THE TRUE STORY OF SAWNEY BEANE about a cave-dwelling Scottish cannibal family won the McLaren Award for New British Animation at the 59th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The six-minute film written and directed by Elizabeth Hobbs and co-produced by Katja Anderson for Red Kite Animations and Michael Fukashima for the National Film Board of Canada in association with Scottish Screen.
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The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) focus on Singapore at the 2nd annual Television Animation Conference (TAC), which takes place Sept. 21-22, 2005. Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) is sending production and policy executives from Singapore's animation industry to the conference and meet with Canadian counterparts at a roundtable to establish business contacts explore co-production possibilities.
Fourth Annual Flickering Image Festival Shorts CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAJanuary 7, 2006Deadline: November 1, 2005
PorchLight Entertainment has acquired exclusive distribution and licensing and merchandising rights to NEW MACDONALDS FARM, Beyond Distributions hit childrens series which airs on Australias Network Nine.
The hit series, targeting kids 2-5, features child-like farmers Max and Milly in a combination live-action and puppetry setting. There are 45 half-hour episodes completed with an order for 45 more. PorchLight will market the series for domestic broadcast distribution and actively seek U.S. licensees.
Lincoln Center I Love to SingaNew York, New York, USAAugust 19-September 4, 2005
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is presenting I Love to Singa: Cartoon Musicals, a 12-program series of music-themed animated shorts and features. The series, assembled by animation historian Greg Ford, include standbys like Chuck Jones ONE FROGGY EVENING and WHATS OPERA DOC plus Walt Disneys FANTASIA, as well as lesser- or rarely-seen SILLY SYMPHONIES, Ub Iwerks cartoons and a program of Columbia Pictures shorts.
Mainframe Ent. Inc. has launched a full service Creative Services division that will specialize in all areas of graphic design, motion graphics, titling, opening sequences and branding. The first project of the newly-expanded division will be an alliance with McLean Mashingaidze-Greaves to design the new website for the popular TV Series PINK PLANET, which airs on CityTV, Vancouver. Pinkplanet.tv will feature e-commerce, video blogs and wi-fi based social networking. In addition, the division is working with IDT Ent.
Atari Inc., a leader in interactive entertainment, has sold its Humongous Entertainment studio to Infogrames Ent. SA, the company's majority stockholder, for approximately $10.3 million.
About $2 million of the purchase price represents pre-payment of future costs Atari will incur related to platform royalty advances, manufacturing costs and milestone payments. Atari will have exclusive distribution rights for Humongous products in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through at least March 31, 2006.
The 2005 Stand Up For Freedom PSA ContestNew York, New York, USAOctober 21-30, 2005Deadline: October 4, 2005
Delray Beach Film Festival Delray Beach, Florida, USAMarch 8 12, 2006 Deadline: December 1, 2005
The inaugural season of Delray is set to support both emerging film talent and veterinary medicine. Delray Beach, also an exquisite and unique surfing destination spot, will offer filmmakers a fun, warm, beautiful place to meet, mingle and party. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere will be a breath of fresh air to any filmmaker who has been busy producing or promoting their film. For more information, visit www.delraybeachfilmfestival.com.
Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) 2006Nashville, Tennessee, USAApril 20-26, 2006Deadline: December 2, 2005
Little Ensteins, the newest preschool franchise from The Baby Einstein Co. and The Walt Disney Co., was launched Aug. 23 with the DVD release of DISNEYS LITTLE ENSTEINS OUR [BIG] HUGE ADVENTURE (Buena Vista Home Ent., $19.99).
This "next generation" of animation and learning, the lead-in for a new TV series slated to launch on Disney Channels Playhouse Disney block in October, is intended to spark the curiosity of children with fun new ways to enjoy classical music, art and the wonders of nature.
Gaming powerhouse Electronic Arts (EA) has purchased an 86-camera Vicon MX 40 motion capture system. EA is one of the most prolific users of motion capture content, and has been employing MoCap techniques as part of its game development pipeline for more than 10 years.
Marketing veteran Carol Laumen joins DIC Entertaiment Inc. as vp, retail development to serve as the companys retail expert and liaison between the licensees and retailers. Laumen will be responsible for building relationships with the retailers and developing support for DICs brand properties, including Trollz, Classic Trolls, Strawberry Shortcake and Strawberry Shortcake Baby.
G4 - Videogame TV has acquired anime series RAHXEPHON, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL and COLORFUL from ADV Films. The futuristic action-packed series RAHXEPHON premieres first as part of G4's all-new late-night TV block, Barbed Wire Biscuit, on Sept, 2, 2005, at 12:00 am ET/9:00 pm PT.
Matt Groenings four favorite episodes from the animated FUTURAMA TV series comprise the FUTURAMA MONSTER ROBOT MANIAC FUN DVD collection (Fox Home Ent., $14.98) that streets Aug. 23, 2005.
Based upon studies that say humor will improve a childs life, Cartoon Network has launched a weekday morning franchise, Tickle U, featuring original and acquired television shows from around the world such as PEPPA PIG, GERALD MCBOING BOING AND YOKO! JAKAMOKO! TOTO! designed specifically for preschool children. Tickle U, which premiered Aug. 22, 2005, airs weekdays from 9-11:00 am, focuses on developing and nurturing a childs sense of humor and optimism as essential life skills.
Alliance Atlantis announced that it has secured North American publishing and apparel deals for its childrens CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER. Hyperion Books for Children, having acquired the U.S. and Canadian publishing rights, will launch a series of DRAGON BOOSTER books beginning in fall 2005. Extreme Concepts, who will begin rolling out the clothing line in fall 2005, has licensed the DRAGON BOOSTER apparel rights in the U.S.
Alliance Atlantis has secured a broadcast deal with Jetix in Latin America for its childrens CGI animated property, DRAGON BOOSTER. The series will launch throughout Latin America in fall 2005. This deal is in addition to agreements already in place with broadcasters in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada.
MoMA Tribute To CalArtsNew York, New York, USAMay 2006Deadline: May 2006
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will pay tribute to CalArts with a film and video exhibition taking place in May 2006. Celebrating 35 years of remarkably inventive and sophisticated student work, this historical survey will feature films and videos produced by the following departments: Film and Video, Experimental Animation, Character Animation, and Film Directing. Also included are films and videos produced in the MFA program.
The Visual Effects Society has issued a last call for entries for the eDward, the 6th eDIT Film Award. The event is an international newcomer competition, intended to give young filmmakers a stage for their talent and to open up career opportunities. The competition is worldwide and is open to young creatives under 30. The theme for eDward VI is Artificial Humans. Entries should be not longer than 30 seconds and must be submitted by Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005.
Groove Games announced it has inked an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group to publish an interactive game based on Universal Pictures and Atmosphere Entertainment MM's' GEORGE A. ROMERO'S LAND OF THE DEAD, which hit theatres on June 24, 2005.
Curious Pictures visual effects department in New York has selected seven new computer graphics and vfx specialists for Curious ever-growing slate of branded entertainment projects. The new talent roster includes animators Seth Lippman of PDI/DreamWorks, Weta Digital and Sony Pictures Imageworks, who worked on SHREK 2, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and ANTZ, and Dr. John Alex, a former software engineer and technical director for Pixar, who led animation teams for TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC. and FINDING NEMO, and wrote software applications for THE INCREDIBLES.
Independent Games Festival 2006San Jose, California, USAMarch 20-24, 2006Deadline: September 6, 2005
The Independent Games Festival (IGF) honors innovation in videogames created by independent game developers and students. This year's festival will feature a $20,000 Grand Prize for the best game, a new modding competition and the student showcase competition. The deadline for the main IGF Competition is Sept. 6, 2005; the modding competition submissions are due Oct. 10, 2005; and student showcase submissions are due Nov. 15, 2005.