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Hugo Is Tops In Portugal. Hugo, produced by Denmark's Interactive Television Entertainment (ITE), was announced this week as the winner of Portugal's Nova Gente award for Best Children's TV Programme. The awards, which have been given every year since 1983, focus on the very best in television, theater, fashion, music and sport from the Portuguese cultural arena. Nominees are decided by readers of Nova Gente, a popular weekly magazine, with winners chosen by a jury of 28 VIPs. Hugo's award was given during a Gala Ceremony televised by Portuguese public broadcaster RTP1. In November 1997, Portugal's RTP2 began showing a daily, prime-time, half-hour version of Hugo The TV Troll, produced locally by Costa do Castelo Filmes. The show is currently broadcast at 6 p.m. daily from Monday to Friday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

California Sun Shines On Iceberg. The California Sun Festival, which took place at California State University Northridge on April 10 - 11, handed out the following awards: The Golden Sun (Best of the Festival) went to Hannes Rall, Germany, for Der Rabe (The Raven), an 8-minute film freely adapted from the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe. The Silver Stars (Best in each Category) went to: traditional animation: Andrea Guaraldo, Italy, for Soffioni; computer animation: Heiko Lueg, Germany, for Sandland; experimental animation: Steven Rogers, USA for Owensmouth. The Bronze Planet (Best Student Animation) went to Aaron Yamasato, USA, for Iceberg, another look at the Titanic story. Iceberg was also given a prize by AtomFilms, a company that distributes short films, animations, and digital content by various means, including television, the Internet, broadband services, home entertainment, and airlines. Visit www.atomfilms.com for more information. Quicktime movies of award-winning films will be published on AWN soon.

Cartoons On The Bay Announces Awards. The recently concluded Cartoons on the Bay festival in Positano, Italy has announced its awards. The Golden Pulcinella for best character went to the Little Entertainment Co.'s Billy, an animated British TV series for pre-schoolers about an infant daydreamer. The Golden Pulcinella for best program went to Folimage's Charlie's Christmas, a French TV film about an abandoned child's friendship with a postman. Silver Pulcinellas were awarded to Hit Entertainment's Kipper, a British TV series for preschoolers; Cromosoma's The Bored Witch, a Spanish series for school-aged children; Warner's Batman Beyond; Nelvana's Bob And Margaret; DreamWorks' Toonsylvania; Les Films de L'Arlequin's Eugenio; and Eva Entertainment's Hilltop Hospital, a stop-motion parody of soap operas.

Read Russell Bekins' review of Cartoons on the Bay in this issue of Animation World Magazine.

Animators Win Reuben Awards. On May 8th in San Antonio the National Cartoonists Society held its 51st Annual Reuben Awards dinner, and two of their awards went to animation cartoonists. This year Chen Yi Chiang, the character designer for Disney's Mulan, won the Best Feature Animation award, and Danny Antonucci, of Cartoon Network's Ed, Edd N Eddy, won for Best Television Animation artist. The NCS was formed by newspaper cartoonists in 1946 and over the years has branched out to encompass other forms of cartooning like editorial cartoons, comic books, advertising, greeting cards, and internet cartoons.

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