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Animation Headline News

Animation Block Party Wants Your Shorts

Animation Block Party 2008Brooklyn, New York, USAJuly 25-27, 2008Deadline: June 4, 2008

Animation Block Party 2008 is now open for submissions. 2008 ABP prizes include copies of Adobe After Effects, Toon Boom Studio, Boinx I-Stop Motion, designer bags from Crumpler, subscriptions to ANIMATION MAGAZINE, DVDs and a special production grant for the winner of best student film.

Film Headline News

Savannah Film Fest Calls for Entries

Savannah Film Festival 2008Savannah, Georgia, USAOct. 25 - Nov. 1, 2008Deadline: June 16, 2008

The Savannah Film Festival is hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design and accepts professional and student films. Competition categories include animation, documentary feature, documentary short, narrative feature, narrative short and student. To be eligible for the student competition, entrants must be enrolled in an academic institution or have completed their film while enrolled.

Film Headline News

Enter Your Films in the Woods Hole Film Fest

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 12:00am

17th Woods Hole Film FestivalCape Cod, Massachusetts, USAJuly 26 - Aug. 2, 2008Deadline: May 1, 2008

The 17th Woods Hole Film Festival is one of the premiere independent film festivals in New England and is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers, with a special section for filmmakers from New England. Held each summer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Woods Hole Film Festival is seeking film and screenplay entries. More information can be found at or by emailing

Business Headline News

9 Story Adds Two New Execs

Canadian-based production and animation studio 9 Story Ent. heads into 2008 with the addition of two new senior executives. Jill Fraser has been named VP, Business Affairs and Krista Barron, Manager Production Finance. The two will report directly to Steve Jarosz, VP and COO, 9 Story Ent.

As VP, Business Affairs, Fraser will be responsible for legal and business affairs matters for all areas of 9 Story's operations. Barron will be responsible for administration and certifications relating to tax credits, film agency and other domestic funding on all 9 Story productions.

Headline News

Storm Hawks Soars onto DVD

Cartoon Network's top-rated 3D animated series STORM HAWKS is flying onto DVD in two separate volumes on Jan. 15 from Sony Pictures Home Ent. Created by Nerd Corps Ent., STORM HAWKS -- HAWKS RISE AGAIN and STORM HAWKS -- TALES FROM THE ATMOS present the story of five mismatched teens and their strange furry sidekick, as they defend the people of Atmos against an evil oppressor. Armed with transforming flying motorcycles, they dog-fight the worst villains ever to hit the skies.

Films Headline News

Persepolis Doesn't Advance in Foreign Language Oscar Race

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards. But not PERSEPOLIS, the acclaimed animated feature from France about growing up in Iran during the '70s and '80s, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. However, PERSEPOLIS is still for Best Animated Feature.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

* Austria, THE COUNTERFEITERS, Stefan Ruzowitzky, director* Brazil, THE YEAR MY PARENTS WENT ON VACATION, Cao Hamburger, director

Marvel Headline News

Iron Man Gets More Support

Three high-profile promotional partners have joined with Paramount Pictures and previously announced partner LG Electronics to publicize Marvel Studio's upcoming IRON MAN, reports KIDSCREEN. Audi will have a sports car featured in the movie, Burger King will mount a QSR promo at locations worldwide, and 7-Eleven will offer IRON MAN Slurpee cups at its 6,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada. More than 100 licensees worldwide have been signed by Marvel. The film is scheduled for release in the U.S. on May 2.

Production Headline News

Year One Finds Female Lead

Olivia Wilde, who has had roles in ALPHA DOG and TURISTAS, will play Jack Black's love interest in Harold Ramis' biblical comedy YEAR ONE, reports VARIETY. The cast of the Columbia production also includes Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones, Juno Temple and June Raphael.

Judd Apatow and Ramis are producing with Owen Wilson exec producing. Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg adapted Ramis' story into a script.

Production has begun in New Mexico and Louisiana.

Headline News

New Rigging Book Puts Muscle in CG

Award-winning 3D animator TJ Galda announces the publication of ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING, the first of a new series of books on the subject. The initial book explains how to create muscles and tendons using computer graphics software such as Autodesk's Maya, and is designed to make the techniques as accessible as possible, so that even beginners can create and animate lifelike muscles for their animated characters. ADVANCED CHARACTER RIGGING is available through digital publishing site and major outlets such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Animated Headline News

J.J. Sedelmaier Animates Psych Webtoon

In a first for the channel, USA Network is taking a new approach to "pod-busting" with the introduction of THE BIG ADVENTURES OF LITTLE SHAWN AND GUS, a series of animated vignettes based on the hit series PSYCH, created by J.J. Sedelmaier Prods. Each vignette explores the timeless mysteries of childhood through the characters of young Shawn and Gus. The six animations range in length from 50 seconds to two minutes. USA will unveil a new adventure in the second break of every episode of PSYCH beginning Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:00 pm PCT when the show returns with new episodes.

Festival Headline News

New Strand Film Fest Calls for Entries

The New Strand Film Festival 2008West Liberty, Iowa, USAMay 2-4, 2008Deadline: Feb. 14, 2008

The New Strand Film Festival, held in an historic downtown theater, will feature three days of independent films, with Sunday highlighting children's films. This small Iowa festival offers independent filmmakers the opportunity to get involved with their audiences without the hassles of larger festivals. For further information, visit or email

Headline News

Cuppa Coffee Eyes U.S. for Zoo

Having secured a first-season run of 20 half-hours for its new animated reality series LIFE'S A ZOO on Canada's TELETOON, Cuppa Coffee Studios has now set its sights on the U.S. The new stop-motion show aimed at teens and up delivers a new spin on the reality television genre while also pushing a distinctly indie-music angle.

Film Headline News

Philadelphia Film Fest Launches Animation Festival

2008 Philadelphia Film & Animation FestivalPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USAApril 3-16, 2008Deadline: Jan. 20, 2008

The Philadelphia Film Society in conjunction with The University of the Arts will be presenting The Philadelphia Animation Festival as part of special programming in this year's Philadelphia Film Festival. From April 3-16, the city of Philadelphia will celebrate the art of animation with showcases that include work from around the world.

Festival Headline News

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.

Game Headline News

Jimmy Two Shoes Dances Onto Mobile Gaming Formats

SilverBirch Studios and Breakthrough New Media announced that they have signed an agreement to develop two games based on the upcoming animated kids television series JIMMY TWO SHOES, to be broadcast on Teletoon Canada and Jetix Europe.

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.