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Festivals are wonderful places to discover the like-minded and the like-minded wannabes. The debut of the Brisbane Animation Festival, cheekily entitled Celluloid Briefs, drew the vibrant Queensland animation community and the lovers of animation to revel in two days of flickering projected images. And, it appears from the success of this first time out, it will be, as the organizers have promised, a biennial event.
Brisbane, a city of about one and a half million has a surprisingly active animation group. With 260 members in the Queensland Animators Group, the organization is certainly on...
The unexpected success of Britain's new national lottery can be a means of mitigating the dire results of privatization in funding animated films. Jill McGreal explains.
Judith Rubin surveys what's going on in animated ridefilms at theme parks and other venues around the world and who's making them.
BRC Imagination Arts, one of the oldest and largest producers of animated and live-action ridefilms is profiled by Rita Street.
Bob Swain interviews director Jim Cameron's reworking of Terminator 2 for Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Terminator 2-3D .
If you like to second-guess jury decisions, Ottawa '96 was the perfect animation festival for you. Almost as good as the O.J. Simpson trial. Even the Grand Prize Winner engaged in some public secondguessing.Ottawa award winners, Igor Kovalyov, Pritt Parn and Paul Dressien.When Russian animator Igor Kovalyov came forward to accept his best film of the festival trophy for Bird in the Window, he was suitably gracious if somewhat stunned. He thought Priit Parn would win it for his film 1895.
This was the perfect ending to an enjoyable animation festival that featured some peculiar choices for...
The Dutch film industry's most ambitious production during World War II was an anti-Semitic sequel to Reynard the Fox. Egbert Barten and Gerard Groeneveld detail the fascinating story behind the film's production.
Animation in Iceland is a relatively recent (and mostly hidden) phenomenon. Giannalberto Bendazzi provides an look at frame-by-frame filmmaking in the island nation.
Raimund Krumme, one of Germany's top independent animators who is now working on a feature version of a children's classic, talks about Hollywood and the challenges posed by his new project.
Jill McGreal discusses the politics of funding for animation via the European Union's CARTOON initiative, which is trying to create the infrastructure for a transnational industry.
Hans Fischerkoesen, Germany's leading producer of animated commercials, was ordered to make theatrical cartoons by the government in World War II, as William Moritz notes, he produced a trio of remarkable films which were not exactly Nazi propaganda.
Fred Patten takes a look at Japan's first animated feature, a propaganda tract made at the behest of the country's military government.
Linda Simensky ruminates on the political and other consequences of changing jobs amidst today's boom times in the animation industry.
Tom Sito, fresh from his gig as head of story on Disney's Pocohantas, details his experiences over the years trying to be politically correct.
The International Animation Festival in Hiroshima is often referred to as the most organized animation festival in the world, and for good reason. Every screening, symposium, publication, party, exhibition, press conference and ceremony of the festival was expertly timed, translated and presented by a dedicated group of staff members and volunteers. For details on specific programs, please read Monique Renault's personal account of the week's events elsewhere in this issue.
What is really so unique about Hiroshima is its simultaneous dedication to the art of animation and the promotion of...
William Moritz with the Anima Mundi Festival Director, Marcos Magalhs. Courtesy of William Moritz.
The fourth international Anima Mundi animation festival took place in Rio de Janeiro August 16-25, 1996, overlapping a bit with Hiroshima. Unlike the rather hectic pace and nervous business rivalry of the older and bigger festivals, Anima Mundi offers a relaxed and user-friendly atmosphere for discovering and enjoying animation.
Naturally, it is rather hard to separate the event from the city of Rio, which is one of the most dazzling places, with its perfect weather,...