Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.3, June 1998


Canadian Anime Expo, or CNAnime, will hold its first event June 26-28, 1998 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, in conjunction with the fourth annual Canadian National Comic Book Expo. Both events are organized by Hobby Star Marketing. For information, visit

Animation At Cannes.
The 51st Cannes International Film Festival took place May 13-24 in Cannes, France. While the event is mainly an upscale market/festival for live-action feature films and glamorous stars, it did also include some animation. One place to look was the MITIC (International Market of Cinema Techniques and Innovations), a new marketplace within Cannes. Over five days, MITIC focused on a daily different theme: special effects, new projection techniques, DVD, digital film restoration and training with new tools. At the general film market, animated films included: Hans Christian Andersen and the Long Shadow (Trust Film Sales); Annabelle's Wish (Goldcrest Films International); A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation (Fortissimo Film Sales); Simsalagrimm (Niklas and the Sorcerer) (Magus Entertainment); Starworkers-TV Series (Primefilms, SAGL); Tom Sawyer (Stone Canyon Investments); The Warrior Prince (Movie Reps International); The Wind in the Willows (IAC Film); Ima Bugg (Fries/Film Group); Parrotmania and Sallie's Histories (Angel Films Denmark); Puss in Boots and the Princess (Showcase Films International); Jungle Emporer Leo and My Father's Dragon (Shochiku); Magic 7 (Marie Hoy Film & TV) and Hermes, Mermaid Island and Mercenary (Sceneries International).

Last Month In Animation
The following is a list of events which took place since the last issue of Animation World Magazine was published. These listings are published weekly in the Animation Flash, a free newsletter which is distributed by e-mail.
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Monday, May 4Friday, May 8. Long Beach, California, U.S.A. The Computer Game Developers Conference took place at the convention center in Long Beach. The event, promoted as the place "where games are born," featured more than 200 exhibitors and five sessions. For information, visit or call (888) 234-9476.

Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8. North Hollywood, California, U.S.A. The annual Cal Arts student animation shows took place at the TV Academy Theater located on Lankershim Blvd. at Magnolia Blvd. Thursday's show, featured films by students in the character animation program, and Friday's show included work from the experimental animation program.

Thursday, May 7Saturday, May 9. Northridge, California, U.S.A. The California Sun International Animation Festival took place at Cal State University, Northridge. Call (818) 677-2488.

Wednesday, May 13Sunday, May 24. Cannes, France. The Cannes International Film Festival. See above news item for program information.

Wednesday, May 13Friday, May 15. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. The Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) held a conference and film festival at the California Science Center. Programs include screenings of several animated shorts in 15/70 format, including three new works produced for this festival, by Christine Panushka, Jules Engel and Barbel Neubauer.

Thursday, May 14. New York City, New York, U.S.A. Women In Animation New York and Animazing Gallery co-hosted "A Tribute to New York Ink and Paint Artists," at Animazing Gallery, 415 West Broadway (between Prince and Spring Streets). Animation historian Howard Beckerman and animation artist Janet Scagnelli gave presentations. For information, call Animazing at (212) 226-7374.

Saturday, May 16. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. The first meeting of the Computer Animation Group of Women In Animation Los Angeles was held at Rhythm & Hues Studios, 5404 Jandy Place in the Marina del Rey area.

Saturday, May 16. San Francisco, California, U.S.A. ASIFA-San Francisco and the Exploratorium Film Program screened the winners of the 1998 ASIFA-East Animated Film Festival, including films by John Dilworth, Bill Plympton, John Canemaker, Mo Willems, Emily Hubley and others.

Saturday, May 16. Sun Valley, California, U.S.A. The Cartoon/Fantasy Organization (C/FO) held its 21st anniversary meeting. The new laserdisc of the Japanese animated feature, Jungle Emporer, the 1997 sequel to Kimba the White Lion, was shown. For information about the organization, call Fred Patten at (310) 899 9451.

Tuesday, May 19Friday, May 22. San Francisco, California, U.S.A. The 3D Design Conference and Exhibition took place at Moscone Center. Highlights included a keynote address by Will Vinton Studios' CEO Tom Turpin and more than 60 classes and seminars teaching everything from AutoCAD to Maya. For information, visit

Wednesday, May 20Saturday, May 23. Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) presented the 1998 Senior Film/Animation/Video Festival every night at 7:00 p.m. in the RISD Auditorium. The show will also be repeated on June 5. For information, call (401) 454-6233.

Thursday, May 21. San Francisco, California, U.S.A. The Sprocket Ensemble continued its Ideas in Animation series, at the Roxie Theater, with live music set to accompany animated films. For information and booking, call (415) 681-3189.

Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23. Rowland Heights, California. The Rowland Animation program at Rowland High School (LPV-ROP) held an open house and an homage to animation's heroines and female villains. For information, call (626) 965-3448, extensions 195, 196 197.

Tuesday, May 26Sunday, May 31. Annecy, France. Annecy `98, the first "annual edition" of the 22-year-old Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market (MIFA) took place. AWN president Ron Diamond and general manager Annick Teninge were present. Also present was Buzz Potamkin, who is reviewing the proceedings for Animation World Magazine's July issue. Scheduled events included retrospectives of animators Priit Pärn, Leif Marcussen, Len Lye and Tex Avery as well as programs of Rumanian animation, Belgian pioneers, Nordic animation, and films featuring creations by British puppet-makers Mackinnon and Saunders. Also, Fantôme's Georges Lacroix has organized a three-day conference, "New Technologies in the Art of Animation," which featured panel discussions with representatives from Pixar, Blue Sky|VIFX, DreamWorks, Disney, PDI, Protozoa, Gribboulle, Medialab, Ex Machina, ZA Production and many others (

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