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Headline News Brussels Festival Launches Anima 2000

The 19th Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival takes

place February 28-March 11, 2000. This year, in addition to

its regular program, the festival presents Anima 2000, a

4-day event with various conferences, screenings and panel

discussions. The program includes: "Be Realistic, Demand

The Impossible: Creatives' Dreams," on interactive

animation; "Lucas Arts," on how video game developers see

the role of animators; "Animated Feature Film Day," on

Headline News ASIFA-Canada Comes On Board!

AWN is pleased to welcome ASIFA-Canada to the AWN family.

ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) was

founded in 1957 in France by a group of professional

animators to promote the art of animation. Today, there are

ASIFA chapters in nearly thirty countries worldwide, but

Canada was one of the first countries to form its own

national chapter, ASIFA-Canada. Through its publications and

activities, the organization seeks to foster communication

Headline News More Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton has updated his

appearances

page. This month, "Surprise Cinema" will be appearing in

various festivals and other events in the US, Canada, France,

Belgium and Germany. Bill will be appearing at the Comics Festival

in Angouleme, France, January 26-31, and at the Zagreb World

Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb, Croatia, June 12-25, 2000.

Headline News 22nd International Short Film Festival of San Roque

* Monday, January 31 - Saturday, February 5, 2000. San Roque, Cadiz, Spain.

22nd International Short Film Festival of San Roque is open to all films

under 30 minutes made after January 1, 1997. Categories will include

fiction, animation and documentary. Cash prizes range from Euros 3,000 to

900. For more information contact Ilusre Ayuntamiento de San Roque, Semana

Internacional del Cortometraje, Cine-Teatro Alameda Alameda de Alfonso,

11360 San Roque (Cadiz) Espana; Tel.: ++ 34 (9)56-781074; Fax: ++ 34

Headline News Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

* Friday, February 4 - Saturday, February 12, 2000. Clermont-Ferrand, France.

This year, Clermont-Ferrand Short Films Festival will be featuring its 12th

international competition and 22nd French competition. The festival will

highlight animated films based off of comic strips. Filmmakers and buyers

can take advantage of the short film market, which attracted more than 50

TV channels, 50 distributors, and 60 international festival organizers last

Headline News Phantom Menace's Worldwide Release

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 12, 2000 at 12:00am

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced the

simultaneous worldwide VHS release of George Lucas' STAR WARS: EPISODE I

THE PHANTOM MENACE. Young Jedi wanna-bes around the globe will snag their

copy the week of April 3 - 8, 2000. The biggest box office hit of 1999 and

second highest-grossing motion picture of all time worldwide, will official

go on sale in North America on Tuesday, April 4, 2000. The US$922 million

Headline News Send in your TV Animation Program for Bay's Pulcinella Awards

The 4th edition of Cartoons On The Bay, International Festival of

Television Animation, will be held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy,

April 14-18, 2000. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the

world solely dedicated to television animation. Promoted by Rai

Radiotelevisione Italiana and conceived and organized by Rai Trade,

the festival is an international event with awards, workshops,

lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of

Headline News Holland's ComicHouse Moves Into The Wild

Over the holiday break Holland-based ComicHouse started its move to a new

home. After spending fifteen years in Amsterdam, the animation house has

taken root in Holland's largest nature reserve "DeVeluwe." The new base of

operations will give ComicHouse the needed workspace and client

accessibility that was lacking in the confines of the city. The company

will re-open again in Ooserbeek on January 10, 2000. For more information

contact ComicHouse at: Stationsweg 20, 6861 EH Oosterbeek, The Netherlands;

Headline News Film.com Casts Britian's Crapston Villas

Film.com has teamed-up with Troma, the production company responsible for

THE TOXIC ADVENGER, to bring the stop-motion clay characters of CRAPSTON

VILLAS to the Net. Set in Slumington, a fictional London neighborhood, this

ebony comedy is a wild soap opera spoof. The British down-to-Earth

blue-collar domestic drama features the voices of Jane Horrocks (Bubble in

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and Little Voice in LITTLE VOICE) and Alison Steadman

(LIFE IS SWEET). The show originally aired on Britain's Channel 4 and won

Headline News Cartoon Network's Mag Masters Poland

Cartoon Network, featured on Poland's Wizja TV, is the #1 rated channel on

the programming package and now Cartoon Network Magazine rules the

newsstand. The first issue sold over 500,000 copies making it the top

magazine in Poland. In just three days, the magazine sold out and

publishers ordered an immediate reprint. The Polish version of the mag with

comic strips, quizzes, posters and articles featuring Cartoon Net's legion

of toon heroes and heroines is based off the British version and is the

Headline News ITE secures new territories for HUGO JUNGLE

Interactive Television Entertainment (ITE) has secured two new

territories for its show HUGO JUNGLE. The show will start airing March

1, 2000 on Nat 7 in Malaysia and January 17, 2000 on BKTV in Serbia and

Montenegro. Extensive use of the Animation Mask System, and animated

links between each playing scenario, make HUGO JUNGLE a unique live

interactive cartoon show.

In

Headline News DECODE ENTERTAINMENT expands international distribution division

Toronto-based DECODE ENTERTAINMENT has announced DOMINIQUE BAZAY and

CAROLINE DORRIS to its recently formed international distribution

division. As Director of International Sales, Bazay, who will be based

in Toronto, will head distribution activities and sales to Scandinavia,

Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe and South Africa, among other

territories. Bazay previously served in sales for BBC Worldwide

Americas, Paragon Entertainment, and the CBC. Dorris will also serve as

Headline News RIVE GAUCHE names new VP

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

ANDREA-MANUELA SEIBERT has been named VP, European Sales for RIVE GAUCHE INTERNATIONAL TV. Seibert previously served as lead Acquisitions Exec and Special Project Exec at RTL Television in Munich, Germany. Based in Germany, Seibert will head European sales and marketing of Rive Gauche's programming library, handle acquisitions of European-produced specials for worldwide distribution and coordinate European co-productions.

Headline News DREAMWORKS brings NATHAN NEVER to the screen

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 29, 1999 at 12:00am

DreamWorks has obtained the screen rights to Nathan Never, a comic published in Italy by Bonelli Editore and imported by Platinum Studios. The story focuses around Nathan Never, a 21st Century Dirty Harry, who, in the wake of a terrible crime, is charged to protect the lone witness. The comic was acquired by DW's Walter Parkes and Glenn Williamson. The pic will be produced by Platinum chairman Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, co-produced by Platinum pres Ervin Rustemagic and senior VP Gregory Noveck. Parkes and Rosenberg teamed up together on MEN IN BLACK.

Headline News Ex-Walt Disney Internet exec freed from jail

As was reported [AF 12/21/99], a federal

court jury convicted former Walt Disney Internet executive, 34-year-old

Patrick Naughton, of possessing child pornography, but deadlocked on

charges that he crossed state lines seeking sex with a "13-year-old girl"

which he arranged via the Internet. On Wednesday, December 22, 1999, U.S.

District Judge Edward Rafeedie reversed his own ruling and released

Naughton from jail, saying it was likely that he would win a new trial. On

Headline News Pokemon: Europe Won't Be The Same

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 12:00am

Recently, Europe has gotten a good old dose of American capitalism,

Japanese style. POKEMON has infested the European television market. The

children's mega-hit first debuted in the UK on Sky 1 in April and quickly

became the channel's #1 kids show. In October, the ITV Network and GMTV

secured UK terrestrial broadcast rights to the show. A month prior to the

ITV and GMTV deal, POKEMON started airing on Germany's RTL2, The

Netherlands' Fox Kids, Belgium's VT4 and RTL, Portugal's SIC and France's

Headline News Euro-Disney May Not Party Like It's 1999

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 22, 1999 at 12:00am

A strike by union employees at Disneyland Paris may stop the park's rocking

New Year's Eve celebration. Disney played down the chance of a strike,

however local union leader Elena Stanciu warned, "The party'll be ruined,"

citing staff frustration over slow-moving pay talks and dissatisfaction

with a $115 New Year's Eve bonus as the main reasons for the latest threat

of a walk out. Stanciu said seasonal staff were being offered almost four

Headline News Pokemon 3?

Next summer the third feature installment of the POKEMON trilogy will makeits way to Japanese theatres. POCKET MONSTER: THE LORD OF THE UNKNOWN TOWERwill introduce yet another of those little "pocket things" to kids andmerchandising execs around the world. Kunihiko Yuyama is set to direct thefilm, which will feature a short tentatively titled POKEMON 2000. If in theU.S. or Europe one may ask, whatever happened to POKEMON 2? Well, fear notCharmander chums, the second POKEMON feature, which was released in Japan

Headline News Cinanima Cites Best

Cinanima '99 finished its week-long run on November 14, 1999. The Espinho,Portugal festival highlights the best in animation from around the globe.This year, the International Jury gave their Grand Prize to AlexanderPetrov's film THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. The Canadian and Japanese producedfilm also won the RTP Prize, an award given by the Portuguese StateChannel's special jury, and the Best Soundtrack Prize. TheCanadian-produced film by Eugene Fedorenko and Rose Newlove entitled

Headline News Indian Kids Make Toon In 2 Days

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 12:00am

As part of the International Children's Film Festival in Hyderabad, Indiaon November 17 - 18, 1999, 45 children ages 5 - 15 years old came togetherto create a wildly imaginative, 5 minute animated short titled TOONED IN 2DAYS. The feat was done at a 2 day workshop on animation conducted by Dr.Neeraj's Animation Studios, the digital animation production facility ofSriven Multi-Tech Limited. Twenty of the studio's top animators, led byDhimant Vyas and Rajsekhar took on the responsibility of guiding the

Headline News Monte-Carlo Names Jury

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 12:00am

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has announced the members of theirinternational jury for the 2nd European Television Producer Award. GuyFournier, the Canadian writer/producer, will preside over the seven memberjury. Guy Fournier has written some 2000 hours of television drama forFrench and Canadian productions, over 150 hours of films and series fortelevision, plays for the theater, feature length films (FANTASTICA, UNEAMIE D'ENFANCE) and has also published a number of books. Other jury

Headline News Imagina 2000, the rendez-vous for all Digital A/V Professionals.

The Imagina computer conference and festival is often referred to as theEuropean equivalent to SIGGRAPH. For its 19th edition, in keeping withtradition, the event will start in Monaco, January 31-February 2, 2000, butwill then continue in Paris February 2-4, 2000 with the exhibition of newindustrial developments and technologies. The events in Monaco include the"Prix Pixel-INA" awards competition, the Innovation Space, and variousconferences and panel discussions such as "2D/3D Animation," a discussion

Headline News Annecy 2000 call for entries.

The 24th International Festival of animated film will be held in Annecy,France, June 5-10, 2000. The festival is now accepting entries for animatedshort films, television series, commissioned films and student films. Thedeadline to register your film for competition is January 15, 2000. Entryforms are now available on the festival web site. The three selectioncommittees will gather in Annecy March 2-12, 2000 in order to choose the 5features and 10 programs of shorts which will compose the official

Headline News Store Specials - Latest Copies of Yuri Nortsein's prints.

These limited edition autographed prints from Yuri Norstein's "Tales ofTales" and "Hedgehog in the Fog," made in Russia from the drawings Norsteinused to develop his characters, are hand signed by Norstein. Most of theproceeds from sales will go to help finance the ongoing production of"Overcoat," Yuri Norstein's famous work in progress, which he began aftercompleting "Tale of Tales" in 1978, and is based on a famous story byNikolai Gogol. This is a very limited offer, with the print value at

Headline News A Closer Look: French animation sets out to conquer the world

A year ago, French and other European animation professionals gathered atthe third "Crossroads of the Image of the Indian Ocean" to discuss Europeancartoons. At this event, financing is always a hot topic of discussion.France is the third largest producer of animation worldwide, after the U.S.and Japan. Production itself has greatly developed in recent years with theproliferation of television channels. In 1988 there weren't any 26half-hour episode series being done in Europe, now there are dozens every

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