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Send Your Films to the Big Island

Big Island Film Festival 2008Waikoloa Beach, Hawai'i, USAMay 15-18, 2008Deadline: Feb. 1, 2008

Big Island Film Festival takes place at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. One indoor venue and two under the stars, as well as filmmaker panels, awards and social events, great weather, beautiful beaches and outstanding resorts of Waikoloa Beach make this a very special location for a film festival. Submit narrative films only -- no documentaries -- by Feb. 1, 2008. For more information, visit

Nickelodeon Headline News

Corus Gets Nick Digital Rights

Leading Canadian media company Corus Ent. Inc. and MTV Networks Int'l (MTVNI) today announced plans to extend their multi-year broadcast partnership for Nickelodeon content to encompass all digital rights for Nickelodeon and related brands, covering broadcast, broadband, mobile, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, electronic sell-through and gaming. Under one new multi-platform agreement, Corus will have Canadian rights across all media for TV properties including SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and DORA THE EXPLORER.

Studios Headline News

LG Mobile Phones To Support Iron Man

LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. announced its partnership with Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios to launch a multi-faceted campaign to promote the role of technology in the upcoming Marvel Studios film IRON MAN.

Prior to the film's May 2, 2008 release, LG will unveil advertising, as well as retail, online and consumer electronics industry initiatives, to showcase the company's high-tech expertise and role in developing sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing multimedia devices.

Blu-ray Headline News

Disney Adds Finding Nemo to Animated Blu-ray Slate

In addition to the previously announced SLEEPING BEAUTY on Blu-ray in fall 2008, marking the first Platinum Disney animated classic in the HD format, Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. (WDSHE) will also release FINDING NEMO as part of its 2008 Blu-ray slate.

Netflix Headline News

Netflix, LG Team To Bring Web Content Directly to HDTVs

Netflix Inc. and LG Electronics today announced they are joining forces to develop a set-top box for consumers to stream movies and other programming from the Internet to HDTVs -- bypassing the need to use a personal computer.

The collaboration is expected to deliver a new online home entertainment service via technology embedded in an LG networked player planned for the second half of 2008.

Festival Headline News

Stony Brook Fest Calls for Entries

Stony Brook Film Festival 2008Long Island, New York, USAJuly 17-26, 2008Deadline: May 1, 2008

The Stony Brook Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly, well-attended festival that takes place at a 1000-seat theater with a 40-foot screen. It features independent features and shorts in competition, premieres, special screenings, filmmaker panels and receptions. The event is held at Staller Center for the Arts on the campus of Stony Brook University. For more information, visit

Headline News

Woodstock Museum Fest Calls for Entries

9th Annual Woodstock Museum Film/Video FestivalWoodstock, New York, USAAug. 29-31, 2008Deadline: July 31, 2008

The Woodstock Museum is hosting its 9th film/video festival with the theme of "Freedom." The festival screens completed features, documentaries and shorts in all genres, including animation and digital media, as well as works in progress. All films must be in English or have English subtitles. The early deadline is March 31, the regular deadline is June 30, and the late deadline is July 31, 2008.

Film Headline News

Hollywood Film Festival Calls for Animated Films

Hollywood Film Festival 2008Hollywood, California, USAOct. 15-20, 2008Deadline: June 30, 2008

The Hollywood Film Festival is comprised of 10 separate film festivals, including the Hollywood Animation Film Festival. The event was created to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, as well as to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking.

Animation Headline News

South Beach Animation Fest Beckons

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 12:00am

South Beach Animation Festival 2008South Beach, Florida, USAApril 3-5, 2008Deadline: Feb. 29, 2008

The South Beach International Animation Festival celebrates animation film and other cartoon art forms with screenings and special events taking place at a variety of venues around Miami Beach and Miami Dade County. In addition to juried film screenings, the festival hosts art exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, seminars, and discussions. For more information, visit

Series Headline News

USA Cancels Sci-Fi Series 4400 & Dead Zone

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:00am

USA has pulled the plug on its veteran sci-fi series THE DEAD ZONE and THE 4400, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Both shows are credited with having created new life for original programming on the network. DEAD ZONE, based on Stephen King's book, debuted in 2002, breaking the record for a series premiere on basic cable with 6.4 million viewers. Two years later, the debut of THE 4400 broke the record again with 7.4 million viewers.

Anime Headline News

Anime Network Launches Broadband Service

Leading anime channel Anime Network has announced a new broadband service to stream high-quality anime on the Internet. The free service will feature more than 20 full episodes of classic and new anime series at any given time, including classics like RAHXEPHON and SAIYUKI, and new series such as AH! MY GODDESS: FLIGHTS OF FANCY and KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY.

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3ds Max & Maya Developer Conference Bound for Arizona

Autodesk is hosting a combined 3ds Max and Maya developer conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 5-8, 2008. The Autodesk Developer Conference combines learning, networking, training and fun in a thoroughly relaxed resort atmosphere. If you know C++, are a programmer, engineer or technical director and use Maya or 3ds Max, this is a great opportunity to build your knowledge base, ask questions and make great industry connections.

Please visit for more information.

Headline News

Chow Yun-Fat Mentors Dragonball

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 12:00am

Chow Yun-Fat is set to play Master Roshi in 20th Century Fox's live-action big-screen version of DRAGONBALL, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Chow joins fellow cast members Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Emmy Rossum and Jamie Chung.

In the film, humanoid alien Goku is sent to Earth to destroy all life, but instead follows his grandfather's wishes to collect the seven mystical Dragon Balls, keeping them out of the hands of evil aliens.

James Wong is directing, with Stephen Chow producing.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Dec. 17, 2008

This week in AWN's Forums, a member wants to know if anyone else in the animation business is feeling effects from the writer's strike. In other strike related posts, members are talking about the conditions that went into the 1940's Disney strike. Others continue to debate the relevance of life drawing for animators. There is a thread discussing the Annie nominations. An American is curious how it works for U.S. citizens to gain employment in Canada. A student requests information about the difference between the European and American animation industries.

Film Headline News

California Indie Film Fest Deadline Nears

10th Annual California Independent Film FestivalLivermore, California, USAApril 16-20, 2008Deadline: Dec. 31, 2007

The 10th Annual California Independent Film Festival will take place in Northern California's Livermore Valley Wine Country. Over 60 feature films, shorts, music videos and documentaries from all over the world will be screened during the five-day event, where several Hollywood legends will be honored for their work in independent motion pictures. For more information, visit the festival site at

Film Headline News

Jackson Hole Film Fest Calls for Entries

Jackson Hole Film Festival 2008Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USAJune 5-9, 2008Deadline: Feb. 22, 2008

The 5th annual Jackson Hole Film Festival is a competitive film festival that keeps the spotlight on independent filmmakers. Eighty films will be screened for over 6,500 attendees. Evening events, bands, and high-profile forums will enrich the festival and give filmmakers a chance to network with film industry veterans. The festival's regular submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2008 and the final deadline is Feb. 22nd.

Games Headline News

VeggieTales Good for Brain Games

ZAPiT Games announces the availability of its new VEGGIETALES interactive family game title for the Game Wave system. VEG-OUT FAMILY TOURNAMENT combines brain games for the entire family with Big Idea's VEGGIETALES animated characters.

Series Headline News

Olly Dives into New Sales

Taffy Ent. has made further international sales for DIVE OLLY DIVE! (52x11) with broadcasters in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The UK's GMTV has bought the property for its preschool children's strand "Wakey Wakey," which airs on ITV1 and CiTV channel, and Spain's TVE has picked up the series for both terrestrial TV and its digital kids' channel Clan. Further deals for the show include Cartoon Network Latin America, MTV3 in Finland, Cineplex Thailand and TPI in Indonesia. It has also been picked up by local distributors in Poland, South Africa and English-speaking African territories.

Headline News

Eyetronics Creates 3D Scans for Stranglehold

Eyetronics provided 3D scanning for Midway's next-gen title STRANGLEHOLD, released this fall for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The game marks Midway's unique collaboration with Hong Kong movie legends, actor Chow Yun-Fat and director John Woo.

Shorts Headline News

Slamdance Announces Short Films

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:00am

More than 2,000 short films from over 40 countries were submitted to the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, and 67 have been selected by the shorts programming committee, which is comprised of Slamdance alumni filmmakers. Each of the 67 shorts is now in competition and eligible for a Grand Jury Award.

Award Headline News

Helen Hill Animated Award Goes to She's A Lady Animator

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:00am

The Linda Joy Media Arts Society has announced the winner of the inaugural 2007 Helen Hill Animated Award. This award is offered in memory of the life and work of internationally noted filmmaker and artist Helen Hill (1970-2007).