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Dudok de Wit Takes Top Honors At Annecy

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 9, 2001 at 12:00am

The Oscar winner for best short animated film, FATHER AND DAUGHTER, has won the coveted grand prize at the International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy. In an elaborate and festive closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 9, 2001, the awards were handed out by the festivals artistic director, Serge Bromberg.

The Short and Feature Fiction Films jury, made up of Ron Diamond, USA, Florence Miailhe, France, John Dilworth, USA, Françoise Reymond, France and Oscar Grillo, Argentina has awarded:


Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Teachers, Interns, Assistants, And More...

Acme Filmworks is looking for a temporary PRODUCTION ASSISTANT. . .AnInteractive Entertainment Company is seeking an EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT.. .The Center for Advanced Digital Applications needs a CLINICALASSOCIATE PROFESSOR. . .Flyboy seeks a WRITER for series beingpitched to MTV, HBO and Comedy Central. . .New York's HEAVY islooking for a FLASH ANIMATION INTERN. . .Klasky Csupo, Inc. wants aRECRUITMENT INTERN. . .The Lansing Community College needs to fill afaculty position for ANIMATION/ MULTIMEDIA/ WEB DESIGN FACULTY. .

Animation Headline News

New This Week At Animation World Magazine

Each week, Animation World Magazine offers new articles, specialfeatures and theme-based coverage of the art, craft and industry ofanimation. New this week:

- Special Effects from Down Under: A Growing Proposition

While you might not realize it, you've probably already seen some ofAustralia's top effects houses in action. Stephen Lynch explains.

- Nine

Company Headline News

AtomShockwave Cuts Staff By 2/3s

AtomShockwave has announced that it has laid-off 2/3s of its staff, leaving approximately 150 people without jobs. In addition, the online entertainment company will be shutting down its Los Angeles and New York offices. Moreover, the Netcaster will move away from original content and focus more on advertising and sponsorship from branded companies like Ford as well as syndicating its currently produced content and developing a pay format. However, recently attempted a pay format and within a month changed

Game Headline News

THQ Ships Disney's Atlantis For Game Boy Color

THQ Inc. has released DISNEY'S ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE, based on the upcoming Disney animated feature, for Game Boy Color. A Game Boy Advance version is scheduled for the fall. Players can choose to play as Milo, Vinny, Moliere or Audrey as they explore through 10 levels of movie-based gameplay in search of the lost city of Atlantis. "THQ is thrilled to bring Disney's highly anticipated animated adventure to life on the world's most popular handheld system," said Peter Dille, vice president, marketing, THQ.

Focus Headline News

Filmcore's Chubak Turns Heads With 4-Spot Campaign For Ford

FilmCore's Charlie Chubak has wrapped four new spots for the Ford Dealers of Southern California and agency Dailey & Associates. "Head Turner" follows two guys swiveling their heads a full 180-degrees to see a red Ford Mustang. "Out of Focus" follows a blurred human form as it gets out of bed and leaves the house. Only when the character turns the ignition of its Ford Focus does the man come into focus. "Weekends" mixes shots of Ford SUVs with poppy graphics, while "Truck Size" featured no visual enhancement.

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TOPIX Creates Fabuloso Effects For Colgate-Palmolive

TOPIX has recently completed the online and CGI for a 30-second spot promoting Colgate-Palmolive's household cleaner, Fabuloso. Featuring a Carmen Miranda look-alike, "Conga" was developed through ad agency Young & Rubicam (Mexico City, Mexico), and debuted in Mexico and Uruguay in May, with a debut in Panama, Ecuador and Columbia set for June and July. After cleaning her dishes with Fabuloso, a Brazilian bombshell and two trumpet players jump from the clean plates, inspiring Mom, son and the family dog to dance a conga line around the kitchen.

Spot Headline News

Loose Moose Springs Cheese Trapeze For Kraft

London-based Loose Moose, producers of the award-winning stop-motion Pepsi-Lipton BRISK tea campaign, has expanded into 2D CGI by joining with the directing duo of Neville Astley and Mark Baker. The team's first spot for Loose Moose was a spot entitled "Cheese Trapeze" for the Kraft Cheese Singles campaign "Working with CelAction 2D software, we have been able to bring a contemporary look to the Kraft Cheese Singles spot using bright colors, highly stylized characters and animation with flavors of Japanimation," Astley said.

Ratings Headline News

Cartoon Network Sweeps May With Ratings Records

Last month Cartoon Network set new May total day ratings and delivery network records, posting double-digit ratings and delivery growth across households and all key kids demographics. Total day ratings grew 10% in households (1.1) as well as 10% for tweens 9-14 (1.1) and kids 2-11 (2.2), and 19% in kids 6-11 (1.9). Total day delivery increased 18% in households (767,000), 26% in tweens 9-14 (191,000), 31% in kids 6-11 (315,000) and 28% in kids 2-11 (616,000).

Brand Headline News

Acclaim Promotes Stein To VP Of Brand

Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., a worldwide interactive entertainment company, announced that it has promoted Evan Stein to the position of VP of brand. In the new role, Stein will head up the company's brand management including product delivery, forecasting and budgeting, as well as Acclaim's marketing and public relations departments and two advertising agencies. Previously, he was the director of brand management for the action/adventure, racing, and club Acclaim product lines.

Headline News

New Creative Director For Cartoon Network Latin America

TBS Latin America has named Darlene Cordero creative director of print and design for Cartoon Network Latin America. Cordero will be responsible for Cartoon Network Latin America's off-channel creative image and communication, developing print creative for Marketing, Public Relations and Ad Sales in the Latin American market. In addition, shell team with the on-air and Web production teams to strengthen the link between on-air, Web and print promotions. She will be based out of Atlanta.

Million Headline News

Eidos Announces Year End Results

Eidos plc, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announced the results for the fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2001. Net revenue was 22.6 million pounds (US$32.1 million) for the quarter and 143.5 million pounds ($203.8 million) for the full year, a decrease of 26% on the previous year.

Production Headline News

Crouching Tiger TV Toon

Taipei-based SMEC Media & Entertainment has acquired the animated TV rights for Wang Du-Lu's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON book series on which the hit Sony Classics feature was based. The deal with Vista Publishing Group also gives the Chinese production house the right to produce an animated feature and home video. SMEC is currently pitching the idea around Hollywood. Alexis Wallrich, head of SMEC's U.S. offices in Pasadena, said to Variety, "The source material is a gold mine of fantastic stories and characters.

Nick Headline News

Nick Announces Summer Schedule

Nickelodeon has announced its new programming schedule for the summer. Beginning Monday, July 2, at 8 pm, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS will join the primetime line-up. SpongeBob will host Nickelodeon's annual "Summer Splash," a daily, three-hour animation marathon beginning Monday, June 18, airing weekday afternoons from 2-5 pm. The "Summer Splash" line-up will include RUGRATS on Mondays; ROCKETPOWER on Tuesdays; THE WILD THORNBERRYS on Wednesdays; HEY ARNOLD! on Thursdays; and CATDOG on Fridays. Starting Monday, June 18, Nick Jr.

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Renegade Produces Looney Tunes Show Package

Renegade Animation has wrapped on the main title, bumpers and end title package for THE LOONEY TUNES SHOW, a new series featuring classic Warner Bros. cartoons on Cartoon Network. The cel-animated package features the Looney Tunes gang as the members of a Broadway-style show and slips backstage capturing candid glimpses of the characters. "Cartoon Network brought us wonderful scripts and storyboards and our animators had a lot of fun in executing them," said Renegade Animation executive producer Ashley Postlewaite.

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, 2D/3D Artists, Interns And More...

Las Vegas, Nevada's Bally Gaming is looking for 3D ANIMATORS, a 2DANIMATION TRAINEE, SENIOR TECHNICAL GAMES LEAD, STORYBOARD ARTIST,TECHNICIAN - MULTIMEDIA and VIDEO GRAPHICS TECH LEAD 2D. . . Redmond,Washington's Caldwell Publishing, a publisher of educationalproducts, is looking for 3D ANIMATION INTERNS. . . Palm Springs,California's Eden Enterprises, Inc., a production company, is lookingfor an ANIMATION TIMING DIRECTOR. . . New York's February Productionsis looking for a COMPUTER ANIMATOR/MODELER for a short film project.

Show Headline News

Film Roman To Produce Animation For The Man Show

Leading independent animation house Film Roman has signed a deal to provide animation for the upcoming season of THE MAN SHOW on Comedy Central. The North Hollywood-based company will create graphics, title cards and over 30 animated bumpers for the show. The 5-10 second bumpers feature THE MAN SHOW mascot, Uncle Phil in various "manly" situations like barbecuing and sleeping on the couch.

Headline News

New Line & Burger King Sign Promo For Lord Of The Rings

New Line Cinema has signed an extensive deal with fast-food giant Burger King to promote THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. The agreement represents the single largest promotional arrangement for New Line and one of the largest programs ever launched by Burger King. The program will span more than 10,000 restaurants worldwide and will run longer than the first film runs in theaters.

Festival Headline News

Meet AWN At The Upcoming Annecy Festival

AWN's President Ron Diamond, C.O.O Dan Sarto, General Manager AnnickTeninge and Editor-In-Chief Heather Kenyon will attend the upcomingAnnecy Festival (June 4 - 9, 2001). Ron Diamond will serve as a Jurymember for short and feature films. If you'd like to arrange ameeting with us to showcase your latest animation initiatives, pleasesend an email to, with 'Annecy Meeting' in the subjectof the e-mail, or leave a message in our mailboxes at the festival.Filmmakers, we would like to invite you to submit your short films