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Animation Headline News

Pixar’s Kahrs to Speak at Gnomon School on Feb. 24

Pixar animator John Kahrs, who worked on THE INCREDIBLES from model testing through completion, will discuss his work at Gnomon School of Visual Effects Feb. 24 at 7:00 pm.

Kahrs refined facial articulation for Mirage and Violet, and animated Bob and Syndrome, while working on Helen, Dash and Violet as well. He reveals the thought process he undertakes when trying to give each character life from the inside out...and the ways he brings detail and subtlety (or not) to each action.

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Nancy Fowler Named President, DIC Worldwide Consumer Products

Nancy Fowler (formerly Bassett) moves up from svp to the newly created position of president, Worldwide Consumer Products at DIC. She will expand her role to include actively participating in the acquisition of new childrens properties for the purpose of developing licensing and merchandising programs for DIC.

Software Headline News

Discreet Releases combustion 4 Desktop Compositing Software

Discreet announced combustion 4 software, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows and Macintosh will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.

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No July 4 Face-Off Between War of the Worlds and Fantastic Four

20th Century Fox, which had been planning a Fourth of July-themed launch for FANTASTIC FOUR, has rescheduled the Marvel superhero actioner from July 1 to July 8, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. That cedes the holiday weekend to Steven Spielbergs WAR OF THE WORLDS juggernaut, starring Tom Cruise, with vfx by Industrial Light & Magic, which opens June 29 for Paramount Pictures.

FANTASTIC FOUR, with vfx by Canadas Soho VFX and Spectral Motion, will now go up against Sony Pictures BEWITCHED, with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and vfx by Imageworks.

Game Headline News

Don’t Miss the Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference

Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference and Resume WorkshopShoreline, Washington, USAFebruary 12, 2005

Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference and Resume Workshop is taking place in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline at the Shoreline Center. Ten game companies are participating, including speakers from Mobliss, DigiPen (USA) Corp., Monolith Prods., Konami Digital Ent. -America, Sprout Games, Sony Online Ent., TKO Software, Gas Powered Games, Oberon-Media, Microsoft Xbox and Valve Software.

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LA ACM SIGGRAPH Presents The Process of Making Great Videogames

The Process of Making Great VideogamesWestwood, California, USAFebruary 8, 2005

LA ACM SIGGRAPH is hosting The Process of Making Great Videogames. Attendees will see the latest in videogames and the innovative ways in which they are being made. Presenters from Pandemic Studios, Shiny Entertainment & Electronic Arts will be presenting the latest in the art and science of game development.

Animation Headline News

Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival (OIAF) Issues Worldwide Call For Entries

Ottawa Intl Animation FestivalOttawa, CanadaDeadline: June 1, 2005

The Ottawa Intl Animation Festival (OIAF) has issued a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 festival, to be held Sept. 21-25 in Canadas capital. Since there no longer is an Ottawa Intl Student Animation Festival (SAFO), student animators are welcome to submit this year, along with Independent and commercial filmmakers working in a variety of media by June 1, 2005.

Animation Headline News

KAFI 2005 Call For Entries Deadline Near!

Kalamazoo Animation Festival InternationalKalamazoo, Michigan, USADeadline: March 1, 2005

Animation as entertainment, education, employment and art will be in the spotlight when the third Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) is staged the weekend of May 13 15, 2005, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Call for Entries for 2005 is still open in Studio, Independent, Educational and Student Categories. Therell be more than $15,000 in cash and awards! In the spirit of ASIFA, entry is free. Have your entries postmarked by March 1, 2005.

Cartoons Headline News

One Week Left to Enter Cartoons On The Bay 2005

Cartoons On The Bay 2005Positano, ItalyDeadline: February 15, 2005

The deadline is a week away to enter Cartoons On The Bay 2005 for the Pulcinella Awards 2005. The 9th International Festival on Television Animation welcomes new animated series, pilots, TV specials, short films, social and educational programs.

Take part in the Pulcinella Awards 2005 and send your programs by Feb. 15, 2005. Regulations and the entry form are available on the festival Website www.cartoonsbay.com and may be sent online.

Animation Headline News

Incredibles Grabs Top Prizes at Imagina Awards 2005

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES took home the Grand Prix and Best Feature Film prizes at the Imagina Awards 2005, held Feb. 4, 2005, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The jury panel included RYAN director Chris Landreth, PINOCCHIO 3000 producer Paco Rodriguez, WALLACE & GROMIT producer Michael Rose and SHARK TALE director Vicky Jenson.

The winners were:

Grand Prix Imagina:THE INCREDIBLES (USA)Director: Brad BirdProducer: John Walker (Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures)Feature (9)

Film Headline News

Action/Cut Call for Films

Action/Cut Short Film Competition 2005Los Angeles, California, USAAugust 15-31, 2005Deadline: May 15, 2005

Action/Cut Short Film Competition is unique industry-driven shorts competition. The event showcases indie filmmakers and their work from across the world, discover the next generation of great filmmakers, recognize the most talented with cash, multiple sponsor awards, and career services and open access doors to the Hollywood film industry. The early deadline is March 15, 2005. For more information, visit www.actioncut.com.

Film Headline News

Vacation Your Flicks in the Tahoe/Reno Fest

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival (T-Riff) Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nevada, USAAugust 24-28, 2005Deadline: May 30, 2005

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival is a five-day exploration of discovery thru socially relevant and spirited film contributions. The festival brings independent films, workshops and discussions to the Lake Tahoe/Reno area. For additional info, visit www.t-riff.org/home.html.

Animation Headline News

Birthday Boy Shorts Winner at Animex Student Animation Awards

BIRTHDAY BOY won for Best Short Animation in the Animex Student Animation Awards announced Feb. 4, 2005, at Animex Talk! during the Animex International Festival of Animation, located in Middlesex, England. The festival, in its sixth year, is organized by the University of Teesside, attracting animators and experts from some of the biggest houses in the industry.

Software Headline News

Alias Launches “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour

Alias announced the launch of its Alias MotionBuilder and Maya software Rated P for PLAY tour. Starting in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 16 and ending in San Francisco on March 10 at GDC (Games Developers Conference), the 3D community will experience Alias MotionBuilder 6 and Maya 6.5 software up close, network with their peers and hear from industry guest speakers. To register for the Rated P for PLAY tour, visit www.alias.com/p4play.

Festival Headline News

Be Daring, Enter Boulder Adventure Film Festival

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Boulder Adventure Film FestivalBoulder, Colorado, USAApril 23 - 25, 2004Deadline: March 1, 2005

Boulder Adventure Film Festival screens films that span the range of human endeavor from ocean to mountain to urban perspectives and the abounding energy that makes up the human spirit. Boulder Adventure Film Festival is an international festival created in order to share, collaborate and inspire. For more information, visit www.boulderadventurefilm.com.

Comedy Headline News

Doug Herzog Named Comedy Central, Spike TV President

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Doug Herzog replaces Albie Hecht as president, Spike TV, adding the responsibility of overseeing the first network for men to his existing role as president, Comedy Central. Comedy Central and Spike TV will form a new unit, within MTV Networks, under Herzog. Herzog will report to Herb Scannell, MTV Networks Group president on Spike TV, and will continue to report to Judy McGrath, chairman, MTV Networks, on Comedy Central. Herzog will continue to be based in Los Angeles.

Post Headline News

Steve Hendricks Joins Post Logic as President/CEO

Steve Hendricks has joined leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios as president/ceo. With state-of-the-art facilities in Hollywood and New York, Post Logic has distinguished itself as a leader in digital intermediate and feature film restoration, and continues to expand into new and emerging arenas within the post-production realm. Hendricks brings a wealth of domestic and international experience into the company, and will oversee day-to-day business operations as well as expansion opportunities.

Film Headline News

Ski Your Flicks into the Vail Film Fest

Vail Film Festival 2005Vail, Colorado, USAMarch 31 April 3, 2005Deadline: February 15, 2005

The Vail Film Festival is presented by the Vail Film Institute, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation, to promote new and creative filmmaking, and to foster discourse about independent film and other forms of media, which challenge and entertain. For more information, visit www.vailfilmfestival.org.

International Headline News

International Emmy Awards Calls for Entries!

The 2005 International Emmy AwardsNew York, New York, USANovember 19-20, 2005Deadline: April 1, 2005

The International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is organizing its iEmmys Festival and International Emmy Awards. The event highlights excellence in television from producers from all over the world. The festival features industry speakers, discussions and screenings. The winners are selected by members of the international council. For additional information, visit www.iemmys.tv or e-mail awardsdept@iemmys.tv.

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