The coveted short film grand prize at the 26th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Adriaan Lokman's CG short BARCODE, while Barry Purves' animated comedy drama HAMILTON MATTRESS was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Program. 245 films were screened in the "Annecy 2002" official selection, coming from 33 countries, with more than 200 films premiering at the festival. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Congratulations to all the winners!
Geographical Region: North America
Nicktoons TV, the newly launched 24-hour network devoted to Nickelodeon animation, will be available on AT&T Digital Cable beginning July 1, 2002. The channel offers an ongoing mix of current and past Nicktoons such as SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW, DOUG, RUGRATS and AHHH! REAL MONSTERS. In addition, Nicktoons TV will feature acquired Warner Bros. contemporary classics such as PINKY AND THE BRAIN, TINY TOON ADVENTURES and ANIMANIACS.
Deadline Extended! Silver Lake Film Festival 2002.
Los Angeles, California USA.
Friday, September 13 - Friday, September 20, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2002.
Jerry Scott, co-creator of the ZITS and BABY BLUES comic strips, has won the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) 2001 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. The "Oscar of cartooning" was presented at a black tie gala during the 56th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. The Reuben Award, given by the NCS each year for exemplary cartoon work created in the previous year, was designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. In addition, cartoonists in various professional divisions were also honored with special plaques for excellence.
Resfest Digital Film Festival.
San Francisco, California USA.
Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 22, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Monday, June 03, 2002.
Bangalore, India's Acropetal is looking for an AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE, an ANIMATION CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR and an INSTRUCTOR . . . Animationelements is looking for an ANIMATION WRITER . . . London, Ontario's Armstrong-Douglas & Associates is looking for ARTISTS . . . Beebeard, LLC is looking for a CHARACTER ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Blaze Paint Digital Ltd. is looking for a 2D/3D ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a GAMES TRACK LEAD, a HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER and a PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST . . . London, UK's Datascope Recruitment is looking for a SENIOR ANIMATOR .
Toronto Giggleshorts International Comedy Film Festival.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday, August 20 - Monday, August 26, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) presents an evening with award-winning Canadian animator Cordell Barker. Cordell will showcase his work, including the Oscar-nominated short films "The Cat Came Back" and "Strange Invaders," as well as numerous television commercials he has done in Canada, the U.S. and England. Thursday, June 6, at 8 pm. Room 303, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto. TAIS members free, everyone else $5.
Washington, DC's Capital Children's Museum is looking for a CARTOON ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a MOTION PICTURE TRACK LEAD and a WEB DESIGNER - LEAD . . . HoChiMinh, Vietnam's Demen Animation Studio is looking for an AGENT . . . Manhattan Beach, California's Digital Aftertime Studios is looking for a 3D FREELANCER . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a TECHNICAL WRITER . . . Atlanta, Georgia's Fathom Studios is looking for a LEAD ANIMATOR . . .
Canadian-based media company Corus Entertainment Inc. has acquired a 50% interest in pay television network Locomotion, an animation channel available in over 7 million homes throughout Latin America and Iberia. Corus announced it purchased the interest in Locomotion from the Claxson Interactive Group, Inc., for a maximum consideration of US$10.5 million and a holdback in the event of certain economic changes that may impact revenue projections. The remaining 50% interest in Locomotion is held by U.S.-based communications giant the Hearst Corporation.
AWN Affiliates Alison Snowden and David Fine's series BOB AND MARGARET will be airing in the U.S. this summer on the cable network Showtime. All 52 episodes will appear, with the most recent 26 episodes scheduled to air first. These episodes feature Bob and Margaret living in Toronto instead of South London, and have yet to be screened in the United States. Faithful viewers may also notice a change in Bob's voice, which is now done by Canadian actor Brian George. Co-creator Alison still features as Margaret.
Ajijic Festival Internacional De Cine.
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
Tuesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 24, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2002.
TELETUBBIES producer Ragdoll has entered into a strategic partnership with Toys "R" Us, in which the two will work together to introduce a new line of TELETUBBIES merchandise. Under the terms of the agreement, Toys "R" Us will be the exclusive retailer for all new TELETUBBIES plush items sold in the U.S. and Canada for 2002-2003. The new line of TELETUBBIES plush product will make its exclusive debut at Toys "R" Us stores and on-line at Toysrus.com this fall. Ragdoll has a broadcast arrangement for TELETUBBIES with PBS through 2008.
Toronto Online Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Monday, September 16 - Wednesday, September 18, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, June 07, 2002.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:AMPAS Presents A Visual Effects Seminar: Tuesday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 21, 2002, Beverly Hills, California USA . . . AISC and Johan Klingler (Chair of the Animation Dept.) present the 2002 Animation Graduates: Wednesday, May 01 - Saturday, May 18, 2002, Laguna Beach, California USA . . . The Kids First! Film Festival: Saturday, May 04, 2002, Hollywood, California . . . Free Screening: La Rampa: Friday, May 10, 2002, San Francisco, California USA.
After finding a new co-production partner, French animation company Toon Factory has started up production again on two new series. The production of the 52 x 13-minute animated series HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR MONSTER and the 52 x 13-minute series KID CLONES IN SPACE, had been interrupted after the withdrawal of bankrupt co-pro partner Luxembourg's Neuroplanet. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR MONSTER is now scheduled to broadcast in September 2003 by French partner TF1, while production on KID CLONES IN SPACE will start by the end of 2002.
Founders Appoint Trustee. Cinar Corporation has reached an agreement in principle to settle the claims against it and certain other defendants in class actions brought in Canada and the United States. The plaintiffs have agreed to receive an aggregate US$25 million in full settlement of the claims against Cinar and such other defendants. The allocation of the settlement amount among the parties was not disclosed and the settlement is subject to approval by the courts in the United States and Quebec. In other Cinar news, company founders Micheline Charest and Ronald A.
Three months after stepping down as head of Cinar, Peter Moss as been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of programming for Corus Television. Beginning May 1, 2002, Moss will be responsible for enhancing programming across all Corus services by developing strategic approaches to program development, acquisition and partnerships. "Peter has an outstanding track record in both public and private television broadcasting as well as production," said Paul Robertson, president of Corus Television.
The Apocalypse is coming in 30 minutes, but ever-resourceful hero Sam has built an atomic resistant Ark in his backyard. While he and his family watch from the safety of the Ark, war, pestilence and disease rain down without so much as denting the body of the great boat. So goes the plot of THE ARK, a creation of Richard Condie (THE BIG SNIT) in association with Nelvana. This half-hour animated pilot is scheduled to air on Canada's CBC in fall 2002. No word yet on whether or not this Ark will continue to have further adventures as a series.
Last October, MIPCOM 2001 Personality of the Year, MTV's Tom Freston, stated in response to the events of September 11th and the diminished attendance of the market, "TV will bounce back." This year's MIPTV, which took place in Cannes from April 15 to 19, 2002, showed strong evidence that the television community is on the way to recovery. Organizer Reed Midem reported over 2,600 buyers from 1,052 companies attended the market and representing an increased number of buyer companies, up 20% from last year.
The regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, announced their nominees on April 11, 2002. Winners in 74 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies on May 10 and May 11, 2002. Vancouver-based studios Mainframe and Studio B dominated the animation noms, with Mainframe picking up nominations for series' ACTION MAN and REBOOT as well as four nominations for the direct-to-video BARBIE IN THE NUTCRACKER including Best Animation Program and Best Children or Youth Series.