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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 attack, ...

Awards Animafest 2008

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Grand CompetitionJury: Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Moustapha Alassane (Niger), Caroline Leaf (USA / Canada / Great Britain), Igor Kovaljov (Russia / USA), Danijel Šuljić (Croatia) Grand Prize (best short film of the festival) – festival statue and cash award of 2.500 €, honorary presidency at the next Festival 'The Pearce Sisters', Luis Cook, Great Britain, 2007 'For its original and unique graphics and direction which pulls us into the bleak world of two misfit characters.' Golden...

Showcomotion is ten years old this year

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Festival Director Kathy Loizou said: ‘Showcomotion is ten years old this year and Pixar Animation Studios are helping us celebrate our anniversary in style. Mark Walsh, the Supervising Animator on the Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille, is a special guest at the festival. Mark will talk about the work of Pixar Animation Studios over the last ten years, including such classics as Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. The Showcomotion Special 10th Anniversary Talk is on Wed...

Behind the Scenes with another Fest21 intern...

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I am a Communications major and French minor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, USADuring the festival I worked with fest21.com and CFC to organize 5 events throughout the festival on The Future of Cinema. I helped with setting up the events, welcoming guests, and promoting the events. I also blogged for the website on topics such as Indiana Jones, Cursed for Gold, Une Conte de Noel, and the Cinema de la Plage. During the festival, I was able to attend the premiere's of Kung Fu Panda, Two L...

Hollywood shines in Cannes for "Kung Fu Panda" Premiere

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The stars glittered brightly on the Croisette Thursday evening at the premiere of Kung Fu Panda, DreamWorks Studio’s latest animated film directed by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne starring the voice talents of major Hollywood actors Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and David Cross. It was the event of the evening in Cannes, with red carpet appearances by Hoffman, Black, Jolie, Liu, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Brad Pitt, and Eva Longoria.        ...

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ANIMATOR 2008 : selection for competition is open

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The 2nd selection for competition is open.Due to a great interest of filmmakers in ANIMATOR 2008 the festival organizers decided to introduce the second selection for competition. New entry deadline is : 26 MAY 2008 GRAND PRIX of 50 000 PLN (ca 14 000 Euros) will be awarded to the best animated film. An entry form and regulations can be downloaded from: www.animator-festival.comANIMATOR 2008 Festival is the major event in a rich programme of events celebrating 60 Years of Polish Animation and ...

San Francisco announces awards

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New Directors Award: Vasermil, Mushon Salmona (Israel, 2007)New Directors Special Jury Mention: Wonderful Town, Aditya Assarat (Thailand, 2007)FIPRESCI Prize: Ballast, Lance Hammer (USA, 2007)FIPRESCI Special Jury Mention: Glasses, Naoko Ogigami (Japan, 2007)Chris Holter Humor in Film Award: Time to Die, Dorota Kedzierzawska (Poland, 2007)Golden Gate AwardsDocumentary Feature: Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang (Canada, 2007)Bay Area Documentary Feature: Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Or...

It's almost AniFest time to gather at this Southern Bohemian town

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The 7th edition of the International Festival of Animated Films AniFest will be held in Třeboň between 7 and 13 May 2008. This year’s edition will show the visitors all of animation’s possible forms. Early May will bring 633 films from 59 different countries around the world to this Southern Bohemian town. You will see the top of current animation production as well as African animation; you will be able to peek inside a professional’s workshop and enjoy an exhibition or a concer...

POLAND, Poznań, the World Animation Capital, 7-12 July 2008

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ANIMATOR 2008 Festival is the major event in a rich programme of occasions celebrating 60 Years of Polish Animation and the greatest celebration of animated cinema in Poland, competing with the most renowned animation festivals in the world.ANIMATOR 2008 is an international competition with a GRAND PRIX of 50 000 PLN /ca. 14.000 Euros/. Films can be submitted for selection till May 10, 2008. An entry form    and regulations can be downloaded from www.animator-festival.comANIMATOR 2008 offer...

Interview with Frogman (Eagle Talon The Movie)

Interview with Frogman, Director, Producer and Writer of EAGLE TALON THE MOVIE: THE CHANCELLOR ONLY LIVES TWICEClaus Mueller:Can you just briefly comment about your background?Frogman:I have been involved in television productions and drama for fifteen years. About four years ago I started with flash animationCM:     What kind of films have you done before EAGLE TALON?F:        It is actually my first film but I have produced many TV seriesCM:     What prompted you to use flash an...

An Interview with Frogman (Eagle Talon The Movie)

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Interview with Frogman, Director, Producer and Writer of EAGLE TALON THE MOVIE: THE CHANCELLOR ONLY LIVES TWICEClaus Mueller:Can you just briefly comment about your background?Frogman:I have been involved in television productions and drama for fifteen years. About four years ago I started with flash animationCM: What kind of films have you done before EAGLE TALON?F: It is actually my first film but I have produced many TV seriesCM: What prompted you to use flash animation?F: When I moved to the...

Digital media under scrutiny at next fmx/08

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Digital media change the way we perceive the world around us – next to film and television, interactive entertainment is playing an ever larger role. This can be seen and experienced at fmx/08 in Stuttgart, Germany. Everyone committed to the creation, production and distribution of animation, effects, games and other digital media will meet for the 13th year to instruct and learn, to discuss and listen, to see and be seen. Hundreds of speakers and thousands of visitors from all over the world ...

Animation Production Day in fmx/08 Stuttgart

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The second Animation Production Day (APD) will take place on May 05 to 06, 2008. More than 40 international producers, distributors, world sales groups and banks are due to take part. Participants will negotiate over 19 feature films from, for example, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland and Denmark with a financing volume of approx. 180 million Euros.The event was launched last year to create an exclusive international business platform where potential partners could negotiate efficiently and concr...

fmx/08 Complete Program Online!

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Digital media change the way we perceive the world around us – next to film and television, interactive entertainment is playing an ever larger role. This can be seen and experienced at fmx/08 in Stuttgart, Germany. Everyone committed to the creation, production and distribution of animation, effects, games and other digital media will meet for the 13th year to instruct and learn, to discuss and listen, to see and be seen. Hundreds of speakers and thousands of visitors from all over the world ...

Interview with Frogman, EAGLE TALON THE MOVIE Director

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Interview with Frogman, Director, Producer and Writer ofEAGLE TALON THE MOVIE: THE CHANCELLOR ONLY LIVES TWICEClaus Mueller:Can you just briefly comment about your background?Frogman:I have been involved in television productions and drama for fifteen years. About four years ago I started with flash animationCM: What kind of films have you done before EAGLE TALON?F: It is actually my first film but I have produced many TV seriesCM: What prompted you to use flash animation?F: When I moved to the ...

A rich selection at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

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From the original 1700 entries 190 films have been selected for the six competitions (International Competition, Young Animation, Tricks for Kids, Animated Series, AniMovie, Under Commission) to be held during the 15th Festival. Some 500 films will be shown during the event, for example as part of the focus on Latvia and the homages to Signe Baumane, Joanna Quinn, Hanna Nordholt/Fritz Steingrobe and the Brothers Quay. This year, the popular series ”Best of Animation” has been compiled by Gia...

Family Fest tribute to Marco Marenghi, Animation Supervisor

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IFFF HONOREE: MARCO MARENGHI : A FAMILY GUYThe 2008 Friz Award HonoreeMarco Marenghi, Animation Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks, will receive the coveted 2008 International Family Film Festival "Friz Award" (named for the late Isadore "Friz" Freleng, Head Animator at Warner Bros.) for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Animation & Visual Effects, Sunday March 2nd at 6:30PM at Raleigh Studios.Originally from Rhondda Valley, South Wales, United Kingdom, Marenghi's rise from humble beginnings ...

fmx/08 May 05 – 08 to host top class program!

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Proceeding with its high quality standards, fmx/08 relies on the support of its many strong partners that help to shape the program, host events or engage in fmx/forum. fmx/08 offers a professional platform for the partners whose expertise enriches the event in terms of variety and content.  More program highlights for fmx/conference confirmed fmx/08 kicks off with a bang! No one less than Glenn Entis, Senior Vice President and Chief Visual & Technical Officer of the world-wide leadi...

Animator Bill Plympton guest star at Aspen Shortfest

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Two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton, whose animated shorts are a perennial Shortsfest highlight, will be the featured special guest for this year's Director Spotlight. Known for his twisted humor and keen observations of the absurd in everyday life, Plympton has directed more than 30 films, ranging from animated shorts (How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, Guide Dog, his most recent Oscar nomination) to full-length features, both animated and live action (J. Lyle, I Married a Strange Person, H...

fmx/08 May 05 – 08 to host top class program!

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fmx/08 kicks off with a bang! No one less than Glenn Entis, Senior Vice President and Chief Visual & Technical Officer of the world-wide leading game company Electronic Arts will give the opening keynote. This essential lecture underlines the significant role of games within FMX. More big names of past and upcoming box-office hits are part of fmx/conference, with a good deal of Academy Award nominees for animation and visual effects, such as Ratatouille, represented through Sharon Calahan from P...

Brussels Animation Festival ANIMA 2008

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ANIMA 2008 : Brussels Animation Festival: from 1st to 9th February 2008Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from 1st to 9th February. This year’s event will be marked by diversity as spectators once again take their annual dose of new, funny, quirky and curious images and discover the latest trends in international animation.The Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey on the 7th, 8th and 9th February and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts int...

Europe's First Machinima Festival at DeMontfort University in Leicester

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The Machinima Festival Europe 07 runs from 13th to the 14th October and is taking place at DeMontfort University in Leicester. The festival, which is supported by the Academy of Machinima and Arts Sciences (AMAS) and s^ponsored by Moviestorm, attracts both professional and enthusiast creators and is likely to encourage more people to try machinima for themselves. As machinima keeps evolving, its practice is spreading beyond the gaming community. Subgenres like in-game dance movies and politica...

Machinima For Dummies will make it easier for you

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Moviestorm™ officially announces that a free version of its machinima creation software is cover-mounted on the newly published "Machinima For Dummies" (Wiley Publishing, Inc.; September 2007; $U29.99, ISBN-10: 0470096918, ISBN-13: 978-0470096918). Written by Hugh Hancock and Johnnie Ingram, two of the best-known authorities on machinima, "Machinima For Dummies" teaches how to - at little or no expense - make virtually any movie using machinima techniques generally and Movi...

Europe's First Machinima Festival at DeMontfort University in Leicester

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The Machinima Festival Europe 07 runs from 13th to the 14th October and is taking place at DeMontfort University in Leicester. The festival, which is supported by the Academy of Machinima and Arts Sciences (AMAS) and s^ponsored by Moviestorm, attracts both professional and enthusiast creators and is likely to encourage more people to try machinima for themselves. As machinima keeps evolving, its practice is spreading beyond the gaming community. Subgenres like in-game dance movies and political ...

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