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Headline News Movielink Features Star Blazers & Yamato Anime Films

Movielink will now offer STAR BLAZERS and Yamato Films anime classics through a deal with Voyager Ent. STAR BLAZERS' "Quest for Iscandar," episodes 1-17, are available now for download. Additional titles coming soon include THE COMET EMPIRE, THE BOLAR WARS, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, FAREWELL TO SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: IN THE NAME OF LOVE, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: THE NEW VOYAGE, BE FOREVER YAMATO and FINAL YAMATO. Movielink and Voyager Ent. will launch co-marketing campaigns and promotions to highlight the titles available.

Headline News Mainframe and Studio B Win Lion’s Share of Leo Awards

Winners in the regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, have been announced. Mainframe Entertainments SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR pretty much swept the animation competition winning for Best Animation Program or Series, as well as Best Musical Score and Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series.

Headline News Spectra Animation Hopes to Draw Viewers to New Site

Spectra Animation, a subsidiary of LÉquipe Spectra, has launched its Internet site, which can be accessed at www.spectra-animation.ca, featuring info on the company, its history, creations and development projects, plus the latest news on its activities.

Headline News Acclaim Unleashed Legends of Wrestling

Acclaim Ent. has unleashed the ultimate wrestling game SHOWDOWN: LEGENDS OF WRESTLING for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin, the game was designed in conjunction with professional wrestling experts and features 73 of the greatest wrestlers in history, including Hulk Hogan, Sting, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Eddie Guerrero and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

Headline News ASIFA-Hollywood Presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels

ASIFA-Hollywood's 2D Expo Pencils Not PixelsBurbank, California, USAJune 26, 2004

ASIFA-Hollywood presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels, a one-day symposium and conference for traditional animators. The events will feature meetings, screenings, panels, filmmakers, networking, grants, sketchbooks, inspiration, discussion, drawing and painting. Guests and Panelists include:

* Eric Goldberg (director, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, FANTASIA 2000)* Shane Glines (designer, BATMAN BEYOND, CartoonRetro.com)

Headline News BKN Issues Stock to Do Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Series

BKN International A.G. has completed development and will soon begin production of the ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES: THE LOST SCIMITAR OF ARABIA series. BKN is currently in negotiations with a media company in the Middle East to co-produce and distribute this program.

Headline News Geneon To Bring Appleseed to the World

Geneon Ent. has acquired worldwide theatrical and home video rights from Micott & Basara to anime feature APPLESEED. The pact excludes Japan and South Korea. North American theatrical distribution is scheduled for late summer. The film will mark the debut of Geneon Films, which will focus on marketing and distributing Japanese and Asian live-action and animated features around the globe.

Headline News Sarbakan Add Five New Hires to Staff

Sarbakan, a full service digital animation studio in Quebec City has added five new hires to its full-time staff, bringing its total of employees to 47.

Stephanie Gingras joins the 2D project management team as a producer. She was a producer for I.C. Axon where she was responsible for many multimedia and print projects in the field of e-learning solutions between 2000 and 2003.

Headline News Nickelodeon Celebrates 25th at PROMAX/BDA

Nickelodeon, celebrating its 25th birthday this year, will kick off the 49th annual PROMAX&BDA conference at the Summer Garden at Rockefeller Center in New York City with a cocktail reception on the opening night, 8-11:00 pm on June 23, 2004 for conference attendees and other invited guests.

"We've celebrated every milestone in our 25 years by showcasing our work at PROMAX&BDA and it's part of our legacy to be judged by the best critics in the business our peers," said Russell Hicks, svp, Nickelodeon Creative Resources.

Headline News IDT Pumps Up Sales/Distribution Arm

A few months ago Rick Mischel, ceo of Mainframe Ent., alluded to AWN that a sales/distribution entity would be in place soon for IDT Ent. and now that has become a reality. IDT Ent. has formed IDT Ent. Sales (IDTeS) a new company responsible for the worldwide distribution of content from its companies, as well as third-party producers. IDT Ent. companies include Anchor Bay Ent., Manga Ent., DPS, DPS/Film Roman, Mainframe Ent. and DKP Effects.

Headline News Cenega Publishing Gets UFO: Aftershock for PC

Prague, Czech Republic-based Cenega Publishing has signed a deal with Altar Interactive to publish the forthcoming PC-CD ROM title, UFO: AFTERSHOCK, due to release in Q3 2005.

Headline News Alias Acquisition Completed

Accel-KKR, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Alias management announced the completion of the acquisition of Alias from SGI for $57.5 million. Accel-KKR is a technology-focused private equity firm and Teachers' is one of Canada's largest pension plans with net assets of more than $75 billion CDN.

Headline News Enter Your Shorts in Cinequest

Cinequest Film Festival 2005San Jose, California, USAMarch 2 - 13, 2005Deadline: October 8, 2004

The Cinequest Film Festival prides itself as being a soul-stirring and personable discovery festival of international films and digital forums for movie lovers, maverick film artists and students. The event was named one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the world by the ULTIMATE FILM FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE. The short film submission deadline is October 8, 2004 and the feature film submission deadline is October 29, 2004.

Headline News Mobile Exposure Explores Future of Handheld Video

Mobile ExposureHouston, Texas, USAFebruary 1, 2005Deadline: November 31, 2004

The Mobile Exposure handheld video program is an exploration of the potentials of mobile motion imaging. Practitioners are invited to submit all lengths of work, although the focus will be on short works (less than 15 minutes in length). This international exhibition of mobile video will be presented by Microcinema International and curated by Patrick Lichty.

Headline News The Fountain To Start Flowing In November

Director Darren Aronofsky will start shooting his long-delayed sci-fi drama THE FOUNTAIN in Montreal, Canada, November 1, reports NEWSDAY. Hugh Jackman will star the immortality tale that takes place over three centuries. Cate Blanchett, Ellen Burstyn and Sean Gullette will also star. Aronofsky and Ari Handel penned the scripted. New Regency and Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures are producing the film, which is set to be released by Warner Bros. in 2005 or 2006.

Headline News Spanish Pinocchio 3000 Gets Hollywood Voices

Spain-based Filmax Animation's long-in-the-works PK3: PINOCCHIO 3000 feature will feature a Hollywood flare with voice provide by Whoopi Goldberg, Malcolm McDowell and Howie Mandel, reports VARIETY. The futuristic spin on Carlo Collodi's classic tale is also being produced by Canada's CineGroupe, and France's Animakids.

Mandel will voice Spencer, a cyber-penguin who helps tinkering inventor Geppetto. Goldberg voices Cyberina, a big-mamma holographic fairy. McDowell will voice Scamboli, the low-life mayor of the high-tech city of Scamboville.

Headline News Disney's Lorenzo takes Grand Prix at Annecy

The coveted short film grand prize at the 28th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Mike Gabriel for LORENZO while Chris Landreth received the Special Jury Award for RYAN. The judges selected the 2D film over the 3D film for the top prize, wishing to recognize "true magic does not rely on technology and can start with the artist's hand-drawn art." The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Annecy, France. Congratulations to all the winners!

The Short and Feature Fiction Films Category winners are:

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

Two of the most popular shorts at Annecy this week were Mike Gabriels LORENZO and Chris Landreths RYAN. You can be sure that both cutting edge digital works (from Disney and Copper Heart Ent./National Film Board of Canada, respectively) will be vying for an Oscar next year, and VFXWorld is proud to offer an exclusive visual development gallery for LORENZO and an in-depth profile of RYAN by Greg Singer.

Headline News Central Park Media Sets Anime Release for June 8

On June 8, 2004, Central Park Media set to release URUSEI YATSURA MOVIE 2: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, BLACK JACK: INCUBATION, SPIRIT WARRIOR: A HARVEST OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS, SPIRIT WARRIOR DVD COLLECTION, DOMAIN OF MURDER, MACHINE ROBO: REVENGE OF CRONOS: VOLUME 3 and THE BONDAGE MASTER on DVD. All DVDs will have audio tracks in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.

Headline News Nike Spot Attracts A52

Clio-winning Los Angeles visual effects and design company A52 detailed their visual effects and design work for RSA USA and award-winning director Jake Scott for Wieden+Kennedys new Nike spot, THE MAGNET. The :90 spot had its broadcast debut during the NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2004 and is also set to run nationwide in theaters before screenings of SPIDER-MAN 2.

Headline News Christian WYSIWYG Film Fest Calls for Entries

5th Annual Christian WYSIWYG Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAOctober 20-23, 2004Deadline: July 1, 2004

Christian W Y S I W Y G Filmworks presents the 5th Annual Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival. The event will screen feature films, short subject entries and children's films. The festival will include an actors workshop, networking opportunities, a "pitch party" and special guest speakers. For more information, e-mail wysiwygsf@earthlink.net or visit www.wysiwygusa.com.

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