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Countdown to KAFI 2005!

Animation as entertainment, education, employment and art will be in the spotlight when the third Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) is staged the weekend of May 13-15, 2005.

Finalists are now listed for both the animation competition and the Cartoon Challenge. Close to 500 films were submitted this year.

Professional-development seminars and events will feature Eric Goldberg speaking on the Art of Chuck Jones. John Fountain of Nickelodeon, Brian Tindall of PIXAR, Ed Newmann and Monica Kendall of Calabash, Ellen Besen, Brian Lemay, David Small, Tina Seemann and other special guests.

The Educators Conference at KAFI will be discussing how to educate the next generation of animators. Special thanks to the Cartoon Network who will once again sponsor the Networking Picnic.

Nuts-and-bolts information about the KAFI events and activities is available on the Web. KAFI hotline (269) 373-7883.