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Headline News Anime at AFI Fest 2001

Anime at AFI Fest 2001: Thursday, November 01 - Sunday, November 11, 2001, Hollywood, California USA. Two Japanese animated feature films (dubbed in English) will premiere at AFI Fest 2001 at the Pacific Theatre in Hollywood (6433 Hollywood Blvd.). AH! MY GODDESS will screen Saturday, November 3rd at 4 pm and ESCAFLOWNE: A GIRL IN GAIA will screen Saturday, November 10th at 4 pm. Advance tickets available by calling 866 AFI-FEST or through www.afifest.com.

Headline News VidTranS 2002: Mastering Broadband Video Technologies

VidTranS 2002: Mastering Broadband Video Technologies: Sunday, March 03 - Wednesday, March 06, 2002, Lake Buena Vista, Florida USA. Entry Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2002. VidTranS offers a specific focus on the interaction of new digital video and broadband telecommunications technologies and on how this interaction will affect service providers, equipment manufacturers and end users.

Headline News 10th Annual Midwest Animators Conference

10th Annual Midwest Animators Conference: Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2002, Downers Grove (suburban Chicago), Illinois USA. Sponsored by ASIFA Central, the conference features speakers who focus on various aspects of animation production. The emphasis for many of the presenters is the personal and artistic influences in their work. Another feature of the conference is screenings of various animations as well as open screenings for attendees to show their work.

Headline News British Film Takes Grand Prize At SAFO

The 2001 edition of the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO) came to a close with the announcement of this year's winners. SAFO, the world's largest student animation festival, is held every other year in Ottawa, Canada. This year's festival ran from October 18 to October 21, 2001 and featured a variety of events,

Headline News Tama & Friends Signs Multi-Country Licensing Deal

4Kids Entertainments TAMA & FRIENDS has been licensed for TV broadcast with YTV of Canada, TV Record in Brazil, Media Set in Italy, SIC TV in Portugal and KM Productions for Arabic language markets. The animated childrens series features the adventures of Tama the kitten, who, along with his buddies, finds ways to solve complex problems that seem to elude their human companions. The 26 episode series premiered in U.S. first run syndication in September and has enjoyed a long running TV ratings success in Japan on Tokyo Broadcast System.

Headline News Zoinks! Scooby-Doo And The Gang Come To A Town Near You

Taking a cue from such successful childrens programs turned stage shows like BARNEY and BLUES CLUES, one of TV's longest-running animated series, SCOOBY DOO comes to life. The live-action stage show SCOOBY-DOO IN STAGEFRIGHT - LIVE ON STAGE will debut on October 26, 2001 at the Palace Theater in Louisville, Kentucky. The live show is scheduled to perform in 28 cities throughout the United States and Canada.

Headline News British Film Takes Grand Prize At SAFO

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 22, 2001 at 12:00am

The 2001 edition of the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO 01) has come to a close with the announcement of this year's winners.

The International Jury consisting of Phil Mulloy (United Kingdom), Annick Teninge (France), and Koji Yamamura (Japan) presented fifteen prizes. The list of winners is as follows:

National Film Board of Canada Grand Prize:

Dog, Suzie Templeton, United Kingdom

Grand Prize Runner up:

Sub, Jessie Schmal, USA

Headline News Topix Creates An Action Convention For Kinder Surprise

To present the 2002 Kinder Surprise collection Canadas TOPIX, a commercial computer animation studio, has created 3D character animation for the 30-second spot Action Convention, for Ferrero Canada Ltd. and agency Garneau Würstlin Philip Brand. For those not in the know about this candy treat, Kinder Surprise, launched in Italy in 1972, is a hollow chocolate egg which contains a collectable prize. In Action Convention an animated Kinder Surprise is seen underwater, decked out in a diving bell, as he introduces his collection of toys for 2002.

Headline News Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Screening

Nightmare Before Christmas - Special Screening: Friday, October 19 - Wednesday, October 31, 2001, Hollywood, California USA. Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece, directed by Henry Selick, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS will be screening for two weeks (Oct. 19 - 31) at Hollywood's historic, restored movie palace The El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. This is an annual Halloween tradition. On the first night, Friday Oct. 19th, Jerry Beck will be moderating a panel of guests on stage in a Q & A about working with Tim Burton on NIGHTMARE, VINCENT and FRANKENWEENIE.

Headline News The Real Bugs Bunny and Friends

The Real Bugs Bunny and Friends: Saturday, October 20 - Saturday, November 24, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. A few years back everything that might offend anyone was cut from the great films of Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation. Little was left for those of us who love these films. This special program offers two hours of great cartoons exactly as their creators meant us to see them.

Headline News Webisode Academy / Lecture Series

Webisode Academy / Lecture Series: Wednesday, November 07 - Wednesday, November 28, 2001, Studio City, California USA. Masters of Animation Lecture Series. Open to all - check-in at 6:30pm. Reservations recommended - class size: 25 people max, $20 per person. November 7 - Gwen Wexler. Topic: Progress & Contributions of The Women in Animation. November 14 - Dave Brain. Topic: It's All In the Animation Timing! November 17 - Art Leonardi. Topic: The Pink Panther Days. November 28 - Iraj Paran. Topic: The Hanna-Barbera Days.

Headline News Aleksandra Korejwo's Artwork Is Now For Sale

The remaining artworks of Polish animator and director Aleksandra Korejwo are now for sale. These pastels are the storyboards Aleksandra created for her upcoming short animated film and were recently featured at an exhibition and silent auction of Aleksandra's work at The Director's Guild, which was the first exhibit of her work in the United States. Korejwo has developed a unique style of animation using colored salts that are manipulated with the use of acondor feather. To view the artwork, go to http://www.acmefilmworks.com/

Headline News Bob Clampett Animation Festival

Bob Clampett Animation Festival: Wednesday, October 24, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Bob Clampett is recognized today as perhaps the key force in the shaping of Warner Brothers Animation. This program offers a rare chance to see two hours of his films as he meant us to see them. Uncut. In black and white if they were made in black and white, color if they were made in color.Stars Bugs, Daffy, Porky, the original nude Tweety & lots more.

Headline News Mmmm… Cereal

Kellogg USA and Fox Licensing and Merchandising (Fox L&M) have created two limited-edition cereals featuring THE SIMPSONS. Kellogg's Bart Simpson Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch and Kellogg's THE SIMPSONS Homer's Cinnamon Donut Cereal are now available nationwide for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $2.49 per box.

Headline News MIPCOM Deals In Brief

Peppers Ghost Productions CGI-animated series TINY PLANETS has been licensed to Germanys Super RTL network and ITV1 in the U.K. The show recently received two BAFTA Interactive awards nominations and is scheduled to debut in the U.K. and Germany in the first quarter 2002.

French childrens cable and a satellite channel Canal J has partnered with Nickelodeon U.K., Spain, Australia and Latin America and acquired Japanese anime series YU-GIOH, which will be broadcast in France in spring 2002.

Headline News Telemagination Expands Its Ink And Paint Studio

With three major animation series currently in production and one more scheduled to start production next month, the U.K.-based animation house Telemagination has expanded its digital ink and paint studio. John McManus joins the company as senior compositor and Alistair Beckett and Neil Harris have been contracted as compositors, all to begin working immediately on the in-house production, PONGWIFFY.

Headline News Klootz Goes To Oz

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.

Headline News Cartoon Network Latin America Turns Winners Into Heroes For Local Schools

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.

Headline News Mark Fleischer Named President Of Mainframe, U.S.A

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.

Headline News Metreon Festival Of Anime

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.

Headline News Toronto Animated Image Society News Update

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!

Headline News Upcoming October Events At ASIFA Chapters

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.

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