ASIFA-Hollywood is currently accepting entries for the 31st Annual Annie Awards. Deadline to receive entries is Friday, October 3, 2003. Every year, ASIFA-Hollywood, the Los Angeles area-based branch of the International Animated Film Society, honors the best in film, television, game and Internet animation with the Annie Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California on Saturday, February 7, 2004.
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Hank Azaria will be awarded this year's Primetime Emmy Award for animation voice over performance for his work on THE SIMPSONS as the bartender character, Moe.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced on August 18, 2003, the selected animation categories winners of the 55th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Juried awards do not have nominations and are selected by members of ATAS' animation peer group, which may choose more than one winner in a category or none.
6th Annual DVD AwardsUniversal City, California, USAAugust 20, 2003
The 6th Annual DVD Awards is the premiere awards ceremony for the DVD industry. Hosted by famed film critic Leonard Maltin, the event celebrates the art of making DVDs. This year the event will feature a Viewer's Choice Award. DVD publishers, film studios, production companies, mastering facilities and individual producers are invited to participate in the awards program honoring the best in DVD. For more information visit http://www.recordingmedia.org/dvd-awards.html.
Friday, August 1, 2003, is the deadline to submit scientific and technical achievements to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 76th Academy Awards consideration.
In late May, application forms were sent to more than 850 companies and individuals within the sci-tech community both in the United States and abroad.
Venice, California-based Blur Studio has created the vintage Atari video game-looking graphics for this year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the only awards show dedicated to kids' favorite movies, music, TV and sports. As part of the package, Blur produced a main title, headers, monitor fills, lower-thirds, as well as other elements.
The Angelus Student Awards has extended its deadline to July 15, 2003. The awards affirm films that uphold and communicate the values of tolerance, respect for diversity in the human community, peacemaking and dialogue in lieu of gratuitous violence, respect for human life, equality and dignity in relationships and hope and the possibility of change over nihilism and despair. Festival entries are open to all college undergraduate and graduate film, video, doc, animation and media students.
Film director Ridley Scott, whose BLADE RUNNER and ALIEN were acclaimed for their ground-breaking VFX, has launched The Ridley Scott Awards to find Britain's best new creative talent in the field. They are open to anyone not employed in the business who dreams of a career in film, television or computer games.
The awards have been set up by London-based VFX school Escape Studios, Alias|Wavefront and Apple. The competition is comprised of four categories:
The Moving Picture Company (MPC) Awardfor Visual Effects
The Aardman Award
Not only did THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS nab best movie at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, held May 31, 2003 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, but Peter Jackson's second installment of the blockbuster Tolkien trilogy took three more prestigious awards, including best virtual performance by Gollum. TWO TOWERS also earned best action sequence for the Battle of Helms Deep, deepening WETA Digital's enormous stature among leading VFX studios, as well as best on-screen team (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Gollum.
Vancouver-based Mainframe Entertainment has produced the logo, branding, and original animation segments for this year's superhero-themed MTV Movie Awards. The work includes category introductions, as well as opening and closing segments for the awards show, which will air June 5, 2003. Typically, using a live-action/design combination for the awards gala, this year MTV decided to go with a custom CGI animated approach in response to the growing number of superhero-inspired films. Promotional spots for the awards also feature animation.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed entry forms on May 27, 2003 for the 2003 Scientific and Technical Awards to more than 850 companies and individuals, including past winners, within the sci-tech community both in the United States and abroad. All entry applications must be submitted to the Academy no later than Friday, August 1, 2003.
"We want to begin compiling a list of achievements that can be considered by the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for recognition at the 76th Academy Awards," said committee chair Richard Edlund.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected 11 students from 9 colleges and universities around the country in the 30th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The winning students, chosen from three regional competitions will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate June 8, 2003 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Animation CategoryA WORK IN PROGRESS, Wes Ball, Florida State University, Tallahassee
In response to the Motion Picture Academy moving up its dates for the Oscars, the Orange British Academy Film awards will take place on February 15, 2004, instead of February 8, as originally announced. The BAFTAs have been moved so they would not clash with the Oscar nominees lunch scheduled for February 9 in Los Angeles.
Gary Baseman and Peter Sluszka are the only recipients this year for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation in the 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be presented May 10, 2003 at the non-televised Creative Craft Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony held simultaneously in New York City and Los Angeles. This is a juried category voted upon by the Animation Peer group of the Academy, which determines how many, if any, are deserving of recognition.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has moved its annual awards ceremony by a month to February 29, 2004, and has devised an accelerated schedule to accommodate next year's voting process.
Vancouver-based Studio B Productions hit a triple treat of industry honors from the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the Leo Awards and the Alliance for Children and Television's (ACT) Awards for Excellence.
Studio B received an award from the WGC for its original series YVON OF THE YUKON on April 14, 2003. The second season episode, "The Trouble with Mammoths," written by Dennis Heaton, won a Top Ten Award from the WGC, which honors the 10 best Canadian screenplays in the country.
Will Vinton, founder and chairman of Vinton Studios 27 years ago, who trademarked the animation term Claymation, a technique he and his studio were famous for, has left the company. "I have been laid off along with a number of staff members," Vinton said April 17, 2003 in an e-mail, a copy of which was obtained by THE OREGONIAN. "I will be leaving the company as an employee right away." He also told employees that he resigned from the Vinton board of directors April 14. He could not be reached for comment.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and SPIDER-MAN got five nominations apiece to lead the list of contenders for MTV's 2003 MOVIE AWARDS. The 12th edition of the awards will honor a new generation of performers in a new category: best virtual performance. Nominees include Yoda in STAR WARS: EPISODE II - ATTACK OF THE CLONES, Gollum in THE TWO TOWERS, Dobby in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Kangaroo Jack in KANGAROO JACK and Scooby-Doo in SCOOBY-DOO.THE TWO TOWERS is nominated for Best Movie along with SPIDER-MAN, 8 MILE, BARBERSHOP and THE RING.
The University of Teesside and the Animex Animation Festival have issued a second call for entries to the Animex Student Animation Awards, which are due August 1, 2003. The awards are dedicated to promoting the art of animation and recognizing student excellence in computer animation and other techniques. Winners will be chosen in nine categories, and an Audience Award will also be presented. Any frame-by-frame or computer-assisted animated film or video produced as a student work from January 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003, is eligible for entry. The competition is free to enter and open to all international applicants. Winners of the awards will be announced at the Animex festival in January 2004. For more information and to download an application visit www.animex.net/student_awards.cfm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turner Broadcasting's European channels received 14 PROMAX awards while the BBC channels took 20 at the PROMAX&BDA Europe: COLOGNE 03 competition in Germany April 3-4 2003.
Tom Kenny, the voice actor who portrays SpongeBob and Patchy on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, is one of the featured presenters at the 24th Annual College Television Awards gala presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) Foundation, Sunday, March 16, 2003 at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City, California. The College Television Awards Competition recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. At the black-tie awards gala, student filmmakers are mentored with industry leaders that attend the invitation-only ceremony.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS picked up three BAFTA awards Sunday, February 23, 2003, during the Orange British Academy Film Awards held at the Odeon Leicester Square in the heart of London's West end. The VFX epic motion picture received Orange Film of the Year (voted by the public, whereas THE PIANIST won for Best Film, voted by members British Academy of Film and Television Arts). RINGS also won for Achievement in Special Visual Effects, singling out Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke for recognition.
Star Wars Fan Film Awards
Comic-Con 2003, San Diego, California, USA
Thursday, July 17, 2003 - Sunday, July 20, 2003
Entry Deadline: Tuesday, June 3, 2003
Comedian and writer Steve Marmel will host the 30th Annual Annie Awards. Marmel, who is nominated at this year's Annie's for his work on THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS (Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Program), where he serves as a writer and story editor, has had a 15-year career as a stand-up comedian, including a one man show for HBO and appearances on COMEDY CENTRAL, THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno and POLITICALLY INCORRECT with Bill Maher.
The Visual Effects Society, an organization comprised of visual effects professionals who desire to honor, advance and promote visual effects for its membership and the industry as a whole, has announced the nominees for its 1st Annual VES Awards.
As there is no higher tribute than to be recognized by one's peers, nominations for the 3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards are submitted and voted on exclusively by game developers. The nominations are now open, and will be accepted through January 23, 2003. All those directly involved in the development and design of video games are eligible to nominate.