At the 22nd Banff Rockie Awards (June 10-15, 2001), YOHO AHOY: BUZZ WITH JONES, produced by The Consortium of Gentlemen for the BBC, UK, won the Animation Program Award. Every year, as a celebration of excellence, Canadas Banff Television Festival administers the Banff Rockie Awards competition for the worlds best television programs and Webcasts. The competition recognizes excellence across 14 categories, including animation, with cash prizes totaling more than $100,000. For a complete list of the winners visit: www.banff2001.com.
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Lombard, Illinois' Big Idea Productions, a family media company now branching out into feature films, is looking for a LIGHTING ARTIST, RENDERER and TD/SOFTWARE DEVELOPER. . . London, UK's Cubicspace Studios Limited, developers of real-time technologies for the real estate industry, is looking for a 3D CHARACTER MODELLER/ANIMATOR. . . Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Dynomight Productions, a full-service animation studio creating original content for global entertainment properties, is looking for a DIRECTOR, LINE PRODUCER and PRODUCER for their upcoming slate of proprietary television series. . .
On July 19, 2001 ASIFA-Colorado is presenting Estonian painter and animator Mati Kutt. Mati Kutt has worked in animation for over 25 years, perfecting several unique styles and techniques. His award-winning films have been shown internationally. Mati's presentation will include excerpts from his uniquely original, personal and powerful drawn, painted and puppet animation films as well as additional samples of Estonian animation. The event will take place at RMCAD at 6:30 pm.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: The Women In Animation Writers' Seminar, July 12, 2001, Westwood, California USA; ASIFA-Hollywood Presents Groovy Psychedelic Hippie Toons, July 31, 2001, Burbank, California USA; Imagine-Nation Expo, A Stop-Motion Convention, August 3 - 5, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada USA; Hollywood Shorts 3rd Annual Animation Festival, September 9, 2000, Los Angeles, California USA; The Woodstock Film Festival, September 20 - 23, 2001, Woodstock, New York USA; and DIRECTV-LEVEL13.NET film festival, Online, December 1 - 31, 2001.
CINAR Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement with Telefilm Canada to make full restitution for all investments and other financial subsidies made by Telefilm Canada in CINARs productions that have been decertified, or for productions for which final certification will not be granted by the Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO). Under the terms of the agreement, CINAR will repay Telefilm Canada approximately $2,594,000 in full reimbursement of investments and subsidies including interest.
ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW!, a critically acclaimed animated comedy series from Sextant Entertainment Group, will have its U.S. premiere on SHOWTIME NEXT, the recently launched multiplex channel which targets 18-24 year-olds. The series, which is part of Showtimes ongoing effort to find new, high profile programming for the multiplex, will debut this fall with an option for a second season. ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW! stars Mr. Hell, a sulphurous, sardonic anti-hero with no regard for political correctness, voiced by British comedian/writer Bob Monkhouse.
The submission deadline for the next International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa (SAFO) has been extended to July 15, 2001. Entry forms, including an on-line version that can be sent directly by e-mail, are available on the festival Website. SAFO 2001 will be held October 18-21, 2001. The official competition is divided into five categories: High School Student Films; Undergraduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); Graduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); First Film (e.g.
Stephen Arthur's experimental animated short, "Transfigured," has been selected to tour in the travelling exhibition Kinetica-3. Kinetica is a festival of abstract film and video that travels to art museums and cinematheques around the U.S. and the world. Its past incarnation, Kinetica-2, was a centennial tribute to famed animator Oskar Fischinger. "Transfigured" was produced in Vancouver, B.C., by the National Film Board of Canada. The 35mm film animates a seamless interactive flow of abstract, surrealist paintings by the late Jack Shadbolt.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Place With Traces, A School Of Visual Arts Exhibition, New York, NY U.S.A., June 13 - July 11, 2001; WIA/LA Celebrates The Career Of Star Wirth, Sherman Oaks, CA U.S.A., June 26, 2001; 5th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival - SICAF 2001, Seoul, Korea, August 11 - 19, 2001, Entry Deadline: June 23, 2001; Cinemakids, 2nd Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin, TX U.S.A., September 15 - 16, 2001; The 12th Cartoon Forum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria Germany, September 19 - 23
Santa Clara, California's Believe Inc., a pre-IPO startup company providing technical solutions to the movie industry, is looking for a SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR and WEB SOFTWARE ENGINEER. . . Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Dynomight Cartoons, a full service animation studio, is looking for a DIRECTOR, LINE PRODUCER and PRODUCER for their upcoming slate of proprietary television series scheduled to start production for the fall of 2001. . . New York's H2O Associates, a graphic design and marketing group, is looking for NEW MEDIA DEVELOPERS/INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGISTS. . .
Veteran animator and instructor Lee Mishkin, who won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short for his 1970 film IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO BE RIGHT?, passed away on June 19, 2001. He was 74. Mishkin suffered heart failure and died in his sleep with his family at his side. He had formally retired just six weeks ago, moving to a care facility in Seattle after having spent the last seven years in Vancouver, where he developed the classical animation curriculum and taught at VanArts. The school has started the Lee Mishkin Scholarship Fund to honor the late animator.
* Saturday, December 1, 2001 Saturday, August 31, 2002, Valence, France
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2001
* Saturday, November 10, 2001, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Entry Deadline: August 3, 2001
Every year, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles area-based branch of the International Animated Film Society, honors the best in film, television and Internet animation with their Annie Awards. The award ceremony will take place at the famed Alex Theater in Glendale, California. For more information contact: ASIFA-Hollywood: Tel.: (818) 842-8330; E-mail: email@example.com; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.
* Tuesday, June 26, 2001, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Women In Animation Los Angeles celebrates the career of Star Wirth with a dinner Salon at the Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks on June 26 at 7 pm. Star was head of the Xerox department at Hanna-Barbera for 33 years; she also worked at Warner Bros. The dinner costs $25 per person. For more information: Web: www.women.in.animation.org/LA.
* Wednesday, June 13 Wednesday, July 11, 2001, New York, New York, U.S.A.
New Yorks School Of Visual Arts presents Places With Traces, an exhibition of artwork by Markus Esser, Laura Griffin, Noah Kalina, Elsuko Kamazu and Sam Tufnell, at Eastside Gallery, 214 East 21 Street in New York. For more information: Web: schoolofvisualarts.edu.
Mainframe Entertainment and Fleischer Studios, Inc. have formed a collaboration that will yield a new television series based on BETTY BOOP, the dazzling "Queen of Cartoons." Mainframe will also be working with Fleischer and King Features Syndicate on launching a significant licensing and merchandising campaign, with a new video series, interactive games and collectible items.
Click 3x provided visual effects design and production services for a new national campaign for Dos Equis beer. Ad agency McCann-Erickson conceived the three 30-second spots where the product's familiar double "X" logo manifests itself in some rather unexpected places. "Ceiling Fan" opens on a young couple as they hustle into their beachfront cottage and flop on the bed. Soon the ceiling fan prompts the woman to run to the kitchen for beer. "Cocktail Dresses" has two guys hanging out at an event at an art museum.
TOPIX has just wrapped on two 15-second in-theater vignettes for Famous Players, Canada's top grossing and fastest growing theatrical exhibitor. "Feature Presentation" and "Coming Attractions," in both English and French, showcase the Famous Players theaters and their high-tech sound capabilities. The spots were created by agency Encore Strategic Marketing of Toronto. TOPIX designer/art director Mark Cutler describes the vignettes as a "millennium lava lamp, a visual stimuli that is non-specific but ties in with the music, maintaining the same fascination one has with the lamp.
Cambridge Animation Systems, the exclusive developer of Animo software, has signed a five-year sponsorship with the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC) to award the best student animator and his or her college or university. The total value of the sponsorship is more than CA$100,000. Under the annual program, students will create animation clips up to 60 seconds in length using traditional or digital animation processes. A panel of experts will judge the clips.
If you missed the extended June 18th deadline to enter thecompetition at the World Animation Celebration you should send ane-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and explain how quickly you can get yourentry to Los Angeles. The pre-selection process begins on June 18and continues all week long! The final judging of the selectedentries for the World Animation Competition will take place by thegrand jury as part of the 7th World Animation Celebration event onAugust 7-11, 2001. The GRAND JURY is comprised of the following
Nickelodeon has signed a new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS licensing deal with the fast food chain Burger King, launching on June 11. Big Kids Meal and Kids Meal customers will be able to collect seven SpongeBob toys designed to be used both on land and in the water. The four-week SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS promotion will be supported with in-restaurant merchandising, the first kids merchandising created by Draft Worldwide Chicago, as well as Web-based marketing and national kid-directed television advertising.
Universal's SITTING DUCKS, a new CGI children's animated series, has been licensed in multiple international territories. ITV has secured rights to the show in the U.K., with other licenses going to France's TF1, Australia's ABC, Mexico's Televisa S.A., Portugal's TVI and Star TV in Greece. Cable rights to SITTING DUCKS have been acquired by Canada's YTV and by the Nickelodeon Channel in Australia. In the Netherlands, the show will be shown exclusively on the SBS group of channels.
The Oscar winner for best short animated film, FATHER AND DAUGHTER, has won the coveted grand prize at the International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy. In an elaborate and festive closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 9, 2001, the awards were handed out by the festivals artistic director, Serge Bromberg.
The Short and Feature Fiction Films jury, made up of Ron Diamond, USA, Florence Miailhe, France, John Dilworth, USA, Françoise Reymond, France and Oscar Grillo, Argentina has awarded: