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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

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

Game Over for Pokemon USA President

Pokemon USA, Inc. has announced that Akira Chiba, who has led the American branch of the company since 2002, will resign at the end of the year. Chiba joined Pokemon USA when the company's New York office was established -- the brand's first corporate headquarters outside of Japan and helped to re-establish Pokemon as a successful global brand.

Youtube Headline News

YouTube To Share More Revenue

YouTube has announced the expansion of its Partner Program, the revenue-sharing arrangement whereby the most popular and prolific creators of content for the site are able to earn money from their videos. The new program allows any resident of the U.S. or Canada to apply to become a partner, with more international markets to be added soon. 

In evaluating applications, YouTube will focus on users who have built a significant audience and have complied with the site's terms of use. 
For more information, visit

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).

Disney Headline News

Oswald Unleashed in Walt Disney Treasures Wave VII

Walt Disney Home Ent. continues the popular WALT DISNEY TREASURES series with three new two-disc DVD sets, available today (Dec. 11.), for $32.99: THE ADVENTURES OF OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT, CHRONOLOGICAL DONALD, VOLUME 3 and DISNEYLAND: SECRETS, STORIES AND MAGIC.

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McLovin Marks Year One

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, now famous for his role as McLovin in SUPERBAD, has joined the cast of Columbia's YEAR ONE, which is being produced by SUPERBAD's Judd Apatow, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Fellow thespians in talks to join the cast include Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple.

Starring Jack Black and Michael Cera (JUNO, SUPERBAD), the biblical era comedy's plot is being kept secret. Written by Harold Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the film will be directed by Ramis as well.

Short Headline News

16 Short Toons to Screen at Sundance

Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27, 2008, with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.

The animated shorts include:


Headline News

Breakthrough Gets Green Light for Jimmy Two Shoes

Breakthrough Animation Inc. has received the go-ahead from TELETOON Canada and Jetix Europe to begin production on JIMMY TWO SHOES, a series about an enthusiastic 14-year-old kid who, through a series of missteps, falls into the weird world of Miseryville, where everything is designed to inflict torment on its inhabitants. The first season of the series, developed in collaboration with both broadcasters, is scheduled to air in early 2009.

Special Headline News

I Castelli Animati Announces Winners

Koji Yamamura's FRANZ KAFKA'S A COUNTRY DOCTOR has won the Grand Prize at this year's I Castelli Animati festival in Rome. The other winners were:

* Special Jury Prize: MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbovski, Canada* Best First Work: FOG-NIEBLA, Emilio Ramos, Mexico* Best European Film: MARATHON, Kaspar Jancis, Estonia* Best Non-Narrative Film: BRUISED (BLAUWBLAUW), Sandy Claes, Daan Wampers, Belgium; WITH MY QUANTUM STROKE (MEET MIJN KVANTORSLAG), Pieter Vanluffelen, Belgium