This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Metreon Festival Of Anime: Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, San Francisco, California USA . . . Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California USA . . . Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA . . . Kinetica 3: Friday, August 17, 2001 - Wednesday, December 31, 2003, Touring, USA and Canada.
Geographical Region: North America
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.
The Board of Directors of Teletoon has appointed veteran broadcasting executive Len Cochrane as president of the Teletoon television network, which operates 24-hour English and French animation services across Canada. Cochrane replaces John Riley, recently named president of Astral Television Networks. Cochrane served as president of The Family Channel Inc. for the past 11 years, and led that network's growth as a premium service with over 309,000 subscribers to one of the most successful television channels with over 4.3 million subscribers.
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.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust: Friday, October 05 - Thursday, October 11, 2001, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California USA. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is currently playing in theaters in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Theaters and showtimes: The Showcase, Los Angeles, 323.934.2944. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. The Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena, 626.844.6500. Showtimes: Noon, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Edwards University 6, Irvine. 949.854.8811. Showtimes: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:00pm. Encino Town Center, Encino, 818.940.1136. Showtimes: 10:15pm.
Durango Film Festival: Friday, March 01 - Sunday, March 10, 2002, Durango, Colorado USA. Entry Deadline: Saturday, December 01, 2001. The Durango Film Festival, after its successful 2001 premiere, is in the works for 2002. This juried 10-day festival will present independent feature films, documentaries, animated films, shorts, experimental, and new media works. In addition, the festival will offer educational salons, VIP panels, filmmaker discussions and host a variety of parties and receptions. On Saturday, March 9, 2002, the winners of the Golden Quakie Awards will be announced.
Reg Hartt Presents The Sex & Violence Cartoon Fest: Saturday, September 29 - Saturday, October 27, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Many of the best films from Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation have ben banned. The rest have been cut to bits. This program offers the rare chance to see 14 great films exactly as their creators meant us to. It's Bugs, Daffy, Popeye and pals with all their parts. Saturday, September 29, 2001 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2001 at 9:30 pm Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Canada.416-603-6643.
Elmo Aardvark CD Release Party: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Burbank, California USA. Will Ryan presents AN ELMO AADRDVARK CD RELEASE PARTY! "Music and Animation" series - Premiere Event! Come celebrate the release of a brand new compact disc of vintage cartoon soundtracks from the classic Hollywood cartoons of Elmo Aardvark. Currently enjoying an internet revival (Renegade Animation and Snappytoons' "Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective!"), these Elmo Aardvark tunes feature many guest performances - including June Foray, Victoria Jackson, Hal Smith, Joanie Sommers and more.
Webisode Academy / Lecture: Production Mgmt. Meeting for Animation: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Studio City, California USA. One night lecture with confirmed speakers from Movie Magic, Peppers Ghost and Rhythm & Hues. Topic: Software for Production Management and Tracking. October 10, 2001, 7pm-9pm. All are welcome but seating is limited to 25 people. Call 818-508-TOON for reservation. $20 at the door.
The Art of Chuck Jones: Friday, October 26 - Sunday, December 02, 2001, New York, New York USA. Friday evening preview from 6-9 PM, October 26. A reception for Linda Jones. Preview exceptional original production art, rare limited editions and unique works by the legendary film director, animator and creator, Chuck Jones. RSVP required 212-226-7374 or VIP@animazing.com. Saturday, October 27 The Art of Chuck Jones - Hosted by Linda Jones. Exhibit runs through December 2. Beginning with a Film Festival 1-3pm at Void Theater 16 Mercer street and followed by a reception in the gallery 3-6PM.
Homage to New York: Saturday, December 08, 2001, New York, New York USA. Homage to New York - The Fine Art of Ralph Bakshi. Saturday, December 8. Cocktail Reception for the artist 6-9pm. This collection of paintings and pastels is rendered with superb technique. "Cartoon Portraits" with personalities larger than life are seriously delightful. This famous animation director has had a passion for fine art throughout his career and will be making an appearance with new works in our Soho gallery. RSVP required: email@example.com Bakshi's fine art is showcased exclusively at Animazing Gallery.
Spanish-based animation company BRB Internacional has secured two major European co-production partners for THE INVISIBLE MAN (26 x half hours). Italian state broadcaster RAI and French animation house Dargaud Marina are teaming up with BRB Internacional to co-produce the unique series, which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. The deal gives RAI exclusive Italian speaking rights, Dargaud Marina exclusive French speaking rights, plus some other distribution territories, with BRB Internacional and Dargaud Marina handling distribution for the rest of the world.
TV-Loonland and Nelvana, in association with KirchMedia, announced at MIPCOM the international co-production of the childrens classic, HEIDI. HEIDI will be adapted into a new and highly stylized animated feature film and television series. HEIDI, written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, was first published in 1880. The book has been translated into over 50 languages with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) Latin America, Inc. has reached an agreement with DIRECTV Latin America, LLC (DIRECTV) for satellite distribution in Latin America of Boomerang, the 24-hour network that offers classic animated entertainment. Launched into the Latin American region in July of 2001, Boomerang continues to expand its reach in the market by adding DIRECTV's satellite distribution. Reaching more than 1.4 million direct-to-home customers, DIRECTV Latin America becomes one of the largest distributors for Boomerang in the region.
* Wednesday, June 05 - Sunday, June 09, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Entry Deadline: Friday, February 01, 2002
New York-based production company, Babelfish Productions, will be attending MIPCOM with their partners, the U.K.s Channel 5 & Channel 5 International and Klik Animation of Canada, to promote ALIENS AMONG US. The 65-part show tells the story of a renegade alien kid, Cosnok, from the planet Gontop, who gets inside the minds of children from all over planet earth to find out what he should do about a variety of issues -- from best friends and school bullies to moving house and first love. ALIENS AMONG US blends 3D animation with live-action docu-drama to create a unique new hybrid.
Pixar Animation Studios executive vice president, creative and animation director John Lasseter (Toy Story, A Bug's Life) will be joined by Lee Unkrich (co-director Toy Story 2) and Pete Docter (director, Monsters, Inc.) for a discussion and demonstration of the creation of computer animated graphics, featuring clips from the soon-to-be-released Monsters, Inc. Director Taylor Hackford (An Officer and a Gentleman, Proof of Life) will guide the conversation, covering the production process from beginning to end.
ARTimation Festival: Wednesday, October 17, 2001, Schaumburg (Suburb of Chicago), Illinois USA. On Wednesday, October 17th 2001, The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg will host the second annual ARTimation Festival at the AMC Barrington 30 Theatres, 175 Studio Drive from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be two theatres devoted to the showing of Animation and Multimedia programs. Work by current students and recent graduates will be showcased in this event, juried by industry representatives including MTV, Film Roman (The Simpsons), Area 51 (The X-Files, Dune the miniseries), and Viacom.
High Falls Film Festival: Wednesday, October 17 - Sunday, October 21, 2001, Rochester, New York USA. Animatus Studio is proud to be a sponsor of the High Falls Film Festival, running October 17-21, 2001 in Rochester, New York. Focusing on women in film, the festival is honoring animator Faith Hubley this year with a retrospective of her independent work.
ILM Director Tom Bertino In Person and A Tribute to Billy Greene: Wednesday, October 17, 2001, San Francisco, California USA. ASIFA-San Francisco presents an evening with ILM Director Tom Bertino. Tom is currently working as animation director for DreamWorks "The Time Machine" He joined ILM in 1986 and has worked on over 40 features. Tom's experimental digital animated 35mm short "Work In Progress" will be screened and he will discuss his latest projects. Sally Cruickshank's "Make Me Psychic" will also be shown. Tom did ink and paint on this film and it was his first professional job.
Banja in the World Championship: Friday, November 23, 2001, Shibuya, Japan. Entry Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2001. The Europe-Japan Media Exchange (MEX2001) has announced the BANJA-IN-THE-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and is accepting submissions for animated shorts (no longer than 5 minutes) featuring characters from BANJA, the free Internet-based game. Submitted works will be posted on the MEX2001 Website, and the champion and second place finalist will win the opportunity to attend the celebration ceremony to be held in Shibuya, Japan on November 23, 2001.
Nashville Independent Film Festival: Wednesday, June 05 - Sunday, June 09, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee USA. Entry Deadline: Friday, February 01, 2002. The Nashville Independent Film Festival proudly announces its 33rd annual competition for independent and student film/video artists. The 2002 Festival, held June 5-9, 2002, will showcase the best in independent features, shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental and works by young filmmakers. Also, NIFF features workshops, panel discussions, vendor and product expo, and guest appearances by nationally recognized film and video artists.
Toluca Lake, California's Babos and Stuhley Toons, an independent animation studio, is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . . West Vancouver, Canadas Eyeball Networks, an interactive video technologies developer, is looking for a LEAD DIGITAL ARTIST . . . London, England-based recruiter EmailYourCv Interactive is looking for a TRAINEE MAYA SLAYER who has previous games experience with 3DS MAX and who is looking to train on Maya . . . Hagenberg, Austria's Fachhochschule Hagenberg (Polytechnic University) is looking for a LECTURER IN COMPUTER ANIMATION.