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Ratatouille Food, Glorious digital food

To bring to life Remy’s culinary world in an accurate and exciting way, they immersed themselves in the world of fine cooking. “This story is about much more than cooking, but I felt that by creating a real kitchen atmosphere and real-looking food, you could give the fantasy a believability that you otherwise wouldn’t have,” says director Brad Bird. And sure enough, we can almost taste the ... Ratatouille.The process started in Paris, where the filmmakers’ “research” consisted of e...

One Night in One City awarded at Anifest and with the Grand Prix at Lisbon

Shortly after the end of the International Festival of Animated Films AniFest held in the spa town of TREBON/CZECH REPUBLIC where Jan Balej´s film One Night in One City (Jedne noci v jednom meste) got the best feature-length animated film award, a very pleasIing piece of news came from Portugal – the movie won the Grand Prix Monstra/RTP. “I am of coursey very happy”, says the director of the awarded movie Mr. Jan Balej. “I am particularly pleased that after the success at the AniFest f...

June 30, 2007 : Behind the Curtain With ILM, A Talk With Scott Farrar (posted by Libbey Coghlan)

On Saturday June 30, 2007 at the Italian Cultural Institute, I attended "Behind the Curtain With ILM, A Talk With Scott Farrar followed by a special screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) is an SFX company started by George Lucas, the director of Star Wars. Scott Farrar joined ILM in 1981 as a camera operator on Star Trek ll: The Wrath of Khan and was promoted to Visual Effects Supervisor on Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1987. Scott discussed the step by ...

Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (2 fests in paralell)

8TH KECSKEMÉT ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL – 20 – 24 JUNE, 2007Kecskémet Animation Film Festival (KAFF) is two festivals in parallel: the festival of Hungarian animation films and the international festival of European animation cinema and television feature films.ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL IN KECSKEMÉTFilms have arrived from 24 countries to the 8th Kecskemét Animation Film Festival, which will be organised between 20th and 24th June in the famous city. The Hungarian festival at the same time is...


Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film: A festival becomes a party

The organisers of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film are looking back at six fantastic days with great satisfaction. The competition films were of the usual high standard and audiences made sure that cinema theatres were sold out. Most important, however, was that the atmosphere was magnificent. “The Festival was full of atmosphere and people here in the city are celebrating animated film together with us” is how Dittmar Lumpp, the Festival’s Managing Director, summed up the event.Par...

Highlights of the Stuttgart Animation 2007 festival

Just a few days left until the start of the 14th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2007 (April 26 - May 01).The good things remain. The Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film is still one of the world’s largest and most important festivals for animated film. In five competitions the festival will show what has been achieved internationally in the field of animated film during the course of a year – with films from internationally renowned professionals as well as talented newcomers and with e...

MIFF celebrates France and Iran

 MIFF board has selected to spot the light on two of the leading cinema production countries in the world.  The section named EU Dialogue will focus the attention every year on a different country of European cinema. For the first edition MIFF selected France. The section will count 10 films. Some of the films admitted to this section are: The box office animated hit “Azur et Asmar” directed by Michel Ocelot, “Indigenes” directed by Rachid Bouchareb which represents France in the Osca...

Animation Production Day presented by Stuttgart Fest

In order to enhance financing and marketing of animated feature films on a long-term-basis the Animation Production Day (APD) will, for the first time, bring producers of feature film projects into contact with world distribution companies, marketing experts, banks and equity investors, focusing on gap financing and the potential for international distribution.The production costs of European animated feature films will rise in the near future, from 7-8 million Euros to 10-15 million Euros and m...

ComBOTS/fmx Award 2007 for best design works in animation

ComBOTS and fmx present, for the first time, awards for the best design works in 3D character animation - Award specification documents for graphics artists and studios are now availableKarlsruhe/Ludwigsburg (Germany), January 25, 2007. ComBOTS AG (ISIN: DE000CMBT111) and fmx - International Conference for Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content collaborate by establishing the "ComBOTS/fmx Award", to be staged for the first time in 2007. The award winners will be presented at the fmx/07 in Stut...


Raoul Servais to be honored at 47th Krakow Film Festival

Raoul Servais will receive Dragon of Dragons award at 47th Krakow Film Festival At the opening ceremony of the 47th Krakow Film Festival on 31st May Raoul Servais - one of the most outstanding directors of animated films – will receive Dragon Of Dragons lifetime achievement award. Servais welcomed this information with a satisfaction and confessed that it’s a great honor to be awarded at one of the most important film festivals in the world organized in country which has brought art of anima...

Imageworks Trio Head Downunder For AEAF Sydney

Three talented artists from the Academy award-winning team at Sony Pictures Imageworks (US) and Sony Pictures Animation will be anchoring the Australian Effects & Animation Festival Sydney. They will be providing an inside view of three of the year’s biggest cinema events: Superman Returns, Monster House and Open Season. Day One sees Imageworks’ animation supervisor Troy Saliba deliver the opening presentation on the animated feature film Monster House, which utilizes the proprietary Ima...

Film Academy Ludwigsburg - Innovation Prize for animation research project

The Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction, Filmakademie, Baden- Wuerttemberg has been distinguished with the Innovation Prize 2006 from the Federal Film Funding BKM presented by the Minister for Cultural and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann. During the award ceremony for the German film script prize and innovation prize, which took place in the Film and Television Academy (HFF) in Potsdam, Professor Thomas Haegele, Head of the Institute of Animation, was awarded a prize o...

Norwich journeys beyond animation with its boldest festival yet

Norwich journeys beyond animation with its boldest festival yet, from 18 - 21 OctoberExpanded, refreshed and emboldened, Norwich International Animation Festival returns for 2006 with a trailblazing programme which ventures further still from ‘traditional’ film festival territory to embrace live art, generative work and artists’ film, eroding yet further the myth that animation is about cartoons alone.This year’s festival theme, ‘Re-vision’, looks at reappropriation – the found, tw...

AnimaMadrid 06 in action

63 short films, 6 full-length films and 23 animated series will compete for 42,500.00 euros in prizes in the Official Section of ANIMADRID 06 From September 29 to October 6, 2006 - The Festival is growing and has received the greatest number of entries for the competition in its seven years of existence. - ANIMADRID 06 has also proven itself to be one of the most thought-provoking arenas for parallel animation activities in Spain, which continue to increase ...

Short Film Corner: more films, more participants, more room

Created in 2004 as a continuation of the initiatives by the Festival de Cannes to encourage new creative work, the Short Film Corner has become a focal point for shorts. Acting as a bridge between shorts and features, it strengthens the ties between the actions of the Festival de Cannes and Film Market. This year, the SFC brings together around 940 short films (compared to 617 last year), which, for the most part, have never been seen before, from around 50 different countries. The films present...

Czechs Were Successful This Year at AniFest

Anifest 2006, the fifth year of the International Festival of Animated Films, is coming to its end. Despite strong international competition Czech films have been successful this year. Anifest Grand Prix goes to Karneval zvířat (The Carnival of Animals) by the Czech director Michaela Pavlátová. The film had its world premiere at AniFest. The Prize for the Best Feature-Length Film stays in the Czech Republic as well. As expected, it goes to Fimfárum 2 by the directors Jan Balej, Vlasta P...

Tribeca Spotlight on War Docs and Animation

The fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped here Sunday with a political and international selection of winners including three war themed films which took the top prizes. Tristan Bauers tale of a Falklands War soldier won the Founders award, while Deborah Scrantons Iraq-themed The War Tapes took the Best Documentary prize. The audience award went to Linda Hattendrfs “The Cats of Mirikitani” the tale of an American who lost family in the Hiroshima bombings.Figures show this years fest att...

Tribeca preview: animated New York with Bill Plympton

One of the highlights of this springs Tribeca Film Festival is sure to be the Animated New York program curated by Bill Plympton. When people think of New York City’s filmmakers most are unaware of the thriving, diverse independent animation community .Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been printed in The New York Times and The Village Voice , as well as the magazines Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , Penthouse , and National Lampoon . His political cartoon strip "Plympton", ...

Tribecca preview: animated New York with Bill Plympton

One of the highlights of this springs Tribeca Film Festival is sure to be the Animated New York program curated by Bill Plympton. When people think of New York City’s filmmakers most are unaware of the thriving, diverse independent animation community .Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been printed in The New York Times and The Village Voice , as well as the magazines Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , Penthouse , and National Lampoon . His political cartoon strip "Plympton", ...

Animated Film Showcase of Catalunya highlights

The International Animated Film Showcase of Catalunya presents a retrospective selection about Surrealism and another about Mexican Animation.- Ron Diamond, founder of the Acme Filmworks studio in Hollywood, will explain, in a special session, the relationship that exists between independent animation, commercial production and advertising. Once more, ANIMAC offers a new opportunity to enjoy the thousand and one faces making up the international arena of animated cinema. The tenth ANIMAC, orga...

Animex: world’s largest animation and gaming festival returns

International Festival of Animation & Computer Games 6 - 10 February 2006, University of Teesside, MiddlesbroughThe World’s largest animation and gaming festival returns to Middlesbrough next year when another helping of Animex hits The University of Teesside and screens around the North East from 6th to 10th February. www.animex.netThe Festival will once again feature its highly successful trademark mix of prestigious international guests, talks and masterclasses, a focus on the best of Briti...

International premiere Švankmajer’s LUNACY at Rotterdam Fest

The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam will present the international premiere of Jan Švankmajer’s new feature length film ŠÍLENÍ (LUNACY). The film is an allegory on the modern world, inspired by motifs from Edgar Allen Poe and Marquis de Sade. As a tribute to the legendary visual artist, writer and filmmaker connected with the Czech Surrealist Group, the Rotterdam film festival will publish Švankmajer’s script of LUNACY. Meanwhile Švankmajer’s new film project, SURVIVING LI...

Animadrid 05 Jury members and tributes for its 6th festival

From November 25th through December 12, the City of Pozuelo de Alarcón and the Council of Culture and Sport of the Community of Madrid will organize the 4th International Festival of the Animated Image of Pozuelo de Alarcón – Community of Madrid. As it does every year, the festival will feature an Official Section of high quality short films, full-length films, TV series, and short shorts as well as an Informative Section with retrospectives and film series aimed at bringing animated film cl...


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