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Short Films Announced For Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Institute announced Tuesday the program of short films selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival's Short Film Program comprises a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, and include nine U.S. animated shorts and 10 international animated shorts. Submissions grew by 10% over last year.

The 2009 Sundance Film Festival runs January 15-25, 2009 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

Blu-ray Headline News

Dark Knight, Horton Hears a Who on DVD/Blu-ray, plus Lost, Peter & the Wolf

THE DARK KNIGHT, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! and the fourth season of LOST arrive on DVD and Blu-ray, plus Oscar-winning Best Animated Short PETER & THE WOLF makes its U.S. DVD debut, and more.


Licensing Headline News

Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Expands to Canada

Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG), one of Europe's oldest independent licensing agencies, is expanding to North America. Kelly Elwood, will head up the Toronto office and report to Katarina Dietrich, CPLG CEO.

CPLG Canada is the Canadian affiliate of the CPLG group of companies, recently acquired by Cookie Jar Ent.

Entertainment Headline News

3D Entertainment Summit Wraps Up

The inaugural 3D Entertainment Summit wrapped up Wednesday, concluding two days of industry expert commentary, panel discussions defining business models and creative technique, 3D presentations of trailers, videogames and never-before-seen sneak previews of test footage and technology demonstrations.

Headline News

Lincoln Butterfield To Debut R.I.P. M.D. at NATPE 2009

Offering a refreshing departure from typical monster stories, Lincoln Butterfield Animation will debut R.I.P. M.D. at next month's NATPE '09 Market & Conference. The new animated series concept, which takes a comical look at the real-life problems of monsters, comes from veteran animation producer Mitch Schauer, creator of THE ANGRY BEAVERS. NATPE attendees interested in snagging a first look at R.I.P. M.D. may visit the Lincoln Butterfield booth (#612).

Show Headline News

Pingu Show Coming to APTN

HIT Ent. and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the first national aboriginal television network in the world, have partnered to launch THE PINGU SHOW this fall during the APTN Kids programming block. This is the first time that HIT has partnered with the network that reaches approximately 10 million households across Canada.

APTN will air 74 episodes of THE PINGU SHOW in English and French.

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Three Delivery Fans Warm Up with Webisodes this Winter

New York-based independent producer Animation Collective will soon debut 11 exclusive webisodes released in conjunction with their original show THREE DELIVERY, which currently airs on Nicktoons Network. As part of a multiplatform strategy for the series, the 1.5 minute webisodes will roll out each week through the month of December on

A new webisode will be posted each Friday beginning December 5 through January 2, 2009.

Series Headline News

4Kids Inks New Deals For Chaotic Series in France, U.K.

On the heels of MIPCOM 2008, 4Kids Ent. has finalized licensing agreements with broadcasters in France and the U.K. for the first season of CHAOTIC.

CHAOTIC (Season One) is scheduled to launch on Gulli TV in France, Rede TV in Brazil and Jetix in the U.K., beginning first quarter 2009.

The property's second season, CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION, has also been renewed by Teletoon in Canada and Jetix in Latin America. Broadcast sales of the series in Germany, Italy and other markets are expected to close by end of the calendar year.

Series Headline News

Calon's Animated Shorts Hitch a Ride on French Train Stations

U.K. animation company Calon TV has signed a deal with French distributors to screen short films on digital screens in garage forecourts and train stations across France.

Animated downloads BIG TATTIES RUGBY and MR POKER FACE will be screened soon in between commercials at 10 train stations and 80 gas stations across France. Both animations are short, funny and highly visual with no sound, making them perfect for the growing popularity for outdoor advertising.

Headline News

Angora Napkin Goes to Print and Small Screen in 2009

IDW Publishing will release the new graphic novel by Troy Little entitled ANGORA NAPKIN in January 2009. An animated pilot of ANGORA NAPKIN is also in production and set to air on Teletoon in Canada in March 2009.

ANGORA NAPKIN is an adult comedy about a pop music trio of girls who constantly find themselves mired in the horrible and confronted with the macabre. Unable to recognize the dark side of any situation, they always seem to come out on top (with the help of their impromptu peppy songs).

Special Headline News

I Castelli Animati Winners Announced

The 13th edition of Il Castelli Animati finished up November 30 in Rome, Italy, with winners including multiple winner Blu for the ambiguous animation MUTO.

International Competition

The Jury:President: Nelson Shin, KoreaSandra Ceccarelli, ItalyHeather Kenyon, USAMarco Pavone, ItalyGerben Schermer, The Netherlands

Grand PrizeCHAINSAW, Dennis Tupicoff, Australia, 2007Production: Jungle Pictures

Special Jury Prize

Special Headline News

Wanted, Prince Caspian, X-Files on DVD/Blu-ray, Plus Day The Earth Stood Still

PRINCE CASPIAN, WANTED and X-FILES hit DVD and Blu-ray, plus the special edition of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) comes out on DVD/Blu-ray and the first 3-D animated film made especially for 3-D, FLY ME TO THE MOON, comes out on DVD.


Effects Headline News

Martian Labs Lands In BC

Martian Labs is opening a branch of its award-winning vfx division in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In order to expand and adapt to the increasing demands of their clients, Martian Labs is launching this new office to help support the emerging Hollywood-in-the-north industry.

Headline News

H2O - Film on Water Call for Submissions

H2O - Film on Water Call for SubmissionsDeadline: April 15, 2009

Great River Arts invites video artists both domestic and international, student and professional alike, to submit interpretive art videos on the theme of "water." The top 40 selections will be on exhibition concurrently in four venues along the Connecticut River Valley in New Hampshire and Vermont, USA.

Series Headline News

Amberwood's RollBots is heading to Latin America

Televix Ent. has acquired the Latin American Broadcast & Home Video rights for Amberwood Ent.'s ROLLBOTS.

The 26x30 CGI animated series will premiere both on YTV in Canada and the CW4Kids in the U.S. this February 2009. The series is currently being placed across Europe as well.

Televix will be presenting the series to the regional broadcasters in Latin America at NATPE 2009.

Headline News

Kunis Joins Cast of Book of Eli

Actress Mila Kunis has been added to the cast of THE BOOK OF ELI from Warner Bros. and Alcon Ent. and starring Denzel Washington, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Albert and Allen Hughes are directing the action thriller about a lone hero named Eli (Washington), who fights his way across the wasteland of a near-future America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity.

Shows Headline News

Call for Entries: LACDA 2008 Juried Competition

Call for Entries: LACDA 2008 Juried CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAJanuary 8-31, 2009Deadline: December 15, 2008

LACDA announces their juried competition for digital art and photography. The center's competitions are very open ended in terms of concept and approach, choosing not impose limits on the artists. Rather, they encourage a broad range of technological creativity. Many top level academics, many self-taught outsiders, some persons of great celebrity, many entirely unknown are exhibited.

Mobile Headline News

Smiley Guy Studios To Restruture iThentic

iThentic shareholders, Barna-Alper Productions and iThentic LLC, have announced a strategic partnership and restructuring of the online and mobile video company, which transfers the management of its operations to Web and animation company, Smiley Guy Studios.

Headline News

Cinar Scandal Could Lead to Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Quebec are evaluating the possibility of carrying out criminal charges against the founder of Cinar, Ronald Weinberg, and the former senior exec VP Hasanain Panju, according to Radio Canada. This comes after the conclusion of the investigation by the Safety of the Quebec, the national police of Quebec, that lasted five years, who were looking into how $100 million disappeared from the accounts of Cinar.

Autodesk Headline News

House, True Blood, Bones, CSI, Californication Shaped With Autodesk Tools

This year's fall television schedule features content created with the full range of Autodesk's entertainment solutions. From MAD MEN and SONS OF ANARCHY; to NCIS, ENTOURAGE, SMALLVILLE, PUSHING DAISIES and STARGATE: ATLANTIS; TV programs are advancing creativity through Autodesk Media & Entertainment technology.

Blu-ray Headline News

Tropic Thunder, Wall-E Debut On DVD/Blu-ray, Plus SpongeBob and Animated Dr. Who


Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in TROPIC THUNDER, an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film, now on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount Home Ent. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.

Animation Headline News

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

This week in AWN's Forums, a member is working on an independent short film called INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and is looking for feedback on a teaser trailer. Discussion continues on how to put together an animation business plan. With digital animation techniques replacing traditional hand-drawn/film approaches to animation, how is the 12 and 16 field guide being employed? A member is looking for the best animation school in Mexico or Argentina.

Series Headline News

Spidey 2 Writers Tapped for Robotech Feature

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have been hired by Warner Bros. to write ROBOTECH, an adaptation of the anime classic, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Tobey Maguire is attached to star, and is producing with Akiva Goldsman, Chuck Roven and Drew Crevello.

ROBOTECH was a cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. Three Japanese anime series were re-edited and re-dialogued to give producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series in the 1980s.

Headline News

Breakthrough Appoints Nat Abraham Head, Distribution

Toronto-based distribution company, Breakthrough Ent. has promoted Nat Abraham as its Head of Distribution. Abraham will oversee daily operations including worldwide sales, pre-sales and co-production opportunities.