OIAF is a huge event, with lots of activities in numerous venues. As the festival came to a close on Sunday night, it was a pleasure to be able to sink down into the seats of the ByTowne Theatre and watch the Best of the Fest – the award-winning animation shorts.
Exhibitors including Walt Disney, Rainmaker, Nelvana, Pipeline Studios, Starz and Studio B, as well as such schools as Algonquin College, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Sheridan College, Carleton University Interactive Media and Design, Vancouver Film School and Durham College made the AniMarket a huge part of Day 4.
OIAF’s Chez Ani Café was transformed from a peaceful koffeeklatch to the crowded, boisterous AniMarket as throngs of job-hungry animators jostled to get in line and chat up recruiting companies.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER director Mike Mitchell has signed on to direct MONSTER SQUAD, formerly known as NIGHTCRAWLERS, Variety reports.
In a small blurb in the German edition of GQ magazine, Matthias Schweighofer said he's in the running for a role in THOR and that Jude Law and Robert De Niro have also joined the cast, Ain't It Cool News reports.
The third film in Summit Entertainment's TWILIGHT series will include Kirsten Prout as vampire Lucy, E! Online reports.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) comes to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held this evening at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.
Coraline director Henry Selick and the annual Animator Picnic / Pumpkin Carving Contest highlight Day 3 at the Ottawa Animation Festival.
Only at OIAF can you get a chance to talk about the crazy Balloon Boy escapade with veteran Simpsons director David Silverman, and get to compare that incident with a Simpsons episode where prankster Bart pretends to be little Timmy, a boy who has fallen down a well. Happily, like Bart/Timmy, Balloon Boy was safe and sound the whole time.
Prime Focus announced today that industry veteran O.D. Welch has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer for North America.
"The Simpson's Movie" director David Silverman spoke to a packed house on Day 2 of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
Bill Desowitz traveled to London and reports back on the making of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Former Film Roman president/COO Scott Greenberg, SIMPSONS producer Joel Kuwahara and KING OF THE HILL producer Mark McJimsey have formed the new animation and live-action production company Bento Box Ent., reports VARIETY.
In talking to the COVENTRY TELEGRAPH, director Sam Raimi agreed with many fans that SPIDER-MAN 3's trio of villains "detracted from the experience."
Chris Messina (JULIE & JULIA) has been tapped by Universal to star in DEVIL, which is based on a story concocted by M. Night Shyamalan, reports VARIETY.
FAMILY GUY exec producer David Goodman has inked a two-year, six-figure contract with 20th Century Fox TV, reports VARIETY.
Jolene Blalock has been cast in a recurring role on the upcoming second season of LEGEND OF THE SEEKER, Comingsoon.net reports.
FREAKY MONDAY, a new teen comedy is under development at CBS Films with Andrew Gunn and Mark Waters producing, Variety reports.
Walden Media has selected Mark Dindal to helm its live-action family comedy HOUSEBROKEN, Variety reports.
tarz Media has tapped Alecia Dixon, a veteran of the entertainment business with a focus on film distribution, to spearhead its domestic television expansion in the new position of vice president, domestic TV sales.
Gary Ross, who is busy at work on the script for SPIDER-MAN 4, has been tapped to write the SPIDER-MAN spinoff VENOM, reports the Heat Vision blog.