Sunday, December 03, 2006

Animation Festival Watch

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Animation Festival Watch

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  • Collège Boréal and the National Film Board of Canada, Ontario and West offices, are launching an animation contest for French-speaking artists in Ontario.

    The contest is open to all French-speaking Canadian citizens residing in Ontario who have already finalized at least one animated film, whether professional or not.

    • February 1st, 2007: final date to submit a project
    • February 22, 2007: winners are announced

    More details can be found at:

Image 5th International Festival of Animation Films “BIMINI” Image
  • In Latvian cinema’s culture, Bimini is the only festival of its kind that provides worldwide animation sight range and reviews of last years' films, including also Latvian animators achievements, which in the last years have deserved approval from international famous professionals and animation films festivals. The program of the Festival includes the films participating in competition and out of competition films reviews, as well as the review of retrospective and informative films. In 2006, there have been demonstrated 229 films from 34 countries in total. The International Festival of Animation Films “Bimini” has taken place thanks to financial support of State Cultural Capital Foundation, Ministry of Culture of Latvia and Latvian National Cinematography Centre, as well as of sponsors.

    • Dates: March 16-22, 2007
    • For more information go to:

Image San Luis Obispo International Film Festival 2007 Image
  • The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is now celebrating its 13th year and has grown to attract celebrities and filmmakers from all over North America. San Luis Obispo is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California’s beautiful Central Coast, famous for its excellent vineyards, great beaches, outdoor sports and perfect climate.

    From March 1-11, 2007, San Luis Obispo’s downtown will be a meeting place for visiting filmmakers and film lovers as they enjoy screenings of films from the past and present with many special guests. SLOIFF’s exciting program includes cutting edge films from around the world as part of the George Sidney Independent Film Competition; world-class celebrity tributes; outdoor sports films; a classic film in a different genre each evening; winning films from two student film/video contests; filmmaking panels and workshops and much more.

    Each weekend features a Gala celebrity event, with a special awards presentation on Saturday, March 10, when the King Vidor Career Achievement award is presented to an outstanding recipient (last year’s award went to Morgan Freeman) and the Independent Film Competition winners are announced.

    • For more information about the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, please go to Great scenes…great scenery!

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  • WIN Three Months FREE professional 2D (Drawn) or 3D (Stop frame model/clay) animation training at the Bristol School of Animation

  • Bristol School of Animation is pleased to announce its annual storyboarding competition for 2007, in conjunction with Aardman Animations Ltd and with support from MEDIA.

  • They are looking for talented individuals to produce an original and creative storyboard for a TV or film advertisement. This could be used to promote the European animation industry to a worldwide market at international film fairs and business conferences. The aim of the advertisement is to increase international circulation of European animation, for film, television and new media industries, emphasising the cultural diversity that Europe has to offer. The competition judges will be looking for skills in the development and communication of a strong concept likely to influence international businesses. A storyboard visually conveys the plot and action of a scene, shot, or a whole film / commercial.

  • The Prize
    • The first prize of this competition is a free place to study either 2D drawn, 3D puppet or 3D CGI (Maya) animation. This prize also includes the payment of accommodation costs for the duration of the eleven week period. The first prize winner will also receive a free copy of Toon Boom Storyboard. There will also be runners-up prizes on offer.

  • Competition Entry Guidelines

    • The deadline for all entries is 9th March 2007
    • The competition is open to all UK and EU / EEA residents over 18 years of age.
    • Storyboards must be completed within the specified format using the template provided (you can make as many copies of the template as you like).
    • Please keep copies of your entries, as we are unable to return the originals.
    • The judges decision is final
    • Download an application and templates from the Website:

  • For more information please contact us on:
    • Tel: +44 (0) 117 32 84810

  • Please send all entries to:
    • Storyboarding Competition 2007
      Bristol School of Animation,
      University of the West of England,
      Bower Ashton Campus,
      Kennel Lodge Road,
      Bristol, BS3 2JT, UK
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  • The 2006 Sabaoth International Film Festival in Milan , Italy is proud to partner with Toon Boom to award excellence in independent film production. This year, Sabaoth Festival presents 39 films and animations from all five continents from November 16-18 in Milan's historic Brera district. The festival's prestigious Adam Award will be presented in eight categories, including a special animation prize presented by Toon Boom, on November 18th at the Festival gala with nearly 4,000 in attendance.

Image Red Stick International Animation Festival 2007 Image
  • The Red Stick International Animation Festival is a community event that converges the worlds of technology, art, entertainment and exploration. The festival brings together artists and technologists to explore new methods, tools and ways of telling stories. Artists draw and paint with computers, and scientists convey their complex theories in color and motion. The 2007 Red Stick International Animation Festival highlights this convergence celebrating art, motion, and exploration in downtown Baton Rouge April 17-22, 2007.

    The Red Stick Festival is hosted by the Laboratory for Creative Arts & Technologies (LCAT), an integral research facility within LSU's Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT. The central functions of the lab's efforts converge on a single purpose: to articulate discovery through the intersections of creativity, technology, and human expression. Discovery is not limited to scientific pursuits; it also is the language of art, music, and human interaction. The Red Stick Festival is designed to convey this by highlighting one of the most technically driven art forms available to everyone: animation.

    • The film submission deadline is December 15, 2006 and the deadline for storyboards is February 1, 2007.

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  • The best of world animation in one great event: I Castelli Animati represents Italy in the circuit of excellence of the eight European festivals for the Forum Cartoon, the European manifestation organized by the E.U. to select new production projects to be carried out with European subsidy, and to award the Cartoon D'or, the European Oscar for short animated films. During I Castelli Animati, the top names in animation go to make up the Juries which will award the prizes to the films in the prestigious International Competition, Italian Competition and Web Competition.

    • From November 16 to 29, the films in the Web Competition are also accessible for viewing at where they can be voted for the assignment of the Audience Prize.

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  • NYC based Animation Block Party is dedicated to exhibiting the world's best independent, professional and student animation. In January 2007, ABP will reopen for submissions to their excellent summer festival, a three-day film Brooklyn event, full of indoor/outdoor screenings, juried prizes, cool sponsored stuff, good music, cold drinks and the world's best animated shorts.

    In the past two years, ABP has received over 1200 animation submissions from all ends of the earth. International entries have arrived from Greece, France, The Netherlands, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom. Animation submissions from the United States include California, Texas, Rhode Island, Ohio, Chicago, Boston, New York City, etc. More than 2500 fans and filmmakers have attended Animation Block Party festivals.

Image The Greatest Story Never Told Competition IV Image
  • Hailed as the biggest Flash storytelling competition ever, TGSNT seeks to recognize and reward independent storytellers worldwide who use software that exports to the swf format as a storytelling medium to produce original stories for the web, DVD, TV, film and wireless entertainment. This year, participating storytellers will be able to submit their original stories in 2 categories:

    1. Flash Movies/Shorts
    2. Flash Comic Books

    The official Call for Entries for TGSNT IV begins September 16, 2006. TGSNT IV competition is open to 2D and 3D animators, comic book artists, filmmakers, independent storytellers and students worldwide. This year’s entry fee is $30; $15 per student entry. Submission deadline is January 15, 2007!

    Each category will have (4) winners for a total of 8 winners:

    • 1 Grand Prize Winner (Movies and Comic Books)
    • 2 Runner ups (Movies and Comic Books)
    • 1 People’s Choice Winner


    • CALL FOR ENTRIES: September 15, 2006
    • SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: January 15, 2007
    • PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING: February 1, 2007
    • WINNERS ANNOUNCED: March 30, 2007

Image Norwich International Animation Festival Image
  • Norwich International Animation Festival is a unique art-focused event which features a white-hot programme of seminars, debates, retrospectives and special film programmes, alongside the very best new animation from across the world. Its progressive format and commitment to special self- and guest-curated programmes, debates and symposia mark the festival as unique in the UK, and one of Europe¹s fastest-growing new voices on the festival circuit.

    The festival relaunched in 2005, recording over 6,800 admissions and screening more than 170 films over four days, many of which were UK or European premières ­ in addition to welcoming many of the industry¹s finest names to Norwich, including Caroline Leaf, Marv Newland, Jerzy Kucia, Michaela Pavlátová, JJ Villard, Gil Alkabetz and Tim Macmillan.

    The festival is currently open for submissions. The competition is free to enter, and is open to films of any length, from filmmakers in any country.

Image FlashMove 5th Anniversary Contest Image
  • For the contest, FlashMove is running a 3d quiz game. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit

    Prize details and conditions are as follows:
    1. Winning entries will need to provide personal particulars in order to collect the prizes.
    2. Players found cheating will be disqualified.
    3. rizes are subjected to change should stock be unavailable with another item of equivalent value.
    4. Closing date is on 25 September.
    5. Draw date is on 30 September.
    6. Winners will be notified via email. So please make sure your email address is valid and your user account is activated.

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  • As part of the 2006 Animation Celebration, the French Animation Association (Afca) and Toon Boom are launching an animation contest for the Web, open to creative minds worldwide. The suggested theme is An Unusual Encounter.
    • Technical Criteria: QuickTime (MOV) or Flash (SWF) movies of less than 2 minutes, with a file size not to exceed 5 MB, with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
    • Registration: Between June 15 and September 20, 2006, the registration form and regulations will be available at
    • Vote: The selected movies will be posted on Toon Boom’s web site and visitors will be able to vote from October 18 to 25, 2006.
    • Winners: The three movies that receive the highest number of votes will be announced on October 26 and screened on October 28, during International Animation Day, both in Paris and Montreal, as well as will be showcased on the Toon Boom and AFCA sites.
    • Prizes:Toon Boom Solo and more!

Image Potenza International Animation Film Festival Image
  • Date: October 25 to 28 2006
  • Entry Deadline: September 15th 2006

  • Organized by the cultural association Cortitalia, the Potenza International Animation Film Festival (P.I.A.F.F.) will be held in Potenza on October 25 to 28, 2006. P.I.A.F.F. offers five categories in which you can submit your animated short:
    • Italian animated shorts
    • International animated shorts from 1 to 4 minutes
    • International animated shorts from 4 to 20 minutes
    • Animated shorts in Flash format
    • Musical videos
    More info available at

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  • October 1, 2006: Film submission deadline
  • February 2007: Winners announced

  • As the Principle Sponsor for the 2D Computer Animation Award, Toon Boom will supply animation software to the winner and two runners up at the 2007 Animex Festival. The deadline date for the Animex Awards 2007 is October 1, 2006. The Animex International Festival of Animation takes place every year in Middlesbrough in the North East of England. The festival has its roots firmly planted in the creative side of the animation business and acts to provide animators, directors, students, artists, designers, writers and educators with a forum in which they can share their knowledge and skills and promote the art of animation. Toon Boom will also be giving a workshop titled How to Produce Cost Effective Digital Animations on Wednesday, February 8th, 2006. See you there!

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  • Organized by the Center for Graphics Research at Western Connecticut State University, AniFest 07 has launched a call for entries for its Student Computer Animation Competition. AniFest 07 will take place on April 24-26, 2007. All students from college and university level worldwide are invited to participate. For more information visit

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  • The Animaticus Foundation… author/animator Tony White’s non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, teaching and evolving the art of traditional 2D animation is establishing its first "2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival" this November 17th thru 19th at the Historic Everett Theatre in Washington State.

    The festival will offer competitive Golden Pencil (and Toon Boom Studio software) awards for animators of all persuasions, although it will place special emphasis on new and innovative traditionally-animated work (cel-based or digital).

    Keynote speakers will be Roy E. Disney (presenting a retrospective of Disney short films, from Steamboat Willie through to Lorenzo), cartoonist Tom Wilson (presenting the Emmy award-winning TV Special Ziggy’s Gift, directed by Richard Williams), and Tony himself (presenting for the first time in public his film Endangered Species, as well as sign copies of his new book Animation from Pencils to Pixels).

    Further details can be found at

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  • Brussels, February 16 - 25, 2007.

    Anima provides a key showcase for the entire range of quality animation, right in the heart of Europe. More than hundred films in the international competition, original retrospectives, exhibitions, film lectures and workshops, events such as "La nuit animée", the professional forum Futuranima, and representative guests make Brussels a major international meeting-place for thousands of local people and overseas visitors. For the latter it's also an opportunity to discover Belgian animation production and to meet students and up-and-coming young professionals. Anima also nominates, from the European selection, its candidates for the "Cartoon d'Or".

    Entry forms: Nov. 1, 2006
    Arrival of prints: Jan. 22, 2007

    Further details can be found at

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  • Halloween drawing competition
    Toon Boom Animation Inc. is proudly sponsoring this month’s Halloween drawing competition at giving users the chance to win one of three copies of Toon Boom Studio Express. allows you to use your mouse or drawing tablet to creating drawings online. Once you’ve created a drawing, users can see your drawing being redrawn stroke by stroke and can rate your drawing. Not only it is lots of fun, but a great way to watch other people draw and learn from the masters.

    For more information visit