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U.S. Sweeps 7th Pulcinella Awards At Cartoons On The Bay

The United States won half of the 10 main Pulcinella Award statuettes, including those for the Best Program and the Best Character of the Year, at the 2003 edition of Cartoons On The Bay in Positano, Italy, on April 12, 2003. KIM POSSIBLE, produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, has won the Pulcinella for the Best Program as well as for the Best TV Series for Children. HOME MOVIES, by Soup2Nuts won for Best Character as well as the award for the Best TV Series for Adolescents & Adults. THE SPAGHETTI FAMILY by Bruno Bozzetto The Animation Band and RAI Fiction, won for the best TV series for All Audiences, while FUNKY COPS, produced by Antefilms Production (France) won for Best European Program. YOU ANIMAL, produced by Global Tantrum (a division of Klasky Csupo), got the Best Pilot of a Series award. Best TV Movie and the UNICEF plaque went to LOULOU, a co-production of France 3 and Groupe France Télévision. The simple, original graphic style of CONNIE THE COW of Neptuno Films earned the Spanish TV series the Pulcinella for the Best TV Series for Infants. Best Short Film went to HOW TO COPE WITH DEATH by Ignacio Ferreras, produced by the English Tandem Films Entertainment in the U.K.

Special mentions went to SAMURAI JACK from the Cartoon Network Studios for its the artistic direction style, to APE by Treasure Films Ltd. and Sureshot Films Ltd. in Ireland for the film's technique and cinematographic style and to THE BOXER for innovation from Visual Frontier - Tuba Animation Studio in South Korea.

The International Jury of the 7th Pulcinella Awards International TV Cartoons Competition, was comprised of Sophie Gigon (the head of the children's TV department of France 2), Federico Llano Sabugueiro (the deputy director of co-productions and festivals for the Spanish channel TVE), Gary Marsh (the exec vp of the Disney Channel in the U.S.), director Maurizio Nichetti and Anthony Utley (the head of television marketing for BBC Worldwide). For five days they viewed 35 programs from 12 different countries at the Festival promoted by RAI, conceived and organized by RAI Trade, which concluded April 13, 2003. For the full list of winners, please go to www.cartoonsbay.com.

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