Habbo Hotel, one of the world's largest and hottest online destinations for teenagers, will be opening its doors to animated story-based programming. In response to overwhelming consumer demand from the site's teen audience for new ways to experience the innovative world of Habbo Hotel, Sulake, the creators of the burgeoning community, have launched an animation challenge. Through this challenge, animation studios from across the globe will compete to help bring the popular Web world beyond the Internet.
Geographical Region: North America
While leading kids programming producer/distributor HIT Entertainment appears to be in a bidding war for a takeover, its independent directors reiterated support for a $917 million bid from equity firm Apax partners and asked other suitors to file actual proposals by May 13, 2005.
Artbeats unveiled two new military collections entitled ROAD TO BAGHDAD and TANKS at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), booth SL1219. Featuring compelling footage of combat, tank firing, night vision firing and combat sequences, Artbeats new military collections capture reality of war in high definition (HD).
2nd Annual Zoom In Awards New York, New York, USAOctober 31, 2005Deadline: October 31, 2005
The 2nd Annual Zoom In Awards recognizes exceptional talent in digital production in both student and professional categories for each of the following competition areas: digital editing; digital cinematography; graphics & FX.
A complete list of finalists and winners for all categories can be found at the awards website (zoominawards.com), along with information on submissions and sponsorships.
New Line Cinema has hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS) to adapt the bestselling British fantasy novel JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL for the big screen.
Based on author Susanna Clarke's critically acclaimed debut novel, the story follows two feuding magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon and combines the dark mythological fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien with the social comedy of Jane Austen.
Beginning Sept. 5, 2005, PBS KIDS JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS will begin airing Mondays through Fridays. The Emmy-winning, CGI-animated program from Entara Ltd. has run on weekends for the past two years.
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) 2005Chicago, Illinois, USAOctober 27 - November 6, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is an annual, competitive film festival presented by Facets Multi-Media Inc. The event is the largest festival of children's films in North America. An adult and children's jury will hand out awards for animated features and shorts. The festival also features a category for child-produced films.
Leading visual effects studio Digital Dimension (BLADE: TRINITY, SON OF THE MASK, RACING STRIPES) is taking its production infrastructure to the next generation with 16 terabytes of clustered storage, running a new computing industry standard, InfiniBand. Backed by an Isilon IQ 1920i system, which is already online and supporting the company's busy slate of high-end feature film work, the deployment is allowing Digital Dimension to maximize the high performance, scalability and reliability of clustered storage technology to gain a competitive edge.
France 2 has commissioned the development of a second series of DELTA STATE from Alphanim. After a launch at the 2004 Annecy Animation Festival with the show winning the Special Prize for a TV series, France 2 and Alphanim have launched the development of 26 new half-hours.
At MIPTV 2005, Nelvana confirm a raft of new television and home entertainment partners for musical adventure series THE BACKYARDIGANS as well as initial broadcast sales for JANE AND THE DRAGON.
Picking up episodes 1 to 20 of BACKYARDIGANS are Nickelodeon channels in Holland, Asia and Australia, Cartoon Network India, Discovery Kids Latin America, Teletoon Canada, KM Productions (Middle East), RTP 1 & 2 (Portugal), and Maori Television (New Zealand), while France 5 acquires the remaining episodes 11 to 20.
The Annecy International Festival of Animation (June 6-10, 2005) has announced its list of productions in competition.
The five feature films selected are Konstantin Bronzits ALOSHA POPOVICH I TUGARIN ZMEY (Russian Federation), Uzi Geffenblads BLAND TISLAR (Sweden), Priit Tenders FRANK AND WENDY (Estonia), Aron Gauders NYÓCKER! (Hungary) and Stefan Fjeldmarks TERKEL I KNIBE (TERKEL IN TROUBLE) (Denmark).
The 42 shorts chosen for competition are:* A BUCK'S WORTH by Tatia Rosenthal (U.S.)
Digital Jesters, a videogame publisher based in England, announced that it has reached an agreement with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. to distribute PC games in America and Canada.
Digital Jesters was formed by ex-members of CDV in September 2003 and has since published more than 12 PC titles in the U.K. and parts of Europe. The games that are part of the agreement will be the first titles Digital Jesters has published in the U.S.
A Visualization of NASAs Solar System Exploration MissionsPasadena, California, USAApril 12, 2005
The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH presents Lets Fly! A visualization of NASAs Solar System Exploration Missions. Speakers will include: Dr. Eric De Jong, principal investigator, Solar System Visualization Project; Zareh Gorjian, lead animator; and Rob Baldwin, vfx artist.
Kartoon Kocktail 2005San Francisco, California, USAApril 8, 2005
Kartoon Kocktail is an annual screening of independent animation and comics performance, set to coincide with the Alternative Press Expo. This shimmery, silly two hours of cartoon fun is organized by Stefan Gruber, Davey Oil, Fausto Caceres and Jesse Reklaw.
Featured works include work by Tatiana Gill, Tyler Gillies, Stefan Gruber, Davey Oil, Helen Parson, Kazimir Strzepek and Toddbott.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced it has partnered with Cartoon Network for OMSI's new animation international touring exhibit slated to debut on the science museum's floor in Portland, Oregon, in October 2005.
Animation, a 6,000-square-foot, highly interactive traveling exhibition, brings together art, math, science and technology by exploring the world of animation. Animation will showcase popular cartoon characters and original series from Cartoon Network throughout the exhibition.
Bauhaus Software Inc. announced the immediate availability of Animators Toolbar, a powerful new suite of 2D animation automation tools for Mirage Studio 1.5. Animators Toolbar was designed from the ground up for integration with Mirage Studio 1.5, Bauhaus flagship paperless 2D animation, paint and effects system. Animators Toolbar dramatically broadens the capabilities of traditional 2D animators and significantly accelerates their production workflow.
6th Annual San Diego Asian Film FestivalSan Diego, California, USASeptember 29 - October 6, 2005Deadline: May 14, 2005
LACDA Digital Art & Photography CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAMay 29, 2005Deadline: May 22, 2005
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art announces its juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.
In honor of its 60th anniversary this year, the United Nations (UN) will debut a special public service announcement (PSA) at MIP-TV 2005. The 60-second spot, produced by Harmony Gold, is part of a broader effort to increase awareness of the work of the UN during this special period culminating with the 60th opening session of the UN General Assembly in the fall.
The Shaw Rocket Fund announced the 2005 finalists for the $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize. The four finalists were selected by an international jury of leaders in childrens TV from the U.K., U.S., Australia, Germany and Canada. The finalists are:
* DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION Produced by Epitome Pictures Inc., Toronto A topical live-action youth drama airing on CTV, the characters deal with real life challenges of becoming an adult.
* FRANNYS FEET Produced by DECODE Ent. Inc., Toronto
Disney Channel will add a new multi-cultural series about making things work, HANDY MANNY, to its Playhouse Disney, a learning-focused programming block for preschoolers. The 3D computer-animated show will premiere in early 2006.
On April 2, Nickelodeon hosted its 18th annual Kids Choice Awards, which was hosted by Ben Stiller. For favorite cartoon, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS took home the prize. Winning favorite movie was Brad Birds superhero send-up THE INCREDIBLES. Will Smiths performance in DreamWorks SHARK TALE earned him the favorite voice from an animated movie. Though SHREK 2 lost out in the favorite movie category, the game SHREK 2 took home favorite game.
PlanetOut Inc., a global online media company serving the gay and lesbian market, announced the winners of the 6th Annual PlanetOut Short Movie Awards, presented by Scion and hosted by the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Susan Justins LISTEN took home the first prize for animation.