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Enter CICFF — The U.S.’s Largest Children’s Fest!

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.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Selects Isilon Systems For New Storage Architecture

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.

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France 2 Orders Second Season of Delta State

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.

Series Headline News

Nelvana Seals Deals for Backyardians & Jane and the Dragon

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.

Films Headline News

Annecy Selects Films

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 Headline News

Digital Jesters Strikes North American Distribution Deal With Take-Two

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.

Animation Headline News

Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry & Cartoon Network Partner On Exhibit

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.

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LA ACM SIGGRAPH Hosts A Visualization of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Mi

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.

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Kartoon Kocktail Screens Indie Shorts

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.

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Bauhaus Ships Animator’s Toolbar

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.

Shows Headline News

Send Your Digital Art to LACDA Competition

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.

Production Headline News

Harmony Gold Honors United Nations’ 60th Anniversary

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.

Rocket Headline News

Finalists For $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize Announced

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 Headline News

Disney Channel Adds New Latino Hero In Handy Manny

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.

Kids Headline News

Incredibles & SpongeBob Top Slime at Kids’ Choice Awards

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.

Film Headline News

Listen Wins PlanetOut Animation Award

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.

Dark Headline News

Darth Vader Goes to the Dark Side With M&M

Darth Vader and his candy counter-part M-Vader were in New York yesterday to unveil the new Dark Chocolate M&M's, which will be on shelves nationwide starting April 2, 2005. The product was specifically developed to celebrate the release of STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH.

Wild Headline News

Wild Brain Spoofs Action Movies in Coke Campaign

Wild Brain director Gordon Clark recently completed NINJA, the second animated spot in a comedic campaign for Coca-Cola via Z Publicidad/Mexico. The first spot, BULLFIGHT aired last month and NINJA began airing this month. The two :30 spots are geared to a Spanish-speaking audience and are currently airing throughout Latin America.

Wild Brain used a loose, painterly technique with watercolor textures in the animation. They wanted the characters to look cartoon-like while maintaining a more adult vibe.

Rocket Headline News

Shaw Rocket Prize Announces International Jury

The Shaw Rocket Fund, founder of the $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize, has announced the 2005 Shaw Rocket Prize Jury, which includes: Deirdre Brennan, ABC Kids programmer, Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC TV), Australia; Frank Dietz, head of acquisitions and co-productions, Super RTL, Germany; Michelle Henderson, president, The Childrens Group, Canada; Bob Higgins, svp programming & development, Cartoon Network, U.S.; and Theresa Plummer-Andrews, managing director, Plum Trees TV Ltd., U.K.

Toon Headline News

Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio Offer Joint Savings

Toon Boom Animation Inc. and Corel Corp. are now offering special pricing, until May 31, 2005, to customers who purchase both Corel Painter IX and Toon Boom Studio v2.5, a natural pairing for professional animators to create traditional, hand-drawn animation.

Film Headline News

Send Your Shorts to Sin City!

CineVegas Film FestivalLas Vegas, Nevada, USAJune 10-18, 2005Deadline: April 8, 2005

CineVegas Film Festival highlights independent films, shorts and documentaries. Celebrating 100 years of Vegas and 100 years of film, the festival will be held at the Palms Casino Resort. World premiere films, high-profile tributes and Vegas nightlife will all be part of the excitement. For additional information, visit

Festival Headline News

Topanga Film Festival 2005 Wants Your Shorts

Topanga Film Festival 2005Topanga, California, USAAugust 20, 2005 Deadline: July 1, 2005

Topanga Film Festival is determined to provide filmmakers and the community with a forum to share work and exchange creative ideas in an intimate open-air setting that inspires others to pick up a camera, lose their inhibitions, ditch excuses and go out there to make movies. Eligible are all short films or videos (under 30 min.) of artistic merit. For more information, e-mail or visit