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Canada Headline News

New Canadian Subsidy Directory Revised

The newly revised Canadian Subsidy Directory 2004 edition is now available, containing information to more than 2,000 direct and indirect subsidies, grants, and loans offered by various levels of government; foundation; association and other similar organizations in Canada.

Could prove good reading for companies interested in partnering with Canadian animation and vfx houses to help fund projects by taking advantage of the financial boost the entertainment and other industries get in Canada.

Company Headline News

Grand Clio Goes to Honda Cog

Wieden & Kennedys Honda COG, a unique 120-second TV commercial, has walked off with this years Grand Clio for TV at this years International Clio Festival, held from May 15 - 18, 2004. In addition, DDB Chicago has, again, been named Clios Agency of the Year, and DDB Worldwide, Agency Network of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Film Headline News

Air Your Shorts in the Winslow Film Festival

Winslow Film FestivalWinslow, Arizona, USAOctober 21 - 24, 2004Deadline: October 3, 2004

The 3rd Annual Winslow Film Festival brings indie films to the high desert of Arizona. Films compete in four categories: Narrative feature and short, Documentary feature and short. Fest has a yearly industry professional visual effects panel discussion. Entry fee is $40 for August 30 early deadline and $45 for late deadline. For more info, contact the fest at Web: or Tel.: (818) 219-9339.

Headline News

Mo Willems At The Chicago BookExpo

BookExpo AmericaChicago, Illinois, USAJune 3 6, 2004

BookExpo America is the book industry's leading event where attendees can experience the entire scope of book publishing from the U.S. and the world. With more than 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors, more than 100 conference sessions as well as a special area for rights business, visitors see all the latest titles across genres, uncover hidden gems, network and meet industry contacts.

Game Headline News

Activision Gets Spider-Man 3 Game Deal

Activision Inc. has announced that, through a licensing agreement with Spider-Man Merchandising (a 50/50 limited partnership comprised of Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc.), the company will develop and publish videogames based on the 2007 feature film SPIDER-MAN 3. Activision is currently developing console and PC games based on SPIDER-MAN 2 that are scheduled for release in North America timed to the film's launch on June 30, 2004.

Production Headline News

Production Begins on Mexican Toon, Maya

This week marks the start of production on the Spanish-language feature MAYA, produced by actor Bruno Bichir and pop singer Emmanuel for Escarabajo Producciones. Ricardo Arnaiz will direct the $3 million budgeted film with animation supervision being handled by Mike Kunkel (TARZAN, HERCULES). Music will be supervised by Antonio Zepeda. Lending voice talent will be actor Andres Bustamante (TV's TELETON). The film is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2005.

Film Headline News

Locarno Film Festival Beckons!

57th Locarno International Film FestivalLocarno, SwitzerlandAugust 4 - 14, 2004Deadline: June 11, 2004

The Locarno International Film Festival is renowned for its tradition of experimentation, discovery, eclecticism and passion for auteur cinema, and for the convivial and friendly networking opportunity for distributors, buyers, producers and journalists from around the world.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for May 13, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, some junior members want others to check out their work online and give critiques. Another jr. member is looking for good model software. A new member asks if it's two late at age 28 to start a career in animation. Others are talking about the worth of plastic animation paper. As well, a thread collects people's thoughts on DELGO. Another thread discusses artist's dealings with the National Film Board of Canada. Another blogger asks: has every sci-fi story has already been done?

Headline News

WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula Rosenthal

WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula RosenthalNew York, New York, USAMay 11, 2004

WIA's next meeting will feature Paula Rosenthal, exec director, Playhouse Disney Original Programming, Current and Development. Rosenthal will give the low down on what is happening at Playhouse Disney. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Little Airplane Prods, 86 Franklin St., 5th Floor. RSVP to Lisa Goldman at

Work Headline News

rhinofx Shows off New ATI Graphics Technology with Doublecross

When ATI Technologies launched the latest generation of its Radeon graphics technology in April, the company wanted a visual demonstration piece that would show off the card's realtime rendering and graphics capabilities.

Imax Headline News

Polar Express Goes 3D for IMAX

IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures have struck a deal where the CGI feature, THE POLAR EXPRESS will screen in IMAX 3D format day-and-date with the release of the film in conventional theaters, Nov. 19, 2004. The film will be digitally converted into IMAX 3D using both the proprietary IMAX 3D conversion process and IMAX DMR(R) (Digitally Re-mastering) technology.

Series Headline News

ADV Announces May Releases


Anime Headline News

Anime Network Goes 24/7 With Insight Cabler

Anime Network, the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime, is expanding from a Video-On-Demand service to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week network with multisystem cable operator Insight Communications, which expects to roll out the Anime Network on its digital tier in several markets.

Animation Headline News

Birthday Boy, Ryan Earn SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Honors

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected BIRTHDAY BOY (by Sejong Park of the Australian Film Television and Radio School) as Best Animated Short and RYAN (by Chris Landreth) for Jury Honors. Chris Bregler, New York University, is the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Chair.

Movie Headline News

May Movie Month Primed on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network will deliver 22 animated features during its May Movie Month. Each night in May, Cartoon Network will showcase animated movies in primetime, including cartoon classics as well as premieres of SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO, THE KING AND I, BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN, THE SCARECROW and UNDER THE BLACK FLAG.

The schedule for Cartoon Network's May Movie Month is as follows:


Animation Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Paperless Concerto

Toon Boom Animation has launched Concerto, an animation software for paperless, digital, re-use or cutout animation production. Concerto offers studios increased productivity, raises animation quality and eliminates file management issues so common to the normal Flash pipeline.