Canadian independent production-distribution outfit Portfolio Entertainment has sold all 210 interstitials of the animated series KLOOTZ to Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel. The dialogue-free series follows the adventures of two pears and was created by Canadian 3D animation studio Klik Animation. Canadian network The Family Channel has already picked up English Canada broadcast rights.
Geographical Region: North America
Cartoon Network Latin America turned two lucky viewers into heroes for their schools by choosing them as winners of the POWERPUFF GIRLS Super Power Contest, which ran from June 6 through July 6, 2001. Diego Armando Ojeda Jimenez of Mexico, age 11, and Caique Tony de Andrade of Brazil, age 7, were each awarded the Grand Prize - a computer for themselves and ten more for their schools. In addition to the grand prizes, 20 first-prize winners received Nintendo 64s, 80 second-prize winners took home Nintendo Gameboys, and 200 third-prize winners each won a POWERPUFF GIRLS Gameboy game.
The Board of Directors of Teletoon has appointed veteran broadcasting executive Len Cochrane as president of the Teletoon television network, which operates 24-hour English and French animation services across Canada. Cochrane replaces John Riley, recently named president of Astral Television Networks. Cochrane served as president of The Family Channel Inc. for the past 11 years, and led that network's growth as a premium service with over 309,000 subscribers to one of the most successful television channels with over 4.3 million subscribers.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California USA. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is currently playing in theaters in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Theaters and showtimes: The Showcase, Los Angeles, 323.934.2944. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. The Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena, 626.844.6500. Showtimes: Noon, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Edwards University 6, Irvine. 949.854.8811. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Encino Town Center, Encino, 818.940.1136. Showtimes: 10:15pm.
Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA. Entry Deadline: Saturday, December 01, 2001. The Durango Film Festival, after its successful 2001 premiere, is in the works for 2002. This juried 10-day festival will present independent feature films, documentaries, animated films, shorts, experimental, and new media works. In addition, the festival will offer educational salons, VIP panels, filmmaker discussions and host a variety of parties and receptions. On Saturday, March 9, 2002, the winners of the Golden Quakie Awards will be announced.
Kinetica 3: Friday, August 17, 2001 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003, Touring, USA and Canada. KINETICA is the iotaCenter's annual travelling film/video exhibition celebrating the art of abstraction in the moving image. KINETICA 3 is touring the US and Canada, dates include San Francisco Cinematheque (Oct 12-13), New York's Museum of Modern Art (October 29-30), Harvard Film Archive (November), Cinematheque Ontario (Dec), please visit website for full calendar and 2002 dates. There are two programs in this third edition in the KINETICA series.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Metreon Festival Of Anime: Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, San Francisco, California USA . . . Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California USA . . . Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA . . . Kinetica 3: Friday, August 17, 2001 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003, Touring, USA and Canada.
Canadian computer animation studio Mainframe Entertainment, Inc has appointed Mark Fleischer president of its Los Angeles-based subsidiary, Mainframe, U.S.A. In this newly-created position, Fleischer will spearhead the expansion of the companys presence in Los Angeles, with the goal of positioning Mainframe to more effectively pursue opportunities within Los Angeles and the U.S. Fleischer first began working with Mainframe while he was president of Fleischer Studios, Inc. in Los Angeles.
Metreon Festival Of Anime: Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, San Francisco, California USA. Metreon-A Sony Entertainment Center in downtown San Francisco will host the first annual Metreon Festival of Anime the weekend of October 27-28 inside Metreon's Action Theatre attraction. The Metreon Festival of Anime will take place in conjunction with the Big Apple Anime Fest scheduled for the same weekend in New York City. Throughout the two-day event, fans will have a chance to watch Sony Pictures' "The Making of Metropolis", Bandai Entertainment's "Love Hina" and the U.S.
For their November event, the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) welcomes Derek Lamb, former filmmaker and executive producer of animation at the National Film Board of Canada. He will present an evening of screenings and insights into independent filmmaking. Derek Lamb is the Academy award-winning producer of EVERY CHILD, and dean of film at Harvard University. He has worked on episodes of SESAME STREET, collaborated with Edward Gorey on the PBS MYSTERY!
ASIFA-Colorado:- Wednesday, October 17th, 2001 ASIFA Colorado welcomes Sayoko Kinoshita, director of the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Kinoshita will be presenting "The Best of Hiroshima Festival," a show produced as part of the Denver International Film Festival. For more information contact Edward Bakst at ASIFA-Colorado, RMCAD, 6875 E. Evans Ave., Denver, Colorado 80224, U.S.A.; Tel.: (800) 888-ARTS; or E-mail: EBakst@RMCAD.edu.
Reg Hartt Presents The Sex & Violence Cartoon Fest: Saturday, September 29 - Saturday, October 27, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Many of the best films from Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation have ben banned. The rest have been cut to bits. This program offers the rare chance to see 14 great films exactly as their creators meant us to. It's Bugs, Daffy, Popeye and pals with all their parts. Saturday, September 29, 2001 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2001 at 9:30 pm Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Canada.416-603-6643.
Webisode Academy / Lecture: Production Mgmt. Meeting for Animation: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Studio City, California USA. One night lecture with confirmed speakers from Movie Magic, Peppers Ghost and Rhythm & Hues. Topic: Software for Production Management and Tracking. October 10, 2001, 7pm-9pm. All are welcome but seating is limited to 25 people. Call 818-508-TOON for reservation. $20 at the door.
The Art of Chuck Jones: Friday, October 26 - Sunday, December 02, 2001, New York, New York USA. Friday evening preview from 6-9 PM, October 26. A reception for Linda Jones. Preview exceptional original production art, rare limited editions and unique works by the legendary film director, animator and creator, Chuck Jones. RSVP required 212-226-7374 or VIP@animazing.com. Saturday, October 27 The Art of Chuck Jones - Hosted by Linda Jones. Exhibit runs through December 2. Beginning with a Film Festival 1-3pm at Void Theater 16 Mercer street and followed by a reception in the gallery 3-6PM.
Homage to New York: Saturday, December 08, 2001, New York, New York USA. Homage to New York - The Fine Art of Ralph Bakshi. Saturday, December 8. Cocktail Reception for the artist 6-9pm. This collection of paintings and pastels is rendered with superb technique. "Cartoon Portraits" with personalities larger than life are seriously delightful. This famous animation director has had a passion for fine art throughout his career and will be making an appearance with new works in our Soho gallery. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org Bakshi's fine art is showcased exclusively at Animazing Gallery.
Spanish-based animation company BRB Internacional has secured two major European co-production partners for THE INVISIBLE MAN (26 x half hours). Italian state broadcaster RAI and French animation house Dargaud Marina are teaming up with BRB Internacional to co-produce the unique series, which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. The deal gives RAI exclusive Italian speaking rights, Dargaud Marina exclusive French speaking rights, plus some other distribution territories, with BRB Internacional and Dargaud Marina handling distribution for the rest of the world.
TV-Loonland and Nelvana, in association with KirchMedia, announced at MIPCOM the international co-production of the childrens classic, HEIDI. HEIDI will be adapted into a new and highly stylized animated feature film and television series. HEIDI, written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, was first published in 1880. The book has been translated into over 50 languages with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.
Elmo Aardvark CD Release Party: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Burbank, California USA. Will Ryan presents AN ELMO AADRDVARK CD RELEASE PARTY! "Music and Animation" series - Premiere Event! Come celebrate the release of a brand new compact disc of vintage cartoon soundtracks from the classic Hollywood cartoons of Elmo Aardvark. Currently enjoying an internet revival (Renegade Animation and Snappytoons' "Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective!"), these Elmo Aardvark tunes feature many guest performances - including June Foray, Victoria Jackson, Hal Smith, Joanie Sommers and more.
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) Latin America, Inc. has reached an agreement with DIRECTV Latin America, LLC (DIRECTV) for satellite distribution in Latin America of Boomerang, the 24-hour network that offers classic animated entertainment. Launched into the Latin American region in July of 2001, Boomerang continues to expand its reach in the market by adding DIRECTV's satellite distribution. Reaching more than 1.4 million direct-to-home customers, DIRECTV Latin America becomes one of the largest distributors for Boomerang in the region.
* Wednesday, June 05 - Sunday, June 09, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Entry Deadline: Friday, February 01, 2002
New York-based production company, Babelfish Productions, will be attending MIPCOM with their partners, the U.K.s Channel 5 & Channel 5 International and Klik Animation of Canada, to promote ALIENS AMONG US. The 65-part show tells the story of a renegade alien kid, Cosnok, from the planet Gontop, who gets inside the minds of children from all over planet earth to find out what he should do about a variety of issues -- from best friends and school bullies to moving house and first love. ALIENS AMONG US blends 3D animation with live-action docu-drama to create a unique new hybrid.
High Falls Film Festival: Wednesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 21, 2001, Rochester, New York USA. Animatus Studio is proud to be a sponsor of the High Falls Film Festival, running October 17-21, 2001 in Rochester, New York. Focusing on women in film, the festival is honoring animator Faith Hubley this year with a retrospective of her independent work.
Toluca Lake, California's Babos and Stuhley Toons, an independent animation studio, is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . . West Vancouver, Canadas Eyeball Networks, an interactive video technologies developer, is looking for a LEAD DIGITAL ARTIST . . . London, England-based recruiter EmailYourCv Interactive is looking for a TRAINEE MAYA SLAYER who has previous games experience with 3DS MAX and who is looking to train on Maya . . . Hagenberg, Austria's Fachhochschule Hagenberg (Polytechnic University) is looking for a LECTURER IN COMPUTER ANIMATION.