‘C’est dimanche’ of French film maker Samir Guesni received the Jury Award of the European Short Film Competition of the International Short Film Festival Leuven. The CANVAS Audience Award in this competition went to Romanian Gabriel Sirbu’s ‘Life’s hard’. The festival’s fifteenth edition welcomed over 8,000 visitors, a bit more than last year.
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The Nickelodeon Animation Festival, the first and only multiplatform festival in North America, has received entries from around the globe, and the votes are in!
WGA West’s Animation Writers Caucus has awarded Emmy-winning writer Stan Berkowitz with its 12th annual Animation Writing Award, reports VARIETY.
The Producers Guild of America is set to give its 2010 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures to John Lasseter, according to the LA TIMES.
Wes Anderson's stop-motion FANTASTIC MR. FOX is on the shortlist for the new Best Film Award at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 14-29.
New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) is issuing a call for entries for the upcoming 2010 festival, to take place from February 26-March 14, for a sold-out-in-advance audience of over 20,000 children, teens, parents, filmmakers and media professionals and a marketing reach of 2 million in the New York area. NYICFF seeks creative, original, non-formulaic works that will help to define a new, more compelling film for kids.
Press Release from Disney
BURBANK, Calif. (July 23, 2009) -- Emile Hirsch has been tapped to narrate this summer's hottest sports documentary film "X Games 3D: The Movie," opening nationwide August 21, 2009. An in-depth and exciting 3D ride, the film features some of the world's best-known action sports athletes, including X Games gold medalists Bob Burnquist, Ricky Carmichael, Kyle Loza, Travis Pastrana, Danny Way and Shaun White.
Press Release from Film Independent
LOS ANGELES, June 28 -- Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival award winners at a special event, presented by Target. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, ran from Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 28.
Dr. Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the "2010 Georges Melies Award." The award will be presented at the 8th Annual VES Awards, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 28, 2010.
Press Release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved the rules for the 82nd Academy Awards at their meeting earlier this week (6/23). In addition to the previously announced change in the Best Picture category, a significant change was made in the Music -- Original Song category.
Press Release from MAXON
LONDON -- June 22, 2009 -- It was a trophy bonanza for CINEMA 4D at the Macworld awards held in London on June 18, 2009. MAXON's flagship 3D software -- regarded as the easiest to use all-purpose professional 3D tool -- won 'Macworld Best Animation and 3D Product 2009.'
The win makes CINEMA 4D by far the most awarded 3D app on the Mac in the UK. CINEMA 4D has now rounded up no less than seven of the UK's biggest Mac awards: Macworld Best 3D App in 2003, 2006 and now 2009; and MacUser Best 3D App in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007.
CORALINE and MARY AND MAX were the dual winners of the Annecy Cristal award for best feature, announced at the conclusion of the festival on Saturday.
French co-production BRENDAN AND THE SECRET OF KELLS came away with the audience prize.
The rest of the awards are as follows:
The Annecy CristalSLAVAR
Special DistinctionPLEASE SAY SOMETHING
Junior Jury Award for a Short FilmL'HOMME A LA GORDINI
Audience AwardWESTERN SPAGHETTI
MARY & MAX won the AniMovi prize at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, which concluded Sunday in Germany. Italian production MUTO won the Grand Prix. The complete list of winners is as follows:
State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and City of Stuttgart Grand Award of Animated Film with a cash prize of 15,000 EurosMUTOby Blu Italy 2008Production: Mercurio Film SRLWorld Sale: Mercurio Film SRL
International Promotion Award
Bitfilm Festival is looking for the world's best digital films
Deadline: July 1Opening event in Hamburg on August 13Online voting from August 13 to September 24Closing event and award show in Tel Aviv on October 110,000 Euros prize moneyNew category for digital animations with a political message
Stars Beyonce, Will Smith, Vanessa Hudgens, Jack Black, Selena Gomez, The Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney and Miley Cyrus captured the coveted orange Blimp trophies at Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 28.
Bethesda Softworks' epic post-apocalyptic open-world adventure, FALLOUT 3, received the Game of the Year Award at the 9th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, presented at a ceremony Wednesday evening the 2009 Game Developers Conference. Bethesda also received the Best Writing award for the game.
Media Molecule's imaginative user creation-centric platform game LITTLEBIGPLANET, which was first unveiled at GDC 2007, was the recipient of the most awards of the evening, taking four awards for Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Debut Game and Innovation Award.
WALLACE & GROMIT: A MATTER OF LOAF AND DEATH from Aardman Animations has won the NYICFF Grand Prize at the New York International Children's Film Festival.
Animated ASTON'S STONES from Sweden won the Audience Award: Ages 3-6. LOAF AND DEATH also walked away with the Audience Award: Ages 5-10. U.K.'s FUGGY FUGGY won the Audience Award: Ages 8-14. And the Audience Award: Ages 12-18 went to KEITH REYNOLDS CAN'T MAKE IT TONIGHT from the U.K.
An unforgettable edition of Anima has come to an end, as much for the quality of its program and guests as for its profusion of spectators. The organizers have estimated a 30 percent rise in attendance this year compared to last year's figures.
Prime Focus won the prestigious Filmfare award for Best Visual Effects for its work on Bollywood sci-fi movie LOVE STORY 2050. The award was given to Merzin Tavaria, creative head for VFX/Animation at Prime Focus and vfx supervisor on LOVE STORY 2050 at the 54th Filmfare awards night held in Mumbai on February 28, 2009.
Congratulations to everyone that worked on THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON for winning the visual effects Oscar, particularly Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron, who accepted the award at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC, DFF, Nelson Cragg and David Stockton earned top honors in the three competitive categories at the 23rd Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards held Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Dod Mantle won the feature film competition for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Cragg topped the episodic TV competition for CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION/"For Gedda" (CBS). Stockton won the movie/miniseries/pilot category for the pilot of ELEVENTH HOUR (CBS).
Nickelodeon's DORA THE EXPLORER was honored by the NAACP at the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.
DORA THE EXPLORER took home the award for Outstanding Children's Program, while THE SIMPSONS and THE BOONDOCKS lost out to THE GAME for best comedy writing.
WALTZ WITH BASHIR won the Writers Guild Award for Documentary Screenplay. Ari Folman's film is also up for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, not qualifying for the Oscar for best doc.
The winners were announced at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards held on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
MILK won for Original Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features) and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won for Adapted Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures).