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Animated Wizard of Oz From John Boorman

Now in pre-production, a CG-animated adaptation of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ will be directed by John Boorman, per VARIETY.

The $25 million film will be adapted from L. Frank Baum's original novel and will be Boorman's first animated film. Laurent Rodon and Claude Gorvsky at France's Films Actions are producing with Boorman's longtime associate Kieran Corrigan. OZ was written by Boorman, Ron Mita and Jim McClain (ROBOTS) and should come out in summer 2010.

Animated Events

DOK Leipzig - 51st Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

By Guest (not verified) | Monday, October 27, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: October 27, 2008

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - DOK Leipzig – is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films.

It was founded in 1955. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Leipzig Festival has developed into one of the most dynamic festivals for documentary and animated film, providing a high-quality programme and – since 2004 – additional industry offers.

Animated Events

NFB Presents Get Animated! -- Free Screenings Across Canada

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: October 22, 2008

October 28 is World Animation Day -- and Canada is getting animated. The National Film Board is celebrating this special day with a 13-city tour of Get Animated!, a series of free public screenings from the NFB's Oscar-winning animation studios.

Get Animated! will showcase new creations from Canada's public producer, for young and old, from October 22 to November 9, 2008. The NFB Web site provides complete details on this event, along with free streaming video of NFB animated shorts, at

Animated Headline News

Chop Socky Wins Gemini Best Animated Program

The best of Canadian Lifestyle, Children's and Youth television were awarded Tuesday at the second of three Gemini Industry Awards galas. A total of 21 categories were awarded at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. This week's award shows will conclude with the Drama, Variety and Comedy Gala on Wednesday, October 22. The 23 Annual Gemini Awards will culminate with the Broadcast Gala Awards November 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which will be simulcast on E! network and Showcase at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Best Animated Program or Series

Films Headline News

AniFest 2009 Call For Entries

AniFest 2009Trebon and Teplice, Czech RepublicMay 1-10, 2009Deadline: December 16, 2008

The call for entries has begun for the eighth edition of the International Festival of Animated Films. AniFest 2009 will be held in two different locations, Trebon from May 1-4, 2009 and Teplice from May 7-10, 2009.

A written application and a copy of the film on DVD or VHS needs to be delivered to the organizer's registered office no later than December 16, 2008.

Festival Headline News

Waterloo Offers Early Animation, Anime, Sita Sings The Blues

Celebrating the artistry of animated feature films, the Waterloo Festival showcase is one of the most comprehensive public exhibitions for animated feature films in the world. More ambitious than ever, the first titles revealed in the 2008 program span the gamut of animation and storytelling styles.

Festival Events

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2008

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, October 9, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: October 9, 2008

Attention animators! San Diego Asian Film Festival 2008 will once again be showcasing animated short films produced by animators of Asian ethnicities in a 90-minute all-animation program. All forms of animation (traditional, claymation, stop-motion, flash, CGI, etc) will be accepted for consideration into this competitive festival. Films by all animators pertaining to Asian issues and themes will also be considered. Only VHS and DVD (preferred) formats are accepted for consideration. A Best Animated Short Film Award will be awarded with prizes to be determined.

Animated Headline News

NFB Presents Get Animated! -- Free Screenings Across Canada

October 28 is World Animation Day -- and Canada is getting animated. The National Film Board is celebrating this special day with a 13-city tour of Get Animated!, a series of free public screenings from the NFB's Oscar-winning animation studios.

Get Animated! will showcase new creations from Canada's public producer, for young and old, from October 22 to November 9, 2008. The NFB Web site provides complete details on this event, along with free streaming video of NFB animated shorts, at

Festival Events

anim'est - Bucharest international animation film festival

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, October 3, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: October 3, 2008

anim'est - the romanian animation film festival is a competitive festival and it comprises 5 competitive categories: - feature animated films - short animated films - student animated films - music videoclips animated - national competition No entry fee. The deadline for submissions is 20th of July 2008. For screening the festival accept beta sp Pal and 35 mm print. The anim'est trophy is 1500 euro for the best short film in competition. During the festival there will be also workshops, exhibitions, discusion and allkind of activities related on the animation process.

Film Events

Telluride Film Festival 2008

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, August 29, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: August 29, 2008

The Telluride Film Festival is one of the premiere independent film festivals in the U.S. The event is open to professional and nonprofessional filmmakers working in all aesthetic disciplines; documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, etc. Features and shorts, of all styles and lengths are eligible for consideration, provided that they are new works and will remain unseen by the public until the event. Selected short films will play either with a feature or as part of specially selected programs. For complete information, visit

Shorts Headline News

21 Animated Shorts Now Available On iTunes

Short film distributor Shorts International has released THE ANIMATION COLLECTION OF SHORTS to the iTunes Store in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

The 21 animated shorts are in a variety of styles, from traditional hand-drawn cartoons to state-of-the-art computer graphics, in widely ranging moods, from serious to satirical so that anyone could get animated.


Animated Events

The Making Of Wall-E: A Live Effects Event

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: August 28, 2008

Gnomon School of Visual Effects and the VES are hosting a fun-filled night with a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of this summer's biggest CG animated hit, WALL-E. Special guest David Munier (Sets Supervisor) will share his experience while working on the film and what it took to make this year's most talked about CG animated feature film.

Munier joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2000 as a shading artist on MONSTERS, INC. and has since worked on a number of Pixar feature films including the Academy Award-winning FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES, and CARS.

Animated Headline News

S4 Studios Puts Pedal To The Medal For Olympic Games Promos

Thanks to S4 Studios, the nations of the netherworld were well represented at the Beijing Summer Olympics. The studio designed and animated a package of opening and closing IDs for the "Chiller Summer Games," promoting NBC Universal HD cable station Chiller Channel's programming slate during the Olympic Games.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for Aug. 11, 2008

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Although X-rated animated films are now commonplace with the importation of over-the-top Japanese anime releases, back in 1972 FRITZ THE CAT was the first ever animated feature that was rated X (it would probably be an R today). This quiz asks questions about that film.

Marvel Headline News

Lionsgate To Distribute Wolverine & The X-Men

Lionsgate has acquired the home entertainment distribution rights to WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, a new animated series from Marvel Ent, extending the current relationship between the two companies.

Lionsgate will retain the United States home distribution rights to all 26 half-hour episodes of WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN,(a co-production with Toonz Ent., Singapore and First Serve International), scheduled to air on Nicktoons Network beginning in January 2009.

Animated Headline News

Jim Belushi Cast As Lion In Animated Oz

Jim Belushi will play the role of the Lion in Alpine Pictures' upcoming DOROTHY OF OZ.

DOROTHY OF OZ is the first in a slated series of animated feature films by Alpine Pictures, in association with Box Office Productions III, based on the writings of children's author Roger S. Baum. Baum's work continues the legacy began by his great-grandfather L. Frank Baum, author of THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ.

Belushi has voiced characters on movies and TV shows such as HOODWINKED, THE WILD, RUGRATS, SNOW BUDDIES, and THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS.

Animated Headline News

Toei Animation Launches New Online Downloads For Hit Animated Series

Toei Animation Co. Ltd. and Toei Animation Inc. will debut their two most popular animated series, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 and PRETTY CURE online this July. Each series will be available for download on's Direct2Drive section.

SLAM DUNK and FIST OF THE NORTH STAR were the first titles to premiere online last month as a result of this new initiative. Other animated titles from Toei's extensive catalogue will roll out later this year.


Studios Headline News

Destroy All Cinematics: Brain Zoo Studios Goes Big At E3 2008

The work of Brain Zoo Studios will be showcased across the show floor at this year's E3. Fans anticipating the mysterious ALPHA PROTOCOL from Sega for the PC and next-gen consoles will be treated to a cinematic showcase produced by Brain Zoo Studios for the title.

Additionally, the highly anticipated Pandemic titles MERCS 2: WORLD IN FLAMES and the all-new DESTROY ALL HUMANS: PATH OF FURON CINEMATICS are on display in respective publisher booths, all animated by Brain Zoo Studios.

Animated Events

Animated Adventures featuring Wallace & Gromit Exhibition

By Guest (not verified) | Saturday, June 7, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: June 7, 2008

This summer visit New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, to get an amazing behind-the-scenes insight into the science and magic of animation with W5's exhibition Animated Adventures featuring Wallace & Gromit, running from June 7-October 12, 2008 and it's free.

Animated Headline News

VIZ Brings Hot Anime To Licensing Expo In New York

VIZ Media is bringing some of the hottest anime properties to the Licensing International Expo, taking place June 10-12 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. VIZ Media will be located in Booth # 4505.

Animated Headline News

DIC Signs Broadcast Deals Across U.K., Europe, Middle East And Africa

Global brand management company DIC Ent. has concluded a slate of broadcast deals throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa for properties, including STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and DINO SQUAD as well as key titles from DIC's catalog of programming.

The hit evergreen girls' brand, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, continues to evolve as a multi-dimensional entertainment franchise with $2.5 billion dollars in worldwide retail sales since its 2003 re-launch, and over 500 licensees around the globe.