The second Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia concluded on Sunday, June 30, 2002 with a best of the festival screening and awards presentation. Featuring over 150 films from more than 30 countries, the festival is currently touring other major Australian cities. Among the winners of this year's awards were DOG by Suzie Templeton, which tied with Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION for Best Overall Film. The Best Australian Film prize of AUS$2,000 (donated by SBS Television) was shared by Dan Hartney's BUCKETHEAD and LOOKING FOR HORSES by Anthony Lawrence.
Geographical Region: North America
AWN Affiliates Alison Snowden and David Fine's 52-episode animated series BOB AND MARGARET will premiere on the U.S. cable network Showtime Women, beginning this Friday, July 5, 2002 at 8:00 pm. It will later air on other Showtime channels. The network will air all 52 episodes, with the most recent 26 episodes scheduled to air first. These feature Bob and Margaret living in Toronto instead of South London, and have yet to be screened in the United States. Canadian actor Brian George voices Bob, with co-creator Alison Snowden featured as Margaret.
Alberta, Canada'sLost Pencil Animation Studios Inc. is now offering a training DVDfocusing on character animation. THE ANIMATOR'S GYM contains nearly 4hours of training video that teaches the fundamental principles ofcharacter animation. Using Maya 4.0 Complete, THE ANIMATOR'S GYMprovides viewers with examples of completed short animations todiscuss how and why it was animated, where there are still problemsand room for improvement. The DVD also includes sections where the
Marco Island Film Festival.
Marco Island, Florida USA.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, August 01, 2002.
The 5th Annual Marco Island Film Festival (MIFF) is SouthwestFlorida's premier film showcase. Selected entries will be shownthroughout the festival, and audiences will determine the competitionwinners via confidential ballots provided at the screenings. Thereare also special jury awards. In addition to the film screenings,
Hollywood,California-based production company Super 78 recently completed anextensive graphics and animation package for the pilot ofreality-based show TAKE 2: LIVING THE MOVIES, airing on the USANetwork. The premise of the show is to assemble a cast of ordinarypeople to recreate some of the most life-threatening,adrenaline-pumping and outrageous scenes from well-known movies. Forthis unique program, Super 78 designed and created animation thatillustrates the action for the benefit of the viewing audience.
With no staff and no senior management, it seems as though Vancouver-based Sextant Entertainment Group Inc., co-producers of THE MR. HELL SHOW!, is no longer in business. A press release issued by Sextant announced that the company has been put into receivership after it was unable to come to an arrangement with creditors pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) that Sextant had been granted in early June.
Zagreb 2002 recently concluded its 15th World Festival of Animated Films with Michael Dudok de Wit's FATHER AND DAUGHTER winning the festival Grand Prize. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition. PA by Neil Goodridge was awarded Best Debut Film and Christopher Hinton's FLUX was presented with three special jury distinctions, including the Design Studies Jury Prize.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:
Cornerstone Film Lecture Series Featuring Michael Uslan: Thursday, June 27, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . . dhima's Summer Courses: Monday, July 08 - Saturday, August 10, 2002, Santa Monica, California USA . . . EuropaCinema: Saturday, September 14 - Saturday, September 21, 2002, Viareggio, Tuscany Italy . . . Marco Island Film Festvial: Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2002, Marco Island, Florida USA.
DecodeEntertainment Inc. has appointed The Sharpe Company as theinternational licensing agent for its new 3D animated preschoolseries THE SAVE-UMS! The series is scheduled to debut in February2003 as part of Discovery Kids new "Ready, Set, Learn" programmingblock on TLC and Discovery Kids Channel in the U.S. and on CBCCanada. Sharpe, current licensing agent for properties such asHUMPHREY'S CORNER and THUNDERBIRDS, will license THE SAVE-UMS! in allterritories outside North America.
Michael Dudok de Wit's multiple award-winning short FATHER AND DAUGHTER has claimed yet another honor, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb 2002, the 15th World Festival of Animated Films. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition.
India's Chennai Studios is looking for an AGENT, a DISTRIBUTOR and a SALES DIRECTOR . . . Sunnyvale, California's Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a BUSINESS PLAN DRAFTER . . . Ukiah, California's Digitech, Inc. is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . Hollywood, California's Klasky Csupo is looking for a CGI ANIMATOR, a LIGHTER, a MODELER and a TEXTURE ARTIST . . . Dubai's Media Tech is looking for a COORDINATOR and an EDITOR . . . Chennai, India's MUV Media is looking for a COMIC BOOK ARTIST and a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Glendale, California's NeoPets, Inc. is looking for a CONTENT WRITER . . .
Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.
Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 05, 2002.
Based on the Academy Award-winning short BOB'S BIRTHDAY, the 52-episode animated series BOB AND MARGARET has been acquired by Showtime Networks from Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, including 26 episodes never aired in the U.S. The series, created and written by David Fine and Alison Snowden, will premiere July 5, 2002 on Showtime Women, a channel devoted to programming in which women are instrumental, and will later air on other Showtime channels.
Deadline Extended! The Telluride Independent Film Festival.
Telluride IndieFest 2002, Telluride, Colorado, USA.
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2002.
Early Entry Deadline: February 28, 2002.
Entry Deadline: July 1, 2002.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 26th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Adriaan Lokman's CG short BARCODE, while Barry Purves' animated comedy drama HAMILTON MATTRESS was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Program. 245 films were screened in the "Annecy 2002" official selection, coming from 33 countries, with more than 200 films premiering at the festival. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Congratulations to all the winners!
Nicktoons TV, the newly launched 24-hour network devoted to Nickelodeon animation, will be available on AT&T Digital Cable beginning July 1, 2002. The channel offers an ongoing mix of current and past Nicktoons such as SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW, DOUG, RUGRATS and AHHH! REAL MONSTERS. In addition, Nicktoons TV will feature acquired Warner Bros. contemporary classics such as PINKY AND THE BRAIN, TINY TOON ADVENTURES and ANIMANIACS.
Deadline Extended! Silver Lake Film Festival 2002.
Los Angeles, California USA.
Friday, September 13 - Friday, September 20, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2002.
Jerry Scott, co-creator of the ZITS and BABY BLUES comic strips, has won the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) 2001 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. The "Oscar of cartooning" was presented at a black tie gala during the 56th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. The Reuben Award, given by the NCS each year for exemplary cartoon work created in the previous year, was designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. In addition, cartoonists in various professional divisions were also honored with special plaques for excellence.
Resfest Digital Film Festival.
San Francisco, California USA.
Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 22, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Monday, June 03, 2002.
Bangalore, India's Acropetal is looking for an AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE, an ANIMATION CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR and an INSTRUCTOR . . . Animationelements is looking for an ANIMATION WRITER . . . London, Ontario's Armstrong-Douglas & Associates is looking for ARTISTS . . . Beebeard, LLC is looking for a CHARACTER ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Blaze Paint Digital Ltd. is looking for a 2D/3D ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a GAMES TRACK LEAD, a HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER and a PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST . . . London, UK's Datascope Recruitment is looking for a SENIOR ANIMATOR .
Toronto Giggleshorts International Comedy Film Festival.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday, August 20 - Monday, August 26, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2002.