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TELETOON Site Wins Boomerang Award

Canadian broadcaster TELETOON won the Boomerang Grand Prix "Version Internet d'un média télé" (Television Broadcaster Category) for its Website, www.teletoon.com, on Dec. 1, 2004, in Montreal. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious Boomerang is the only award that recognizes Internet productions and multimedia created by or intended for the Quebec market.

Film Headline News

Nominate Your Fav Flash Films for the Flash Film Fest

13th Flashforward and the Flash Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAApril 6-8, 2005Deadline: January 10, 2005

Flashforward and the Flash Film Festival are the world's first and largest gathering of Flash users. The event has more than 70 confirmed speakers, which include digital and design visionaries Matthew Carter, legendary type designer; Stefan Sagmeister, renown graphic designer; Laurence Lessig, digital rights attorney; and Ze Frank, Website humorist and developer.

Digital Headline News

Go Wild with digifest 2005

digifest is Canadas largest annual festival of digital art and design. In 2005, digifest goes wild! in exploring the increasingly potent intersections of digital technologies with wild (i.e. irrational or uncontrolled) forces, from the biological to the psychological to the socio-political and beyond.

Submission Headline News

Get Your Shorts Into HypeFest

HypeFest 2005 Hollywood, California, USAJuly 29-31, 2005Deadline: April 1, 2005

HypeFest sets out to link independent ideas with commercial creativity. Now in its third year, HypeFest will once again showcase original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world. The weekend-long event offers film screenings and nightly parties, complete with mixing and mingling opportunities. HypeFest also presents a screenplay competition, mentor sessions with industry experts and concludes its festivities with an awards show and closing night bash.

Game Headline News

GlobalFun AB to Distribute Blade of Zorro Wireless Game Series

Karlskrona, Sweden-based GlobalFun AB has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc., to publish and distribute SilverBirch's THE BLADE OF ZORRO branded game, based on the legendary Spanish Californian hero, el Zorro, "the Fox." GlobalFun will publish the title exclusively in specific markets worldwide, with a special emphasis on the North American, South American and European markets.

Imax Headline News

Sharks 3D to Premiere Dec. 15 at Vegas IMAX Theater

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and 3D Ent. announced the upcoming release of SHARKS 3D, a film that brings the viewer face to face with a multitude of the world's great shark species, including the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead. Audiences will experience them as they truly are in their natural habitat: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals.

Software Headline News

Ubisoft Licenses MotionBuilder 6

Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.

Films Headline News

Sundance Picks Its Shorts

On Dec, 6, 2004, the Sundance Institute announced its lineup of short films for 2005. Out of 3,887 submissions, 82 flicks were chosen 10 of which are animated.

The animated shorts include:

9 (Director: Shane Acker)A BUCK'S WORTH (Director: Tatia Rosenthal)THE MEANING OF LIFE (Director: Don Hertzfeldt)MOTEL (Director: Thor Freudenthal)THE BIRTHDAY / Finland (Director: Kari Juusonen)FALLEN ART / Poland (Director: Tomek Baginski)IT'S LIKE THAT / Australia (Director: Southern Ladies Animation Group)

Animated Headline News

Annie Noms go to Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale

ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 2004 Annie Awards, which will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex theatre in Glendale, California. Just leading the features is THE INCREDIBLES, from Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures with 16 nods while there are 14 for DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE, with seven each.

Holiday Headline News

WIA/LA Holiday Party in 9 Days!

WIA/LA Chapter Holiday PartyUniversal City, California, USADecember 10, 2004

It's that evil time of year again, when ghouls and demons roam the streets in the early darkness... oh, wrong holiday. Come join with Women In Animation, the Los Angeles Chapter for our jolly and heartwarming annual Yuletide party: "Christmas With The Devil."

Production Headline News

Moonscoop Signs FUNimation as U.S. Licensing Agent for Code Lyoko

French producer/distributor Moonscoop has signed a major deal with FUNimation Productions Ltd., the brand management company behind the wildly successful DRAGON BALL Z franchise, making the company the exclusive licensing agent for CODE LYOKO in the U.S. The far-reaching deal also makes FUNimation the exclusive home video distributor to CODE LYOKO for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.

Software Headline News

SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 Now Available

Avid Technology Inc. announced version 4.2 of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, offering a series of enhancements designed to streamline the creative process for professionals working on complex CG productions including games, films, broadcast and post-production projects. Now, advanced features, such as crowd simulation and compositing and paint capabilities, are included with different versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 software.

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Aspyr Media Inc. Ships Call of Duty: United Offensive for the Mac

Aspyr Media Inc. has shipped the expansion pack -- CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE, which introduces 13 all-new single-player missions distributed among historical U.S., British and Russian campaigns, an expanded multiplayer experience featuring 11 new maps and three new modes of play, plus new weapons, player abilities and special effects. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is licensed by Activision Inc.

Animation Headline News

This Week’s Animation Trivia Quiz for Nov. 29, 2004

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This week the quiz deals with women animators in Canada.

Animation Headline News

Send Your Love-Themed Toons to the Animation Block Party!

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 12:00am

Animation Block PartyBrooklyn, New York, USAFebruary 14, 2005Deadline: January 24, 2005

Animation Block Party is committed to presenting the best animation. This particular show is in honor of Valentines Day. All submissions must have some kind of L-O-V-E related theme. Despite this subject matter, the event is accepting all-genres of work. For example, one may submit a horror animation as long as there is a love connection within the films context.

Game Headline News

Sarbakan to Develop Online WWII Multiplayer Game

Sarbakan, a Canadian one-stop multiplatform game development service provider, signed an agreement with Breakthrough New Media to develop a downloadable multiplayer game inspired by Breakthrough Films & Televisions six-part, World War II documentary series, FOR KING & COUNTRY.

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Animated Kangaroo Jack Hops on to Video Shelves

KANGAROO JACK fans may now hop to their nearest video retailer for KANGAROO JACK GDAY U.S.A.! the all-new and original full-length animated feature film from Warner Home Video (WHV), animated by Warner Bros. Animation and produced in association with Castle Rock Ent.

The entertaining animated sequel to the 2003 box office hit, KANGAROO JACK, was written by Andrew and Adam Scheinman, the talented team behind the original theatrical release. Animation director was Ron Myrick, exec producer was Sander Schwartz and Margaret M. Dean served as producer.

Animation Headline News

Guru Takes Teletoon On a Promo Detour

guru animation studio just completed a six-spot broadcast promo campaign for Canadas TELETOON network. Produced in collaboration with branding outfit Fishdog, Toronto, with DJ/turntablist Kid Koala providing sound design and music, guru handled the spots from concept through animation, to promote the networks primetime young adult-oriented programming block, The Detour.

Imax Headline News

IMAX 3D Polar Express Continues Record Run

Despite its failure to catch on at the dominant box office, THE POLAR EXPRESS has clearly been a boon for IMAX, as the large-format companys maiden 3D feature grossed approximately $2,050,000 over the weekend, following last weekends record $2.1M gross. Playing on 60 screens in North America, the movie registered a noteworthy estimated per screen average of $34,000 for the period ended Nov. 21, 2004, and has now grossed a total of almost $6 million in only 11 days in IMAX theaters.

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