The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced the films that have been invited to compete in this years 30th anniversary event, running Sept. 20 24, 2006. From the 1,947 entries received, 106 films representing 20 countries have been chosen for Official Competitions. An additional 31 films will be shown in out-of-competition Showcase screenings.
Special Event: Annecy
The coveted short film grand prize at the 30th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to TRAGIC STORY HAPPY ENDING by Regina Pessoa for France while the black-and-white French film, RENAISSANCE, won the Cristal for Best Feature. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 10, 2006 in Annecy, France.
There were many films submitted to the latest Annecy animation festival, now running June 5-10, 2006, along with the MIFA market (June 7-9), in Annecy, France, and loads of screenings but many festival goers are in search of a film that really wows them. The films have been described as abstract, too long, lacking story with only a few, so far, gaining any note, and even those are not generally agreed upon.
Roland Gauthier will now serve as CG manager for LAIKA/house division. He will oversee LAIKA/houses CG animation group for all LAIKA/house commercial projects. The CG department has successfully created memorable commercials for various commercial clients.
Roland brings great expertise and enthusiasm to this key role, remarked Lourri Hammack, president/exec producer LAIKA/house. We are very excited for him to lead our phenomenally talented CG team.
This week in AWN's Forums, more members chime in on what an aspiring animator can expect. Another thread discusses character design copyright buyout rates. Others are discussing the animation program at Full Sail. Fans of Disney and Miyazaki square off in a battle over what animation innovator is better. A senior member is looking for other AWNers attending Annecy. In the Animators Desktop forums, members are discussing Cintiq and Tablet Based Animation.
Comedy Central has ordered 10 episodes of Augenblick Studios' GOLDEN AGE, the first adult animated series to be produced by a major television network for broadband. The series premiered May 8, 2006 and will show weekly on its broadband channel, Motherload (www.comedycentral.com/motherload).
This animated dark comedy reveals the shocking true stories of the worlds strangest cartoon characters. Each episode uses a blend of mixed media to satirize classic cartoons from the past.
Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing a special edition Annecy. The festival and market are fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff are gearing up for the Annecy-specific Flash Newsletter. Here is the date for the publications. Please send your news two weeks prior to the publication date.
Annecy Flash NewslettersMay 30
Continuing our special event specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for E3 and Annecy. The markets are fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff are gearing up for the E3 and Annecy-specific Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications. Please send your news two weeks prior to the publication date.
E3 Flash NewsletterMay 2
Annecy Flash NewslettersMay 30
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has announced the films to be shown at this years event, which will take place June 5-10, 2006, in Annecy, France.
Five feature films will compete including Oscar-winner WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT from Nick Park and Steve Box. The other features include international sensation ASTÉRIX ET LES VIKINGS by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Moller, GIN-IRO NO KAMI NO AGITO by Keiichi Sugiyama, RENAISSANCE by Christian Volckman and XXXHOLIC by Tsutomu Mizushima.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched the first focused forum that will drive the agenda of animation and gaming industry in India. The forum aims to be the apex institution and the single point referral for anyone who is a part of the industry.
AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS! animated series as found a home on all Cartoon Network feeds in Asia and Europe. Cartoon Network US and Latin America have also purchased the original shorts through Bejuba! Ent. and co-production partners Pesky and Studio B Prods.
CBS has ordered from Aardman Animations Ltd. an American version of the hit British television series CREATURE COMFORTS.
Based on the original Academy Award-winning short film created by Nick Park and Aardman, Aardman Animations will produce the half hour stop-motion animated series in Los Angeles and at its Bristol, England studios.
The British Academy has announced the nominees for the next Orange British Academy Film Awards to be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT will compete for the Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year. Its competition includes A COCK & BULL STORY, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, FESTIVAL and PRIDE & PREJUDICE.
The latest edition of the Acrobat version of Animation World Magazine has arrived online. In this edition from September 2005, the theme centers in on Education and Training. AWN polled its readers to see how they are training for careers and getting jobs. Managing editor Rick DeMott reports back with the findings and highlights. Tom Sito recounts his thoughts on visiting the Beijing Film Academy, giving a Western view of the education process in the East.
International Project CompetitionJune 7-9, 2006Deadline: February 15, 2006
The 10th edition of the International Project Competition at Annecy 2006 is now open. Around 120 short film or TV production projects were in competition in 2005 for 12 cash prizes. This mine of independent creation has been evolving and intensifying its support to young authors, since 1997. The competition is open to any animated short film or TV production project (TV special or series) irrespective of the genre and techniques used.
Winners will receive: