The Linda Joy Media Arts Society has announced the winner of the inaugural 2007 Helen Hill Animated Award. This award is offered in memory of the life and work of internationally noted filmmaker and artist Helen Hill (1970-2007).
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Fighting off stiff competition, Collingwood O'Hare Ent.'s THE SECRET SHOW made off with two awards at the BAFTA Children's Awards last night at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. The high-action comedy/adventure series for seven- to 12-year-olds received the coveted award for best Animation, as well as the Interactive award for its innovative website. The other winners were:
* Channel of the Year: CBeebies* Feature Film: HAPPY FEET* Independent Production Company: Aardman Animations* International: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
Steven Spielberg, who is currently directing INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (with ILM doing the vfx under Pablo Helman's supervision), has been chosen to receive the VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 10, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.
The 8th Int'l Bitfilm Festival for Digital Film has ended with an award ceremony in Barcelona. The Grand Prix TV Digital went to Zack Snyder's 300. The T-Home 3D Space Award was bestowed on Blur Studios' A GENTLEMEN'S DUEL, directed by Francisco Ruiz and Sean McNally.
The Autodesk FX Mix Awards went to FISSION by Kun-I Chang while the MTV Flash Award was given to THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, directed by JiHyun Ahn. Phix's I'M ONLY SLEEPING won the Gee Machinima Award with the Hamburg 4 Micromovie Award going to Michael Reissinger's VW PHAETON GALAXY SHOW.
The main award at this year's Fantoche, the "High Risk" award, has been won by a Russian film, FOOLISH GIRL, by director Zoya Kireeva. The sixth Fantoche is Switzerland's biggest and most prestigious animated festival. This lends weight to the organizers' plans to make the festival an annual event.
Aardman Animation has announced the launch of "The Aardman Award for Storytelling," a prize that will be available to EU students who have made a frame-by-frame or computer-assisted animated film between Oct. 1, 2006 and Oct. 1, 2007. The winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to the Aardman Studio in Bristol, as well as several days of dramaturgical/script support to discuss the development of his or her film.
At Comic-Con, the winners of 2007 Eisner Awards were announced. This year D.C. Comics cleaned up with FABLES a big winner. For animation fans, GUMBY took home the prize for Best Title for a Younger Audience. Additionally, Neil Gaiman was presented with the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.
Best Short Story"A Frog's Eye View," by Bill Willingham and James Jean, in FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL (Vertigo/DC)
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)BATMAN/THE SPIRIT #1: "Crime Convention," by Jeph Loeb and Darwyn Cooke (DC)
NFB's new stop-motion short, MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, won the top animated prize at Toronto's Worldwide Short Film Festival. Directors Chris Lavis and Mciek Szczerbowski were awarded the C.O.R.E Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize. By winning the festival, the short is now eligible for the Academy Award and Genie Award. In the film, a young woman takes a strange train ride on which she must confront her demons.
The coveted short film Annecy Cristal award at the 31ST International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to PETER AND THE WOLF by Suzie Templeton for the U.K. and Poland, as well as the Audience Award, while the Cristal for Best Feature went to FREE JIMMY by Christopher Nielsen for Norway and the U.K. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 16, 2007, in Annecy, France.
The Stuttgart Festival of Animation wrapped up May 1, 2007, with the presentation of its prize winners. Simone Massi's short film, THE MEMORIES OF DOGS, took home the grand prize. On the TV side, TV-Loonland and The Illuminated Film Co.'s THE LITTLE PRINCESS was awarded the top prize. In the feature category, AZUR ET ASMAR by Michel Ocelot garnered the award.
The Alliance for Children and Television (ACT) will honor Canada's top English language children's and youth programs at the 2007 Awards of Excellence Gala on May 31, 2007, at CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. The gala will be co-hosted by much-loved Kids' CBC host Patty Sullivan and Sid Bobb, who will also be joining Kids' CBC in the fall.
The season finale to THE BATMAN drops illuminating hints about its future with the action-packed, two-part episode, "The Joining," airing on consecutive Saturdays, April 28 and May 5, 2007, at 10:30 am on Kids WB! on The CW.
In "The Joining," Gotham faces an alien invasion. Simultaneously, new detective John Jones (aka Martian Manhunter) arrives in Gotham and hints to Batman that he may know the Caped Crusaders secrets. Batman must uncover the detective's true identity and intentions while combating the aliens.
Bit Blot's dreamlike 2D underwater adventure game AQUARIA won top honors, collecting the $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, at the 2007 Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards.
The winners were announced tonight at the 9th Annual IGF Awards ceremony, hosted by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
In a ceremony that took place in Tokyo on Feb. 16, 2007, Madhouse Studios' TOKI WO KAKERU SHOUJO (THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME) took home best animated film at the 30th Japanese Academy Awards. The other nominees included GEDO SENKI (TALES OF EARTHSEA), BRAVE STORY, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE PRIVATE EYES' REQUIEM and ARASHI NO YORU NI.
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA took home double honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards, held Saturday night, Feb. 24, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The World War II historical pic was honored for dialogue and automated dialogue replacement category, as well as for sound effects/foley.
APOCALYPTO won for music in a feature film, while DREAMGIRLS was honored for music editing in a musical feature film. PAN'S LABYRINTH was feted for the foreign film sound effects/foley.
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal presented the first Oscar statuette of the year to Ray Feeney when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presented him with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 10, 2007, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
While CARS raced away with the top Annie Award on Sunday, Feb.11, 2007, Randy Newman picked up the award for "Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" for "Our Town" from CARS at the 2007 Grammys. The film's album lost the "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album" award to WALK THE LINE and Bob Dylan took home "Best Solo Rock Vocal" award over John Mayer's "Route 66" for the animated Pixar film. For a complete list of winners, visit www.grammy.com/Grammy_Awards/49th_show/list.aspx.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out its 2007 BAFTA awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007.
In animation, HAPPY FEET dances home with the award for "Best Animated Feature" while Ian Gouldstone's daring GUY 101 surprises by taking home the "Animated Short" award, beating out Joanna Quinn's multiple award winner DREAMS AND DESIRES -- FAMILY TIES and Hugh Welchman, Alan Dewhurst and Suzie Templeton's PETER AND THE WOLF.
ComBOTS AG and fmx -- International Conference for Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content collaborate by establishing the "ComBOTS/fmx Award" to be staged for the first time in 2007. The award winners will be presented at the fmx/07 in Stuttgart in May. Graphics artists and studios can now request the detailed award specifications under www.combots.com/fmx-award. Up to the closing date on March 30, 2007, they can submit their entry of animated characters to compete for one of the attractive main prizes. The winner will be awarded a production contract for a ComBOTS Collection.
The San Francisco Film Society announced that George Lucas will be the recipient of the one-time-only Irving "Bud" Levin Award to be presented at the 50th San Francisco Int'l Film Festival, which runs from April 26 - May 10, 2007.
Britain's biggest and longest running short film festival, Encounters, the 12th Bristol International Short Film Festival, celebrated the very best in animated short filmmaking on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2005, with the presentation of its awards at a packed ceremony at Bristol's Watershed Media Centre.
WALLACE AND GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT has won another BAFTA award, picking up the Feature Film award at The British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in association with Electronic Arts. The film, which also won the British Film BAFTA at the Film Awards earlier this year, beat THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST to the honor.
Luxologys modo won a MACUSER Maxine editorial award for the best 3D/Animation Software of the Year at last weeks MacExpo conference in London. Awarded by MACUSER, one of the U.K.s leading Macintosh magazines, the Maxine award was presented on Oct. 26 at a ceremony held at The Hurlingham Club, an elegant and historical estate in Fulham, England.
The 28th Annual College Television Awards is now accepting submissions searching for the nation's best in film, video and digital works by college students.
Hundreds of students from all across the U.S. enter this competition, whether they are from a small community college or a large university, in order to showcase their talent and bring their vision to the small screen.