This week, Park City, Utah hosts the Sundance Film Festival, widely acknowledged as the premier independent film festival in the U.S. But less well-known are the host of competing festivals running alongside Sundance, that rarely get as much attention, but often feature just as compelling filmmaking efforts. Walking down Park City's Main Street, the average festival-goer is likely to find advertised screenings for NoDance, Slamdance and TromaDance, just to name a few of the alternative fests.
2003 marks the premiere of the Game Developers Conference Mobile (GDC Mobile), a two-day event taking place March 4-5, 2003, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, California. Exploring the future of mobile entertainment, sessions will give attendees the opportunity to meet mobile game development leaders, learn the latest technologies for developing mobile games and address game design issues specific to the mobile medium.
Showcasing innovative films created for the Internet, the Third Annual Sundance Online Film Festival features 31 projects in four categories: Animation, Short Subject, Gallery and New Forms. The films are now online for viewing at www.sundance.org. During the Sundance Film Festival (January 16-26, 2003), festival participants will have access to the Online Festival via PCs located at various festival venues.
CMP Media's Gama Network announced the finalists in the fifth annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Competition. Selected by a panel of game industry professionals, 10 finalist teams will compete for the $15,000 Seamus McNally Grand Prize as well as other awards honoring technical excellence, game design, visual art and audio awards.
On Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 7:00 pm at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theater, the American Cinematheque will present a tribute to Ray Harryhausen. The evening will feature Ray Harryhausen in person for a Q&A, and mark the premiere of THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE, a new short film Harryhausen began in 1952 and recently completed with the help of Los Angeles-based stop-motion studio Screen Novelties, Intl. And if that weren't enough, there will be a rare screening of the short film KING MIDAS and restored prints of GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.
The Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) kicks off its four-day festival on December 1, 2002 with the Australian premiere of Disney's TREASURE PLANET. The festival, which runs from December 1-4, 2002 in Sydney, NSW, Australia, will also present numerous panels featuring some of the world's most innovative visual effects and animation houses.
The UK's Animex animation festival has announced that it will host veteran voice actor Nancy Cartwright and WETA's special effects expert Jason Schieffler as the special guests for its 2003 event. Animex 2003 will be held January 28 31, 2003 in Middlesbrough, UK. Organized by the University of Teesside, in collaboration with Middlesbrough Council, Animex is now in its fourth year.
The 4th Angoulême International Technologies Forum/Cartoon Master, will kick off on Thursday, November 14, 2002, with a session on 3D character animation from Isaac Kerlow, Disney's Digital Production Director. The Forum will continue through November 16 and host representatives from major U.S. and European studios who will update participants on technological breakthroughs, which are changing the present field of animation production, especially in the field of feature films.
Alias|Wavefront has announced that for the fourth consecutive year it will once again hold its 3December event. Seven cities across the globe will participate in one of the largest computer graphics and industrial design community events, which draws thousands of 3D professionals and students. The event takes place December 3, 2002 and is sponsored by HP, Intel Corporation and ATI. The seven host cities for this year's 3December event are: New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, London, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo.
On November 5, 2002, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will host an advance screening of the new Cartoon Network CG special, THE GROOVENIANS. Starring Dennis Hopper and Paul Reubens and featuring music by members of the B-52s and Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO fame, the show is based on the designs of Pop-Surrealist Kenny Scharf. It takes place in a parallel universe where two frustrated, star-struck artists living on a boring planet named Jeepers dream of escaping to a place where their artistic dreams can come true.
After successful screenings in San Francisco and New York, the 6th Annual RESFEST will come to Hollywood's Egyptian Theater October 30-November 3, 2002. Showcasing innovative digital films, music videos and animation, the directors of RESFEST created seven thematic shorts programs from over 1,500 submissions. Notable animation screenings include Robert Bradbrook's Cartoon d'Or winning film HOME ROAD MOVIES and the U.S. premiere of Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION.
The 19th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival will honor Scholastic's Weston Woods Studios, for its 50 years of achievement in creating award-winning film adaptations of children's books.
Siggraph ACM has announced that SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, will be held August 8-12, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Originally scheduled for Atlanta, organizers say the decision to change the location to Los Angeles was made to better serve the needs of both attendees and exhibitors. "We are very pleased with the selection of Los Angeles as the host city for SIGGRAPH 2004," said Dena Slothower, SIGGRAPH 2004 Conference Chair from Stanford University.
The second annual Metreon Festival of Anime kicks off in San Francisco this weekend, and the festival highlight is the West Coast premiere of Columbia/Tri-Star's COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE. Set on Mars in the year 2071, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE is based on the popular animated television series by Japanese director Shinichiro Watanabe, which airs on Cartoon Network in the U.S. The film is scheduled for theatrical release in early 2003.
Digital Arts World begins October 9 and runs through October 11, 2002. For the first time, the event combines the 3D Festival and LEAF conference, offering streams on VFX, Games, Computer Music and Emerging Technologies and a show floor with four Digital Villages covering the themes of Web Design, Graphic Design, 3D Graphics and Computer Music.
If you live in Los Angeles, don't miss this final opportunity to check out two amazing animation exhibits: "Oscars In Animation" at the Academy and "William Kentridge" at LACMA. The "Oscars in Animation" exhibition, currently on display at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, showcases animated films that have been nominated for or have won an Academy Award. "Oscars in Animation" features rare and original animation art spanning seven decades -- from 1932, when the Academy awarded the first Oscar for animation, to the present day.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The Animation Guild Local 839 and Women In Animation present "State of the Industry: Independent Animation," the second in a series of quarterly discussions. This event will highlight the possibilities for animators that exist beyond the big studios. Piet Kroon (T.R.A.N.S.I.T., OSMOSIS JONES), will moderate the guest panel.
The most successful film in the history of Japanese cinema finally debuts in North America in a newly dubbed version supervised by Pixar's John Lasseter. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY follows the fanciful adventures of a little girl named Chihiro who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chihiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits who seek to prevent her from returning to the human world.
On Sunday, October 6, 2002 MIPCOM Junior's "Talking With" sessions will host Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop. He will be interviewed by George Winslow, director of special projects, Reed Television Group. "Talking With" is an informal interview session that offers market participants an opportunity to interact with major players in the TV industry. Knell will unveil the story of the organization that revolutionized television with the legendary SESAME STREET and tell how its mission to create educational and challenging content for children is carried out.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the sole West Coast and final U.S. venue of South African artist William Kentridges haunting drawings and animated films. The exhibition remains on view through October 6, 2002. This is the first American retrospective of Kentridge's work and includes eleven animated films, more than 60 drawings, two sculptural installations and video presentations of theater and opera productions designed and scripted by Kentridge.
Pixar Animation is opening its doors for a worthy cause. The studio, which is normally not open to the public, is hosting a gala preview of the English-dubbed version of Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY, featuring special guests Miyazaki, Pixar director John Lasseter and actor John Ratzenberger, to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. On Sunday, September 15, 2002, guests can enjoy an exclusive opportunity to spend an afternoon at Pixar Animation Studios, view a special preview of the film and meet the special guests during a cocktail reception and silent auction.
The Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 (BAAF 2002) will present the exclusive sneak preview of DreamWorks' recently acquired anime feature MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, this Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 7:30 pm. The screening will be introduced by Taro Maki, the film's producer, who will also be hosting a question and answer session directly following the feature. The festival will also premiere the English dubbed version of COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE on Friday, August 30, 2002 at 8:00 pm (this screening is unfortunately sold out!).
If you live in the Los Angeles-area, you have the opportunity to see Walt Disneys 1959 classic animated feature SLEEPING BEAUTY in its fully restored, original Technirama 70mm format. Screening exclusively at Hollywood's El Capitan theater, this special widescreen print of the film also features a restored audio soundtrack that takes maximum advantage of the films six-track Stereophonic mix highlighting the film's score, which was adapted from the music of Tchaikovsky.
On Friday, August 23, 2002, Playhouse Pictures, one of Hollywood's oldest animation studios, is having a moving sale. Beginning at 7:00 pm, the sale will include 45 years of animation paraphernalia from TV and film. According to ASIFA-Hollywood, vintage animation drawings and cels, background paintings, storyboards, color models, story sketches, cereal boxes, toys and even some animation equipment will be up for grabs. The sale will also be open to the general public on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.