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Reel Talks programming at San Diego Latino

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REEL TALKS, Co-Presented by FRONTERA FILMMAKERSSan Diego Latino Film Festival once again takes audiences behind the scenes with its REEL TALKS programming with the help of Latino Public Broadcasting, Nickelodeon and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Documentary filmmaking, special effects creation and animation will be spotlighted in this years edition of REEL TALKS.“The caliber of talent involved in this year’s REEL TALKS inspired an entire set of related programming that will appeal to local...

Celebrating 100 years of German Animation Film in Stuttgart

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Celebrating 100 years of German Animation Film, the 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (5 – 10 May 2009) will present a comprehensive anniversary retrospective. The changeful history of this innovative genre will be visualised in six programme sections. The screenings comprise artistically ambitious works, outstanding commercials and state of the art 3D animations. Hardly any other genre within the realm of film reflects the variety and fractures of German film productions as distinctly ...

Portland International Film toopen with Coraline

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The Northwest Film Center announces the 32nd Portland International Film Festival (PIFF), its annual cinematic foray of thought provoking and entertaining works from around the globe. Over the last 31 years, the Festival has provided diverse and innovative films to thousands of people from throughout the Northwest. This year’s Festival will showcase 115 compelling new films from over three dozen countries, including regional work, to an audience of more than 35,000.The Festival opens Thursday,...

Cartoonist Gene Deitch in San Francisco

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Last Sunday morning I ended my tour of the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival with a retrospective of animator Gene Deitch's work for children. Deitch and his wife Zdenka who reside in Prague, were in attendance for the screening. The showing included Oscar Winning Monroe, The Three Robbers, TomTerrific, Maurice Sendak's In the Knight Kitchen, and Where the Wild Things Are, Sylvester and the magic Pebble, Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples' Ears, and Tom and Jerry. Seein...

Cartoonist Gene Deitch in San Francisco

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Last Sunday morning I ended my tour of the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival with a retrospective of animator Gene Deitch's work for children. Deitch and his wife Zdenka who reside in Prague, were in attendance for the screening. The showing included Oscar Winning Monroe, The Three Robbers, TomTerrific, Maurice Sendak's In the Knight Kitchen, and Where the Wild Things Are, Sylvester and the magic Pebble, Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples' Ears, and Tom and Jerry. Seeing these work...

Denver panels finding the True Indie Spirit

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Moderated by Spoutblog.com critic Karina Longworth, the Friday evening discussion panel DIY Filmmaking in an Indie Apocalypse explicitly covered what was implicitly clear throughout the day as a whole: independent filmmakers, with insight and integrity, are making the scene in every sense of the phrase. Whether they're creating animated charmers on their laptops, as Nina Paley has done with Sita Sings the Blues; leaving lucrative careers to realize their uncompromising vision behind the lens, li...

Focus on Encyclopedia Pictura at SFIAFF

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This weekend at the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival, my eyes were opened to a new world! It is that of Encyclopedia Pictura. EP is an animating collective of three young men from Santa Cruz who are currently enjoying a lot of attention since their animation and production for Bjork's 'Wanderlust.' View here.-Darren Rabinovitch, Sean Hellfritsch, and Isaiah Saxon of EP, and Sean Uyehara, programmer of SFIAFF Encyclopedia Pictura are definitely on top of their game. As designer...

Encyclopedia Pictura at SFIAFF

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This weekend at the San Francisco International Animation Film Festival, my eyes were opened to a new world! It is that of Encyclopedia Pictura. EP is an animating collective of three young men from Santa Cruz who are currently enjoying a lot of attention since their animation and production for Bjork's 'Wanderlust.' View here. -Darren Rabinovitch, Sean Hellfritsch, and Isaiah Saxon of EP, and Sean Uyehara, Programmer of SFIAFF Encyclopedia Pictura are definitely on top of their ...

San Francisco International Animation Festival!

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Today is the Final Day of the SFIAFF, and the weekend has been exciting!  After seeing Sita Sings the Blues and getting the chance to talk with Nina Paley, seeing a series of Encylclopedia Pictura's work including their Bjork music video Wanderlust and hearing from the three young men about the ideas by which they operate, and seeing Waltz with Bashir, my mind is boggled and thoughts provoked, and I can only think about the endless possibility, magic and wonder of animation.   ...

Interview with Sean Uyehara Founder of the San Francisco International Animation Festival

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I had the chance to talk to Mr. Sean Uyehara, founder and programmer of the San Francisco International Animation Festival, about film, animation, and this year's fest. What's the mission of the Animation Festival? The idea is to present films that give a good overview of the state of the field.  We try to bring the best films in the field to San Francisco, and also try to shine a light on the practice of animation in general. Any major challenges with this year's festi...

Interview with Sean Uyehara, San Francisco Animation Festival

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I had the chance to talk to Mr. Sean Uyehara, founder and programmer of the San Francisco International Animation Festival, about film, animation, and this year's fest:(November 13-14, 2008).What's the mission of the Animation Festival? The idea is to present films that give a good overview of the state of the field. We try to bring the best films in the field to San Francisco, and also try to shine a light on the practice of animation in general.Any major challenges with this year's festival?W...

The 3rd Annual San Francisco International Animation Festival!

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One week from today is opening night... THIRD ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 13–16, This year the festival includes: Opening Night Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues, Cannes Highlight Waltz with Bashir, Bill Plympton’s Idiots and Angels, Retrospective of Gene Deitch’s Films for Children and Award-Winning Shorts from Around the World The San Francisco Film Society presents the third annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIA...

Animation from Egypt & Africa

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The History of African Animation By Mohamed Ghazala African animation started about 70 years ago in Egypt and was founded by the Frenkel brothers. It’s interesting to note that the first pioneers of animation in Africa were not professional artists or animators; they were just a group of Jewish carpenters who immigrated to Egypt from Russia in search of freedom and work. They achieved the unexpected; the first African animated cartoon was created. Despite problems...

3rd san francisco international animation festival

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We will be reporting live from the festival Currently one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms in cinema and television, animation occupies a pressure point between artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. It ranges from the latest visual FX-based arthouse films to family-friendly cartoons. The four-day San Francisco International Animation Festival celebrates San Francisco’s preeminence as a hub for one of the most creative form...

Wallace & Gromit

Your best 100 kids movies? KIDSFIRST! share that with us

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These are films for kids between the ages of 2 and 18 that KIDS FIRST! believes to have universal appeal, exhibit outstanding attributes in terms of their production values and portray values and have qualities that make them as applicable today as the day they were first released. We know that media has the power to influence children, negatively or positively. The films on this list portray the values and ethics that we, as a culture wish to instill in our children. The idea behind this list ...

Holland Animation Film about to kick off

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On Wednesday November 5 the twelfth edition of the Holland Animation Film Festival kicks off with the impressive animated documentary Waltz with Bashir of Ari Folman and the world premiere of Thee Wreckers: No Place Like Home directed by Dutch animation director Rosto. Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations, attends HAFF as the Guest of Honour. He has compiled a special Aardman retrospective. The master will personally introduce the Aardman sections. They obviously include the famous Walla...

Interview with the makers of Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms

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Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms is an enormously fun new animated film from Denmark, about an earthworm who harbours a desire to escape his dull existence and form the world's greatest disco band! We caught up with the film's director Thomas Borch Nielson, along with co-directors Tonni Zinck and Daniel Silwerfeldt. Thomas Borch Nielson Could you start by talking about the animation process used for the film? Were there any unexpected challenges? Tonni Zinck: I was i...

San Francisco International Animation Festival preview

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The San Francisco Film Society presents the third annual San Francisco International Animation Festival (SFIAF), a four-day event celebrating one of the most fertile, creative and productive forms of artistic, experimental, commercial and industrial media. The International Animation Festival ranges from the latest award-winning features to family-friendly short cartoons and celebrates San Francisco's preeminence as a hub for one of the most vital forms in cinema today. SFIAF will screen Novembe...

4th Renderyard Short Film Festival 18 - 20 Sept Tickets on Sale!

Renderyard Short Film Festival 18th - 20th Sept 2008 Programme 2008 This year we are bigger and brighter screening over 50 films from 5 different categories and hosting talks with Guest speakers in their fields of Animation, Film and Documentary, Music Video and Machinima at the Westbourn Studios in London. Make sure you buy your 3 day PASS to insure that you get unlimited access to this years festival and all

Cartoon Forum Animation in Baden-Wuerttemberg

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The Cartoon Forum is the primary European meeting for animation makers and movers. From the 16th to the 19th of September, more then 700 animation industry representatives will come together to negotiate the production, financing and funding of animated films – all in all, 63 projects with a total volume of over 190 million Euros. In the spotlight this year: Animated television series and new formats for the internet, mobile phones and games. The Cartoon Forum – In Germany for only the secon...

SIGGRAPH prizes and awards

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SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show, Jury Award, Student Prize, Audience Prize, and a special Well Told Fable Prize for SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. "The caliber of submissions this year was truly phenomenal, which made the jury's job especially difficult," said Jill Smolin, SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference Entertainment Director. "The winners truly showcase what is possible today and provid...

Sony Pictures Imageworks & Animation @ SIGGRAPH 2008

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Sony Pictures Imageworks, the Academy Award® winning, state-of-the-art digital production studio, and Sony Pictures Animation, producer of feature length CGI motion pictures, will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded ...

Jeffrey Katzenberg to receive IBC International Honour for Excellence

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IBC, the leading event in electronic media worldwide, has announced that its International Honour for Excellence 2008 will be presented to Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. The award will be presented during this year's event which takes place in Amsterdam in September."I am thrilled to be among the distinguished list of recipients to have received an International Honour for Excellence," Katzenberg said. "At DreamWorks Animation we aim to create and deliver quality and innova...

Lessons From The Kung Fu Panda

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As the Kung Fu Panda’s entourage struck the city for its Sydney Film Festival Australian premiere last Monday night, I waited in watchful expectation among the media pack on the red carpet, reciting all the Confucius wisdom I could remember, to mentally prepare myself  to ask ‘The Hard Questions’.  The Paramount Pictures PR whispered to me quietly as if a secret aside “this is the Dreamworks CEO, do you have a question?”  And there heading towards me, first in the Kung Fu Panda PR a...

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