfair treatment of a New York City resident during the aftermath of 9/11, and an animated personal journey about sexual identity and finding ones comfort zone.

Digital Headline News

Van Helsing Case Study Highlights NAB Digital Cinema Summit

NAB 2004 has joined forces with the Entertainment Technology Center at USC to present a next generation Digital Cinema Summit on April 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, highlighted by a case study of the digital tools used on the upcoming VAN HELSING.

The schedule is as follows:

WHAT DO CINEMATOGRAPHERS NEED? (9:30 am - 10:00 am)

Effects Headline News

VES 2004 Slated for June 18-20 in San Rafael

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will present VES 2004, its sixth annual Festival of Visual Effects, June 18-20 in San Rafael, California. The three-day event at The Rafael Film Center features presentations and panels headed by visual effects supervisors and their teams, which focus on vfx and how they enhance the storytelling process.

Music Headline News

Paul McCartney's Music & Toon Collection Comes to Egyptian

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre will be presenting a special children's matinee screening of PAUL MCCARTNEY'S MUSIC AND ANIMATION COLLECTION on April 17 at 2:00 pm. This special program is the L.A. premiere of three award-winning animated short films written, produced, voiced and scored by Paul McCartney. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd between Highland and Las Palmas.

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