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Annie Awards Call for Entries set for Sept. 3



The Inter­na­tional Ani­mated Film Soci­ety, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced Mon­day its “Call for Entries” for the 40th Annual Annie Awards.

Sub­mis­sions will be accepted begin­ning Sep­tem­ber 3.

The Annie Award is rec­og­nized by the enter­tain­ment indus­try as the high­est and most pres­ti­gious honor given in ani­ma­tion by the ani­ma­tion indus­try. The 40th Annual Annie Awards cer­e­mony is set next Feb­ru­ary 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

The 2012 Annie Awards will be pre­sented in 30 cat­e­gories, includ­ing two new cat­e­gories — Best Stu­dent Pro­duc­tion and Win­sor McCay Member’s Choice Award. The new Win­sor McCay Member’s Choice Award will be on a sep­a­rate bal­lot located on the Annies’ Web site (www.annieawards.org). While Annie vot­ing is lim­ited to ASIFA-Hollywood’s pro­fes­sional mem­ber­ship, all mem­bers, both pro­fes­sional and asso­ciate of ASIFA’s world­wide chap­ters, will be able to vote on this award.

Entries sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion will be from pro­duc­tions that were released in the United States between Jan­u­ary 1 and Decem­ber 31, 2012. Details on how to enter may be found at www.annieawards.org. The dead­line to receive sub­mis­sions and mate­ri­als is 5 p.m. Sun­day, Octo­ber 14.

The dead­line to join ASIFA-Hollywood or to renew mem­ber­ship in order to par­tic­i­pate in the Annie Award vot­ing is Sun­day, Novem­ber 4. Mem­ber­ship infor­ma­tion is located at www.asifa-hollywood.org.

ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and fore­most pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing the art of ani­ma­tion and cel­e­brat­ing the peo­ple who cre­ate it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chap­ter of the inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion ASIFA, sup­ports a range of ani­ma­tion activ­i­ties and preser­va­tion efforts through its mem­ber­ship. Cur­rent ini­tia­tives include the Ani­ma­tion Archive, Ani­ma­tion Aid Foun­da­tion, ani­mated film preser­va­tion, spe­cial events, classes and screenings.

Cre­ated in 1972 by vet­eran voice tal­ent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.

For infor­ma­tion on ASIFA-Hollywood, visit www.asifa-hollywood.org. For infor­ma­tion on the Annie Awards, visit www.annieawards.org.

Ottawa animation festival issues call for entries

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Festival

The Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val is announc­ing its world­wide call for entries for its 2012 fes­ti­val, tak­ing place Sep­tem­ber 19 to 23 in Canada’s National Cap­i­tal Region.

Ani­ma­tors are invited to sub­mit their recent work into five major cat­e­gories, includ­ing inde­pen­dent short films, fea­ture films, com­mis­sioned films (TV series, com­mer­cials, music videos and video game ani­ma­tion), stu­dent films and films made for children.

The OIAF is rec­og­nized as one of the world’s most com­pet­i­tive film fes­ti­vals, receiv­ing more than 2,000 entries annu­ally. The festival’s selec­tion com­mit­tee chooses approx­i­mately 150 films for com­pe­ti­tion and out-of-competition show­case screenings.

The festival’s inter­na­tional jury — Barry Purves (Eng­land), Hisko Huls­ing (Hol­land), Izabela Rieben (Switzer­land), Mike Fal­lows (Canada), J.J. Sedel­maier (U.S.A.) and Sarah Muller (Eng­land) — will review films in com­pe­ti­tion. Jury mem­bers will join the audi­ence dur­ing screen­ings through­out the fes­ti­val and present the final awards at the clos­ing ceremonies.

The OIAF is also intro­duc­ing a new cat­e­gory for Non-Gameplay Ani­ma­tion, the first of its kind at any ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val. Exam­ples of non-gameplay ani­ma­tion include cin­e­matic cut scenes that help advance a game’s plot and trail­ers pre­view­ing an upcom­ing release.

Since the mid-1990s, we’ve been try­ing to find a way to seam­lessly inte­grate videogame ani­ma­tion into OIAF com­pe­ti­tions,” says fes­ti­val artis­tic direc­tor Chris Robin­son. “We found that the best way for us to acknowl­edge the out­stand­ing work being done in game­play ani­ma­tion was by encour­ag­ing the sub­mis­sion of non-game play components.”

A new award for Best Cana­dian Stu­dent Ani­ma­tion Film, cel­e­brat­ing the work of emerg­ing film­mak­ers and the wealth of up-and-coming Cana­dian tal­ent, will also be intro­duced. Cana­dian stu­dent films in com­pe­ti­tion and show­case will be eli­gi­ble for this award.

All online entry forms for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion must be received by May 18. The dead­line for pre­view DVDs is June 1. There is no entry fee.

For more infor­ma­tion about this year’s fes­ti­val, as well as the online entry form, visit the OIAF Web site at www.animationfestival.ca. Ques­tions about sub­mit­ting a film may be sent to entries(at)animationfestival.ca or made by tele­phone at (613) 232‑8769.

The Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val is one of the world’s lead­ing ani­ma­tion events, pro­vid­ing screen­ings, exhibits, work­shops and enter­tain­ment since 1976. The OIAF is an annual five-day event bring­ing art and indus­try together in a vibrant hub and attract­ing more than 28,000 artists, pro­duc­ers, stu­dents and ani­ma­tion fans from around the world.

NFB’s Hothouse seeks submissions from new artists

National Film Board of Canada

National Film Board of Canada

Got an idea for an ani­ma­tion project cre­ated with new technologies?

For its eighth year, the National Film Board of Canada’s Hot­house pro­gram is issu­ing a call for sub­mis­sions for emerg­ing ani­ma­tors across Canada, one that will fea­ture an empha­sis on dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and a Genie-winning ani­ma­tor as men­tor­ing director.

Hot­house offers new film­mak­ers, cre­ative pro­gram­mers and artists intrigued by ani­ma­tion art a 12-week paid appren­tice­ship at the NFB’s Oscar-winning Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio in Mon­treal, where they can cre­ate their own short work with help from ani­ma­tion and dig­i­tal media experts, as well as top-notch NFB tech­ni­cal and post-production personnel.

This year, the men­tor­ing direc­tor for Hot­house is Theodore Ushev, whose 2010 film Lipsett Diaries received the Genie Award for Best Ani­mated Short. He’ll be joined by asso­ciate pro­ducer Jelena Popovic and pro­ducer Michael Fukushima, who founded the Hot­house pro­gram in 2003 with for­mer Ani­ma­tion Stu­dio exec­u­tive pro­ducer David Verrall.

Called “Sheep Dreams,” this eighth edi­tion of Hot­house is designed for cre­ators who are look­ing to use emerg­ing tools and tech­nolo­gies, and take max­i­mum advan­tage of new hard­ware, soft­ware or plat­forms in their projects. These projects can be any­thing from a tra­di­tion­ally ani­mated story on an inter­ac­tive mobile OS, to inte­grat­ing sens­ing devices for spa­tial track­ing and gesture/facial/voice recog­ni­tion, to hack­ing a mean­ing­ful micro-narrative into exist­ing game engines.

The goal is to help emerg­ing artists cre­ate their own com­pelling 60-second expe­ri­ences, dri­ven by great ani­ma­tion sto­ry­telling and shaped by technology.

The Hot­house appren­tice­ship will take place in Mon­treal from March 5 to May 25. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is 5 p.m. Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 24.

Sub­mis­sions must be e-mailed to [email protected]. The six suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will be noti­fied by Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 3.

For com­plete info, visit films.nfb.ca/hothouse or con­tact Jelena Popovic at hothouse(at)nfb.ca or (514) 496‑5466.

Forty-four short films have been pro­duced through Hot­house over its seven-year his­tory. Hot­house alumni include Patrick Doyon, whose ani­mated short Sun­day is cur­rently nom­i­nated for an Annie Award by ASIFA-Hollywood, and Howie Shia, whose 2006 film Flut­ter received the Open Entries Grand Prize at the Tokyo Anime Awards.